ICC news September 14, 2013

Pakistan drop to sixth place in ICC Test rankings

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Zimbabwe's historic 24-run win in the second Test to level the series 1-1 made Pakistan drop from fourth to sixth place in the ICC Test rankings. Zimbabwe also returned to the rankings for the first time since May 2007 and are at ninth place, 24 rating points ahead of Bangladesh who are at the bottom of the table.

Pakistan, on the other hand, conceded five rating points and dropped behind Australia and West Indies. They had moved to fourth position only last month after England beat Australia 3-0 in the Ashes.

Zimbabwe had started the series unranked and would have finished ninth irrespective of the result of the series. They had pulled out of Test cricket in January 2006 and returned with a series against Bangladesh in August 2011, but could not find a place on the rankings table until now having not played the requisite eight qualifying Tests.

Pakistan's next Test series will be against No. 1 ranked South Africa with the first of two matches starting on October 14 in Abu Dhabi.

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  • jimbond on September 17, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    With an insecure country side due to which international matches are impossible, a taint that removed two world's best pacemen, totally inefficient administrators and clueless selectors, where else can Pak be but below no. 5

  • on September 16, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    But the famous bird of Najam Sethi says Pakistan was not effected by this defeat, so this news by cricinfo that Pakistan fell to #6 has got to be a mistake :)

  • wrenx on September 16, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    This defeat could be a good thing in the long run for Pakistan. It might jolt them into getting their fast-bowling selection right for a change, instead of heaping pressure on Junaid all the time. And also we might see Fawad selected instead of Hafeez in the team. Jamshed is too unfit to be selected, otherwise having him at the top of the order with Fawad, then Azhar, Misbah, Younis, Asad, Adnan, Ajmal, Gul, Irfan & Junaid could provide a steady showing.

    Also, we shouldn't get hung up on rankings. We've seen in the last 2 years how even a #1 ranking is misleading when you're just not winning matches. Pakistan's #4 was a false spot anyway, only achieved through Australia's recent test failures, nothing our team did to achieve it.

  • on September 16, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Gentlemen...please be seated and enjoy the politics. This is just a plot going on against Misbah so that he quits as the captain and Hafeez takes the baton..

  • crick_sucks on September 16, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    Oh what a win for Zimbabwe. well done!!. Pakistan cricket team is like a chicken with its head cut-off. Misbah again shows that he can't play with the tail. He is involved in all the key moments and manages to lose all of them. This has been his career highlight.

  • on September 15, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    @ Saad Amjad how likely wood it have been for Pakistan 2 beat Windies in the Caribbean when Younis Khan is the reason they barely avoided being white washed by Zimbabwe?

  • jb633 on September 15, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Looking from an outside perspective (English) I just don't understand why Misbah always gets blamed for any loss. The guy is genuine quality and he should be respected. Hafeez is technically to poor for this level and particularly against a new ball. Because he does not cover the line of the ball properly as soon as it swings or seams he will always be nicking off. I think Hafeez and a lot of the Pak batsmen need to play domestic cricket abroad and get used to playing the swinging ball. Their bowling is class and if they change Irfan for Rahat then they arguably have the best attack in world cricket. Certainly there is no better spin combo than Ajmal and Rehman. Zimbabwe deserve all the credit and they certainly have the nucleus of a competitive side. Lets hope their board now begins to act like a board should and start paying these guys their dues.

  • on September 15, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Current situation of most of the organization's operating in Pakistan are a mess that included PCB as well, with relatively no infrastructure and no test match practice, no plan to execute, taking things for granted.

    It was obvious that such a thing would have happened sooner or later. Its better sooner than later, now we can think about it, like the Australians are doing now, we need a competent backup team like the Indian are having, if a senior player does not perform, someone can fill up his shoes and do the needful.

    Starting to miss the Good old Cricket Days.

  • sherishahmir on September 15, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    Congrats to Zimbabwe for their well deserved victory and commiseration to Pakistan on losing which ideally should not happen and unfortunately it did happen. I guess Pak defeated mainly due to lack of test match opportunities to Pak players though series was mainly the preparations for the up series against S Africans and Lankans. Team needs some changes i.e. hafeez, shafiq, rahat and with the proper changes and preparation Pak can make a good come back in the coming series.

  • aks1987 on September 15, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Instead of improving Pakistan team is getting worse by day. I think it would be wise in part of Bangladesh too to host Pakistani team in its most vulnerable state of game right now . What a shame for a guy like me who grew up watching Pak cricket from the early 90's .

  • jimbond on September 17, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    With an insecure country side due to which international matches are impossible, a taint that removed two world's best pacemen, totally inefficient administrators and clueless selectors, where else can Pak be but below no. 5

  • on September 16, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    But the famous bird of Najam Sethi says Pakistan was not effected by this defeat, so this news by cricinfo that Pakistan fell to #6 has got to be a mistake :)

  • wrenx on September 16, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    This defeat could be a good thing in the long run for Pakistan. It might jolt them into getting their fast-bowling selection right for a change, instead of heaping pressure on Junaid all the time. And also we might see Fawad selected instead of Hafeez in the team. Jamshed is too unfit to be selected, otherwise having him at the top of the order with Fawad, then Azhar, Misbah, Younis, Asad, Adnan, Ajmal, Gul, Irfan & Junaid could provide a steady showing.

    Also, we shouldn't get hung up on rankings. We've seen in the last 2 years how even a #1 ranking is misleading when you're just not winning matches. Pakistan's #4 was a false spot anyway, only achieved through Australia's recent test failures, nothing our team did to achieve it.

  • on September 16, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Gentlemen...please be seated and enjoy the politics. This is just a plot going on against Misbah so that he quits as the captain and Hafeez takes the baton..

  • crick_sucks on September 16, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    Oh what a win for Zimbabwe. well done!!. Pakistan cricket team is like a chicken with its head cut-off. Misbah again shows that he can't play with the tail. He is involved in all the key moments and manages to lose all of them. This has been his career highlight.

  • on September 15, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    @ Saad Amjad how likely wood it have been for Pakistan 2 beat Windies in the Caribbean when Younis Khan is the reason they barely avoided being white washed by Zimbabwe?

  • jb633 on September 15, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Looking from an outside perspective (English) I just don't understand why Misbah always gets blamed for any loss. The guy is genuine quality and he should be respected. Hafeez is technically to poor for this level and particularly against a new ball. Because he does not cover the line of the ball properly as soon as it swings or seams he will always be nicking off. I think Hafeez and a lot of the Pak batsmen need to play domestic cricket abroad and get used to playing the swinging ball. Their bowling is class and if they change Irfan for Rahat then they arguably have the best attack in world cricket. Certainly there is no better spin combo than Ajmal and Rehman. Zimbabwe deserve all the credit and they certainly have the nucleus of a competitive side. Lets hope their board now begins to act like a board should and start paying these guys their dues.

  • on September 15, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Current situation of most of the organization's operating in Pakistan are a mess that included PCB as well, with relatively no infrastructure and no test match practice, no plan to execute, taking things for granted.

    It was obvious that such a thing would have happened sooner or later. Its better sooner than later, now we can think about it, like the Australians are doing now, we need a competent backup team like the Indian are having, if a senior player does not perform, someone can fill up his shoes and do the needful.

    Starting to miss the Good old Cricket Days.

  • sherishahmir on September 15, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    Congrats to Zimbabwe for their well deserved victory and commiseration to Pakistan on losing which ideally should not happen and unfortunately it did happen. I guess Pak defeated mainly due to lack of test match opportunities to Pak players though series was mainly the preparations for the up series against S Africans and Lankans. Team needs some changes i.e. hafeez, shafiq, rahat and with the proper changes and preparation Pak can make a good come back in the coming series.

  • aks1987 on September 15, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Instead of improving Pakistan team is getting worse by day. I think it would be wise in part of Bangladesh too to host Pakistani team in its most vulnerable state of game right now . What a shame for a guy like me who grew up watching Pak cricket from the early 90's .

  • Rubic on September 15, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    How about himself..a captain who let no 8, 9 , 10 and 11 playing half (14 overs) of the total 28 overs Pak played after the dismissal of Adnan...as I said before...Misbah is mediocre batsman who can only do the support job and never expect him to step-up and win a match for his team..as usual..he is happier with 60-70s not out...

  • on September 14, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    pakistan should av played a test series vs w. indies. i think the would have won that series. i think they will beat sri lanka and hopfully avoid defeat against south africa. anybody temember what happened the last time the no.1 ranked test team came to play pakistan in the uae.

  • sal80 on September 14, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    @Cricket Analyst how can you 6 is the original position i think before writing this post you lost ur control on words.No position is fixed position after pak will win against SA and SL we will be on top 3

  • BravoBravo on September 14, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    @Cricket Analyst: Your analysis sounds accurate for Team IND (the most whitewashed team). They are running away from playing Test on foreign soil even with ZIM and now with SA, and in few months they will be hiding to play with AUS. Congrats ZIM. You win the match against a quality team, the team (PAK) which has a much better WIN to LOSS ratio as compared to any subcontinent team.

  • on September 14, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    kick out hafeez from the team, give chance to some specialist batsman. but it wont happen as everyone will continue critisizing misbah. hafeez presence in the team is not due to his performance but due to others failures.

  • farrukharif on September 14, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    The problem with current Pakistani set-up is that they go by book. They do not think out of the box and innovate with any aspect of their cricket team or structure. It may be successful in a country that are on top and have found right formula to apply it again and again and keep winning. The only positive outcome of this series might be that Zimbabwe may now think touring Pakistan because they think they can beat them.

  • ball_boy on September 14, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Arja dont be so optimistic about the Ind team,the no of test cric players in the team at present is Pujara,Ashwin.The others more in the mold of one day.So on any given day when it requires basic test playing skills the team might crumble as such.The rankings does not reflect properly the test team skills like Eng doesor SA to a lesser extent does.

  • on September 14, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    I am fairly confident if i can get my hands on a cricket ball.. I can dismiss half of current Pakistani team batting line-up without much difficulty... no i don't play cricket.. but just saying. Joking aside, what a shame to see Hafeez, Azhar, Asad and Adnan fail miserably against what may be the weakest side in test cricket. The rest with Mishabh's exception were unreliable at best. Playing one decent inning and then faltering. There is only so much the Pakistani bowlers can do. I am switching back to watching football.

  • kc69 on September 14, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Well did i see correctly that Zimbabwe are now a better ranked team in tests than Bangladesh..wow they totally deserve this hike.Well played boys

  • on September 14, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Simple Cut the teams into 4 divisions. To gain any real points top team vs lower division needs large marginal wins Draws for lower division vs top division team giv good points for low ranking team middle run a wins a win This then ensures teams incentive for attacking positive test cricket S.africa vs Bangladesh result draw Bangladesh gains more points than south Africa Factor in overs/sessions lost due to weather? Interesting to here ppls opinions I'd this works

  • Diamond2017 on September 14, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    God bless Zimbabwe, they have brought so much pleasure to my heart :D

  • on September 14, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    ARJa I don't think players a worse. I just think no one can win away now. Other than SA I struggle to remember teams beating other teams away from home on regular basis.

  • on September 14, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    I always knew it and today everyone saw how gallant this ZIM team is. Everything going against them but they are proving their worth. They have beaten BD twice in tests and twice in ODI series since their comeback. They are surely better than over rated BD team...

  • on September 14, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    pakistan were over confidence or took this zimbawe side easy.. they thought zimbawe are coming from a defeat against india so it wii be easy to beat them but hats off to zimbawe they proved paks wrong.....congrats zimbawe...

  • avmd on September 14, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Its sad. I'm old enough to remember the glory days of Pakistan in sports. Pakistan was world champion in cricket and one of the top test teams. In Hockey, Pak was World champion, Olympic champion, Asian Champion and winner of champion's trophy simultaneously. In Squash, Jahangir and Jansher Khans were the king. Ah, those were the days, gone, long gone. Now Pakistan lost to Zimbabwe in cricket, in Hockey they failed to qualify for the WC and in Squash, there is no one in top ranked players from Pakistan. Sad, very sad.

  • on September 14, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    very very good for cricket

  • on September 14, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Last few years have turned me into a big fan of Misbah!

  • on September 14, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    bad luck Misbah you are verrrry good player but unfortunately you are captain of poorest ever team of Pakistan

  • RednWhiteArmy on September 14, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Although it will be hard for Pakistan to improve when australia poaches its talent, there is something not quite right about this.

  • balajik1968 on September 14, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Hey Pakistan fans, lay off Misbah and Younis. If you think you can bash every ball out of the stadium, please rethink. Misbah is a good batsman who can both attack and defend. The reason he is playing defensive cricket is that he cannot expect anyone other than Younus to contribute on a regular basis with the bat. Actually he has done a good job with the resources given to him. It is up to the selectors to look for talent. If talent is not being given an opportunity, it is the selectors fault.

  • on September 14, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    they played bad and paid the price, there was really very short difference in ranking points. they were at 5 but AUS loss in ashes put them on 4. I dont think it does matter much. If they sort their act then rankings not a problem.

    3 of Hafeez, Adnan, Asad/azhar should be replaced now. Whole team has to contribute then you can win consistently.

    Azhar & adnan played 1 innings out of 4. Ajmal has more runs than Asad & equal to Hafeez.

  • on September 14, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Atlast Pakistan came back to its original position. The new target for Pakistan is position no.8, just above Zim and Bangladesh after losing series against SA 2-0 and SL 3-0. Congrats Pakistan for New position.

  • ARJa on September 14, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Just shows how test cricket is suffering. West Indies are ranked number 5 now and they haven't won a test match against a team that is ranked above them at the moment since 2009 (when they defeated England in Jamaica. Remember the 51 all out). 6 of the 10 test playing nations have ranking point less than 100. The funny thing is, Windies will fail against India 2-0 for sure and they will struggle to win against NZL in away conditions. So, Pakistan will probably return to be number 5. And of course, if Australia have another dreadful ashes at home, they will also drop beyond 100 points. How pathetic are the modern players in test cricket. So sad.

  • screamingeagle on September 14, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Misbah is a very good player, but sometimes his cricketing nous seems pretty much below par. What was the idea exposing the no.11 and 10 for almost the full over? Even if they managed that single, it would mean no.11 played the full over. Previously too, he has made bad calls. That said, he played excellently, it was the rest of the batters who were awful that led to this loss. I am from India, so can't say seeing Pak lose is a bad thing :P; but for me the joy of the Zimbabwe team was what made it something special.

  • on September 14, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    although we know that zimbabwe did well in the series, but in my point of view pakistan did not well played along a lower ranked team which is now at no. 9. Actually this is the problem of pakistani batting line up which so weak that any kind of fast bowler they have to struggle even against spin. If this kind of players cannot face ordinary spin bowling then what will they do in future in the absence of younis and misbah

  • Warm_Coffee on September 14, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Well done Zimbabwe!! they need more Test Cricket. Their next International assignment looks like it won't be until July next year which is just ridiculous. The series with Sri Lanka was supposed to happen soon after this Pakistan series but there's lack of funds and it is ICC job to help them out especially when profitable teams like Australia and England for some silly reason don't play Zimbabwe. Can you imagine the confidence Zimbabwe would've had going into the Sri Lanka series? what a pity!! Zimbabwe will be touring Bangladesh next year as well but again strangely only for 2 test matches. Should be increased to at least 3 if not 4 because both teams need as much test Cricket as possible. As for Pakistan, they shouldn't let this loss shatter them otherwise the South African series will be a foregone conclusion. If the team keep their chin up and learn the mistakes from this Zimbabwe series then I can see them climb back up in the rankings soon after the South Africa test series.

  • on September 14, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    although we know that zimbabwe did well in the series, but in my point of view pakistan did not well played along a lower ranked team which is now at no. 9. Actually this is the problem of pakistani batting line up which so weak that any kind of fast bowler they have to struggle even against spin. If this kind of players cannot face ordinary spin bowling then what will they do in future in the absence of younis and misbah

  • spellbinder76 on September 14, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    It is a matter of great shame for Pakistan Cricket. When Pakistan started the 2nd innings I knew they can simply discount for Hafeez and Azhar as these type of players can never perform under pressure. Manzoor innings was a bonus but after scoring 50 in a crucial match when his eyes are set he should never have gone out. The last hope was one between Younus and Misbah to stay till the end and Misbah did exactly that. But the biggest disappointment was Asad Shafiq. Pakistan has now dropped down to 6th position in test ranking as the difference between Australia and Pakistan was only one point. To qualify for the test world cup they must be the top four team. Pakistan is already not playing enough tests to maintain the test rankings, and if they lose to Sri-Lanka &they will go down to 8th position and eventually take the hockey route of not even qualifying for the world cup. The one ODI loss and now this test loss is an eye opener for PCB.

  • on September 14, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    It's insane how some of the Pakistani fans are bashing misbah again !!! Hats off to my fellow indian fans who are talking much more sense here... Am pakistani by the way ... All those people who are criticising misbah and younus have never played cricket... Trying to hit tape ball for six in 6 over a side game is not cricket guys.. It's different when you hold a red ball and go on a prepared pitch

    Now main point ... Captain can't be the alone culprit ... What about hafeez Asad and azhar ? Ain't they suppose to make runs that's their job I guess !!! Misbah tried his best but wickets kept falling and with every wicket that fell will naturally put pressure on him Comon guys open your eyes and don't use misbah's name as escape goat... It's the other three batsmen who r to blame for ... It's a team game even greats like tendulkar bradman Lara couldn't win test matches on their own ... Windies was on all time low on Lara's peak career so please give him some respect and talk sense

  • Captainman on September 14, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    These test rankings are a bit unfair. The 2 bottom ranked teams Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have played only 11 and 13 test matches. The next 2 lowest ranked teams New Zealand and Sri Lanka have even played far more games than them with with 27 and 26 test matches. How are some teams supposed to improve their ranking with the minimum matches they have? this just proves how unfair the rankings can be at times. It is the duty of teams like England and Australia to be playing teams like Zimbabwe, Bangladesh etc since these teams are all part of the ranking table otherwise what's the point? Even South Africa being the worlds number 1 test team play less test matches with only 24 whereas their fellow world class test teams like England and Australia have played 38 and 33 test matches. There needs to be a balance or something.

  • PPL11 on September 14, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Once again misbah proved he is a good batsmen but very poor cricketing brain, what the hell he was thinking when they took single on 5th ball?

  • McPiggle on September 14, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Awesome for Zim. Well done lads!!! :D

  • PPL11 on September 14, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    See we all know this is bad phase of pakistan cricket but the selectors got to be smart with their future plans, Yes thinking of long term is v important but you got to choose smartly, For ex. Keep Misbah, Younis and then fill side with players that are probable to take misbah and younis over in next 2-3 years

  • SamRoy on September 14, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Things that Pakistan need to do. Open with Jamshed and Shehzad. Azhar Ali at 3, Misbah at 4, Younis at 5 and Umar Akmal at 6. Replace Misbah with Haris Sohail and Younis withUmar Amin when time comes.

  • roook on September 14, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    How low Pakistan cricket can get there is no explanation rather than pathetic. Individual performances playing for plus fifty scores to play next match. We have to change this mediocre mindset and greed. Misbah captaincy is at his lowest point courtesy to younis khan pakistan were able to draw the series.

  • on September 14, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Misbah might be the most consistent batsmen in the Pakistan team but his captaincy is primarily the main problem. It seems he has a set of chosen players he sticks to and doesn't want to risk grooming a youngster who might be gutsy, have a big heart and play positive cricket. Players like asad shafiq are tried and tested but hasnt delivered a single reliable performance. It also seems misbah is ubder massive pressure from hafeez. Hafeez is more of a robin Peterson like player for South Africa who bats down the order and is a reliable spinner. I fail to understand what is he doing opening and why doesn't misbah move him down and get a proper opener like nasir jamshed.it seems hafeez doesn't want to leave his opening slot and misbah keeps him there because he is not the sort who would like issues in the team. He needs to really step up here and take a stand. Lastly players like sohaib abd and harris need to be given a proper run as they play with a big heart.

  • on September 14, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Pakistan is just going through a bad phase. The last thing they should do is to react strongly. India used to react in a similar fashion in the past but in last decade, they seem to have changed & the results re showing. Pakistan should follow the suit. Pakistan has always been a talented side. They have an experienced captain in Misbah, they have experienced in-form batsman in Younis. however, they have problems at the top, they do not have consistent middle order and they need to persist with their bowlers who are one of the most talented ones in the world. However, a knee-jerk reaction after every bad series has landed them here. I hope, Pakistan react differently this time and very soon resurrect to the top.

  • Stark62 on September 14, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    I don't think I'll be watching Test cricket, until deserving players like Fawad Alam, Harris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Sadaf Hussain and Zulfiqar Babar (old but better than Rehman) are inducted into the team.

    I would have quit watching ODI's but Afridi is still there, hence the interest but Misbah needs to retire from ODI's and focus solely on Tests and if doesn't, then drop him from the ODI squad.

    Lastly, please don't bring back Younis into the ODI squad because he would perform badly in Test cricket, like he was doing recently but now, he seems to have regained form in Test cricket after being drooped from the ODI side.

  • Shazy777 on September 14, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    M.hfz is the problem in last ten inngs he score only 102 runs avg 10... Pak need to change... play attacking cricket... pak run rate below 3 in tests... Zim have odinary bowlng attack... wht shoud they do against africa no.1 side of the world...

  • on September 14, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Very happy to see Hafeez's arrogance, domination and "larger-than-life" approach killing him in front of his own juniors to whom he used to dominate like anything. On the other note, Misbah, you are the lion of Pakistan. It is just that age is not in your side. I just can't image this Pakistan squad without Misbah.

  • ThatsJustCricket on September 14, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Talk about short memories. People bashing YK here would do well to remember that without his contributions even the first test would have resulted in a loss for Pak. As for the Misbah-haters, well, nothing to say. Whatever the man does there will always be folks bashing him.

  • on September 14, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Congrats. ZIM deserved it. They also needed such a big morale booster in the midst of all the problems they had been going through for a while (mostly outside the field). Loosing good players, one by one also adds to thier concerns. Yet the boys fought it out with intent, courage & skills.

    It was nice to see that quite a few Pak fans also had been sympathetic towards ZIM's plights; they are the true lovers of cricket who can transcend jingoism, and support those who deserve. And aplaud the victors. That is also a good show.

    PAK has a tremendous pool of good players; it is question of getting the right mix of players. That (finding the right mix) will happen soon; it's just a matter of time.

  • on September 14, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    How will interim chairman Najam Sethi & Captain Misbah-ul-Haq justify it? Days are gone when chairman taking responsibility of defeat on lowly ranked team used to step down. What will Misbah say now. When his team won first test by big margin, he came in media with big mouth, lashing out critics of game, who had insisted to try out young blood in the series. They were not wrong but seniors do not want to leave their place for youngsters. What Younis Khan and Mohammad Hafeez did in second test?

  • fayyaz03 on September 14, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    This is an eye opening defeat for Pakistan cricket. The deserving batsmen like Naveed Yasin (Multan), Shoaib Maqsood (Multan), Usman Salahudding (Lahore), Fawad Alam (Karachi),Mohd Rizwan (Peshawar), Harris Sohail (Sialkot) are just getting frustrated by waiting for their turns and the non performing batsmen (not to mention their names as everyone knows) are still in the team. Oh God! I am scared! the next task is the mighty South Africa!!!

  • Waqs77 on September 14, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Need to get rid of hafeez on immediate basis who is completely non deserving for test team. Nasir Jamshed and taufiq umer to be brought in. Asad shafiq is also becoming a burden day by day. We have a class player umer amin who should be given chance in place of asad shafiq.

  • on September 14, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    pakistan's cricket needs serious change. we should select new players doesn't matter if we loose for a year or two but future will be secure. misbah is a selfish player he never won a game for Pakistan

  • Raveey_ on September 14, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Congratulations Zimbabwe , you thoroughly deserve it . The played competitive cricket throughout the one day and test series after loosing to India. The fightback after the series loss , loss of Jarvis and board issues is truly appreciable. The expectations have increased now. Lets just hope they only move forward from here for the good of World Cricket. As for Pakistan , really sad with their performance. Cant help but just recall how strong a force once Pakistan was in test cricket. They desperately need some quality batsmen. I really don't understand why people bash Misbah so much when he has been consistently the only pillar for the whole team. Right now , you just cant imagine a Pakistan team without Misbah. Coming from an Indian fan , I desperately hope Pakistan raise their level in Cricket once again for the sake of our great rivalry that takes Cricket on a completely different level.I am sure they will, sooner the better.

  • Kak-mal_Khan on September 14, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Until Pakistan can sort the batting unit out they deserve to remain at the bottom half of the Test Table. Relying solely on the bowling unit as they have done for the last decade will only win them 50% of the matches against mediocre opposition, against top teams especially away from home they will succumb to defeat almost every time. I do now believe there should be a 2 tier Test Table, because certain teams like Pakistan only put effort against the few countries that they have history with (mainly political).

  • on September 14, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    It was batting of Yonus Khan and Misbah at the start of third day,that laid down Pakistan, I don't know what they were afraid of? they block every thing and provide bowlers the opportunity to settle,to try all their variations with out any pressure, this strategy resulted in collapse and lost of the match. They deployed the same strategy in 2011 World Cup semi final, Yonus Scored 13 of 32, but people only remember Misbah's innings. These so called seniors will continue their contributions in disasters like today until and unless some brave selector get rid of them.

  • on September 14, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Well Played Zimbabwe.........

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  • on September 14, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Well Played Zimbabwe.........

  • on September 14, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    It was batting of Yonus Khan and Misbah at the start of third day,that laid down Pakistan, I don't know what they were afraid of? they block every thing and provide bowlers the opportunity to settle,to try all their variations with out any pressure, this strategy resulted in collapse and lost of the match. They deployed the same strategy in 2011 World Cup semi final, Yonus Scored 13 of 32, but people only remember Misbah's innings. These so called seniors will continue their contributions in disasters like today until and unless some brave selector get rid of them.

  • Kak-mal_Khan on September 14, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Until Pakistan can sort the batting unit out they deserve to remain at the bottom half of the Test Table. Relying solely on the bowling unit as they have done for the last decade will only win them 50% of the matches against mediocre opposition, against top teams especially away from home they will succumb to defeat almost every time. I do now believe there should be a 2 tier Test Table, because certain teams like Pakistan only put effort against the few countries that they have history with (mainly political).

  • Raveey_ on September 14, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Congratulations Zimbabwe , you thoroughly deserve it . The played competitive cricket throughout the one day and test series after loosing to India. The fightback after the series loss , loss of Jarvis and board issues is truly appreciable. The expectations have increased now. Lets just hope they only move forward from here for the good of World Cricket. As for Pakistan , really sad with their performance. Cant help but just recall how strong a force once Pakistan was in test cricket. They desperately need some quality batsmen. I really don't understand why people bash Misbah so much when he has been consistently the only pillar for the whole team. Right now , you just cant imagine a Pakistan team without Misbah. Coming from an Indian fan , I desperately hope Pakistan raise their level in Cricket once again for the sake of our great rivalry that takes Cricket on a completely different level.I am sure they will, sooner the better.

  • on September 14, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    pakistan's cricket needs serious change. we should select new players doesn't matter if we loose for a year or two but future will be secure. misbah is a selfish player he never won a game for Pakistan

  • Waqs77 on September 14, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Need to get rid of hafeez on immediate basis who is completely non deserving for test team. Nasir Jamshed and taufiq umer to be brought in. Asad shafiq is also becoming a burden day by day. We have a class player umer amin who should be given chance in place of asad shafiq.

  • fayyaz03 on September 14, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    This is an eye opening defeat for Pakistan cricket. The deserving batsmen like Naveed Yasin (Multan), Shoaib Maqsood (Multan), Usman Salahudding (Lahore), Fawad Alam (Karachi),Mohd Rizwan (Peshawar), Harris Sohail (Sialkot) are just getting frustrated by waiting for their turns and the non performing batsmen (not to mention their names as everyone knows) are still in the team. Oh God! I am scared! the next task is the mighty South Africa!!!

  • on September 14, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    How will interim chairman Najam Sethi & Captain Misbah-ul-Haq justify it? Days are gone when chairman taking responsibility of defeat on lowly ranked team used to step down. What will Misbah say now. When his team won first test by big margin, he came in media with big mouth, lashing out critics of game, who had insisted to try out young blood in the series. They were not wrong but seniors do not want to leave their place for youngsters. What Younis Khan and Mohammad Hafeez did in second test?

  • on September 14, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Congrats. ZIM deserved it. They also needed such a big morale booster in the midst of all the problems they had been going through for a while (mostly outside the field). Loosing good players, one by one also adds to thier concerns. Yet the boys fought it out with intent, courage & skills.

    It was nice to see that quite a few Pak fans also had been sympathetic towards ZIM's plights; they are the true lovers of cricket who can transcend jingoism, and support those who deserve. And aplaud the victors. That is also a good show.

    PAK has a tremendous pool of good players; it is question of getting the right mix of players. That (finding the right mix) will happen soon; it's just a matter of time.

  • ThatsJustCricket on September 14, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Talk about short memories. People bashing YK here would do well to remember that without his contributions even the first test would have resulted in a loss for Pak. As for the Misbah-haters, well, nothing to say. Whatever the man does there will always be folks bashing him.