Pakistan v England 2012 February 22, 2012

Opportunity in lifeless surrender

Pakistan's splendid over-achievement in the Test series preceded lifeless surrender in the one-day sequel
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Pakistan's splendid over-achievement in the Test series preceded lifeless surrender in the one-day sequel. In the equation of whitewashes, Tests carry more gloss but Pakistan's crash back to earth is a reminder that the recent dominance of Misbah-ul-Haq's team in the UAE will be a mirage unless deep foundations are laid by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Good teams fail intermittently but Pakistan were consistently woeful in this one-day series, a shockingly poor performance considering form in an environment that suits them. Pakistan failed to muster even one decent effort. The emptiness that England's supporters experienced only a week or ago was transferred to Pakistan's.

The most dismal moment was the selection for the final match. Misbah and Mohsin Khan opted for a lone fast bowler, one who had been kicking his heels most of the tour, to go with the potential of five spinners. One among the spin quintet was Shoaib Malik, a shadow of his former self since he was forced to modify his action. The poverty of logic in Pakistan's camp was confirmed by a decision not to select budding allrounder Hammad Azam or a second fast bowler. Even dropping Imran Farhat, scourge of supporters, offered little solace.

The series started badly and never recovered. The first alarm bell was Misbah's decision to use his influence over the selection of Malik, a captain's autocracy that invariably leads to unhappiness except for when it was once exercised by Imran Khan. To his credit, Misbah read correctly that Pakistan were in a selection muddle; the selected squad was inadequate and needed bolstering. Malik wasn't the answer.

In defeat, the focus inevitably fixes on the captain, and Misbah did little else to help his cause. His voice and body language after losing the toss in the first two matches were of a man defeated by circumstance. Pakistan's generally inhibited and defensive approach to the series bore his hallmark; a winning strategy for the Test arena isn't usually appropriate for limited-overs cricket. It was a surprise to see a Pakistan team apply such little pressure on the opposition with bat or ball.

Misbah's tactics have brought success in this format, although he has been rescued too frequently by the individual performances of Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal. Afridi and Hafeez were below par in this series. Their failure exposed Pakistan's strategy to the extent that there didn't seem to be much of one. Personnel were shifted with little purpose and the management team were slow to react to events and form.

Pakistan seemed little bothered to perform let alone win, a mindset that can prevail when a one-day series follows Tests. But that is no excuse. A defeat would have been acceptable had it helped the future development of this Pakistan team. That was not the case here. Pakistan need to plan with the 2015 World Cup in mind, decide who of the current group will remain a core player in three years, and nurture younger players to fill the obvious gaps in this team.

That process might lead to thoughts of a different captain, even though Misbah should certainly remain at the helm of the Test team, but it does require urgent attention to other areas. Azhar Ali might be the answer to the one-day opening slot but that leaves holes in the middle order alongside the emerging talent of Asad Shafiq and the frustrating talent of Umar Akmal. Hammad Azam needs to be tested in Abdul Razzaq's old role of batting allrounder, and the management team must decide who partners Umar Gul with new and old ball out of Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz. This leaves the wicket-keeping slot where a trilogy of Akmals has failed to convince for differing reasons.

One failure should not overshadow the many unexpected successes of the past 18 months, but it serves an important purpose since the flaws in the current squad and tactics can no longer be ignored. The PCB must take a longer view and build a new team for the 2015 World Cup, and the new regime's response to this series will help us measure the extent of its capabilities and ambitions.

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

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  • Ali on March 27, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Waiting on an article on Asia cup over all.

  • Asif on February 28, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Mizbah will not resign on his own.Very soon he will be shown the door like ponting.He could have easily promoted afridi & azam b4 him & pak would have won the match comfortably but the greed of leading pak to victory on his own let him down badly.Pak continue to make the same mistake of holding back afridi which is the main reason behind the defeats.If mizbah is going to lead in the asia cup than he should use afridi wisely who scored back to back centuries in the previous asia cup batting @ # 6.

  • muzz on February 27, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    hand on the heart luck favoured us in Tests and misbah was cool - but he went too cool to freeze where his brain stopped working - I think he needs to be out of 20-20 and 50-50 he is too slow. Shoib Malik wasted chance and shahid still needs to act according to situation he is too rash in his shots.

  • SaLEEM Nasir Qazi on February 27, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    In none of the T 20 matches has Pakistan succseeded in putting up a decent total within the first six overs . We urgently need to develop opening pair for the team .

  • SN Qazi on February 27, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Misbah and Mohsin need to know that that Pakistan's success in Tests against England was ntirely due to the brilliance of Ajmal and in some matches support from Gul and Hafeez . As for batting there is very noticeable weaknesses in Tests , ODIs and T 20 matches . Leave alone the new players old timers such as Misbah and Younus continue to show lack of consistency in all forms of the game . These are overdue from retirement from ODIs and T 20s . Fielding of Pakistan is its lowest point and worse as compared to any Team in the world . The bowlers other than Ajmal need to be trained to bowl to their set field . The running between the wickets of all the players is poor . They need to be trained to ground their bats when they duck . As for running between the wickets our players need to know that when they dive towards the wickets they need to ground their bats . What has Mohsin been doing as a Coach ?The sooner whatmore joins as Coach the better it will be for Pakistan cricket .

  • Dr. Nadeem on February 26, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Misbah should resign from T20 and one dayers gracefully.....

  • maindad on February 26, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    why is misbah so negative and cowardly, he did not give hammad a single over, he is a very good pace bowler.....such a negative captain.....

  • Imran Khan on February 26, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    KIND ATTN PCB SELECTORS, GET RID OF FARHAT, MISBAH, YUNIS, PLEASE BRING IN NASIR JAMSHEED, AHMAD SHEHZAD, RAMIZ RAJA Jr, AND SOME EXPRESS PACE BOWLER LIKE RAHAT ALI AND M. TALHA FOR ASIA CUP.....THANKS

  • waterbuffalo on February 26, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    I only have one question; would you rather Pakistan beat Australia in Australia, SA in SA, India in India and England at home in a Test Series or would you rather win the World cup or some meaningless ODI series in any of those countries? I would go for beating Australia in Australia. The only ODI series that matters is the World Cup, and Pakistan is not too bad in it.

  • SN Qazi on February 25, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    In the recent past the Pakitan Team has done well specially in Tests . However , selection of some players has been a big mistake - take the case of Imran Farhat , Shoaib Malik in all forms of the game . Performing in one match after dismally failing in ten is not good enough . Also , time and again it has become clear that both Younus and Msbah are not good enough for ODIs or for T 20s . The PCB should take a decision on these matters if they want to build up a credible Team for the next World Cup.

  • Ali on March 27, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Waiting on an article on Asia cup over all.

  • Asif on February 28, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Mizbah will not resign on his own.Very soon he will be shown the door like ponting.He could have easily promoted afridi & azam b4 him & pak would have won the match comfortably but the greed of leading pak to victory on his own let him down badly.Pak continue to make the same mistake of holding back afridi which is the main reason behind the defeats.If mizbah is going to lead in the asia cup than he should use afridi wisely who scored back to back centuries in the previous asia cup batting @ # 6.

  • muzz on February 27, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    hand on the heart luck favoured us in Tests and misbah was cool - but he went too cool to freeze where his brain stopped working - I think he needs to be out of 20-20 and 50-50 he is too slow. Shoib Malik wasted chance and shahid still needs to act according to situation he is too rash in his shots.

  • SaLEEM Nasir Qazi on February 27, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    In none of the T 20 matches has Pakistan succseeded in putting up a decent total within the first six overs . We urgently need to develop opening pair for the team .

  • SN Qazi on February 27, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Misbah and Mohsin need to know that that Pakistan's success in Tests against England was ntirely due to the brilliance of Ajmal and in some matches support from Gul and Hafeez . As for batting there is very noticeable weaknesses in Tests , ODIs and T 20 matches . Leave alone the new players old timers such as Misbah and Younus continue to show lack of consistency in all forms of the game . These are overdue from retirement from ODIs and T 20s . Fielding of Pakistan is its lowest point and worse as compared to any Team in the world . The bowlers other than Ajmal need to be trained to bowl to their set field . The running between the wickets of all the players is poor . They need to be trained to ground their bats when they duck . As for running between the wickets our players need to know that when they dive towards the wickets they need to ground their bats . What has Mohsin been doing as a Coach ?The sooner whatmore joins as Coach the better it will be for Pakistan cricket .

  • Dr. Nadeem on February 26, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Misbah should resign from T20 and one dayers gracefully.....

  • maindad on February 26, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    why is misbah so negative and cowardly, he did not give hammad a single over, he is a very good pace bowler.....such a negative captain.....

  • Imran Khan on February 26, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    KIND ATTN PCB SELECTORS, GET RID OF FARHAT, MISBAH, YUNIS, PLEASE BRING IN NASIR JAMSHEED, AHMAD SHEHZAD, RAMIZ RAJA Jr, AND SOME EXPRESS PACE BOWLER LIKE RAHAT ALI AND M. TALHA FOR ASIA CUP.....THANKS

  • waterbuffalo on February 26, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    I only have one question; would you rather Pakistan beat Australia in Australia, SA in SA, India in India and England at home in a Test Series or would you rather win the World cup or some meaningless ODI series in any of those countries? I would go for beating Australia in Australia. The only ODI series that matters is the World Cup, and Pakistan is not too bad in it.

  • SN Qazi on February 25, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    In the recent past the Pakitan Team has done well specially in Tests . However , selection of some players has been a big mistake - take the case of Imran Farhat , Shoaib Malik in all forms of the game . Performing in one match after dismally failing in ten is not good enough . Also , time and again it has become clear that both Younus and Msbah are not good enough for ODIs or for T 20s . The PCB should take a decision on these matters if they want to build up a credible Team for the next World Cup.

  • Auditor on February 23, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    I agreed with Abbasi,there are so many problems in selection of Pakistan's cricket team.Even an average cricket fan do understand that all 3 formats of the game needs differnt teams.All cricket playing nations around world do apply this plan for their team slection except PCB.There is not any other player in the wolrd who is 38 years old and still playing ODI and T20 except Misbah.With his age, defensive captaincy and pathetic low strike rate he don't even deserve to be in the side as palyer and he is the captain of limited over version team?! ODI/T20 team needs positive minded captain like Afridi who has already proven his worth as a captain in last world cup and even before that in ODI and T20. Young and talented palyers like Nasir Jamshad,Owais Zia,Shahzaib Hassan,Fawad Alam,Sarfraz Ahmed,Hammad Azam should be selected.Misbah,Malik,Farhat,Adnan,Azhar Ali,Cheema should never be consider for ODI/T20 formats.Young and sensible player Asad should be groom under Afridi as vice captain.

  • Arshad Khan on February 23, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Junaid holds the key - he must be inlcuded in every match leading up to the world cup. He needs to increase his speed and work on his accuracy.

  • CC on February 23, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Pakistan is a mediocre side and this just confirms the harsh truth. PCB needs to make some radical decisions amd groom a side for the future. If we are going to lose 4 - 0 then I rather it be with an experimental side where are are trying to find talent for the future as opposed to the current dead weights who in either becuase of the past glories or family ties. Players who are even remotely suspected of corruption should be kept a million miles away (Wahab Riaz). I am very impressed with england - they have learned from their experiences whereas we have regressed. Well done england and I hope PCB learns.

  • Arshad Khan on February 23, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Talking of the youngsters and the 2015 world cup, it absolutely necessary to play Junaid Khan in every single match in order for him to not only be on top of his line and length but also increase his speed. At the moment, he is just a medium pacer and he would be naturally put to sword by the likes of Pietersen and other good batsmen. Junaid is our future leading bowler - he should not be wasted by benching him more often then not.

  • maszh on February 23, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    this ,humilation was bound to happen,as the players are selecting players on mutual relarions,and that too the most average player world have ever seen . Now fans are crying , if one selects limp horses for race ,than the result is always terrible,same is the case with pak team ,selecting limp horses like malik,akmal brothers ,farhat ,hafez and tuk tuk, the result is bound to be dissatrous. Dump these average bunch of guys ,find some good fast bowlers ,confine tuk tuk only to tests , .if team gets white washed in favouring condt. than would be the result on offshores ,when chin music of steyn ,morkel,philander, cummins,patison ,bracewell ,will be on epitome ,so need of an hour is to wake up , shed away these slow abd medicore guys ,select players on merit basis otherwise in overseas the team would disappear in deep gloom.

  • Taimur Khan on February 23, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    We need two functioning high quality pacers. Waqar, Wasim and Shoaib should be able to throw up some prospects if PCB lets them run a nation wide camp.

    Promote Azhar and Asad to open. 3. Umer Akmal. 4. Younis. 5. Misbah. 6. Azam/Razzaq. 7. Afridi. 8. Rehman. 9. Gul. 10. Ajmal 11. Junaid

    Junaid is groomable. Gul should be eased out. Hafeez and Malick are bits & peices players as is Razzaq. Imran's concept that an all rounder should be a bowler who bats or a batsmen who bowls is good. Anything less is a little bit of nothing. Pakistan lost at the top of the order in batting and bowling. In the tests Ajmal and Rehman carried the bowlers and Younis/Azhar/Asad/Misbah carried the batsmen at different times. But in one days u need 11 players to fire. In 20/20 one or two need to fire so once again we will win and the one day flaws will be hidden. But they are very much there!

  • Stone-Aamir on February 23, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Nice analysis by Kamran, this series has made us realized that inspite winning tests 3-0 there was no concrete planning i Pak camp for the game. Only thing they do was just to throw the ball at spinners to help them out. They went to one dayers using same idea, playing 5 spinners on a good batting track was a great example of that. As far as the selection is concerned Shoaib Malik is and will be the part of the team as the very high authorities of the country are behind him, same is for Farhat as chief selector will keep on selecting him. Umar has to learn the control of his temprament on crucial moments. He was responsible of below par score in the 4th match after strong platform as he threw his wicket that created presure. Bowling combination has to be changed and some bowling allrounders need to be included.

  • maszh on February 23, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    mr. Atif is right in his claim that this tuk tuk should not be ,anymore near the one day team ,as limp horses cant won you a race , abd above this using his rubbish clout in selecting one of the most pathetic cricketer ,the world has ever seen, this limp horse has average 26 or something ,a half of great yousfs avrg. whose carrier was destroyed by this hypocrite malik . if in favouring cond. team gets whitewashed ,than allaha knows what will happen in aus ,sa ,when the chin music will be on epitome,need of an hour is dump malik ,misbha ,akmal brothers and hafeez .

  • SN Qazi on February 23, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Misbah is somewhat obstinate . It will a huge mistake to include Shoaib Malik in the T 20 Team . Why PCB includes Shoaib Malik as a Contracted Player is a huge big mystery and a insult and dis service to a few hundred far superior cricketers .

  • Naveed Rasool on February 23, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    I was waiting for Mr. Abbasi's comments, well said. Pakistan will continue to struggle unless quality batsmen are found and drafted in the team, which unfortunately is not happening. Look at the dearth of batting talent, Pakistan has not produced a world class batsman in the last 8/10 years except Younis Khan. Please any one tell me as to how many current Pakistan batsmen can automatically be selected in any international team? No team has tried more opening batsmen than Pakistan but none has succeeded and the search continues. PCB should do something about the quality of First class structure in Pakistan as it has consistently failed to produce world class batsmen.

  • muhammad saidul haque on February 23, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Assalamulaikum Kamran vhai,4th ODI was lost only for Misbah’s immatured,dull brain of craziness approach to apply bowling & bowler selection in the last ten overs.Firstly how had he decided only five bowlers were enough to bowl.Why misbah did not give ball to shoaib malik to bowl? And the main turning point was zunaid khan[ 42nd over] was punished by peterson,then after very next over why misbah had given ball again to zunaid[44th over] to bowl ?! Talking about afridi, his playing approach was totally negative. How Afridi had batted & bowled, only he might know well, does he want to become captain again by showing sincereless attitude ! Was Younus Khan really not fit for playing ?! Do all the current players respect each other honestly ?! Hamad Azam had been included in this whole series, for what ??!! Misbah, he is only perfect solution as the test captain.If nothing changes, Pakistan again will be going to become indisciplined, imbalanced & turning into an ordinary cricket team.

  • Karim on February 23, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    A very good summary Kamran, as always, of the woes currently afflicting the Pak ODI team. As the saying goes 'Those who do not learn from history, are destined to repeat it' and one thing all Pakistan supporters have learned for sure over the years watching the cricket team and the PCB is that they certainly don't learn.

  • Huma on February 23, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Kamran What an article, great to see indepth view of the prevaling situation in Pakistan cricket. Wish someone can tell why Malik was bought in the side when we already have Misbah to mess up things in shorter format games. Misbah please exit yourself before you are booted out and take Malik with you. Let Pakistan come up with new faces talent is no problem letting them in the team is problem.

  • aftab from VB on February 23, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Agree, Shoaib's "timing" could've been demoralizing. Like anything else, defeat in ODIs is a multi-dimensional problem with no simple solution. It looks like Misbah and co, besides being homesick, over-killed the test preparation; they simply couldn't change the inertia, while ODIs gave England reason to think differently. However, the main strategy cited by Misbah during successful route of England was 'gelling' the team. This gel is apparently untenable in the aftermath of ODI route-back. Will bringing in a new 11 help? Not in gelling at least. I do appreciate your analysis and insight, but for the implication that it couldn't have been worse had we had tried youngsters. The whole idea of having a selection board is to get the best eleven in view of present, past and future - and not the eleven that could prepare team for an event 3years but lose now. These youngsters got opportunities, only Asad and Azhar have shown the mettle for pressure situations. Personally,I miss Kamran Akmal.

  • qavar on February 23, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    I have been a keen follower of pakistaani cricket. I dont understand why pakistaani cricketers or selection committee do not learn from their mistakes. When u dont know where u are wrond , there is no way u will ever improve. Batsmen keep doing the same mistakes technically and bowlers the same and do not learn. Younus khan can never even be considered a batsman in this modern day cricket but he is still played repeatedly. All he tries to do is get to the other crease by defending a ball. Forget about trying to score boundries of good balls. Most of the batsmen are like that. Major technical flaws and lack of talent in playing quality bowlers. They dont get it. Every one of the eleven has to be match winners in modern day cricket. Players like tendulkar do not have spot in one day side. Common wake up people.

  • Nomi on February 23, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    Excellent article.

    Misbah's approach towards team selection and his reluctance to adopt a plan B against England played a big part in defeat. As pointed out by writer, selection of only one fast bowler was pathetic. Gul has disappointed in ODIs and looked a shadow of fast bowler who bowled really well with little luck in test matches but Misbah never gave confidence to any other fast bowler either, kept on dropping one after another and also changing the fast bowlers too quickly in fear of runrate which took out the attacking sting required in ODIs. His own performance was more than satisfactory considering his strike rates which showed that he paced his innings nicely but failed to get support when needed. I wont prefer to change captain but PCB should nominate a deputy now to get him ready for WC 2015. My preferred ODI squad would be

    Muhammad Hafeez Azhar Ali Asad Shafiq Younis Khan Misbah Hammad Azam Sarfaraz Ahmed Shahid Afridi Umar Gul Wahab Riaz/Junaid Khan Saeed Ajmal

  • pob on February 22, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    why are people asking for fawwad alam???? hes been tried and tested,but hes no good.also age above 30.bring in young blood!

  • neatrul umpire on February 22, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    misbah is a great captain,but only for tests.he shouldnt play odi's.imran farhat,malik,younis,misbah should be dropped from odi side.umar gul shouldnt be selected for a while so he doesnt take his place in the side for granted.hes failing too often.also no foreign coach needed.

  • Raziullah Qureshi on February 22, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    Good Article, lots of people like that but what will be the result. Everywhere in media (print / electronic) gave lots of suggestions but in the end we see the same results, which we don't like to see. We love our Cricket and Cricketers that is why we are getting angry after such poor performances.

    It seems that Pakistani Team were expecting Shahid Afridi and Umer Akmal to fire in each and every innings after 45 overs and add at least 100 runs. They both are capable to play long innings as they did in 3rd match. If we have learnt a bit from that we should have to sent Umer at no 3 position and Shahid at No 5 our runs would be at least 50 more. Misbah as usual with tortoise speed did the same thing as he did against India in World Cup + Shoaib Malik looking for cementing his own place, scored only 19 runs in batting power play. If Umer or Shahid was there they would set enough by the 35 over that they can turn the score card to better position and result will be in our favour.

  • Adeel on February 22, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    Afridi is the best choice to Captain Pakistan in ODI & T20 as he can easily survive till 2015. Imran Farhat & Shoaib Malik should be removed for good.

    Azhar is not ODI player so he should concentrate on Test matches. Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad should be given proper chances as openers in ODI's

    Younis Khan needs to show more consitency else he should be dropped and still they need to find a good keeper batsman, other than Akmals

    In fast bowling they should give Wahab Riaz & Junaid Khan more chances, remember 2015 WC is in Australia where pacers have more say than spinners and Aamir probably wont be back till then

    For Asia Cup, the team should be

    Hafeez,Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Misbah, Umer Akmal, Hammad Azam, Afridi, Sarfraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Gul

    Junaid, Younis, Ahmad Shahzad, Razzaq

  • Irfan on February 22, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    Guys for gods sake, romancing the reason is not a bad idea for a lot of you. So we lost. Pakistan was a sub par team to begin with which performed well for a short amount of time. You think with inherent deficiencies the likes of which they possess/ed, they will be able to keep the momentum going. Not a chance! No way Jose! Every single one of these issues were there when they whitewashed England and except of a chosen few all of you praised them. Issue with openers was there, new ball balling was an issue except of few occasions, middle order frailty had been laid open many many times and is no different today. Tried and tested failed players are there and will still be there tomorrow. I read some people tried to make a case for Ukmals - are they in their senses? If you don't have a good wicket keeper batsman stick with a safe pair of gloves behind the wicket to provide solid support to your bowlers. Panicking is not the answer, blood young players now.

  • H Butt on February 22, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    These are obviously all good points, but no one seems to be considering a major factor which we attribute to other teams regularly; homesickness. You have to accept that this team has not really been home since the world cup. They were mentally gone by the time the ODI's came about. Living out of a suitcase in random hotels is never easy. Sure, there is a large expat community etc etc, but the fact remains, these players are human and miss being home. Like I said, I agree there are huge issues with the team, but a modicum of compassion is reasonable in my opinion.

  • Ayaan Ali on February 22, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    You are spot on Kamran. Time to rebuild for 2015 world cup.

    Test Team: 1. Hafeez 2. Azhar 3. Younis 4. Umar Akmal 5. Misbah 6. Asad Shafiq 7. Adnan Akmal 8. Wahab 9. Gul 10. Ajmal 11. Talha 12.Khuram Manzoor 13. Junaid Khan 14. Sohail Khan 15. Rehman

    ODI Team: 1. Hafeez 2. Shehzad 3. Rameez Raja 4. Umar Akmal 5. Asad Shafiq 6. Hammad Azam 7. Afridi 8. Sarfraz Ahmed 9. Wahab 10. Gul 11. Ajmal 12. Nasir Jamshed 13. Fawad 14. Junaid 15. Raza Hasan

    T20 Team: 1. Nasir Jamshed 2. Shehzad 3. Rameez 4. Umar Akmal 5. Asad Shafiq 6. Hammad Azam 7. Afridi 8. Sarfraz 9. Wahab 10. Gul 11. Ajmal 12. Awais Zia / Shahzaib Hasan 13. Fawad Alam 14. Junaid Khan 15. Raza Hasan

  • azhar on February 22, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Misbah's own batting style doesn't suit one day cricket. For one day and 20/20 cricket you need physically fit players , not 38-40 yrs old slow runners. Why ahmed shehzad is not in the team. He scored 2 centuries in Newzealand and he is performing well in BPL at the moment. Shahzeb and Nasir Jamshed have performed well in domestic cricket and performing well in BPL as well. We should expect the same result in 20/20 as well. Pakistan's best 20/20 players like Razzaq, ahmed Shahzad, Sahzeb etc are not in the team. Azhar, Farhat,Misbah adnan Akmal can not play 20/20. Please select different teams and captains for different teams like other best teams in the world like Australia, England and South Africa.

  • Aatif J Shah on February 22, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    It was really disappointing to see Pakistan's lackluster performance. But the selection was so pathetic for ODI's that i think selectors should be axed. Can't blame everything on Bisbah who has done so much for during his regime as captain for last 1.5 years across all formats. But it's time now to think adopt the policy for playing specialist for 3 different formats of the game. In ODI it murder if you are going in with One fast bowler on any sort of pitch as now there are two new bowls one from each end in ODIs making spinners less effective.

  • Yasser on February 22, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    TIme to bring back some of our stalwarts. My team would be: 01)K Akmal 02)A Shehzad 03)A Ali 04) M Yusuf 05)U Akmal 06)F Alam 07)Razzaq-C 08)Afridi 09)Gul 10)S Ajmal 11) J Khan. Reserves should be N Jamshed,Y Khan,A Shafiq, H Azam, W Riaz, A Rehman. There may be other talented players playing the domestic, but the above mentioned guys are the best of the lot for a balanced side.

  • zaid_sl on February 22, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    england was the only genuine challenge pakistan faced under mohsin's tenure and v saw how pakistan;s weaknesses were exploited; 1.theres no batsmen who can convert the start to a hundred 2.when the quick bowlers moves the ball around our batsmen dont have the technique 3.when our spinners arent effective v dont have quality fast bowlers these are just the few issues 4 which i think mohsin dont have the capacity to find solutions for,whatmore would be the ideal choice,mohsin could sit above him like in a manager capacity. i hope shehzad and nasir jamshed comes in soon

  • stn on February 22, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    If you look at the records of this pak team, probably this is the "WORST" ever Pak Team.

  • Dr. Talha on February 22, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    "Hafeez below Par". What has happened to you Kamran Abbasi. Tell me when is Hafeez not "below par" against quality oppositions. He never to play so many matches. Look at his record agsinst SAF, AUS, ENG, IND etc..Kindly write an artcle on him as well.

  • Jawwad Naqvi on February 22, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    The bottom line is as you said in the end, "One failure should not overshadow the many unexpected successes of the past 18 months, but it serves an important purpose since the flaws in the current squad and tactics can no longer be ignored". Though I still strongly support inclusion of Sarfaraz Ahmed as a wicketkeeper in the shorter formats as he is not only a reasonably good wicketkeeper but also has a decent batting record, something we are really desparate for. Also, Hammad Azam should no longer be just sitting on the bench please.

  • Atif Dawood on February 22, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Kamran,

    You are absolutely right. In my opinion, Misbah shouldn't even be anywhere near the ODI or 20/20 format. He bats like it's a test match. The guy was taking singles in the 48th over, i was getting so frustrated with him. No wonder he has cost us a WC semi final and a 20/20 final. We need to have a different captain for ODIs and 20/20s(Afridi is my choice), Misbah should be dropped from these two formats. He is a very good test captain.

    I also do not agree hiring a foreign coach (once again) for pakistan team. Why do we always search for a foreign coach? We have never been succeeded with a foreign coach so why now. Mohsin khan is doing a marvelous job and if provided a better team and a captain for ODIs he'll do much better there too.

    Shoaib Malik should never be included in our team again. I saw him bat yesterday and he looked like someone who is afraid of every ball he faced. Why does misbah want shoaib malik in the team, doesn't make any sense.

  • fhs on February 22, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Excellent article – Few Points: 1)Misbah’s decision to use his influence over the selection of Malik hurt the team, selection and the nation. 2)Persistence on playing with Cheema and reluctance on playing with Wahab Riaz is absolutely mind blogging. 3)Not a single chance given to Hammad Azam is simply cruel 4)One was really hoping to see Riaz, Junaid and Hammad playing in the 4th ODI. I was shocked not to see latter twos and see Malik instead Concerning Item: The most concerning item is the bowling. Our inability to bowl the opposition out in a single game is shocking. Remember, our real strength is the bowling (not batting/fielding). We win the matches by bowling the opposition out. Batting is the same. Average ODI score is 225 which we defend most of the time. In this series, it simply did not work which is very shocking to me! Bounce Back: Team Misbah must learn from the mistakes, build the winning strategy and apply in T20 and try to win the series. No need to loose heart.

  • Dr. Hasan on February 22, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Excellent article. Misbah and Co. got carried away by their test victories and in their mind just laid back and expected Eng to roll over against spinners. However Eng on the other hand did their homework and planned to perfection. In the second match had either afridi or umar akmal played for the team instead of trying to score all the runs in boundaries to satisfy their ego then Pak could have won that game as witnessed by the calm and safe playing style of the English batsmen in the last ODI. But most of these "stars" just play for personal glory. Also its time to get a keeper who can keep as well as bat properly...Sarfaraz Ahmed was widely believed to be the replacement for K. AKmal but politics and player power have kept him out which is immensely harming Pakistan team balance. Shoaib malik needs to be sent home for good as well as Imran farhat.Why Hammad Azam was not given a game is beyond comprehension. Also get rid of Mohsin Khan&get Whatmore who is a PROPER COACH!

  • Irfan on February 22, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    One thing to do is not to overreact. Yeh, yeh, yeh, test whitewash, Misbah great captain, history making performance all that is good. But one day cricket is a different cup of tea. Despite admitting that one dayers are a fish of different kettle team management did not respond to its needs. Result is there for every body to see. If we had a separate group of players ready to perform after tests they would want to have prove themselves and not be content with the test wins. Major flaws got swept under the rug due to individual performances in tests only to emerge as demons in later defeats-it had to happen because the players were the same. Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, lack of a regular keeper, including off color bowlers like Gul when you have three new ball bowlers in Junaid, Wahab and Cheema, inclusion of two regular spinners when you have Hafeez and Afridi and a captain with overly cautious approach to a different format-perfect ingredients to a disaster.

  • Gulla on February 22, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Hoa pakistan cant play quality fast bowlers (anderson in not one) and their keeper adnan or Sarfaraz , zulqarnain or Salman make me cry (batting) , Bring Back the Old guns , for ODIS atleast in UAE ,,Opening :Jamshed, Hafeez 'Middle: Asad ,Umar Akmal, Misbah' Keeper Batsman: Kamran Akmal (badly needed)' A.R: Boom Boom, Hammad' Spinner:Ajmal' Fast :Gul or Wahab, Sami or Junaid or Talha , No Cheema PLEASE

  • Yasser on February 22, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    The team has been "rescued too frequently by the individual performances of Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal".Do you watch the same cricket as the rest of us?When has Hafeez ever rescued the side? He is a mediocre player who somehow keeps getting selected. His stats are shocking and he has been found out by the quality pace attack of England. I think Fawad Alam needs to be brought back to take the role of the spinning allrounder in the team.A gutsy player and a good fielder who can hold the middle order.The only "frustrating" bit about Umar Akmal's talent is the lack of patience shown by pundits like you.He keeps getting moved up and down the order.He should be given a permanent position at number 4 similar to what SriLanka have done with Chandimal.They have realised that Chandimal is a precious talent who can serve them for the next many years.All great players take time to find their feet in int. cricket.He still has the 2nd best avg.Imagine what he can achieve if given

  • Noman Sabir on February 22, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    pakistan should include kamran akmal as an opening batsman but not as a keeper. This wil obviously resolve the problem of a good opening players for pakistan.

  • Samad on February 22, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Honestly...i cannot understand why they continue to pick Shoaib Malik. I have always thought he was over-rated and he continues to prove it. There are lots of domestic options for Pakistan here. Take a risk...bring in some aggressive talent for the One Day squad and most importantly, remove Misbah as one day captain. He is far too defensive and frankly it is embarrassing to see.

    Keep him on for the tests as we need his temperament however this is modern cricket and we must be able to adapt to various forms of the game.

  • Mohammad Merchant on February 22, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    I think now it is time to have different teams for the three different format.Technique,Age and requirment of the format should be the criteria for team selection.Based on this I suggest following players should the selected.

    Test:Hafiz,Toufique omer,Nasher Jamshed,Asad shafique,Younus khan,Misbah-ul-Haq,Azhar Ali,Adnan Akmal,A.Rehman,Saeed Ajmal,Omer gul,Wahab Riaz,Junaid khan,Aijaz Cheema,Fawad Alam

    ODI:Hafiz,Kamran Akmal(wk),Nasher Jamshed,Asad Shafique,Omer Akmal,Younus Khan,Misbah,Afridi,Raza Hasan,Saeed Ajmal,Gul,M.Khalil,Tanvir Ahmed,M.sami,A.Razzak,Hamad Azam

    T20: Kamran Akmal (WK),Owais Zia,Ahmed Shehzad,Hafiz,Misbah,Shoaib malik,Asad shafique,Omer Akmal,Shahid Afridi,A.Razzak,Naveed Rana,Raza Hasan,Saeed Ajmal,Omer Gul,M.Khalil,Shohail Tanvir

    Captain should be Misbah,Vice captain M.Hafiz

  • Tariq Gul on February 22, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Very bad performance by our team in ODI.There were no of causes of failures.Selection of shoaib malik by misbah was very bad decision and Pakistan should make separate teams for each format.Hammad Azam didn't get single opportunity of playing which is shocking,Azhar Ali is very defensive player and is suitable only for test cricket.Also idea of playing 3 spinners and only 1 fast bowler is not good at all.New young players should get opportunity in T20 and ODI.Misbah is not suitable for t20,he should retire from T20 and younis khan and imran farhat should be dropped from ODI.Imran nazir,nasir jameshed,ahmed shehzad,shahzaib should be included in team.

  • Sufyan Khan on February 22, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    What I do not understand is why there is a tendency to just stick with the Test team for the ODIs except inclusion of Umar Akmal. Most teams in the world now have a balanced team with youth and experience in their ODI squad. Therefore I agree with Kamran Abbasi's point completely: the selection panel missed a trick. Hammad Azam, Azeem Ghumman, Umar Amin, Mohammad Talha, Yasir Shah and Hasan Raza need to be given a good run. Wahab has a problem with his action that stops him bringing the ball back into the right hander (his jerking wrist) and according to Waqar Younis, this problem may not be a fixable one so I would say leave him out until that situation changes. It wouldn't hurt as much to see young players giving a go and succumbing to the English quality. But to see a plethora of experienced 30+ year olds going down in this fashion is worrying to say the least. Perhaps Mohsin should resume the selection role? Or am I panicking on the basis of one heavy series defeat?

  • Nabz K on February 22, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    I only have one thing to say, Misbah is way too defensive. Captains take their team home and past the finishing line. Misbah ALWAYS fails at the crunch, 2 prime examples are when Pakistan were in the first T20 WC Final against India where Pakistan could have easily won that game but failed to finish the game off. Secondly, against India again, in the Semi-Final of last years WC when the RRR was quite high yet he was hitting dot balls...!! He should have gone for shots...! He hit a 6 in the last over, but then it was too late..! I think he confuses himself when he plays like a test player at ODI matches. His previous records look good because we have played weakened teams.. and as Karan Abbasi rightly mentioned.. He's always had Ajmal & Afridi to his rescue. He is not captain material in my opinion.

  • nasir on February 22, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    PCB never wanted to learn..their selection is biased all knows.

    Misbah, Hafeez, Ajmal, Afridi, Younis, Rehman, Shoaib Malik, Cheema all above 30's or plus...how many survive on basis of performance to the next 2015 world cup. our batsmen average worth is 30 runs rest is bonus

    giving the misbah and mohsin odi selection wisdom, they could select 11 spinner in the team as this the only thing functional in team.

  • Arshad on February 22, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    if PCB want to make team for 2015 w/cup they should bring these players nasir jamshed Ahmad shahzad Babar azam azhar ali,asad shafiq,Omar akmal,fawad alam Hammad azam , usman qadir, raza hassan,sadaf hussain, afaq rahim,m talha, junaid khan,wahab riaz, and one good w.keeper

  • Ejaz Ahmed on February 22, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    I am a pakistan supporter but happy that pakistan lost 4-0 because i am not happy with the team selection and stubborn defensive approach of Misbah. Pakistan played Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan but never given any chance to any youngester which is not good enough. 1 year since world cup has gone but we are for from discovering a good wicketkeeper batsman, good allrounder, couple of good batsmen and bowlers who can perform in Australian conditions in next world cup. This loss is a reality check to show where we stand. It's still not too late but PCB has to change approach and stop giving chances to friends and in-laws

  • Ejaz Ahmed on February 22, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    I am a pakistan supporter but happy that pakistan lost 4-0 because i am not happy with the team selection and stubborn defensive approach of Misbah. Pakistan played Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan but never given any chance to any youngester which is not good enough. 1 year since world cup has gone but we are for from discovering a good wicketkeeper batsman, good allrounder, couple of good batsmen and bowlers who can perform in Australian conditions in next world cup. This loss is a reality check to show where we stand. It's still not too late but PCB has to change approach and stop giving chances to friends and in-laws

  • terry007 on February 22, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    misbah may captain only in tests. He is not suited to lead in ODI and T20.

  • Asad on February 22, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Well your article stop short of calling for wholesale changes in the team which is what is required.They can look no further than the Australian cricket selectors for some inspiration. Ponting,great as he was in odi his form has slumped to the point where abc decided it was time to move on.If the PCB is serious about the next world cup then now is the time to start planning.The following players should be dropped,hafeez,farhat,younis,misbah,malik,gul.Whoever replaces these players one could argue can't do any worst.

  • Ibrahim on February 22, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    A very nice article . . A true picture presented by Mr. Kamran Abbasi. I like it and I hope to see something positive in the up coming matches.

  • Ibrahim on February 22, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    A very nice article . . A true picture presented by Mr. Kamran Abbasi. I like it and I hope to see something positive in the up coming matches.

  • Syed Arbab Ahmed on February 22, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Learning from mistakes and handling of success is something each and every individual and the whole team must learn.

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  • Syed Arbab Ahmed on February 22, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Learning from mistakes and handling of success is something each and every individual and the whole team must learn.

  • Ibrahim on February 22, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    A very nice article . . A true picture presented by Mr. Kamran Abbasi. I like it and I hope to see something positive in the up coming matches.

  • Ibrahim on February 22, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    A very nice article . . A true picture presented by Mr. Kamran Abbasi. I like it and I hope to see something positive in the up coming matches.

  • Asad on February 22, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Well your article stop short of calling for wholesale changes in the team which is what is required.They can look no further than the Australian cricket selectors for some inspiration. Ponting,great as he was in odi his form has slumped to the point where abc decided it was time to move on.If the PCB is serious about the next world cup then now is the time to start planning.The following players should be dropped,hafeez,farhat,younis,misbah,malik,gul.Whoever replaces these players one could argue can't do any worst.

  • terry007 on February 22, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    misbah may captain only in tests. He is not suited to lead in ODI and T20.

  • Ejaz Ahmed on February 22, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    I am a pakistan supporter but happy that pakistan lost 4-0 because i am not happy with the team selection and stubborn defensive approach of Misbah. Pakistan played Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan but never given any chance to any youngester which is not good enough. 1 year since world cup has gone but we are for from discovering a good wicketkeeper batsman, good allrounder, couple of good batsmen and bowlers who can perform in Australian conditions in next world cup. This loss is a reality check to show where we stand. It's still not too late but PCB has to change approach and stop giving chances to friends and in-laws

  • Ejaz Ahmed on February 22, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    I am a pakistan supporter but happy that pakistan lost 4-0 because i am not happy with the team selection and stubborn defensive approach of Misbah. Pakistan played Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan but never given any chance to any youngester which is not good enough. 1 year since world cup has gone but we are for from discovering a good wicketkeeper batsman, good allrounder, couple of good batsmen and bowlers who can perform in Australian conditions in next world cup. This loss is a reality check to show where we stand. It's still not too late but PCB has to change approach and stop giving chances to friends and in-laws

  • Arshad on February 22, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    if PCB want to make team for 2015 w/cup they should bring these players nasir jamshed Ahmad shahzad Babar azam azhar ali,asad shafiq,Omar akmal,fawad alam Hammad azam , usman qadir, raza hassan,sadaf hussain, afaq rahim,m talha, junaid khan,wahab riaz, and one good w.keeper

  • nasir on February 22, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    PCB never wanted to learn..their selection is biased all knows.

    Misbah, Hafeez, Ajmal, Afridi, Younis, Rehman, Shoaib Malik, Cheema all above 30's or plus...how many survive on basis of performance to the next 2015 world cup. our batsmen average worth is 30 runs rest is bonus

    giving the misbah and mohsin odi selection wisdom, they could select 11 spinner in the team as this the only thing functional in team.

  • Nabz K on February 22, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    I only have one thing to say, Misbah is way too defensive. Captains take their team home and past the finishing line. Misbah ALWAYS fails at the crunch, 2 prime examples are when Pakistan were in the first T20 WC Final against India where Pakistan could have easily won that game but failed to finish the game off. Secondly, against India again, in the Semi-Final of last years WC when the RRR was quite high yet he was hitting dot balls...!! He should have gone for shots...! He hit a 6 in the last over, but then it was too late..! I think he confuses himself when he plays like a test player at ODI matches. His previous records look good because we have played weakened teams.. and as Karan Abbasi rightly mentioned.. He's always had Ajmal & Afridi to his rescue. He is not captain material in my opinion.