August 7, 2013

Neros fiddle while talent burns

Pakistan cricket has talent but no fairness, meritocracy or systems
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Imran Farhat is back. Dear god, why?
Imran Farhat is back. Dear god, why? © PA Photos

Is talent overrated? It might be, unless it's all you've got. Let's be clear, it's all Pakistan have got. Forget natural aptitudes or attributes for any sport. Forget eagle eyes and magical wrists. It's a simple numbers game. A country of 180 million has more people with natural talent than a country of 60 million. Let's not get on to certain countries with a population of over a billion. All things being equal, and we know that they aren't, size matters; Yorkshire, I'll wager, will beat Huntingdonshire. I wouldn't wager on Pakistan beating anybody, except possibly Zimbabwe.

But that's Pakistan for you. Talent is all Pakistan has got. And I'm not talking about Imran Farhat, newly recalled to Pakistan's squad for the tour of Zimbabwe. What's that all about? It isn't about performance or development or fairness. There are less kind, less honourable explanations. No Nasir Jamshed or Mohammad Irfan in Tests. No Hammad Azam in any form. Faisal Iqbal returns with Imran Farhat. What is going on? I feel like shouting in capitals. WHAT IS GOING ON?

We know that Pakistan have troubles, lots of troubles. From A to Z in the fat edition of the Encyclopaedia of Troubles, Pakistan headline every entry. When you have so many troubles, you can't compete. Fair enough. But that doesn't mean you kick yourself in the rocks at every turn. An unwritten law of Pakistan cricket is that any success is followed by an act of crass stupidity. Beat West Indies with refreshing splashes of new and regenerated blood. What's next? Build on that? No. Let's kill that vibe with cricketers whose most persuasive records are their records of birth. Any Pakistan squad will beat Zimbabwe. But you've still killed the vibe.

This is why, I'm sure, people shoot themselves in the head. I know that shooting yourself is a grave sin for a Muslim, and it probably isn't worth it over a squad selection, but ripping off 180 million people must be a sin too? If you ever want to know how it feels to be cheated, start supporting Pakistan. Or perhaps use your talent to push for national selection. Unless you have some connection with a selector or one of the back-seat selectors in the cricket board, you'll quickly learn what it feels like to be cheated.

This is how to burn talent. Treat it unfairly. Dash its hopes and ambitions. Destroy its ego. Erode its confidence. Make it powerless. Kill its dreams. That is what power allows. It allows you to ruin who you choose to ruin. You see, in Pakistan talent exists, like in any other country, though possibly more than in smaller countries, if you follow my earlier argument. But fairness doesn't exist. Merit is absent.

One way of limiting unfairness is to devise sound processes. Let's take England, for example. England isn't perfect. There is plenty of unfairness in cricket and any other walk of life. But enough people in positions of power have cared enough of the time to devise processes and systems that allow enough people of merit to succeed. It isn't perfect. It is good enough.

Beating Australia in the Ashes is no fluke. The ECB has invested in grassroots cricket for over a decade. The standard of junior county cricket rises every year. More coaches are being trained. Facilities are being upgraded. The pathway - that horrible word - from junior cricket to the Test team is clear and already well trodden. People won't be entirely fair. That's people for you. The pathway and the system are imperfect. What pathway or system is perfect? At least there is enough of an effort, though, to select and develop enough of the right players.

In Pakistan, we know there is no fairness. But we also know there is no pathway or system. The cricket board might talk about cricket academies and the grassroots, but not enough people care to do enough of the right things. Nobody is asking for the people who run Pakistan cricket to be perfect or for the processes to be impeccable. We're just asking for the people and processes to be good enough. We're asking that we don't kick ourselves in the rocks at every turn. We're asking that we don't shoot ourselves in the head. We're asking not to be ripped off. We're asking for an end to the Imran Farhats and Faisal Iqbals. Obvious stuff, really. We're asking that the Neros, the decadent rulers of Pakistan cricket, stop fiddling while talent burns. In fact, we're asking in capitals.

STOP FIDDLING WHILE TALENT BURNS.

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

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  • swingstowin on August 7, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    My feelings exactly! I dont understand why in the world you would select two cricketers who have been tried,tested and failed over and over again? Its not like they weren't given opportunities. Iqbal has played 26 test matches,Farhat 40. Avgs 26 and 32 respectively. And no extra ordinary performances in the domestic circuit that would justify their selection. PCB sent young blood to some low key tournament in Singapore, and included the two 31 year old cricketeres in the national squad. Disappointing! Moin Khan,Najam Sethi and Miandad have lost my respect. Sadly i dont think it matters to them what the cricket fans think. Cricinfo please publish.

  • on August 9, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Message for Farhat : Please retire from international cricket for the sake of Pakistan cricket fans & country!

  • on August 8, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    We need Umar Akmal, Umar Amin and Haris Sohail in Test squad in place of Faisal Iqbal, M Hafeez, Imran Farhat and Younis Khan.

  • on August 8, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    If Imran Farhat had even the slightest of self respect, he wouldnt even try. But i guess thats a lot to ask for.Changing around selectors every now and then, this what you get. Jamshed is a talented batsman, he is just a little short of runs/confidence. Zimbabwe would have been the perfect tour to get him back in form. Ahmed shehzad got starts pretty much every match in WI, they should have persisted with him as well. We can rest Misbah for this tour and maybe called up two NEW/untried batsman. But sadly in our country, all these demands of fairness wont be heard by anyone.

  • waniyasir14 on August 8, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    i don't understand why Imran farhat has given 1 more chance ,he is a failure person .if he perform in Zimbabwe it does not mean he is a good player ,anybody can perform against the weak team like Zimbabwe .For God sake who is the selector of Pakistan cricket,very disappointing again.I personally feel the selectors of Pakistan do not have vision ,i think they must be trained first .In order be competitive strong you need to have a strong vision and determination .

  • smalishah84 on August 8, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    you hit the nail on the head Kamran. You have so eloquently and nicely vented out the frustrations of Pakistanis in your column. The PCB needs to get its act together and get a professional and non-political management. The ICC should bring in FIFA type requirements or kick PCB out of the cricket playing nations.

  • UNIVERSAL_CRICKETER on August 8, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Ramiz Raja & Wasim Akram have often said that Imran Khan was very fair in selection & promoting talent....Imran gave both...players & results to prove it..... Pakistan have the largest natural talents...even bigger than the billion people country... But impartial & principled attitude is needed to nurture it....which the current authority lacks...how come players with tainted background always gets selected...DENIAL & Ostrich approach have Not solved the problem... By harbouring disruptive forces Pakistani Politicians has endangered its own environment & safety....generating mistrust in ALL...Cricket is Not their priority... Their sole interest lies on the Eastern & North-Western Borders....

  • on August 8, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    I was expecting a new captain in the from of nasir jamshed...instead he was dropped !!! For god sake...stop selecting Misbah for every tour...preserve him till the world cup !!! Imra farhat has become one legend of the pakistan and world...he should be compared with Don bradman from now on !!!lol

  • outforduck1 on August 8, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    Pakistan always had great team...gr8 fast bowlers..not sure why the critics always not appreciate their wins.. recently they beat 3-0 england, who won in india 2-1..so pakistan cricket is in good shape..

  • PakFollower on August 8, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    What happened to Umar Akmal, Ahamad Shahzad and Nasir that Farhat and Iqbal called back. If selectors take one step forward they make sure to take two steps back to keep the tradition going. Playing test matches would have been a great opportunity for young Umar Akmal, Ahamad Shahzad and Nasir to build their confidence , temperament and get ready for world cup ODI squad.

  • swingstowin on August 7, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    My feelings exactly! I dont understand why in the world you would select two cricketers who have been tried,tested and failed over and over again? Its not like they weren't given opportunities. Iqbal has played 26 test matches,Farhat 40. Avgs 26 and 32 respectively. And no extra ordinary performances in the domestic circuit that would justify their selection. PCB sent young blood to some low key tournament in Singapore, and included the two 31 year old cricketeres in the national squad. Disappointing! Moin Khan,Najam Sethi and Miandad have lost my respect. Sadly i dont think it matters to them what the cricket fans think. Cricinfo please publish.

  • on August 9, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Message for Farhat : Please retire from international cricket for the sake of Pakistan cricket fans & country!

  • on August 8, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    We need Umar Akmal, Umar Amin and Haris Sohail in Test squad in place of Faisal Iqbal, M Hafeez, Imran Farhat and Younis Khan.

  • on August 8, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    If Imran Farhat had even the slightest of self respect, he wouldnt even try. But i guess thats a lot to ask for.Changing around selectors every now and then, this what you get. Jamshed is a talented batsman, he is just a little short of runs/confidence. Zimbabwe would have been the perfect tour to get him back in form. Ahmed shehzad got starts pretty much every match in WI, they should have persisted with him as well. We can rest Misbah for this tour and maybe called up two NEW/untried batsman. But sadly in our country, all these demands of fairness wont be heard by anyone.

  • waniyasir14 on August 8, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    i don't understand why Imran farhat has given 1 more chance ,he is a failure person .if he perform in Zimbabwe it does not mean he is a good player ,anybody can perform against the weak team like Zimbabwe .For God sake who is the selector of Pakistan cricket,very disappointing again.I personally feel the selectors of Pakistan do not have vision ,i think they must be trained first .In order be competitive strong you need to have a strong vision and determination .

  • smalishah84 on August 8, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    you hit the nail on the head Kamran. You have so eloquently and nicely vented out the frustrations of Pakistanis in your column. The PCB needs to get its act together and get a professional and non-political management. The ICC should bring in FIFA type requirements or kick PCB out of the cricket playing nations.

  • UNIVERSAL_CRICKETER on August 8, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Ramiz Raja & Wasim Akram have often said that Imran Khan was very fair in selection & promoting talent....Imran gave both...players & results to prove it..... Pakistan have the largest natural talents...even bigger than the billion people country... But impartial & principled attitude is needed to nurture it....which the current authority lacks...how come players with tainted background always gets selected...DENIAL & Ostrich approach have Not solved the problem... By harbouring disruptive forces Pakistani Politicians has endangered its own environment & safety....generating mistrust in ALL...Cricket is Not their priority... Their sole interest lies on the Eastern & North-Western Borders....

  • on August 8, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    I was expecting a new captain in the from of nasir jamshed...instead he was dropped !!! For god sake...stop selecting Misbah for every tour...preserve him till the world cup !!! Imra farhat has become one legend of the pakistan and world...he should be compared with Don bradman from now on !!!lol

  • outforduck1 on August 8, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    Pakistan always had great team...gr8 fast bowlers..not sure why the critics always not appreciate their wins.. recently they beat 3-0 england, who won in india 2-1..so pakistan cricket is in good shape..

  • PakFollower on August 8, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    What happened to Umar Akmal, Ahamad Shahzad and Nasir that Farhat and Iqbal called back. If selectors take one step forward they make sure to take two steps back to keep the tradition going. Playing test matches would have been a great opportunity for young Umar Akmal, Ahamad Shahzad and Nasir to build their confidence , temperament and get ready for world cup ODI squad.

  • aa61761 on August 8, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    You got it right. In Pakistan cricket connection is the most important thing. Talent is secondary, talented guys don't go any where unless they have connections. Unfortunately it is true in all walks of life in Pakistan. Talented are ignored and neglected in a hope that they will go away and leave the playing field for the Connected Ones. No wonder every thing in Pakistan is rotting.

  • Rahulbose on August 8, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    It is not fair to expect Pakistan cricket to compete on equal footing with all the ICC top nations. Money matters and investment wise PCB can't compare with the like of ECB and BCCI. As far as organization and administration again you cannot expect the cricket board to be independent of the national political situation and powers. Pakistan does have a lot of troubles, but cricket is not the priority.

  • njr1330 on August 7, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    Years ago, we had a 'pro' at our club, who had the most astonishing bowling figures in first class cricket in Pakistan [and in the English leagues]...yet he said he would never get a game for Pakistan, because he came from a little village in the middle of nowhere, and didn't know the right people. He has just retired...he never played for Pakistan.

  • on August 7, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    This team selection sums up our cricket stat of affairs for the last six to seven years, hopefully we will see Mr. Shoaib Malik and Mr. Kamran Akmal back in the team in the next series.

  • mshyder on August 7, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    Amazing selection! Imran Farhat has played ONE test in last 3 years with scores of 30 & 43, and in those 3 years have only been deemed fit for ODI. Since he has been dropped from ODI due to his disgraceful performance suddenly he has become a test opener. Can any one justify his selection. Faisal Iqbal has a disastrous career of 26 test at an average of 26 !! His last test was 3 1/2 years ago where he scored 27 & 7. What are his amazing / invisible achievements since then which forced this recalled is only known to the selectors.

  • on August 7, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    We all know why Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal are picked. One is nephew of a Javed Miandad and other is son-in-law of a former selector. The purpose of giving them chance for Zimbabwe is that they will perform batter against weak team and based on that, they will be able to play a few more series.

    Shame on PCB.

  • slip_catcher on August 7, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    Well, every article about Pakistan cricket seems to hang on to the notion that Pakistan has talent but is mismanaged and mistreated. Pakistan HAD talent, as every country has once in a while. Right now, its talent is as much as any other country or less. So don't hang on to the thought that you have talent. That's of putting up an excuse for not performing.

  • on August 7, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    More a case of so-called talent fiddling while Islamabad burns

  • on August 7, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Its exactly what i was thinking, but in better words...

  • wrenx on August 7, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    It's a shame Pakistan don't play any games at home, otherwise we could organise a boycott of all matches where Farhat is selected. Does he have a single supporter? I mean, one that isn't at the PCB?

  • Akhsami on August 7, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    It's all about self preservation in Pakistan. In a society without laws or merit the only thing that matters are connections. Staying on the right side of Miandad and Ilyas was more important for these selectors than picking the right squad. And to some extent it should be, these guys make their livelihoods from being around the game in Pakistan, so why waste and opportunity to currie favor with guys who are always around the power circle of the game. Umar Amin for Farhat and Fawad Alam for Faisal would have been the meritorious selections but they would not have been the self serving ones for these 3 "selectors" if you can call them that.

  • ICCexpert.... on August 7, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Nawaz sahrief please intervene on this selection of parchi players like farhat and Faisal....even if they score runs it will be against Zim, and then they will fail again against SA, AUS and India.

  • bohurupi on August 7, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    People at the helm of affairs of Pak cricket, selection in particular, either are doing their job as a side business with least interest in cricket or are deliberately trying to make someone or a few others happy at the expense of the team's performance and reputation. It has already given a taste of what recipe of disaster it's gonna promote in future. This selection committee with their adulterated produce should be declared null and void with immediate effect, period. Ahoy...is anybody there listening???

  • kaiser1 on August 7, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    What on earth did imran farhat do to justify his selection....?

  • on August 7, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Farhat and Iqbal, the blood just boils, when are things ever going to change? Different faces selecting the same old rubbish in the team. Is there even any point complaining? No one's listening, think we need our very own cricketing version of Tahrir Square. Has there ever been an era of such sifaarshi selection? It's clear that Misbah is happy to block any youth appearing in the team who might outshine him, not long before he brings his bosom buddies Malik and Akmal Sr back in the fold, let's get the whole team from 2001 back, at least we'll have Inzi and Moyo back then, can't do any worse than Farhat and Iqbal.

  • on August 7, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Very well analysed. As an Indian girl who has been avidly following and more often than not loving Pakistani cricket since 1996, these are the exact questions that keep rising in my mind. The Pakistani team has a mercurial quality, an intangible aura of delicious unpredictability. But for all that, its about time to introduce some method in this all-pervasive madness.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 7, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    I like the ODI and T20 teams. But I would have found a place for Hammad Azam. The Test team is the worst selection I've ever seen. It's abysmal. Disgusting. Farhat, Iqbal, Riaz and Manzoor are pathetic sub standard technically deficient selections. If we Pak fans genuinely believed these players were all Pak had, we would be content. Its the fact we know there are a dozen better players than these wastes of space that irks so much. What's worse is that we're damned if they do and damned if they don't. If Pak loses the Tests, then humiliation. If we win then these disgustingly bad players will keep getting picked.

  • on August 7, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    It was all preplanned to keep jamshed out of the team for Zimbabwe so that the full of talent and in form Mr Imran Farhat ( pun intended) could be given a chance. Jamsed was made run out twice in the series against West Indies by wrong calls made from the opposite end for a run. It is such a shame that a talent like him has to be out of the team and people like Imran farhat and Mohammed Hafeez play in the team. I just pray that Jamsheds name is not added to the list that includes the likes of Asim Kamal.

  • Stark62 on August 7, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    I concur with you a 100% Mr. Abbasi!!

    I think Shoaib Akhtar should be made the chief selector because he knows how the pcb operates and he won't tolerate any politics, plus I don't think many will question his authority.

    Also, his interviews have been very sensible and logical in terms of selection.

  • avas on August 7, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    what about poor Rizwan. He toured to West Indies, didnt play a match and is replaced by Adnan Akmal another serial failure

  • Chaudry_Cricket on August 7, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    This article is spot on.

    I think of it like this. Look what this sifarshi culture has done to fans. Every time pakistan plays a whole week in advance we be mapping out what plan the should play with and guessing what the line-up is gonna be (we dont do this because we are mad but rather because of passion). But the pcb destroys your passion and then cruses and bit of light at the end of the tunnel. If this is what it does to fans imagine the players themselves (the ones that deserve a call-up) how demorlised they must be. RIDICULOUS.

    Like Einstein said - Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results (sums up the pcb perfectly)

  • wrenx on August 7, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Thanks again for giving such an articulate voice to the collective discontent of Pakistani supporters. I'd almost root for a Zimbabwe whitewash if I in anyway believed that this would finally nail the coffin shut on Imran Farhat's international career. But I think you're misguided on the pedestal you place England on. Yes, there have been moves to develop grassroots cricket, but there's no escaping the fact that England have only shown success with teams that are mostly South African (and slightly Irish) in composition - there's really no argument to suggest that their home-grown domestic game has translated to any international success. India should provide us with a more useful and relevant parallel for how to finally ditch an underperforming old guard in favour of talented and promising youth.

  • ICCexpert.... on August 7, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    how should people show protest against PCB selectors for selecting this sick Farhat, Faisal and Hafeez for tests. Do you have any suggestions ?

  • on August 7, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    At 1st they one feels angry, frustrated, but soon realizes that is how things are going to be.So lets live with it.

  • MFNadeem on August 7, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Dear Kamran, Can you suggest any possible way to protest against the selection of Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal? It seems as if all the criticism and articles fall on deaf man's ears.

  • LaldinBhatti on August 7, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Very well said, and unfortunately Pakistan can't get rid of few people whether it be cricket or as a country. People like Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal will keep on coming back and no one would ever know the reason. At least for Faisal Iqbal someone informed me that his in-laws are in South Africa and that is the reason he is always included in the teams travelling into that direction, a free ride in other words. He would not be in the playing eleven nor would he be present in the ground throughout the series. I once sent an email to PCB (never got a reply) asking them to pick me in Pakistani team as I am entitled being a Pakistani and I would not charge a penny and would play free and even if I would get out on zero or 20s 30s at least I would be doing the same what these people do after getting paid so heavily. A win, win situation for the PCB when it comes to finance. But it did not work as perhaps playing with no payment and playing after giving a %age of you

  • on August 7, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    Imran Farhat The Golden Boy of Pakistan Cricket. So is Hafiz and Faisal Iqbal

  • aminur3095 on August 7, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    You are just spot on..Absolutely right you are.. This selection is just for kidding,nothing else..It's very clear that the authority simply don't want to allow the young talented players to grow. Shame on the PCB.

  • susumusu on August 7, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Well said, its such a disappointment to see these players coming back time after time. The minute corruption in Pakistan at the macro level is removed, so will corruption in the micro - PCB level.

  • on August 7, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Imran farhat, wahab riaz,faial iqbal should not have been selected but some how made it in. I am a bit in favour of nasir exclusion from test, but it should have been some 1 else if he is not there. not imran farhat.

    For tests i think they should not experiment much as these 2 tests are only match practice they will get before big SA series. & havent played any test/1st class matches since SA tour in which most of batsmen were out of shape.

    About odis, shoaib maqsood should have been in both odis and t20s.

    the mistake pcb made was that they selected all the youngsters, which were part of squads recently, in U23. hence they were not available for this tour. likes of hammad azam, rizwan, usman etc should have been tried here not in u23.

  • SyedArbabAhmed on August 7, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    What Imran Farhat has done for Pakistan in the last 12 years? I wonder why he is always selected, Hafeez did not perform since long he must have been dropped from test squad and Nasir is the future must be allowed to play in test, khurram is not a good batsman at all, Haris good prospect needs to be in test squad. "Poor selection"

  • fayyaz03 on August 7, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    A total wastage of opportunity for construction! This sick guy Imran farhat will make some runs against minnows and you would not be able to drop him against SouthAfrica! And the career of the guys like hammad azam (lance klusner to be) will be ruined because of your stupidity! Selectors! You are blind, deaf, dumb and headless!

  • ali3148 on August 7, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Shame Imran Farhat, Shame PCB, enough is enough!

  • Mel-waas on August 7, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    @ 96NotOut Moin khan has been reinstated. Which is why Khurram Manzoor out of the Blue got in the test Squad. Imran Farhat, & Faisal Iqbal are already Shoaib Malik will also soon resurface. As for the people asking for an entirely new team for Zimbabwe. Have to keep in mind that Pakistan Test side is horribly out of match practice. Younis Khan, Azhar Ali Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal and Taufeeq Umar all need some test match practice ahead of South African test series in UAE. Don't Know how poor Taufeeq Umar is gonna get match practice now that he has been dropped for the likesof Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal etc

  • 96NotOut on August 7, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    Shamefully true... But can someone please tell me if Iqbal Qasim resigned, and Moin Khan was fired, WHO selected the squad?

  • Desihungama on August 7, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Pakistan public continues to pay for Javed Miandad's six in Sharjah. Faisal Iqbal is simply on PCB's payroll by virtue of Mr. Miandad. Imran the backdoor Farhat and Faisal's selection assures them match fee which is pretty hefty, considering all things Pakistani! I just hope sense prevails and we get to see young talent.

  • on August 7, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    Farhat for sake of cricket go away

  • on August 7, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    Farhat for sake of cricket go away

  • Desihungama on August 7, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Pakistan public continues to pay for Javed Miandad's six in Sharjah. Faisal Iqbal is simply on PCB's payroll by virtue of Mr. Miandad. Imran the backdoor Farhat and Faisal's selection assures them match fee which is pretty hefty, considering all things Pakistani! I just hope sense prevails and we get to see young talent.

  • 96NotOut on August 7, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    Shamefully true... But can someone please tell me if Iqbal Qasim resigned, and Moin Khan was fired, WHO selected the squad?

  • Mel-waas on August 7, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    @ 96NotOut Moin khan has been reinstated. Which is why Khurram Manzoor out of the Blue got in the test Squad. Imran Farhat, & Faisal Iqbal are already Shoaib Malik will also soon resurface. As for the people asking for an entirely new team for Zimbabwe. Have to keep in mind that Pakistan Test side is horribly out of match practice. Younis Khan, Azhar Ali Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal and Taufeeq Umar all need some test match practice ahead of South African test series in UAE. Don't Know how poor Taufeeq Umar is gonna get match practice now that he has been dropped for the likesof Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal etc

  • ali3148 on August 7, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Shame Imran Farhat, Shame PCB, enough is enough!

  • fayyaz03 on August 7, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    A total wastage of opportunity for construction! This sick guy Imran farhat will make some runs against minnows and you would not be able to drop him against SouthAfrica! And the career of the guys like hammad azam (lance klusner to be) will be ruined because of your stupidity! Selectors! You are blind, deaf, dumb and headless!

  • SyedArbabAhmed on August 7, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    What Imran Farhat has done for Pakistan in the last 12 years? I wonder why he is always selected, Hafeez did not perform since long he must have been dropped from test squad and Nasir is the future must be allowed to play in test, khurram is not a good batsman at all, Haris good prospect needs to be in test squad. "Poor selection"

  • on August 7, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Imran farhat, wahab riaz,faial iqbal should not have been selected but some how made it in. I am a bit in favour of nasir exclusion from test, but it should have been some 1 else if he is not there. not imran farhat.

    For tests i think they should not experiment much as these 2 tests are only match practice they will get before big SA series. & havent played any test/1st class matches since SA tour in which most of batsmen were out of shape.

    About odis, shoaib maqsood should have been in both odis and t20s.

    the mistake pcb made was that they selected all the youngsters, which were part of squads recently, in U23. hence they were not available for this tour. likes of hammad azam, rizwan, usman etc should have been tried here not in u23.

  • susumusu on August 7, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Well said, its such a disappointment to see these players coming back time after time. The minute corruption in Pakistan at the macro level is removed, so will corruption in the micro - PCB level.

  • aminur3095 on August 7, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    You are just spot on..Absolutely right you are.. This selection is just for kidding,nothing else..It's very clear that the authority simply don't want to allow the young talented players to grow. Shame on the PCB.