World Twenty20 2012 September 13, 2012

An instinct for T20

The world is not enough for some cricketers who crave the riches of mercenary T20 tournaments. But the World T20 about to unfold in Sri Lanka is the competition to win
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The world is not enough for some cricketers who crave the riches of mercenary T20 tournaments. But the World T20 about to unfold in Sri Lanka is the competition to win. It might not make you rich, although it will put you in the shop window. You might even enjoy making your nation proud of you. Romantics like to think that there are higher instincts than a hunger for cash.

For Pakistan players, absence from the Indian Premier League now matters less since T20 thrashes in Australia, England, South Africa and Sri Lanka began to offer an outlet for talent and an influx of foreign exchange. Yet the World T20 remains important to Pakistan in the midst of its current political and cricketing plight. Indeed, the format plays to Pakistan's strengths. A recent T20 series triumph over Australia is further evidence of Pakistan's aptitude for a quick joust.

Historically, Pakistan perform well in World T20 tournaments. Two exhilarating finals and a dramatic semi-final defeat speak of the highest pedigree. But T20 cricket is as much about luck as it is about talent. It is also about instinct--and the longer a game of cricket the more tactical and less instinctive it becomes. Pakistani cricketers thrive on their instinct to smite or beguile. Perhaps those instincts create their own luck?

A tournament in Sri Lanka means that Pakistan start among the favourites by default. Familiarity with the conditions and strength in spin bowling are inevitable arguments in their favour. But Pakistan are by no means favourites--no team can be in such a tournament. And their opening group is a tricky one with Bangladesh and New Zealand both dangerous. Even making the second stage will be a mini-triumph.

Still, Dav Whatmore and Mohammad Hafeez will guard against complacency. Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, and Umar Akmal will excite and disappoint at the least predictable moments. Abdul Razzaq will attempt a sober version of spectacular heroism. Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Sami, and Sohail Tanvir will wonder how long they can prosper from the nostalgia of selectors. Kamran Akmal will thrill and spill. Asad Shafiq will play a long game in a short match. Raza Hasan will offer a glimpse of new horizons. Shahid Afridi will Boom Boom and Umar Gul will Guldoze. Meanwhile, Saeed Ajmal, the undisputed champion of the world, will be the rock that breaks wave after wave of enemy attack, a Titan in a sea of raging turmoil.

At the end of all this, Pakistan might win the World T20 again--they have as good a chance as any. Or they might bomb out--they have as good a chance as any. Such is the unpredictable maelstrom of T20 cricket. But if they do get close again we might conclude that the game of T20 is about instinct and that Pakistan's maverick cricketers are as instinctive as they come.

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

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  • Ahmed Yar Khan on September 26, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    The Pakistan Team has done well to qualify inthe SuperEights . They now face their toughest match whichi is against South Africa .They will need to get their act together for this match . South Africa Ida very strong and balanced side with strong batting , bowling and very good fielding . This will be the real test forPakistan . Pakistan,s biggest weakness is its fielding including wicket keeping ., India may not be a big challenge for Pakistanm . While they have a strong batting side , they are weak in bowling . Pakistan strongly needs the inclusion of Abdul Razaq fort the next two matches . He needs to play at number 4 / 5 position . Cronyism isa luxury Pakistan cannot afford it wants to qualify for semi finals .

  • aftab from VB on September 26, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    If we learn anything at all from the group stage, it will be that the teams came with the right preparation. Those who think that they know better than Hafeez who should be there, try getting there like he did. This tournament so far has shown more intent to win the trophy by leading teams than any other ever. It also has closed the case on T20 being an ad hoc format - the differences between ranks are the same as would be in test matches. T20 is the winner so far. Let's hope Pak team keeps pushing for lifting the trophy.

  • Mian Mohammad Hasan on September 25, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Pakistan,s weaknesses were badly exposed: very poor fielding , very poor wicket keeping , dropped catches . They were also lucky that an easy catch of Imran Azim by BanglaDesh saved them from presure . At the match with South Africa they will not be so lucky to get away with bad fielding , dropped catches and poor wicket keeping . Also importantly , Abdul Razaq is badly needed to be included . He is a very superior player forT20s and he will be badly needed in the match against South Africa .

  • Javed Ahmed Mufti on September 25, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Pakistan may win the match today but they made a pathetic display of very poor fielding , bowling , field setting and of really poor wicket keeping as well . But for Bangla Desh dropping Imrannazir,s catch when he was on one , Bangla Desh could have put presure onPakistan .,pakistan Team if it plays the way it did today against. The better Teams it will loose badly .,

  • Ismail Merchant on September 25, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Important lesson for Pakistan : Bangla Desh dropped an easy catch when Imran was on 1 .they lost a golden opportunity to put pre sure on Pakistan . Imran Nazir would not have been so lucky against the First Line Teams .

  • Mohammad Hanif Jhumra on September 25, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Onevp of the most surprising thing tom see is the contnuing exclusion of Abdul Razaq . He isva much better batsman and bowler as compared to Shoaib Malik and is alsoa far better bowler as compared tomSohail Tanwir.

  • Asad Ali Khan on September 25, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Bangla Desh in scoring 176 did not show any brilliance in their batting . It is just that Pakistan,s bowling , fielding and catches dropped were a pathetic sightnto watch . Itbseemed Pakistan was determined to play badly and they did just that

  • Javed Whyne on September 25, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    In my 50 years of watching Pakistan play I have not seen such poor fielding and wicket keeping as in today,s match against Bangla Desh . Looks like the Team is determined to loose to Bangla Desh .

  • Chaudhry Amjad Iqbal on September 25, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Pakistan,s fielding has always been very poor . However , inn today,s match against Bangla Desh it has sunk to the lowest level ever . Is the Team determined to loose ? Why was Abdul Razaq not included ? The performance of the Team looks pathetic.

  • Javed Malik on September 25, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    It is very painful watching Kamran,Akmal keeping wickets . It is clear no side in the world has a worse wicket keeper . It is mind boggling how he manages to be in the Team .

  • Ahmed Yar Khan on September 26, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    The Pakistan Team has done well to qualify inthe SuperEights . They now face their toughest match whichi is against South Africa .They will need to get their act together for this match . South Africa Ida very strong and balanced side with strong batting , bowling and very good fielding . This will be the real test forPakistan . Pakistan,s biggest weakness is its fielding including wicket keeping ., India may not be a big challenge for Pakistanm . While they have a strong batting side , they are weak in bowling . Pakistan strongly needs the inclusion of Abdul Razaq fort the next two matches . He needs to play at number 4 / 5 position . Cronyism isa luxury Pakistan cannot afford it wants to qualify for semi finals .

  • aftab from VB on September 26, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    If we learn anything at all from the group stage, it will be that the teams came with the right preparation. Those who think that they know better than Hafeez who should be there, try getting there like he did. This tournament so far has shown more intent to win the trophy by leading teams than any other ever. It also has closed the case on T20 being an ad hoc format - the differences between ranks are the same as would be in test matches. T20 is the winner so far. Let's hope Pak team keeps pushing for lifting the trophy.

  • Mian Mohammad Hasan on September 25, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Pakistan,s weaknesses were badly exposed: very poor fielding , very poor wicket keeping , dropped catches . They were also lucky that an easy catch of Imran Azim by BanglaDesh saved them from presure . At the match with South Africa they will not be so lucky to get away with bad fielding , dropped catches and poor wicket keeping . Also importantly , Abdul Razaq is badly needed to be included . He is a very superior player forT20s and he will be badly needed in the match against South Africa .

  • Javed Ahmed Mufti on September 25, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Pakistan may win the match today but they made a pathetic display of very poor fielding , bowling , field setting and of really poor wicket keeping as well . But for Bangla Desh dropping Imrannazir,s catch when he was on one , Bangla Desh could have put presure onPakistan .,pakistan Team if it plays the way it did today against. The better Teams it will loose badly .,

  • Ismail Merchant on September 25, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Important lesson for Pakistan : Bangla Desh dropped an easy catch when Imran was on 1 .they lost a golden opportunity to put pre sure on Pakistan . Imran Nazir would not have been so lucky against the First Line Teams .

  • Mohammad Hanif Jhumra on September 25, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Onevp of the most surprising thing tom see is the contnuing exclusion of Abdul Razaq . He isva much better batsman and bowler as compared to Shoaib Malik and is alsoa far better bowler as compared tomSohail Tanwir.

  • Asad Ali Khan on September 25, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Bangla Desh in scoring 176 did not show any brilliance in their batting . It is just that Pakistan,s bowling , fielding and catches dropped were a pathetic sightnto watch . Itbseemed Pakistan was determined to play badly and they did just that

  • Javed Whyne on September 25, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    In my 50 years of watching Pakistan play I have not seen such poor fielding and wicket keeping as in today,s match against Bangla Desh . Looks like the Team is determined to loose to Bangla Desh .

  • Chaudhry Amjad Iqbal on September 25, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Pakistan,s fielding has always been very poor . However , inn today,s match against Bangla Desh it has sunk to the lowest level ever . Is the Team determined to loose ? Why was Abdul Razaq not included ? The performance of the Team looks pathetic.

  • Javed Malik on September 25, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    It is very painful watching Kamran,Akmal keeping wickets . It is clear no side in the world has a worse wicket keeper . It is mind boggling how he manages to be in the Team .

  • Humayun Butt on September 25, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Iris very surprising that Abdul Razaq the best player currently in the Pakistan Team for ODIs and T20s is being kept out of theTeam . He is way superior to Afridi and Shoaib Malik and an excellent bowler to contain fast scoreres and an explosive bowler . Sami is the fastest bowler and if supported by good fielding is a wicket taking bowler . !if these are kept out inthe subsequent matches , the Pakistan Team,will,return early .

  • Javed Hasan on September 24, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    In the match against NewZealand Pakistan should have seen how matches are lost due to dropped catches . Hafeez was dropped at zero on a dolly catch by Taylor . Jamshed Nasir was dropped in the deep at z40 . But for these rare lapses by New Zealand Pakistan would have lost the match . Another point , why the continuing exclusion of Abdul Razaq .ishe in the bad books of Hafeez ?

  • SN Qazi on September 24, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    I hope for tomorrow,s match Abdul Razaq will be included . He is easily one of the best T 20s and ODIs player in the Pakistan Team . However , there seems tobe a conspiracy to either keep him out or to get him to bat at number 8 . He should bat at number 5 position . Also , he isa very good bowler specially at the death overs .

  • Hasan Ali Khan on September 23, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    Let usall pray that the match today against New Zealand gets totally washed out . With each side getting one point maybe this will enhance Pakistan,s chance of qualifying for the Super Eights

  • Ahmed Yar Khan on September 22, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Pakistan coming home without qualifying for the Super Eights or getting scratched out in the first match after qualifying in thebSuper Eights ( best possible scenario ) may not bea bad thing . Hopefully , then PCB will retire the non performers and begin the Team Bulding long overdue.,

  • Shamshad Ali Khan on September 22, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Looks like Pakistan is planning to play Afridi , Shoaib Malik and Imran Nazir . Their inclusion will ensure defeat against BanglaDesh leave alone New Zealand .Ifbthey play Pakistan will loose outon het run rate as compared to Bangla Desh . God help Pakistan . The selectors have stacked up the PakistanmTeam with loosers .

  • Javed Hasan on September 22, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Why is it that Pakistani cricketers do not retire on their own ? Take the case of Shoaib Malik ,,Imran Nazir , Afridi , Misbah , Younis Khan they can no longer make any useful contribution other than I one innings I say ten . Pakistan should get rid of all the deadwood in the Team and focus onTeam Building . If this is not done Pakistan may not qualify for the next World T20 or ODI Tournaments .

  • Hasan Ali Khan on September 22, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    I am sure the Pakistani players are already doing so but we ahould all pray that the match against New Zealand tomorrow is washed out through rains .,this will give both sides one point each . Pakistan should then try and win the only match it can possibly win that is against Bangla Desh ., if we manage to qualify for Super Eights our honor will be saved .

  • Iftikhar Matcheswalla on September 22, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    The question as far as the Pakistan - New Zealand match is not who will loose the match . It is well understood that Pakistan will loose , new Zealand is way superior in fielding, batting and also bowling . The question is whether Pakistan can loose with a better net run rate than Bangla Desh did against New Zealand . The next possible scenario for Pakistan to aim at is to win against Bangla Desh .thismay be the only victory Pakistan may be able to achieve.. We may be able to welcome backmthe Pakistan Team,at the end of next week .

  • Chaudhry Amjad Whyne on September 21, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    What Pakistan will need in the match against New Zealand to contain their explosive hitting capacity is Ajmal and a battery of faster Bowlers with capacity to bowl fast Yorkers and capacity to vary their bowling with inswingers and out swingers .. What we need to avoid the inclusion of non performers such as Imran Nazir , Shoaib Malik and Afridi lam

  • Javed Malik on September 21, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Pakistan coach watching the New Zealand / Bangla Desh match should have noted the need for Pakistan,s fast bowlers tobe able to bowl fast yorkers and have rather ability to vary their bowling . They have a tough matc against New Zealand . It would be disasterous to play Shoaib Malik in the match .mifhebowls one over he could go for 20or more runs . Another point ,,Bangla Desh is capable of beating Pakistan if Pakistan plays wrong players or isn't careful .

  • Ashraf Ahmed Janjua on September 21, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    I had read a couple of years back on Cricinfo that Australia handset standards for their cricketers for all forms of cricket . Further , theTeam Members have to maintain their standards for their last 15 innings . What they did two years back is not relevant . If they do not maintain their standards in the llast15 innings out they go and chance is given to new players . This policy has contributed towards making Australia a very tough and competitive side . In Pakistannwehave never had a fair ,merit based and transparent selection policy .. No wonders thatt no performers over the last three years such as Shoaib Malik , Imran Nazir , Afridi , Umar Akmal continue tobe selected and contribute towards Pakistan, s defeats and decline in cricket .Further , Pakistan,s weaknesses in cricket have been identified for many years . These include very poor fielding , even worse wicket keeping , very poor running between the wickets as being major ones . PCB has done nothing to correct these weaknes

  • Asif on September 21, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    @Detractors of Afridi, Afridi scored 52 off 32 balls,took 2/17 & won the mom award in his last t/20 match.If he failed in the practice matches it doesn't matter as the captain hafeez & other batsmen in the team also failed against england.Afridi is fully fit which is evident by that brilliant diving catch he took against india.I am sure Afridi will ignore some idiotic comments made by few mediocre cricketers of the past like sikandar bakht & will give a fitting reply by his performance in the real matches to come.

  • Chaudhry Amjad Imtiaz on September 20, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Don,t be surprised if Pakistan returns back next week having lost to both new Zealand and Bangla Desh . There are too many cricketers in the Pakistan Team who performance wise could at best be described as Lottery Tickets . These are : Afridi , Umar Akmal, Imran Nazir and Shoaib Malik .most likely Hafeez will try them and we will loose to both New Zealand and Bangla Desh . Hopefully , this will be a blessing . These non performers could then be retired for good and Pakistan,s much needed bringing in off the new blood could begin .

  • Hanif Bajwa on September 20, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Fielding is a very important element in all types of cricket ., if Afghanistan had held the many catches they dropped they could have defeated India .,pakistan,s fielding is as bad as that of Afghainistan . This is the reason Pakistan will need lot of luck to qualify for the Super Eights. Another point Pakistann will be taking a very big risk,playing Afridi , Shoia Malik and Imran Nazir .

  • Omair on September 20, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    lets hope pakistan comes out good in not so tough conditions as percieved..but i believe srilanka is one place where the fitness level, stamina and temperament is tested to its peak. hot humid conditions, hard grounds with muddy outfeilds (palekelle is an exception) and on top unpredictable pitches makes cricket quite darn hard for the players. lets pray the green flagged shirts bring another glory to the nation. Pakistan Zindabad !

  • Mudasser on September 20, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    For winning the Cup , one thing is must that is unity , but Pakistani team is in grouping and i don't think so they can perform well , alt-ought , it true that best T20 player they have in this tournament .. but you can see their body language ..

  • M. Habib Ur Rahman on September 20, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Afridi now is more fully focused on Advertising sponsorships . This is where he makes serious money . Since 2009 his batting has declined to an extent that he now longer goes into two digit scores . Up to about 2010 he was good at bowling . However , in 2011 and 2012 hehas not taken many wickets . Pakistan needs to accept thef fact that cricketers like Afridi , Younis Khan , Misbah , Shoaib Malik , Imran Nazir are now a part of our cricketing history . They may contribute in one inning in ten . They needto be retired and new talent needs to be identified and developed .

  • Asif on September 20, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    @Afridi Haters, Do not forget that Afridi was the MoM in his last t/20 match against sri lanka.He missed all 3 t/20 matches aginst australia.There is no need to panic as far as Afridi is concerned.After all these r practice matches & afridi as the whole world knows is a big match player as he proved in the 2009 t/20 wc after failing in the initial matches.But when he gets going there is no stopping & hafeez should use him wisely & send him @ # 3 like younis did in 2009 wc.Pak should play with nazir,hafeez,afridi,jamshed,kamran,umar,malik,razzaq,sami,gul & ajmal.

  • Khalid Awan on September 20, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Pakistan Team has too many non performers: Afridi ,Imran Nazir , Shoaib Malik , Umar Akmal to name just a few . Fielding including wicket keeping is poorest amongst all cricket playing countries . Running between the wicket is also very poor , batting is fragile . If Bangla Desh and New Zealand play up to their potential Pakistan is likely not to qualify for the Super Eights .

  • Sultan Mehmoo on September 20, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    Insha Allah Pakistan will win We are praying for pakistan best Performance in t20 Worldcup

  • Aslam Yasin Ahmed on September 19, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Pakistan has the capacity off loosing against BanglaDesh , Zimbabwe or Afghanistan .

  • SN Qazin on September 19, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    In the recent warm up match against India , India started their fielding with the assurance and complacency that they have won the match and paid the price forntheir initial relaxed approach . However , even though Pakistan did very well to win the match their weaknesses were clearly evident. These were very poor fielding and very poor wicketnkeeping . The running between the wickets by Pakistan was pathetic. The bowlers with the exception of Ajmal bowled badly. With luck Pakistan may make it to the Super Eights . However , in thebsemi final if they qualify they will be knocked out .

  • Ashraf Janjua on September 19, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    One of the bigger mysteries of Pakistan cricket that some cricketers keep on performing dismally such as Imran Nazir and they are rested sometimes and brought back again . example : Imran Nazir. With such non merit based selection process no wonder Pakistan cricket is on a serious declining course .,

  • Mushtaq Mohammad on September 19, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Pakistan,s batting failure was exposed once again against England after the bowlers had done agood job . All the so called stars failed . Afridi after taking no wickets filed as a batsman as well same as he did in the previous match . Shoaib , Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal filed . Our batting , fielding andr running between the wickets remains poor . Pakistan , after the T 20 needs to pay its overdue attention to Team Building and bringing innew talent . Players such as Younis Khan ,Misbah , Shoaib Malik , Afridi are no longer capable of performing up to expected standards . Performance in one inning out of ten is simply not good enough . In Pakistan nobody retires on their own . They need to be retired .,

  • Haseeb Hassan Khan on September 19, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    After remarkable win over India(in Warmup Match),Pakistan team realized their hidden potential and will try level best to qualify for semi final of WT20 Cup 2012.With reference to the above article Pakistan team structure plotted well but Pak will face something bad in fielding department..I assure, you readers if Pakistan strives in fielding,there is no cricket force to kick out Pakistan from WT20 Cup 2012. And most important in start of the match if Sohail Tanvir pitch's the bowl in business area,will give complete courage to others bowlers.Insha ALLAH PAK WILL BRING WT20 CUP2012 TROPHY...!

  • ksbukhari on September 19, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    My proposed team is as under:-

    Imran Nazair Muhammad Hafeez Nasir Jamsheed Karmran Akmal Umar Akmal Shahid Afridi Shoaib Malik Abdur Razaq Raza Hassan / Yasir Arafat - According to pitch condition Umer Gul Saeed Ajmal

  • Faridoon on September 19, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    What is wrong with Afridi?? His body language lacks the usual aggression. Listless bowling, hopeless batting. Is it just poor form or something more? Team Management need to sit him down and discuss whats bothering him. The king of T20 looks bored and lost in the field. Should he be dropped?

  • Asad Ali Khan on September 18, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    I would recommend an unchanged Team for the next match except for bringing in Abdul Razaq in place of Imran Nazir . further , Abdul Razaq should at at number4 or 5. The other wish Inhave is that hopefully there will be an imrovement in our fielding and running between the wickets

  • Javed Hasan on September 18, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Abdul Razaq has been a match winner for Pakistan on numerous occasion. Unfortunately , with both Younis and Misbah therevwasa tendency notbto utilize his services properly . In sending himmto bat in ODIs at number eight when with very slow batting Misbahnand Youns have raised the asking rate to 9 or 10 an over there wasvalways huge pre sure on Razaq to perform which he did often enough butane could,t do it always .he should bat bat number 5 or 6in ODIs andbat 4 or 5 in T 20 s . He is far superior in batting and bowling as compared to Shoaib Malik and is far superior as a batsman as comparedto -Afridi and Umar Akmal . If used skillfully by the Captain he will play several match winning roles.

  • Faridoon on September 18, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Unpredictable Team (Pak) + Unpredictable Format (T20) = our best chance of winning any major tournament in the near future.

    May the most unpredictable team win!

  • Waheed Rizvi on September 18, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Good Luck Pakistan , Good Luck Greens, Good Luck T20 Cricket, Good Luck Subcontinent, Good Luck Viewers of Cricket, & & Good Luck Pakistan again

  • Shamshad Ali Khan on September 18, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    It was wonderful to see Pakistan executing a wonderful chase and winning the warmup match . Kamran aakmal played well and also Shoaib Malik after failing in most matches I the last three years finally performed well too . However , apart from the brilliance of these two and Ajmal Asa bowler a Pakistan weakness were fully exposed ., several batsmen failed miserably .,Umar Akmal as usual,played carelessly . Afridi has shown for a longt time that he cannot bat anymore . In recent matches hehas been a failureasa bowlers well . The ground fielding was very poor. So was the wicket keeping . The bowlers as usual were not bowling to a set field . The need was to bowlyorkers but Pakistani steamers appear to have lost their ability to bowl Yorkers . One key player in Pakistan,s armoury is Abdul Razaq . He needs to bat at number 5 or 6 aheado of Afridi and Shoaib Malik and he can makeabig difference .

  • Vish on September 18, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    Lot of Pak fans seem to be over dependent on Ajmal, but they should check out "Australia vs Pakistan T20 World Cup Semi Final 2010" -- Ajmal to Mike Hussey: 6 6 4 6! Game over! :-)

  • asad on September 17, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    Congrats on Pakistan win over India in the warm up game!. Kamran Akmal (batted at #4) played very well and he has been consistent in this position. Interestingly enough, he remained unbeaten in last 3 games in last 4 T20 games. 3 were won by Pakistan and 1 was lost. Bottom line -- top 4 batting slots are crucial currently occupied by openers (not a bad strategy as except Nazir all 3 have proved). Nazir has to play sensibly . Go Pakistan!

  • ASIF HABIB on September 17, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    well kamran reading your thoughts about instinct is the one cue to win the cup but in bigger competitions like the ICC T20. Team pak has to focus on every single Game with the instinct to win the CUP.

    Hoping Pakistan bring the cup IN May Bring the International Cricket to our National grounds.

    Love Pakistan Love Cricket.

  • Leon D,Souza on September 17, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Too many of Pakistan Team cricketer are no longer focused on cricket . They make most of their money through advertising and sponsorships ., the PCB has neglected the long overdue task of bringing in new talent . These old non performers should be retired forthwith and new talent should be brought in ,groomed and developed . If this is not done very soon ,Pakistan will only be ditto play in the minnows league .,

  • Parsees Ahmed Hamdani on September 17, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    The following cricketers are due frothier retirements : YounisKhan , Misbah Ul,Haq , Afridi, Shoaib Malik , Imran Nazir . The PCB needs to,focus on team,building which has been neglected by them fora long time . Otis's humiliating experience watching Pakistanat matches . Their batting , fielding , running between the wickets , bowlingt to a set field are all well below par . Our cricket has sunk to its lowest level .

  • Syed Mohammad Hasan on September 17, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    It was well known that Pakistan,s batting and fielding was ver weak . The warm up match against India has exposed our bowling as well . It will be a miracle ifbwe qualify for the Super Eights .,

  • Nasir Wahab on September 17, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Pakistan Team members have not learned the fundamentals inspire of having a good coach . Fielding remains very poor . Bowlers have no plan and do not know the importance of bowling to a set field . Batting remains very brittle and weakness . Wicketkeeping is very poor . God help Pakistan cricket. Interns of our capabilities we are amongst the weakest of theTeams and are fully capable of loosing to Bangla Desh orZimbabwe.

  • Javed Ahsan Khan on September 17, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    The biggest cause forth decline in the standards of cricket in Pakistan is cronyism in team selection . When you continue to selection performers such as Misbah for ODIs and Shoaib Malik , Imran Nazir etc. For T 20s you cannot expect the type of good results some five years back and earlier when Team selection was on merit , was transparent and was done Nationally . Pakistan wil need a lot of luck to qualify for Super Eights.

  • Imran Habib on September 17, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Hafeez should not make the mistake od playing Imran Nazir and Shoaib Malik against Bangla Desh to give them an opportunity to finally make runs . BNgla Desh will give Pakistan tough fight and are capable of defeating pakistan . We should field our best team as the occasion demands - field conditions etc . If we are not careful we will fail to qualify for the Super Eights.

  • Imran Habib on September 17, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Hafeez should not make the mistake od playing Imran Nazir and Shoaib Malik against Bangla Desh to give them an opportunity to finally make runs . BNgla Desh will give Pakistan tough fight and are capable of defeating pakistan . We should field our best team as the occasion demands - field conditions etc . If we are not careful we will fail to qualify for the Super Eights.

  • Shahbaz Dogar on September 17, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    well written article but i think with this balanced team the only problem is batting order.Need a little bit improvement like we hv seen K Akmal so many times tht he is futile at any no. except opening.He should open the bat and professor need to learn a little lesson at 6th number.

  • Ahmad Rashid on September 17, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    Pakistan,s biggest weakness for the 20 Tournament is our very poor batting capacity . The second very weak link is our very poor ground fielding specially wicket keeping and slip fielding . Our strength used o be our fast bowlers. We have neglected the development of this capacity . Our spinners , other than Ajmal willl be hit out of the ground by the New Zealanders and they can very easily defeat Pakistan . Bangla Desh isavery good at fielding and their bowlers are better thank oursn in as much as they bowl to theirbsetfield . Pakistan and Bangla Desh are about equal in capabilities. TheTeam which on the match day holds its nerve will qualify for Super Eights .

  • Shamshad Ali Khan on September 17, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    In the recent T 20. Matches Pakistan,s biggervweaknesses such as very poor ground fielding, inability of our bowlers to bowl to their set field and above all very poor player selection was fully exposed ., the batting of Pakistann has not improved at ball . Their isno consistency even in our top order batsmen and players such as Afridi can at best score only a few runs . Wevwill be severally testedbagainst Teams such as BanglaDesh and will need a lot ofl luck to succseed in qualifying in the. super Eight.

  • Javed Hasan on September 17, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    Pakistan with luck could qualify for the Super Eights . Wher Pakistan stands can be judged from its performance against the 10th ranked Team in the recent T 20 matches in the UAE where we very nearly lost the series . Giving continuing opportunity to failed crIcketers such as Shoaib Malik and Imran Azim wasabig blunder. As waste be expected they failed miserably again . The big bluNder wasnot giving any opportunity toSami the featest bowlers whotheAustralians would not have been able to hot outta the way they did to all Pakistani bowlers except Ajmal . Warning : Pakistan will find defeating New Zealand a tough ask and are fully capable of loosing to Bangla Desh.

  • SN Qazi on September 16, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    I agree with the Team selection given above by Saad Salim with a few comments. Afridi no longer qualifies to be ranked asan All Rounder . However , heis an useful bowler. Sami isavery useful bowler and will be effective in the Tournament . Hecannotbehit the way some of the bowlers from Pakistan were hit by the Australians earlier this monthi on the UAeE .The two of the biggest disasters in the Pakistan Team are Shoaib Malik And Inran Nazir.

  • Khurram on September 16, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Wake up pakistanis wake up... you have sami , malik and tanveer and your thing of winning WC ?? we wil be considering our self xtreamly lucky if we have qualified for the super eight... ruubish and poor selection ... GOOD LUCK

  • ghazala on September 16, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Pakistan should open with Imran Nazir and Kamran Akmal, Nasir Jamshad is a good option for one down,I believe Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali will also be the shining stars of our team. I'm not very hopeful about Afridi's performance but Saeed Ajmal would be our key bowler and star of the tournment Inshallah,as he is the most consistant player of the year,I believe Gul will also play a key roll.Best of luck Pakistan team,our all wishes and prayers are with you.

  • ghazala on September 16, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Pakistan should open with Imran Nazir and Kamran Akmal, Nasir Jamshad is a good option for one down,I believe Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali will also be the shining stars of our team. I'm not very hopeful about Afridi's performance but Saeed Ajmal would be our key bowler and star of the tournment Inshallah,as he is the most consistant player of the year,I believe Gul will also play a key roll.Best of luck Pakistan team,our all wishes and prayers are with you.

  • Saad Salim on September 16, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Pakistan should go with the following line up.

    1. Hafeez 2. Nazir 3. Jamshed 4. Afridi 5. K Akmal 6. U Akmal 7. Razzaq 8. Tanvir 9. Gul 10. Sami 11. Ajmal

    This is a very dominating line up for Pakistan as they have all their bowling options available with 3 specialist spinners, and 3 specialist seamers. They also possess 4 pure batsman, Hafeez (bowling all rounder), Afridi (genuine all rounder), and Razzaq (batting all rounder). There is a great balance to the side and Pakistan need to go with the mentality that they can win any match with their bowling.

  • Qaiser Aziz Cardiff on September 16, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    If Pakistani managment use their commonsense and send Afridi and Nasir Jamshaid opners so they can use the 6 powerplay overs and take full advantage of them.Imran Nazir will allways struggle against quality fast bowling.They should open the bowling with Hafiz and Sohail Tanvir and use Gul and Ajmal for the final overs.Azhar Ali should be in the team for his solid batting.I think Umargull and Afridi will shine.Very nice article by Kamran Abassi.Best luck to Pakistan cricket team.

  • Atif on September 15, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    For me the Akmal brothers are the key. They can handle seam and swing as well hit out as well as the best of them. Unfortunately Afridi and Razaq seem out of form and aging stars with the bat to me. The other key performer is going to be Sohail Tanvir. Perceived as the weakest link in our bowling attack , teams will probably go after him the most. This will give him the best chance of picking up vital wickets in helpful conditions. Lastly it goes without saying that fielding may very well be the defining factors separating these closely matched teams. All the best men in green !

  • aftab from VB on September 15, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Must say something about Shoaib Malik. PCB seems to have a hidden agenda about him, that is, to get him enough experience before the Champions League. If Stallions win that tournament, PCB will have something to use as opening statement in talks with BCCI and ICC. Having said that, he is a trust-worthy, non-delivering, experienced player and could unwrap some of the experience by unrolling his sleeves. They are rolled up and pinned to skin.

  • aftab from VB on September 15, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Great article! Pakistan has one player who will be consistent, Ajmal. Out of the remaining 10, let's hope at least 2 batsmen shine in every match. In my observation, if you have Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali both, one of them always shines, if not both. Also, this puts pressure on Akmal Brothers and they might shine (oh, well, didn't I say I like Kamran's flamboyance). Any way, India has two players who will be consistent; Dhoni and Kohli, and they both happen to be great batsmen. Irfan seems to have found his mojo too. Let's what happend on Monday. Luck is needed by us.

  • badar on September 15, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    pakistan has extremely fragile batting line which can dissappoint any time ..people like imran nazir & shoeb malik are techinically zero .. razzaq usually fails when it is needed .. all depends on hafiz uamr akmal and jmshed .. afrid msu not be counted a batsmen coz he intentnionally gets out .. only bowlers cant win this for pak

    more oevr sami worst bowler ever played cricket .. kamran will mis catches n stmping as usual coz of his fixing habits ..

    bet u on this pak batting will be big flop .. pak can win if bowlers bowl with aeconomy of 5 run per oevr .. pak is not going to post anything more than 125 runs batting fist .. n every body knows thier chasing ability.. cahsing 100 will be atogh task for them especially in lankan conditions but best of luck

  • Mudassar on September 15, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    Great Article.

  • afy on September 15, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    In order 4 pak to win da wrld cup Inshallah dey will need razzak to bat at 6 da lowest. If we win da wrld cup ajmal,gul,razzak,Afrdi,nazir and da akmals will have 2 perform n be at the top of Der game. Razzak must bat higher n neeeds 2 b given responsibility wid da bat n da opportunity 2 perform. Why pick him n make him bat at 7 or8 n not let him bowl. He Shud b given da role of a finisher.

  • Ashraf Ahmed on September 15, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Although their recent victory over Australia was not neither convincing nor overwhelming. It is quite evident that the performance in the recent tournament is not sufficient enough to win major tournament with tough nations like India, Srilanka, South Africa, England and even Bangladesh. Batting is their only drawback and bowling needs to be more consistent, the team cannot always rely on the gem Ajmal or even Gul. If they wants to be persistent then 4-5 players needs to contribute in each games. And we Asians have the tendency to over rate a player on 2-3 performances, cricket is not about few games or even about individual scores, it is all about how consistence and versatile a player can deliver according to the team needs on the majority of the matches played. My batting line up for Pakistan would be :

    Imran Nazair Nasir Jamsheed Mohd Hafeez Shahid Afridi Karmran akmal Umar akmal Shoaib Malik Abdur Razaq Sami Gul Ajmal

  • Shamshad Ali Khan on September 15, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    William Hill one of the two top book makers for legal betting on cricket in England are giving the best odds for winning theT20 Tournament to India at 4/ 1 and second best. To Australia at 6 / 1 and third best odds are for England at 7 / 1 . I think the winners are likely to come from these three countries.

  • Arshad Anjum on September 15, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    There is no doubt about Pakistan’s excellent T20 record over the years. Pakistan have enjoyed outstanding outings in all previous world T20 competitions and is the only team to reach semis on all three occasions. History backs Pakistan to perform well in suitable conditions of Sri Lanka. Pakistan is entering world cup with recent T20 series triumph over Australia, which further enhances it’s reputation as a top performer and likeness of this particular format of cricket.

    Author is very much right that T20 cricket is as much about luck as it is about talent. Furthermore, instinct plays an important role in carrying on with the 20 over game. Pakistan’s bowlers’, over the years, have stalled the opposition’s aggressive line ups and does not allowed to score at their will. Although Pakistan enjoys long batting line up till number 8, inconsistency at the top and middle order let them down at countless occasions. Hafeez, Nazir, Jamshed, Akmals, Razzaq, Afridi and Malik provides them an explosive and formidable batting lineup, but lack of proper thinking and strategic approach towards particular opposition’s bowling attack provide dismal results at the end of the day. The team management must take lessons from Australia who came back from a humiliating defeat in first T20 to inflicting a heaviest defeat to Pakistan in 3rd T20 in Dubai. Australian completely changed their strategy and approach against Pakistan’s bewildering spin attack which resulted in mammoth victory for them. While on the hand, Mr. Professor was not allowing his partners to play as per their natural instincts which resulted in quick fall of wickets. The need of the hour is to spare some regular time before each game for making specific plans. In order to execute such plans Coach, Captain and players must discuss strategy and approach for batting and bowling against particular opposition. Such measures can give some sort of responsible approach towards each game which will help secure Pakistan a safe and assured progress in the tournament.

  • Morfi on September 15, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    @Kamraaaan: Because the 10th ranked team is AUSTRALIA???!!!!

  • Salman khan on September 15, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    I think west indies will win this t20 world cup.

  • sarfaraz on September 15, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    pakistan has a great bowling attack their batting too has depth where as india is concerned they dont have a good batting or bowling attack inshaallah allah pakistan will win

  • zaid_sl on September 15, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    I have already bought the tickets for pak matches. That's the type of pak fans v r.team owes us the cup.

    Drop imran nazir n bring Asad shafiq N.jamshed n k.akmal should open the innings Hafeez needs play as a middle order batsmen.he doesn't have the ability to play against quality fast bowlers Over reliability on ajmal is another biggest issue. Prospective bowlers in the playing 11 should be talked to n come out with tactical ideas to attack the opposition. Rasa Hasan looked out of sorts in the last t20. He should be taught about differentiating from one delivery to other.

  • Arbab Sajjad on September 15, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Thanks to Allah that Misbah is not the part of the team. otherwise we will be praying for him ,for his injury,sickness e.t.c

  • Faraz Paracha on September 15, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Quote of the year: Saeed Ajmal, the undisputed champion of the world, will be the rock that breaks wave after wave of enemy attack, a Titan in a sea of raging turmoil.

  • javeed on September 15, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Imran Nazair Nasir Jamsheed Karmran akmal Mohd Hafeez Shoaib Malik Umar akmal Abdur Razaq Afridi Tanvir or sami Gul ajmal best combination...

  • Noman on September 15, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    We have a good team and we need to back them. The only thing I ask is have a balanced side. Akmal boys are looking good. I would like to see Nasir Jamshed open the batting with either Hafeez, Kamran or Imran. The only concern I have is Razzaq against spin, he looked very confused.

  • Jamal on September 15, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Coming back to mathematical calculations again? Why are you playing Afridi? If you are playing him as a baller then keep him at the end and dont expect him to blast and win matches anymore. If you are playing him as an alrounder, then I would say he wins you one among six matches (it is not me history says it); therefore let him open the game or come at number three- five times he will fail and one time he will win the game as a batsman alone. If you are keep him in the lower middle order, you are asking too much from him and he fails to deliver. Same is true for razzaq, give him responsibility he will deliver, you keep him as end ask him to win matches he fails over and over again. Razzaq is more sensible he can even carry the bat through and win the game too. Bytheway Kamran - is anyone from dressing room, team selection reading these coments.

  • deepak Kumar on September 15, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Pakistan dont batting brains to win this ... so guys clear your head for further disappointments

  • Ahsan Malik on September 15, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    In Sri Lanka Pakistan will need pace bowlers . Sri Lanka,s strength now is pace . Pakistan needs to include Sami . He has the pace to stop the run assaut from,Teams such as New Zealand,Australia , India, South Africa and West indies . I am not very hopeful about Pakistan,s performance. Against the 10th ranked Team in the recent matchein the UAE Pakistan?neRlylost the series.

  • kiran on September 15, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    pakstains strength always depend on their fast bowlers pace,swing and yorkers...and with their bats mans fearless cricket when required most....never on spin...thats how they used to defeat best teams in 1990s... sorry to say ..but in this team bowler can swing but lacks the pace and swing which pakistan was famous (there is no comparison between gul,razak,keema ,tanwir to waqar,aqib,wasim) on spin at curent time ajmal may be above saqlain or qadir..

    and on batsman ..sorry to say..this is the most feared/non courageas batting line up pakistan ever produced !!!.. untill pak gives concentration on pace and attacking players ..its tough only with ajmal. any way all the best and let hope we will get dashing world t20...

  • Salman Qazim on September 15, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    The trump card for the opposition in each matc would be Shoaib Malik playing for Pakistan .all one needs to do is to look at his averages. Both a batsman and as a bowler. His record is pathetic.

  • KATHIR on September 15, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    T20 FORMAT IS NOT A GREAT FORM OF CRICKET, IT CAN SPOIL THE PLAYERS FORM AND TALENT. IT IS SUITABLE FOR HARD HITTING BATSMEN, NOT FOR REAL TALENTED BATSMEN. WE CAN'T PREDICT THE WINNING TEAM, BUT MORE FAVAOURITE TEAMS ARE AUSTRALIA, S.AFRICA, INDIA AND PAKSITAN.

  • abdul rahman malik on September 15, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    Pakistan's face difficulty in super eight as india, australia & south africa will in our gorup and only two teams will go for semi final. my team for t20 will be

    1. hafeez 2. imran nazir 3. kamran akmal 4. nasir jamshed 5. umar akmal 6. asad shafiq 7. shoaib malik 8. shahid afridi 9. abdul razzak 10.saeed ajmal 11.umar gul

    good luck pak team

  • kazi salman jalali on September 15, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Pakistan has to improve their fielding to Win World T20 cup.There should be no more Drop Catches. Opening stand sh produce atleas 6 runs per over.Batting Order should be Nasir jamshaid, Shahid Afridi,Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal,Kamran Akmal,Shoaib Malik,asad shafiq, abdul Razzak,umer gul, Saeed Ajmal, and Sohail Tanwir,Captain Hafeez should concentrate on Field Placings nd be very vigilant on the field .My prediction is Pakistan will be in Finals and depending on the opponent may Win the World Cup.Good Luck Pakistan

  • Desihungama on September 15, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    This current team is the reminisce of the 2003 50WC squad. They'll crash out in the first round. SL,,WI,NZ are favorites. However, Good luck Pakistan.

  • irfannn on September 15, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    i am from iok.. my first choice is pakistan, second choice bangladesh.. third is westindies

  • AAM on September 15, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    I agree with the author-they have talent as every one have but they need to put to best use of it when it matters most. Consistency has never been the forte of Pakistan when it comes to performance whether it is Tests, ODI,T20 period. I agree with Jamal who precisely pinpointed the malaise of pakistan- a proper education i didnt mean getting PHD's but simply assessing the match situations, doing some mental maths, where to slow down and where to up the ante and most important of all not to lose before losing.

  • Shuaib Malik on September 15, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    Well knit article ... inshaAllah yay cup hamara hai!

    Team Green dekhado phir say!

  • Shahid buhroo on September 15, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    PAKISTAN WILL ROCK,WILL BEAT EVERY TEAM AND WILL BRING T20 WORLD CUP TO HOME INSHA ALLAH

  • Frisco_Devil on September 15, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    It's funny how people take shots at Pakistan T20 team for the dead rubber lost to Australia. we saw how capable Australia was to perform under pressure in first two matches. And of course what do you do when you can't be humiliated any further. You say screw it, I don't care if I lose, I am going to throw everything at the last T20 match, it's not like the results matter to the series anymore and then you win. Does that makes you feel like champion? if it does than you need to be very concerned about Australian T20 team.

  • wizard on September 15, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    pakistan no doubt has best bowling line up in lanka , but what if pak has to chase a decent score of 160 against good bowling sides like england,S.A, aussy ? for that pak will need explosive openers at 1-imran nazir 2- nasir jamshed 3- kamran akmal and mohammed hafeez at 4 {cuz even as opener his strike rate is of abt 110 }followed by shoaib malik { he is still best paki batsman n fielder plus he can bowl 1/2 overs} 6- umar akmal {he is unthinkable to b dropped in t20} 7- abdul razzak 8- afridi 9 - umar gul 10 - ajmal 11- ?? paki selectors have still left 1 player to b in playing 11 ,sami is spent force ,sohail tanvir cant bowl,bat, run nor can b hidden on field ,yasir arafat is bits n pieces players ,raza hasan has potential but also is a bad fielder n too immature for WORLD CUP ,n asad shafiq unluckily cannot b in 11 , pakistan badly needs a fast bowling partner of umar gul who can bowl at 150 kmph .BTW my SALUTE to paki selectors for a change not selecting imran son-in-law farhat

  • Alley on September 15, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    t20 is nothing ..... 120 ball divided by 10 equals 12 balls to face per batsman. neglecting last 2 wickets then its 15 balls per batsman. Any batsman can whack 20-25 runs per 15 balls. Any team can put on a total of 150-160 and second team can easily chase or choke within a couple of overs. Even minnows can throw big teams out of the competition. Its a luck game , a useless cricket IMO. No need for statistics.

  • taimur on September 14, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    Pakistan have been given a relatively tougher group than the rest of the countries. Bangladesh is not exactly a minnow. The group format is obviously designed to get the traditional top 8 countries past the group stage and into the knockouts. That's why they have placed Bangladesh, Zimbabwe,Ireland, and Afghanistan in each of the four groups. hopefully this serves as a motivation to these four countries to prove themselves. at least the other teams barring Bangladesh, as I'm Pakistani. lol.

  • Mo Baigz on September 14, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    Pak is the best

  • JP on September 14, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    West-indies has better chances to win this WC then any other team. Gayle and Pollard are going destroy all the bowlers. I am not west-Indian but I support the world's strongest T20 team.

  • cricket_fan on September 14, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Article seems to concentrate more on jingoism rather than cricket details. Pakistan is always dangerous, agreed, and are probably one among many favorites - india,srilanka,west indies and south africa ..but most pakistanis seem to be hurt at step motherly treatment of their cricketers including the author, and want to assert that they are a strong , good team (which they are) forcibly.

  • Naveed Ahmad on September 14, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    T20, it is just fast food. Fun cricket with money making objective. I am waiting for SA vs Aussies test series which is a real deal. Who cares about T20 (ladies format).

  • ZAHEER BAJWA on September 14, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    I DO NOT SEE THEM GETTING INTO SUPER 8 PAHSE. STOP HOPING FOR MIRACLES. I AM SORRY BUT THIS IS THE REAL POTENTIAL OF THIS TEAM. THEY JUST CRUMBLE LIKE HOUSE OF CARDS.

  • saadatqayoom on September 14, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    If Pakistan played with this team it will cruise everything

    kamran Akmal Muhammad Hafeez Shahid Afridi Shoaib Malik Asad Shafique Umar Akmal Abdul Razaq Yasir Arfat Sohail Tanvir Umar Gull Saeed Ajmal

  • A Shariff on September 14, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Jamshed, Hafeez, Kamran, Shafiq, U. Akmal, Afridi, Razzaq, Arafat, Tanveer/Sami, U. Gul, Ajmal. Chosen Asad Shafiq over Imran Nazir because you need someone to play as an insurance policy if things go South (last ODI against the Aussies). We have other players who can play a similar, if not better role that is played by Imran Nazir (Razzaq, Afridi, Umar Akmal). This line up gives seven bowling options, which you may very well need if things don't go as planned. Pak should go into every game with not only a plan B but a plan C as well. At times, it seems like they stick to what was talked about in team meetings regardless of what the situation is demanding on the field. Management should make sure to do their homework against every player of the opposition and have a distinct GAME PLAN which may very well include changing a successful combination if that's what is required against the new opposition's weaknesses. Play as a UNIT & success will be waiting for you at the FINISH LINE!!

  • hamza on September 14, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    gud luck Greens...............:)

  • sim on September 14, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    I think Afridi should be the T20 & ODI Captain for Pakistan. Hafeez Still need more experience before he can really manage pak Team.

  • mati ullah khan on September 14, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    inshallah pakistan will win the t2o world cup because pak have a good spin bowler and all rounder and boom boom afridi.best of luck pakistan cricket team ...

  • imran khalid on September 14, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    I hope and i m sure PAK will e=win this time IN SHA ALLAH.

    ICC have not done good with Pakistan and this is a best time for pakitan to give them answer about. pakistan have a tough side with likes ogf ajmal afridi gul and kamran jamshed hafeez in the batting. in addition to this imran can also be a factor wot other fear about. spin is main card that pak will play at the right time

  • zahid nazir on September 14, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    i wish and pray for Pakistan's victory, but i have a feeling that Bangladesh can surprise our team, Pakistan's batting is a very big concern they have to play well the whole team is depending on ajmal's performance which is not a good sign every individual has to ply his part. At the same time Australasians might be feeling pressure playing against Ireland.Good Luck Team Pakistan.

  • siddharth on September 14, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    I am an indian, but I also have a feeling that pakistan is the strongest contender to win world t20.

    Only drawback of this team is : Batting. If Batting is clicked, they are a formidable team. They have to include shahid afridi. He's a match winner & a team player.

  • Ram on September 14, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Has to be said... pakistan are too unpredictable and always susceptible to a BIG collapse to win it again. The other teams have a more professional approach, stability and will have progressed more than pakistan over the past 2/3 years for the t20 format. AUS, IND, SL, SA and possibly ENG are all ahead of PAK in my opinion. The other thing being PAK will not and can not perform miracles in each game which is what they will need. Ajmal will not be enough. Anyhow enjoy the T20 WC.

  • Mohammad faiz on September 14, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Inssha ALLHA Pakistan hi jitegi coz they have quality spin attack.

  • arjun on September 14, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Pak can win but the had to make a team like this in my opinion: Nazir, Afridi, Malik, Umar Akmal,Kamran, Razzaq, Hafeez, Jamshed, Tanvir, Gul , Ajmal ... in this order they can with Afridi or Razzaq as captain ...

  • Malik Usman on September 14, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    Guys! let me put your attention over India's last performance, 49 needed from 42 balls, Dhoni and Yuvi at the crease, result India Lost by 1 run!!!!! India hv batting strong batting line.. but i think Yuvi is not gona perform well... Zaheer Khan, Harbajin, Ashwin,Balaji,chawla & Irfan, poor bowling team... lots of part time bowlers.... but not professional.. Whereas Pakistan with strongest bowling side... Ajmal, Afridi, Gul & Hafeez,,, outclass bowlers.. the game changers... WARM UP MATCH would b a nice to watch between top batting and top bowling side.. If Pakistan succeeded to bowled out India.. then no one gona stop Pakistan from achieving this milestone.

  • Karim on September 14, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    I feel your optimism about Pakistan's chances is very much misplaced. We just don't have the batsmen to either post big totals (i.e. 160 plus) or are good these days at chasing even gettable targets. Coupled with the fact that the best T20 bowler, Saeed Ajmal, can only bowl 4 overs, that's not going to be enough. Gul is erratic, Tanvir and Co even more so and Afridi has gone off the boil in his bowling as well now. Although as a Pakistani it pains me to say this, but I reckon the smart money would have to be on the Indians.

  • Sameer_Indian on September 14, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Couldn't agree more. Pakistan are No 1 favourites followed by the Windies.India,who lack good 4th and 5th bowlers,but are otherwise covered in all departments will be the dark horses.All the best to India and Pakistan.

  • a khan on September 14, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    to tanvir. with so many stars, they still wont be able to chase 150+ runs in the second innings. you only hope that they perform in this world cup.

  • amjid khan on September 14, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    The correct selection is key to Pak's success. But unfortunately, Pak have too many players in the squad, who have passed the sell by date and are out of form. There is no justification whatsoever to have Sami, he leaks runs left/center and right. Can someone please tell me why Malik is in the squad, he has lost the plot with the ball and bat. Likewise Razzaq has lost is hitting power and timing, he should go. There is big question mark over Afridi, his performance in the last 2 years with the bad is totally unacceptable for his inclusion in the team, only his boiling is a slight saving grace and lately the balling has been poor as well. Can Dav please ask Afridi to look at the ball before he swings his bat. K.Akmal is now a poor keeper and could cost Pak matches but is ok as batsmen. PLEASE only select young, talented and inform players, such as Asad/Jamshed/etc. Please select players on current form and talent not based on historic performance of older players.

  • fazil on September 14, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    nice article ..and i hope that Pakistan will show again the previous performance in last three world cup,,as T20 cricket is suited for Pakistani cricketers from day first.. but there is a lot of weakness in Pakistani batting order... so this time i am sure that srilanka will win the world cup due to home grounds and other benefits...

  • Amit Chopra on September 14, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Good Article

  • Hassnain Raza on September 14, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Best of luck. Pakistan has a very balanced and talented side. All they need to do is deliver at the right time. Wish PAK team all the best and wish them world champion victory. In my opinion, PAK, Ind, SL and SA will play semis

  • Mal on September 14, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    'Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Sami, will wonder how long they can prosper from the nostalgia of selectors' So ture. Why Shoaib Malik remains in the side is beyond comprehension. He has failed enormously & keeps failing, yet selectors keep making excuses for him I wonder why?

  • Abdul Qadir on September 14, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Pakistan has the good chance inshallah.But remember most totals on srilankan pitchs will be in between 120 to 160. It will be hard to score on that pitchs.

  • Saad on September 14, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Pakistan the dark horses and Pakistan the underdogs.

  • Long Live Pakistan/Torontonian on September 14, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    T20 World Cup is open for every team, Pakistan do have a good chance of winning world cup the reason Pakistan have been Successful in earlier T20 word cup so far is that this kind of version is being played in Pakistan Well before it was introduce to the world, they got adapted with this format better than the rest of the world. Now players around the world is playing IPL,Big bash, SNPL, BPL have better understanding of this format , However you cannot write off Pakistan at any time they are very strong contender. My only concern is their poor fielding which always let them down and they have to really work on it. One thing is for sure no matter what the T20 world cup outcome would be I’ll keep watching and supporting Pakistan, All the best Team Pakistan

  • Javed on September 14, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Its not going to be that easy . Ajmal alone is not enough. Fitness , Fielding may become the deciding factors.

  • khurram on September 14, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    its a open tournment. best of luck to pakistan. on papers they are very good but on grounds who knows. recent form of some players is not so good but had a good record in t20 cups.

  • Irfan on September 14, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Imran Nazir and Yasir Arafat should be play in every game , they can destroy any side at any time it depends on the day , Best of luck Pakistan InshaAllah we will win

  • Ushawan on September 14, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    So far Pakistan have best record in T20 games, exposing weekness can cover up, there're some areas to work hard (opening,batting) we have best bowlers in the world, especially death overs, Pakistan should open with hafiz and nasir ..... (Pakistan Team)

    Mohammad Hafiz,Nasir Jamshid,Kamran Akmal,Asad Shafiq,Umar Akmal, Abdul Razaq,Shahid Afridi,Yasir Arfat,Umar Gul,Saeed Ajmal,Junaid khan ( GOOD LUCK MATCH WINNING COMBINATION TEAM ) PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.

  • Prodigy on September 14, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Pak have a good chance if they dont commit suicide or have a brain freeze but their batting and feilding is aways a worry and too much dependency on Ajmal. To be honest, this is the most open world cup so far. Any of the top 8 teams can win this as there are no clear favourites. But i think, WI, SL and Ind have the best chances of them all. If Gayle clicks then no team can even come close to WI.

  • FAZRUL GAFOOR_SriLanka on September 14, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Dear Sir,

    I believe that still Pakistan is the best T20 team among all in this competition. But the weakest points of them are that Fielding very is poor. Running between the wickets very poor, when they Chasing a target always struggling,They must deeply consider of all these part and they have to work hard if they want to win. Best of luck.

  • Bala on September 14, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Nice article. But sadly, I have a feeling that English has to be taught well in Pak. The more I read the comments of enthusiastic fans, the more I tend to forget my vocabulary. Especially the one from the friend "Proud Pakistani in Texas". No doubt Pak remains the favorites, but at the same time they can blow it off at any moment as they did in the final against India in the first edition. The fantasy of the same gentleman - Proud Pakistani in Texas will remain a dream only.

  • bohurupi on September 14, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Pakistan is very unpredictable. So far, they haven't shown any promise of any kind that can win them the T20 WC.They need to work out a number of issues, including top order batting collapse, to win the tournament. Anyway, best of luck to Pakistan.

  • samee on September 14, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Shahid Afridi will be a surprise package this time

  • Samee on September 14, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    I think PCB selected whatever was available.. Now its upto the players who perform on that day... i would say Pakistan is unpredictable team who can do anything anytime. If they play as one unit they will be a tough competitor against India, England, Australia and South africa. Pakistan should not rely only on spinners and Umar gul must perform as he did in past. Inshallah, Pakistan will win WC T20

  • Zulfikar Khan on September 14, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Really Mr. Abbasi?

    You are still counting on Malik, Tanveer and Sami? Maybe you need to start writing on "Weather" update. And who told you that Asad Shafiq will play? Every time you write about Pakistan cricket, you bring political sitution into the consideration, are we talking about election camp or T2o WC?

  • muhammed on September 14, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    the last tym pakistan won the world t20 it was afridi and gul who were the stars...afridi and gul both look out of sorts lately..imran nazir shoaib malik abdul razaaq and umar akmal are all mavericks who only perform once in a blue moon, kamran akmal always blows hot and cold, hafeez gets good starts but thats it, he doesnt push on, that leaves us just with nasir jamshed and ajmal??? how on earth can they be favourites to win the cup?? how??

  • ambalal on September 14, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Barring Afghanistan,Ireland,Zimbawe and Bangladesh any of the 8 other teams can win the T-20 world cup.

    If Aussies make it to semis they will win,WI may surprise every one Sri lanka cant be written off.South African choker may come good this time.Pakistan India have outside chance as well.Doubt if Hafeez is cut to lead.Ajmal,Gul,Jamshed,Razzaq Sami (if used positively) and Afridi if his flukes worked with batting hold the key for Pakistan.

  • Imran Zia on September 14, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    This time around Pakistan lacks the X factor. First it was Sohail Tanvir in 2007. Then there was Mohammad Amir. All the players are tried and tested and all the teams have seen them and will work them out. Were needed a surprise package.

  • tanvir on September 14, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    in the presence of imran nazir,abdul razzaq, shahid afridi, saeed ajmal, umar gul, kamran akmal i dont know any team has so many stars and big names together in a team now importance is performance who will perform can win

  • Shariq on September 14, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Agree with the writer but wana add few more stuff before the fairy tail begins. Pak batting is a biggest concern as they are playing with 7 batsmen and still batting collapse is not a good sign. What we need to do is change the batting line up as nasir should open with nazir and hafeez should bat at lower order, he is not a t 20 specialist if he bata then the run rate wont go over 6 RPO. Akmal brothers are worst politicians and they dont deserve to play for the country. As of now we have no choice but to pick the same team we played against aussies, unfortunately afridi will be back as we all know any tail ender can bat better then him. I want watmore to pick sami as pace can be a threat if u have control over ur line and length.

  • Pruod Pakistani in Texas on September 14, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    I seying truth thet is Pakistan is fevorite winning this cup.I aslo seying India is weak team like club level ballers.Pakistan has jadogar Ajmal who taking Tendlkar out everyime altime. Ajmal taking 6 wkt of india and Pakistan winnning easily after Afridi hitting 50 of only 15 balls.No other team facing ajmal and winning. Insallalh we winning this cup this tim

  • Sali on September 14, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    "Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Sami, and Sohail Tanvir will wonder how long they can prosper from the nostalgia of selectors"

    Please add Imran Nazir and Yasir Arfat to the list. This makes 5 gamble players.

    That leaves you 10 players to pick from. But on the other hand, all they need to do is to put 150 runs on the board and they have 75 percent chance of winning.

  • Sali on September 14, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    "Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Sami, and Sohail Tanvir will wonder how long they can prosper from the nostalgia of selectors"

    Please add Imran Nazir and Yasir Arfat to the list. This makes 5 gamble players.

    That leaves you 10 players to pick from. But on the other hand, all they need to do is to put 150 runs on the board and they have 75 percent chance of winning.

  • loke on September 14, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Pakistan have a fair chance, if they use Afridi's potential, else they will loose. Their weakness is their's batting. No power hitters in the top of the order.....

  • Zeeshan on September 14, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Nice article.. My XI would be (in same order):

    Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, M Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Yasir Arafat, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal.

    For a change (according to conditions) Sohail Tanvir could be replaced with Raza Hasan.

  • noman khizar on September 14, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    PAKISTAN IS AN UNPREDICTABLE SIDE WE CAN NOT SAY ANY THING ABOUT THEM ON THERE DAY THEY CAN BEAT STRONG TEAM LIKE ENGLAND OR INDIA AND WHEN THEY HAVE A BAD DAY THEY CAN EITHER BE BEATEN BY IRELAND. IF PAKISTAN HAS TO WIN THIS T20 WORLD THEIR TOP ORDER BATSMAN HAVE TO FIRE BIG AND MIND YOU IF TOP ORDER CLICKS THEIR WILL NO ONE TO STOP PAKISTAN WINNING THE WORLD CUP AFRIDI,AJMAL,UMER GUL,NASIR JAMSHAID AND RAZZAQ ARE KEY PLAYERS AND I HOPE THAT THEY WILL PROVE THEIR WORTH IN THIS T20 WORLD CUP INSHALLAH PAKISTAN WILL WIN THIS T20 WORLD CUP

    BEST OF LUCK ALL PAKISTAN IS PRAYING FOR YOU JUST PLAY POSITIVE CRICKET AND LEAVE THE REST ON ALL MIGHTY ALLAH

  • osama siddiqui on September 14, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Way to go Pakistan.. Go ahead! We'll pray for u.. Just play good cricket.. Our duas are with u...

  • Prabhakar on September 14, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Its INDIA who will win the WC not Pakistani's Myreeeeee.

  • Chandru on September 14, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Hi this is chandru from india...im the diehard fan of Afridi. would like to win this title for Afridi.

  • mudassar on September 14, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    pakistan stenght is afridi. and pakistan gona win

  • Adil on September 14, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Pakistan is one of favorite in this t20 world cup. having said that, we need better planning in the batting order and play sensible shots in the middle of the inning. Rest assure that bowlers will never let us down in this tournament. Best of luck! Go Green...

  • imran naqvi on September 14, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    SL pitches are not spin friendly anymore. But but has a good mixture of players. They might to sort out batting orders though. Sohail tanvir who was ordinary would be good in SL for swing n seam. Imran nazir must click in tournament. He lacks international level practice. Pakistan must play another proper batsman in middle order like shafeeq who can play a knock of 30s by rotating strike. Best of luck guys.

  • Nasir vohra on September 14, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Good Luck Greens...Just dont be overconfident and be a team player..Ajmal cant save you all time where Afridi need to come out as a cricketer not attention seeker movie actor.

  • Dr Mansoor Farooq Ali (Msc,Phd) on September 14, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    At the end of all this, Pakistan might win the World T20 again—they have as good a chance as any. Or they might bomb out—they have as good a chance as any. Really that makes it a team like any other team, so what use is this pool of talent which can't even guarantee consistency even in the shortest format of game where strategy required is minimal. It all depends on how one chooses to see it - glass half or glass full. While you choose to use words like mercurial and unpredictable the fact is it can also be said to be inconsistent and unreliable team. Unfortunately for me the way I see it , Bangladesh are also similar , unpredictable in your words and NZ is also similar. Count your lucky stars to ensure that luck favor Pakistan in these two games or 1st round exit could be reality for us.

  • Aftab on September 14, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    People need to stop criticising Kamran Akmal, in a recent in-depth review of stats of wicketkeepers he came out ranked in the top 5 of all time, so maybe people need to stop following stereotypes created by the media that he is a rubbish keeper when clearly he is not.

  • Jamal on September 14, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    This comment should be taken seriously and i mean it. Pakistan has good number of talented players but the problem that lies with them is they are mathematically weak. You dont win matches by sixes and fours alone you win it by rotating the strike. you dont loose matches after loosing six quick wickets either you loose it by playing loose shots. Umar akmal is playing for the last five years now , he cannot learn to speak in english, i assume he cannot learn to do the calculations either. He is not like Virat Kohli when it comes to mathematical analysis of the game - when to speed up the momentum and when not to. Same is true for most other players who are more talented than anyone in the whole world. Playing big shots on regular basis is not the real solution. Doing the right calculations and choosing the right moments would probably help. You dont need a batting coach because you have talent you need tutor who will teach you mathematics.

  • Shaks on September 14, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Pakistan team is more consistant than the others.....2007(Runner Up) 2009 (Winners) 2010 (Semi Finalist)..... best of luck

  • Jabran on September 14, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Whether they win or lose, they will surely make a lot of money with Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik in the team.

  • nirjhor on September 14, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    as a Bangladeshi supporter my second choice is Pakistan i want to see their outstandig performace

  • Amanullah Kalhoro on September 14, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Best of luck. Inshallah PAK will win this World Cup.....

  • Syed on September 14, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Pakistan strength is its unpredictiblity, in T20 complexion of game changes with every single ball Pakistan sure have enough fire power to lift T20 WC. We have to see how Hafeez use his players and it will definately be a test of his captainy as well.

  • Umair on September 14, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    They will have to play to their strength. the attacking Positive Batting. But they seem to be in pressure, playing limply in the recent past. Please someone tell them. Play your natural batting game.

  • Umair on September 14, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    They will have to play to their strength. the attacking Positive Batting. But they seem to be in pressure, playing limply in the recent past. Please someone tell them. Play your natural batting game.

  • Dr. talha on September 14, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    There is absolutely no doubt that Pak has the best pool of players when it comes to T20. i wont be surprised if they win the WC again. But i believe any of the 8 major teams can win. Every team has some brilliant match winners in their side. One of ur match winners fire, and u can beat the very best in the world. An e.g was in the last NZL vs Ind match. Mc cullum played well and NZL won. My request to Kamran is to write such an article on Pak ODI performance of the past 10 yrs. it has been horrible. there was only one patch under Inzi, in 2005 when Pak defeated India, WI and Eng in 3 consecutive series. Apart from this pak has been very poor. The reason is probabaly the repeated selections of some the worst players ever. E.g Hafeez, Sami, farhat etc...

  • Kamraaan on September 14, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Why are we making such a big deal out out of beating the 10th ranked team in the format!!

  • g.s.batra on September 14, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Pakistan, you win or lose, does not matter, don't get carried away! just play your own cricket, you have wonderful winnable cricketers in the team, you just go and give your best, it will be anybody's win on the final that matters, yes, the team has certainly come up, good luck.

  • santosh pant on September 14, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Very well written article capturing full attention from beginning to end.

  • ahsan iqbal on September 14, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    never 4get pak cric is always filled with surprises> remember last worldcup pak 4m nowhere played semifinal . ths tme team looks gud bt remember pak cric is always a chance .

  • Atiq on September 14, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Very well written, Pakistan I think should make it to semifinals at least if they can perform according to there strengths. Nasir, Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal will be the players if Pakistan goes deep into the tournament.

  • getsetgopk on September 14, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Nice article as usual, yes agree that T20 is instinctive but still you will need a solid pair of batsmen. In the 2009 edition that Pakistan won, Afridi was the difference between Pak and the rest. He played solidly with bat and contributed with the ball as well. This time around we are going to need someone who can put runs on the board, defending them wont be a problem. I hope Afridi plays sensibly with the bat and Pakistan will be hot favorites yet again.

  • shashi on September 14, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Very nice article. liked it.

  • Aamer Khan on September 14, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Very nicely written. I especially enjoyed the animated description of the characteristics of our players. Well done!

  • ameer on September 14, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    i think pakistan will played well and their spin attack is enough for other countries to defeat. pakistan inshallah win T20 Worldcup 2012 we love pakistan

  • Shahzeb on September 14, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    Pakistan has a good chance to go far away in the worldT20, but they need to keep the balance of the team right. They should play yasir arafat in place of shoaib malik. He is a good hitter and also bowls fast. In this way, they would have four fast bowlers in Umer Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Razzaq and Arafat. Plus three very good spinners in Hafeez, Afridi and Ajmal.

  • Syed Bilal on September 14, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Aoa to all PAkistanis. Kamran bhai you done a very gd job. I read your ealier articles. Those are also gd articles. InshAllah Pakistan will win this WC2012 title and Saeed Ajmal will rocks again. Wish you a best of luck to PAkistani team for T20 WC 2012.

  • Barkaat Hussain on September 14, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    Pakistanis are the favourites in this world cup yet again,,, definitely they will win,,, they have to win because this is the only source of hapiness for a pakistani cricket fan ...

  • mursal farhan on September 14, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    Best of luck Pakistan team...INSHALLAH we will win...

  • Ahmed Kirmani on September 14, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    Pakistan,s weaknesses were fully exposed. In the recent T 20 matches in the UAE . We managed to winmthe series against the weakest Team by the narrowest margin . Pakistan sin,a very group . Nevertheless, Pakistan,s achievement at bestnwill be qualifying in theSuper Eight. It can, win against India , Sri Lanka, England , WestbIndies . Australia this time round will wallop Pakistan . Allmthisis because the PCB has not done anything to,identify and develop new talent. Waeknesses in batting , wicketnkeeping and fielding have not beenmadressed atonal .

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  • Ahmed Kirmani on September 14, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    Pakistan,s weaknesses were fully exposed. In the recent T 20 matches in the UAE . We managed to winmthe series against the weakest Team by the narrowest margin . Pakistan sin,a very group . Nevertheless, Pakistan,s achievement at bestnwill be qualifying in theSuper Eight. It can, win against India , Sri Lanka, England , WestbIndies . Australia this time round will wallop Pakistan . Allmthisis because the PCB has not done anything to,identify and develop new talent. Waeknesses in batting , wicketnkeeping and fielding have not beenmadressed atonal .

  • mursal farhan on September 14, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    Best of luck Pakistan team...INSHALLAH we will win...

  • Barkaat Hussain on September 14, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    Pakistanis are the favourites in this world cup yet again,,, definitely they will win,,, they have to win because this is the only source of hapiness for a pakistani cricket fan ...

  • Syed Bilal on September 14, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Aoa to all PAkistanis. Kamran bhai you done a very gd job. I read your ealier articles. Those are also gd articles. InshAllah Pakistan will win this WC2012 title and Saeed Ajmal will rocks again. Wish you a best of luck to PAkistani team for T20 WC 2012.

  • Shahzeb on September 14, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    Pakistan has a good chance to go far away in the worldT20, but they need to keep the balance of the team right. They should play yasir arafat in place of shoaib malik. He is a good hitter and also bowls fast. In this way, they would have four fast bowlers in Umer Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Razzaq and Arafat. Plus three very good spinners in Hafeez, Afridi and Ajmal.

  • ameer on September 14, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    i think pakistan will played well and their spin attack is enough for other countries to defeat. pakistan inshallah win T20 Worldcup 2012 we love pakistan

  • Aamer Khan on September 14, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Very nicely written. I especially enjoyed the animated description of the characteristics of our players. Well done!

  • shashi on September 14, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Very nice article. liked it.

  • getsetgopk on September 14, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Nice article as usual, yes agree that T20 is instinctive but still you will need a solid pair of batsmen. In the 2009 edition that Pakistan won, Afridi was the difference between Pak and the rest. He played solidly with bat and contributed with the ball as well. This time around we are going to need someone who can put runs on the board, defending them wont be a problem. I hope Afridi plays sensibly with the bat and Pakistan will be hot favorites yet again.

  • Atiq on September 14, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Very well written, Pakistan I think should make it to semifinals at least if they can perform according to there strengths. Nasir, Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal will be the players if Pakistan goes deep into the tournament.