June 16, 2013

Betrayed by the batsmen

Pakistan's batting order carries plenty of dead wood. There may not be too many alternatives but the few there are need to be looked at
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Pakistan's batsmen have lowered the standard
Pakistan's batsmen have lowered the standard © ICC/Getty

Pakistan's performance in international tournaments tends to defy prevailing circumstances. Not this time. The World Cup campaigns of 2003 and 2007 rank alongside this year's Champions Trophy as demoralising failures. The 2003 tournament in particular was followed by a cull of players that allowed Pakistan to rebuild and become competitive again. Something similar needs to happen now.

The imperative for Pakistan in one-day cricket is to build towards the next World Cup in 2015. The bowling is in good health. It is the batting that has required a surgeon's scalpel for over a year and now resembles a rotting corpse. The dead meat belongs to Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, and Kamran Akmal. Mohammad Hafeez has some life in him as a bowling allrounder in the lower middle order but his lifetime's endeavour to establish himself as a top-order batsman has come to nought.

Pakistan cricket is not blessed with alternatives. Its cricket infrastructure is so shattered that it struggles to compete with the professional standards that have been established in other major cricketing countries, systems that are required to develop international-class batsmen.

Yet there are options and these can no longer be overlooked. The players who need to be considered include Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail and Hammad Azam. Umar Akmal is a viable option as a batsman wicketkeeper. Mix this younger group with Misbah-ul-Haq, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq and Umar Amin from the current squad and Pakistan's batting order already looks stronger, with potential for the future.

The Champions Trophy is a tough tournament and success is by no means guaranteed. But the manner of Pakistan's exit from this series has made their supporters forlorn. The only fight on display at Edgbaston was the unfortunate skirmish or two between opposing fans in the stands. The pragmatic approach of Misbah's reign as captain has helped stabilise Pakistan cricket. Pragmatism does not have to be soulless, however. There was no soul, no spirit, and no fight in these batting displays except from the captain.

That hurts most of all. Pakistan is a troubled nation but it looks to its cricketers to raise a flag of honour on the international stage, to make a stand that reflects the determination and aspirations of its people. Pakistan's batsmen have lowered the standard.

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

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  • KiwiRocker- on June 16, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    I can not agree anymore with you Kamran and in particular your last para sums it up. While, countries like India are economically booming, Pakistanis on other hand need to rely on some good news even on a cricket field. There is a feeling of hope within Pakistan with change of Govt. Pakistan's most celebrated cricketing hero is sitting as a strong opposition and even that may be good enough for many Pakistanis. This shameful exit from CT also has a tinge of silver lining.This was probably first time that I wished that Kamran Akmal, Mailk etc do not score in match against India as that would give them a fake life line! Surely they obliged.Pak selectors, Misbah as a captain and Coach are equally responsible. Ahmad Shahzad scores everytime he plays. Azhar Ali has been stand out batsman. Hammad Azam played crictical knock in Asia cup final. Khurram Manzoor is a solid batsman who scored 77 in Australia! Fawad Alam is stand out domestic player. Are we going to waste them like Asim Kamal?

  • on June 18, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Kamran is right except that I don't think Azhar Ali can succeed in ODIs. Batting has been letting us down, but it appears that PCB and team management have no clue what to do. There's need to create mental strength and desire to do well. Unfortunately, our players lose focus once they are in international arena. They're lost to glamour, money, & media blitz. They stop hard work which is so essential for top level sportspersons. Coaches have failed to instil all this. No doubt cricket is a team game, but individual effort is very much required.

  • Farooq78 on June 17, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    I think, the biggest problem lies in the selection process, where in Pakistan, some players are selected on the basis of their "Connections" and not the "Abilities". Either we should play K.Akmal as an opener or should completely drop him. He is wasted at #6 or 7. Shoaib Malik and Farhat should be out of the team. I believe in injecting new blood to the team focuisng on 2015 WC, as India is now doing. My 15 player for any upcoming ODI Squad will be: 1. Ahmed Shehzad 2. Nasir Jamshed 3. Hafeez 4. Asad Shafiq 5. Misbah 6. Sarfaraz Ahmed 7. Hamad Azam 8. Afridi/Razzaq 9. Ajmal 10. Juanid 11. Irfan 12. Umar Akmal 13. Fawad Alam 14. Umar Gul 15. Azhar Ali.

    We need a WK that can bat, and not the batsmen that can do WK. Akmals cant do any of 'em. Else Asad Shafiq can WK too.

  • on June 17, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    just one word for this.... Excellent....

  • wrenx on June 17, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    @Zia Hassan Are you seriously blaming the bowlers for the losses? Tell us, precisely which game they were given even a modest total to defend? They nearly managed to defend 170 against the West Indies, who were sweating right till the very end of their innings. They defeated a powerful batting side in South Africa in the warm-up, and kept them to a below-par total in the group game. It beggars belief that you seem to think our bowlers let us down in this tournament, Wahab, Junaid, Irfan, Ajmal and Hafeez bowled their hearts out, they deserve nothing but praise for their efforts with the ball. Only Nasir and Misbah didn't embarass themselves with the bat, everyone else has plenty to answer for

  • wrenx on June 17, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Kamran's point about Hafeez cannot be said adamantly enough - it's time for the "Prof" to add some humility to his much-vaunted acumen and admit that the best thing he can for the team is to drop down the order and fulfil Shoaib Malik's place in the team.

    I think most Pakistan fans would agree that we do not mind one bit when our team loses, as long as we feel like they played with spirit and fight. It's the abject folding that hurts the most, and we've seen far too much of it in this tournament and from this team. Our bowlers are far too good to be pitied so much, it's high time they got some support in the form of runs on the board, otherwise there's little good argument for not picking a side with 11 bowlers if they're the ones expected to win us every match we play.

  • Zahidsaltin on June 17, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, Before any other issue, the question arises that what has PCB done to arrange A-team tours to Australia, England and South Africa. How can you expect the new talent to experience playing on foriegn wickets?

  • srikanths on June 17, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Umar Akmal is one of the most talented batsmen. At one stage , when he started agaist New Zealand , looking at the way he played , strokes, one thought he could be the next big thing in world cricket. It may sound an exaggeration but I did think that he had the compactness and stroke production capabilities of a yound Sachin Tendulkar Somewhere down the line , he lost his appetite got involved along with his brother in controversies.

    Shoaib Mallik though I feel has something in him to do okay but Kamran Akmal ,Pakistan Board is playing a joke on the cricket lovers of Pak In ODI trying Azhal Ali may also be good. He is a good bat in the conventional mode but has the talent to succeed in ODI also

  • Chaudry_Cricket on June 17, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    I think people like imran farhat, kamran akmal, shoaib malik actually dont realise how much they hurt fans of pakistan cricket. On top of that the pcb is so incompetent it is unbelieveable. Make matters worse us fans continue to get heartbroken but no-one actually listens to us. As fans all we want to see is a team that is consistantley giving 100% when they enter the field because we know winning or losing is part of the game but to go down without giving 100% is heartbreaking.

  • Adeelo33 on June 17, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Pakistan lost all matches due to poor batting order and negative and defensive mind set of captian. . We have brilliant youngster still there. . We shall call Shahiad Afridi, umar akmal, Abdul Razzaq , Haris Sohail, Azhar mehmood and leave out farhat, kamran, Sohaib. My crickteam is 1. Ahmed Shahzad/ nasir jamshad 2. Muhammad Hafeez 3. Umar akmal (wkt) 4. Asid shafique/ babir azim 5. Haris sohail 6. Shahiad Afridi 7. Abudal razzaq / azhar mehmood 8. Wahab riaz/ asid ali 9. Juniad khan 10. Muha Irfan 11. Saeed ajmal/ raza hassan . . . Team may b changed as pitch changing raza with wahab in slow pitch. . Now we have 7 bowler. .

  • KiwiRocker- on June 16, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    I can not agree anymore with you Kamran and in particular your last para sums it up. While, countries like India are economically booming, Pakistanis on other hand need to rely on some good news even on a cricket field. There is a feeling of hope within Pakistan with change of Govt. Pakistan's most celebrated cricketing hero is sitting as a strong opposition and even that may be good enough for many Pakistanis. This shameful exit from CT also has a tinge of silver lining.This was probably first time that I wished that Kamran Akmal, Mailk etc do not score in match against India as that would give them a fake life line! Surely they obliged.Pak selectors, Misbah as a captain and Coach are equally responsible. Ahmad Shahzad scores everytime he plays. Azhar Ali has been stand out batsman. Hammad Azam played crictical knock in Asia cup final. Khurram Manzoor is a solid batsman who scored 77 in Australia! Fawad Alam is stand out domestic player. Are we going to waste them like Asim Kamal?

  • on June 18, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Kamran is right except that I don't think Azhar Ali can succeed in ODIs. Batting has been letting us down, but it appears that PCB and team management have no clue what to do. There's need to create mental strength and desire to do well. Unfortunately, our players lose focus once they are in international arena. They're lost to glamour, money, & media blitz. They stop hard work which is so essential for top level sportspersons. Coaches have failed to instil all this. No doubt cricket is a team game, but individual effort is very much required.

  • Farooq78 on June 17, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    I think, the biggest problem lies in the selection process, where in Pakistan, some players are selected on the basis of their "Connections" and not the "Abilities". Either we should play K.Akmal as an opener or should completely drop him. He is wasted at #6 or 7. Shoaib Malik and Farhat should be out of the team. I believe in injecting new blood to the team focuisng on 2015 WC, as India is now doing. My 15 player for any upcoming ODI Squad will be: 1. Ahmed Shehzad 2. Nasir Jamshed 3. Hafeez 4. Asad Shafiq 5. Misbah 6. Sarfaraz Ahmed 7. Hamad Azam 8. Afridi/Razzaq 9. Ajmal 10. Juanid 11. Irfan 12. Umar Akmal 13. Fawad Alam 14. Umar Gul 15. Azhar Ali.

    We need a WK that can bat, and not the batsmen that can do WK. Akmals cant do any of 'em. Else Asad Shafiq can WK too.

  • on June 17, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    just one word for this.... Excellent....

  • wrenx on June 17, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    @Zia Hassan Are you seriously blaming the bowlers for the losses? Tell us, precisely which game they were given even a modest total to defend? They nearly managed to defend 170 against the West Indies, who were sweating right till the very end of their innings. They defeated a powerful batting side in South Africa in the warm-up, and kept them to a below-par total in the group game. It beggars belief that you seem to think our bowlers let us down in this tournament, Wahab, Junaid, Irfan, Ajmal and Hafeez bowled their hearts out, they deserve nothing but praise for their efforts with the ball. Only Nasir and Misbah didn't embarass themselves with the bat, everyone else has plenty to answer for

  • wrenx on June 17, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Kamran's point about Hafeez cannot be said adamantly enough - it's time for the "Prof" to add some humility to his much-vaunted acumen and admit that the best thing he can for the team is to drop down the order and fulfil Shoaib Malik's place in the team.

    I think most Pakistan fans would agree that we do not mind one bit when our team loses, as long as we feel like they played with spirit and fight. It's the abject folding that hurts the most, and we've seen far too much of it in this tournament and from this team. Our bowlers are far too good to be pitied so much, it's high time they got some support in the form of runs on the board, otherwise there's little good argument for not picking a side with 11 bowlers if they're the ones expected to win us every match we play.

  • Zahidsaltin on June 17, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, Before any other issue, the question arises that what has PCB done to arrange A-team tours to Australia, England and South Africa. How can you expect the new talent to experience playing on foriegn wickets?

  • srikanths on June 17, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Umar Akmal is one of the most talented batsmen. At one stage , when he started agaist New Zealand , looking at the way he played , strokes, one thought he could be the next big thing in world cricket. It may sound an exaggeration but I did think that he had the compactness and stroke production capabilities of a yound Sachin Tendulkar Somewhere down the line , he lost his appetite got involved along with his brother in controversies.

    Shoaib Mallik though I feel has something in him to do okay but Kamran Akmal ,Pakistan Board is playing a joke on the cricket lovers of Pak In ODI trying Azhal Ali may also be good. He is a good bat in the conventional mode but has the talent to succeed in ODI also

  • Chaudry_Cricket on June 17, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    I think people like imran farhat, kamran akmal, shoaib malik actually dont realise how much they hurt fans of pakistan cricket. On top of that the pcb is so incompetent it is unbelieveable. Make matters worse us fans continue to get heartbroken but no-one actually listens to us. As fans all we want to see is a team that is consistantley giving 100% when they enter the field because we know winning or losing is part of the game but to go down without giving 100% is heartbreaking.

  • Adeelo33 on June 17, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Pakistan lost all matches due to poor batting order and negative and defensive mind set of captian. . We have brilliant youngster still there. . We shall call Shahiad Afridi, umar akmal, Abdul Razzaq , Haris Sohail, Azhar mehmood and leave out farhat, kamran, Sohaib. My crickteam is 1. Ahmed Shahzad/ nasir jamshad 2. Muhammad Hafeez 3. Umar akmal (wkt) 4. Asid shafique/ babir azim 5. Haris sohail 6. Shahiad Afridi 7. Abudal razzaq / azhar mehmood 8. Wahab riaz/ asid ali 9. Juniad khan 10. Muha Irfan 11. Saeed ajmal/ raza hassan . . . Team may b changed as pitch changing raza with wahab in slow pitch. . Now we have 7 bowler. .

  • Billz1130 on June 17, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Disappointment might be a very immature word over here. With this batting line-up, we shouldn't have even bothered to go to a tournament like CT. For God's sake, it's one of the main tournament and look how they showed up.it's like wearing a PJ to a business meeting.

    Malik, farhat and Kamran should never be allowed to wear pak kit. Bring Ahmed Shahzad in as an opener and put Umar Akmal at 3. He is the best talent and should be groomed properly. Even though, he has proven to be reckless but he is our best bet for a bright future in batting dept. stick with Misbah as he was the sole warrior. I don't agree that ppl are calling him out coz he is 39 and the batting flopped. We should not forget that the captain is as good as the team. He is way fitter than a lot of young folks out there.

  • vallavarayar on June 17, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Chop, chop, chop. Lose, lose, lose.

  • somethingdifferent on June 17, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    While I agree with most of the changes recomended by Mr. Abbasi, I would suggest that after a long time we have got a stable no.3 batsman in Azhar Ali, but he is a accumulator with limited range of strokes, by playing him in ODIs we may ruin his technique and he may find it difficult to adjust to both formats, so let him play tests only. Umar Akmal is the only player who can fill the slot of a finisher in this squad so he should be a permanent member of the squad. Umar Amin is very talented but seems more suitable for the longer version, by playing him in the shorter format we will end up having another Hasan Raza at our hands. Kamran should be replaced by Rizwan without any further delay. We should also get rid of Wahab Riaz, he is very expensive without taking many wickets. Additionally having 3 left arm seamers makes our attack very uni dimensional.

  • on June 17, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    major problem is team selection...Team management is afraid of any change. Everyone is saying about players(good or bad)... But the thing is Pakistan needs good management comity who understands cricket and will work for pakistan's future. They management don't have any plan at all.....Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal.....They are constantly flop. On the othert hand they droped Afridi.,umar akmal. Didn't pick Ahmed Shejad...Doesn't make any sense. I am bored on PCB, Honestly.....If They dont wake up....Pakistan gonna be eliminated from first round of world cup 2015.

  • on June 16, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    This is the right time to make a new team. A young team aged between 19 to 26, and a captain between the same age. Our bowling attack has many times tried to make us a terror to the other side, but alas, its the batting that needs the surgery. For me, the time of afridi, kamran akmal, hafeez (sorry he's a parchi for me) and shoib malik is over. Misbah should retire aswell. Although he's a great batsman but he's not an aggressive captain. Besides, just look at his age. So for me, Haris sohail, Ahmed shehzaad, Omar Akmal, and Omer amin should be given a fair chance. This is the right time to reboot and polish this team.

  • aarifboy on June 16, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    May b selectors wanted to win a ODI tournament with T20 players. Abdul Razzaq proved his worth in Tests and ODIs, Shoaib Malik couldn't even prove his worth in T20s yet he was preferred

  • agent001 on June 16, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    If India can end the reign of Gambir, Viru, Sachin, Zaheer , Yuyraj and Harbajjan and others and start fresh after losing badly in Australia and England, then certainly, Pakistan have a few youngsters to step up.

  • messi131 on June 16, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    Mr Abbasi, Whilst I agree with you that our batting is pathetic, embarrassing & we need a change in personnel. The players I think we should go for might be a bit radical & unlikely to happen, but for me it would be a good statement of intent & definitely couldn't be worse that what we have already! Mr Abbasi & everyone else please see the averages & strike rates of the batsman below, here is my team: Sharjeel Khan Umar Akmal (wk) Sohaib Maqsood Haaris Sohail Asad Shafiq Mohammed Hafeez (captain) Mohammed Nawaz Wahab Riaz Saeed Ajmal Junaid Khan Asad Ali

    Squad players: Ahmed Shezad, Mohammed Irfan & Umar Amin

  • mrjanjua on June 16, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    Pakistan need to do the following to fix the current problems:

    -Bring back Abdul Razzaq,Mohammed Yousuf (if he's fitness is good),Umar Akmal (ODI's), Younis Khan(Test), Azhar Ali to ODi's.

    -Keep Misbah as long as he's fitness is good enough.

    -Fire all the selectors, Bring new selectors that do there work correctly. Selectors that go to each city,town looking for good players.

    -Give new Batsman a chance. Umar Amin, Hamad Azam, let Asad Shafiq settle.

    -Get rid of Imran Farhat,Sohaib Malik,Kamran Akmal (if he does not start scoring runs in the next few matches).

    -Be

  • asim229 on June 16, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    I am not sure what is stopping Pcb to make a new team with youngsters and new captain. The only thing wrong with this team is the negative mentality of the captain. Just bring in some talented youngsters and even if we get out for less than 100 for a few times it will be better than bowled out for 168 in 50 overs. Kamran akmal and others should not be blamed because the captain is not utilizing any player properly. Also to me Afridi was always a bowler first who can do pinch hitting unlike gilchrist,gayle, hayden, sehwag who were proper batsmen who can play fast so dont know why people expect so much from his batting.

  • MFM_Rushdy on June 16, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Well written K.Abbasi. The PCB is to be first blamed for picking a side with no aggression. Hence, dropping the fire power of Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal is the biggest blunder and the route cause of this elimination.

    Also players who are striggling such as Farhath, Malik and Kamran should be dropped.

    The First 11 should be 1.Nasir Jamshed 2.Ahmed Shezad 3.Umar Akmal 4.Misbah Ul Haq 5.Asad Shafique 6.Mohammed Hafeez 7.Shahid Afridi 8.Wahab Riaz 9.Saeed Ajmal 10.Junaid Khan & 11.Mohd Irfan along with the following 4 reserves; Asad Ali/ Azhar Ali/ Umar Amin & Abdur Rehman

  • on June 16, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Great article but i still think shahzad and azam should be part of the odi, keep misbah as captain and drop hafeez from opening opening position and let him bat at middle order. While hamad can be a finisher and shahzad should give a heavy opening stand. Need to make the changes before next year Asiacup

  • CricketChat on June 16, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    After repeated failures, older players Imran Farhat, Malik and Kamran should be discarded. Hafeez is best suited to T20s only. He is too much of a risk to open batting as his weaknesses, both in technique and temperament, against genuine fast bowling on bouncy wickets was clearly exposed in SA recently. Azhar seems more suitable to Tests while Shezad to shorter formats. Haris Sohail and Hammad Azam should be good prospects as their names keep popping up in the media these days quite frequently. Pak selectors must now give chances to newer players who will bring in more enthusiasm and hunger for success.

  • Zafar_Abbas on June 16, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    and for God sake, PCB, don't bring in Afridi, Razzaq and Younus now

  • Zafar_Abbas on June 16, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    the day, Umar Akmal wasn't picked I gave them half a chance in this tournament... sure, he might have some attitude problem, but that can be fixed with proper management.... If other Akmal brothers are shown the door forever, this chap can become a super star... this is the only REAL talent that can be seen in batting terms... rest of the batters are hard working individuals like Asad, Azhar and Umar Amin but they are just that.. Pakistan cricket team needs a good manager and a local coach who can dictate them in the TONE they understand... Kamran, Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat have become the batting's Muhammad Sami

  • Lach-Ferragh on June 16, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Mr Abbasi, how about a word on Fawad. He's been doing great at the domestic level (as poor as it's standards are).

  • on June 16, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Cricket is over in Pakistan like other sports hockey, squash. Youth is interested in mobile games more than physical sports under sunshine.

  • shak0209 on June 16, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    A SINCERE REQUEST TO MR. WHATMORE, A sincere request...you can be remembered for ever...by the Pak nation... You are a part of Pakistan cricket setup. Its your responsibility to guide the management in bringing youngster to the team and making then understand the experience is not required always specially when not performing.Please play your part in the selection of young energetic dynamic team...You will find lot of wonderful players around...Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam, Mohd Rizwan and many others. The whole nation nation would be thankful.... if you bring and support this youth dynamism modern day cricketers in the team. Dont let youself be a part of Pathetic one dimensional backward cricket mentality of the Pak management. You owe us something. Its a humble request from a pak cricket lover. A prove would be get a PAK A Team with fresh youth vibrant players mentioned above and make them play a series against PAK current team..doodh ka doodh...paani ka paani hojaiye ga

  • vish_ji on June 16, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    In last decade or so pak has lost many matches to india bcos pak player take too much pressure whereas indian take it cool and remain focussed.. Just see the shot played by pak batsman... The shot played by hafeez in WC 2011 tells thw whole... Even we indian wants to see a tight match but pak team is so frustrating

  • on June 16, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    I agree with the blogger. The alternatives he mentioned are surely the right ones to replace with. I am not sure about Hamad Azam but rest are fine. If Hafeez thinks he has any cricket left in him, he needs to understand the fact that he can't face the new ball. He needs to bat at 6 or 7 place to continue the career otherwise he can exit as well. There is nothing wrong with Misbah's captaincy, he was the only one who was playing for the team amongst the batters under pressure. And if you don't score runs on the board there is nothing bowlers can do about it. I see a bright future in our bowlers. So there is no place for Umer Gul as well to return. I have seen Harris Sohail batting at domestic level and he is pretty good all-rounder who scores with consistency. And those who talk about Misbah's age, I think they will regret after he quits. There is nothing wrong with his batting, running or fielding. He has taken one of the difficult catches in this tournament against SA.

  • JNMal on June 16, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    People keep on talking about Umar Amin But he looked completely out of place in the two matches he played. The way he ran out Mohammed Irfan was diabolical and advising Shoaib Malik (complete waste of time) to go for a review seemed he was completely out of sorts. Showed he did not have a clue of whats going on. He never looked fluent or somebody who is reading the situation well.

  • Nayel_19 on June 16, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    The problem with Pakistan is that they dont have batsmen who can play fearless cricket....and the most important thing of this batting line up is that,the batsmen are not really sure of what their role is...1 day u play Kamran at 7 and the next at opening...I know Kamran has been failing but c'mon i dont see anyone replacing him.Pakistan cannot afford a specialist wk with their weak batting line up...They lack agression all throughout their batting order...This champions trophy i didnt find a batsman who can come out and score a 25 ball 50...Shoaib malik is not a player to bat at 6...he is good at rotating the strike so bring him up the order..Umar amin doesnt belong to International cricket..i still couldnt get 26 ball 0 from him against India at Asia cup in Sri lanka...Pakistan need some aggression with mixture of consolidators...Some hard decisions to make..i know Afridi has been not performing but u need a player like him who can change the game anytime..Thoroughly dissappinted!

  • on June 16, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Agreed with the writer but not with the players selection. I think the better choice will be Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad and Tawfiq Umer. Tawfiq Umer is a pet opening batsmen and wicket keeper. I don't believe Umer Akmal. Other option should be Sarfraz, he should be given more chances after SA tour.

  • on June 16, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    I'm an Indian. Over the years, I have admired (and almost envied) the fight and spunk the Pakistan team displayed - something that the Indian team never did. But this tournament has been bitterly disappointing. I'd rather watch Afridi, who goes down fighting rather than this bunch which plods through the innings at 4 runs.

  • on June 16, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    I think it is quiet obvious with such a poor batting display this would be a sheer nonsense to hope mutch from Pak...But still I see a fair bit of ray of hope with some young blood as discussed in this article can bring change as they are struggling with only one department. Misbah must continue as a captain as he not only doing well with bat but atlest making the ckt free from all the controversies..Now they must not bring the oldies in as they often do but must bring the young blood in...If they are loosing it is better to loose with the young blood!".....

  • on June 16, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    what was the point of the camp at abbotabad? hiring wasim akram to give tips to bowlers who didnt even bowl any opposition out once? getting a batting coach? arranging matches against scotland and ireland? it was all waste of time U Akmal needs to change his attitude and take up keeping he cant complain about back paun evrey time big bro is dropped. hafeez seriously needs to think moving down the order like number 5. nasir needs to improve his fittness big time. people who know cricket and feel the pain of the pak fans shiuld take over the pcb and slection people who have played the game in the last 20 years or so and a minimum number of matches not 2 test match slectors. former greats should do talent search for pakistan crickets sake. i can see nany fans turning their backs on pak cricket as West indians fans have from filling england stadiums in 1970/80s there was hardly any WI support at pak v wi at oval. if we fans can see a problem with our cricket why cant the selectors and pcb

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on June 16, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    Spot on Dr. Abbasi, I think its time to get rid of Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal and Imran Farhat. It beggars belief that after so many failures at the highest level they still continue to get picked. Its about time Pakistan started investing in youth.

  • on June 16, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    Their exit quite expected with poor talent, low confidence, poor form and almost every batters place at stake.It is fine to consolidate in first 30 overs but there is no one of any quality to score fast.There is no batting depth with lack of any quality all rounders.Hafiz still has few years left but only at 6 and 7.No point bringing back Younus or Afridi or Abdul razzak--too late for them to come back. But do they have any quality batsman, we have not seen any for a pretty long time .At best they are no more club cricketers and not of any international level .

  • on June 16, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    since that century against india in ct2009 shoaib malik has made 481 runs in 30 innings at an average of 18.46(that too with the help of 4 not outs) with a high score of 43 against ireland numbers that are mind boggling to say the least

  • on June 16, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    It will be same old story, instead of major changes, we will see 1 or 2 changes. or all blame on misbah. Likes of farhat, kamran, malik, will make it back in couple of month. And with likes of recent failures like younas and Afridi. thats not the way to go.

    They need some hard decisions now if they want to succeed. should give more games to Ahmed shehzad, fawad, haris, hammad azam, usman, m rizwan, even i would say azhar ali & umar akmal. Umar amin doesnt look like that much of talent they talk about. Asad also need some more work to do.

    BAtting keeper & medium pace batting allrounder required. yes Hafeez should play down at 6 or 5.

  • on June 16, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    what is farhat doing in the team , what is shoaib malik's role (goodwill ambassador, traveller, specialised fielder or a reminder of yesteryears of pakistan). what sin did hammad azam commited to be dropped from the team in the limited opportunities he has left an impression of an aggressive lower order batsmen who can be handy in accelaration(which is pakistan's traditional style) towards the end of innings.why was umar akmal dropped despite having the highest average and strike rate amongst younger pakistani batsmen , why is fawad alam ignored despite having a very good one day average and a bit low strike rate. the selectors have a lot to answer and they must face the music, given the power i will choose the following squad for one day ahmed shehzad,nasir jamshed,asad shafiq,umar akmal,misbah ul haq, mohammed hafeez , hammad azam,shahid afridi/wahab riaz(depending on surface), umar gul,saeed ajmal, junaid khan, mohammed irfan(fawad alam,raza hasan and sadaf hussain as reserves)

  • The_big_j on June 16, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Pakistani selection committee needs to be shaken, first the blunder in the sa series where they selected a 33 year old tanvir ahmed who had no pace and lost a winning test which lead to the series sweep. And now this, the selectors should resign after this despicable performance by the team they selected. Bring back moshin khan.

  • saliadnan on June 16, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    cric_options! plz be realistic the point which u r making has no proof its all about corruption in the game here in pak. how will you justify the selection of imran farhat, kamran akmal, asad shafiq and even Muhammad Hafiz? Remember hafiz is a top order batsman but check out his avg poor by any stnd for a top order batsman for playing so many matches. dont bash india for ur weaknesses they are prooving themselves outside of India and if u cant praise them then plz dnt bash them. we pakistani dont rectify our mistakes but we only blame for our mischeifs... wake up....

  • on June 16, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    @cric_options: This article is about "The mysterious world of Pakistan Cricket". Let's focus on the point, take mistakes in stride, learn from them and move on. Your comparison to India (and other countries) and relating failure directly to not playing home games is flawed. Surprisingly, Bangladesh is omitted out from the comparison. The truth is that Pakistan's cricketing system is in shambles for whatever reason. Its time to have some introspection and start fixing things. As long as there's no healthy local system capable of churning out quality cricketers, no matter how many home games you play, you still reek disappointment.

  • cric_options on June 16, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    Pakistan's current batting woes are directly related to not playing home games. All the Indian batting prowess will come to a null if they have to play outside their home for such a long time. Indian's are known to be tigers at home and lamb outside, with very few exceptions, like this Champions trophy. Forget India, almost every other country will fail similarly when batting for a prolonged period outside their home. Home stretch allows easy run scoring, and provides confidence which then is likelier to spill over into some away series. Without that, the well runs dry. Only when India wins away test series in Aus, SA, can we talk about quality Indian team or batting. Till then, its all a flash in the pan.

  • Player_007 on June 16, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Very True!! Pakistan batting is in sorry state and its a symbol of shame to their fans!! I fail to understand why the selectors keep trying the players who have failed over and over again. Shoaib Malik last 50 came in 2009, Imran Farhat has not shown improvement in last 12 years, Kamran Akmal is half keeper, half batsman!! Pakistan need to bring in new blood and I if they will not perform then I am sure they will not do any worse than the current batsmen but there is a hope that with the time they will improve. Pakistan board and team needs a complete overhaul, 2015 worldcup is not far away so throw the useless out and get in some fresh hope!

  • Player_007 on June 16, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Very True!! Pakistan batting is in sorry state and its a symbol of shame to their fans!! I fail to understand why the selectors keep trying the players who have failed over and over again. Shoaib Malik last 50 came in 2009, Imran Farhat has not shown improvement in last 12 years, Kamran Akmal is half keeper, half batsman!! Pakistan need to bring in new blood and I if they will not perform then I am sure they will not do any worse than the current batsmen but there is a hope that with the time they will improve. Pakistan board and team needs a complete overhaul, 2015 worldcup is not far away so throw the useless out and get in some fresh hope!

  • cric_options on June 16, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    Pakistan's current batting woes are directly related to not playing home games. All the Indian batting prowess will come to a null if they have to play outside their home for such a long time. Indian's are known to be tigers at home and lamb outside, with very few exceptions, like this Champions trophy. Forget India, almost every other country will fail similarly when batting for a prolonged period outside their home. Home stretch allows easy run scoring, and provides confidence which then is likelier to spill over into some away series. Without that, the well runs dry. Only when India wins away test series in Aus, SA, can we talk about quality Indian team or batting. Till then, its all a flash in the pan.

  • on June 16, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    @cric_options: This article is about "The mysterious world of Pakistan Cricket". Let's focus on the point, take mistakes in stride, learn from them and move on. Your comparison to India (and other countries) and relating failure directly to not playing home games is flawed. Surprisingly, Bangladesh is omitted out from the comparison. The truth is that Pakistan's cricketing system is in shambles for whatever reason. Its time to have some introspection and start fixing things. As long as there's no healthy local system capable of churning out quality cricketers, no matter how many home games you play, you still reek disappointment.

  • saliadnan on June 16, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    cric_options! plz be realistic the point which u r making has no proof its all about corruption in the game here in pak. how will you justify the selection of imran farhat, kamran akmal, asad shafiq and even Muhammad Hafiz? Remember hafiz is a top order batsman but check out his avg poor by any stnd for a top order batsman for playing so many matches. dont bash india for ur weaknesses they are prooving themselves outside of India and if u cant praise them then plz dnt bash them. we pakistani dont rectify our mistakes but we only blame for our mischeifs... wake up....

  • The_big_j on June 16, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Pakistani selection committee needs to be shaken, first the blunder in the sa series where they selected a 33 year old tanvir ahmed who had no pace and lost a winning test which lead to the series sweep. And now this, the selectors should resign after this despicable performance by the team they selected. Bring back moshin khan.

  • on June 16, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    what is farhat doing in the team , what is shoaib malik's role (goodwill ambassador, traveller, specialised fielder or a reminder of yesteryears of pakistan). what sin did hammad azam commited to be dropped from the team in the limited opportunities he has left an impression of an aggressive lower order batsmen who can be handy in accelaration(which is pakistan's traditional style) towards the end of innings.why was umar akmal dropped despite having the highest average and strike rate amongst younger pakistani batsmen , why is fawad alam ignored despite having a very good one day average and a bit low strike rate. the selectors have a lot to answer and they must face the music, given the power i will choose the following squad for one day ahmed shehzad,nasir jamshed,asad shafiq,umar akmal,misbah ul haq, mohammed hafeez , hammad azam,shahid afridi/wahab riaz(depending on surface), umar gul,saeed ajmal, junaid khan, mohammed irfan(fawad alam,raza hasan and sadaf hussain as reserves)

  • on June 16, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    It will be same old story, instead of major changes, we will see 1 or 2 changes. or all blame on misbah. Likes of farhat, kamran, malik, will make it back in couple of month. And with likes of recent failures like younas and Afridi. thats not the way to go.

    They need some hard decisions now if they want to succeed. should give more games to Ahmed shehzad, fawad, haris, hammad azam, usman, m rizwan, even i would say azhar ali & umar akmal. Umar amin doesnt look like that much of talent they talk about. Asad also need some more work to do.

    BAtting keeper & medium pace batting allrounder required. yes Hafeez should play down at 6 or 5.

  • on June 16, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    since that century against india in ct2009 shoaib malik has made 481 runs in 30 innings at an average of 18.46(that too with the help of 4 not outs) with a high score of 43 against ireland numbers that are mind boggling to say the least

  • on June 16, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    Their exit quite expected with poor talent, low confidence, poor form and almost every batters place at stake.It is fine to consolidate in first 30 overs but there is no one of any quality to score fast.There is no batting depth with lack of any quality all rounders.Hafiz still has few years left but only at 6 and 7.No point bringing back Younus or Afridi or Abdul razzak--too late for them to come back. But do they have any quality batsman, we have not seen any for a pretty long time .At best they are no more club cricketers and not of any international level .

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on June 16, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    Spot on Dr. Abbasi, I think its time to get rid of Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal and Imran Farhat. It beggars belief that after so many failures at the highest level they still continue to get picked. Its about time Pakistan started investing in youth.