England v Pakistan, 2nd npower Test, Edgbaston August 5, 2010

Kamran dropped for second Test

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Kamran Akmal has paid the price for his poor performance in the first Test against England at Trent Bridge, and has been dropped from Pakistan's team for the second game at Edgbaston, which gets underway on Friday.

Akmal's position came under fire following the Trent Bridge Test, in which he batted five balls for no runs in his two innings, while squandering a host of chances behind the stumps - most notably Eoin Morgan on 5, as he failed to gather a low edge from England's first-innings centurion, and Paul Collingwood, whom he reprieved in both innings, firstly a missed stumping on 48, and then a first-ball drop in front of first slip, only moments after his one bright moment, a sharp leg-side take off Kevin Pietersen.

"I would say he has been rested," Pakistan's captain, Salman Butt, told Cricinfo. "He is having a run where he is not able to do what he is able to usually. But he now has ten days to just take his mind off the pressures that accompany when you are not doing well at international level. I'm sure he is a champion player and he will work hard to make a comeback."

Team sources confirmed that Zulqarnain Haider, the 24-year-old reserve wicketkeeper from Lahore, will come in as Akmal's replacement, and will therefore be making his Test debut, three years after a solitary Twenty20 appearance.

"I am very happy that I have been picked and I'm grateful to everyone who selected me," Zulqarnain told Cricinfo. "I did expect that probably I would've played one Test, more towards the end of the series. But I never really expected that I would play in the second Test itself."

With six centuries from 51 Tests, Akmal's experience has tended to outweigh his propensity for poor performances behind the stumps, most notably at Sydney in January earlier this year, when he managed to reprieve Michael Hussey three times off Danish Kaneria, as Australia overcame a first-innings deficit of 207 to win a thrilling contest that, sadly but inevitably, attracted the interest of the ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit.

All told, Akmal has dropped 34 chances in his last 28 Tests, and he averages less than 17 in Tests in Australia, South Africa and England. The first evidence that a change behind the stumps was afoot came when Zulqarnain lined up alongside the full slip cordon for today's final practice session, with Akmal left to warm up alone on the other side of the field.

Zulqarnain was a member of Pakistan team that beat West Indies in the final of the Under-19 World Cup in Dhaka in 2004, and was named in his first Test squad later that year. He has been made to wait a long time for his opportunity.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Yousuf, who arrived in the country less than 24 hours before the start of the match, has also ruled himself out of contention, citing tiredness.

"I have just arrived after a long flight. I will not be training. I will wait for the management to tell me what their plan is," Yousuf had told Cricinfo immediately after arriving in Birmingham.

Later in the evening he had a short and informal meeting over a cup of tea with the tour selection committee comprising Butt, Waqar Younis (coach) and Yawar Saeed (team manager) at the team hotel. "Considering the heavy monsoon across Pakistan Yousuf told us that he could not practice outdoors for the last 10-15 days," Butt told Cricinfo. "So obviously we felt that was not enough match preparation."

Butt added that Yousuf can now set his sights on the third Test at The Oval beginning on August 18. "He can relax for now and steadily get back into the groove in the next week and also during the two-day practice game against Worcester," Butt said. Asked if he was a certainty for the final two Tests, Butt said a player with Yousuf's pedigree would walk into any team if he was fit.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    hello just check out clearly Pakistan have not beaten india in a 50 over world cup matches check out data my bro and plz dont start a war here because many ricket fans will watch these and thy will think tht we are just fellows with common sense plz bro ok cheers

  • POSTED BY Hassan.Farooqi on | August 6, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Kamran Akmal's lobby is way too strong. He can never be dropped. He can only be rested. Just like he was retained after a brief rest despite dropping 4 catches off just one bowler in just one inning in Australia (poor Danish). Also, Shoaib Malik and Salman Butt can not be dropped, just rested. The only guys to sit outside are the pathans i.e. Yasir Hameed, Younis Khan, and Shahid Afridi.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    good to see a new wicket keeper in finally yeahh :D

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | August 6, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    As I said before Pakistan is aiming for new lowest total in test cricket. What a lovely scoreboard - 36/6

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    Hahahahahhahahahahahahahaha ! LOLLLLLL ! 9-3 in 15 overs. What a bunch of jokers. Ivory Coast can play better cricket than this.

  • POSTED BY PuRe_oNe on | August 6, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Well honestly, I don know why Ejab Butt is there. Have there been any other country, he would have been sacked long long ago. He is playing with the integrity of a Nation for personal reasons. Mohsin Kamal, Faisal Iqbal, Taufiq Umar, Youni Khan.. can't he see these guys? Personal triumph is more important to him I guess. Imran Khan played with the same team for years, the same 13-15 guys, and gave results. He was a scary judge of talent. But what can you do in a team where the captain is not even certain he will be in the team for next series? I want to refer to the example of South African, took Graeme Smith, made him a captain, and stuck with that decision. And now they are one of the finest teams. But sorry to say, when the politics involves in sports, this is what you get. This is a result of "Games in Sports"...

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    @ wicked-wicket- LOL. This is so predictable of the Indians. So what is your point when you say we beat you at Sharjah often? Does the Arab air give your team a urinary tract infection or is it the cramping from severe polycystic ovarian disease? The only reason why you think this is 'trash' is because of YOUR insecurities. Pakistan and India are arch rivals- yes. However there is no debate here. There is no argument that if we review a three decade history of matches played between the two teams; Pak comes out on top. And if you say India "could" have won against Australia- my insecure little friend, Pakistan could have beaten Australia several times in the past too hadn't it been for biased umpiring, regulation catch dropping, ambiguous short hitting just to name a few. But there is no IF in cricket okay. We lost and so did you. Oh and take your "nice" notes and umbrella them in your happy place where India have beaten Pak in WC games. Whatever helps you sleep at night. :)

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    With situation what Pakistan and Pakistani cricket , we neet to at least wait til the end of this year to say anything. lets say we take malik , farhat , umar akmal and kamran out , who is going to replace them. We know PCB has those people who are working with just their common sense not by any professionalism. Coach is ok even Mohsin is a nice guy. Just wait till the end of this year. Look at West Indies , WI is unable to get up from the knees for last 8-10 years. Bad patch will be over soon. Aussies got out at 88 , so did they change all the players. Even marcus north is still in the team for ashes. Favorism is there and personal grudges have been brought in cricket , every one knows but guys these are the tools we have to build the palace. So bear with them and enjoy cricket.

  • POSTED BY FaisalAsghar on | August 6, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    @wicked-wicket

    hehe "talent" or no "talent".....sharjah or no sharjah....you still got creamed all around the world.....an appalling 40%, better try improving that first :D

  • POSTED BY RakarthIX on | August 6, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    @wicked-wicket - No-one has ever doubted the class of the Indian batting line-up, it is the bowling that is utter rubbish. The attack atm would struggle to take 20 wickets regularly at domestic level. (incidentaly I am english so not biased either way on the whole india/pakistan thing). If you combined the indian batting line-up with the pakistan bowling attack then you would have one hell of an international team.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    hello just check out clearly Pakistan have not beaten india in a 50 over world cup matches check out data my bro and plz dont start a war here because many ricket fans will watch these and thy will think tht we are just fellows with common sense plz bro ok cheers

  • POSTED BY Hassan.Farooqi on | August 6, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Kamran Akmal's lobby is way too strong. He can never be dropped. He can only be rested. Just like he was retained after a brief rest despite dropping 4 catches off just one bowler in just one inning in Australia (poor Danish). Also, Shoaib Malik and Salman Butt can not be dropped, just rested. The only guys to sit outside are the pathans i.e. Yasir Hameed, Younis Khan, and Shahid Afridi.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    good to see a new wicket keeper in finally yeahh :D

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | August 6, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    As I said before Pakistan is aiming for new lowest total in test cricket. What a lovely scoreboard - 36/6

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    Hahahahahhahahahahahahahaha ! LOLLLLLL ! 9-3 in 15 overs. What a bunch of jokers. Ivory Coast can play better cricket than this.

  • POSTED BY PuRe_oNe on | August 6, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Well honestly, I don know why Ejab Butt is there. Have there been any other country, he would have been sacked long long ago. He is playing with the integrity of a Nation for personal reasons. Mohsin Kamal, Faisal Iqbal, Taufiq Umar, Youni Khan.. can't he see these guys? Personal triumph is more important to him I guess. Imran Khan played with the same team for years, the same 13-15 guys, and gave results. He was a scary judge of talent. But what can you do in a team where the captain is not even certain he will be in the team for next series? I want to refer to the example of South African, took Graeme Smith, made him a captain, and stuck with that decision. And now they are one of the finest teams. But sorry to say, when the politics involves in sports, this is what you get. This is a result of "Games in Sports"...

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    @ wicked-wicket- LOL. This is so predictable of the Indians. So what is your point when you say we beat you at Sharjah often? Does the Arab air give your team a urinary tract infection or is it the cramping from severe polycystic ovarian disease? The only reason why you think this is 'trash' is because of YOUR insecurities. Pakistan and India are arch rivals- yes. However there is no debate here. There is no argument that if we review a three decade history of matches played between the two teams; Pak comes out on top. And if you say India "could" have won against Australia- my insecure little friend, Pakistan could have beaten Australia several times in the past too hadn't it been for biased umpiring, regulation catch dropping, ambiguous short hitting just to name a few. But there is no IF in cricket okay. We lost and so did you. Oh and take your "nice" notes and umbrella them in your happy place where India have beaten Pak in WC games. Whatever helps you sleep at night. :)

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    With situation what Pakistan and Pakistani cricket , we neet to at least wait til the end of this year to say anything. lets say we take malik , farhat , umar akmal and kamran out , who is going to replace them. We know PCB has those people who are working with just their common sense not by any professionalism. Coach is ok even Mohsin is a nice guy. Just wait till the end of this year. Look at West Indies , WI is unable to get up from the knees for last 8-10 years. Bad patch will be over soon. Aussies got out at 88 , so did they change all the players. Even marcus north is still in the team for ashes. Favorism is there and personal grudges have been brought in cricket , every one knows but guys these are the tools we have to build the palace. So bear with them and enjoy cricket.

  • POSTED BY FaisalAsghar on | August 6, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    @wicked-wicket

    hehe "talent" or no "talent".....sharjah or no sharjah....you still got creamed all around the world.....an appalling 40%, better try improving that first :D

  • POSTED BY RakarthIX on | August 6, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    @wicked-wicket - No-one has ever doubted the class of the Indian batting line-up, it is the bowling that is utter rubbish. The attack atm would struggle to take 20 wickets regularly at domestic level. (incidentaly I am english so not biased either way on the whole india/pakistan thing). If you combined the indian batting line-up with the pakistan bowling attack then you would have one hell of an international team.

  • POSTED BY talentHunt1947 on | August 6, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    @wicked-wicket: You have one more talent. Lalit Modi !!!

  • POSTED BY KhyberBoomBoom on | August 6, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    oh thank god that daddoo (kamran AKmal) as referred to by many TV channels is dropped from the team and i hope this time for good. Although you never ever know what PCB might be up to, but this certainly was on the cards for i should say, for the past 2 years. Pakistan has never had such a stupid, pathetic and useless keeper ever. He is a disgrace to the wicket-keeping position. He never deserved to be in the team, but i guess Ijaz Butt loves this guy and Shoaib MAlik for no obvious reasons. I hope this new lad shines in his very first game and we do not see that freakin daddoo for a long time to come.

  • POSTED BY MFNadeem on | August 6, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Dear all Humza-bashers and supporters!!! As an ardent supporter of Pakistan team in all circumstances and conditions, I would say that I even love the unpredictabilities of my team. Coming to the debate regarding Humza Khan: Indian team was no match to Pakistani team until 2003. Since then, Pakistan is no match to India to be fair. Teams are made of superstars: Pakistan have not a single one (Aamer and Umar Akmal are in the making) while India has Tendulkar, Dhoni, Rahul, Yuvi, Viru, and others. Last but not least: Lets have a bilateral series on Neutral venue (England or SL) and see who is better. :) Cheers to cricket fans.

  • POSTED BY poderdubdubdub on | August 6, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    I dont know why fans of two asian rivals argue with each other, let their performances speak for themselvs. Pakistan has just been hammered and India's top ranking is being questioned by the whole cricketing world, so just sit back and watch the truth.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    kamran akmal had it coming. the outcome of the test against england would have been MUCH different had kamran not acted like the proverbial butter fingers. all the hard work by the bowlers that he threw away.

  • POSTED BY changez_malik on | August 6, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    @wicked-wicket: Man if Pak took 15 years to beat Australia, then u are forgetting something.....India took 18 years to beat Pakistan. Look at the records between 1981 to 1999. No single test won by India against Pakistan...............hooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww shameful.

  • POSTED BY RakarthIX on | August 6, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    Don't really understand all the hatred for Shoaib Malik- yes his stats show that he is clearly a mediocre batsman at best, however of the recognised batsmen in the first test he looked like the only one capable of playing the swinging ball with any sort of conviction plus he chipped in with a couple of wickets to boot.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    Well as a Pakistani and a Cricket fan, I do agree to some of the comments about Pakistan Batting and also with regards to the rubbish Pakistan Cricket Board. But one thing I would like to say that Pakistan did had a good record against India (except in world cups). But I also think that in the past few years India have done much better in all forms of the game (though I still think the Indian bowling can improve)

    I also agree about Pakistan's bad record against Australia but if you see some of the text matches between Australia and Pakistan, they have been really close contests and if Pakistan would have little better (Hobart and Sydney), things would have much different.

    Anyways I for once always like Indian team and the contest between Pakistan and India and right now I am quite happy to see Karman Akmal being dropped and now hoping that Pakistan miserable batting lineup can produce some decent knock.

  • POSTED BY wicked-wicket on | August 6, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    @Humza (again) - just to share with you how much I've been following Pak cricket, read the page in this link:

    http://thecricketorial.blogspot.com/2010/07/and-they-finally-win_24.html

    I was over the moon when the Pakis beat the Aussies at Headingley!

  • POSTED BY wicked-wicket on | August 6, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    @Humza Khan: I'm surprised you aren't part of the PCB, you have all the credentials to be a PCB Board Member (Joker). You've written trash. I once liked Pakistan's cricket team and I even met Wasim Akram and the team at the hotel, before the final day of that memorable Test at Madras in 97.

    The ODI head-to-head record definitely favors Pak but a lot of the games were played in Sharjah, with 13 players in the Pak XI!

    We've hammered you folks at every significant WC game except for the T20 loss. At least it didn't take us 15 years to beat Australia in a Test, we drew a series in Aus, that we could've won.

    Whether we're on top or not, you folks have been languishing at the bottom for years and will continue for more, given the ridiculous selection policies and the apparent lack of batting talent. Shoaib Malik in Tests?

    On a nice note, my Indian players do not need nandrolone to perform better, they have loads of adrenaline!! Sach, Drav, Viru, VVS, MSD = TALENT dude! Cheer

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    Hello Humza.. if you have time pls read ur comments once again ursef... ur words clearly indicates how uncertain u r...So u dont want the indians to watch pakistan cricket?seems u r really upset about india beating pak frequently...

  • POSTED BY BoonBoom on | August 6, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    I FULLY SUPPORT THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY HUMZA KHAN. INDIA MAY BE RANKED NO 1 BUT HAVE A LOOK AT OVERALL RECORD OF IND AND PAK AND ANYONE CAN SEE PAK WAY ABOVE INDIA WITH RESPECT TO WIN%. EVEN HEAD TO HEAD, PAK IS BETTER THAN IND. NEVERTHELESS, I WISH ALL THE BEST TO INDIAN TEAM !!!!

  • POSTED BY waxteruk on | August 6, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    I think this is great news for Pakistan cricket. We all know how capable Kamran is but we also know that his form seems to dip in tests. It is good that they are working with youth to build the future of Pakistan cricket. Win or lose this is a learning experience for the Pak team and the coaching staff. Give it a couple of years and if they give these young players are harnessed in the correct manner and apply themselves correctly they will take us forward.

    Finally I would like to say that it is great to have Mohammed Yousuf back in the squad. While he is resting for the second test we must remember his experience as a senior batsman for Pak will be a great addition to the squad. He would be great person to be in the background to help the youngsters with there problems with ref to there batting he is almost like a batting coach/player.

    BRING ON THE SECOND TEST!!!! COME ON PAK!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    another new guy....really the Pakistan team is truly unpredictable! but certainly Kamran's performance behind the stump is really funny as well as frustrating. Now what the young lad can do for them...the matter to watch.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    another new guy....really the Pakistan team is truly unpredictable! but certainly Kamran's performance behind the stump is really funny as well as frustrating. Now what the young lad can do for them...the matter to watch.

  • POSTED BY Hindu_Tiger on | August 6, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Pakistani team management and PCB, both are a bunch of Jokers. They banned Yousuf for life just a couple of months ago and here he is, coming out of retirement to steer Pak. It seems Pakistan doesn't have enough talent so they are bringing the old retired faces. Making Salman Butt the Captain of Test team is an insult to Test Cricket. It makes a mockery of of both PCB and ICC. A player who is not even sure of a place in ODIs is made the Test captain....haha It can happen only in Pakistan where more than half of the team comprises of ex-Captains.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    In my opinion, Faisal Iqbal who is very talented batsman in middle order must be sent as enforcment in the middle order.Also Umer Akmal be dropped from team & Yasir Hameed should be given chance.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    If you ask me the playing 11 should be

    1. Salman Butt 2. Imran Farhat 3. Yasir Hameed 4. Azhar Ali 5. Umar Akmal 6. Zulqurnain 7. Aamir 8. Umar Gul 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Muhammad Asif 11. Shoaib Malik

    These are best possible resources we have.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | August 6, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    No bollywood/hollywood movies can match the turns and events in Pak cricket. Hilariously thrilling :-) PCB keep up the good work.

  • POSTED BY aleem-basraa on | August 6, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    Nothing wrong with bowling, other than spin department. Pakistan just need a stronger middle order. The only chance to win the match is if Pakistan Bat first and put 400 on the board and then Pakistani bowler are capable enough to make English players under immense pressure. In the field Pakistan need to grab every chance coming to them.

    A little advice for the Pakistani better is that when bowl is swinging let it come to you, do reach at it. Let every just try to stay at the crease and leave as many bowls as you can leave. Resist first 25 to 30 overs and then play sensible till next new ball. Their is no rocket science while playing in English conditions specially when over casted.

    ENGLISH PLAYERS ARE NOT BETTER PLAYERS THAN PAKISTAN'S, THEY JUST KNOW WHAT IS REQUIRED AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE DAY. JUST BE SENSIBLE!

    Best of Luck Pakistan!

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    Kamran Akmal is a classy & gutsy performer with the bat & not so bad behind the stumps. He can only get to form playing at the highest level. In trying & tough conditions he is better than Shoaib Malik. Even if Zulqarnain Haider plays Kamran should play. If the adminnistartion cannot handle such a talented team than they must be sacked.

  • POSTED BY yeh_cheezzz on | August 6, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    can anyone tell me WHERE IS FAWAD ALAM...????? did anyone bother to look at the team squad no one is reliable player other than Muhammad Yousuf who just arrived...

  • POSTED BY pontingkhan on | August 6, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    Pakistan cannot rely on Mohammed Amir alone, the batsmen have to play a responsible innings.Playing Zulqernain Haider is a wise decision. Shoaib Malik should only play because he's a good fielder and a vague bowling option. he should be dropped immediately after the series and someone new should be given a chance. Pakistan certainly is in a rebuilding phase but they should have a concise strategy to do that. I am dreaming, but kamran akmal, shoaib malik and mohammed yousaf should no be a part of that strategy in the long-term starting from right after this est series. Hit and trail won't work. Good luck Pakistan

  • POSTED BY Raj_pandian on | August 6, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    hey Humza Khan... i wonder why u are talking like this.. cricket is just a game. see it as a game boss....

  • POSTED BY waseemsarwar on | August 6, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    well why not throw Raza Hassan instead of Ajmal.

  • POSTED BY khurrum.haidery on | August 6, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    I think Pakistan should keep playing with young players with a young skipper Salman Butt whose words looks like an educated man. We have seen senior players since last few years, they are also performing badly in test matches whiles these young guns can learn will not be involved in battle of captaincy. Kamran should be given complete rest and if his younger brother do not perform, he should also be dropped. One more suggestion is that Pakistan should seek at least two young batsman who should have temperament of test match as present team is ideal combination for ODIs and T20 matches.

  • POSTED BY praveen.kumar on | August 6, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    @ Humza Khan ...... Stop cribbing about what Indians have to say about the Paki team and just accept the truth that the Pak team is just PATHETIC and doesn't show any heart for a fight. Long gone are the days of Imran and Akram. This Paki team has no self-belief and clearly no comparison to the current Indian team - just look at how well the Indian team has come back after losing the first test in Sri Lanka. I could go on and on ... but it's futile, you guys have never known to be rational or logical anyway. ;)

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Good move infact the only move made by PCB that makes any sense. Though Kamran is the best and first choice but his performance was below power both with the bat and gloves. He needs some time to regroup and will come back strongly. Hope Zulqarnain performs but he should be given a chance for a few matches atleast, not just the one game and back with Kamran. That would be unfair with the youngster. Hope the decision works in Pakistan's favour

  • POSTED BY Wazgar on | August 6, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Kamran Akmal has Test Batting Average of 32.00 vs Butt's 31. Kamran Akmal's number of Test 100s is 6 vs Butt's 3 and Shoaib Malik's 2. Kamran Akmal's Highest Score in Test is 158* vs Butt's 122 and Malik's 148*. Kamran Akmal could still be a better 'slip' fielder than Butt and Malik. Would not it make sense to replace Butt/Malik by Kamran Akmal and make some one else Captain (Captain has to change before the weather changes anyway) ?

  • POSTED BY santhoshwiz on | August 6, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    Any combination doesn't really matter for Pakistan. They do not have the fire power and it is very evident from their body language in the field.

  • POSTED BY suhayl_786 on | August 6, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    I'm amazed at the attitude of Pcb, selection commitee and the coach/captains of pakistan. They take one decision and reverse it afterwards. So, it's evident that they lack decision power at all. I can't understand why some players are there and some are not there in the team. For example, Younas khan and Yousaf' exclusion is beyond any rational thinking and Shoaib malik,umar amin are playing consistenly without any performance in test matches. where is fawad alam, yasir hameed??

  • POSTED BY EddyEhmed on | August 6, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    This Pakistani team is not natoinal XI but Punjab XI

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    Hopefully he stays out for good, i truly feel we should give somebody else a chance, Indian's in the comment list are absolutely right kick out Akmal's we don't need politics in the game.

  • POSTED BY BrandonMccullumFan on | August 6, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    It is a great news for Cricket Lovers that a new Wicket Keeper for Pakistan desperate Team is arriving in the 2nd Test against England. Each and Every Match should be played with different players so that all Pakistani Domestic Players would have at least one chance ever in their life to play International Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    pak need to given such chances to younger player like haider , but i really believe in Kamran he is a good wicket keeper batsman for pak...

  • POSTED BY FAZICRIC on | August 6, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    PCB must be given one more chance kamran akmal, he must prove himself behind the stemps as well as bat he is good player too.FARHATH must be DROPPED from squad ,already PCB gives more than enough chances to him..Pak should give the chance to yazar hameed..Is the shoaib milik playing at 11? What he did for pak team past few years? Is he experienced player? Pak depended only on Aamer and asif if england may be allout for 150, pak will score 60 because no bodies there for bat.........

  • POSTED BY pontingkhan on | August 6, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Pakistan cannot rely on Mohammed Amir alone, the batsmen have to play a responsible innings.Playing Zulqernain Haider is a wise decision. Shoaib Malik should only play because he's a good fielder and a vague bowling option. he should be dropped immediately after the series and someone new should be given a chance. Pakistan certainly is in a rebuilding phase but they should have a concise strategy to do that. I am dreaming, but kamran akmal, shoaib malik and mohammed yousaf should no be a part of that strategy in the long-term starting from right after this est series. Hit and trail won't work. Good luck Pakistan

  • POSTED BY faizfromlahore on | August 6, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Hi i m faiz from lahore this is a good decion make my PCB about Muhammad Yousaf. But its interesting that they rested Muhammad Yousaf & not include him playing eleven. About Kamran Akmal its a good decion because he is out of form. the selection of Pakistan Player is not understandable. Why Toufeeq Umar not included in test. in the end i would like to say that plzzzzzzzzzzz pray for pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Milan31 on | August 6, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Either Pakistan should win this match or in the next game Haider will be out for Kamran because of his experience. Hope Haider will catch everything that comes to him and spend some time in the middle when batting. Pakistani batsmen are not spending time as the middle. Hope everything goes right this time. I prefer Kamran though. He is a very vital member of this side. When he performs Pakistan wins or draws. Pakistan Rocks.........

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    i have failed to understand why indians are so bothered about the pakistani team.. if you are really the number 1 team in the world, you indians should go and support your team in sri lanka (which they clearly need) rather than comment on how good or bad pakistan is.. the only reason to why you people bother about writing such hateful remarks are because you are deeply insecure about your own talents/worth in world cricket..or maybe its because india's win percentage (across all formats) vs pakistan is still below a meagre 40%?? why do you have to tell others that you are better than them? why can't indians just shut up and let their cricket speak for itself? a simple answer: because deep down inside you all know very well that this reign at the top is not gonna stay very long!!

  • POSTED BY waseemsarwar on | August 6, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    i thought Zulqarnain Haider plays for Sialkot but he is from Lahore, well you can expect that, when afridi was captain he was promoting Sarfraz ahmad, his Karachi team mate, anyways hope he gets a good game all around, Kami is one of my fav players and one of better batsmen-wicket keeper(goal keeper) Pakistan have, he needs some rest and hope fully he will be back.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    About time! I have had a feeling since AUS tour that that Akmal brothers have their own agenda (to have Kamran lead the team) and hence have been performing under since.

    I welcome this move. One should also notice that Salman Butt has been very articulate so far with his choice of words. I like him. Hope PCB gives him a long run and keeps faith in this young team. Wish you the best Salman and team!

  • POSTED BY dr_sachinfan_chennai on | August 6, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    Sensible decision. Regards Yousuf not playing, comment from Vikram... Buddy do you know whats Jetlag. Take a flight from Mumbai to London and go for a walk without rest. You ll know. How can you expect a guy to play just hours of match. He needs rest more than practise. Also think a guy of his calibre can get into groove in any match. Dont think they ll make Kamran sit long. He ll be back in a match or two coz this is PCB.. The most comical organization in Planet Earth ever.. Good Luck Pakistan...

  • POSTED BY espak on | August 6, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    MUHAMMAD AAMIR WILL BE THE TURNING PLAYER OF 2ND TEST BECOUSE HE IS IN GOOD FORM AND THIS IS A GOOD SIGN FOR PAKISTAN THE RETURNING OF SAEED AJMAL AND DROPPING OF KAMRAN AKMAL BUT ONE THING IS NOT RIGHT IN PAKISTAN TEAM THAT UMAR AMIN IS THE PRAT OF PLAYING ELEVEN BUT YASIR HAMMED IS OUT OF TEAM SO THIS COULD BE PROBLEM FOR PAKISTAN TEAM . PAKISTAN CAPTAIN NEED TO DROP UMAR AMIN.

  • POSTED BY KhalidAnsari on | August 6, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    it is a good decision taken by PCB. The Team performance mostly depends upon the performance of captain and salman butt is not suitable for captaincy. i cant`t understood yet on what basics he is selected as captain?? Might be PCB have change his criteria for selecting captain now a days they are selecting captain on the basics of poor performance thats why salman butt is chooses as captain and we are hopping Kamran Akmal Wll be our next Captain

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | August 6, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    No matter whom you replace, Pakistan will lose this test match for sure.

  • POSTED BY smalishah84 on | August 6, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    WOW man.......I don't believe it but somebody has finally taken the right decision by dropping Kamran Akmal. I think his brother should also be dropped from the test side. Pakistan can do without them. And why is Shoaib Malik still in the team? What has he done to deserve a place in it? I wish Zulqarnain all the best for this game and I hope he is able to keep Kamran Akmal out from the team. How on earth do you explain dropping 34 chances in the last 28 tests for an international WICKETKEEPER. His performance is ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    Why do we have Shoaib Malik in the team! He should be kicked out too, worthless player...atleast for now... n there is no point in bringing in Old players like Yousuf in. Pakistan should go for young player try them over n over again, till they become world beater.... no point in flip flopping...

  • POSTED BY Itchy on | August 6, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    I still can't work out: a) why Sarfraz Ahmed (as the incumbent keeper from 3rd test in Australia) wasn't even picked for this tour or b) why the "retired" MoYo was flown over from Pakistan in preference to using Younis Khan who was already in the UK playing county cricket.

    More of the same from the PCB and selectors!

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    It is about time. Get rid of him for ever he has done enogh damage to the Pakistani cricket team. Danish Kaneria suffered the most from the incompetency of Kamran. On another note, Kamran lobby is very strong in PCB however I believe if we speak with one voice we will very strong, just look at the overwhelming demand for his removal.This should be a lesson for Pakistani folks that the only way to success is in Unity, Faith and discipline. These are the words of the real Quaid, The Quaid e Azam.

  • POSTED BY har_123 on | August 6, 2010, 2:33 GMT

    @NCP1- indian team is no1 test team and if you look at their last 2 years test records, you would know that they have won tests with their bowling attack. zaheer khan is currently out of the team and harbajhan is struggling too. indian bowling attack is far better then Pakistanis. even Zimbabwean bowlers could probably swing in the english conditions, that doesnt make pakistani attack any better.

  • POSTED BY DesiKukkar on | August 6, 2010, 2:29 GMT

    Mr NCP aka - A Naive common Pakistani, Teams like India ofcourse - which can carry second string of bowlers and stil can possibiliy draw a series in a place like sri lanka- which is not an easy thing to achieve. Its better we do not compare the Number 1 team to number last maybe?

  • POSTED BY was33m on | August 6, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    Means still no place for Yasir Hameed???????

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    Waqar/Ejaz Butt give us a surprise and ask Younis Khan to play.Yousuf is too tired after taking a flight of six/seven hours??What is going on!!!!!Groom Kamran as a batsman not as a wicket keeper.He does not have it in him as a wicket keeper.Need Wasim Bari or Rashid Latif back??Now also do not change Salman Butt as a captain,groom him .Ejaz Butt please kindly move out as it is about time!!!! Does anyone read our comments or are we wasting our time??? Mehdi Singapore

  • POSTED BY rohanbala on | August 6, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    Dropping Kamran Akmal is the right move made by PCB. Its perplexing to hear Salman Butt referring to the dropping of Kamran Akmal as "rested".

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 1:10 GMT

    Shoaib malik was enjoying late night in Starcity Birmingham...I wonder what he will perform in test match following day

  • POSTED BY Whisperofdeath on | August 6, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    Bye Bye Kamran, and please do not return. Yousf,I don't even want to talk about him bloody whinner ( he should grow up now).

  • POSTED BY Dhanno on | August 6, 2010, 0:44 GMT

    @Dark_horizon..lol! I have put 25$ on Akmal jr. being mysteriously missing from 2nd test and 100 on he getting out for 0 to 10 if he does!!

  • POSTED BY 123234 on | August 6, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    i think in the 2nd test match, whichever 2 pak batsmen performance is below average, then they should be replace with Mohammad Yousuf and Fawad Alam, Fawad Alam will definitely be a good asset in the pcb squad if only he is allowed to play. salman butt your record is not good against england, i think you should show a little more temperament and you can change the course of the game. anyways, anyways win or lose show us a fighting comeback.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    this is a mistake.. Kamran can Bat better than Umar Amin or Azar Ali

  • POSTED BY PAK-92 on | August 6, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    very good and decisive decision from the board regarding kamran akmal. this was always going to happen but should have been announced at the end of the 1st test like the recall of yousuf. hey, better late then never! hope pcb don't bring him in for the 3rd test just after 1 game, just like a few months ago as this would be utter stupidity but u can neva trust the unpredictable pcb. k akmal should never play tests again unless he miraculusly starts wicketkeeping well in first-class cricket and rapidly improves his batting in the long format in english conditions which i seriously doubt. however he shoud be retained in t20 and odi formats as an opener. so all i can say now is 'shahbash kamran bhai on a great test career and best of luck in the other two formats'

  • POSTED BY Munkeymomo on | August 5, 2010, 23:53 GMT

    Great news, I am sure Akmal will return to form soon but for now he needs to be replaced, I hope this new guy will hold his chances and give England a sterner test. Its sad to see a once great test playing nation reduced to performances like this. I agree with dmqi I would like to see Younis back playing test cricket, he is a fine player and it is always better to have a real contest with pakistan really pushing for more victories than late, theres nothing more exciting than a tight test match, regardless of who wins.

  • POSTED BY syed_Shah on | August 5, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    If Yousf is not sit for the second test than y he came to England. I guess Pakistan dont need Yousf services if they loose the second test too. PCB dont know what to do.

  • POSTED BY Winfried on | August 5, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    Good. Now fire Ijaz Butt and bring in Younis Khan also. He is playing county cricket around the corner.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    Azhar Ali has shown some potential but Umar Amin has not.. despite everyone saying that he has "good technique". He has not performed at all and has not looked impressive at all. I think it is high time to give Yasir Hameed a chance!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    "I would say he has been rested," Pakistan's captain, Salman Butt, told Cricinfo. "He is having a run where he is not able to do what he is able to usually." That's absolutely right Mr. Butt. Of course Kamran Akmal is capable of DROPPING MORE CATCHES, STUMPINGS and instead of wasting 5 deliveries he also posseses the ability to get out on the first ball. Butterfingers also have the ability to get GOLDEN DUCKS. In my opinion, this is another very clever move by the PCB as they selected the inexperienced Zulqarnain Haider instead of a little more experienced and better (technique wise) Sarfaraz Ahmed. How? Well, Zulqarnain Haider is not as good as Sarfaraz Ahmed and thus Zulqarnain might fail since he is not experienced thus eventually we will see Kamran Akmal back in the side dropping more catches. Now, if Sarfraz would have played he might have played better better than Kamran which would reduce chances of Kamran Akmal making a comeback.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    Another change to Umar Amin; 4th one in the season. No worries as the great Inzi failed in his first series in England but then made 8000 runs in test cricket but this is politics as they are hopint that umar Amin score in this test to drop Malik again from the next test. English is not the only capability required to become pakistani captain.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    2335 hours BST on 5 August,2010

    Good move to drop Kamran Akmal.Wise decision by Yousuf to stay out of Second Test in Birmingham starting tomorrow.A failure at this stage would have been a calamity.Some rest and a bit of practice will help Yousuf to get himself 'match-fit'.

    Inzamam,the other day said exactly what I have been saying- the very presence of experienced palyers like Yousuf ,(Younis?),Malik etc will give confidence to the new-comers.Even if the old brigade failed,the youngsters will play freely thinking that if things go wrong,the big brothers will save them.

    I agree that you should not drop new-comers as it will break their heart.Give them encouragement and they will deliver. Rarely history repeats itself in cricket.Nari Contractor,ace indian batsman and captain was injured and a 21 year old Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi took over the captaincy and then he never looked back. Our new boys are our future. Ashfaq Ahmad (London)

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    finally common sense has PREVAILED!i seriously love the thinking of the waqar+butt(not the idiot butt,the captain butt butt),although i sense a comeback the second haider fails(oh come on people only really value keepers who can bat these days and without any proper allrounders pakistan kind of need one),kamy should hav been dropped ages ago or been made to just bat(then again his fielding is surprisingly poor considering hes supposed to be an international level keeper) or been sent to a proper fielding coach to fix whatever issues he has. Meh i just want to rant right now because well ive been dying for this guy to get axed XD!

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    look guys i am not against dropping kamran from keeping but his batting isnt bad at all. Please just look at the numbers he has been batting. For instance look into Matt Prior's batting, this was his first hundred in two years. We all know Kamran is a attacking playing so be it. Why cant he play atleast at a Batsman and make him open or come in at First Down? Why do we must stick with Azar Ali or Umar Amin?

  • POSTED BY Tariqmahmood on | August 5, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    I see the comments of all the people here, and people happy to see kamran out but I think we will pay more price Zulqarnain Haide is not a right choice dear cause we don't have good batsman and kamran is much matured batsman than Zulqarnain Haide.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    I agree with Akmal getting kicked out as suggested in the article below:

    http://passionateaboutpakistan.blogspot.com/2010/08/pakistan-cricket-board-and-head-butt.html

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    I am totally agree with DMQI.Bring back Younis Khan he will take care all the problems he is good with players if pcb let him work.Fawad Alam/Asim Kamal/Khurram Mansoor/Khalid Latif/Sarfraz Ahmed should be playing in pakistan team.They are doing good in domestic and international.Be fair with them.

  • POSTED BY fadooo on | August 5, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    I dont understand why sarfraz ahmed ahmed was not selected for this tour ! I know that he did not perform with the bat in hobart, but you cant just judge based on a single test. His first class record is the best amongst all wicketkeepers in Pakistan. He has a batting average of 45 with a 50+ score once every three innings. And had six times more stumpings thanl zulqurnain in half the number of matches. Zulqurnain is going to be really weak with spinners (just 6 stumpings in 70 matches). Similarly look at their List A record. Zulqurnain is definately a parchi...just compare his record with sarfraz.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    good news...kamran needs some rest... umar amin and umar akmal shud also sit out..

  • POSTED BY zakhmee on | August 5, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    Finally worst wk has dropped from the side.lost more matched then won.he should have been axed from the team long time ago.Can any one explain that city of 20 millions (Karachi) has no player in the national side. not against any race or culture, but that simply unfair from karachi players. Right now our national team represent from Punjab or I can say that its basically a Lahore eleven. Nothing against Punjabi bros but cant digest that there is no batsman or bowler is capable to play in national side.Butt and selection commitee has to be fair with other cities and their players otherwise we keep seeing the same result again and again.

  • POSTED BY demon_bowler on | August 5, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    Poor Danish Kaneria. At last the clown who has been ruining his figures has been dropped, but he's been dropped too!

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | August 5, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    What game will be played this time? He'll be out for one, maybe 2 games max, his brother will get ansy and pretend to be injured... Haider is just some pawn in the PCB's game.

  • POSTED BY Q72941 on | August 5, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    This is unbelievable that PCB can not extract a single high caliber keeper with all the Departmental & regional team they have in Pakistan. I am pretty sure they can have at-least some decent kid at Rashid Lateef Academy.

    Kamran should be dropped for much longer period of time to learn his lesson & iron-out his faults (If he really can).

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    If Pakistan ever pick Kamran Akmal for Test again, based on his performances in Sydney and Trent Bridge (not too many matches apart) it will confirm their selection system is an absolute joke. This guy is the worst wicketkeeper going around in international cricket by far ... his standards are not even up to Brisbane Sub-Districts level. Mentally he's not up to it either - wasn't at all surprised to see him lose his wicket in the recent win over Australia with the scores level and Pakistan needing just 1 more to win.

    For me, the jury is definitely still out on his brother Umar also. Looks like he has talent, but will he use it to the best of his ability or waste it?

  • POSTED BY WoundedSplinter on | August 5, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    Sounds like Salman is imposing himself as a captain, which is just what Pakistan need. In a perfect world, Imran would come straight out, piss off the PCB, and say "He's the guy for the next two or three years. Stick with him!"

    This is a good-looking Pakistan side, notwithstanding the current middle-order weaknesses. Akmal is a natural #6 and first/second slip, and there's nothing wrong with blooding a new keeper for the next ten years. Once Yousuf settles down as the elder statesman, and Younis and Saeed are given the chance to manage a team, rather than piddle around with nonsensical political rivalries, Pakistan will be right up there again.

    I'm looking forwards to day three at Edgbaston. England vs Pakistan is always a big event, no matter whatever else is going on. I'll be there!

  • POSTED BY ratee on | August 5, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    First right decision after a long time in Pakistan cricket!!

  • POSTED BY Hasanic on | August 5, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    akmals have lost it. they need to rest for 3 series at least

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    now hopefully the all damn senses of akmal will need some rest .zulqirnan cud show a master to cement his place in test squad and be a tough competitor for kami bhai

  • POSTED BY RA122 on | August 5, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    probably one of the very few good decisions by the pakistan cricket administration. It would be even better if they realize finally that Akmal is not a test standard wicketkeeper and a keeper who keeps flooring easy chances can never be played on his batting capabilities as any number of runs cannot compensate these blunders as we have seen repeatedly. Once again thanks to PCB.

  • POSTED BY K-amps on | August 5, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    ...................................

    FINALLY!

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  • POSTED BY KhyberBoomBoom on | August 5, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    oh thank god that daddoo (kamran AKmal) as referred to by many TV channels is dropped from the team and i hope this time for good. Although you never ever know what PCB might be up to, but this certainly was on the cards for i should say, for the past 2 years. Pakistan has never had such a stupid, pathetic and useless keeper ever. He is a disgrace to the wicket-keeping position. He never deserved to be in the team, but i guess Ijaz Butt loves this guy and Shoaib MAlik for no obvious reasons. I hope this new lad shines in his very first game and we do not see that freakin daddoo for a long time to come.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    i hope this move of resting kamran is not just a one test move, something similar happened in australia as well where he was dropped for one game and he was back, i think its high time pakistan look for other keeper, kamran should be relieved from his duties in test cricket, and should be sent to spend some time with the likes of moin to improve his keeping

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    I have one sentence to sum it up all and that is "shooting from the hip". First of all, Yusuf should have been included from day one of this tour. Now that did not happen, so why include him now? we shud have persevered with the current team and by the end of the tour the youngsters wud have matured by leaps and bounds. Secondly, if Yusuf was to be included in the second test, then he shud have arrived a ittle early than he has. Thridly, Younis shud have also been part of this setup alongside Yusuf. Lets say if we lose second test, then Yusuf comes in, then if we lose the third, then again shooting from the hip, the board would bring in Younis, which may not again be able to take part because of reaching the venue a little too late :(( This PCB administration is a bunch of clowns. I hope sanity previals one day, and Imran takes over. The worst mistake was to axe 7 senior players in one go after 2003 WC, and we could not become a force, that we used to be, after that.

  • POSTED BY ben.pullan13 on | August 5, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    Kamran, like Kaneria has been playing in the Pakistan team purely because he is "experienced"- well what does this "experience" bring to the team? A trouble-maker who is arguably the most unreliable wicket-keeper and batsman in the history of the game! Finally a good call by the Pakistani selectors! I also think that unless Umar Akmal starts to show some grit and determination with the bat he should also be dropped and replaced by the reliable Yasir Hameed.

    I hope by the end of the series the Pakistan team will be; Farhat, Butt, Younis Khan, Yousuf, Yasir Hameed, Shoaib Malik, Zulfiquarnain Haider, Aamer, Gul, Asif, Kaneria

  • POSTED BY NCP1 on | August 5, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    Pakistan batting is the worst in many years, they are probably at a level of WI, good bowlers but not good enough batting to win a test. Their batsman make it easy for England tio win a test under 5 days. I hope they can score at least 300 runs. Teams like India have batting but no bowling power to win a test match.

  • POSTED BY KiwiPom on | August 5, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    The two things I know about Pakistan cricket is that the players change over the years. Old age sees to that. Similarly the hierarchy changes. The problems remain the same. People in troubleshooting or scientific jobs, when there is a problem they eliminate each variable one-by-one and see what happens. Well we seem to have eliminated the variables of the players and the hierarchy. There are a number of others I could identify still to go - the culture of cricket in Pakistan, the culture of Pakistan as a whole, the expectations of the supporters. These are the things that don't change.

  • POSTED BY FaisaLKarim on | August 5, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    I absolutely love the move of dropping Akmal. What a poor performer both with gloves and his bat YET he is the noisiest in the field. He's at his worst when only moments after flooring easy sitters he's back to encouraging "other" players to do well. He needs time to himself and needs to learn to close his mouth while focusing on his performance.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    Kamran wasnt doing a great job both with Bat and Gloves so he deserved to be Rested and i see decent Batting stats for Haiderso selectors can look up to him for tests because Kamran deserved to be in ODI's and 20-20 Team . Salman Butt is good but not great and as far as Captaincy is Concerned he is still a Baby . Yousaf should be in the team as we all know what he is Capable off. Salman Butt needs to put his arrogance aside and think about Pakistan Team not only Umar Amin or Azhar Ali. Umar Amin is not ready for Tests as Abdul Razzaq can Bat well than him. Umar Akmal is good but he considers himself Star already and that Attitude is killing his Game .

  • POSTED BY M_H_K on | August 5, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    I am not sure that Yousuf will be fit for playing the third test too. I have not seen Z. Haider before, lets hope that he will perform better than Kamran and Sarfraz Ahmad (another much hyped useless wicket keeper).

  • POSTED BY Irfan_Hasan on | August 5, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    what is going here.......not fair with kamran. I think he should have given some MORE chances. And what would he do now nobody cares. atleast team management help him find some other job so he wont waste his time while he is in england....like in some poultry farm...catching chickens....if he could........

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    Finally some thing to cheer for..need 1 to 2 more players outta pakistan team for sure

  • POSTED BY SaleemHatoum on | August 5, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    What's wrong with these people. Yousuf said a week ago that he is fully fit and has been practicing his batting and now he says that he hasn't practiced outdoor for the past 15 days? Why rush him to UK when Yousuf is tired from a long flight. 8 hours of flight is long for a seasoned players? On the other hand, Younis has being playing county cricket and is few hours of drive from the rest of the Pak team. Something is awfully wrong with these people who manage Pakistan Cricket.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | August 5, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    Finally, one trouble maker is out. 2/3 more to go ( Malik for sure) and genuine players need to be selected to play test cricket. The new wicket keeper will not score 40-60 runs per batsman,needed by 2-3 middle orders. How will the captain and selectors make that up? Still you have time bring back few genuine test players in place of failed and new players.

    Salman Butt should be replaced as Captain by a senior player, I do not know if there is any in Pak team now.You may consider bring back Misbah. Butt is not a Dhoni at all, not even Sakib of Bangladesh. Butt changed his tone now,"yousuf can walk in any team if he is fit". Well, he is fit but you guys did not want him. People all around the world would like to see batsmen with 50 plus average play test cricket. There is another name, M. Younus Khan, former Captain. Their presence alone can boost the youngstars, except player like Umar Akmal. I hope that fellow can play now to justify his position in the team. Talk less play more.

  • POSTED BY Dark_horizon on | August 5, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    What about the sequential event ?

    Is Umar Akmal fit ?

  • POSTED BY ZQ77 on | August 5, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    The pakistan team managment has taken the least expected of decisions and a bold one at that by dropping Akmal. Thumbs up to them for this one. The finally got something right. They should have dropped Umar akmal too lest he feigns an injury during the second test..if you know what i mean..sarcasm fully intended

  • POSTED BY Inzimaniac on | August 5, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    I was 100% sure this was gona happen to kamran. Kamran should either improve his wicket keepering or take retirement from the test like afridy cuz a wicket keeper in this format should be good behind the wickets and not be an allrounder. well we are still gona loose this match cuz yousuf is tired and no younis and now no kamran as well so the experience reduces.openers and only shoaib malik are the batsman we have.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Rite move my team think tank by dropping kamran akmal now they should give new kipper a long run

  • POSTED BY wfaizi on | August 5, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    its about time..hopefully someone came to their senses that kamran akmal need to sit back and evaluate himself...and Z.haider hopefully learn from watching kamran to "what NOT to do"..however i still think umar akmal should sit out as well and by what I've seen azhar ali probably have a better chance..and what can i say about umar amin he just needs to stay there and watch the ball for the first hour and please don't touch the outside....just a question..are these guys watching their own videos afterwords?.....

  • POSTED BY leggully on | August 5, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    Hey needed to be pinched to believe this has actually happened.!!! lol..nyways now that the eventuality has eventually happened, I am curious to see how the younger sibling reacts given the drama he created in Australia!! Hope that Zulfiqar grabs this opportunity!!

  • POSTED BY K.A.K on | August 5, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    Good decision and I agree with Butt. Kamran Akmal need the rest. Sitting out will give him opportunity to regroup himself.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    for how long akmal will be punished and out of the playing team, it happend before but Sarfraz not proved himself to be better than him, Hope Zulq8rnan will prove his podition in his Test de4but, All the best wishes with him, we also need him some good good batting which is pakistan badly neesdede. I think it is good decision that Mohammad Yousef is not playing in second Test. There is a test for the other players to show there calibar, I don/t knopw if mar Gul cud face English bowlers very well and scored his highest Test scare, so why not the Super stars can not do .All the best for the players and for the better result for second test.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_my_Heartbeat on | August 5, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Kamran's exclusion from 2nd is same as was excepted but not a good idea. He should be given more chance as he can click anytime. Zulqarnain is not a wicket keeper of international level. Overall no good keeper is available to Pak team. Only Kamran has some abilities.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    I would say a wise move. Kamran needed to be removed (no matter what you name it) also Yousuf is clearly out of practice so it would be better to give Yasir Hameed a chance. We also dont know how this pitch is gonna help swing bowlers. If it does like Headingley, then even if you play 22 players from Pakistan, Anderson will take 16 of them. They just cant handle it, and if it don't then we have a game on. I would love to see Tall Irfan in place of Kaneria.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    and why on earth is shoaib malik playing?? should be immediately replaced by yasir hameed. plus i dont think imran farhat is the right person, he should be replaced by fawad alam.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    Its better not to rush Mohammad Yousuf into the 2nd test match after such a long flight. He must have been jet lagged. It would be better if he comes in for the 3rd game. Yousuf is a great player and just needs to middle the ball in nets to gain his form back.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    kamran bhai just get relax and take ur time. and solve ur batting issues.coz keeping is never gonna change.

  • POSTED BY naeem1984 on | August 5, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    Shoaib Malik should be at least 100km away from the centre of stadium. Shoaib Akhtar should be given a chance in ODI/T20 if Asif/Gul do not perform well. Pakistan desperately need another fast bowler for tests like Muhammad Irfan. ODI/T20 team is almost at the top level already wiith Younis or Afridi as a captain. Salman Butt should be kept away from ODIs if we ready to play Kamran as opener.

  • POSTED BY smjr on | August 5, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    Now mismanagement is at peak. Why Yousaf not playing he has stamped himself as test batsman and a professional player did not need any practice or rest, because he has past history of differnces with Waqar and Shoaib. Why Amin included, only tour management will know, why Younus khan not playing, because he is not in the good books of Ejaz Butt, Yawar saeed and waqar younis but he is in the heart of every cricketing fan of Pakistan. Why Shoaib Malik is playing, because he has married to Indian tennis star Sania mirza, and is hero for the PPP government of Pakistan, and Ejaz But being a close relative to one of the Minister of current government fully support him. Why Imran Farhat in the team, because he is the son in law of one of the selector. Where is the real talented players like, Taufiq umer, Fawad Alam, Khurram Manzoor, Asim Kamal, Muhammad Sami, Abdul Rehman, Hammad Azam, Azeem Ghumman to name a few. Pakistan past record at Edgbaston is very poor, Lets see what happen.

  • POSTED BY banglamade on | August 5, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Kamran definitely had it coming...he was lucky enough 2 get a chance in the test side after sydney test fiasco. He ruined the opportunity 2 make amends & lost his place rightly so...i wish usuf cud play in this test & save pak 4m another humiliating display of batting...being a life long pak fan, it gives me unbearable pain 2 see such spineless performance in batting...still i m with u guys...u have nothing 2 loose,so b fearless & try 2 utilize the hard work & effort of ur fast bowlers...

  • POSTED BY godatno4 on | August 5, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    Are Yousuf and the team not aware that he is being flown from pakistan to play this match on Friday?? citing tiredness!!! god bless!!! For Kamran it was eventual, have to see how his younger brother copes with the pressure.... IMO, Yasir Hameed should be included... he is such a class act....

  • POSTED BY naeem1984 on | August 5, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    My test team would be: Yasir Hameed, Salman Butt, Azhar Ali, Muhammad Yousaf, Younis Khan(C), Umar Akmal, Zulqarnain Haider, Muhammad Aamer, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Muhammad Asif. Fawad Alam(12th man).

    My ODI/T20 team would be: Kamran Akmal, Imran Nazir, Younis Khan, Muhammad Yousaf, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Fawad Alam, Abdur Razzaq, Muhammad Aamer, Saeed Ajmal, Muhammad Asif. Umar Gul(12th man)

  • POSTED BY Rajesh. on | August 5, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    What does this guy Yusuf think ?? First he retires......... then comes back, then retires again & then makes himself available again. having arrived in England now he 'has ruled himself out'. What a joke !! Never seen a more selfish person..........

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    What Happen to Sarfraz Ahmed he is our 2nd best wicket keeper.Is it same old game.Pls for god sake make change to benefit Pakistan not personel we spend so much time and money on players and all of sudden they gone.He is number 1 now so why we bringing inexperence wicket keeper.What is a cretaria are we still hurting city to city.Pls think about pakistan nothing else.We will not live forever.So my dear pakistani think where we heading.I love to see my pakistan like other countries.We are brilliant as one but not as team.Allah Protect my pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Super_KID on | August 5, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    Its about time kamran got axed from team and Lets see how Umer Akmal Reacts to his brother exclusion from the team. Yasir Hameed should be playing in for Umer Amin or Shoaib Malik and again a rubbish decision by PCB to bring Muhammad Yousaf from pakistan instead calling Younis Khan who was present in England and could come in short notice.

  • POSTED BY mkhalilz on | August 5, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    THANK GOD - YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! HURRRRAAAAAH!!! Kamran out... am i dreaming??

    Lets show door to his brother aswell to get some one worthy in the team. And thank God some one of high caliber like yousuf is in the squad to give confidence to our back yard kids. Now BUTTs need to behave... we r on right track... Younus badly missed though... soon we will witness his return aswell.... just wait n see!!! GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    congrats to haider. hopefully akmal will learn and will work hard in the futre. very good decision!

  • POSTED BY ejsiddiqui on | August 5, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    No matter how he bats but I hope Zulqarnain keep well.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    finally some sensible decision coming out from Pakistani camp ...

  • POSTED BY the_blue_android on | August 5, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    Finally a right step taken by PCB. This should have been done a long time ago. It has been painful to see the amazing Pakistani bowlers create all the chances only to be squandered by an incompetent Akmal. The only way Pakistan can win any test matches is by giving full support to the bowlers who I feel are the best in the world at the moment. Also, I just don't know how Danish Kaneria who is such a mediocre bowler gets to play 60 test matches. How can they keep such a talented spinner like Saeed Ajmal out? Ofcourse you can say the same about our spinners and fast bowlers but we dont have anyone else! You guys know which country I'm talking about.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    What a great news i cant tell how happy i am that finally K Akmal has been dropped this was overdue he should not have been included in the team after his performance against australia in australia z haider cant do worse then K akmal if he gets long run in the team lets see how U akmal behaves since big bro has been dropped sad that M yousuf wont be able to play hope to see him in the next test match. The only other person i would love to see in the team will be MOHAMMED IRFAN come on PCB/selecters give the lad a chance.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    I m against this........But it is his luK he is not at its best 4 sure KAMRAN AKMAL!

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    Finally the Big Akmal has been dropped... hope to see something better: but seeing the current state of the Pakistan's cricket structure, it seems inevitable that something positive would be seen..

    Zain's Message: This is Pakistan's cricket: expect the unexpected'

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    finally common sense prevails =D

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | August 5, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    Are they calling back Moin Khan or Rashid Latif as replaced wicket-keeper?

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    About time. We've lost tests to South Africa, England, Australia, and India because of this incompetent person.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    That's good new's but pak really need wicketkeeper like The Gr8 Adam Gilchrist

  • POSTED BY KHAN_169 on | August 5, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    WAW A VERY VERY GOOD DECISION FOR PAKISTANI TEAM, THAT SHOULD CHANGE PAKISTAN'S LUCK IF THEY STRUGGLE HARD WITH THEIR NEW WKT KEEPER AND ALL THE PLAYERS PLAYED WELL WITH ALL THREE BAT,BOWL AND FIELD

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    finally some justice... :), i wish sarfaraz was here ... sarfaraz shud b made regualr member of test team .... and akmal shud be played only and only in t20's and ODI's...

  • POSTED BY Hasanic on | August 5, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    These two Akmal brothers lately have started playing politics rather than cricket. I 100% sure Umar Akmal will NOT play to his potential, in protest to his brother's ouster, just like what they did in Australia. If you got to have an Akmal sitting on the benches, make sure the other one's accompanying him, or make discipline the rule, latter i don't deem happening in a century.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    FINALLY... did you guys know poor Danish Kaneria has had A WHOOPING SEVENTEEN catches dropped by Akmal? That's atleast 2 runs off his average right there.... poor fellow.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    yes very good deceian to drop kamy they should have played yasir Hameed in place of umer Amin or umer AKMAL

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    No way Man, Thats guy is the most senior player in the team, what is the point of bringing Yousuf in when your taking out another senior, this team is gonna be the most inexperienced side Pakistan have ever played. What a Joke. The PCB is messed, Kamran is a quality player, 2 one off games, so what, there are still 3 games left to regain his peformance. WHAT A JOKE. How will this affect Umar Akmals confidence now? What a joke, We will lose by 1 innings and 500 runs. What a Joke.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    That's a bit sad. We will miss his experience but Kamran deserved it.

    And ofcourse, Zulqernain deserved his chance as well.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Good Move.. He deserves this.

  • POSTED BY AhmadSaleem on | August 5, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    Well, just wait for another comeback being made by Kamran Akmal. He is a fighter

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    a vry gd decision.. to bring zulqarnain as a wicket keeper :)..

  • POSTED BY haseebPAKISTAN on | August 5, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    finallyy a gudd decision have been makedddd awesumeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee lolxxxx finally that stupid n bad cricketer has been out of the squad finallyyyy lolxxx

  • POSTED BY vikramreddytric on | August 5, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    Finally Pakistan has taken a good decision by dropping Kamran Akmal... Its really time for them to try some1 new.. Hope Zulqarnain Haider will prove his potential. But getting Mohd Yousuf is not a right option I feel.. They should have tried with younger players itself.. And the best part is even Salman Butt was not aware of Mohd Yousuf's selection... Not sure when this PCB will change their tactics.

  • POSTED BY MyComments on | August 5, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    A good news and a very sensible decision. Zulqarnain Haider has to grab this opportunity, looks like he is decent with the bat as well.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    kooool decision n his brother should also have been axed miserable performance by both of them in the last 3 tests , go zulqurnain go :D

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Here comes the good news. I am soo Happy.

  • POSTED BY sharprider on | August 5, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    Yeah! With the atmospheric conditions expected to be in favour of swing bowling, it is definitely a good move by Pakistan to replace Kamran Akmal . However, it is equally important to strengthen slip catching by including Yasir Hameed, who is also a good top order batsman. So, now we have to wait and see what the final composition of the team would be.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    Why dropped for second test? Why not for the rest of the series?

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    It is a good move but question is will Umar play or will he pout for his Bhaiya.....

  • POSTED BY R-Sid on | August 5, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    Thank God he is out of the team.we have lost many crucial matches just becuz of him.I think PCB should kick him out of the tour also and ban him for 15 years.we had enough of him.

  • POSTED BY Tariqmahmood on | August 5, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    A new Experience by the poor guys. one more mistake i think now. Cause Zulqarnain is a new guy and dont have much experence so let see.....

  • POSTED BY manju1438 on | August 5, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    very good........keep it up izaj

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  • POSTED BY manju1438 on | August 5, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    very good........keep it up izaj

  • POSTED BY Tariqmahmood on | August 5, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    A new Experience by the poor guys. one more mistake i think now. Cause Zulqarnain is a new guy and dont have much experence so let see.....

  • POSTED BY R-Sid on | August 5, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    Thank God he is out of the team.we have lost many crucial matches just becuz of him.I think PCB should kick him out of the tour also and ban him for 15 years.we had enough of him.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    It is a good move but question is will Umar play or will he pout for his Bhaiya.....

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    Why dropped for second test? Why not for the rest of the series?

  • POSTED BY sharprider on | August 5, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    Yeah! With the atmospheric conditions expected to be in favour of swing bowling, it is definitely a good move by Pakistan to replace Kamran Akmal . However, it is equally important to strengthen slip catching by including Yasir Hameed, who is also a good top order batsman. So, now we have to wait and see what the final composition of the team would be.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Here comes the good news. I am soo Happy.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    kooool decision n his brother should also have been axed miserable performance by both of them in the last 3 tests , go zulqurnain go :D

  • POSTED BY MyComments on | August 5, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    A good news and a very sensible decision. Zulqarnain Haider has to grab this opportunity, looks like he is decent with the bat as well.

  • POSTED BY vikramreddytric on | August 5, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    Finally Pakistan has taken a good decision by dropping Kamran Akmal... Its really time for them to try some1 new.. Hope Zulqarnain Haider will prove his potential. But getting Mohd Yousuf is not a right option I feel.. They should have tried with younger players itself.. And the best part is even Salman Butt was not aware of Mohd Yousuf's selection... Not sure when this PCB will change their tactics.