England v Pakistan, 3rd npower Test, The Oval August 17, 2010

Yousuf and Yasir recalled by Pakistan

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Pakistan have made four changes - two of them forced - to the team that was beaten by England at Edgbaston. Two middle-order batsmen, Shoaib Malik and Umar Amin, have been dropped to make way for Mohammad Yousuf and Yasir Hameed, while the injured pair of Zulqarnain Haider and Umar Gul have been replaced by the squad's senior wicketkeeper, Kamran Akmal, and debutant left-arm seamer, Wahab Riaz, respectively. It is also likely that Pakistan will open with Hameed and Imran Farhat, with captain and regular opener Salman Butt dropping down to No. 3.

While Butt had confirmed during his afternoon press conference that Yousuf and Kamran were in line for recalls, he was cagey about revealing any further news. "We could make six changes because we have six sitting outside, but we will make only the ones required," he told reporters.

Later in the evening, however, during the selection meeting, it was decided that the right-hand batsman, Hameed, would come into the side as an opener. One of the two left-handers, Butt or Imran Farhat, will shift down to No. 3. Butt was likelier to do so given that he is both the captain and struggling for form at the top of the order, with just 16 runs coming from four innings in the first two Tests.

"Hameed is an experienced batsman. We just wanted to test the two youngsters [Azhar Ali and Umar Amin] because they have scored well in domestic cricket over the last two years," a senior official told Cricinfo.

Hameed, primarily an opener, returns to the Test arena after a long gap of three years. His last outing was against India in Bangalore at the end of a series in which he logged 158 runs at 26.33 without registering a half-century. But he has an aggressive streak which, if he clicks, can release the pressure of the new ball. At New Road over the weekend he opened with Azhar Ali in the rain-abandoned match against Worcestershire and played a few good strokes in his 27, but generally seemed a little distracted before chasing a wide delivery and edging it to the slips.

Though it might seem to be a dicey move to include Hameed, the team management had been left with little alternative after a summer of constant batting failures. The former captain Malik was especially disappointing as he failed to lead by example and a sum of 89 runs in the three Tests in the summer did not give any confidence to the tour selectors to retain him. Amin, who made his debut at Lord's against Australia in July, showed enthusiasm but was initially defeated by a series of unplayable deliveries, but later he failed to apply himself.

On the bowling front Riaz was preferred over the right-armer Tanvir Ahmed because of the prevailing overcast conditions. Riaz, lanky and tall, has enough pace to make the ball bounce and move, something he showed in the practice match against Leicestershire last month. "Both are good bowlers - one is very good new-ball bowler and the other is very good with the old ball," Butt said earlier in the day.

Pakistan 1 Yasir Hameed, 2 Imran Farhat, 3 Salman Butt (capt), 4 Azhar Ali, 5 Mohammad Yousuf, 6 Umar Akmal, 7 Kamran Akmal (wk), 8 Mohammad Amir, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Mohammad Asif

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • undertakerjohncena on August 18, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    As of now pakistan team is luking great..and i am sure pakistan needs a legend in their batting as well....and finally that gap has been filled vth the legend batsman yousuf...luv u man...show all the people what u r capable of..Best wishes from an indian as i luv to c Pakistan comming back stongly..in the end we all are Asians

  • on August 18, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    That is very selfish of Salman Butt. Yasir Hameed has a lot of talent but to ask him to open an innings in testing conditions after a gap of over a year or so is unfair- man up Butt!

  • Itchy on August 18, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    Interesting to see how many people have bagged Wahab Riaz - wonder if the wickets he took in the first session, tearing through the England batting line-up, will make them change their minds!

    Oh and A.D., Salman Butt IS listed in the Pak XI - just at no. 3 as suggested in the rest of the article.

  • Shivaiscool on August 18, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    where is sohail tanveer? If he was included into the team this would have been the most dangerous bowling attack a batsman's nightmare. Even though i'm an indian I really admire this present bowling attack.

  • on August 18, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    Too little too late! It took Pakistan 3 test matches to get the team right! Let's hope that relief effort for the flood victims at home doest take as long!

  • on August 18, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    I think its right batting combination for Pakistan now, M yousaf and Y hameed are in ...and amin and malik are out ....

  • SKKhan on August 18, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    Well first of all thanks to Osman, who had started a needless war of karachi/lahore with his article, as already self-destructing Pakistan team wasn't enough that now Pakistan people have started self-destructing comments. One thing I don't get is that 2 matches back Salman Butt was our best batsman and captaincy had taken a toll on him and he's struggling, but give him time, two test is hardly any time. People are too impatient, they want results in a jiffy. Someone is saying Shoiab should be out, someone wants him in, thank God team selection is not in people's hands. People want Azhar out, have you forgotten he was playing in second test and his stay on crease what made us win against Australia, give it a break people. One thing rather two thing, both Y's won't have much impact on the game, and soon we all be calling to axe them as well.

  • shigri on August 18, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    Well said Kahif, If we think like this then may we perform some thing better then previous games. So, lets hope for the best and sport these guys.

  • on August 18, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    wahab riaz will prove his selection in his first match.....watch out for him!!!

  • S.Rafaqat.Shah on August 18, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    its nice to see Yousuf came back. but we need also Younus khan in the middle order. then we will capable to score some runs on the board. i request to the PCB please baring back Younas khan. Good Luck Mr Yoususf and pakistan

  • undertakerjohncena on August 18, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    As of now pakistan team is luking great..and i am sure pakistan needs a legend in their batting as well....and finally that gap has been filled vth the legend batsman yousuf...luv u man...show all the people what u r capable of..Best wishes from an indian as i luv to c Pakistan comming back stongly..in the end we all are Asians

  • on August 18, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    That is very selfish of Salman Butt. Yasir Hameed has a lot of talent but to ask him to open an innings in testing conditions after a gap of over a year or so is unfair- man up Butt!

  • Itchy on August 18, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    Interesting to see how many people have bagged Wahab Riaz - wonder if the wickets he took in the first session, tearing through the England batting line-up, will make them change their minds!

    Oh and A.D., Salman Butt IS listed in the Pak XI - just at no. 3 as suggested in the rest of the article.

  • Shivaiscool on August 18, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    where is sohail tanveer? If he was included into the team this would have been the most dangerous bowling attack a batsman's nightmare. Even though i'm an indian I really admire this present bowling attack.

  • on August 18, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    Too little too late! It took Pakistan 3 test matches to get the team right! Let's hope that relief effort for the flood victims at home doest take as long!

  • on August 18, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    I think its right batting combination for Pakistan now, M yousaf and Y hameed are in ...and amin and malik are out ....

  • SKKhan on August 18, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    Well first of all thanks to Osman, who had started a needless war of karachi/lahore with his article, as already self-destructing Pakistan team wasn't enough that now Pakistan people have started self-destructing comments. One thing I don't get is that 2 matches back Salman Butt was our best batsman and captaincy had taken a toll on him and he's struggling, but give him time, two test is hardly any time. People are too impatient, they want results in a jiffy. Someone is saying Shoiab should be out, someone wants him in, thank God team selection is not in people's hands. People want Azhar out, have you forgotten he was playing in second test and his stay on crease what made us win against Australia, give it a break people. One thing rather two thing, both Y's won't have much impact on the game, and soon we all be calling to axe them as well.

  • shigri on August 18, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    Well said Kahif, If we think like this then may we perform some thing better then previous games. So, lets hope for the best and sport these guys.

  • on August 18, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    wahab riaz will prove his selection in his first match.....watch out for him!!!

  • S.Rafaqat.Shah on August 18, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    its nice to see Yousuf came back. but we need also Younus khan in the middle order. then we will capable to score some runs on the board. i request to the PCB please baring back Younas khan. Good Luck Mr Yoususf and pakistan

  • JMalik on August 18, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    Under prevaing circumstances the selected eleven seems OK. I hope the will give a real fight in Oval test. Dropping down Sulman Butt to one down will also help to bring back his form. Kamran Akmal have already tried to improve his form both as a WK & batsman. Captain must utilize the vast experience of Yusuf during the test match. It will not only reduce pressure upon him as well as enable him to take much better decisions. Let us hope that these boys do what has been expected from them.

  • on August 18, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    Pakistan touring team is fighting for servival, due to lack of experience players and out of form players. captain himself out of touch , Umor Akmal and wicket keeper out of form as well, I think it is still better to keep faith on Shoaib Malik iso a junior player like Athar Ali who is fighting for his future, which he still not proved. We still need Younes Khan.But I don/t know is personnel liking disliking is first or the intrest of the nation come first.I am observing very dark future for the old man (chairman of PCB) and he is going to be removed of the halms of PCB at the end of the England tour, he should enjoy his meaning less foreign tours on the expenses of Cricket Board who is suffering financialy due to no home matches by the foreign teams.

  • on August 18, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    i think this will not help yasir hameed much by sending him as an opener. kamran has got experience to do so and should be tested at 1 or 2.

  • on August 18, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    Hameed is not a opener but middle order batsman. He was very successful at no.3 and was forced to open as pakistan was struggling to find good openers. In domestic cricket he bats mostly at 3 or4.

  • Wasif_Minhas on August 18, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    I believe Umar Akmal would have been rested in place of AMIN, Amin also flopped but the way junior Akmal has played is hilarious. He needs to play more first class cricket before being a part of test team.

  • Yassar on August 18, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    I think the team should have dropped Imran Farhat and retained one of Malik or Amin. Thus leaving Butt and Hameed to open. I'm afraid Farhat is just not a international quality player and Pakistan need to move on. So basically it should be as follows;

    Salman Butt Yasir Hameed Azhar Ali Mohammad Yousuf Shoaib Malik / Umar Amin Umar Akmal Kamran Akmal Mohammed Amir Saeed Ajmal Wahab Riaz Mohammad Asif

  • on August 18, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    i think Cricinfo made a mistake .... Shoib Malik is in team as for as im concern....Umar Amin, Zulqarnain haider..Umar gul n Azhar ali r not in team....

  • on August 18, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    This team looks to me the better one and a balanced one . i m sure there won't be a low scoring game any more with yusuf and hameed in back and there might be some difficult period for salman butt in handing bowling lets see how he uses wahab .gul will be missed .

  • Mustfeez on August 18, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    @raviss common on man, don't let this Karachi/Lahore thing grow man. If you post comments like this, more will follow you. Let this differentiation aside please regardless of anything. Criticism for destruction is not good my friend. All players play for Pakistan and that would be the end of it. Peace.

  • on August 18, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    i think Wahab riaz inclusion is bad one........ he took 14 wickets in this domestic season hes not deserve any place in this test team.... Tanvir ahmad shud be in team hes more capable than wahab riaz he took 94 wickets in Pakistan pitches he surely deserve a place in team.... but i think Cuz salman butt n wahab riaz both r from Lahore so salman dunt want tanivr ahmad... there is totaly bias attitude of captain, board chairman n mohsin khan...... there is group of players SALMAN butt , Akmal brothers n shoib malik get rid of these playerz to save cricket in Pakistan.. i hope best for them best of luck....

  • MSNEPP on August 18, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Oh what a shame, no Karachi players.......how traggic. If Miandad or anyone close to his talent was not to be selected.... i would understand the outrage from some people in Karachi.... but the lineup from Karachi is hardly world class. In England we do not have the scoucers (liverpool) complaing they dont have any players in the team? I think a lot of people need to grow up

  • Kahif_khan_f5 on August 18, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Salam and Peace to all. 1st there is no Punjab, no Karachi, no Peshawar or any other thing more precious than reputation of Pakistan. So being a nation we need to be united. PCB is not Pakistan Cricket Board it is some retarded ex cricketers politics, who don't have any love and respect for our country. I can't understand why Imran Farhat is still selected and Yunus is not. What is Umar Amin and Shoaib Malik doing there. We have no respect for talent and abillities in our Holy Land but politics, favourism and .....................

  • kzia on August 18, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    I think it is a good selection from the available squad. Now it depends how they apply. I am not sure that Yousuf should bat at number 5 as couple of wickets down and you are left to bat with tail. I think he should bat at number 4 and may be Butt dropped to number 5. I do agree with all that Younis should be in the squad but we know he is not there due to board's policy and we dont talk on it for this match and just assume he is injured. Only other selection is between two new bowlers, wahab and Tanvir and I am not sure how good they are but they will have ideal situation in this match to show their talent as this match will again be played under cloudy condition. Overall I think this is the best possible combination and now its upto the selected players to perform well to get some respect back. Whatever the situation is , we are cricket mad and we will continue supporting the team and have our hopes alive. Good Luck Pakistan. You can definitely DO it. Inshallah.

  • on August 18, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    Kamran to open with Farhat ...Hows that?

  • on August 18, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    I hope and pray that this team lose remaining two tests very badly as well so that we can see an end to punjabism shown by butts of PCB. I also hope that this bad defeat will result in elimination of minnows like Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal and Imran Farhat from Pakistan team.

  • hqureshi78 on August 18, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    All changes are fine except Wahab Riaz. I don't understand how they have preferred Wahab on Tanveer. I can bet that any of Wahab's wicket wont be bowled or snick.

  • on August 18, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    i want yousaf to bat at 4 if he bats at 5 then the pressure will be on.....

    and want umar amin to bat at 6 instead of azhar ali and we are due from umar akmal for runs i can bet all of them will scare umar and kamran and belive me they will let yousaf run out ..............

  • Mustfeez on August 18, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Well, it seems to be a good side as far as batting is concerned, i was also thinking deep in my heart keeping Azhar Ali and give him another chance, Malik out of the squad is a real good news for Pakistanis for sure. In the end, we hope this team will strike back.

  • on August 18, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Yousef and Yasir is fine, but what about the other Y i.e. Younis?

    One more thing, the selectors need to bring in Mohammed Ifran, the guy is tall, quick and very good. He is capable of playing chin music for a sustained period of time. Watch him on YouTube.

  • Raviss on August 18, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    good to c Yasir Hameed finally selected! n respected author, its not really a dicey move to play Yasir.. coz hez much more talented and a much better batsman than most of the others in the team.. Wahab Riaz over Tanveer ahmed is mind boggling!! for the first time in history a Pak team with no Karachi player..wow..Punjab Cricket Board (PCB) has succeeded in its mission.. how can a bowler who took 15 wkts in the season n was dropped for its dept.'s one day team for 2 major tournaments get selected in the top 15 let alone selected in the Playing XI instead of Tanvir Ahmed who took a whopping 85 wickets.. 4 times more than Wahab Riaz. And I wud like to know who the senior official is who said that Azhar Ali and Umar Amin has scored well over the last two years.. he must hav forgotten that the top 2 batsmen were from karachi..n 4 out of 6 topscorers were frm Karachi!! All hail Ijaz Butt n Mohsin Khan!!!

  • on August 18, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    Mohammad Yousuf , Yasir Hameed, Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz in ....

  • on August 18, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    I think this is good team and inshallah pakistan will make the series 2-1

  • on August 18, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    where is mr.sohail tanvir.....he is good enough a bowler....

  • on August 18, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    lokk like yaser arfath back in team....

  • Manoj_Achan on August 18, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    Alhamdulillah !!! Finally Pakistan captain/coach got the brains to bring back Yasser Hameed. They should have also brought back Younis Khan, for Umar Akmal or Azhar Ali, alas !!! .. But, if this team clicks, then PCB will feel proud of themselves.. Captain Butt should be coming at No.4 and Azhar should be placed at No.3. But, it does not matter, since Pakistan loses wicket quickly.. :-)

    Farhat should stay at the wicket for at least 15-20 overs. A 40 or 50 from Farhat is enough for Pakistan.. Yasser should score at least 50 and cement his position. Yousuf should score at least 50 and both Akmals should and should score at least 40-50 betwen them. Aamer/Ajmal will score at least 40-50 between them. Looks like this team is an avg. 220-250 team for an innings..

    ALL THE BEST TO PAKISTAN !!!

  • ashraf_noor on August 18, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    seems to be good combination ,, lets see when they come out for batting.

  • on August 18, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    The inclusion of Yasir Hameed is not because they think he should get a chance, it is because that all the 11 players from Punjab will be called Punjab Team, so, they are taking precaution steps. yet good move, at least someone will get a chance. Not selecting Shoaib Malik is very very good for team, I think he should be sent back immediately. Kamran shouldn't be given another chance, why not Sarfaraz Ahmad is recalled!!! This should be last chance for Umar Akmal, at least till he regain his form. Salman Butt, should also be warned of poor form, if he continue with this form which I believe he will be, than he should be sacked of team too, as Captain should lead from the front, as he gets back to dressing room from the front, ahead of every body!!!!!!!!!! He is not the ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD, THAT THE TEAM WOULD NEED HIM!!!!

  • on August 18, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    good to see MoYo back!!!!

  • ScreenNaveedFazili on August 18, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    Bringing yasir Hameed back in the business is a good move as it will be a right, left combination at the outset creating a bit of problems for the seamers to maintain their line. For me Azhar Ali should have been axed from the side as Umar amin is a much accomplished batsman. Moreover PCB should also look for Azeem Gumman for the series against S.Africa as he has shown lot of promise at the domestic level

  • sameenkhan on August 18, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    This looks like a balanced team though i have no confidence in imran farhat and that might put the pressure on yasir hameed...but hopefully Pakistan has played so badly that they can only do better...Good luck boys, stay away from balls outside the off stumps...Don't chase 'em, be patient and take deep breaths!

  • Daniel_Cartwright on August 18, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Umar Akmal should have been left out instead of Umar Amin because Amin can bowl well and has performed better than and has appeared more promising than Umar Akmal with the bat. Plus two Akmals are just taking up spots in the team to be politician because barray bhaiya didnt get captaincy. 1 of them needs to be axed and told the reason str8 up, that you guys are politicing togather.

  • shamic on August 18, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    i think Pakistan is on the right track with a few good changes coming in,Hope the Batsmen could put up a good score for the bowlers to do the very good job that have being doing on this tour.i would rate the Pakistan bowlers very highly and thanks you waquar for that and the team needs a very good batting coach,even someone from abroad with a wider experience in the field.prefer not a pakistani.

  • mirshehzad on August 18, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    This is totally unfair and injustice to another player(Tanvir Ahmed) from Karachi. Look at his average in 2009-10, he took 85 wicket at the average of 17.12. This is my kind request to the nation and already deprived people of sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pkhtunkha to raise our voice against the policies of PCB and a particular group (in our team) that have sabotaged our beloved sports.

  • ufriends on August 18, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    Hopefully Yosuf does not announce retirement after this match.

  • on August 18, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    Now the team shows some balance although Umar Gul and Zulqarnain will be missed badly

  • on August 18, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    What is the justification of selecting Umar Akmal? he has only scored 111 runs in 8 innings on this tour. Like Kaneria, he should have been relieved from the test team and Fawad Alam called as his replacement.

  • on August 18, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    i really want to look yasir hameed morethan yusuf. i think Yasir will be the key player to watch.

  • r1m2 on August 18, 2010, 2:38 GMT

    Nagraj you say "Pakistan have made four changes - two of them enforced - to the team that played in last week's defeat against England at Edgbaston." Yet, you show that all four changes have been enforced. This entire sentence makes no sense, as if Pakistan already made the changes, how come only two were enforced. I had initially thought due to some politics out of four changes made by the PCB, only two were enforced by the team management. But this article is not about that at all...

  • on August 18, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    so, according to PCB 14 wickets are better by 86 wickets....Tanvir Ahmed took 86 wickets in the domestic season will still e sitting on the bench and a mediocre bowler wahab riaz who took just 14 wickets in the WHOLE season will making his debut tomorrow....now i know for sure PCB does not have brains...they instead have cow's dump in their heads!

  • straight6 on August 18, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    Shud also get rid of Farhat,Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal who's done absolutely nothing. Razzak and Azhar Mahmood wud also been ideal for Oval given the experience they have! Good Luck Pakistan!

  • on August 18, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    Younis khan must be in.PCB is a laughing lot.

  • AndrewFromOz on August 18, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    Sorry to see that Zulqarnain Haider is out injured. He looks to have a lot of potential.

  • Zahidsaltin on August 18, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    It would be a much better option if they open with Azhar Ali and Imran farhat, yaser coming at 3 Butt at 4 and so on.Choice of Wahab Riaz and not tanvir is a little hard to understand. The man with 97 wickets in domestic season played on dead wickets couldn't beet wahab who only took 14 wickets in the previous season.

  • on August 18, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    Hmmmm, finally they bring Yasir Hameed in and drop Shoaib Malik, something that ought to have been done long ago. Not sure if Wahab Riaz deserves a place but we don't have any other promising bowler in the squad either so bleh :/ Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Sami should've been in the squad . . .

  • Guduji71 on August 17, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    I believe Younus should be in the team and bat at 3, Butt and Yasir should open the innings, Khurram Manzoor should be at No5 & Yousuf at no 4. Abdul Razzaq should be at six and used as fifth bowler. The wicket keeper Sarfraz and the bowlers Amir, Asif, Ajmal & Gul/Sami/Rao. This should be the test side. I believe Akmal brothers are good for limited over cricket but they should not be risked in test cricket. We should take full advantage of Abdul Razzaq's batting and bowling in test matches, specially in english conditions. My suggestion to Karachi is that think ike Pakistanis and come out of the narrow thinking.

  • I_am_neutral on August 17, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    Well , it's not the first time that players have been recalled but yeah .. let's hope for the best .

  • on August 17, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    Azhar Ali instead of Shoaib Malik, the team selectors are going wrong again this time. Shoaib Malik is much more experienced than Azhar Ali. And knows the English conditions very well. The PCB matters and the selection bench is out of my thinking.

  • sharprider on August 17, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    These changes reflect a positive mind-set as well lend a bit of confidence in that there is depth and reliability in the middle as well as lower middle order batting with the bowling unit a little bit weaker in the absence of Umar Gul, which fact is actually beyond anybody's control. So, all in all, there is something for the fans to look forward to in the remaining two Tests. It will, however, be imperative for Salman to shape up in terms of handling his resources in a judicious manner and motivate each and every member of his team after his self-motivation, of course.

  • Abbas_Quereshi on August 17, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    good to see that malik guy out of team. but our drama queen yousuf back again. no matter pakistan team win or loose. we are always with you salman. just show sum good cricket. :)

  • FaisalAsghar on August 17, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    can someone explain why imran farhat is still in the team???? he has neither the technique nor the temperament but manages to retain his place??? dont tell me he played one inning against the Aussies to deserve such a long run...ijaz butt you have already done a lot of damage to pakistan cricket, time to go now!!!!

  • A.D. on August 17, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    Wahab Riaz, is'nt a good option, he gets flustered when batsmen play good shots against him. He will go for more runs, and his confidence could be shaken easily. Eventually Tanvir Ahmad will get a chance[depending upon the bias of team management] to play in the 4th test. In writing down your Pakistan XI, you have dropped Captain Salman Butt, LOL.

  • on August 17, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    Imran Farhat should be dropped too as he has not performed anything worthwhile to kep on trying and experimenting.Yasir Hamid is a good player and he should not be ignored.We must start including all rounders like Fawad Alam etc too.

  • DIL_PAKISTAN on August 17, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Salman Butt is a good captain, but once again the lack of inexperience, he not realising that this is a big mans game, especially against the 'BIG MANZ'. I will write the rest later!!!!!

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  • DIL_PAKISTAN on August 17, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Salman Butt is a good captain, but once again the lack of inexperience, he not realising that this is a big mans game, especially against the 'BIG MANZ'. I will write the rest later!!!!!

  • on August 17, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    Imran Farhat should be dropped too as he has not performed anything worthwhile to kep on trying and experimenting.Yasir Hamid is a good player and he should not be ignored.We must start including all rounders like Fawad Alam etc too.

  • A.D. on August 17, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    Wahab Riaz, is'nt a good option, he gets flustered when batsmen play good shots against him. He will go for more runs, and his confidence could be shaken easily. Eventually Tanvir Ahmad will get a chance[depending upon the bias of team management] to play in the 4th test. In writing down your Pakistan XI, you have dropped Captain Salman Butt, LOL.

  • FaisalAsghar on August 17, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    can someone explain why imran farhat is still in the team???? he has neither the technique nor the temperament but manages to retain his place??? dont tell me he played one inning against the Aussies to deserve such a long run...ijaz butt you have already done a lot of damage to pakistan cricket, time to go now!!!!

  • Abbas_Quereshi on August 17, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    good to see that malik guy out of team. but our drama queen yousuf back again. no matter pakistan team win or loose. we are always with you salman. just show sum good cricket. :)

  • sharprider on August 17, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    These changes reflect a positive mind-set as well lend a bit of confidence in that there is depth and reliability in the middle as well as lower middle order batting with the bowling unit a little bit weaker in the absence of Umar Gul, which fact is actually beyond anybody's control. So, all in all, there is something for the fans to look forward to in the remaining two Tests. It will, however, be imperative for Salman to shape up in terms of handling his resources in a judicious manner and motivate each and every member of his team after his self-motivation, of course.

  • on August 17, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    Azhar Ali instead of Shoaib Malik, the team selectors are going wrong again this time. Shoaib Malik is much more experienced than Azhar Ali. And knows the English conditions very well. The PCB matters and the selection bench is out of my thinking.

  • I_am_neutral on August 17, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    Well , it's not the first time that players have been recalled but yeah .. let's hope for the best .

  • Guduji71 on August 17, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    I believe Younus should be in the team and bat at 3, Butt and Yasir should open the innings, Khurram Manzoor should be at No5 & Yousuf at no 4. Abdul Razzaq should be at six and used as fifth bowler. The wicket keeper Sarfraz and the bowlers Amir, Asif, Ajmal & Gul/Sami/Rao. This should be the test side. I believe Akmal brothers are good for limited over cricket but they should not be risked in test cricket. We should take full advantage of Abdul Razzaq's batting and bowling in test matches, specially in english conditions. My suggestion to Karachi is that think ike Pakistanis and come out of the narrow thinking.

  • on August 18, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    Hmmmm, finally they bring Yasir Hameed in and drop Shoaib Malik, something that ought to have been done long ago. Not sure if Wahab Riaz deserves a place but we don't have any other promising bowler in the squad either so bleh :/ Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Sami should've been in the squad . . .