Pakistan v England 2012 February 13, 2012

Pakistan's arrested development

A whitewash means nothing when the next match begins, and Pakistan proved it in the first one-day international of their series against England
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A whitewash means nothing when the next match begins, and Pakistan proved it in the first one-day international of their series against England. From the moment Misbah-ul-Haq lost the toss, and his body language betrayed his disappointment, Pakistan were a beaten team. A successful climb to the summit of international cricket requires all challenges to be treated with equal ambivalence and resolution. Still, one defeat isn't enough to deflate the feel-good factor surrounding Pakistan's progress.

England produced some excellent individual performances in Abu Dhabi, their skipper Alastair Cook's century followed by a perfectly timed two-fingered salute to the selection committee from Steven Finn. Pakistan didn't have the skill to overcome those outstanding efforts and they fared little better against a more comfortable challenge from Samit Patel. When Pakistan suck they do it with insatiable lust.

Despite all the highs of last year, Pakistan's mixture isn't quite a heady cocktail. A dearth of quality openers and allrounders poses the most serious question of Pakistan's talent pool.

Pakistan have persisted with men of considerable experience but unflattering vital statistics.

Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik are batsmen -- and it is hard to consider Malik anything more in these latter days of his career -- with averages below 35 in both Test and one-day cricket, the product of more than a decade of endeavour. Such numbers suggest the players are still struggling to properly establish themselves, fine in a fledgling career but an untimely two-fingered salute to selection logic after so many years of opportunities.

By all accounts, Misbah personally made the call for Malik's inclusion; Farhat's relative is acting head of the national selection panel. Pakistan cricket has made a noble effort to extricate itself from the clutches of spot-fixing, what it doesn't need now is to lose its renewed power because of faulty connections. Both Malik and Farhat, at various times in their careers, have carried the hopes of supporters but those days are long gone. All they carry now is the stench of a decrepit system; they have been damned in the court of public opinion.

Farhat only occasionally produces a useful innings, and the last time Malik scored anything of note it was the love of Sania Mirza. Malik and Farhat might do well in the remaining matches of the series but any short-term success only delays the development of this Pakistan cricket team. Their pasts tell us that a correcting failure wouldn't be too far away, whereas the future belongs to others. From this squad, Azhar Ali would benefit most from the rigours of one-day cricket and Hammad Azam is a better investment than Malik. Abdur Rehman is another tempting option.

Pakistan retain every chance of winning this one-day series against England, whether or not they change the team, but selection has an important role in developing young cricketers, and the presence of Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat in the starting XI is suffocating that development.

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

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  • MARK (Mohammed Awais Rafique Khan). on April 7, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    My team 0DI & T20 team would include:

    Nasir Jamshad Mohammad Hafiz (c) Imran Nazir Shakeel Ansar (w)(wicket keeper of sialkot stallions) Shahid Afridi Abdul Razzaq (vc) Hammad Azam Umar Gul Junaid Khan Saeed Ajmal Abdur Rehman

    Reserves

    Awais Zia Rameez Raja jr Haris Sohail Khalid Latif Umar Akmal Adnan Akmal Tanvir Ahmed Sohail Tanvir Wahab Riaz Raza Hasan Shoail Khan Rana Naveed ul Hassan.

  • Imraz on April 3, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    2012 T20 World Cup Squad

    1 Imran Nazir 2 Mohammed Hafeez 3 Kamran Akmal 4 Umer Akmal 5 Misbha-Ul-Haq 6 Shahid afridi 7 Abdul Razaq 8 Hammad Azam 9 Mohammed Amir 10Umer Gul 11Saeed Ajmal 12Abdur Rahman

  • Hamza Ali on April 2, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    I believe Misbah's position in the side functions as a stabilizer to an otherwise fragil batting line up that falls like dominoes. I do not blame Misbah for his playing style as it is what is needed by Pakistan. It is not his function to swashbuckle like Afridi and Umer. Our Pakistani fans seem to forget the emotional way in which our batsmen play their inning. Win or lose, Misbah's batting is just fine, and should be a motivater to the other batsmen not to lose their wickets so easily. A true leader is always patient an dreflecting rather than playing on emotion. So go Misbah!!

  • ikram khan on March 11, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Salam to my dear friends and ream managment I read all of ur comment and I asked about abdul razaq where he is he is better than any batsman in the pakitani team.plese bring him back into the team.he is much much better

  • shams on February 28, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    Pakistan should give chance to young players in Asia cup who doing good in BPL... 1 Hafeez 2 Ahamed shahzed 3 asad ahafiq 4 misbah ul haq 5 younus khan 6 serfraz ahmed (wk) 7 hammad azem 8 umber gul 9 saeed ajmel 10 abdul rehman 11 aziz cheema 12 afridi 13 wahab 14 nasir jamshad 15 junaid khan 16 sohab mailk

  • maad ahmed on February 23, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    If the team was only selected on meritin ODIs, then I would have: 1. Hafeez 2. azhar ali 3. asad shafiq 4. umer akmal(WK) 5.ramiz aziz(under 19 talented cricketer) 6. naveed malik(domastic cricketer) 7.shahid afridi 8.saeed ajmal 9. umer gull 10 YOUNUS KNAN 11. anwer ali(fast boller) 12.akhter (uner 19 fast boller)

  • arif on February 22, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Where did all the Pakistani fast bowlers go? A series win few weeks ago has turned into series lost. This is the story of Pakistani cricket team since its birth. Either the team does not know the word "consistency" or they don't believe in it. One good innings for a player guarantees him to be selected in the next 5 matches and he does everything in his power to not repeat the same good performance. This is why I always admire the Australian team. They are no doubt the only team that I can call A PROFESSIONAL TEAM rest of them are all flukes.

  • Mohammad on February 22, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    I can not understand why are they playing like a test match. Misbah is waste for ODI. He is consider for best test player. He is always playing test cricket in ODI. Give the chance for Capable youngsters from domestic cricket for the future of the Country.

  • SN Qazi on February 22, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Pakistan deserved to loose the ODIs against England . Our batting bowling and fielding were all pathetic . The Team selection was flawed . Take players such as Younus and Misbah . They dont't have the capacity any more to qualify for playing in ODIs. Shoaib Malik's inclusion has been a disaster for the Team since 2009 . Farhat should not only not be included his Father in Law should be removed as Chairman of the Selection Committee for nepotism . For T 20's if Abdul Razaq can be brought in , he will make a big difference . We immediately need to focus on Team Building for the next World Cup if we want to avoid a repeat of the very poor performance we have seen .

  • shahin on February 22, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    If the team was only selected on merit, then I would have: Shahid afride Mohammed hafeez Younis khan Asad /Agahar Umer akmal Misbah ulhaq Kamaren akmal(wk) Hammad azam/ Abdul razzaq Saeed ajmal Junid khan umar gul Junid khan /umar gul

  • MARK (Mohammed Awais Rafique Khan). on April 7, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    My team 0DI & T20 team would include:

    Nasir Jamshad Mohammad Hafiz (c) Imran Nazir Shakeel Ansar (w)(wicket keeper of sialkot stallions) Shahid Afridi Abdul Razzaq (vc) Hammad Azam Umar Gul Junaid Khan Saeed Ajmal Abdur Rehman

    Reserves

    Awais Zia Rameez Raja jr Haris Sohail Khalid Latif Umar Akmal Adnan Akmal Tanvir Ahmed Sohail Tanvir Wahab Riaz Raza Hasan Shoail Khan Rana Naveed ul Hassan.

  • Imraz on April 3, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    2012 T20 World Cup Squad

    1 Imran Nazir 2 Mohammed Hafeez 3 Kamran Akmal 4 Umer Akmal 5 Misbha-Ul-Haq 6 Shahid afridi 7 Abdul Razaq 8 Hammad Azam 9 Mohammed Amir 10Umer Gul 11Saeed Ajmal 12Abdur Rahman

  • Hamza Ali on April 2, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    I believe Misbah's position in the side functions as a stabilizer to an otherwise fragil batting line up that falls like dominoes. I do not blame Misbah for his playing style as it is what is needed by Pakistan. It is not his function to swashbuckle like Afridi and Umer. Our Pakistani fans seem to forget the emotional way in which our batsmen play their inning. Win or lose, Misbah's batting is just fine, and should be a motivater to the other batsmen not to lose their wickets so easily. A true leader is always patient an dreflecting rather than playing on emotion. So go Misbah!!

  • ikram khan on March 11, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Salam to my dear friends and ream managment I read all of ur comment and I asked about abdul razaq where he is he is better than any batsman in the pakitani team.plese bring him back into the team.he is much much better

  • shams on February 28, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    Pakistan should give chance to young players in Asia cup who doing good in BPL... 1 Hafeez 2 Ahamed shahzed 3 asad ahafiq 4 misbah ul haq 5 younus khan 6 serfraz ahmed (wk) 7 hammad azem 8 umber gul 9 saeed ajmel 10 abdul rehman 11 aziz cheema 12 afridi 13 wahab 14 nasir jamshad 15 junaid khan 16 sohab mailk

  • maad ahmed on February 23, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    If the team was only selected on meritin ODIs, then I would have: 1. Hafeez 2. azhar ali 3. asad shafiq 4. umer akmal(WK) 5.ramiz aziz(under 19 talented cricketer) 6. naveed malik(domastic cricketer) 7.shahid afridi 8.saeed ajmal 9. umer gull 10 YOUNUS KNAN 11. anwer ali(fast boller) 12.akhter (uner 19 fast boller)

  • arif on February 22, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Where did all the Pakistani fast bowlers go? A series win few weeks ago has turned into series lost. This is the story of Pakistani cricket team since its birth. Either the team does not know the word "consistency" or they don't believe in it. One good innings for a player guarantees him to be selected in the next 5 matches and he does everything in his power to not repeat the same good performance. This is why I always admire the Australian team. They are no doubt the only team that I can call A PROFESSIONAL TEAM rest of them are all flukes.

  • Mohammad on February 22, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    I can not understand why are they playing like a test match. Misbah is waste for ODI. He is consider for best test player. He is always playing test cricket in ODI. Give the chance for Capable youngsters from domestic cricket for the future of the Country.

  • SN Qazi on February 22, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Pakistan deserved to loose the ODIs against England . Our batting bowling and fielding were all pathetic . The Team selection was flawed . Take players such as Younus and Misbah . They dont't have the capacity any more to qualify for playing in ODIs. Shoaib Malik's inclusion has been a disaster for the Team since 2009 . Farhat should not only not be included his Father in Law should be removed as Chairman of the Selection Committee for nepotism . For T 20's if Abdul Razaq can be brought in , he will make a big difference . We immediately need to focus on Team Building for the next World Cup if we want to avoid a repeat of the very poor performance we have seen .

  • shahin on February 22, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    If the team was only selected on merit, then I would have: Shahid afride Mohammed hafeez Younis khan Asad /Agahar Umer akmal Misbah ulhaq Kamaren akmal(wk) Hammad azam/ Abdul razzaq Saeed ajmal Junid khan umar gul Junid khan /umar gul

  • aftab from VB on February 21, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    Congrats! England fans! See you in T20. Still looking for a fast bowler to shoulder Sohail Tanvir. May be Sami.

  • Aaftab umer on February 21, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Enough is enough. Imran farhat(son in law of chief selector) has had enough of chances now . Why not try Nasir Jamsheed , who seems to be a complete batsman. N i don think aizaz cheema has once been threatening. Fast n furious sami is there, when u r not able to single out any talent from domestic cirket .....

  • Sulu on February 20, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    I agree with SHI. Not only Younis & Misbah but Hafeez and Imran should be rested. Umar Gul is not a sensible bowler. He should too not be in the line up. Imran Nazir and Yasir Hameed are aggressive and capable of facing good bowlers. Umar Akmal's inclusion is questionable. It should not be necessary for Adnan to be included for Umar Akaml to score runs. This is bogus. Azhar Ali should be included in the future ODI's and also T20 and must exercise his inclusion now than later. He is strong and capable. Selection & coaching staff should come to a decision for the teams betterment. There are chances for Abdul Razak & Shoab Malik as all rounders and caution them for inclusion for better results. Also, time is now for talented youngsters. It is useless to adhere to veterans when their trend indicator show no progress or improvements.

  • affan on February 20, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    why our selection comitee don't try imran nazir as a best hitter batsman and u can also try hum as a wicket keeper, but it is assured to him, that he will play atleast 10 consective maches, then see his performance, and opposition bowlers

  • Andrew Bain on February 20, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    My Pakistan team For odi Nasir jamshid/ shahzad hassan Ahamed shazad/ Mohammed hafeez Umer akmal Younis khan Misbah ulhaq Kamaren akmal(wk) Shahid afride Hammad azam/ Abdul razzaq Wahab riaz Saeed ajmal Junid khan /umar gul

  • Ali Mumtaz on February 20, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    I totally agreed with Sajjad now its time to take rest for Hafeez, Farhat, Younus & also Umer Gul becoz he is not doing well in bowling specially when you bowling as front line bowler. Now you have only 2 match winning bowlers like Saeed Ajmal & Afridi. but they can't win every game with spin bowling. so your front line bowlers should be responsible for attacking game if u can't start as a attcking fast bowling then you must show their ablities in Top order batting as a specialist openers. Kamran Akmal doing well in BPL also Nasir Jamshed is doing well and at no. two in highest runs list also it will be a good Right & Left Combination. so i would like to play this ODI & T20s side.

    1. Kamran Akmal(WK) 2. Nasir Jamshed 3. Asad Shafiq 4. Omer Akmal 5. Misbah Ul Haq (C) (becoz now u can't change) 6. Hamad Azam 7. Abdur Razzaq (All rounder) 7. Shahid Afridi (All rounder) 8. Wahab Riaz (All rounder) 9. Saeed Ajmal 10.Aizaz Cheema 11.Junaid Khan

  • Ali Rizwan on February 20, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Spot on! Farhat,Malik have no purpose. We also need to move away from Misbah in one days he only has Plan A never a back up, too defensive, Umar Gul needs to be given a break so he can practice in domestic, he is not at international level anymore! Azhar ali is not a one day player, Afridi's tempermant lost us the 2nd ODI why not let him open? he will do what he does lower down anyway? if he lasts 10 balls we will get a better start then from Farhat and Hafeez. We have struggled with quality openers after Saeed Anwar and Amir Sohail left. Razzaq should NEVER be recalled, give the youngsters who can RUN AND FIELD a chance. Its amazing how we won the tests. One Day team is shocking, we do need an international coach so we can sort out the fielding and running between wickets. for the last ODI let Azam have a go.

  • SN Qazi on February 20, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    The Pakistani Selectors have played a big role in the continuing problem of Pakistan Team not getting on the path of sustained progress . One measure which the PCB could usefully employ , I had read sometimes earlier that the Australia uses this basis , is that a results of the performance of the players for the last 15 innings they have played in ODI s and Test Matches should be published ( for T 20 s for the last 10 innings ) . This way the recent performance of the players will be highlighted . In the Pakistan Team some players manage to stay on in the Team for too long because their recent performance is not focused upon . Lets hope , PCB publishes the results of the performance of the Pakistani players for the matches since 1st July , 2011 to date with additional data on performance in the last 15 innings .

  • shakeel hussain on February 20, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    I agree Malik and Farhat should be left out from the team immediately to make place for some new faces.Besides, Misbah should pay final adieu to T-20 and one day Cricket owing to his age and Abdul Razzaq should be captaining Pakistan in T-20 and One day cricket, also we should play with regular wicket keeper always. 1.Hafeez.2.Jamsheed.3.Younis 4.U.Akhmal 5.Azhar Ali 6. Afridi 7.Razzaq 8.Gul 9.Ajmal 10.Wahab Raiz 11.A.Akhmal is My probable team.

  • obaid on February 20, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    I think we should have given opportunity to youngsters. Pakistan did not show any fight in the one-dayers. We need new blood to win ore lose for that matter. They could have played kamran akmal and awais zia as openers.

  • Auditor on February 19, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Shahid Afridi should be the captain and some young and mentally sound player like Asad Shafiq or Fawad Alam should be the vice captain to groom under Afridi's experience in ODI and T20 matches.Note that young players can save 30 to 40 runs in the limited over games beside taking good catches and run outs. Fielding is as important in the limited over games as are batting and bowling.

    ODI TEAM :

    1-M.HAFEZZ 2-NASIR JAMSHAD 3-UMER AKMAL 4-YOUNUS KHAN 5-ASAD SHAFIQ 6-SHAHID AFRIDI 7-HAMMAD AZAM 8-SARFRAZ AHMED (WICKET KEEPER) 9-UMER GUL 10-WAHAB RIAZ 11-SAEED AJMAL

    RESERVES:

    FAWAD ALAM,SHAHZAIB HASSAN,SOHAIL KHAN,MUHAMMAD SAMI.

    T20 TEAM :

    1-M. HAFEEZ 2-NASIR JAMSHAD 3-UMER AKMAL (WICKET KEEPER) 4-SHAHZAIB HASSAN 5-ASAD SHAFIQ 6-S.AFRIDI 7-HAMMAD AZAM 8-MUHAMMAD SAMI 9-UMER GUL 10 SAEED AJMAL 11-SOHAIL KAHN

    RESERVES:

    IMRAN NAZIR,SHAHZAD AHMED,WAHAB RIAZ,FAWAD ALAM.

    It's time to give chance to young, deserving and talented players to play in the ODI's and T20 Pakistan's team.

  • Auditor on February 19, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    All around the world cricket boards are selecting different teams for test matches and ODI\T20.Pakistan is the only side in which 38 years old Misbah who ahs pathetic strike rate of 30's and 40's and amazingly he is not only in the ODI\T20 team but he is the captain.This is a big joke with Pakistani cricket lovers.Old and out dated players like Misbah,Farhat,Malik are keep on getting hundreds of chances despite their constant failures in limited over games but young,talented and deserving players are neglected again and again.Players like Azhar Ali and Adnan Akmal by no means do suits for limited over games.Players like Nasir Jamshad,Fawad Alam,Sarfraz Ahmed,Shahzaib Hassan, Sohail Khan, Hamad Azam must be in limited over's team.They have proven again and again on domestic and international level by excellent performances again and again that they deserve to be in the Pakistan national team.Misbah is not only 38 years old with very low strike rate but he is a defensive captain.

  • Muhammmad Saidul Haque on February 19, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    01. Nasir Jamshed 02. Muhammad Hafeez 03. Asad Shafique 04. Younus Khan [vice captain] 05. Umar Akmal 06. Shahid Afridi[CAPTAIN] 07. Hamad Azam 08. Adnan Akmal or any matured & qualified wicket-keeper 09. Saeed Ajmal 10. Wahab Riaz, no place for stupid Umar Gul anymore 11. Abdur Rehman

    ----- I had included the few more number of spinners more than pace bowlers, because today's international cricket is becoming complicated & very calculated method. So, Pakistan Cricket Board & Selection Committee should have to analyze my team line-up standings. I am honestly telling all Pakistani fans, I really wish the best of luck for Pakistan's future cricket. Misbah should immediately retire from ODI's & T20 Intl. Misbah -ul-haque is one & only perfect solution for test cricket.

  • Kumi on February 18, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    01 Imran Nazir 02 Rameez Raja Jr. 03 Zulqarnain Haider (W.K) 04 Muhammad Yousuf 05 Umar Akmal 06 Azhar Mahmood 07 Shahid Afridi 08 Anwar Ali 09 Umar Gul or Abdul Razzak 10 Saeed Ajmal 11 Mohammad Amir (Should Fight For him, best bowler in the world) If not him than for 11) Hamad Azam

  • SHI on February 18, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    For ODI Misbah, Younis Khan and Hafeez all are dead wood. Induct new blood and groom them for the WC. Here is my team. 1. Nasir Jamshed, 2. Shazeb, 3.Azhar Ali, 4. Asad Shafiq, 5. Umar Akmal, 6.Hammad Azam, 7. Afridi, 8. Sarfraz (WK), 9. Saeed Ajmal, 10. Wahab Riaz and 11. Cheema

  • SN Qazi on February 18, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    If Misbah wants to avoid loosing today,s ODI , he should sack Umar Akmal from the team and this should be for good . Unless he can prove he can bat as Batsman not as a so so Batsman who could be used to keep wickets as well . Removing Younus Khan from the One Days International Team has been long overdue . He only performs in about inning in about five or six . Imran Farhat is also not fit for selection . He gets too many chances and inevitably he alsoerforms in about one in five or six innings . Pakistan needs to start building it's team through brining forward and develing and promoting new talent . Misbah needs to have an aggressive stance . His defensive stance is a recipe for the success of the opposition Teams

  • Haroon Rasheed on February 17, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    @Kazim i have no problem with Mohammed Yousof either, no doubt he is good cricketer, i am just say every player face bad forms and Shoaib Malik currently in his bad form he is younger than many pakistani players, we should always keep him as an option. See his dosmestic record he did well that is why Misbah bring him back ---- do you think there shoulb be any other reason.

  • engr.Aftab on February 17, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    i think the most sutaible winning team should be that one...these are the fightinf guys....

    01 Nasir Jamsheed 02 Mohammad Hafeez 03 Umar Akmal 04 Azhar Ali 05 Asad shafiq 06 Hammad Azam 07 Shahid Afridi 08 Adnan Akmal 09 Umar Gul 10 Saeed Ajmal 11 Aiazaz cheema

  • zia ullah khan on February 17, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    I think there is lot of discussion over the team selection. the main problem which we facing is the team selection which totally based on freindship and relatives. there is no need of imran farhat S.malik younis khan even misbah in the one day and T20.The last two players can play test cricket only,now the time comes that we can try young blood in our team for future course of action

  • shan on February 17, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    01 Nasir Jamsheed 02 Mohammad Hafeez 03 Shahzaib Hasan 04 Muhammad Yousuf 05 Umar Akmal 06 misbah 07 Shahid Afridi 08 Adnan Akmal 09 Umar Gul 10 Saeed Ajmal 11 Wahab Riaz

  • jwhite87 on February 17, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    01 Nasir Jamsheed 02 Mohammad Hafeez 03 Umar Akmal 04 Younis Khan 05 Fawad Alam 06 Hammad Azam 07 Shahid Afridi 08 Adnan Akmal 09 Umar Gul 10 Saeed Ajmal 11 Wahab Riaz

  • Kazim on February 17, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Bhai ..... if "Old is GOLD", so what is wrong has done by "Muhammad Yousuf" ... He can at least perform better than anyone currently in the team [at least Imran Farhat :)] he can perform better "3 or 4" out 10 and those innings will be match winning, I can bet until Misbah is there, you wont' see Muhammad Yousuf in the team back :) .....

  • Khair on February 16, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    At the moment there is not much that can be done. Whichever way you change it there will be some imbalance still in the team, the main reason is because of a dearth of true all-rounders. If only Afridi had just a little more sense when batting it would have solved a big problem for Pakistan.

    The only change that MUST happen is to bring in Adnan Akmal as specialist keeper which means sadly Umar Akmal will have to give way for now.

    If they want to make one more change, then I would drop either Gul (becoming too predictable lately and needs some rest too) or Cheema, and bring in Hammad Azam.

  • Haroon Rasheed on February 16, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    @Mosan - I am 100% agree with you, Shoaib is a very good talent he has shown in the past and i believe can do even better in the future....some people are critising only always forget history, he was captain for pakistan team for a long period because of his talent only.Please understand ang give chance to everyone new will become old after some time. Remember OLD is GOLD. Younus * Misbah * Afridi * Malik are over superstar - with no doubt.

  • Mosan on February 16, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Is everyone out of their minds in this thread? Sohaib Malik is just 30 years old, has over 5000 ODI runs and over 125 wickets from 200 ODI matches. He is younger than Hafeez, has a much higher batting average and about the same bowling average. He has won so many matches for Pakistan. Malik has been heavily involved in cricket politics that has ruined his cricket career. But, Pakistan always does this. They bring a young, bright talent into the international arena and never let it blossom to one of the greats. The best talent like Younis Khan, Afridi were all at one stage out of the teams for non-cricket reasons and great talents like M. Yousef, Akhtar lost some prime years. It's also such a shame about Asif and Amir. I think Pakistan should have a T20 premier league like India and Bangladesh for players to make money and leave international fixtures for quality. I thought Indians fans were full of vitriol after 1 bad match/loss but this article proves that even Pakistani fans are too.

  • Asif on February 16, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    I don't know what is wrong with the pak team management & captain.Why can't they send afridi up the order when there is not much pressure and afridi can at least put pressure on the opposition by his aggressive batting.Younis realised this in the 2009 20/20 wc which pak won by sending afridi @ # 3.The whole world including afridi himself knows that afridi cannot bat under pressure so why not send him @ # 3 or # 4.Even after loosing so many matches they keep on doing the same mistake by sending afridi in the lower order.I am sure afridi will win u more matches with his batting also like his bowling if he bats @ the top particularly when chasing a score.

  • Yasser on February 16, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    I ran out of room. I do not agree with everything you write but I believe, rightly or wrongly, your opinion matters. I do not think you have mentioned Hafeez's poor cricket in any of your postings either. As one cricket lover to another I urge you to write a piece on this and maybe someone in the PCB hierarchy will read it. Not to put too much pressure on you, but the future of Pakistan cricket may be in your hands :)

  • Yasser on February 16, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Hi Kamran-I would like to find out your opinion about Mohammed Hafeez.Would be great if you could do a piece explaining why he is in the team and from what I can tell,is likely going to be our next Captain.He bowls a few useful overs of offspin but his batting stats are shocking.Apart from Sami,I do not believe any other player has been given as long a run in our cricketing history.I regularly read through the forums and articles on Pakistani cricket but his non-performance never ever gets pointed out.NO ONE AND I MEAN NO ONE MENTIONS THIS MEDIOCRE PLAYER.It's as if he has a cloak of invisibility.Umar Akmal gets scathing reviews for every batting failure but hafeez gets away with murder. For all the successes of the past year,I am not convinced by Misbah's captaincy and the roles he has set out for our players.Ahmed Shehzad and Nasir jamshed both look the part but for reasons unknown have been discarded.I honestly believe I can select a better team and assign roles than theteamthinkta

  • Adnan on February 16, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    There are some short comings for Pak team but the time they start winning their short comings get hidden only to surface when the team loses a match.Pak team needs aggressive openers like Shazaib Hassan,Nasir Jamshed (to name a few)

  • sarfaraz on February 16, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Better performance from pakistan but much better from england.Their batsmen again exposed pakistan bowling lapses and played according to conditions.Cook was again lucky with toss and getting another century.Umar akmal was dissappointing with gloves,and even with bat.He had scored 3 fours in two overs,still played a needless stroke in a crunch situation.Afridi cant be matured even if he plays for 60 years.I cant understand why umar gul is in team.He is most experienced bowler but not performing.Cheema bowled briliantly in the depth overs and got 2 wickets.If inexperienced shafiq can be dropped after one duck,then why not experienced younas khan? Selectors must give chances to deserving players.Misbah is briliant in tests but not suitable for odis and t20s.He should be replaced by some attacking captain.Umar akmal should play as a batman only.Hamad azam and junaid khan deserve in final eleven.Pakistan need a wicket keeper like gilchrist,an opener like sehwag,a fast bowler like wasim akram and a captain like imran khan

  • kamran j on February 16, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    England outplaying Pakistan in ODI's is a FACT and we should admit it. They have better pace bowling and our batting is vulnerable to pace attack. Pakistan did play to their strength in the second game by adding another specialist spinner but still came little short. Cook's drop catch and Imran Farhat's run out was crucial in the 2nd game. How can Pakistan win next games - Hope to have slower track in Abu Dhabi - Play the same team (No Shoaib Malik No negativity) - Winning the toss and batting first - Where are Umar Gul's yorkers - Luck is on our side

  • imran on February 15, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    malik is a talented player but he wasted himself by getting involved in all sorts of politics.Imran farhat has gotten zillions of opportunities just because of his father-in-law. He has times and again proved himself a complete failure but thanks to Mr.llyas, he keeps on getting selected. Inclusion of Younis in he ODI squad is also questionable. His odi statistics are quite ordinary and should be persisted with tests only. Pak must start including fresh blood in preparation of the next WC.

  • Shanib Bhat on February 15, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    Why are selectors not giving chance to Imran Nazir. He never got as many games as Farhat got to prove himself. He can fire that top order while azhar ali,younus khan and misbah wil build the innings and then umar akmal afridi and razzak can be the finisher.. Umar akmal also needs to bat up the order may be at no 4. And we also need a 2nd Bowler who can bowl with Umar Gul. throw out cheema. give chance to Mohd Khalil Today Pakistan lost to England and they where struggling big time

  • Haroon Rasheed on February 15, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Now honestly tell me if there is one more all rounder in place of Abdul Rehman we might have a chance to click the match and turned it into win....... i am not advocating Shoaib Malik but in the current situation he is much better choice over Abdul Rehman to make some weight on our batting......on other hand Azhar Ali is the one who slow down the run rate and we endup with close lost,,,, anyway it is cricket.....hard luck friends

  • Mujahid ali saqib on February 15, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    we want afridi and Imran nazir as opening pair for Pakistan...

  • Rasool on February 15, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Farhat ,malik and misbah should be withdrawn from ODI cricket. Misbah deserves a place only in Test matches while other two can look forward to play BPL.

  • faheem on February 15, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    well the indestructible imran farhat is stiil here!. for those of you, who question the fact that he was not included in the test side, the pattern is very simple. he was given a chance against a weak side like afghanistan and obliged with a half century so of course he has to be played in the next few games!. I repeat my earlier contention and challenge anybody to disprove the fact that both him and shoaib malik would not be able to find a place in any international eleven based on their performances but that of course is not the only criteria in the land of the pure!.

  • Kazim on February 15, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    see what i said, "Asad Shafiq" will be replace by "Azhar Ali" :P ... now the turn for Farhat, but no one can touch him because from 18+ (187342721) Crore population and cant' produce an opener better than Farhat ... bluddy hell

  • Barry Richard on February 15, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    everybody knows why Shoaib Mallik was inckuded at the eleventh hour on the call from Islamabad of high official who put this responsiblity on poor Misbah.Sure Sania Mirza is working hard for Shoab Malik these days in Islamabad and she can bring these surprise inclusion again no matter Shaob scores or not.May AALH bring some justice in Paksitan thru Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary.

  • Saleem Nasir Qazi on February 15, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Pity Misbah is persisting with Imran Farhat . There are too many unsuitable players in the Team at least no longer now suitable for ODIs .

  • SN Qazi on February 15, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Shaoib Malik and Imran Farhat are not the only players who should be discarded from playing for the National Team . Younus Khan and Misbah are no longer fit as One Day Platers . They need a lot of time to pace their innings and most of the time the only thing they succeed in doing is putting pressure on latter batsmen to score fast after they have played for several over at a crawling pace and get out . Afridi should be reverted back as Captain for the One Days Team . Between Umar Akmal and Adnan Akmal , Adnan akmal is a much better choice for the Pakistan One Day Team .

  • asad on February 15, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    for me the perfect combination of pakistans odi team would b:

    1.Awais zia 2.Nasir jamshed..openers (relive gilchrist amd hayden era)

    3.Ahmad shahzad (one down)

    4. M younis khan 5.umar akmal (WK) 6. misbah(middle order)

    7.shahid afridi 8. hammad azam(all rounders)

    9.umar gul 10.saeed ajmal 11.sadaf riaz/anwar ali/m talha/or anything genuine fast bowler with raw pace...both wahab and aizaz lack the wicket taking instinct

    believe me guys this team will live up to the reputation of pakistan cricket..i-e passionate cricket...

    for the present team i really feel sad to see a pakistani team which always has been a mix of flair,agression,passion,raw talent..take for example wasi,waqar,akhtar,amir sohail,inzamam,imran,ijaz,zaheer abbas,sami,saqlain,imran nazir,qasim omer,wasim raja etc etc)

  • Vish on February 15, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    I don't think, this Pak team can chase 250+ runs. Even on flat Dubai tracks, they were mostly a struggling Test batting side (they won -- thanks to spin attack).

  • Gohar on February 15, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Hi Kamran, I was there in Sheikh Zaid stadium and i might smell some kind of disturbance in dressing room!! that might be due to the fact that PCB has hinted to change Mohsin khan as a coach which might create disturbance in Dressing room. As far as Malik is concerned. All Maliks(Veena, Interior Malik and Sania's Malik) all are same..

  • Khurram on February 15, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    I agree with you about both players but you did not bring out the akmal issue. Although kamran akmal is gone but the akmal issues are still around the corner. Umer Akmal had a mysterious back injury again when he is asked to keep wickets ahead of his brother akmal. This is something that needs to be looked into and probably needs cleaning. Umer akmal has alot of talent but his attitude is something that Pakistan can do without. if they decide the fate of matches for their personal reasons we are not going anywhere.

    Hammad Azam should be given an extended run and we need to give Azhar ali an extended run in ODIs as well because we stumble too many times and dont play 50 overs so we need someone with cool head.

  • Raza on February 15, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    I think Mohsin Khan's luck was driving Pakistan to win. We want Mohsin as coach of Pakistan cricket team. Pakistani Cricket board's love of imported items will not take Pakistan ahead, but a sense of true sportsmanship and faith in their own abilities will open new avenues for the team.

  • Tahir Malik on February 15, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    I think regarding the Malik and Farhat selcetion, selection cometee of Pak should be held resposnible, why not given the chance the players who performed welll in domestic, despite giveing the chances the players who have politicial infuence.

    I suggest pakistan should search for a new Afridi, a new Razak , I mean a young Allrounders. in last 12 to 10 yeasrs, we could not found their replacement, there is lot os tallent, tehy are not giving the chances, even to Hamad Azam, only sitting on benches for long tim, I think there is a lobby, which not giving the chances young players, even in the bangladesh,or Zembabwe matches.

  • khan on February 15, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    how can anyone not see U Akmal @ # 3 is beyond me...either you dont know about the game or I wasted my life

  • Nabeel Shazad farooqi on February 15, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    PCB Selecting Comittee Absolutely uncorrect.Please remove Sania Mirza husbend.malik should go to first class cricket perform their first.then he can be selected.Farhat given too many opportunities to prove but why he is in the team selecting comitte ??????what is farhat relation with Selection Comittee or PCB.why they are chance again & again.

    My team willbe

    1 - M. Hafeez 2 - Azhar Ali 3 - Y. Khan 4 - Umar Akmal 5 - Misbah Ul Haq 6 - A. Shafiq 7 - A.Akmal (WK) - Keeper regular. 8 - Shahid Afridi 9 - Umar Gul- 10 - W.Raiz 11 - Saeed Ajmal

  • Dr. Talha on February 15, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    @haroon rasheed. My friend by comparing malik & farhat with Sehwag, you are insultig Sehwag big time. Sehwag averages more than 50 in test matches. He has triple hundreds against top notch bowling sides like Pak and SA, Plus has big hundreds against Aus as well. Malik & Farhat and even Younis(in ODIs) and hafeez are total failures of international cricket. Kindly take a look at their stats.

  • aftab from VB on February 15, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Sorry but don't agree with your analysis. This is the difference between ODIs and tests, there is no comeback. How about giving it to England without bashing Pakistan. The fact that team Pakistan crumbled against a determined England side doesn't say anything about IF and SM. In fact, it justifies need for experience. Reference to Sania was cheap at best.

  • hafeez khan on February 15, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    the lost of first ODI is the past still thgree more to play and the selector should thing above the relation and frundship. It is high time for Pakistan cricket to proof there ability, I thing following side should be sellected for 2nd ODI : 1) Hafeez 2) Umar Akmal 3) Azhar Ali 4) younes Khan 5) Misbah 6) Afridi 7) mohd Azam 8) Saeed Ajmal 9) Abdur Rahman 10)Omar Gul 11 Junaid Khan

  • Danyal on February 15, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    1. Muhammad Hafeez 2. Azhar Ali 3. Umar Akmal 4. Younis Khan 5. Misbah-ul-Haq 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Adnan Akmal 8. Hammad Azam 9. Abdur Rahman 10. Umar Gul 11. Saeed Ajmal

  • Hussain on February 15, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Both in tests & ODI,s Pak has played astonishingly poor from good positions. Go through away AUS & SL tour. They did their best do the same in 2011 also but it has something to do with the LUCK of Misbah. He is extremely lucky.

  • Shuja Mohammad on February 14, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    Selectors need to give Misbah some rest. He is not a T 2O player. With the current batting woe's he will make in the ODI team but not in the T20's

    Test: 1) Yasir Hameed 2) Taufeeq Umer 3) Younis Khan 4) Azhar Ali 5) Mohammad Hafeez 6) Misbah Ul Haq 7) Zulqarnain Hyder (wk) 8) Abdul Rehman 9) Wahab Riaz 10) Umer Gul 11) Saeed Ajmal 12) Junaid Khan 13) Asad Shafiq 14) Mohammad Talha 15) Sadaf Hussain

    ODI: 1) Imran Nazir 2) Ahmed Shehzad 3) Mohammad Hafeez 4) Younis Khan 5) Umer Akmal (wk) 6) Misbah Ul Haq 7) Shahid Afridi 8) Abdul Razzaq 9) Junaid Khan 10) Umer Gul 11) Saeed Ajmal 12) Sadaf Hussain 13) Asad Shafiq 14) Abdul Rehman 15) Hammad Azam

    T20: 1) Imran Nazir 2) Ahmed Shehzad 3) Mohammad Hafeez 4) Awais Zia 5) Umer Akmal (wk) 6) Hammad Azam 7) Shahid Afridi 8) Abdul Razzaq 9) Sadaf Hussain 10) Umer Gul 11) Saeed Ajmal 12) Junaid Khan 13) Asad Shafiq 14) Zulqarnain Hyder (wk) 15) Abdul Rehman

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA, USA on February 14, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    The most concerning aspect for Mohsin & Misbah is Pakistan's legendary brittle batting line up. In the 1st inning of the 3rd test they were dismissed for under 100, but had the luxury to come back in their 2nd innings. In the ODI series Pakistan lacks such luxury. Unless Pakistan, can quickly learn to play pace bowling, with its variations of swing, seam and bounce even on the flatter tracks, they will be outclassed. England will take back a lot of confidence after knocking Pakistan out for 130 and beating them hands down in the first ODI. Pakistan will now play the 2nd ODI in a defensive mode. Misbah and his boys know that they will not be able to chase big scores batting 2nd under lights in dewy conditions. England should feel extremely good their opponents can be knocked over despite playing 7 or more batsmen. If Finn or Broad or Anderson can roll over 3-4 batsmen in the first 10-15 overs of every game, England should win 4-0 easily. Mohsin must be a worried coach right now.

  • Arshad Jamal on February 14, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    Ahmed Shehzad shines in Barisal win Posted by Bengali-Tiger007 on (February 12 2012, 19:37 PM GMT)

    Shehzad is not a future star, he already is a superstar. He stil has a long way to go, but I know for a fact that PCB will pick him up soon after this tournament. He doesnt appear to me as a flash in the pan like Tamim Iqbal. If he lets his bat do the talking then he will book his place as the next Sehwag of Pak. Goodluck Shehzad and all the best from a Bangladeshi fan

    Need to say any more??

  • Faisal Taquie on February 14, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    If the team was only selected on merit, then I would have: 1. Hafeez 2. U. Akmal 3. Asad Shafiq 4. Azhar Ali 5. Younus Khan 6. Afridi 7. Abdul Razzaq/A. Akmal/K. Akmal/Misbah/H. Azam 8. U. Gul 9. W. Riaz 10. Ajmal 11. A. Rehman

    Tough battle for #7 but I would not include Misbah automatically. Oh by the way, if no one takes captaincy in lieu of Misbah, I would make Hafeez or Gul the captain.

    Lets think long term....lets create stars of 2017 today!

  • Shahid on February 14, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    Hafeez 26.50 Farhat 31.23 Asad 29.69 Younis 33.04 Misbah 42.86 Umar 38.80 Shoaib 33.10 May be our cricketing authorities doesn't have time to gather all these stats that’s why I have put up this list for their ease. Faraht and Hafeez have ridiculously low averages for opener of an international side. Even if Hafeez bowl 10 overs and take a wicket or two that doesn't justify his place in the side because his main duty is to score runs which he is not doing regulerly. Most painful is Younis's stats, after playing more than 200 ODI’s he averages about 33, and we call him our “star” batsman! Same is the case with Malik, 202 ODIs and average of low 30s! If we are serious about winning next world cup we need to introuduce new blood immediately into the team. Hammad and Awais should be playing right now instead of Malik and Farhat but we all know they will not because we need “experience” of Malik/Farahat/Hafeez/Younis in the team.

  • Ryan on February 14, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    IMRAN NAZIR IS BEING GIVEN A REAL RAW DEAL BY THESE RUBBISH PAK SELECTORS , PLAY THE DAMN GUY HE'S BETTER THAN HALF THE BATTING ON THIS TEAM

  • Saeed Jan on February 14, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    I agree with you as these both have got more than enough chance to prove them selves but every time they failed. I think enough is enough. I see these both for almost a decade now. firstly, Malik is neither a full batsman nor a full time bowler, nor a reliable alrounder like Abdurraq or hammad azam. He is consistently failing since long. Hence it is in the best interest of Pakistan Cricket to give chance to Hammad Azam for present as well as future or bring back Abdurraq who can win matches on his own.

    Imrat Farhat is technically faulty against seam bowling and he has proved it. He started his career in 2001, averaged 31 in both tests and ODIs with 3 centuries and 14 fifties in 75 tests innings and 1 century and 10 fifties in 48 ODI innings. He does not deserve a place in the starting 11. Instead, it is better to bring Ahmad Shehzad, a very young talented onpening batsman. He is 20yrs old, with 2 centuries in only 19 ODIs, alothough his average is't good but deserves a chance

  • Tebraiz Shahzad on February 14, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    I agree with your comments on Farhat he has had way too many opportunities to prove himself. However I wouldn't entirely give up on Shoaib Malik. He's been a successful player for Pakistan in ODI cricket and T20s (played a big part in Pakistan's T20 world cup campaigns in 2007 and 2009). He may not be cut out for test cricket but has mopre often than not plyed well in shorter formats. It just seems since 2010 with his issues with the PCB, player infighting and dip in form he has lost his confidence and self esteem. At 30 years old and injury free he can play for at least another 5-7 years (one of the best fielders in Pakistan Cricket). Like Afridi and Razzaq in 2003-04 and 2007-08 he should maybe take 12-18 months off from International cricket and play domestic cricket in England, Aus and SA. Sucess their would boost his confidence which could prepare him for a return to the ODI and T20 Squad.

  • BOSS on February 14, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    I agree with the writer just like most intelligent supporters of Pakistan do and I too am confused by the selection. However, I feel that they will make the necessary changes in the team and the same people who are out to lynch Misbah will jump on the bandwagon of his supporters. Oh how fickle can these supporters be? Let them play the game and learn from their mistakes. Please stop monkeying with the captaincy when you finally attained a steady calming leader.

  • Asad on February 14, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    ABsolutely one hundred percent right.....Imran FARhat is blocking way for someone more deserving

  • shahi on February 14, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Afridi should be captain again

  • AH on February 14, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Abdur Razak is injured ? Really. Watch BPL to know.

  • Tansah on February 14, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Number one: Shoaib Malik cannot bat, and therefore should be dropped. Number two: Shoaib Malik cannot bat, and therefore should be dropped. Number three: The same as one and two. Number four: Pakistan needs to put U Akmal up the order, and not in a position where he can do little to affect the game. Number five: The PCB needs to make decisions to better the Pakistan team and to win games, and not as a result of favouritism.

  • saad on February 14, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Team should drop out Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik and give chance to the young blood waiting in the wings of the team.

  • mehraj on February 14, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    i am not understanding pak cricket at all. they didn't white washed eng. rather it was eng who actually white washed themselves..by no means pak cricket appears competant to the current state of world cricket .A team with out match wining batsmen, can't expect quality wins .Pakistan should look for talent , players who can thrive in any part of the world.I am by no means criticising pak's loss but i am trying to asses quality of pak's win..i have been following pak cricket since i was 12 (Now i'm 25) ,i have not seen any match winning finisher from pak like MS OR HUSS .So many times i have seen pak lossing matches from good position never seen them holding their nerves in tight finishes.I feel pak cricket system needs an overhaul change ,change of mind and learn being aggressive.

  • Asim on February 14, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed has been consistenly performing and I think he deserves a chance. Hafeez did well last year, but once again it was against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and Ireland. I have yet to see Hafeez's convincing innings against a top notch team. There is a reason why his batting average is still stuck in 20's. With that said, Umar Gul is not on top of my list as the attack bowler, but still he's better than other options. Wahab Riaz has only had one good match, I highly believe it was a fluke against India. Aizaz Cheema has been able to get wickets consistently in matches. So, I would give him some chances. Junaid Khan needs to learn to take wickets. He has good economy, but he's not threatening. Batting, once again, Umar Akmal should not be keeping wickets because then he's not able to bat to his full potential. Adnan Akmal is a good option for keeping wickets. Slowly, team management should prepare Hammad Azam to open batting in ODIs and replace him with Hafeez.

  • Amin on February 14, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    All pakistan needs to do for this match is make 2 changes and change batting order:

    1) Hafeez 2) Farhat 3) Younus 4) Umar Akmal 5) Misbah 6) Asad 7) Hammad 8) Afridi 9) Rehman 10)Gul 11) Ajmal

    This team can win

  • Ali Ahmad on February 14, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    My XI:

    1.Hafeez 2.Umar Akmal 3.Azhar Ali 4.Younus Khan 5.Misbah 6.Asad Safiq 7.Hammad Azam/Abdul Razzaq/(need seam all-rounder) 8.Shahid Afridi 9.Aizaz Cheema/Wahab Riaz/Abdur Rehman/Junaid Khan 10.Umar Gul 11.Saeed Ajmal

  • Mahmood on February 14, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    My team, hafeez, asad, younus, umer a, misbah, afridi, hammad, rehman, gul, saeed, cheema.

  • Mian ahmad moosa on February 14, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    imran farhat & shoaib malik should must be kicked out from this team..... hamad azam is far better than malik.... wicket keeping from u.akmal is extra burden on him... it is effecting his batting skiils..... umar akmal should come in at no 4.....

  • K. Tauhid on February 14, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Bring Ilyas Ahmed in place of Farhat and Ashiq Awan in place of Malick. If you are making a wrong selection then I have solid beleive that no team can win.

  • MN-USA on February 14, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    PCB selecting comittee as well as the current team management are a bunch of MORONS.One the one hand PCB says they are buliding the team for WC 2015 and yet they are to give a chance to any of the youngsters.(afew of them have been warming the bencehes for years now) They keep playing the same people who were failed in 2010 and 2011 (I mean Malik and Farhat)and the same combination in terms of batting order.Looks like the management is reading out from a script written a decade ago. I haven't seen any thinking or innovation in the team. They never change the batting order whatsoever the conditions are,never play around with the powerplay...Unless you change your mindset and be pre-emptive, you can't be competetive...which we saw in first ODI. PCB is doing the same mistakes as BCCI did in their England and Australian tour...result: whitewashes...and a demoralized team. C'mon try out yougsters and do changes to the batting order as need basis...which I think is too much of a ask for PCB

  • nasir on February 14, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    pakistan has become overdependent on spin. they must induce a couple of genuine fast bowlers in the side.with pace, bounce can be obtained even on placid wicket. Finn bowled 140-145 kmph and made all the difference. Also a talent like umar akmal is wasted through wrong batting order. he has the talent to become worl'ds leading batsman.

  • ali on February 14, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Wait a minute everyone. Please take a breather from butchering Malik and Farhat. Just look at the team, we included 8 batsman in the side, with 3 specialist. Infact Wahab is a good bad himself so we had a total of 9 batsman. We padded with additional batsman only because of our historical weakness. Now let's look at the wicket, batting second on this track would have been a challenge for any side. I do believe that England would have faultered as well if batted second. We went out there with the best side but this was not our day. Relax we are a much better side that what we saw yesterday and we will learn, regroup and deliver. I would not want to change anything, let's go out there and win our next game and interestingly everyone bashing Malik and Farhat would be favoring them as soon as they produce results.

    This is the best one day side pakistan has produced period. Good luck to everyone for tomorrow.

  • faheem/Indian on February 14, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    very good article.If Pakistan preparing for 2015 World cup Team,then they shouldnot be playing Misbha,Younus and Ajmal.Present one day team is full of Test players who has strike rate of 30's and early 40's therefore Misbha,Younus,Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq shouldnot play together.based on the capabilities and ages my future world Cup team of 16 members and this is the time to start grooming.

    1- Ahmed Shahzad 2- Naser Jamshed 3- Mohammad Hafiz ( Spinning Option)-V.Captain 4- Asad Shafiq 5- Umer Akmal 6- Surfaraz Ahmed ( WK- Batsman ) 7- Hammad Azam (Batting Alrounder) 8- Shahid Afridi(Spinning Alrounder)- CAPTAIN 9- Wahab Riyaz (Fast bowler) 10-Umer Gul (Fast bowler) 11-Anwar Ali(Fast bowling Alrounder)

    12th Man- Raza Hasan( He will be in & out of Playing XI based on Pitch Condition) 13- Shoib Malik or Azhar Ali 14- Rahat Ali(Fast bowler) 15- Junaid Khan(Fast bowler) 16- Fawad Alam or Aqeel Anjum(batsman w/Keepin options).

    This my Team for World Cup Grooming.

  • HUS on February 14, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Despite playing 8 batsmen,we lost the game because of our mindset.I hope Pak team has done some home work. Play specialists in the team whether it be batsmen or bowlers. ENG has a strong bowling attack & we have a weak batting line up. Someone should stay at the wicket till the end. It was not a bad wicket for batting,nobody stayed there. Try Azhar at the top & forget about Malik.

  • Sajjad on February 14, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    nice article. Shoib and Farhat do not have the ability to serve pakistan for long term...

  • Imran Quaishi on February 14, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Please don't play Imran Farhat in the next game and send Shoaib Malik back home to play more domestic cricket on dead wickets. Where is Mohammad Talha and Rameez Raha jr?

  • khurram q on February 14, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    These two should have been discarded years ago..could you imagine them playing for any other test nation...the answer would be no because they are both rubbish...great article by the way!!

  • Danish on February 14, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    i think u r just missing one thing that we do not have quality fast bowlers who can bowl with the new ball....both gul and wahab riaz are old bowl bowlers.....we need bowlers like shoaib aamir or asif....who can bowl with the new ball as well as with old ball.

  • Imran Khan on February 14, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Pak has regular openers like Nasir Jamshed, Ahmad Shahzad, Sharjeel Khan, Awais Zia and Shahzaib Hassan......where are they...? Oh I know now, they dont have a father in law as the selector...Sorry guys you dont have a chance....

  • Dr. Kamaal on February 14, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Pak cricket has become favour-cricket now, Mailk got Misbah in the team in 2008 and now Misbah is returning the favour, no one thinks about the country.....and Farhat is in the team because of father in law.....

  • isan on February 14, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    pleeeeze can someone remind me when imran farhat was man of the match last time,maybe somewhere in the street match next to his inlaws house.what a amazing father in law is mr ilyas

  • Shahzad on February 14, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Most of time I donot agree to the writings of Mr Abbassi. That is probably the first writing that speaks my heart. 99.999 % cricket fans agree that their is no place for Farhat and Malik in the team. By consistent selection of Farhat really harming the development of team and is big unjustice to the likes of A. Shahzad and Nasir Jamshed etc. Misbah could have called Yousuf on his special request in stead of Malik. The best one-day batsman Umar Akmal is sent to crease when half of the team had gone back, at No 6. One can imagine the wiseness of Misbah and Mohsin.

  • Mohammad Merchant on February 14, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    We all pointed to management not to favour anybody. Selction should be on performance only.But I think this will be carried on till good sense prevail.Coach still requires time to decipline team.They once again forget to stay on the wicket to get good result.I suggest Azhar ali should be brought as an opner or if Nashir Jamshed is in side, he should be given a chance in place of Imran Farhat.Second change is to bring Abdur Rehman in place of Shoaib Malik.last but not least to bring Hammad Azam in place of Wahab Riaz.This side should be given a longer run to groom for world cup in mind.Umar Akmal should be given a chance to bat after Younus Khan.He must control his shots and alter his game as per situation of the match.He must improve otherwise we should look for some one else.To balance side we need solid opner and good fast bowler alrounder.Our batting should improve to lift world cup. Tailenders should also contribute to get the desire result.

  • KM on February 14, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    This team is a microcosom of what ails Pakistan: nepostism and favoritsm. No matter what we write here or complain about, nothing is going to change. People need to stand up and demand a change not just in cricket but in every department specially head of the govt.

  • imran on February 14, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    We praised him (Misbah) when he was doing it right for cricket and for country ... but now he is asking us to bear Shoaib Malik... for GOD sake Misbah... this is injustice with cricket with other players and specially with Umer Akmal who should be batting at number 3 at all times.... he could be our next Batting Legend but for poor mantality of some silly heads

  • Alex on February 14, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Yeah and what about Wahab Riaz and Hafeez. Crucify them too. One defeat and we already are asking for the heads. We can't win all the time.. The other team wants to play too, they are not in the stadium to sell chickpeas (chanay)..

  • alam khan on February 14, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    who said MISBAH is a good captain in odi and t20... we need shahid afraidi as a captain in odi and t20...if the selectors do this nepotism this is very shamfull for every pakistani.... pls do,t play our emotions... thats really vry bad us...

  • Rehan on February 14, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    I think Umar Akmal is making place for his brother Adnan Akmal

  • sarfraz on February 14, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    m.hafeez is a completely useless player in pakistani team because he is playing as a opening batsman not as a bowler, really we see him once in 50 matches that he shows some good progress beside that he is waste of talent. When i see him playing I close my eyes because as a pakistani it really hurts me to see the stupid players are playing because of source from selection. Its my kind appeal to Mr. Zaka ashraf please kick out Imran farhat, m.hafeez, taufeeq umar as soon as possible to save our pride and cricket. Please bring up abdul razaq, azhar mahmood, rana naveed they are playing outclass in countys. I hope pakistan cricket lover will understand my message.

  • hasan on February 14, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    u may be right. it is just one game turn around ... i think pakistan was over confident very lethargic goin into this match ... they thot they bowl out england within 200 with their spin bowling.. once eng started playing spin the waves turned back..be with the same team, and i also think umar akmal acts like injured to get his brother bak in the team. even if he has talent he plays for his bros not for his country, chunk him out along with malik, farhat.. they shud try azhar ali as an opener like SA tried amla from test to odis...my team for next odi in the batting order wud be hafeez, azharali, shafiq, umar akmal, younis, misbah, hammad azam,afridi, ajmal, gul, junaid

  • Mahmood Alam Siddiqui on February 14, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    very disapointing but no problem if we play good in next game we will win i can't understant why Misbah Keep Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik in the side we have Hammad Azamwith the team give chance to youngesters .bring Azher Ali hHammad Azam and kick out Imran Frahat and Shoib Malik open the inning with Hafeez and Asad Shafiq also replace Junaid Khan Or Chemma with wahab Riaz wher is Abdul Razzaq Why not select in team Ilyas khan the selector must kick out as selector other wise he always select his son in law Imran Farhat

  • Saleem Nasir Qazi on February 14, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    For the ODIs the Pakistan Selectors need to carry out a serious re think . There is an immediate need to ask Shoaib Malik to pack his bags and go home . He has failed to perform for a long long time . What is the reason he is kept in the team ? Can he bat or bowl at the Internanational levels ? What is his average in the last 15 innings as a batsman ? It is in middle single digits . As a bowler he can neither take wickets nor can he contain the scoring rate . Younus Khan is another player who in recent years has not performed and lacks consistency as a batsman . He can be relied upon to score big against minnows such as Bangla Desh or Afghanistan but against" A " class Teams he is very shaky . Even Misbah like Younus is a big disapointment in ODIs . He , as is the case with Younus needs a lot of time to pace his innings . Result is later players are put under a lot of pressure . The most important question who is responsible fro keeping Razaq out of the ODIs and T 20 Team ?

  • mkhan on February 14, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    This note is for Abbasi: How could you be personal in your criticism. The Sania comment for criticzing Shoab Malik is needless. Please stay professional in your criticism too.

  • Ateeq on February 14, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    where is Abdul Razzaq. No one in present team can claim to match his class. He is match winner and not more aged than Younas, Misbah and malik.

  • Khair on February 14, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    One thing no one is pointing out is why do they have to include Umar Gul in every match whether tests, ODIs or T20s? There is no pressure on him and he is becoming too predictable. Malik could be allowed to captain T20s only for a while with players who have not yet made it into the top team. I don't think Farhat there is any place for Farhat in the team. They are better off trying new players, can't be any worse than it is. Azhar Ali should be allowed to concentrate only on tests. Maybe Afridi can come back into tests, but only as a spin bowler on certain pitches.

  • Irfan Mayani on February 14, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    The problems are related to 1. Team Selection , 2. Batting Order

    I think the biggest mistake is a) burdening your best batsman with the responsibilities of keeping. , there is no point in continuing it no matter how well he can keep

    b) Whats the point in having afridi come in at 8 , at no.8 he is not going to win you matches ,if you are already prepared to play him as a frontline bowler , send him up as opener , or one down , and take a chance in every game , he might win you some matches or take you in a position where you can dominare

    c) If pakistan wants to win the next world cup , the time is now to prepare for , they will need runs from Umer Akmal , Shafiq and hafeez . Misbah and younis may not even be there in the squad as they are ageing. So its time that you permanently fix these guys in the top 4 in the batting order. younis and misbah can come in at 5 and 6 . Umer akmal is a wonderful talent , he will only learn to score 100s when he can bat at 3 or 4 .

  • M.Aejaz. on February 14, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Pakistan should consider Azhar Ali as one down batsman in place of Asad Shafiq and to bring Razak in place of Shoib Mallik.As we seen in previous series in U.A.E. against South Africas Fast bowlers that Razak played some Special Innings and won matches.Mallik is not a Winner and he depends on others.Also in place of Imran farhat they should consider either Kamran Akmal or Shezad,both are attacking batsman.

  • SID on February 14, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    This is the right time that the captain who is already doing well, go out of the older frame of mind for having Big Names and rather choose what will be better for the future. Shoaib and Farhat are not at performing or performing only against smaller and weaker teams. Please spare them for the domestic cricket and let the new guys come and fit into the mould of regular one day cricketer or they will be sitting on the benches till the time these guys retire!

  • Masood Ahmed on February 14, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Don't bring personal life of Shoaib while discussing his professional life. Sania Mirza should not be brought into discussion.

  • Midfin on February 14, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Absolutely u are right, and also we cant play a world class team without a regular keeper in an ODI , Umar akmal is a top class batsman but keeping wickets is really affecting him,,,,,

  • Dr. Talha on February 14, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Take my word Kamran. farhat will never get dropped until n unless ILYAS is there as a selector. So my request on behalf of all the Pakistanis, to the higher authorities of PCB, PLZ PLZ PLZ fire Ilyas. He is damaging Pak cricket enormously.

  • stn on February 14, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    With Hafeez, Farhat, Asad, Younis and Misbah pak can NEVER chase big totals. They are total failures in ODIs. And there is still cricket left in Yousuf, kindly get him back. He is far far better than Misbah and Younis in ODIs.Pak future ODI eleven should be

    Nasir Jamshed Ahmed Shehzad Omar Amin Mohammad Yousuf Umar Akmal Fawad Alam Shahid Afridi Hammad Azam Saeed Ajmal Umar Gul Sohail Khan

  • MUHAMMAD IQBALKHAN on February 14, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Pakistan was winning and it was good and hide the all deficiencies .But one defeat exposed whole things .It is very disappointment that Misbah Ul Haq did not give proper chances to 2nd fast bowlers along with Umer Gul in test and same in one day and when he gave bowling to Wahab yesterday in one day match ,he did not fulfill the hopes .Misbah is always giving new ball to Hafeez and he takes wicket but same is not good for Pakistan Cricket as Fast bowlers are loosing their confidence .u may check last 3 -4 matches record of Azaz Cheema ,Junaid(i may be wrong).

    Wahab Riaz is also very good bowler but yesterday i observed from body language of Wahab Riaz that he became frustra. In addition yesterday we had 8 good batsmen as Shahid Afridi came on 8th no.But it was again proved that we need specialist cricketers .Even dont do job of wicket keeping through Umer Akmal and leave it for its specialist.Umer Akmal left two catches and due to tiredness ,he also could not concentrate on his bat

  • Usman Malik on February 14, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Farhat and Malik didn't play in the test series at least. If their connections are so good, how come they couldn't swing them a place in the test side?

  • Abdullah Shaikh on February 14, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Pakistan has completely lost the plot in the fast bowling department becouse they have not moved beyond U.Gul & W.Riaz. These are very average bowlers who did not find a place in the XI when S.Akhter, M.Amir & M.Asif were playing. They should give a decent opportunity to J.Khan & A.Cheema. Also Misbah has completely blocked out Mohammed Talha and some other younsters. The Bangladesh series was a perfect platform to launch them but Misbah stuck to Gul. Gul is only marginaly better than india's Ishant Sharma, all the efforts on him are being wasted. After all these years both these guys are showing absolutely no improvement.

  • Musab on February 14, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Well, I guess Misbah had his eye on something else, that is why he gave Shoaib Malik a chance. I request Misbah to stop pleasing Sania Mirza and rather think of his Nation. Pakistan cricket has suffered much in the past because of its leaders. I do not want Misbah to repeat the same mistakes done earlier.

  • Abbas Kader on February 14, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    well i agree with you on some portions, but always spiners does not guarantee for match win, England is already in trouble with our spiners and they came out hardly and this is a new parttern of odi which used 2 new balls, it means you should have a good fast bowlers who can swing and seam the ball, specially in second half of the game its very tuff to handle the new balls, We need some good healthy fast bowlers who can bowl around 150 kms. i did'nt see any of our pakistan fast bowler how can bowl 150 kms or + which is very sad, we cant rely on spin always, As batsman like malik, i thing there is some future programme from board to make him future captain of the team or you can also say before malik given the chance to misbah and now misbah turn to give malik chances, well one more thing i have notice in the match that is again Umar Akmal back problem, i dont thing he is feeling any problem its just that he wants to give space to his brother Adnan Akmal and cut the position of Malik.

  • Abdullah Shaikh on February 14, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    I think this combination will make more sense. 1 - M. Hafeez 2 - Azhar Ali 3 - Y. Khan - He always batted at 3. 4 - Umar Akmal - try him 5 - Misbah Ul Haq (C) 6 - A. Shafiq 7 - A.Akmal (WK) - Keeper should be regular. 8 - Shahid Afridi 9 - Aziz Cheema / Junaid / A.Rehman / Hammad Azam 10 - Umar Gul - due to lack of good fast bowlers 11 - Saeed Ajmal

    12th man - Shoeb Malik - he is a good fielder.

    In any case by giving the gloves to Umar Akmal Pak miss one good fielder in the point region. So actually it is a double loss. It will be better for Misbah if he forgot Shoeb Malik and W.Riaz.

  • tarek on February 14, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Great analysis on Malik and Farhat. Farhat also fumbled a run out opportunity and was criticized by Nasser Hussain on his body language while fielding. Both need to be kicked out.

    Note that the Indian TV station which reviews cricket in their program "silly point" with Ashok Malhotra as their expert stated last week that Malik will take over as Captain of the Pakistan ODI. They know what is going on in Pakistan cricket.

  • a.lakhani on February 14, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    i totally agree with the comments of Mr B. Naeem shoaib malik has been given far too many chances and also now its time to bring the new faces in if the old ones are not performing, i agree with your team combinations as well with a few changes as if we look at the first ODI samit patel took 4 wicksts he is a left arm orthodox bowler like rehman, and not take wahab riaz at all in the selection as previous results suggest that junaid khan or cheema is a better choice (not specialist seamer but will do and better than Riaz) i was looking at an interview of shoaib akthar and he he said we still need a specialist seamer and we dont have one apart from umar gul, as seen in the first ODI England specialist seamer(Steven Fin) performed very well and took wickets.

  • terry007 on February 14, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    You hit the nail on the head. Misbah after the test series is becoming a Dhoni after the world cup. Inviting his cronies like Malik and keeping Farhat in the team will eventually lead to his replacement as captain. The coach may also be a willing participant in bowing to Misbah's demand. The second seamer has been a passenger in the last three games with Junaid, Cheema and Wahab doing nothing of substance. Replace the second seamer with Rehman. Give Hammad a chance and Azhar Ali to open with Hafeez.

    Malik should be given one way ticket back to his home.

  • Ashraf on February 14, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    No one dare touch Imran farhat for he has his Father-In-Law as Acting Chief Selector. Young and talented players like Ahmed Shahzad are being ignored because of Farhat. Such like selections are only possible in PCB.

  • Haroon Rasheed on February 14, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Please be sensible, this is the problem of us we only flow with wind....try to wald against the wind and see how difficult it is. Now many of us advocating all new comer in their place in the team but later we will be the one who will blame them for their performances......Yes I also agree there are bad days and good days......Malik & Farhat are in their bad day but it doen't mean they are not good criketers. Currently they are in their bad form they should not be part of team but if they prove in domestic cricket then give them some chance....there are example many good players fails more than 10 times but later they become key player of the team like Verinder Sewag???????? Please understand

  • shah abdul on February 14, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    my dear friends and my respected cricketers and pcb management and who so ever is seeing my comments we all know that inclusion of imran farhat and shoibe malik is of no mean just allow them and help them to score runs against afghanistan like team while making the most talented cricketer sitting on bench hamad azam who have consistenly performed when given chance in west en dies in under 19 and dear selectors believ me mr captain he is the jack kallis of south africa and his positon must be one down in batting he is attacking player and can destroy any batting line in any match and why if he is playing then he is at seventh positon where there is no chance of scorings and pakistan should always be in attacking field like in power playor some how little bit during the one day international match because the oppositon team england and other are taking runs in each and every bowls while at last every team hits so stopping runs in early overs even after powerplay is more enough

  • Ali majaz on February 14, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Ahhh ...Disappointed , thats a very Cheap assesment by Kamran , bringing in someone's wife to ridicule , thats just below standars , I think the team was good enough on paper but just didnt click on the day its as simple as that , 1 defeat and look how writers got their old pens ready.

  • Shadab Mustafa on February 14, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Very right Kamran, This is total destruction! No point of inclusion of Malik & Farhat in playing XI. Specially Malik who's ODI average for last 2 years is less than 10! Whats the point of inclusion of Hammad and Azhar into the squad if they are not in playing XI? Had Pakistan taken England for granted in ODIs? This is crazy stuff!

  • SMARTGUY on February 14, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Good article, hit the nail with comments on farhat and malik, they were totally lost. Fresh blood is required.

  • Sma on February 14, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Just wait and see dear, don't predict anything

  • Asif Khan on February 14, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    I remember Misbah was recalled to the national T20 team when Malik became captain and I just wonder if Misbah is just returning the favour???

  • Zakir Khan on February 14, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Very well said Kamran. This two players will destroy the newly found motivation in the team. If politics still continue then I am afraid, things wouldn't go far from here. The moment people saw their names in the team, it was confirmed that winning would be very difficult but the morale of the team would heavily suffer as well. If they continue to exist in the team, winning will be a long gone story.

  • Naeem Ahmed on February 14, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    I totally agree with you. Both of them should have left out from the team and see for the other options. We cannot take bunch of cricketers on such basis that one is the son-in-law of our national team selector whereas the other one has a strong influence from some of the powerful political person. Pakistani team management has to see into this matter as this is the time to built our team not to ruin it.

  • Dr Z Habib on February 14, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    I agree with you, absolutely. This is the problem with our society in general. A little success and marit is thrown out of th window. How can and dare " one " individual over rule a slection panel? Nobody said any word when Misbah personally requested "services" of Malik... On what basis did he request his inclusion?. This is the fundamental question which should have been asked from Misbah. I and a lot of other people were fuming when we heard about it but... who are we?. This is the picture of our society unfortunately.. in everyway of life there are exeptions and the person who could authorise those exemptions can not be asked about it.. wonder how long we could continue like that as individuals and society.. something has to give way!.

  • Muhammad on February 14, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Pakistan's cricket future must be the most important and not friendship (shoiab malik and misbah) and relation (imran farhat and selection panel). If they will not learn from these mistakes than these results will happen again. Azhar Ali is the future and send Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik back home on next available flight. Before selecting anyone atleast look at their previous score book.

  • Asif Sadruddin on February 14, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    I agreed with Mr. Kamran Abbassi, Pakistan must come out from family influence over cricket match. Secondly, where is Abdul Razzaq, why selection team didn't consider him for this tour. Remember his 10 6's against South Africa in 2010.

    The main drawback for loosing this game was batting flop as usual. We lost first 4 wickets in just 40 runs, out of 2 were lbw. Why Pakistan batsman are not able to play at front foot and always play at back foot and got stucked with lbw.

    Pakistan batting line up need good batting coach like Saeen Anwer, he should be called on and trained openers.

  • Yousaf Ali on February 14, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    True. Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik cannot carry on with this form. Its the time for the young blood to be inducted in the team.

  • Minhaj Ahmad on February 14, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    the presence of Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat in the starting XI is suffocating that development.... damn right

  • Ammad on February 14, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Why shoaib malik!!!!! Why Misbah wanted him in the team remains a mystery!!

  • BikCrikNepal on February 14, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Bang on target...PCB pse no place for Malik and Farhat.

  • Zaki on February 14, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Excellent.The article bares the crux of the problem - Malik & Imran.When will Pakistan's selection commitee purge themselves from these blatant display of favoritism & family relationship.The Team started with a Bang in the test series and now will end with a whimper in the ODI's. Was Misbah offerd a film in Bolywood by Malik thru his wife's connection ? Who knows ? I still cannot fathom why he recalled him to the team.Its time Pakistan replaces these failures with more promising younger stars in order to survive the competition in world cricket.

  • Mohammad Ali on February 14, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Couldnt agree more, friendshipz, favorz, owing, shouldnt come into play at this level, it is clear that Misbah is doin him a favor, and there is no explanation as to why Imran Farhat is in the squad, and i am not sure how in the world anyone can make Mr. Ilyas a chief selector and on what basis, such an illiterate person who has broken PCB code of conduct several times, no impressive record..people like Imran Farhat, Yasir Hameed, Imran Nazir, they all are players who can not score more than 40-60, their body language changes as soon as they score these runs, and it is obvious that they cant score abroad, apart from Younis and Misbah and now maybe Azhar Ali, there is no one in this team who has the potential of playing a big innings..Also,we have a problem with the keeping of Adnan Akmal, i think none of the Akmal brothers can keep, we have lost several matches when Kamran Akmal dropped some sitters and crucial catches against big teams, and it was only cuz of him, Adnan doin the same

  • Dr. Muhammad Hammad on February 14, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Well written and analysed..The same i thought when i saw the team for first match. We should have played Hammad Azam for our future sake.. The days of Mr. Malik and His wife are over in sports now and at least Malik is only playing because of unknown contacts (in Farhat's case everyone knows why he is playing)..if playing 50 overs is our problem then we can even give a chance to Azhar Ali (al least we will not be bowled out like this)...

  • Umar ISLAM on February 14, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Why Imran Farhat & Malik are there. I think Pakistan need to select right combination.Asad and Hafeez open 3.Younus 4.Umar Akmal 5.Misbah 6.Shahid Afridi 7.Adnan 8.Umar Gul 9. Saeed 10.Abdul Rehman 11.Wahaz Raiz.

  • fahim on February 14, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    it is high time that farhat gets the boot from the pak team.he has beeb given so many chances by his unlce illiyas.along with illiyas he should as well.i would play awais zia instead of farhat.and abudur rehman instead of gul or wahab riaz.my possible eleven is.hafiz.2.awaiz zia.3.younis khan.4.misbah.5.malik.6.asad shafiq.7.afridi.umar akmal.9.ajmal.rehman.and adnan akmal(wk)

  • SS on February 14, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Hope Zaka Ashraf reads this article and acts. I think thw whole approach from the selection of the team was very defensive. i would have like Junaid Khan who had so much written about him after the Srilanla series but one bad match on his return and he is almost forgotten. On the other hand these 2 clowns (Malik and Farhat) keep getting chances again and again. I wonder what Moshin has to say. I also would definatley like to see Hammad Azam as he is a finisher based on what I have seen and will like to have Umar Akmal up the order. I know Awais Zia is only in the 20 20 squad , but he should have kpet it. What Ilayas has made sure is that there is no any other opener option avilable so that Farhat is choice of default. I will think out of the box and even thus Iam not a fan of the little Bengali Asad Shifique I will have him replace Farhat for the opening slot.

    We need Watmore. I am sure he will have Ahamed Shahzad in the team. He will also introduce players that have X factor.

  • ILYAS ANWAR on February 14, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Agree 100% with Mr.Abbasi's comments.Yes Imran Farhat and Shoaib Mallick must be dropped for good.

  • T Khan on February 14, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Well said about Imran and Shoaib. This is the delyma of Pakistan cricket that things had been never fair whether it comes to PCB administration or selection. The whole building from buttom to top and vice versa is build up with bleak foudation. When Azhar Ali's confidence is sky high, he is waiting to get his chance. Inspite Malik and Farhat failing on numerous occasions in the recent times. This shaters confidence of young players. I personally fell, Pakistan playing eleven has got no place for Farhat and Malik. Azhar and Hamad Azam should be given a full two to three series to prove their potential. Thanks,

  • Khasta on February 14, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Farhat does not seem to have improved at all, sometimes i feel i have learned more about cricket than him just by watching his dismissals. Wish I had a relative on the selection panel!!

  • Adeel on February 14, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    Kamran,

    I have never rated both players. Both of them stick to their failed and limp guns and never correct their deficiencies. Even Imran Nazir is a way better option than Imran Farhat, because he does occasionally come off. What worries me the most is that so many promising talents are lost to Pakistan Cricket because of a certain attitude. Indian batsmen are maybe less talented but they apply themselves wholeheartedly. Even Umar Akmal is in danger of becoming an also-ran. What is wrong with the batsmen of Pakistan???

  • Haroon Majeed on February 14, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    I completely agree with the above. The political or personality influence on selection must stop now and merit must prevail. Its a waste of time to keep trying Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik keeping in view their performances, especially when we have talent like Azhar Ali, Hammad Azam and others.

  • Naeem on February 14, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    I think our ODI composition has been hurt somewhat by spot fixing controversy - though enough time has passed for the selectors to get it right.

    I would dispense with Malik, he looks like Torres in a Green Shirt! Farhat will remain there - hell or high water till his Father in law is Chief Selector...a poison chalice of keeping Moshin K as head coach!

    Azhar Ali needs to be inducted in this team, as Eng's pacers wont get worse as the Series progresses'.

    Likely Hafeez, Farhat, Azhar, Younis, Misbah, Afridi, Malik/Rehman, Adnan Akmal, Wahab, Gul and Ajmal.

    Prefered Hafeez, Azhar, Younis, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Shafiq/Malik, Afridi, A Akmal, Wahab, Gul and Ajmal.

  • Asif Hameed on February 14, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed at top of the order in place of both Imaran Farhat in the ODIs and Taufeeq Omar in the test would augur much better.

  • mansoor jamal on February 14, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    Itz happening again in pakistani team , managment or capatin trying to oblidge some crickters like Shoaib Malik who has done nothing for the team favour since his return in the squad.Selectors didnt select him at all then a call was made to fit him in the squad rather in the playing eleven, and the result is there Pakistan löost the match. Its not just becoz of Shoaib malik but itz again the system which pulls you down. I strongly hope that Pakistan will come back with specialist in the second ODI. no favour and oblidge just a winning eleven

  • Omer Haroon Ahmed on February 14, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Very well written article, I totally agree with the thoughts expressed so nicely. Farhat and Malik time is over, even if they promise to perform in the later games i will still opt to go for newer faces. And there is an urgent need to find a pace bowler as umer gul is going down with every passing day. How good it would be to find a pacer who could ball somewhere around 150 consecutively.

  • Aqeel on February 14, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    You are 100% true. Despite having a white wash in test series, Pakistan have certain matters to consider. PCB must have to bring players on merit rather than through connections.

  • Muhammad on February 14, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    I was saying the exact same things about Malik and Farhat yesterday! The irony is, after the Afridi and Farhat-In-Law duel, and Malik's sorry performances in the previous two ODI series, everything is so obvious that no matter what Misbah says will be laughed at.

    Pak fans don't mind supporting a fighting team and Misbah has helped create that along with Afridi. But using the success to create a bureaucracy full of useless and aging men will lead to problems again.

    Azhar in for Farhat. Adnan Akmal or Hamad Azam for Malik. Mr Zaka Ashraf needs to and replace the useless Farhat-Father-In-Law.

  • M Teli on February 14, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    I would agree 110 % with Mr Abbasi. When I heard of inclusion of Shoaib Malik I had a strange feeling that this selection will effect the team mentally and will have negative effect.Poor decision by Misbah based on friendship rather than meritis I feel.Unless they mend it quickly it may be too late.

  • Burhan Ilyas on February 14, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    totally agree with the write here

  • Moin on February 14, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Excellent article

  • Abdullah Shaikh on February 14, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Despite it being pointed out on numerous occassions that Farhat keeps getting selected because of his father-in-law who is the chief selector, Nothing is ever changing. Farhat continues to dissapoint and he continues to be selected. i guess that is Pak cricket.

  • IRAZA on February 14, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    That Right Mr. Abbasi, pakistan should come with balance side,proper 4 bowler, 4 batsman, 2 Allrounder and wicketkeeper batsman.Otherwise pakistan development halt with current playing eleven.

  • f khawaja on February 14, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    I can't agree more about Imran farhat and shoaib malik. they should be out and replaced by youngsters. hammad, shahzaib, azhar ali should be brought in asap.

  • Irfan on February 14, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Exactly sir, Fully Agreed, But Farhat is son in law of selector, Malik is friend of misbah , So the balance is preeety much in theior favor till Ilyas dies and misbah fell for sania :D:D:D

  • Sherjeel on February 14, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Malik played terrible against bangladesh, sri lanka and zimbabwe why is he still in the ODI lineup

  • Sanjay on February 14, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Well Said!

  • Usman on February 14, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    No doubt that Pakistan need batsman with good strike rate. Considering the world cup after three years, Pakistan need the solid opening partner with Muhammad hafeez,replacement for misbahulhaq, shoaib Malik, imran farhat, new one day captain and Some good fast bowlers.

  • Arsalan Iqtidar Khan on February 14, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Can't agree more with you. Only two changes are required to the current playing XI. Azhar Ali should come for shoaib malik and Imran Farhat should make way for Adnan Akmal.

  • Irfan Patloo on February 14, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    All the time , pakistan lacks quality of chasing the score.Same happened when there was a match between India and pakistan in semi-final. If pakistan would have batted first, it would have make a big difference.

  • sarfaraz on February 14, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    i think the biggest problem about pakistan cricket team is they dont learn from previous mistakes. All top order batsmen struggled against incoming deliveries from stuart broad and james anderson in test series,still no concentraion was paid to overcome this lack of technique. Imran farhat and hafeez have no solid technique and temperament of international level. Captaincy of misbah ul haq was really dissappointing. He let cook and bopara to get singles easily when england was under pressure after losing 2 quick wickets at 57.and later on that partnership prooved the difference between the two teams. Selection was not according to requirement . If openers not performing,then why dont they introduce new and solid players like owais zia..Pakistan need aggressive approach in remaining odis,othervise they will be defeated easily in t20 series as well

  • Abdul Razzaq on February 14, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Excellent article Mr. Abbasi, Perhaps all the nation want both of them to be axed, except of the selectors (and now Misbah) My team would be Hafeez, Asad, Azhar, Younis, Misbah, Umer, Shahid, Hammad, Wahab, Ajmal and Gul.

  • Yasir on February 14, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Thank you so much for writing exactly what every Pakistani cricket supporter has been thinking. I hope Misbah, Mohsin and Zaka Ashraf read this article. I don't even want to mention Mr Susar Jee if you get what I mean.

  • Imran on February 14, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    fantastic article....hope the pak board reads it and get rid of both Imran Farhat and his father in law Ilyas(cheif selector), they need to include young talent in to the team.....particularly the openers....

  • SameerROCK on February 14, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    well written sir Abbasi.. i like the followings lines most

    "Farhat only occasionally produces a useful innings, and the last time Malik scored anything of note it was the love of Sania Mirza. Malik and Farhat might do well in the remaining matches of the series but any short-term success only delays the development of this Pakistan cricket team. Their pasts tell us that a correcting failure wouldn’t be too far away, whereas the future belongs to others. From this squad, Azhar Ali would benefit most from the rigours of one-day cricket and Hammad Azam is a better investment than Malik. Abdur Rehman is another tempting option. "

  • Umair Khalid on February 14, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    I totally agree with you!

  • Wani on February 14, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    I completely agree, these two guys do not deserve to be in the side . Imran Farhat if produces couple of useful innings can still be considered but Malik is a closed chapter right now. I even put the same comment yesterday in the commentary but I was not published. Azhar Ali is the ideal candidate for long term no 3 and this is the perfect time for him to be included.

  • Shahid on February 14, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    I absolutely agree with you on Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat. Despite Pakistan's success in recent past PCB needs to critically analyze the team combination and fix the issues other wise this team will go no where. Malik and Farhat have no place in the team, one is in the team because he may have supported Misbah in some bad time and other is in the team because his father in law is head of selection committe. Other than that Hafeez has an average of 26 in ODIs, yes he is a fine allrounder but he needs to fix his batting, otherwise he also should not be in the team with that kind of batting average because you can not win against good teams when your openers batting average is around or below 30.

  • Abdullah Shaikh on February 14, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Misbah needs to understand one thing very clearly here. He is 37 approaching 38. Also his personal form appears to be dipping. England bowlers have trapped him LBW on all the occassion he has appeared before them. Secondly i believe Misbah is also responsible for the downfall of Hafeez by putting unwanted pressure on hafeez by keeping Malik on his head. By now it is no secrete that Malik Bowls, bats and fields like Hafiz. They are very similer. No team can affort such identical all-rounders. Hafeez is getting the feeling the Misbah is trying to do away with him by promoting Malik. Also in the tests he did not bowl Hafeez well. I Hope Malik & W.Riaz have played the last game of this tour.

  • Ray on February 14, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Exactly my sentiments. Malik and Farhat will only limit the development of the team. Time to say good-bye to them. Why are we toying with Asad Shafiq. He should be groomed for 2 or 3 down. One down we can try and play Umar. If he plays long enough, Pk will win. By the time he comes in, the game is already a foregone conclusion. Maybe for the time being, Yunus shud play one down for one-dayers, with Asad or Umer at 2 down, followed by Misbah. In place of Farhat we can try Ahmad Shehzad. He had the potential, or lets keep trying new players till one of them clicks.

  • Omair on February 14, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Like always, absolutely spot on Mr. Abbassi! It is actually freakish how Pakistan Cricket serves as a kaleidoscope to Pakistan as a country. Nepotism reigns supreme and meritocracy is forgotten at the first possible opportunity. No governance and rules of engagement between stakeholders. Any success is used to get away with whimsical choices. We have always moved 2 steps after taking a step forward. Sorry to sound too negative which might appear an over-reaction because of the feel good factor in Pakistan Cricket but how can one justify continuous disregard to merit and blatant nepotism in selection. How on earth could Misbah ask for Shoaib Malik's return and selection committee complying to it? Just because he won the test series!! Imran Farhat as an opener is almost as shameless a selection as Junaid Zia with a crooked arm bowling for Pakistan. Despite all this, sheer talent just keeps the team afloat, again, much like the rest of the country! We just have to live with it.

  • H Chaudhry on February 14, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    Very well said ! It is about time to test new talent and faces. The worse can happen is that the new talent may fail but it will be better failure than of Farhat / Malik of the world. It will also trigger an urgency for Hafeez / Akmals who are not getting enough runs lately.

    I believe the 2nd ODI should have Akmal coming up the order. He has talent and Pakistan must nurish this talent. Whereas, the right spot for Shafiq is to open.

  • ashfaq on February 14, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    mr.Kamran Abbasi I totally agree with your article. What you have said about Malik and Imran farhat. They should have brought some new players instead of these failed cricketers.

  • Bilal Mustafa on February 14, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    I agree with the writer in case of Imran Farhat but as far as Malik is concerned he has produced some exceptional knocks in the past and that usually time when they are most needed. But this serious should be his last one if he fails to perform and a solid batsman i.e Azhar should be included. I think his solid intend deserves a spot at opening level in place of Imran Farhat.

  • Abdullah Shaikh on February 14, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Absolutely correct. But Apart from Malik and Farhat i was even more surprised at the inclusion of W.Riaz in the XI, After all Junaid and cheema had done nothing wrong to deserve this and glove duties for Umar Akmal. As far as the keeper mess is concerned i think Misbah sacrificed the Keeper to get Malik in.

  • Kashif on February 14, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Selector Ilyas is selecting his son in law Imran farhan again and again. and Misbah called Malik in team because he is his friend. what the hell is this team selection???? There are players like Nasir Jamshed whose ave is 35, Azhar Ali or shahzeb can be good options.

  • asad on February 14, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    It is disappointing to see our batsmen doing so well in BPL while this bunch looking so hapless and without depth. I dont understand why does Pakistan always put youngsters/new comers up the order and accomplished Players like Younus, Misbah and Umar Akmal come as late as 4,5 and 6. You need to have the best players at the top 3 (like Lanka, RSA, India etc etc), not the lower middle order, where these seniors are so much under pressure that they just block things up or get out

  • Abdullah Shaikh on February 14, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Absolutely correct. But Apart from Malik and Farhat i was even more surprised at the inclusion of W.Riaz in the XI, After all Junaid and cheema had done nothing wrong to deserve this and glove duties for Umar Akmal. As far as the keeper mess is concerned i think Misbah sacrificed the Keeper to get Malik in.

  • asad on February 14, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Very nice analysis. But i was expecting more from Abbasi, especially our faster bowlers and all our batsmen not capable of dealing with the swinging balls, including the inform Younis Khan.

  • Imran on February 14, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Truly agreed over Imran Farhat And Malik conclusion but wut do we have to say Akmal Bros, God knows when this exceptional talent will deliver, i hope my this line @ Akmal's wont hurt Mr. Bakht

  • cricket expert on February 14, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Views of Abbasis are the Excellent, and no one has that much knowledge of pak cricket as Abbasi has, his comments best in history about pak cricket team.I personaly Agree with every single comment of ABBASI. Genious Guy Keep it Up.

  • junaid on February 14, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    Quite right. Malik and farhat have no place in the team.

  • SID on February 14, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    The article expalin that at "What level of assessment current PCB management/selectors and captain are thinking for the future of Pak-Cricket". The selection decision they have taken for the tour & the first one-day was showing that they want to use the image, created by the Test series white-wash for the benefits of "comparatively sluggish players" and prolong their career rather than to build a "younger & more talented" team. One doubts the body language of whole Pakistan team in the 1st one-day, as it was not as that of the test series. What was missing! one believe that the captain, players and the tour management should analyze and analyze soon. Is it again the internal politcs of grouping and fake injuries to have other brother playing at the cost of other player? Hope everything is OK for Umar Akmal. Seems that he is always very SUPPORTIVE while keeping the wickets. Now Game for future assets like Asad,Azhar,Hammad's selection is ON now..Will PCB take the power play!

  • waseem baig on February 14, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    I think the Pak team that played the first one dayer was not balanced. You are playing Shahid Afridi at 6 down and Wahab Riaz at 11, thus trying to match England in the non existent tail category. What you are losing out is on specialist bowlers and a specialist wicket keeper. We have been trying to find another fast bowling all rounder for ages, the closest we got was Abdul Razzaq. The batting heavy order meant that each player was like we bat deep so some one else will get the runs. You should not forget the basics of limited over cricket where you have 5 batsmen plus an all rounder to manage batting in the alloted 50 overs and 5 specialist bowlers again assisted by the all rounder for the bowling quotas. Besides still being in the faze of the white wash, the balance in the 11 was basically the reason for last night's defeat. However credit is due for the English team to turn their fortunes around. All is not lost yet for Pak but they need to ensure the best balanced team walks out.

  • Fraz Mahmud on February 14, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Absolutely spot on with your assessment of the pakistan team in the last game Kamran. I agree 100%. You echo the sentiment and opinion of many Pakistan cricket fans who feel exactly the same way. These decisions are hard to take but ones Pakistan cricket will need to take if we are to move forward and be consistent performers everywhere. Another thing that I would like to add is the appointment of a future captain as vice captain of the team under Misbah. I see Azhar Ali as a fine choice for that. He is young, carries himself well, and has a good cricketing brain. We need to start grooming our new captain NOW. We should say good bye to the days when the team used to play with 7 captains in the team each with his own opinion. They should select a captain now and then stick with him. This along with the recommendations you have made need to be incorporated into Pakistan cricket.

  • Shahid on February 14, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    Exactly!

  • irfan bhat on February 14, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    you are absolutely right Mr. Abassi,Pak test team is making a good progress because of a well balanced side and every player slotted at proper position in the line up but i am not sure whether this one day side is going to fare well as accept a couple of players ,others are either making the playing eleven due to the favors rather than on merit and some players have been slotted in such a way in the batting order without any sense.Most of the people will agree with me on umar akmal being the most talented batsman in this batting line up when it comes to limited overs cricket and sending him so low down the order minimizes his efficieny on having a real impact on the game.Asad shafiq seems more of a good player of spin who will serve better in the middle order at 4 or 5 but sending him at no 3 to face the new cherry minimizes his effieincy too and afridi deserves to be at 6 or 7..again misbah and younis coming at consecutive numbers halts the flow.well,malik n farhat,throw them out

  • Imran Zia on February 14, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    the moral suffers where there is no merit! No one speaks about farhat wouldnt pick in him in my family eleven

  • Zee on February 14, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Another point, why Umer Akmal is not considered as full time batsman? I think he is best batsman in the current team and should be utilized properly.

  • Salman on February 14, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Nasir Jamshaid Ahmad Shahzad Azhar Ali Asad Shafiq Umar Akmal Afridi Razzaq/Another spinner/Another Seamer/Hafeez Adnan Akmal Ajmal Umar gul Wahab Riaz

  • Hasnain Bashir on February 14, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Farhat and Malik should understand that they are playing for the Country and lot more is asked from them. Every one knows about Farhat's case as he himself will realize that his performance is never been the world class since his debut. Malik must perform in domestic rather than riding on Misbah's shoulder. They were doing injustice with the Pakistani Talent......

  • Sheheryar Khan on February 14, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    Thanks for sharing my views and publishing them. I totally agree. Specially Shoaib Malik! Apart from not doing anything worthwhile of late he has also been called up for having a negative influence in the dressing room. Pak Cricket does NOT need people like that. Farhat too has had far too many chances and he is still a mystery when it comes to expectations. Selectors please start working for the country and not your agendas.

  • Ahmed Raza Kazmi on February 14, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    I agree with the writer....selection should be based on performance not on relationships...young players should be given chances....even if they fail we know that we r trying something new....

  • Yasar Yaya on February 14, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    An excellent disection of the real problem in the team,Good job Mr. Abbasi.I agree with your openion about the two, but to add to the list of task to do is to find a good wicket keeper batsman. You cannot sacrifice the talent of Umar for a job he is never supposed to be doing.

  • Pakman on February 14, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Agree 100%. Pakistan's new face is the winning face that we have seen. Putting these useless players of the past that have already failed is simply going backwards. Get rid of them! We need fresh faces! Hammad Azam and Abdur Rehman are needed in the team. But dont be surprised if PCB lets us down again.

  • ubaid on February 14, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    100% Right..

  • Rifat khan on February 14, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Yes, I do fully second the statement by Abbasi as Pakistan is in the rebuilding phase we must try to bring new talent like Azhar, Azam and Zia. Further more, their should be a continuously check/mark on performances by top order. Until and unless Pakistan's top order perform well we should expect lower order to Ball and Bat both. Pakistan should work out a wicket keeper who could open for them to add more strength, depth and reliability in their batting. So over all it needs to be restructured to have better future. Rifat Khan

  • Fahad Khan on February 14, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Abbasi I discussed the same thing with my friends today, they all agreed on it. Malik, Farhat and Taufeeq have serious deficiency in their batting technique. We should promote Asad to open in One day cricket and Azhar in test matches. Flying in Nasir Jamsheed and Ahmed Shazad in coming up series won't be a bad option considering the fact that Shazad will get an opportunity to grow his game under Gayle in BPL.

  • Farhan on February 14, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Agree with everything here. Shoaib Malik either needs to re-invent himself or clear out while Imran Farhat should be discarded since he is useless.

  • A. G. Fancy on February 14, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Indeed selection of team plays a vital role. Inclusion of Shoaib Malik was not warranted. Azhar Ali deserved consideration after his success in test series. If Hafeez was to share the new ball and Wahab Riaz was expected to share his 10 overs quota with Malik then Abdul Rahman was a better choice instead. Whenever Pakistan team seems to break the jinx and marching o right track it falls under selection politics!

  • For the love of cricket on February 14, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    I agree completely....i always wonder how imran farhat keeps showing up all the time. We have a well documented problem with openers, so why pick someone who's inadequacy is just as well documented? And as for malik....he's the product of a bygone era and in this rebuilding phase Pak should do all they can to leave behind the trouble makers of old. perhaps misbah sought to give malik's career one last hurrah, and that's understandable considering his own resurgence; But he has been tried and failed to deliver yet again. Time to move on to greener, and younger, pastures.

  • Faisal Sami Qadir on February 14, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Yeah!! I usually dont agree much with you, but this time i too echo ur sentiments regarding the two players.. maybe all of us feel that only these two r now the remains of unfair selection. Although initially i was supporting malik, but he hadnt helped himself, a determined player at his place would have urged the captain to make him bat at 3 or 4 and let him prove everyone wrong instead he has often hidden himself in the shadows of others at 7 and 8, even when the team would have won anyway like against Afghanistan or bangladesh, it just reminds of malik's arrogance when he clearly refused to bat # 3 during younis's stint.. if that is the attitude, the position is wasted.. for farhat i dont need to say anything, he is just pure rubbish and i hope farhat reads this..

  • Joji on February 14, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Nothing said could ever justify the presence of Malik in the team and to a similar extent Imran Farhat. Hammad Azam single handedly took us to the U-19 world cup finals. He deserves a place. The whole story of Misbah calling for Shoaib Malik sounds fishy. However, this team has had big successes over a period of year and a half and should not be trailed because of one loss. Hopefully the boys in green will bounce back in the rest of the matches.

  • Malik W on February 14, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    Pakistan's batting has several weaknesses. And they faltered twice in the recently concluded test series. First of all Shoaib Malik has no place in the side. I was shocked that Misbah called him back. Hafeez has secured his place in the side on prowess of his bowling. Imran Farhat & Taufeeq umar also are barely creditable. This kind of batting line will continue to fold for Paltry scores, especially in Australia and South Africa. If Pakistan got whipped in south Africa and Australia. This Renaissance of Pakistan cricket will be in vain. And we will be humiliated like India. We need to find new Batting talent ASAP. One dayers are perfect platform to give the new comers a go, look at England. Give a chance to Fawad Alam, Rameez Raja jr, Ahmed Shehzad etc.

  • akmal on February 14, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Your are right on the spot. These so called connections that shoaib and farhat are using should be kicked out for good. Ahmed shazad and Jamshad shot be opening for pakistan. Its time we starting looking for a true world class all rounder. Razzak did a fantastic job in his prime these days his bowling isn't any where near an all rounder quality. The wicket keeping option should also be looked at with new faces.

  • dr omar on February 14, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    v well analyzed by Abbasi.Farhat has hand of Chief selector Ilyas Ahmad in his repeated selection,although there are so many other talented cricketers.Malik should become manager of Sania Mirza now,no role in Cricket

  • Irfan Ahmad on February 14, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Totally agree on the inclusion of Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik. Both of these are a burden for the team rather than useful players. Unless Pakistan get rid itself from these two it would be like playing with nine players.

  • Umair on February 14, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    I agree 100%. Also we need one solid lefthander in the middle to change the one dimension batting.

  • Cricblogger on February 14, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    Totally agree with you Kamran. I also wrote a similar article the last time these two were selected in the team. They wasted our time then and they are wasting it now.

  • Hunbbel Meer on February 14, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    I agree with you Mr. Kamran Abbasi. I think that Pakistan is missing a trick or two here. First of all, our over-dependence on spin has led us to the brink of downfall in our Fast bowling department. When was the last time our fast bowlers did the 50% damage with the new ball. Even with the new ball, our spinners our grabbing the wickets e.g. M.Hafeez.

    I think that operners like Azeem Ghumman, Nasir Jamshed, Awaiz Zia should be groomed. Umar Akmal's batting order must be changed. Azhar Ali should be inducted in ODI. And we need good and mature brains like Hammad Azam, Yasir Shah and Fawad Alam, at least for the future, if not for now.

  • Tahir Farooq on February 14, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Pakistan cricket major problem is, they plan only day by day or maximum series by series, there is no long term planning. Shoab Malik and Imran Fahat got no place at all, instead we should try young blood and groom them for future. There is a lot of potencial in Pakistan, Naser Jamshaid is one of them, we can try him as opner once again, instead of Imran Farhat. Do not waste time and money on these outgoing old buddys, they are a finished chapter.

  • Dr. Talha on February 14, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Absolutely agree that malik and farhat should not be in the side They dont even qualify for Pak B team. But why does Hafeez & Younis always gets ignored. Their performance against all the major teams is PATHETIC. We cannot keep Hafeez in the team just because he gets one wicket with the new ball. Pakistan can have a very good opening pair in Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad. Both very young and agressive. Secondly Pak has a big issue in chasing over 250. They lost both the matches in world cup (against NZL & Ind) when they had to chase scores over 250. Apart from Umar akmal no one else is capable of cahsing it. Lastly i strongly disagree with inclusion of azhar ali in ODI squad. If a player performs well in one format. that does not qualify him for other formats. Bevan, Langer & Slater are good examples.

  • fahim akhter on February 14, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    very well said development of young cricketers directly proportional to selection fairness, everybody raising the question on Shoaib malik even Aamir Sohail ask direct question from Misbah about Shoib and he was not confident after Afgahnistan match. What would i say baout Farhat ? i also miss my FIL. Still my best wishes with the team

  • Asad on February 14, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    Kamran thank you for being honest. Both Malik and Farhat have been tried for a decade and have only proven without any doubt that they do not belong in an international side. Malik has had his high points but at this point is overshadowed by Hafeez (who really needs to focus on his batting these days). If Pakistan wants to fulfill their goal of being the number one side in the world they will never get there without a solid batting line up. I think the batting talent of Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq needs to be groomed appropriately and other solid specialist batsmen (not hitters or all rounders)need to be tried - perhaps Ramiz Raja jr., Fawad Alam etc who have done well in domestic cricket and have the ability to drop anchor when needed. Also Umar Akmal needs to be persisted with in both forms of the game (Taufiq should be dropped from test in my opinion until he can figure out his technique problems). If this issue is not addressed, this batting side will fail repeatedly on fast pitches.

  • laeeq on February 14, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    Pakistan's batting is miserable & on top of that favoritism will damage current run of winning streak. Its our history whenever our cricket start moving in good direction suddenly controversies arises after historic white wash same thing happened by inclusion of Shoiab Malik On captains request who has scored just 32 in last 6 innings which will damage the team spirit & divide the dressing room as it happened today a team who was looking united till test series suddenly arrival of S.Malik has divided them & lost miserably by 130 runs. Umar akmal has been made escape goat by giving keeping gloves who dropped 2 crucial chances & hurt his back just to accommodate S.Malik.Hafeez is already there as 3rd spinner so whatw a shte point to bring Malik? Hammad azam or discarded Abur razazq desreve place in team as all rounder & 3rd seamer along with Riaz & Gul.I hope Misbah will learn the lesson will quit the favoritism & selct the 11 on merit otherwise results will be worst 4-0 white wash ?

  • Farhan B. Makhani on February 14, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Agreed. Ahmed Shahzad, Nasir Jamshed or any other openeer should be introduced and Hammad must be part of Pakistan squad from next match.

  • mirfan on February 14, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik should be out and we should give chance to Hammad Azam and Azhar Ali. Thanks

  • Shafiq on February 14, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Thanks for excellent article about my heart's voice.

    Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik are hindering our team progress. We must groom Hamad Azam, Sarfraz Ahmad, Nasir Jamshed and Ahmad Shezad for team's any chances in global events.

  • zaid_sl on February 14, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Every time pak climbs up the ladder there'l some factor wizin pak Itself 2 push it back,most of the time its been favourism o teams wizin team.misbah needs 2 b careful about building d team 4 d future.if d chief selector isnt gud mr ashraf shoukd bring in a true honest cricket lover as a chief selector,coz its d foundation of development.oh Allah dnt let dis pak down save frm our own enemies

  • Doorie on February 14, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    With Imran Farhat and Malik, v r going only backwords......hope misbah and co. listen to us........give youngster chance so atleast it wl b worth losing......

  • Preshant Sekar on February 14, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    I guess Malik needs a series against India to boost his form. We Indians have a great record in saving many a careers...! Most recently even the great Ponting!

  • Riz 1 on February 14, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Malik , you better play tennis. Mix double pair with your wife - Sania Mirza will be a treat to watch rather than a boring cricket innings.

  • aisha on February 14, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    get lost farhat and malik please

  • Salman on February 14, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Well.. Some of the facts are quite right..Eventually I like to see Hafeez leading the ODI and T20 side with young guys and Misbah, Farhat and Malik never fit in it...and why to select Aizaz and Adnan in T20s?? I also have some serious concerns over our Fast Bowling for ODIs. Why domestic performers (Fast Bowlers) Talha, Rameez, Anwar Ali and some of really good pacers around. As we see in these two matches recently Wahab lacks match practice.

  • Wasif Hossain on February 14, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    I agree 100% with the author.

  • Anzer Ahmad on February 14, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    agreed with Mr. Abbasi about dead wood inflential politics in game, but it would have been better if he had discussed Mr. Umar Akmal (the talented batsman). He is better talented as a batsman then wicket keeper and abouts statistics he is within to ten batsmen's ICC list. Just groom him so that vacant space created by (Mr. Inzimam & Mr. M. yousuf)can be filled.

    Best of Luck to Pakistan Team

  • Zika Mehboob on February 14, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Excellent analysis! Strongly agree, I am surprised why Imran Farhat and Shoib Molik are part of squad even. Azhar Ali should be given a chance in ODIs for Misbah and bring some new faces as well. Abdul Razaq must be the part of ODI and T20 team.

  • Mohammad Omer Saeed on February 14, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Everybody might target Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat. Along with these two, i believe Hafeez should not be an automatic suggestion. He has horrible average as an opener. Although his previous year was better but yet he was not consistent. Hammad Azam should be in place of Imran Farhat opening the batting. He has experience of opening the innings and he plays with very good technique. Azhar Ali should join him as an opener to play a long innings. Umar Akmal at 3, Younis at 4, Misbah at 5, Asad at 6, Hafeez at 7, Afridi at 8, Abdur Rehman at 9, Gul at 10 and Ajmal at 11. I hope that once Dave Whatmore joins our team, he should pick the same eleven as i did.

  • Prometheus on February 14, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    I, just like most Pakistani supporters, was disillusioned seeing Shoaib Malik who I would barely call a batsman, and Imran Farhat who doesn't even deserve to be selected at the domestic level, making it to the international team. Although we have made some progress, as you mentioned, we still need to get rid of nepotism and opportunities unfairly produced through connections. Thanks for the insight and an interesting article.

  • siyam on February 14, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    This is the team pakistan to play in next match

    1.Hafeez 2.Asad Shafiq 3.Azar Ali 4.Yonus Khan 5.Misbha 6.Umar Akmal 7.Hammad Azam 8.Afridi 9.Whab Riaz 10.Umar Gul 11.Saeed Ajmal

  • KiwiRocker on February 14, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    I always enjoy Kamran's no non sense to the point articles. I fully agree with everything. I simply can not understand logic of chosing Shoib Malik and imran Farhat. I realise that Pakistan failed as a team but these two individuals stick out. I was also disappointed to see Wahab Riaz not taking the oppertunity although he deserves another chance. Cricket is a team game and individual brilliance of Saeed Ajmal can not win everything. I simply can not understand what wrong Nasir Jamshed has done? He looks in great touch in BPL!

  • Khawaja Naveed Zafar on February 14, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Kamran Sb,

    When i heard the initial announcement of team and the name of Shoaib Malik was not there, i was relived that at last selectors have made the right call, but unbelievably Misbah asked him to be included in squad as an additional spinner (mind boggling), when you have Hafeez, Ajmal, Afridi and Rehman in the team. As far as Imran Farhat is concerned Ahmed Shahzad, Fawad Alam and Nasir Jamshed are far better options then him (they are proving in BBL). We have to take tough calls if we need improvement in our batting. We need to groom young upcoming batsmen.

  • Azeem on February 14, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    We wont be rid of Farhat that easily im afraid. my take on the XI for the next match. Azam for Malik, Abdul Rehman for Wahab Riaz. 40 overs of quality spin, GUl the lone fast bowler with Hammad Azam bowling seam if needed.

  • Ammar on February 14, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Very well written article but you should also have highlighted the flaws in batting order and wasting Umar Akmal;s talent by making him a keeper. Not everybody is sangakara.

  • Raheel on February 14, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    malik and farhat are the kind of players who will lead the runchase when targets are small or against the teams like zimbabwe,afghanistan and bangladesh but will fail when pakistan is chasing more than 250 against a good side. that is what happened yesterday, farhat should be axed permenantly, nasir jamshed was given a chance back in asia cup 2008 where he performed against india and got injured, he is the best option as an openner in oneday internationals.

  • Shahzad Ali on February 14, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Imran & Shoaib Malik are shameless people... greedy as well.. they are not thinking of the the country's reputation but they take the chance of playing in national team just as a source of their income.

  • Bilal Khan on February 14, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    How powerful one man can be? I mean, you got the entire Pakistan vs Imran Farhat's father-in-law.

  • Tahir on February 14, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    I agree 100%. Both Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik have to go. Their days are over. Pakistan is brimming with talent, it is just a question of WHEN that talent will be given a chance. And in my opinion the time is NOW! I think Imran Nazir should be given a chance as an opener again. At least he will bring better results than Imran and Shoaib combined.

  • sajjad on February 14, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    its time to include Awais Zia , Nasir Jamshed , Ahmed Shehzad in first three openers and one down , Farhat should focus on domestic and BPL county cricket if someone really offers and give him chance to appear there it would be news for everyone , Misbah should quit from T20 as soon as possible , we need professional Wicket keeper , umar Akmal has been wasted by using him as wicket keeper and now he is unfit , Umar gul should be rested as he is out of form, yesterday decider was stump miss chance of Bopara on 2 , Pak team need revolutionary changes to cope with openers problems , Hafiz too need rest now !!

  • looserss! on February 14, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    i totally agree...why hammad was not given a chance in afghnistan match???...i dont think misbah is a good choice for odis and t20s...

    ahmed shahzad has hit two 100s and he is just 21 and alsonasir jamshed is a good batsmen ....with avg of nearly 44 in domestic.....far better than farhat....

  • RaviBhat on February 14, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    Whats with this "two-fingered salute" thing?

  • salman on February 14, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    well written and agreed with, completely..."the last time Malik scored anything of note it was the love of Sania Mirza" loved it! :)

  • sajid on February 14, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    Well written article.You are 100 % right both the players need to be omitted from the playing eleven

  • Shakil A. Sheikh on February 14, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    I think Farhat and Mailk are not good player, Malik has good fielding qualities but he should not be selected only for fielding. New up coming players are should be in the team of Pakistan. You must close eyes on the performance of Younus also. In BPL, Ahmed Shahzad and Nasir Jamshed are palying very very good cricket, I think they will be in the Paksitani cricket team.

  • Mohammed Haider on February 14, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    I dont see shoaib malik doing anything in this series and farhat he\s there becoz his uncle ji is a selector this these two need to get a boot asap and bring in new blood like Azhar Ali in place of imran farhat and hammad azam or fawad alam in place of shoaib malik gosh even our talenders play better than malik

  • shahzad on February 14, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    totally agree that both the players are average and youngsters should be groomed at the moment but while mentioning farhat's connection you forgot malik's real backbone of getting into the team, Govt. in power PPP's MNA Firdous Ashiq Awan who made a hell out of things even last time he was dropped from the team just because he's from the MNA's city.

  • Umair Hoodbhoy on February 14, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    What's with two two-fingered salutes?

  • azzee on February 14, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    iam totally agreed with all of your suggestions.Mr. chief selector ilyas is farhat's father in law and he is trying to permenant farhat in any format of cricket . and ofcourse shoaib has friends like son of Mr. prime minister gillani....

  • Adnan Aslam on February 14, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    i am pakistani and congrats to england. I thnk pakistan team was overconfident after test whitewash... Anyway pakistan should learn from this. Gud luck

  • Think_Logically_why_Shoaib_Mali? on February 14, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    Misbah SHOULD NOT lead Pakistan's ODI side. Period.

    He lost the 1st ODI way before the toss - when he especially requested for the inclusion of Shoaib Malik in team. Misbah knew very well that Malik won't contribute anything but he included him anyways so that when he (Misbah) retires, he is on good terms with senior players like Malik! I see no other logic behind Malik's inclusion into the team.

    If that's how the board and the Captain is going to behave then good luck to Pak cricket in ODI's and T20. Because in these shorter formats of the game you need lot more intelligence to play your game from over to over - instead of session to session in tests. Everyone knows why Farhat was included but no one can quite figure it out why Shoaib Malik keeps showing up in the team when we can win without him. Basically Misbah has shown to the whole world that Pakistan has no better player than Malik to play the ODI. If that's true then we might as well induct all the failed players of the past!

  • Salman on February 14, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    Good analysis, I want to add some into this debate, Pakistan is also lagging a Fast Bowler Attack as a pair with Umar Gul. In One day match, First 15 overs of bowling attack are very important and Pakistan always have such kind of pairs in past. But now, Except Umar Gul, No any significant bowling attack is seen. Spinners can not take win in every match.

  • HHK on February 14, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    100% agreed , same goes for younis's place in ODI, Misbah is supporting his buddies in team.Youngster should be on priority.

  • haider hussain on February 14, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    I agree Malik and Farhat have no place in this squad. And we are wasting / destroying umar akmal's batting talent by asking him to keep wickets and then bat at number 6.

  • B. Naeem on February 14, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    Totally agree, Malik and Farhat have been given more chances than they deserve. Pakistan now needs to look into its future and for that development of its younger players is essential. I would like to see the following line up for the next match:

    1 - M. Hafeez 2 - A. Shafiq 3 - Azhar Ali 4 - Y. Khan 5 - Umar Akmal (WK) 6 - Misbah Ul Haq 7 - Hammad Azam 8 - Shahid Afridi 9 - Wahab Riaz / Aziz Cheema 10 - Umar Gul 11 - Saeed Ajmal

    12th man Abdur Rahman.

  • Javed Malik on February 14, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    Nice article. I have no clue why Shoaib Malik is in this team.

  • hasan on February 14, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    i disagree with your assessment. Just one lose should not be significant enough in any form of the game to turn the opinion so nastily against a team. Just a week ago, every one was singing songs of greatness for Pakistan and now suddenly, one defeat later... negative sentiments are thumping already. If Pakistan lose 2 more one days here, the whole greatness of Test whitewash wud be forgotten like the ruins from a distant age.

    Pakistan is short on consistent supply of sparkling batting talent for years now. They have managed to struggle for runs in all parts of the world. They got bowled out for less than 100 3 times in England in 2010. This is not their first 150 less score here in the UAE where wickets are supposedly favorable for their style of play. So when your youth is not gud enuff to score big with reasonable run rate and keep the opposition under pressure, naturally the selectors wud go for experience, which they can find plenty in Farhat and Malik.

  • Alam on February 14, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    There are a number of other good players who are looking for a chance but I don't know why these selectors are thinking about their relatives rather than Pakistan.

  • Kazim on February 14, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Well, this is the problem everybody thinks & even write but it doesn't bother the 'so called' selection (of relatives)committee. Farhat & Malik are playing since last 10 years and couldn't perform well enough to retain. :( no rebuilding process, if Asad Shafiq failed one more time there is a place for Azhar Ali, but Farhat & Malik no one can kicked them out ... :(

  • syedwahab on February 14, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    great th0ughts and great suggestions.well done.0vernight we were discussing the same with our friends.shoaib malik h0lds a stick rather than a bat,saw last night.i think he must play tennis now with saania.

  • HUS on February 14, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    A ball played in the air for a 4 is a good shot but if it goes to the hands of a fielder,becomes a poor stroke.The nation is crying out that Misbah though a good ODI player is not suitable as a capt in the same format because of his test oriented posture. ODI,s need aggression. Its only one inning & you don,t have time to recover. Its high time to use the bench strenth or go to the domestic circuit & pick players knocking at the door of national cricket. For ODI,s & T20 format, give chance to the likes of Shahzeb,Jamshed,Shahzad,Mansoor Amjad,Hammad & Babar Azam. Atleast carry them with the team for some time to increase pressure on non performers. Even Hafeez is not upto the mark instead of his good showing last year. Hafeez can,t be in the team because of his bowling. We criticise Farhat but comparing their batting avg, he is better than Hafeez. So no criticism for criticism,pick deserving players if we have to prepare for the next WC.

  • Rashid on February 14, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    You have said it all for 90% fan who understand and played cricket. Good work doc.A politician and villain Malik is no use and solitician of Malik made me think of Misbah's unforgivable innings with India in Wc, I still have my doubt.

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  • Rashid on February 14, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    You have said it all for 90% fan who understand and played cricket. Good work doc.A politician and villain Malik is no use and solitician of Malik made me think of Misbah's unforgivable innings with India in Wc, I still have my doubt.

  • HUS on February 14, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    A ball played in the air for a 4 is a good shot but if it goes to the hands of a fielder,becomes a poor stroke.The nation is crying out that Misbah though a good ODI player is not suitable as a capt in the same format because of his test oriented posture. ODI,s need aggression. Its only one inning & you don,t have time to recover. Its high time to use the bench strenth or go to the domestic circuit & pick players knocking at the door of national cricket. For ODI,s & T20 format, give chance to the likes of Shahzeb,Jamshed,Shahzad,Mansoor Amjad,Hammad & Babar Azam. Atleast carry them with the team for some time to increase pressure on non performers. Even Hafeez is not upto the mark instead of his good showing last year. Hafeez can,t be in the team because of his bowling. We criticise Farhat but comparing their batting avg, he is better than Hafeez. So no criticism for criticism,pick deserving players if we have to prepare for the next WC.

  • syedwahab on February 14, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    great th0ughts and great suggestions.well done.0vernight we were discussing the same with our friends.shoaib malik h0lds a stick rather than a bat,saw last night.i think he must play tennis now with saania.

  • Kazim on February 14, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Well, this is the problem everybody thinks & even write but it doesn't bother the 'so called' selection (of relatives)committee. Farhat & Malik are playing since last 10 years and couldn't perform well enough to retain. :( no rebuilding process, if Asad Shafiq failed one more time there is a place for Azhar Ali, but Farhat & Malik no one can kicked them out ... :(

  • Alam on February 14, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    There are a number of other good players who are looking for a chance but I don't know why these selectors are thinking about their relatives rather than Pakistan.

  • hasan on February 14, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    i disagree with your assessment. Just one lose should not be significant enough in any form of the game to turn the opinion so nastily against a team. Just a week ago, every one was singing songs of greatness for Pakistan and now suddenly, one defeat later... negative sentiments are thumping already. If Pakistan lose 2 more one days here, the whole greatness of Test whitewash wud be forgotten like the ruins from a distant age.

    Pakistan is short on consistent supply of sparkling batting talent for years now. They have managed to struggle for runs in all parts of the world. They got bowled out for less than 100 3 times in England in 2010. This is not their first 150 less score here in the UAE where wickets are supposedly favorable for their style of play. So when your youth is not gud enuff to score big with reasonable run rate and keep the opposition under pressure, naturally the selectors wud go for experience, which they can find plenty in Farhat and Malik.

  • Javed Malik on February 14, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    Nice article. I have no clue why Shoaib Malik is in this team.

  • B. Naeem on February 14, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    Totally agree, Malik and Farhat have been given more chances than they deserve. Pakistan now needs to look into its future and for that development of its younger players is essential. I would like to see the following line up for the next match:

    1 - M. Hafeez 2 - A. Shafiq 3 - Azhar Ali 4 - Y. Khan 5 - Umar Akmal (WK) 6 - Misbah Ul Haq 7 - Hammad Azam 8 - Shahid Afridi 9 - Wahab Riaz / Aziz Cheema 10 - Umar Gul 11 - Saeed Ajmal

    12th man Abdur Rahman.

  • haider hussain on February 14, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    I agree Malik and Farhat have no place in this squad. And we are wasting / destroying umar akmal's batting talent by asking him to keep wickets and then bat at number 6.

  • HHK on February 14, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    100% agreed , same goes for younis's place in ODI, Misbah is supporting his buddies in team.Youngster should be on priority.