World Twenty20 2012 September 26, 2012

Paradoxical Pakistan are an emerging threat

If it is a rare pleasure for Pakistan to thank their batsmen for a victory, twice in a row is a luxury. Bowlers win matches for Pakistan, batsmen sometimes save them
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If it is a rare pleasure for Pakistan to thank their batsmen for a victory, twice in a row is a luxury. Bowlers win matches for Pakistan, batsmen sometimes save them. Hence several tremors of trepidation pulsed through their supporters' hearts when Mohammad Hafeez and Imran Nazir began a chase of 176 for a win and another chase of 140 for qualification to the Super-Eights stage of this World T20. Pakistan's batsmen, in paradoxical fashion, atoned for the sins of their bowlers.

First, erratic Nazir confirmed the true nature of the pitch with a match winning knock in international cricket. Nasir Jamshed then confirmed the true nature of his talent with another notable international performance. Meanwhile, Hafeez rode an early scare to guide and occasionally smite his team to the target. On such wickets, and on such form, Pakistan's batsmen may finally come to a party.

Earlier Hafeez's bowlers had been equally surprising; a worried coach was bewildered by the short length that his pace attack persisted with. Shakib Al Hasan took candy from each baby, leading Bangladesh's brave bid for qualification. Umar Gul, once known for laser-guided accuracy, sprayed his missiles by random vectors. Yasir Arafat stole three wickets without threatening even to take one. Sohail Tanvir saved his spell with a peach in a rotten bowl of fruit. The acclaimed spin trio were tidy, nothing more. Pakistan were poor with the ball, albeit on a batsman's wicket, but worse in the field. A timid effort that invited questions about the endeavours of Julien Fountain and Mohammad Akram, specialist fielding coach and specialist bowling coach respectively.

In some ways, Pakistan are paying for the sins of selection. Mohammad Sami and Raza Hasan, for very different reasons, are unlikely to threaten the starting XI. Abdul Razzaq seems out of favour, when his all-round play would offer greater strength and depth than Arafat. All these machinations create high pressure for Gul during his overs, a responsibility he seems unwilling to accept. Indeed, rather than the spinners, for whom even a poor performance tends to be adequate, Gul's form could hold the key to Pakistan's progress in this tournament - a strength cannot become a weakness.

Expect Pakistan's bowling to improve now that they can settle into the second round. But the batting performances of Nazir and Jamshed are early warnings of Pakistan's emerging threat. Nazir requires a good wicket to unfurl his repertoire, while Jamshed is a much more substantial prospect. Both strikers backed up by Kamran Akmal's reinvigorated shot selection, and Hafeez's desire, add an explosive start to each Pakistan innings. Dav Whatmore will know that bigger challenges, and far stronger bowling attacks, lie in wait but his masterstrokes could turn out to be discovering the momentary pause button in Nazir's brain and offering Jamshed his moment at number three.

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

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  • S.M.Ehsanul Amin on October 6, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Due to lack of performance in Batting Pakistan lost the game to Srilanka.I am from Bangladesh but i love Pakistan team a lot.My heart was broken while they lost to minow Lankans.Never the else i will say T20 is a game of mad people.Best wishes for Pakistan in future........

  • Pakman on October 3, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    I agree with the comments callign for Jamshed's inclusion in the test side. He has the technique for it certainly; and with the absence of the time crunch of limited overs cricket his test batting could be fabulously fluent.

  • WAHAB on September 30, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    pakistan playing well in all match and my side against india as

    imran nazir hafeez ( 2/4over) nasir kamran malik umar akmal afridi (4over) abdul razzaq ( 2/4 over ) yasir arafat (2/4over) umar gul ( 4over ) saeed ajmal ( 4over )

    after that pakistan have more batting option

  • Iftikhar Malik on September 28, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Pakistan , as it often displays once again against South Africa showed an an unmatched capacity of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory . I hope now when it is too late Hafeez is not allowed to bring in Abdul Razaq and Sami . After Pakistan returns home after getting defeated by India as well hopefully a process of accountability will take place and non performers such as Shoaib Malik,, Imran Nazirr , Kamran Akmal and Afridi getting retired .

  • Ajmal Mian on September 28, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Continuing cronyism has played havoc as far as the Pakistan Team progressing in this Tournamentn up,to its potential . Hafeez has been determined to exclude players of outstanding merit such as Abdul Razaq and Pakistanm has had to pay the price . The performance of Hafeez,s crony,s Imran Nazir , Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal was pathetic . There is a overdue need for the selection process to be made more transparentn. Lastly , election should be made National . Inability to speak Punjabi should not be a bar for players of merit . So many players of the class of Saeed Anwar and Mandad are excluded solely because they cannot speak Punjabi .

  • Shamshad Ali khan on September 28, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Justification often cited for retaining Kamran Akmal as a wicketkeeper is that he can bat a bit . After atrocious wicket keeping today against South Africa he failed miserably in batting as well . Imran Nazir also as he does against firsttierTeams failed I batting once again . Pakistan is paying the price of cronyism . PCB should regularly publish statistics and rankings for the Team ., selection process needs to be made more transparent . Hopefully glaring cases of exclusion of players of outstanding merit such as Abdul Razaq will not happen l,

  • Mohammad Asif Jhumra on September 28, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Bowlers both fast and spin need to be supported by good wicket keeping. Kamran Akmal has wrecked the careernof several bowlers with his very poor wicket keeping . In particular in the last five years or so he has been particularly cruel on Mohammad Sami dropping dozes of catches on his bowling . He appears to be similarly determined to wreck the career of Hasan Raza missing a very simple stumping chance in this young bowlers first over . In spiteofhis atrocious wicket keeping he manages to keep his place in the Team .

  • Humayun Butt on September 28, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Kamran Akmal has very often played a leading role in key matches for the opposition with his fumbles , dropped cathes and run out opportunities . He has done the same in the key match against South Africa missing a very easy stumping chance. He is easily the worst wicketkeeper foamy side in the world .

  • talha arshad on September 28, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    In my personal opinion Pakistan is playing as a unit, if they are playing with same passion there is no reason they wn't hold T20 cup. Raza Hassan is a surprise package and it should be included against team Like Africa.... Sohail Tanveer is the weakest link of all he cant field cant bowl other some ordinary leagues. A place which has erupted so much debate is inclusion of Afrat rather than Razzak.....

    I wish good luck to team PAKISTAN.

  • Ismail Merchant on September 28, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    I for one hope that Hafeez will play his Cronus Shoaib Malik , Imran Azim Nazir and Sohail Tanwir in the match today . I am sure they would like to rested today from,the matc against South Africa . Today,s match will also be a test for Afridi . As a batsman he has not performed for years . My predictions: If South Africa bat first they will,score 200 plus . Then we will have a real,test in place of Pakistan,s capacity to,chase . The weaknesses of Pakistan were fully exposed in their last match against Bangla Desh l

  • S.M.Ehsanul Amin on October 6, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Due to lack of performance in Batting Pakistan lost the game to Srilanka.I am from Bangladesh but i love Pakistan team a lot.My heart was broken while they lost to minow Lankans.Never the else i will say T20 is a game of mad people.Best wishes for Pakistan in future........

  • Pakman on October 3, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    I agree with the comments callign for Jamshed's inclusion in the test side. He has the technique for it certainly; and with the absence of the time crunch of limited overs cricket his test batting could be fabulously fluent.

  • WAHAB on September 30, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    pakistan playing well in all match and my side against india as

    imran nazir hafeez ( 2/4over) nasir kamran malik umar akmal afridi (4over) abdul razzaq ( 2/4 over ) yasir arafat (2/4over) umar gul ( 4over ) saeed ajmal ( 4over )

    after that pakistan have more batting option

  • Iftikhar Malik on September 28, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Pakistan , as it often displays once again against South Africa showed an an unmatched capacity of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory . I hope now when it is too late Hafeez is not allowed to bring in Abdul Razaq and Sami . After Pakistan returns home after getting defeated by India as well hopefully a process of accountability will take place and non performers such as Shoaib Malik,, Imran Nazirr , Kamran Akmal and Afridi getting retired .

  • Ajmal Mian on September 28, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Continuing cronyism has played havoc as far as the Pakistan Team progressing in this Tournamentn up,to its potential . Hafeez has been determined to exclude players of outstanding merit such as Abdul Razaq and Pakistanm has had to pay the price . The performance of Hafeez,s crony,s Imran Nazir , Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal was pathetic . There is a overdue need for the selection process to be made more transparentn. Lastly , election should be made National . Inability to speak Punjabi should not be a bar for players of merit . So many players of the class of Saeed Anwar and Mandad are excluded solely because they cannot speak Punjabi .

  • Shamshad Ali khan on September 28, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Justification often cited for retaining Kamran Akmal as a wicketkeeper is that he can bat a bit . After atrocious wicket keeping today against South Africa he failed miserably in batting as well . Imran Nazir also as he does against firsttierTeams failed I batting once again . Pakistan is paying the price of cronyism . PCB should regularly publish statistics and rankings for the Team ., selection process needs to be made more transparent . Hopefully glaring cases of exclusion of players of outstanding merit such as Abdul Razaq will not happen l,

  • Mohammad Asif Jhumra on September 28, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Bowlers both fast and spin need to be supported by good wicket keeping. Kamran Akmal has wrecked the careernof several bowlers with his very poor wicket keeping . In particular in the last five years or so he has been particularly cruel on Mohammad Sami dropping dozes of catches on his bowling . He appears to be similarly determined to wreck the career of Hasan Raza missing a very simple stumping chance in this young bowlers first over . In spiteofhis atrocious wicket keeping he manages to keep his place in the Team .

  • Humayun Butt on September 28, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Kamran Akmal has very often played a leading role in key matches for the opposition with his fumbles , dropped cathes and run out opportunities . He has done the same in the key match against South Africa missing a very easy stumping chance. He is easily the worst wicketkeeper foamy side in the world .

  • talha arshad on September 28, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    In my personal opinion Pakistan is playing as a unit, if they are playing with same passion there is no reason they wn't hold T20 cup. Raza Hassan is a surprise package and it should be included against team Like Africa.... Sohail Tanveer is the weakest link of all he cant field cant bowl other some ordinary leagues. A place which has erupted so much debate is inclusion of Afrat rather than Razzak.....

    I wish good luck to team PAKISTAN.

  • Ismail Merchant on September 28, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    I for one hope that Hafeez will play his Cronus Shoaib Malik , Imran Azim Nazir and Sohail Tanwir in the match today . I am sure they would like to rested today from,the matc against South Africa . Today,s match will also be a test for Afridi . As a batsman he has not performed for years . My predictions: If South Africa bat first they will,score 200 plus . Then we will have a real,test in place of Pakistan,s capacity to,chase . The weaknesses of Pakistan were fully exposed in their last match against Bangla Desh l

  • Ismail Merchant on September 28, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    I for one hope that Hafeez will play his Cronus Shoaib Malik , Imran Azim Nazir and Sohail Tanwir in the match today . I am sure they would like to rested today from,the matc against South Africa . Today,s match will also be a test for Afridi . As a batsman he has not performed for years . My predictions: If South Africa bat first they will,score 200 plus . Then we will have a real,test in place of Pakistan,s capacity to,chase . The weaknesses of Pakistan were fully exposed in their last match against Bangla Desh l

  • Ismail Merchant on September 28, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    I for one hope that Hafeez will play his Cronus Shoaib Malik , Imran Azim Nazir and Sohail Tanwir in the match today . I am sure they would like to rested today from,the matc against South Africa . Today,s match will also be a test for Afridi . As a batsman he has not performed for years . My predictions: If South Africa bat first they will,score 200 plus . Then we will have a real,test in place of Pakistan,s capacity to,chase . The weaknesses of Pakistan were fully exposed in their last match against Bangla Desh l

  • Nazma Heptulla on September 28, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    i am a big fan of pakistani team specially Tanvir. But current team performance is showing that team has not got his salary since a year.

  • Ashraf Ahmed Janjua on September 28, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    The likelihood is Hafeez will not exclude his buddiesb who are Shoaib Malik , Imran Azim and Sohail Tanwir With them in the Team the South Africans will take Pakistan to the cleaners . Hafeez,s continuing exclusion of Abdul Razaq is mind boggling . He is one of the most useful ODIs and T 20s player available for Pakistan . His continuing exclusion has already done the damage . If he is included in one match and also placedi in number 8 slot where hedoesn,t get an opportunity to bat or if he does iti is for 8 balls or less puts huge presure on him . Pakistan,s elimination this time from T 20s Semi Finals will be due to cronyism of the selectors and Hafeez.

  • musa441 on September 27, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    listen guys u dont understand the realgame behind the bangladesh poor performance!! firstly they wanted the image of bangladesh to be better than what it was before that match!! so the pakistani fast bowlers deliberately bowled short deliveries so that bangali batsmen feast some runs as they already had a deal that they score big target and then allow them to get it no wonder abualhasan dropped a siter of imran nazir!! secondly pakistan team wants the other teams like south africa, australia and india to underestimate their fast bowlers thats why gul tanvir and yasir arafat bowled poorly!! i know u may say that i m a mad guy lol but truth is not known to any of u becoz u see with one eye!! razzaq is being saved for super eight matches tomorow he will play for sure inlace of either tanvir or yasir!! and i think maybe raza hassan will be included in place of tanvir and razzaq inplace of yasir arafat!! tomorow pak pacers will surprise the opposition believe it or not but its gona happen!!

  • Asim on September 27, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Plzzzzzzzzzz play for PAKISTAN not for Zaka and Zardari.

  • aftab from VB on September 27, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Dav Whatmore seems to have found a secret formula for T20, that is, fill the team with match winners even if they are not clicking at the moment. After all, you need just one per match. But he's paying attention to batting side only. I would have been happy to have one seemer, Gul, and Ajmal, Hasan, Afridi, Hafeez with full quota. This might clear way for Shafiq, the only one who could provide a brainy approach to batting.On SL pitches, seemers are like charity players to give out runs.

  • tanzeel on September 27, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Some people saying shoaib malik as midiocre player.are u serious.I think he has played more match winning innings than razzak.who does it once in ten years.he is a good player but how can u leave the best fielder in ur team like pakistan

  • Ashraf Ahmed Janjuab on September 27, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    My prediction south Africa will wallop Pakistan tomorrow. . They are the most balanced side . Further , they will go on to win the T 20 Cup . As for Pakistan , our fielding is very poor . Wicket keeping the worst as compared to all Teams . Team selection has been poor . Hafeez has persisted with some very poor players such as Shoaib Malik , Imran Nazir and Sohail Tanwir . An outstanding player Abdul Razaq has been excluded . Probably Hafeez doesn't,t like him . Pakistan , My prediction is will not qualify for semi finals .

  • Javed Hasan on September 27, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Our Team will have a very tough time against South Africa and also India . Our biggest weakness comes from poor selection . Junaid possibly one of our best bowlers with a proven record of success against the Australians was not selected for this T 20 Tournament . Abdul Razaq a very perienced campaigner and possibly thenbest all rounder as at present continues to be given step brotherly treatment by Hafeez . Some very mediocre players such as Sohail Tanwir , Shoaib Malik and Imran Nazir continue to be given surprising preference . Our fielding is very poor , wicket keeping even worse . Kamran Akmal has over the years made our faster bowlers look bad because of dropped catches . Why is he is a regular is a mystery . This time if we qualify for semi finals it will be a miracle .

  • Muhammad Tahir on September 27, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Does it make sense that we are making fun of our own team in front of others specially during the MEGA EVENT.People know that what are the problems of our team,so does it make sense to repeat again and again.constructive criticism should be made but in limits. Our thinking is like that only we have got the liscence to win and win it one sided,there are ups and downs.these are the same players that have made us proud on various occassions.

    The history shows that we can emerge from no where in the picture and win the crucial matches,so PAKISTANIS be confident and back your team and players and hope for the best.

  • Shamshad Ali KhanmHaseeb on September 27, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Hafeez will stick with. Shoaib Malik , Imran Nazir . They are good for one inning in ten., imran Nazir.,s techniques very faulty .,he can only survive against sides like Bangla Desh and Zimbabwe if they drop catches . Neither Shoaib Malik nor Imran Nazir can survive more than 6 balls against a side such as South Africa. What Pakistan needs to keep in mind is that batting first South Africa can score 200 + runs . It will be an interesting sight watching Pakistan,s effort at chasing against a quality attack . As for Abdul,Razaq some posts have suggested that his fielding isn't good .,how about Sohail Tanwir z? Heis a terrible fielder . As for Samivisa vis Sohail Tanwir , Sami is a much better bowler and fielder and even better at batting compared to SohailTanwir . However , he has made no effort to learn Punjabi . The Captain and all the players in the Pakistan Team find speaking in Urdu Spain . He will not be given a chance.,

  • irshad on September 27, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    pakistan team imran nazir nasir hafeez umer akmal k akmal afridi razak gull ajmal malik h raza plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Akmal Zaidi on September 27, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    we need to drop just Tanvir, i think Razzaq can bowl better then Tenvir.

  • Yasir on September 27, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    I think Pakistan need more spinners than the Fast. They need to replace Razzaq for Tanvir and Shoaib Mailk for Raza Hassan. Malik is good player but he cant bowl atleast 2 overs. So 4 spinners and 3 seamers will be good for beating SA and AUS. And Gul should be bowled at death

  • bakht jamal on September 27, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    please drop sohail tanveer at any cost

  • Fahad on September 27, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Given the squad resources, Pakistan team combination holds key to perform well in the rest of the tournament. Since Imran nazir has performed in the 1st phase, team management would highly unlikely drop him. Team needs high octane hitters at the bottom and in matches where less no. of wickets fell they can be promoted to increase tempo. For this Razzaq needs to be in the team and should bowl at least one or two overs. Afridi to me must bat at no. 3 as he can only be effective earlier on as he's out of touch and batting low order with field spread would yield nothing from his batting. That was the key in Pakistan winning 2009 T20.

  • sali on September 27, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    I think Pak needs to play both Razzaq and Yasir. They can split the quota of 5th bolwer. This will further imporve the batting and bowling can't be any worst than what we are getting from Tanvir.

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

    Razzaq have to undertand that selectors dont want him anymore. if he is in the team then captain did not give him a chance to come in upper order and with bowl i think he will be lucky if he get 2 overs... this is complete stradegy against him so please for your fans sake leave this team ...

  • Akif on September 27, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Abbasi, aren't we missing Junaid here. Sami has nothing special and has never been a threat to any team (not even to minnows). Also, I am sure Razzaq will play from here on in, as he is a good batter of fast bowling. Arafat and Tanveer are all but a burden on the team.

  • Zeeshan Ahmed on September 27, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Lot of ppl here are in favour of Sami & A.Razzaq geting included in playing eleven. A.Razzaq is no doubt a match winner but has a limited fielding capacity & can reaplce Tanvir easily as both being poor fielders. But demanding an inclusion of Sami is beyond understanding. We are seeing him for the last many years, yet he is still a club cricketer who has not learned the art of consistency. I dont know if a bowler who cannot bowl six good bowls in an over deserves repeated chances in a team. He has NEVER won a match for Pakistan. He is the same as Imran Farhat in batting or even poor. Replace him with Hammad Azam or a better all rounder as replacement.

  • Chaudhry on September 27, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Why we are not picking the best all rounder we have in our team?? Why Hafeez is not giving him any chance to perform?? The name for that very special talent is ABDUL RAZZAQ. He is better than Afridi, Malik, Hafeez, Nazir and Akmal's brothers, Gul, and Tanvir. The only two players better than Razzaq are Ajmal and Jamshed but both lack all round performance.

  • Asim Iqtidar on September 27, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Some of the posters here don't understand that the 15 members teams is already there in SriLanka and so no chance of Aizaz Cheema, Junaid khan, Wahab Riaz or Abdur Rehman. So please don't waste your energies to ask for these players.

  • asad khan on September 27, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    well in my point of view, pakistan has always performed well once they were in match practice and played their matches with lesser gaps .... for example In Worldcup 2011 , Pakistan were on winning streak till quaterfinal against WestIndies, it was tournament 1st Quaterfinal, whereas india played 4th Quaterfinal ... and then pakistan played 2nd semi final almost after the gap of 8 days, eventually gul was found total offcolour, fielding was poor and whole team body language was not positive but here Mr. Abbasi rightly pointed out that Players has gelled well together and even batting concerns atleast for 20 overs are catered and they are emerged as real threat for others team, but YES this is a threat and a threat can always be countered if SA, AUS, or IND plays well.

  • Ahsan on September 27, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Pakistan is the weakest of their group in super eight. But since they have qualified.

  • imran on September 27, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Pakistan can win this world cup, if Abdul Razzaq bat at no 3, Bowlers like Mcgrath were worried from him, but worst Pak management has wasted a great player.

  • jamal on September 27, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Mathematical Model says - Pakistan will faulter soon, however, this could be avoided by making right choices and taking right decisions like:

    1. Including Razzak and giving him more/full responsibility. As a batsman he can block or burst depending upon the situation. He is not a bad baller either not worse than Zaheer Khan in T20 format. 2. Please dont trust Afridi if he is playing at 6 or 7 position. A one big hit does win the match for any team. As a batsman one has to find his place in top order- he is otherwise as good as Umar Gul as a batsman

  • Dr. talha on September 27, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Pak wins or loose, but for the future Pak must make these replacements:

    Hammad azam for Razzaq Mohammad Talha for Sami Junaid khan for Tanvir Ahmed Shehzad for Imran Nazir

    Play these four consistently in the playing 11, so that they get ready for 2015 ODI WC.

  • Muhammad Saidul Hque on September 27, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Assalamulaikum Kamran vhai, at firstly I am deeply concerned about the Pakistan's historical pace bowling attack which represents currently like a very anxious way. Umar Gul, Shohail Tanvir,Mohammad Sami & along with new -comers not showing the true inheritance of Imran Khan, Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram . The present Pakistan team just survives & fights with its opponents by the help of some talented spinners namely Hafeez, Afridi, Rehman & new sensation Saeed Ajmal. Pakistan is a large country where cricket has been popularized for many years. Certainly,this Pakistan team had been become an unpredictable performer by executing of each with every players' individual game show honestly.But, this cricketing country needs now-a-days stronger+literate+matured+professional & honest patriotic official persons & players who would become united dedicatedly in the chain of respectfulness to save their famous & victorious achievement of historical cricket for their motherland.

  • SN Qazi on September 27, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Imran Nazir has poor technique . He can get away and score against weaker attacks but will be a liability against first tier Teams . In the next two matches Shoaib Malik could prove to be a trump card for the opposition . Yasir Arafat , Shoaib Malik , Sohail Tanwir andImran Nazir need to be dropped . Abdul Razaq , Junaid Khan and Sami need to be retained .

  • fahad areeb on September 27, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    pakistan should beat INDIA and AUSTRALIA to ticket for semi final ,india will be out of wc as they not have strongest bowling line like PAKISTAN , so i see PAKISTAN as a true CHAMPION!!!!

  • Atif on September 27, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    No Razzaq = madness... I don't understand the logic behind this move. Is it possibly because of his fielding .. really ?!??! Against South Africa the key battle will be their bowling and Pakistan's batting. Surely our batting depth will be tested and Razzaq is phenomenal against pacers or stabilizing the innings. Arafat simply has to go Our opening pair will be exposed against quality bowling like South Africas.( Nazir will get out in a messy manner against Steyn and co and Hafeez will bog down before chipping it in the air to one of the infielders) The key for us will be the Akmal brothers and Jamshed. They can bash any opponent and I recommend opening with any of those three rather than Nazir. Lastly a vintage bowling performance will be needed by one of our 3 main bowlers Afridi , Ajmal or Gul. Nothing is impossible .. go Pakistan go !

  • Mali on September 27, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    Everyone be quiet. Pakistan is going to win. End of story.

    Why on earth did they not bring Junaid Khan in?????

    Umar Gul is good, Sohail Tanvir and M Sami are horrible! Only solution is Junaid Khan.

  • Nour on September 27, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    I would play an extra spinner against SA and Aus. Wish they had selected Wahab Riaz and Abdul Rehman instead of Sohail Tanvir and Reza Hassan. I would open our bowling with Hafiz and Razzaq and finish our bowling with Umar Gul and Ajmal bowling the death overs. My team against SA would be as follows:

    Hafeez ...........spin 2/4 over Imran Nazir Nasir Jamshid Asad Shafiq Kamran Akmal Umar Akmal Abdul Razzak......fast 2 over Afridi ...........spin 4 over Umar Gul......... fast 4 over Raza Hassan...... spin 2/4 over Said Ajmal....... spin 4 over

  • Haris on September 26, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    I will never consider Nazir a threat for others I rather consider him as the threat for Pakistan itself. I don't understand why his batting against Bangladesh is highlighted we all know about their bowling attack which always considered a lame attack. Jamshed is a good find and we can rely on. But still its too early to say anything for Pakistan because they are certainly in a group of death.

  • adnan on September 26, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    imran nazir can win a match for you, he is an impact player, also why drop junaid khan he is far better than gul and tanvir, something wrong with the selectors. dont understand to drop a player who is performing. Play razak but for god sake use him move him one down or two, and open the bowling. if pakistan qualify for the semi i think the would win the cup but its very tough, Cant remember when Afridi perform with bat?

  • Saad on September 26, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    Pakistan is the weakest of their group in super eight. But since they have qualified my suggested team would be 1) Muhammed Hafeez (4 overs) 2) Imran Nazir 3) Nasir Jamshed 4) Shoaib Malik (1 over)- should ensure to rotate the strike 5) Umer Akmal 6) Kamran Akmal 7) Abdul Razzaq (2 overs) 8) Shahid Afridi (4 overs) 9) Yasir Arafat (2 overs) 10) Umer Gul (3 overs) 11) Saeed Ajmal (4 overs)

  • Vaseem Siddiqi on September 26, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    Although PAKISTAN WON the performance of the TEAM was extremely poor particularly in bowling and fielding and it raises the question whether the TEAM will be able to cope against much stronger teams in their group. The teams in their group will not allow average Pakistani batsmen to score so freely with the exception of perhaps Nasir Jamshed and Umar Akmal. Further, if TEAM PAKISTAN do not improve their bowling and in particular the pace men there is very little hope of the team going through to the semi final. The bowlers which is suppose to be TEAM PAKISTAN's strength need to restrict the opposition to a manageable score and for this the main four bowlers, Gul, Hafeez, Afridi and Ajmal, need to be at their VERY BEST. For the 5th bowler I would have Razzaq in the team instead of Tanvir and possibly in place of Yasir the young spinner Raza Hasan.

  • zubair on September 26, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    y r people writing of pakistan ?? every1 saying we got 3 hard teams? i say no 2 dat . da oda teams need towori cause dis is da stage wer pakistan turn it on. beware pakistan is cming. afridi needs 2 be up da order, like in 2009 giv him sme tym in da middle n he will deliver. if gul afridi umar akmal get even a liitle of form den da other teams r in trouble. 1 ting is 4 sure pakistan r goin 2 semis even wid dis stupid seeded system jus 2 make england's chances easier. pakistan r tru champs n dey wil prove it by gtin through 3 giant in world cricket. PAKISTAN

  • Moosa on September 26, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    nazir innigs against BD was very good ,,,but he needs to be consistent,, razzaq should must be in the team,.,, & what the hell is tanvir doing in team....once his action is picked he is always very easy to handle....fast bowling so far is a serious concern,,, good to see afridi gaining his form back,,, ajmal is always good,,, best of luck to team pakistan,,,, PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Faisal Baig on September 26, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    If you play with Abdul Razaq then where you will hide him in field as we all know he is a very poor fielder and in super eight everything will count.....

  • Faisal Baig on September 26, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    If you play with Abdul Razaq then where you will hide him in field as we all know he is a very poor fielder and in super eight everything will count.....

  • Ahmed on September 26, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    We needed some reliable pacer - maybe Aizaz Cheema. And I dont konw what Sami is doing in the lineup. He is good, in fact excellent at first class level but not able to take pressure at internatonal level. Yasir Arafat is an okay bowler, slightly better than Abdul Razzaq and at par with Umar Gul. I say this because Gul can be easily pasted all over the wicket if someone could take him on in his first over. Than his line length goes down the drain.

  • Ahmed on September 26, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    We needed some reliable pacer - maybe Aizaz Cheema. And I dont konw what Sami is doing in the lineup. He is good, in fact excellent at first class level but not able to take pressure at internatonal level. Yasir Arafat is an okay bowler, slightly better than Abdul Razzaq and at par with Umar Gul. I say this because Gul can be easily pasted all over the wicket if someone could take him on in his first over. Than his line length goes down the drain.

  • karwan on September 26, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    I want Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak Razzak . Please drop horrible bowler sohail and bring razzak back into team. I am sick. Is hafeez insecure about Razzak Talent..

    Please Bring Razzak back into the team.He is far better than this arafat or malik or sohail.

  • wasif shah on September 26, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    i agree with some one abdul razzaq in a team rather then tanveer.

  • wasif shah on September 26, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    i agree with some one abdul razzaq in a team rather then tanveer.

  • FARSAN KHALID on September 26, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    I THINK WE ARE STARTING TO OVER RATE PAKISTANS CHANCES IN THE CUP.THEY HAVE BATTED WELL YES BUT AGAINST NZ AND BANGLADESH BOTH HAVE POOR BOWLING ATTACKS. ONCE THE BALL SWINGS OUT OF THE HANDS OF QUALITY FAST BOWLERS IN SUPER 8 WE WILL SEE JUST HOW POOR IMRAN NAZIRS BATTING IS. SO IN THIS CASE WE MUST IMPROVE OUT SEAM BOWLERS. GUL SHOULD STAY NO DOUBT ALTHOUGH I DO THINK HES PAST HIS VERY BEST. ARAFAT RUNS IN LIKE AN ATTACKING BOWLER BUT WE DONT NEED HIM TO BE A WICKET TAKER AS WE HAV GUL,AFRIDI & AJMAL WHO TAKE THE WICKETS AND HAFEEZ WHO IS ECONOMICAL SO RAZZAQ SHOULD COME IN FOR ARAFAT HE WILL PROVIDE DISCIPLINE AND CONTROL AND POWERHITTING NEITHER OF WHCH ARAFAT HAS. HE IS AT BEST A GOOD COUNTY PRO BUT NOT INTERNATIONAL STANDARD SIMILAR TO HOW AZHAR MAHMOOD WAS. THE OTHER PROBLEM REMAINS TANVIR I CANNOT REMEMBER THE LAST TIME HE PERFORMED WELL FOR PAKISTAN BUT WHO TO REPLACE HIM WITH SAMI? WHERE IS JUNAID KHAN WHEN YOU NEED HIM!PAKISTAN HAVE A CHANCE BUT THE SEAM BOWLERS HOLD THE KEY

  • Hamza on September 26, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Happy that pak won but there are serious issues to look at. 1)Tanvir NEVER impressed me as a bolwer and lets not even mention his fielding skills... 2) Umar gul being overly praised, no doubt he has achieved greatness in past but that is PAST at the moment he is no where near his best... 3)Arafat is OK i guess i might actually prefer razzak but they are both OK not Great bowlers!... with 2 pacers completely out of sorts we are left with 3 spinners which are doing a good job but the question is for how long? without genuine pacers you cant survive for long...

    PLZ Make Tanvir sit out next match and bring in razzak in his place plzzz much better alrounder... and Give Gul a last chance otherwise just bring in Sami who might actually get some wickets while being expensive like GUL!

  • Zeshan Nawaz on September 26, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    WARNING FOR HAFEEZ:

    DO NOT PLAY IMRAN NAZIR AGAINST AUSTRALIA OR SOUTH AFRICA. HE WILL NOT SCORE AGAINST QUALITY BOWLING LINE UPS. RAZZAQ IS THE OBVIOUS CHANCE TO GO UP THE ORDER.

  • Zeshan Nawaz on September 26, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Hafeez has to go with differnt options against the three teams in Super 8. He should not play Imran Nazir against SA and Aus. Razaaq can come up the order and Asad Shafiq must play. My suggestion is to play the following team against Aus and SA Nasir Jamshed Muhammad Hafeez Abdul Razzaq Kamran Akmal Asad Shafiq Shoaib Malik Omer Akmal Afidi Gul Ajmal Sami/Tanvir

    He can play

  • Zeshan Nawaz on September 26, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Message for Hafeez. If you want to win the World T 20, play Razzaq and play him up the order against top quality teams. He has the ability to win you the World Cup. Play him up the order against Aus and SA. Against India experiment with Afridi.

  • Mohsin on September 26, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Imagine if we still had Mohammad Asif and Amir, how powerful our bowling attack would be. Good talent gone to waste :(

  • husnain khan on September 26, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    I don't think Nazir will be a bigger threat to the big fishes.Of course they would do homework om him.His technique is quite poor regarding improvisation.

  • amir on September 26, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    i have not seen much weeker team than this of pakistan in my whole life nd people expect them to lift the trophy.funny.

  • Egnr. Khalil on September 26, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    I think why the team management is persisting with yasir because of his better fielding than razzaq. I would love to see razzaq in for sohail. that will cause a greater depth in batting. Well for imran nazir, take my words, he'll play a match winning knock in super8.

  • raheel on September 26, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    i think gul should be given a new ball with Abdul Razak as a partner and captain should give support as was giving by Younis khan in world cup 2009. secondly the captain has to understand the nature of the pitch, and applying his bowlers on right time.

  • ateeq on September 26, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    plz bring Abdul Razzaq back in the team.He is much better batsman than hafeez, afridi and malik; better bowler than tanvir and arafat.

  • Zahid on September 26, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    I am just positively surprised at the talent and body language of Nasir Jamshid. Abbasi sir, do you remember the days when Inzi first played in worldcup 92? Can you see some similarities between Nasir and Inzi's body language? For me it is like having the young inzi again playing that vital match against NZ and showing that dominence in walking, moving etc and then slaughtering the opponent bowling.

  • Yasir on September 26, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    I am not sure how Razaq can solve the bowling problem? - Razaq is not a better bowler than Yasir, plus Yasir is a much better fielder... Pakistan mis the trick by not taking wicket taking Juniad to the T20 WC, he was the best bowler (on both sides) for last tour to SL, currently looks to be most wicket taking fast bowler in current Pakistan lots... Sami is completely waste to spot. For SA and AUSES they have to play extra spinner (in that case Rehman would have being a better choice than Hasan Raza) and drop Tanvir. With India the current team is the ideal option...

    Bowlers need to cut down on the short length, they were way too short, which is a crime on that flat paceless batting track... BTW: Yasir can bowler faster then Razaq and has much better Yorker and slow ball, that would be key for bowling at death...

  • Hassan on September 26, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Salivating prospect indeed to be playing against SA, Aus and India just to qualify for the semi finals. I think Sohail Tanvir and Umar Gul need to join the party soon as no balls, wayward short deliveries are not going to rattle anyone. Point well made on poor selection but I do think either Sami or Razzaq should get a chance in place of Tanvir. He just doesn't look confident enough this time around.

  • Mushtaq Hussein on September 26, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Pakistan show the good characteristics with bat but they have to perform well in the fast bowling department if they want to win world cup. The bowling have to click more often than not. Insha Allah our bowlers will do well in the coming matches and they will emerge the victorious.Good Luck to man in green

  • Najam on September 26, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Team Pakistan need a special talent in the fast bowling department as well to overcome team's like South Africa and Australia, they may get away with Indian batting but the rest are all carrying real threat. The area where they really need to pull their socks is the depth batting, they need power hitters like razzaq and hammad azam. I think they still will make it to the semi finals or even finals as well. Best of luck to all the teams for super eight.

  • Ilyas Chaudhry on September 26, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    My suggested XI against South Africa is :

    1-Mohammad Hafeez................4 Overs Complete 2-Imran Nazir 3-Nasir Jamshed 4-Kamran Akmal 5-Shoaib Malik 6-Umar Akmal / Asad Shafiq 7-Shahid Afridi................4 Overs Complete 8-Abdul Razzaq................minimum 2 Overs 9-Umar Gul................4 Overs Complete 10-Saeed Ajmal................4 Overs Complete 11-Mohammad Sami................minimum 2 Overs

  • Muzammil Mohsin Shaikh on September 26, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    So happy for Nasir Jamshed. hope he keeps his feet on ground and have a gr8 career ahead winning matches for Pakistan. As for Imran Nazir I still remember the masterful attacking innings full of quality cricketing strokes albeit in a Test Match against the likes of gr8 Ambrose and Walsh in West Indies. Somehow, he has managed to not fulfill his immense potential and talent. Hope he comes up well in remaining matches as well.

  • nizar on September 26, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Good article! Please comment on the seedings for the Super Eights, that has grouped four number one teams in one group, and four number two seeded teams in another.

  • Shahid Akbar on September 26, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Kamran, good write up. PCB should do away with the "parchi system." What the heck Sohail Tanveer is doing in this tournament. Waseem Akram on Tanveer's dropping the catch said, "drop of the decade." I know our bowlers (except Ajmal) were off the track against Bangladesh but I know that they will gain their forms. My choice for the next match: Abdul Razzaq and Junaid Khan in. Sohail Tanveer and Yasir Arafat out.

  • Munawar on September 26, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    But Junaid Khan is better than Sohail Tanveer.

  • Danish on September 26, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Pakistan the entertainers that's it

  • tamour azam on September 26, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    I am not sure why everyone is getting so excited about Nazir's knock. It was on a completly flat track and against a bowling line up lighter than Afgansistan. I still think choosing him over Ahmad Shahzad is a huge blunder, just like ignoring Junaid Khan and including Sami or not including Wahab Raiz for Sohail Tanvir's Medium Pace and Hammad Azam for Yasir Arafat. I hope Pak does well but I think they have a pretty useless team.

  • Ryan on September 26, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Beautifully written article with description of pin point accuracy.Pakistan must deploy Razzaq's services now.He is a very experienced player and a complete allrounder.Hafeez and co. really need to think hard.He must start playing otherwise might as well send him home.Arafat is a club a player at best. Imagine a line up of Malik, Razzaq and Afridi as most experienced all rounders. At least one of them is bound to click in each game & in both sides of the innings.Then you have the bright young talents of Umar and Jamshed at three and five/six respectively. Openers are doing a great job so far,Kamran (Akmal not Abbassi) is solid at four. Batting looks in tact in my opinion. It just needs a lift with some late flourish of power hitting by the likes of Malik, Razzaq and Afridi. Bowling,well Gul needs to recognise his responsibilities fast & Tanvir should be sent home.Hasan/Sami,depending on the pitch,should replace Tanvir with Arafat on the bench.On paper at least,we hv a v. strong team.

  • Shahid on September 26, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Sir, I think, all the articles posted on this site lack in offering due praise for Hafiz. He has been a solid bat in all the recent matches including the warm-ups and is the real factor behind our batting success. Pakistan fast bowling has disappointed match after match and is a major concern, specially raising questions about the capability of Mohammad Akram, the coach. Non of the three fast bowlers seemed to have any experience in T20. Not only the concern about short length bowling but most of it is a lack of slow balls, slow bouncers, yorkers, wide of off - full lengths, in general no veriety at all. Abdul Rzzaq might prove to be a better new ball bowler than yaser or Tanvir in these circumstances and then on him being an impact player, he can win a match single handedly.

  • asad on September 26, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Mr abassi umar gul is a useless bowler,the faster the pakistan selectors recognise this and replace him the better it will be for the team.Imagine gul bowling that rubbish against bangladesh to south africa,australia,and india.It will be carnage in colombo.

  • Noman on September 26, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Nice One Kamran. Should have given sone overs to Shoaib Malik since pacer were coming expensive.

  • Imran Khan on September 26, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Pak should play Razzaq instead of Arafat........

  • Imran on September 26, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    wait till we face a great team, and watch our wickets fall like fast rain.

  • zeb on September 26, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Like Great Imran Khan said Blowers are the only one makes winning.

  • Nadeem Khan on September 26, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Kamran, I loved it when you wrote, "Pakistan are paying for the sins of selection" AND "Abdul Razzaq seems out of favour". The selectors could have easily brought in Hammad Azam in place of Sami, but for some unknown and strange reasons, they opted not to.

  • Javed Hasann on September 26, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Why Abdul Razaq is out of favor with Hafeez is a mystery . He is one outstanding all rounder and will make a big difference for Pakistan . He could play a big role for Pakistan towards progressing to qualify for the Semi Finals . Why mediocre players such as Shoaib Malik and Arafat or SohailmTanwirbare preferred over Abdul Razaq is mind boggling .

  • Mayuran Selvaratnam on September 26, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Pakistan fans like to call their team unpredictable and mercurial team. They say "On their day they can beat anyone" . A classic example of living in self denial and trying to paint a different picture to ignore a fact .Even Bangladesh and Ireland can also beat anyone on their day and they are usually called minnows. But then again its a democratic world and one can call themselves and pat their own backs as much as needed. Afterall if ICC did not give the prize PCB does give prize, maybe if PCB will also give a worldcup when Pakistan return from super 8s.

  • Qaisar Farooq on September 26, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Pakistan need to include Abdul Razzak instead of Sohail Tanvir because in Super Eight we need deep batting.I do not know why Nasir Jamshed batting on one down position everyone knows he is a dashing aggressive batsman he should need to open the innings with Imran Nazir to take full advantage of power play.

  • Ashraf Ahmed Janjua on September 26, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Keeping out Abdul Razaq from the next two matches would be very risky for Pakistan . He is a genuine all rounder and is way superiour to Shoaib Malik and Arafat .

  • Shamshad Ali Khan on September 26, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    While it is wonderful that Pakistan has qualified for the Super Eights the way they played against Bangla Desh was a cause for serious concern . Our fielding wasterible . So was the bowling . As for the batting we were very lucky . Imran Nazir was very lucky to be dropped at 1 . Had the esay catch been held , Bangla Desh would have put pre sure on Pakistan . The very small margin of our victory against Bangla Desh should also be a cause for concern . Our next two matches are against much better sides which are also more consistent than Pakistan . Our batting will be greatly strengthened if Abdul,Razaq isincluded in the next two matches . Apart from his non inclusionn putting him in to bat at number 8 when he is included is very strange . He is a much better batsman than Afridi , Shoaib Malik or Umar akmal . He should bat at number 5. He is also a very useful bowler with lots of experience.

  • Dr. talha on September 26, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Pakistan cant win in any format of the game consistently, untill & unless they have players like Hafeez, sami etc.. in the team. we have seen that Hafeez doesnt bat long without being dropped. he has repeated failures aganist major teams. Pak should start with Ahmed Shehzad & Nasir jamshed and continue with them till 2015 WC. Its so sad that 3-4 years of Nasir's career has been wasted because of Mr. Ilyas who kept his son in law, Imran farhat, in the team. Despite of poor performance he kept on playing him. Nasir should be added to the test side asap.

  • Gohar on September 26, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Well to Me Imran Nazir form is itself threat to Pakistan chances. Everyone knows he is not a good Puller of the ball and considering bowling attacks to be faced next he will be exposed badly. His innings diminishes chances of Asad shafiq who could provide stability to this batting line up. For Umar gul you are right he is taking up to much pressure on himself i think captain should demote him and ask him to bowl at depth only with Ajmal. For some good brings on Razzaq and Raza against Australi and Africa.

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  • Gohar on September 26, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Well to Me Imran Nazir form is itself threat to Pakistan chances. Everyone knows he is not a good Puller of the ball and considering bowling attacks to be faced next he will be exposed badly. His innings diminishes chances of Asad shafiq who could provide stability to this batting line up. For Umar gul you are right he is taking up to much pressure on himself i think captain should demote him and ask him to bowl at depth only with Ajmal. For some good brings on Razzaq and Raza against Australi and Africa.

  • Dr. talha on September 26, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Pakistan cant win in any format of the game consistently, untill & unless they have players like Hafeez, sami etc.. in the team. we have seen that Hafeez doesnt bat long without being dropped. he has repeated failures aganist major teams. Pak should start with Ahmed Shehzad & Nasir jamshed and continue with them till 2015 WC. Its so sad that 3-4 years of Nasir's career has been wasted because of Mr. Ilyas who kept his son in law, Imran farhat, in the team. Despite of poor performance he kept on playing him. Nasir should be added to the test side asap.

  • Shamshad Ali Khan on September 26, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    While it is wonderful that Pakistan has qualified for the Super Eights the way they played against Bangla Desh was a cause for serious concern . Our fielding wasterible . So was the bowling . As for the batting we were very lucky . Imran Nazir was very lucky to be dropped at 1 . Had the esay catch been held , Bangla Desh would have put pre sure on Pakistan . The very small margin of our victory against Bangla Desh should also be a cause for concern . Our next two matches are against much better sides which are also more consistent than Pakistan . Our batting will be greatly strengthened if Abdul,Razaq isincluded in the next two matches . Apart from his non inclusionn putting him in to bat at number 8 when he is included is very strange . He is a much better batsman than Afridi , Shoaib Malik or Umar akmal . He should bat at number 5. He is also a very useful bowler with lots of experience.

  • Ashraf Ahmed Janjua on September 26, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Keeping out Abdul Razaq from the next two matches would be very risky for Pakistan . He is a genuine all rounder and is way superiour to Shoaib Malik and Arafat .

  • Qaisar Farooq on September 26, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Pakistan need to include Abdul Razzak instead of Sohail Tanvir because in Super Eight we need deep batting.I do not know why Nasir Jamshed batting on one down position everyone knows he is a dashing aggressive batsman he should need to open the innings with Imran Nazir to take full advantage of power play.

  • Mayuran Selvaratnam on September 26, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Pakistan fans like to call their team unpredictable and mercurial team. They say "On their day they can beat anyone" . A classic example of living in self denial and trying to paint a different picture to ignore a fact .Even Bangladesh and Ireland can also beat anyone on their day and they are usually called minnows. But then again its a democratic world and one can call themselves and pat their own backs as much as needed. Afterall if ICC did not give the prize PCB does give prize, maybe if PCB will also give a worldcup when Pakistan return from super 8s.

  • Javed Hasann on September 26, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Why Abdul Razaq is out of favor with Hafeez is a mystery . He is one outstanding all rounder and will make a big difference for Pakistan . He could play a big role for Pakistan towards progressing to qualify for the Semi Finals . Why mediocre players such as Shoaib Malik and Arafat or SohailmTanwirbare preferred over Abdul Razaq is mind boggling .

  • Nadeem Khan on September 26, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Kamran, I loved it when you wrote, "Pakistan are paying for the sins of selection" AND "Abdul Razzaq seems out of favour". The selectors could have easily brought in Hammad Azam in place of Sami, but for some unknown and strange reasons, they opted not to.

  • zeb on September 26, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Like Great Imran Khan said Blowers are the only one makes winning.

  • Imran on September 26, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    wait till we face a great team, and watch our wickets fall like fast rain.