Pakistan cricket May 14, 2012

Professor takes the T20 chair

Mohammad Hafeez, professor of the Pakistan cricket team, has now also become its Twenty20 captain
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Mohammad Hafeez, professor of the Pakistan cricket team, has now also become its Twenty20 captain. The professor's research interests might initially be restricted to T20 international cricket but impressive early work is a logical path to a more substantial role in one-day internationals. Misbah-ul Haq, who stepped down as the T20 captain, will be equally reluctant to surrender his ODI job but it is hard to see Hafeez's assignment as anything less than an interview for a bigger challenge.

Some Pakistan fans will be disappointed. Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi both still have their supporters although Hafeez has been the obvious successor to Misbah for over a year. Afridi might feel hardest done by. Younis stepped away from T20 internationals voluntarily whilst Afridi lost his captaincy thanks to the erratic decision making of Ijaz Butt, erstwhile chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board. Afridi was an unlikely captain but he brought a wild spirit to Pakistan's one-day challenges that helped revive his country's cricket when it was on its knees.

Misbah took that leadership and revival role further, firmly establishing himself as one of the most pivotal captains in Pakistan's unsettled history. Misbah's story isn't finished--and neither is Afridi's nor Younis's for that matter--but the England tour of UAE posed questions about Misbah's suitability as a captain, and even as a player, in the limited overs forms of cricket. Those doubts and the wisdom to groom a successor have worked in Hafeez's favour.

When he was first introduced in international cricket, Hafeez instantly gave the impression of a versatile cricketer of good sense, albeit a specialist of bits-and-pieces. A poor man's Shoaib Malik he was at the time; now Malik can only watch from the sidelines, an unfulfilled career ebbing away. Hafeez, meanwhile, has grown in stature, securing his position in Pakistan's one-day side as much as an opening bowler as a batsman -- an extra skill that helps buffer the niggling complaints about his batting.

Indeed, leadership seems unlikely to be Hafeez's problem. It's the batting that may undo him. Misbah has a thorough all-round technique and an iron resolve that have allowed him to flourish as a batsman during his captaincy. Hafeez is less technically able and his temperament, as a batsman, has never been entirely convincing, especially away from the familiar places of Asia. Yet leadership has unpredictable effects on players. Some shrivel, others puff out their chests and achieve beyond their natural ability. Pakistan will be hoping that Hafeez falls into the second category, for Pakistan's genuine captaincy options are few.

In Dav Whatmore, Hafeez has a shrewd and experienced ally, who understands the demands of international cricket as well as the nature of Asian cricketers. These are reasons to be cheerful; a suggestion that Pakistan are looking to build again. A new coach, a new T20 captain, and a clutch of new and recalled players spell the start of a fresh era in Pakistan cricket. To anticipate where it will lead might require the wisdom of more than a mere professor but we can be sure that Misbah, Hafeez, and Whatmore will be resolute in their desire to graduate with honours.

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

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  • Hyder Ali on June 22, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Dear sir,

    The captain should be a player that commands automatic selection and knows how to lead from the front. Unfortunately Mohamed Hafiz is more like a Professor nathulal who is still inconsistent and someone like Shoeb Malik who is very successful captain of Sialkot stallions is the ultimate long term leader.

    Regards,

  • Asif on June 20, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Pak lost their 2nd successive series by a huge margin 3-1 having earlier lost to england 4-0.Those who wanted mizbah to lead in odi's should at least realise that pak need an aggressive captain like afridi who was leading the side from the front & was sacked for speaking the truth & refusing to be the yes man of pcb & the coach.Pak under afridi after giving a brilliant display against england in england,south africa in dubai,new zealand in newzealand ,west indies in west indies,2011 wc & 2010 t/20 wc(semi finalists) changed the captain for petty reasons & u can see the team performing so badly.When afridi was the captain the team was fighting till the end & were never disgraced even in defeat.I am sure afridi can still play till the next wc in 2015 & the pcb should immediately appoint him captain for a long term & should not wait till afridi makes another hasty decision to retire as he seems disappointed with his own performance eventhough his bowling was pretty good.

  • SHIYAM RAZAK on June 20, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    I think hafeez needs to bat down the order since, he has lost his confidence in both ODI & T20's. However, he can still play as a test opener since it give more time at the crease to get him self fit in.

    Generally Pakistan needs to drop, few of their current players such as GUL, YUNUS, MISBAH, SARFRAZ,from ODI & T20 team.

    Bring YASIR ARFAT, HAMAD AZAM, ABDUR RAZZAQ,IMRAN NAZIR, AHMED SHEZAD SHOAIB MALIK, KAMRAN AKMAL/ ZULQARNAIN HAIDER/ ADNAN AKMAL,

    MY T20 WORLD CUP SQUAD IS

    01.) M. HAFEEZ 02.) KAMRAN AKMAL 03.) AHMED SHEHZAD 04.) SHOAIB MALIK 05.) UMAR AKMAL 06.) IMRANN NAZIR 07.) SHAHID AFRIDI 08.) ABDUR RAZZAQ 09.) SOHAIL TANVIR 10.) YASIR ARFAT 11.) RANA NAVEED 12.) SHAZAIB HASAN 13.) SAEED AJMAL 14.) AIZAZ CHEEMA 15.) MANSOOR AMJAD

  • khalil on June 20, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    Hafeez is a professor,who does a lot of calculations for scoring a ZERO. 5 ducks in 8 limited overs games.

  • HUS on June 20, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Playing too many dot balls & difficulty in rotating the strike by a set of players having similar technique has led to our downfall.Look at Akmal,having so much talent,he still has no knowledge of the basic cricket. When he was well setteld at the crease he missed so many balls. He was trying all the time to play a ball on the leg stump towards the off & a ball on the off towards the leg side.which could easily be played/placed on that particular side. Resultantly missed so many scoring opportunities.

  • SN Qazi on June 18, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    Pakistan should drop Younis and Hafeez for the next match . They need to send out a message that continued lack of performance cannot be tolerated .

  • Javed Hadan on June 17, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    The real and persosting problem for Pakistan cricket is that long persisting non performers continue to retain their position in the Team such as Younis Khan , Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat . Hafeez needs tone rested and should prove himself in. national cricket . Misbah himself only performs income innings out of eight. PCB, if it doesn't,t take the long overdu decisions and gets rid of the dead wood in the Team then I am afraid the Pakistan cricket is doomed.

  • ark on June 17, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    For the 1st time SL has got an all rounder ,who can turn the game on his head through batting,bowling & most importantly fielding. Thisara Parera is a huge man. If can dodge/avoid injuries,the way he is flying around,will be one of the finnest all rounder on the scene of cricket. Best of luck Parera

  • Shamshad Ali Khan on June 17, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    The retirement of Younis Khan along with Imran Garhat, Shoiab Malik and Ageez has to e done now without further delay so hat their damage to Palistan cricket can be stopped.

  • Shamshad Ali Khan on June 16, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Hafeez and Younis definitely need tone rested , retired respectively . It was a huge blunder not today Sami .

  • Hyder Ali on June 22, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Dear sir,

    The captain should be a player that commands automatic selection and knows how to lead from the front. Unfortunately Mohamed Hafiz is more like a Professor nathulal who is still inconsistent and someone like Shoeb Malik who is very successful captain of Sialkot stallions is the ultimate long term leader.

    Regards,

  • Asif on June 20, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Pak lost their 2nd successive series by a huge margin 3-1 having earlier lost to england 4-0.Those who wanted mizbah to lead in odi's should at least realise that pak need an aggressive captain like afridi who was leading the side from the front & was sacked for speaking the truth & refusing to be the yes man of pcb & the coach.Pak under afridi after giving a brilliant display against england in england,south africa in dubai,new zealand in newzealand ,west indies in west indies,2011 wc & 2010 t/20 wc(semi finalists) changed the captain for petty reasons & u can see the team performing so badly.When afridi was the captain the team was fighting till the end & were never disgraced even in defeat.I am sure afridi can still play till the next wc in 2015 & the pcb should immediately appoint him captain for a long term & should not wait till afridi makes another hasty decision to retire as he seems disappointed with his own performance eventhough his bowling was pretty good.

  • SHIYAM RAZAK on June 20, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    I think hafeez needs to bat down the order since, he has lost his confidence in both ODI & T20's. However, he can still play as a test opener since it give more time at the crease to get him self fit in.

    Generally Pakistan needs to drop, few of their current players such as GUL, YUNUS, MISBAH, SARFRAZ,from ODI & T20 team.

    Bring YASIR ARFAT, HAMAD AZAM, ABDUR RAZZAQ,IMRAN NAZIR, AHMED SHEZAD SHOAIB MALIK, KAMRAN AKMAL/ ZULQARNAIN HAIDER/ ADNAN AKMAL,

    MY T20 WORLD CUP SQUAD IS

    01.) M. HAFEEZ 02.) KAMRAN AKMAL 03.) AHMED SHEHZAD 04.) SHOAIB MALIK 05.) UMAR AKMAL 06.) IMRANN NAZIR 07.) SHAHID AFRIDI 08.) ABDUR RAZZAQ 09.) SOHAIL TANVIR 10.) YASIR ARFAT 11.) RANA NAVEED 12.) SHAZAIB HASAN 13.) SAEED AJMAL 14.) AIZAZ CHEEMA 15.) MANSOOR AMJAD

  • khalil on June 20, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    Hafeez is a professor,who does a lot of calculations for scoring a ZERO. 5 ducks in 8 limited overs games.

  • HUS on June 20, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Playing too many dot balls & difficulty in rotating the strike by a set of players having similar technique has led to our downfall.Look at Akmal,having so much talent,he still has no knowledge of the basic cricket. When he was well setteld at the crease he missed so many balls. He was trying all the time to play a ball on the leg stump towards the off & a ball on the off towards the leg side.which could easily be played/placed on that particular side. Resultantly missed so many scoring opportunities.

  • SN Qazi on June 18, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    Pakistan should drop Younis and Hafeez for the next match . They need to send out a message that continued lack of performance cannot be tolerated .

  • Javed Hadan on June 17, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    The real and persosting problem for Pakistan cricket is that long persisting non performers continue to retain their position in the Team such as Younis Khan , Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat . Hafeez needs tone rested and should prove himself in. national cricket . Misbah himself only performs income innings out of eight. PCB, if it doesn't,t take the long overdu decisions and gets rid of the dead wood in the Team then I am afraid the Pakistan cricket is doomed.

  • ark on June 17, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    For the 1st time SL has got an all rounder ,who can turn the game on his head through batting,bowling & most importantly fielding. Thisara Parera is a huge man. If can dodge/avoid injuries,the way he is flying around,will be one of the finnest all rounder on the scene of cricket. Best of luck Parera

  • Shamshad Ali Khan on June 17, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    The retirement of Younis Khan along with Imran Garhat, Shoiab Malik and Ageez has to e done now without further delay so hat their damage to Palistan cricket can be stopped.

  • Shamshad Ali Khan on June 16, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Hafeez and Younis definitely need tone rested , retired respectively . It was a huge blunder not today Sami .

  • hus on June 16, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    It must be some sort of a record for scoring 6 ducks in a match. We have to check our lowest score of 43 in ODI,s.

  • akb on June 16, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    I don,t know why people consider Whatmore anti player power. If the players play in the same manner like in 4th ODI,drastic purgatory measures should be adopted. 5 ducks in 7 limited overs matches . How can he justify his selection ? Selecting same category of players by the capt ,who score at a rate of 2 runs per over,like Misbah,YK,Sarfraz & Azhar, especialy when you are carrying much better shorter format players.The capt & YK deserve to be sacked from the shorter format of the game if not delivering. Azhar is a fighter in the making & a good omen for us. Promote your U 19 team to the status of national team. First they will not lose it in such a manner & second if they lose it suppose,it will not hurt so much.

  • Adnan on June 16, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    We expect a better performance from our team in the fourth ODI. Play Sami and Hammad to boost our batting and bowling in today,s match, keeping in mind the weather conditions.

  • Khalil on June 15, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Keeping in view the performance of our real batsmen, Kamran Akmal can,t be termed a poor batsman. Technically sound,can perform at any no.Leaving his poor glove work aside even he can be a candidate to show his mettle as a batsman.

  • hus on June 15, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Compare the available lot of openers. Farhat,Hafeez,Shahzad. Even Farhat is better than Hafeez by average runs scored.He may play a stylish cover drive or can play with ease on the on but against low rated teams. He may be favourite of some Raja but the real thing is ,Is he the answer to our problems ? Consistency should be the key to selection. In this backdrop naming him capt should not be to provide a reserve berth to him. Captains & vice capts have been dropped from teams on basis of poor show in the past.

  • akb on June 15, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Afridi is a big match player. He cannot be compared with any all rounder in our team.He has shown brilliance when the chips are down. That,s why he has played this much ODI,s & T20,s.After playing vigorous & forceful cricket for a long time,we can,t expect from him to perform in every match. It,s upto the fresh blood now.

  • khalil on June 15, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    4 ducks in last 6 outings. It,s ridiculous to be in ICC top ten all rounders.Hafeez can not become a good effective all rounder unless he performs against quality opposition & in high voltage games. Even Malik is better by comparison. He has scored against tougher teams. Hafeez should score runs or it is likely that he will not find place in the team.

  • Javed Hasan on June 13, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Rain is likely to save the Pakistan Team from defeat . Once again , Misbah set a flawed Team .he should have rested Tounis and Hafeez . the performance of Hafeez in the last four matches and that of Younis in the last two years has been well below par . What excuse does he have fornot selecting Sami after his very good performance in recent matches ?

  • Shamshad ali khan on June 13, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    I agree Younus Khan strongly deserves to be removed from theODI Team . He has not performed for more than two years .however , he is not likely to be dropped . Misbah himself at ODIs is equally bad. He would not like to have the focus shift on performance and his lack of it.

  • SN Qazi on June 12, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    The main reason for Pakistan,s continuing under performance is flawed and absence of a merit based selection system . Some cricketers whose performance in the last three years has been dismal continue to find a place in the Team . Take the case of Younus Khan who is absolutely unfit to play in ODIs . Same is the case with Imtan Farhat and Shoaib Malik in Any form of the game . As long as these non performers are not retired and new talent given a chance Pakistan will continue to struggle in the second tier .

  • T.Aftab on June 11, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Only one small problem with naming M. Hafeez as captain. HE CAN'T PLAY. NEVER COULD. Par for the course for the PCB.

  • Javed Hasan on June 10, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    I hope in the next ODI Younus Khan and Rahat Ali will be dropped . It is a pity that Abdul Razak ( Misbah does netlike him ) is not I the Team . Bring back Sami .

  • akb on June 10, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    T20 cricket has complicated cricketing matters.It has made things difficult by making whole bunch of cricketers look unrealistic at times. The ones selected for tests fail & T20 is blamed but Those selected for T20 get out inside 20 overs & too much cricket gets the blame. You find it hard to select 11 players for a particular format. Is it the true nature of cricket or too much commercialisation has ruined the game ?

  • khalil on June 10, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    SL is a tough opposition anywhere in the world & especially at home. So you can,t be complacent after winning just 1 ODI. Its one of the best fielding unit,sufficient enough to compensate for any shortcomings in their batting or bowling. But practically speaking SL is better than us even in batting/bowling.

  • ighani on June 10, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    i dont understand why PCB is ignoring M.Youssif he is one of the best cricketer.Selector should give a chance in test against SL.

  • Shamshad Ali Khan on June 9, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    Can anyone explain why Sami was dropped for this ODI ? He is bowling very well and a Soon ODIs he bats better than Misbah and Younus .

  • SN Qazi on June 9, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    Misbah can be depended to do to take unexplainable and underfed enable decisions I team selection . It wasabig mistake to drop Sami when he is bowling so well and has performed excelently in recentmathes . The person to drop should have beenYounus Khan .

  • hus on June 9, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    We saw Malinga & Kulasekra bowling before the 40th over to go for the kill. Has some lesson for Misbah.

  • akb on June 9, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    In 19 ODI,s Sarfaraz could hit only 6 fours & have 23 victims. So what is special about this person ? The only inning against BAN ? He was lucky there because he didn,t do anything extra ordinary. Afridi cannot score all the times. YK & Misbah are not fit for ODI,s anymore.They are down the hill. They should concentrate on tests. Azhar,s inning is most welcome for the side but play Shafique in place of YK. Exclusion of Sami from 2nd ODI is not understandable after his performance in T20. Secure the series then go for experiments. It was premature to launch Rahat when backlash from Lankans was expected after their most criticised defeat in 1st ODI.We need some flare at the top of the order. Probably Shahzad can do that.

  • khalil on June 8, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Azhar in ODI,s is a gamble.He may lose his golden test form by playing ODI,s. Shahzad is truly an ODI player. He should remain with the team. S Tanveer,s inclusion has strengthened our bowling & with little bit of attention towards his batting can make him a genuine all rounder. Sami is special because of his speed.

  • hus on June 8, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    The comments of Malcolm Speed about Butt sounds really appropriate after what Butt said about Afridi after the 1st T20 against SL.

  • akb on June 8, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    When you can bundle out a side under 100 runs & you don,t go for it ! Can,t we call it a defensive frame of mind of our capt. True Sami,Gul bowlig well & you just couldn,t utilise your best ODI bowlers Ajmal & Afridi.

  • HUS on June 8, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Congrats ! Aleem Dar. The nation is proud of you. We need more such people to represent Pak with merit & earn good name for our country.

  • Zeus on June 6, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    PCB never allows a stable team combination to proceed/All the time it keeps changing the players.Its the basic tragedy/Just take the example of such a player like Khaid Latif/ His averege run rate in T20 and ODI is near 6 runs!! Don!t you all think that the best combination should have been like this: Imran Nazir, Mohd.Hafeez (openers) Shahid Afridi, Nasir Jamshed, Umer Akmal (WK& batsman),Misbah-ul-Haq (capt.)Shoaib Malik(vice capt.)Sayeed Ajmal,Umer Gul,anwar ali khan (Ex under 19 fast bowler star player)and Abdul Razzaq/ List of reserve palyres: Awai Zia, Hammad Azam, Asad Shafiq,Sohail Tanweer,Ahmed Shezad, Abd-ur-Rehman and Ayjaz Cheema. What do you think folks? Isn`t it a nicesquad?

  • Asif on June 3, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    @Bha irfan, Hafiz is no match to afridi as far as captaincy is concerned.I don't know how people so easily forget that it was afridi who led pak in to the semifinals of both t/20 & 50 over wc.For ur information hafeez got his 3rd consecutive duck in t/20 matches & it was surprising to see hafeez gave afridi only two overs eventhough he almost got thirmanne out in his very first over but the new aged wk missed an easy stumping chance.It seems to me hafeez doesn't want afridi to succeed whereas it was afridi who backed hafeez in the last t/20 wc when he was not doing well.Had afridi bowled his full quota of 4 overs sri lanka might not have scored more than 100.I know afridi failed to score but @ least he was bowling very well & the blame for the defeat also lies with hafeez for some very ordinary captaincy.Also Omar akmal should bat @ # 3,malik @ 4 & afridi @ 5 if pak wants to win the 2nd match.

  • SN Qazi on June 2, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Shoaib Malik proved once again he no longer fit to play in any version of the game at International level. Nevertheless , he will continue to be provided opportunities . Maybe with luck he will perform in one innings in about 12 and his backers in PCB wil say he has justified his inclusion . Same is the case with Imran Farhat . Pakistan will continue to struggle in the second tier unless the PCB gets rid of. The very large number of no performers and give new talent the opportunity .

  • hus on June 2, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    The longer version of the game called test require stamina,fitness,sportmanship,discipline , knowledge of the game & after all satisfaction ,when you perform well. That,s why it is called test ? T 20 cricket lack some of these elements. May be it,s not true because some people like T20 very much.

  • khalil on June 2, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    We need YK & Misbah in tests. We also expect hundreds from both of them against AUS, especially YK. He has 100,s against all the test playing nations expect AUS.

  • akb on June 2, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Hafeez has to lead from the front. He should sit with Dave & chalk out a plan. It looked like there was no plan at all or it failed miserably.

  • Bha irfan on June 2, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    My brothers say about afridi but he is nothing but a waste of time for pak he is not a good player to compare with haffiz hafiz is a good player and good choice for captain in t20 as well as in odi,s good luck hafiz and god bless you

  • Shamshad Ali Khan on June 1, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    KP ,s recent announcement that he is retiring from ODIs and T 20s is in sharp contrast to Pakistam ,s aging non performers in this version of the game : Shoaib Malik in T 20,s and Misbah and Younus in ODIs . Since they are not going to retire PCB should remove them. As soon as possible otherwise Pakistan,s ranking will slip further .

  • khalil on June 1, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    KP not very stylish but definitely Javed Miandad of ENG,who could adapt to any conditions & any bowling attack around the world. We will miss him in the shorter format of the game.

  • hus on June 1, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    probably we needed a Khan & an Alam to win the T20 cup in SL.

  • akb on June 1, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    The audiences of the game of cricket has increased by many folds since the 80,s. But the technological advacements has made it possible for them to follow the game of cricket & earn their living also. People can,t afford to stay for days on the ground & watch cricket only. It doesn,t mean at all that they don,t love the game. They have other avenues to remain updated & follow the game. Compared to Radio in the past,now we have TV, Cable service, Internet & mobile phones to remain informed about, what is happening around the world in cricket. But in the name of pulling crowd to the ground & introducing T20 cricket,we have delivered a lethal blow to the game itself. T 20 version of cricket is not going to help cricket at all.

  • Hassan Farooqi on May 31, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    All of Hafeez's good performances are against the minnows like Ireland, Zimbabwe etc. He has yet to prove himself against big boys. Just like Misbah's good captaincy in ODI and T20 are against minnows. Those who compare Afridi's statistics with Misbah and Hafeez, should compare against big boys becasue Afridi was not there when Pakistan played the minnows.

  • Kashif on May 30, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    I tend to agree with some comments that Hafiz is an everage player, but I always believed there is something different about him. He is a fighter, an astute thinker, a humble perosn, and a well disciplined indivdual who can bring wonders to the Pakistan team as a captain. Afridi has his charisma, but he is not a disciplined person. Afridi could not discipline his batting in so many years; how would he discipline the team? Misbah is way to defensive for being the T20 captain. Misbah never gave youngsters a chance...even after he won the series. I believe this is a great move by PCB. Let Hafiz show what he has to offer.

  • Sajjad on May 30, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Hafeez is an average player and doesn't deserve the hot seat of a captain. Misbah or afridi should be the T20 captain.

  • Hasan Ali Khan on May 23, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Mr. Abbassi , You will be performing a big service if you in your next contribution you provide consolidated statistics on the performance of Pakistani players in Tests , ODIs and T 20s for 2010 , 2011 and 2012 to date . We will be able to identify players whose recent performance is less than satisfactory and in their continuing to play for Pakistan they drag down the performance of the Pakistan Team . ee players whose recent

  • S N Qazi on May 21, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Why has Imran Farhat been selected ? This is indeed a good question for which no plausible answer is possible . Similarly , a hoorible decision taken is the selection of Shoaib Malik . Both theses players have performed dismally since the year 2010 . Similarly , selecting Misbah and Younus for ODIs doesn't,t make any sense . Look at their batting records for the last three years.

  • Imran Khan on May 21, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    why is Imran Farhat selected..????????

  • khalil on May 20, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    To build up a good & standard side,we have to rise above the player power.Doesn,t matter how big a player is ? There should be no compromise on merit, physical fitness & discipline.

  • HUS on May 19, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Misbah,s reflexes have become sluggish. He can only perform in tests at this stage of his carrier. He should not mind facts.

  • khalil on May 19, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    No politic,s. Hafeez should prove & justify to be captain of one of the most mercurial side in the world of cricket. So far he has performed as a 2nd degree all rounder,falling short of the best category of all rounders in the game of cricket.

  • hussain on May 19, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    With no Pak player in the IPL,Geo Super,s enthusiasm is no less than just cheerleadership.

  • hus on May 19, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Very odd time for inducting a new captain. T20 cup is just around the corner. It would have been a great send off to Afridi if he had been named the capt for the cup. However in the long run Hafeez may be a good choice.

  • Mohammad Shafat Ansari on May 19, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    I read many comments obove. but so far I think Afridi is the best captain in ODIS & T20 formats.none know that, what do PCB want.Hafeez is not experienced players then how to made captain in T20 twenty format. Afridi is one of the best Captain after Imran Khan & Inzmamul Haq.Afridi is energetic captain in comparison Misbah & Hafeez. The world cup of 2011, pakistan team was played semi final No one know that if pakistan Played semi fainal Because team was not good after spot fixing scandal.bur Afridi's performance very superb till semi final. so team was reached in semi final. Currently Afridi is not Captain in ODIs and T20 Formats. but when is he in the ground. he as performed as a captain.

  • hamid on May 18, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    hope he is a good captain

  • Maungster on May 18, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    My comments were not to denigrate Afridi at all. He is one of the best in the shorter formats and he always brings in an air of excitement when he marches into the park. He does not always think when he bats but he is an ace with the ball. My comments were simply to point out that Hafeez is far from an "average" player. There has been some ririculuous posts that Hafeez does not deserve a place in the Pakistan team! To parphrase Shakespeare "I am not to bury Afridi, but to praise Hafeez". I am a fan of Afridi, but I am also a fan of Hafeez.

  • dmqi on May 18, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    Afridi has couple of years at the most to play cricket. He has played wonderful cricket but has done many controversial things too. He should have never be made captain when people like Y. Khan was around. It is the jocker past PCB which has made this situation. Professor will have a very difficult time against SL. This pak team is not that strong. SL is a very balanced side.

  • shaky on May 17, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    afridi deserved dis chance as he is d most talented member of his team... gud luck afridi for future..

  • SN Qazi on May 17, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Misbah , one should keep in mind , has been a non performing Captain in the last two years . The improvement Pakistan Team has shown has not been because of him it has been in spite of him . He is definitely not fit to play for the Team in T 20s or ODIs . He can only bat at snail,s pace and puts enormous pressure on batsmen who come in to bat after him . The worst selection blunders have been the selection of Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik . Their performance may be ok at Pakistan's Local cricket level . They have both totally failed to perform at International levels since 2010 .

  • talha naeem on May 16, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Horrible decision!! hafeez does not have a place in the pak side. He can only justify his selection if he starts to bat at number 7 and bowl regulary, because he is a better bowler than a batsman. His batting record is one of the worst if u consider runs against quality bowling attacks. This will also make way for Ahmed shehzad and pak can have a real talented opening pair of nasser janshed and ahmed shehzad for the future.

  • Syed Ammar Saeed on May 16, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi Pls also write for deserving & talented players but not selected...like Anwar Ali (bowler) .. perhaps he was the same guy who performed excellently in youth world cup a few years back....he is still young n should have been selected / shortlisted...

  • haseem imran on May 16, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    hafeez is good choice maybe afridi or malik were better choices but its ok to build for future good luck to him

  • Malik mujeeb on May 16, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Shahid Afridi is the greatest t20 player ever.This is a blessing in disguise for him that he was not chosen as the captain .He should totally concentrate on his cricket and do best for him and his team.Best of luck Shahid.Allah is with you.

  • Siham on May 16, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Hafeez seems to have all the qualities of a good captain. Moreover, he always has Afridi and other senior players to guide him. It's not like he's been left alone to do this. Hafeez can very well take the ODI captaincy too. Although I think Misbah should stay in the team for a while until younger specialist batsmen like Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali are trained.

  • Altaf on May 15, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    I think afridi should be selected for ODI captain. He is aggressive, unlike Misbah who is a very good captain but too defensive and getting old. Afridi just need to stay calm and make the right shot selection when batting. I think PCB board need to stop selecting 30+ new players and give a chance to young blood like anwar Ali, Jamshed Ahmad and many more who are just waiting. I don't know why PCB is so short sighted and negligent.

  • Kamran Zaheer on May 15, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    The best choice to be made out of a limited number of obvious successors to Misbah. Pakistan currently has a great number of growing factions within the squad that each are supporting different senior players. The biggest of which are supporting Misbah, or Afridi. Whilst I am not thrilled Hafeez got the captaincy, I am extremely grateful it wasn't given to Afridi. Who has proved himself to be a selfish and recently substandard player. His bowling in the last year has been inferior to Abdur Rehman and Ajmals and as a captain after an initial successful period he proved himself to be an erratic decision maker unable to deal with pressure situations. Whether or not Hafeez will do a great job still remains to be seen, for future stability I am glad the board and higher ups decided not to give Afridi another position of power within the set up. Let him stay as a player and should his performances continue to be poor let him be dropped the same way any player should be treated.

  • Syed J. Ahmed on May 15, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    Honestly, who cares, T20 is not suppose to be serious cricket, its more experiment cricket. Teams like India, Australia, England and SA all try different things with their T20 teams, so should we. Afridi and co all have been tried now give chance for youngsters to showcase their talent. Moh Hafeez is the right candidate for the job.

  • Yasir Shere on May 15, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    Afridi has the biggest fan following as compare to others like always. It is true that he brought great enthusiasm & passion to Pakistan cricket, his bowling was up to the mark during that era but he took a lot of pressure which caused his batting form to decline. The one thing which is to be proud of his batting was his strike rate but it is also going to decline day by day. So it is a chance for him to concentrate on his all round cricket abilities seriously, he is a pioneer of PCT . As far as Professor is concerned, his teaching lessons which he used to give like often during matches are pointing him to be a good leader in future & i think he will get great support from all his seniors including Afridi (not sure about Shoaib Malik).Lets hope for the best & good luck Professor Hafeez.

  • Asif on May 15, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    @detractors of afridi, Just to let u know he was the man of the series as a captain in asia cup 2010,led pak to semi finals of both t20 & 5o over world cups,Almost beat england in england but for poor umpiring,Almost defeated south africa,beat new zealand & west indies & all these without proper backing of pcb who never appointed him on a long term basis.I am sure if pcb appoint him on a long term he can do wonders.As far as t20 is concerned he is rated as the best player & in the recent bcb league he got the highest price tag of $700000 which was equal to half a dozen of his team mates.But for pcb & his detractors i will just say ghar ki murghee daal barabar.

  • Muammar on May 15, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Finally PCB is showing some common sense. Afridi is a good bowler and since his return is showing some responsibility in batting. However, during his captaincy he batted so care free as if he was practising in the nets. Also look at the future prospects. On papers, Afridi is 34+ (add couple of years for real age), how long would he be able to play. It will be best if he plays as a player and improves his batting. I was always an advocate of Afridi as a captain but after seeing his attitude towards batting I now think it is best that he plays as a player. For Misbah, he sould have been made to retire in T20 about a year back.

  • Prof.Naseer Ahmad Ghazi on May 15, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    I cant understand why people don't understand the talent, experience and Captain's ability that lies in Shoaib Malik. Every one says he has been given enough chances, but please can someone tell me how many real and serioius chances have been given to him for the last two years. im really embarrassed at the statements given by the chief selector Mr. Iqbal Qasim, who seems to be a very sensible person apparently, and often says that he will select players on the basis of the profermance in the domestic circuit. now just see the last two tournaments and judge the performance of Shoaib. in the One day Faysal bank tournament, he won the tournament for PIA single handed, by scoring 363 runs in 7 matches with 14 wickets as bowler as well. he was the man of the match in the semi final and final as well in pressure games. then in the T.20 tournament he performed well and won trophy for Sialkot Stallions. But unfortunately he is just selected for T 20, and not for one days, Is is really fair.

  • Merchant on May 15, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    I think it is the right decision to appoint Hafeez as a captain. One thing is bothering me as a cricketer is that our media especially Geo sports channel's host and others like him are opposing Hafeez's selection as a captain. These types of bias so called experts are trying to create grouping in the team. It is the duty of every sports loving fan to wait for the result before criticizing someone who is not their favorite. I urge everyone to back our team and pray for their success.

  • Ibrahim on May 15, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    I really cannot understand why people love afridi so much. I mean i like him but tbh he's a average player. He has lost us more matches then he has won. During his early years he was a useful batsman a average bowler and a decent fielder. Now he's just a good bowler who plays as an allrounder. People give him credit for lifting the team but was he the one who got us back on the track? Did he drew that series against SA? Did he won us that test series against srilanka? All he did was that he left us in a tough situation in england. I'm not saying that he shouldn't be in the team but all i'm saying is that he's a entertainer and that's it. Hafeez on the other hand is not the ideal choice but he's not that bad either. He has a good cricketing mind and is a clever bowler. His batting needs to improve in tests. But in T20s and in one days he's a safe bet.

  • Asif on May 15, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Once again great injustice has been done to afridi who deserved the captaincy of t/20 & odi more than any one else.This shows that pcb even under zaka ashraf is not sincere.Hafeez may be ok but afridi is better, more valuable, experienced & respects the command of all his team mates but their is a lobby(intikhab,sarfraz,zaheer & amir sohail ) in pak who hates afridi & does not want afridi in the team.

  • Dr. talha on May 15, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    Hopeless decision!! Probably the worst player ever to lead pak. @ Maungster. Dont always go by the rankings brother. Eng even after losing to pak 3-0 is number one in Tests. Hafeez has only performed against Zim, Bang, Ireland etc. at best he has scored runs against WI and Ind (two of the worst bowling attacks). If u look at his overall stats, he fails in 6 to 8 inns and then scores 20 + runs in a match. Lastly pak will not have the oppurtunity to play nasir jamshed and Ahmed shehzad as openers, just bcz now hafeez cannot be dropped.

  • umar on May 15, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    @ Maungster:

    and what about afridis experience and his quick fire 37 runs in T-20 final against srilanka which we won, along side his crucial breakthrough wicket of AB devilliers and Jaq Kallis who made south africa unbeatable in whole world cup. just think experience comes by years of hard work not in fort night. let see how hafeez performs under captaincy hat.

  • Boom Boom on May 15, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    what ever you say both are the Pride of Pakistan we want good captain. Hafeez is clever Afridi is Aggressive so i think there is not much difference in between them so please stop this now that we want Hafeez or Afridi as Captain.....

  • Muhammad Shah on May 15, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    Nice blog: I don't know whether Abbasi sahib is against the legendary AFRIDI (may be few would not agree with word legendary, but without any doubt he has a global standing)but he deserves another chance after his heroics as Captain Pakistan; especially performance in the WC 2011. If we recall the enviroment of Pakistan Cricket, both on & off field and internationally, I think his performance was awesome. He is a natural motivator and performer. Though I am not against PROFESSOR's selection, I think he is some one with good cricking brain which is reflecting in his game. Now we should back him as he is representing Pakistan, which is most important. I think Younus is not T20 material any more and also he willing left it after is successful 2009 T20 WC... For God sake, put Shoaib Malik far a side from leading Pak team in any format and we don't want to see another humiliating enquiry which brought disgrace to our nation... In conclusion, wish you good luck Professor and Pakistan.

  • Maungster on May 15, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    For all those who wrote that Hafeez is an average cricketer. Here are his ICC rankings.

    ODI bowler 4th ODI all-rounder 3rd T20 bowler 7th T20 all-rounder 4th

    Not bad for an "average or mediocre" cricketer, eh?

    And those who wrote that Shahid Afridi is far superior, here are his rankings:

    ODI bowler 15th (62 points less than Hafeez) ODI all-rounder 4th (37 points less than Hafeez) T20 bowler 5th (34 points more than Hafeez)7th T20 all-rounder 2nd (23 points more than Hafeez)

    Excellent stats but at best equal to Hafeez's

  • hasan on May 15, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    I think the substance of this decision is good and positive. However, i am afraid that the timing is all wrong. Why would you change your T20 captain just a few months before the World Cup? We dont even have enough T20 matches scheduled before the T20 WC starts and just in case if things go wrong in this interim period, there wont be any time left to settle the dust and the World cup campaign will end up in disaster. If it was so important to remove Misbah from his T20 spot to balance the team, then i think Afridi for the time being would have been a better option, simply on account of experience. He has captained the side before and needs less time to adjust to the role of a leader. Hafeez could have been made captain after the World Cup as he would have had whole 2 years to build his team combination and groom his leadership skills.

  • Rehan Bokhari Overland Park KS on May 15, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    I am no issue in giving Hafezz the Captaincy but may be little too early. Misbah should have kept till T20 world Cup and Hafeez can act as Vice Captain till then. I am shocked on the selection of Yasir Arafat and Sohail Tanveer. I think the have seen their prime.

  • kamran j on May 15, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Leaving politics and grouping aside it's a sensible move. Afridi and company are team players so no threat... I hope UMAR AKMAL and others now understand the worth of team effort needed to win tournaments and series. All of us PCB, coaches, players, and fans should understand that in this day and age Pakistan Cricket recognition can only be achieved by WINNING.

  • imran on May 15, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    Lets see.. i hope mishbah and afridi dont play any politics

  • ajmal on May 15, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    Afridi all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Fazil Ahamed on May 14, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    Let the decision be whatever, but still Afridi is the Hero in all our minds whether he is playing well or not. He is the real hero who do all his best to win a game. Simply He is the real match winner.

  • aftab from VB on May 14, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    It's obvious that Waqar Younis is still highly respected in PCB circles and must have given some gruesome assessment of Afridi (that even after going to WC Semis, he has not proven himself). That, and the ad-hoc-ness of Hafeez' own appointment definitely belies the hope that a change at helm could bring stability - the change could be simply a cardboard figure. In effect, Pakistan do not have a plan for T20 WC. I thought Dav was known for preparation. Whatmore can one ask?

  • tam on May 14, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    i like afridi ...............

  • Abubakar on May 14, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Nice article, I fully support Kamran Abbasi and H. Malik about their comments on Shahid Afridi. He is just a good bowler, his captaincy & batting skill sucks !

  • Faisal Taquie on May 14, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    My recommendation: Make Hafeez the captain for T20 and slowly move him towards captaincy for all formats. Make Umar Akmal, the Vice Captain. I have seen this lad perform his best when all the chips were down (kind of like Miandad and Inzi). Give Umar some more responsibility and with the maturity, this kid is destined to shine. The only thing that is in his hands is if he could fail himself!

  • Ayaz on May 14, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    im surprised to see people taking away Afridi's credit for building the team. it was Afridi who built the team and made it competitive after the spot fixing scandal broke out, losing only by 2-3 against Eng in Eng, then 2-3 against another major team SA in UAE and then winning against NZ in NZ and playing the semi final of WC with a team without many big men, he truly deserves the credit of being a successful captain!

  • Fahad on May 14, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    We keep on discussing all these things that are not to be talked about. I am still confused how such a reputable author still thinks that Afridi brought goods in the team. Sorry I completely disagree. Afridi was not the one it was the experience of Waqar that brought 'Waqar' to our Nation. I still have my all votes for Misbah. To be honest we have no respect for the people who played ample part in reviving the test cricket. I have utmost respect for Misbah. The kind of calmness and respect he brought in the dressing room is worth mentioning. The reason why he was able to be such a success only because of his vast experience in leading the Pakistan A team. Its still an early stage for Hafeez I hope he could do better. He has to keep his nerves. We should not start building hopes.

  • Vaseem Siddiqi on May 14, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    To me Misbah is still the BEST CAPTAIN for all three formats and Hafeez should have been made Vice Captain for T20 instead of Captain. Whilst Afridi no doubt brings lot of passion and excitement to TEAM PAKISTAN through his batting, bowling and fielding I have never felt that he had leadership qualities as he is too volatile. In the case of Yunus Khan he should only be in the test team and as Misbah has outperformed him as a Captain there is no opportunity for him to lead the team unless Misbah is no longer playing for Pakistan. However, I would have appointed him Vice Captain of the test XI but I suppose PCB are grooming Hafeez for the future. My only worry as far as Hafeez is concerned is his batting which in my opinion is weak against top bowling side such as England, South Africa and Australia but I wish him well as Mr Abbasi rightly says there is no other alternative for the future.

  • muhammed on May 14, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    a captain needs to have the right credentials for the job, looking at hafeezs stats he is nothing less then mediorce at best, he isnt the quality that we looking for. afridi is tried n tested and brings passion to cricket,picking players like shoiab malik and faisal iqbal is a step backwards especially when you look at their stats and also the amount of chances they have been afforded, try some youngsters for heavens sake

  • Zia on May 14, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Hafeez is a good choice for T20 captain, although I feel uncomfortable with Misbah leaving as he is such a better captain than anyone in Pakistan right now. Afridi's name should never be mentioned again for captain. He walked away on more than one occasion for selfish reasons. There are consequences of doing so, moreover he is too temperamental to be a good captain. Good luck to Hafeez.

  • asad on May 14, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Hafeez is an average cricketer and should never have been selected in any format.

  • Mohammad Aslam on May 14, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    As for as Afridi is concerned he is the best choice for ODI and T20 no one can deny his bowling ,fielding and of course batting is not now a days up to the mark but he plays his role always.There is no choice in the team better than him. Best of luck AFRIDI......

  • Owais on May 14, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Wish him luck but my hunch is that he would not be a very successful captain. Lets hope I am wrong. However, his batting can only improve with this extra responsibility. Lets see. Misbah, Younis and Afridi, all great players are past their sell-by date in terms of captaincy. Afridi might have been a good captain but then its not good to play musical chairs, if he lost his captaincy and is now 30+ I think its better to try out someone new.

  • Abdullah on May 14, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    I have my reservations about this. Mohammad Hafeez has so much on his plate that he will do well to control the extra burden of leadership. Additionally, in Pakistan’s cricketing culture having different captains for different formats has resulted in factions, groupings, and politics in the past. These are my 2 biggest concerns. However, nonetheless, Hafeez is a deserving candidate if there was to be someone else.

    For those that want Afridi as captain these were his last 4 series as T20 captain:-

    Lost 2-0 vs. England Lost 2-0 vs. South Africa Lost 2-1 vs. New Zealand Lost 1-0 vs. West Indies

  • Kamran Hashmi on May 14, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Well, nice read. But I beg to differ. I dont think its a good time to give captaincy to a totally new player who has never captained a side before, just three matches (*T20I) away from the world cup. Although I don't like Hafeez, the batsman, but this added responsibility of captaincy will definitely affect his batting negatively. Afridi or even Malik could've been much better experienced choices...

  • Usamah Khan on May 14, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    A Jazba Junoon! I am happy Sami is back. And Afridi definetely brought that passion / wild spirit to lift Pakistan when they were down and out. When I heard Asif/Amir got banned - i thought, how will we win games now since our batting is usually on the weaker end. But somehow LaLa must have inspired boyses!

  • Kashif on May 14, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Mr. Abbassi you have always had a biased attitude towards Afridi and this piece spells that out clearly. Hafeez is at most an average player and you guys will see where Pakistan will stand the captaincy will further affect his abilities as a cricketer. You feel so hard done for Afridi the one who has always been honest both in character and effort yet the returns for him have always been different, but then this is after all Pakistan :)

  • Mohammed T Sardar on May 14, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Recently, Pakistan had tried so many different captains. Misbah was the Messiah. I rank his contribution to Pakistan cricket above Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Inzi, Waqar, Waseem & CO. After the dreadful event of 2010, both Misbah & Afridi did a wonderful job to rebuild Pakistan. As much as i like Afridi, he remains temperamental, immature, and prompting childish behavior. Pakistan don't need Kama Kazi captains, they need someone with stable head. At 37 Misbah’s times is up, Malik, Afridi, Younus are all tried tested and failed captains. All of them are past their prime, Pakistan need to invest in a young visionary captain who can communicate with his players. Remember when SA appointed Smith as their captain, people like Kallis supported the decision. Smith turned out to be one of SA best captain. On the other hand, Mohammed Yousaf on the basis of being the best player in the team was terrible captain on 2009-2010 tour to Australia. Guys’ not everyone is cut out to be a captain.

  • Mubasher-Hasan on May 14, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    again a fantastic Blog which is describing the whole scenario of future ifs & whats. it would have been much better to re-call the one of Pakistan's great SHAHID AFRIDI for captaincy, instead of throwing naturally growing & shining Hafeez. this could harmly affect his all round performance. moreover, if he fails to leave good impact as a captain then what would you do in the world cup scheduled in September? is this the right time for experiments? i don't think so! the cruel forces in PCB are still enforcing their roles specially Intikhab Alam & Subahn Ahmed who are the biggest critics of AFridi's abilities. most of the members of SC & the chairman agreed on Afridi's name but things changed dramatically & Hafeez Announced captain. let's hope for the best coz world cup is aheading & we are experimenting.

  • H.Malik on May 14, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Well said Mr Abbasi , Give him a benefit of doubt , he has shown good treats ( in pieces may be , BUT that is also what Affridi and Shoab did too ! ) I full agree , Afridi was never a captain material so put his chance to rest for EVER FOR the good of the team , Yonus willingly Walked away from T20 to prolong his test and ODI , so let him excell there too for the Benefit of the team , DO NOT CROW for the tested and proven misfired material in that area of Captain's job . Let Us give high Five to the professor and wish him Good Luck . Indeed in Dav and Misbah , he has the most resourcefull backup to learn from and prosper. Good Luck HAFEEZ

  • Ali on May 14, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Afridi, no doubt deserves that seat; his position in the side has never been questioned. His technique, temperament and bowling/batting style all tailor made for T20, and he has also proved to be an effective leader in limited overs format.

  • Gohar on May 14, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Not many More agree with Your statment about Afridi!! "Afridi was an unlikely captain but he brought a wild spirit to Pakistan’s one-day challenges that helped revive his country’s cricket when it was on its knees". But this is fact that he brings passion back to Paksitan Cricket.

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  • Gohar on May 14, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Not many More agree with Your statment about Afridi!! "Afridi was an unlikely captain but he brought a wild spirit to Pakistan’s one-day challenges that helped revive his country’s cricket when it was on its knees". But this is fact that he brings passion back to Paksitan Cricket.

  • Ali on May 14, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Afridi, no doubt deserves that seat; his position in the side has never been questioned. His technique, temperament and bowling/batting style all tailor made for T20, and he has also proved to be an effective leader in limited overs format.

  • H.Malik on May 14, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Well said Mr Abbasi , Give him a benefit of doubt , he has shown good treats ( in pieces may be , BUT that is also what Affridi and Shoab did too ! ) I full agree , Afridi was never a captain material so put his chance to rest for EVER FOR the good of the team , Yonus willingly Walked away from T20 to prolong his test and ODI , so let him excell there too for the Benefit of the team , DO NOT CROW for the tested and proven misfired material in that area of Captain's job . Let Us give high Five to the professor and wish him Good Luck . Indeed in Dav and Misbah , he has the most resourcefull backup to learn from and prosper. Good Luck HAFEEZ

  • Mubasher-Hasan on May 14, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    again a fantastic Blog which is describing the whole scenario of future ifs & whats. it would have been much better to re-call the one of Pakistan's great SHAHID AFRIDI for captaincy, instead of throwing naturally growing & shining Hafeez. this could harmly affect his all round performance. moreover, if he fails to leave good impact as a captain then what would you do in the world cup scheduled in September? is this the right time for experiments? i don't think so! the cruel forces in PCB are still enforcing their roles specially Intikhab Alam & Subahn Ahmed who are the biggest critics of AFridi's abilities. most of the members of SC & the chairman agreed on Afridi's name but things changed dramatically & Hafeez Announced captain. let's hope for the best coz world cup is aheading & we are experimenting.

  • Mohammed T Sardar on May 14, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Recently, Pakistan had tried so many different captains. Misbah was the Messiah. I rank his contribution to Pakistan cricket above Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Inzi, Waqar, Waseem & CO. After the dreadful event of 2010, both Misbah & Afridi did a wonderful job to rebuild Pakistan. As much as i like Afridi, he remains temperamental, immature, and prompting childish behavior. Pakistan don't need Kama Kazi captains, they need someone with stable head. At 37 Misbah’s times is up, Malik, Afridi, Younus are all tried tested and failed captains. All of them are past their prime, Pakistan need to invest in a young visionary captain who can communicate with his players. Remember when SA appointed Smith as their captain, people like Kallis supported the decision. Smith turned out to be one of SA best captain. On the other hand, Mohammed Yousaf on the basis of being the best player in the team was terrible captain on 2009-2010 tour to Australia. Guys’ not everyone is cut out to be a captain.

  • Kashif on May 14, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Mr. Abbassi you have always had a biased attitude towards Afridi and this piece spells that out clearly. Hafeez is at most an average player and you guys will see where Pakistan will stand the captaincy will further affect his abilities as a cricketer. You feel so hard done for Afridi the one who has always been honest both in character and effort yet the returns for him have always been different, but then this is after all Pakistan :)

  • Usamah Khan on May 14, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    A Jazba Junoon! I am happy Sami is back. And Afridi definetely brought that passion / wild spirit to lift Pakistan when they were down and out. When I heard Asif/Amir got banned - i thought, how will we win games now since our batting is usually on the weaker end. But somehow LaLa must have inspired boyses!

  • Kamran Hashmi on May 14, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Well, nice read. But I beg to differ. I dont think its a good time to give captaincy to a totally new player who has never captained a side before, just three matches (*T20I) away from the world cup. Although I don't like Hafeez, the batsman, but this added responsibility of captaincy will definitely affect his batting negatively. Afridi or even Malik could've been much better experienced choices...

  • Abdullah on May 14, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    I have my reservations about this. Mohammad Hafeez has so much on his plate that he will do well to control the extra burden of leadership. Additionally, in Pakistan’s cricketing culture having different captains for different formats has resulted in factions, groupings, and politics in the past. These are my 2 biggest concerns. However, nonetheless, Hafeez is a deserving candidate if there was to be someone else.

    For those that want Afridi as captain these were his last 4 series as T20 captain:-

    Lost 2-0 vs. England Lost 2-0 vs. South Africa Lost 2-1 vs. New Zealand Lost 1-0 vs. West Indies

  • Owais on May 14, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Wish him luck but my hunch is that he would not be a very successful captain. Lets hope I am wrong. However, his batting can only improve with this extra responsibility. Lets see. Misbah, Younis and Afridi, all great players are past their sell-by date in terms of captaincy. Afridi might have been a good captain but then its not good to play musical chairs, if he lost his captaincy and is now 30+ I think its better to try out someone new.