Champions Trophy 2013 April 29, 2013

Pakistan drop Afridi, Umar Akmal

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Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan allrounder, middle-order batsman Umar Akmal and fast bowler Sohail Tanvir have been left out of the ODI squad for the Champions Trophy in England this June. Fast bowlers Ehsan Adil and Asad Ali, and batsman Umar Amin, were selected, after they had been omitted from the tour of South Africa.

Pakistan's selectors met in Lahore on Monday to trim the 29 probables - Umar Gul was unavailable because of injury - down to 15 for the Champions Trophy, as well as the ODIs in Ireland and Scotland. The announcement of a Pakistan squad is usually made before 7pm (PKT) but the selection committee did not emerge until at 10.45pm after getting the approval Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

"Afridi had been selected as a bowling allrounder but he was not up to the mark and couldn't score at crucial occasions so we had to left him out," chief selector Iqbal Qasim said. "His career is not finished, if he performs at domestic level, he can stage a comeback. He is an asset to Pakistan, and as long as a player is performing he keeps on playing, if he doesn't perform he goes out of the team."

Afridi had been dropped from Pakistan's squad for the ODI series in India in December 2012, but was chosen for the trip to South Africa because of his skill as a legspinner. He failed to take a wicket in 37 overs, though, and scored 126 runs in four innings with a high score of 88. Since the start of 2012, Afridi's taken only 15 wickets in 21 ODIs, and five of those came in one game against Afghanistan. His batting average during this period is 19.

"Had he scored at the domestic level he could have earned the place," Qasim said. "It's always difficult to drop such a senior player but ultimately selectors have to take a decision for the sake of the team."

Pakistan have named five specialist fast bowlers, two full-time spinners while Mohamamd Hafeez, Shoaib Malik and Amin fill the allrounder roles. Besides Afridi, Pakistan had already left out Younis Khan from the initial squad, but Wahab Riaz, the left-arm quick, has been retained despite a poor showing in South Africa.

Amin, a left-hander who also bowls right-arm medium pace, played four Tests and three ODIs in 2010 while Asad was selected for the India ODI series but did not it into the playing eleven.

"We have picked the squad from the best available resources after consulting the captain and the input from the coach," Qasim said. "There obviously were arguments but when the team is made, it's made with consensus."

Pakistan are in group B for the early stage of the tournament which includes the enticing prospect of a clash against India, plus matches against West Indies and South Africa. "Pakistan indeed has a tough pool but our team is good and has the ability to do well," Qasim said. "Pakistan always has a good record in the international events and I am hopeful that the players will play at their potential to produce good results."

The PCB also named Trent Woodhill, a former assistant coach of New Zealand, as their batting coach for three weeks during the tournament in England.

The squad will now train in Abbotabad from May 3 to 9 before departing for Scotland.

Squad: Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Misbah ul Haq (capt), Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Asad Ali, Wahab Riaz, Umar Amin, Abdur Rehman, Ehsan Adil

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Solitaryprince on April 30, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Well to be precise. The cricket board or any one in the board should take bold decisions. We have seen these old faces tried for so many times. When they under perform Board drop them for a while and pick them again after some time. The selection should not be based on the records but on, who is mentally and technically strong and can perform under pressure. Also there is need to free cricket from politics. Team should play for the country and not for the board or for one another.

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    I think it is a very good squad..A nice blend of experience and youth...There is just one department pakistan lacks and that is an allrounder who can bowl medium pace....The job which Abdul Razzaq did brilliantly..But unfortunately there is no such option at the moment...But with umar amin and shoaib malik in the team i think the sixth genuine bowler won't be missed because they are more than capable with the bowl and can eek out a few overs here and there

  • on April 29, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Well afridis omission is justified he is out of form plus this is in uk where you don't need too much spinners. Its not only sa series, he hasn't done much before that on both domestic & internatinal.

    Malik if not bowling then not justified. He hasn't got much in domestic and sa. It was 50-50 and average. He shoulddo more to justify a seniors spot.

    Umar akmalhad bad domestic so fair enough.

    Haris strangely left out was good in recent domestic.

    Umar amin and asad in is a good sign.

    Nasir is talented but not looking in form. Bad SA series with a poor domestic event. Ahmed shezad performed wellin domestic & deserve to open.

    Finally Asad ali made it. Hope they select him in playing 11.

    They again strangely left a medium pace bowling allrounder. Hammad or any 1 else but pak need badly. Its in uk and problems in pak batting. So for balance they need to find 1 soon.

    Hafeez should bat down

    Misbah had good sa series with a good domestic event. Hopefully he can continuethat.

  • Fan1969 on May 6, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    While Indian, I really admire the talent Pakistan produces. Without Afridi, Younis and Umar Akmal who are great players, the Pak team looks quite strong and capable of beating any side.

    I think cohesiveness and recent form are very important in selection. Afridi has won many matches for Pakistan but his recent form has been poor, similarly for Umar Akmal.

    Good to see fresh faces, hope Nasir Jamshed misses out against India and stops his ODI century spree!!

  • KashirHameed on May 6, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    I am wondering why the selectors just give a chance to Abdul Razzaq. He is such a good player, has been around for such long time, If the selectors can give the same chances to Razzaq, they had been giving Afiridi, I am sure the result would have been different. He can bowl and bat well, great hitter of ball, and also play on any batting number. Why the selectors are sticking with Shohaib Malik, why the selectors are giving me so many chances? Just can not understand.

  • trace7094 on May 6, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    its too unfortunate to see that umar akmal is being treated by pcb like this.its painfully retarded.the squad which is announced by the pakistani selectors is full of the same old faces which have been around since last 12/13 years. one must have to scratch his head to figure it out that what the hell players like shoaib malik,misbah ul haq and imran farhat are doing in the playing eleven. shoaib malik has been around since 1999 and in last 14 years i couldn't figure out that if he is a batsman,a bowler or a wicket keeper. imran farhat is a perfect example of the powerful influence which has coiled around pakistan cricket like a cobra since day one. misbah's criceting days had been over ages back but he is still sticking with the team like a glue. pakistan cricket is not gonna flourish until some one takes a bold step and start cleaning all this dirt. with this team which got chosen on the basis of dirty politics and not by pure merit,i don't see no chance of to win this event.

  • on May 5, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    TMuhammad! Firdaous Ashiq Awan is gone so no more back up for Malik. Dropping U.AKMAL is a right decision because he plays for his brother not for his team. Pakistan needs batsmen not bowler. I am not too hopeful for this series.

  • on May 4, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    Quite shocking to see the treatment meted out to Umar Akmal - one of the huge talents in the international scene. He should definitely have been in the team in place of either Umar Amin or the highly overrated Imran Farhat.

  • TMuhammad on May 4, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    People asking as why selector have selected less batsmen, answer is very simple, its just to accommodate Shoaib Malik in every game no matter he scores or not. Pakistan will be playing (looking at past matches) 1-Hafeez,2 Nasir/ I. Farhat, 3-Asad Shafiq, 4- Misbah, 5- Shoaib Malik, 6- Umar Ameen, 7- Ajmal, 8- Junaid, 9 Irfan, 10- Wahab Riaz11 Abdur Rehman/ Asad/ Ehsan Adil. I am surprised as people saying Umar Ameen is an alrounder? In all his 72 first class matches he has taken 24 wkts and his 65 list A matches could give him 11 wkts. The young Al- rounder who needs grooming is Anwar Ali in his 75 first class matches he has taken 275 wkts with scoring 1573 runs (1, 100 and 4, 50s). He was the hero of a world cup final taking 5/35 runs. ( you can see his bowling performance on this match on net). Pls also look performances of Azhar Ali, Khurram Manzoor, Haris Sohail and Sharjeel Khan ( if you do not like Younus, Azhar Ali and Afridi though they are badly needed in England).

  • on May 4, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    O Common! Batting line is still weak. Intekhaab Aalam needs to learn how to do the right Intekhaab(Since the meaning of his own name is selection). Guys! We are going to play the MEN's champion trophy not the womens and i still believe that our batting line is not impressive.

  • Solitaryprince on April 30, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Well to be precise. The cricket board or any one in the board should take bold decisions. We have seen these old faces tried for so many times. When they under perform Board drop them for a while and pick them again after some time. The selection should not be based on the records but on, who is mentally and technically strong and can perform under pressure. Also there is need to free cricket from politics. Team should play for the country and not for the board or for one another.

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    I think it is a very good squad..A nice blend of experience and youth...There is just one department pakistan lacks and that is an allrounder who can bowl medium pace....The job which Abdul Razzaq did brilliantly..But unfortunately there is no such option at the moment...But with umar amin and shoaib malik in the team i think the sixth genuine bowler won't be missed because they are more than capable with the bowl and can eek out a few overs here and there

  • on April 29, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Well afridis omission is justified he is out of form plus this is in uk where you don't need too much spinners. Its not only sa series, he hasn't done much before that on both domestic & internatinal.

    Malik if not bowling then not justified. He hasn't got much in domestic and sa. It was 50-50 and average. He shoulddo more to justify a seniors spot.

    Umar akmalhad bad domestic so fair enough.

    Haris strangely left out was good in recent domestic.

    Umar amin and asad in is a good sign.

    Nasir is talented but not looking in form. Bad SA series with a poor domestic event. Ahmed shezad performed wellin domestic & deserve to open.

    Finally Asad ali made it. Hope they select him in playing 11.

    They again strangely left a medium pace bowling allrounder. Hammad or any 1 else but pak need badly. Its in uk and problems in pak batting. So for balance they need to find 1 soon.

    Hafeez should bat down

    Misbah had good sa series with a good domestic event. Hopefully he can continuethat.

  • Fan1969 on May 6, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    While Indian, I really admire the talent Pakistan produces. Without Afridi, Younis and Umar Akmal who are great players, the Pak team looks quite strong and capable of beating any side.

    I think cohesiveness and recent form are very important in selection. Afridi has won many matches for Pakistan but his recent form has been poor, similarly for Umar Akmal.

    Good to see fresh faces, hope Nasir Jamshed misses out against India and stops his ODI century spree!!

  • KashirHameed on May 6, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    I am wondering why the selectors just give a chance to Abdul Razzaq. He is such a good player, has been around for such long time, If the selectors can give the same chances to Razzaq, they had been giving Afiridi, I am sure the result would have been different. He can bowl and bat well, great hitter of ball, and also play on any batting number. Why the selectors are sticking with Shohaib Malik, why the selectors are giving me so many chances? Just can not understand.

  • trace7094 on May 6, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    its too unfortunate to see that umar akmal is being treated by pcb like this.its painfully retarded.the squad which is announced by the pakistani selectors is full of the same old faces which have been around since last 12/13 years. one must have to scratch his head to figure it out that what the hell players like shoaib malik,misbah ul haq and imran farhat are doing in the playing eleven. shoaib malik has been around since 1999 and in last 14 years i couldn't figure out that if he is a batsman,a bowler or a wicket keeper. imran farhat is a perfect example of the powerful influence which has coiled around pakistan cricket like a cobra since day one. misbah's criceting days had been over ages back but he is still sticking with the team like a glue. pakistan cricket is not gonna flourish until some one takes a bold step and start cleaning all this dirt. with this team which got chosen on the basis of dirty politics and not by pure merit,i don't see no chance of to win this event.

  • on May 5, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    TMuhammad! Firdaous Ashiq Awan is gone so no more back up for Malik. Dropping U.AKMAL is a right decision because he plays for his brother not for his team. Pakistan needs batsmen not bowler. I am not too hopeful for this series.

  • on May 4, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    Quite shocking to see the treatment meted out to Umar Akmal - one of the huge talents in the international scene. He should definitely have been in the team in place of either Umar Amin or the highly overrated Imran Farhat.

  • TMuhammad on May 4, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    People asking as why selector have selected less batsmen, answer is very simple, its just to accommodate Shoaib Malik in every game no matter he scores or not. Pakistan will be playing (looking at past matches) 1-Hafeez,2 Nasir/ I. Farhat, 3-Asad Shafiq, 4- Misbah, 5- Shoaib Malik, 6- Umar Ameen, 7- Ajmal, 8- Junaid, 9 Irfan, 10- Wahab Riaz11 Abdur Rehman/ Asad/ Ehsan Adil. I am surprised as people saying Umar Ameen is an alrounder? In all his 72 first class matches he has taken 24 wkts and his 65 list A matches could give him 11 wkts. The young Al- rounder who needs grooming is Anwar Ali in his 75 first class matches he has taken 275 wkts with scoring 1573 runs (1, 100 and 4, 50s). He was the hero of a world cup final taking 5/35 runs. ( you can see his bowling performance on this match on net). Pls also look performances of Azhar Ali, Khurram Manzoor, Haris Sohail and Sharjeel Khan ( if you do not like Younus, Azhar Ali and Afridi though they are badly needed in England).

  • on May 4, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    O Common! Batting line is still weak. Intekhaab Aalam needs to learn how to do the right Intekhaab(Since the meaning of his own name is selection). Guys! We are going to play the MEN's champion trophy not the womens and i still believe that our batting line is not impressive.

  • t20cric on May 4, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    I think some people are being too critical. If u look at the bright side Pakistan is finally thinking about the future and have given young players a chance. 9 of the 15 players in the squad are 30 or under (with Umar Akmal it would have been 10). From the six who are over 30 there is Hafeez, Ajmal, Misbah and Rehman (some of the best in Pak team). So if Pakistan make good desicions and possibly move malik up the order and keep Misbah at no.4 or 5 then it actually isn't such a bad team. Most of these 9 players who are 30 or under will probably play in the 2015 world cup and this will be a good time for them to get experience. I think pakistan could have included Razaq and Umar Akmal in this team to make the team better.

  • Sprit_of_Cricket on May 3, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Umar Akmal !!!! What a great talent to waste by pakistan.... I still remember kholi and akmal start their career same time and everyone had high hopes with akmal to be a backbone of pakistan..... If the cricketer need to be drop and perform in domestic cricket and over come all the errors and mental strength then what's the point to appoint a coach in a team who cannot fine tune a player who has already go the talent.... Coaches are getting healthy amount just to give burden on player to perform well all the time..... I hate to see that umar akmal is getting wastes the way we have wasted Imran nazir... Ahmed Shazad , razzaq, and many more..... Coaches are good for nothing..... Pakistan should include Afridi and akmal for big tournament if they wanted to made them comeback then they should be out in normal tour like South Africa tour but should atleast give one chance to akmal in whole tour in South Africa before eliminate him..... Poor selection. No match winner in current squad....

  • on May 2, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    I applaud the selectors for being positive and taking steps to drop some players who have failed for number of years in ODI such as Afridi and Yunus. If I had been in their shoes I would have been even more bold but I suppose you cannot make sweeping changes overnight. In my opinion the Champions Trophy is a last chance for players like Hafeez, Farhat, Kamran and Shoaib. If they fail to perform then it is time for selectors to bid them farewell as well. There are other players such as Misbah, Ajmal and Rehman who are not likely to play for TEAM PAKISTAN for long because of their age. In the case of Shafiq I am not convinced he is an ODI player and I have concern over Irfan's fitness. This leaves number of spaces for new or discarded players to be considered for the ODI squad in the future. I would have liked to have seen Azhar and Umar in the squad as I rate both of them highly. In fact I see Azhar as future Pakistan captain. Umar Gul will also return to the ODI squad once fit.

  • on May 2, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Dropping Afridi maybe not the worst idea in the world as far as the PCB is concerned, how ever I am a little critical of how poor of a job captain and coach do in effectively utilizing their assets in the team. Players like Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal should bat higher up the order, if any one remembers Shoaib Malik is one of those very few current players who have played at every position from Opening to Number 11, he should be sent one down where Younis Khan used to bat, and Umar Akmal 2 down with Misbah pushing himself down. Shoaib Malik has scored One Day Centuries while opening and batting one down. Poor Razzaq previously was so under utilized and he faced the axe under the disguise of poor performance. He was not bowled more than 2-3 overs in many ODI's and his performance was labeled as useless. He didn't get a chance to bat due to his low order position, hence further performance review went against him. Let's not forget this is the same Razzaq who single handedly won matches.

  • manii-ji on May 2, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    A really bad selection, players who has got some excellent performance and talent they never get chance to play for the team and those who has been tested they get chance over and over again. I think the squad should be like this 1.Nasir jamshed 2.Sharjeel khan 3.Mohammad hafeez (c) 4.Babar azam 5.Sohaib maqsood 6.Umar Akmal 7.Mohammad rizwan (wk) 8.Raza hasan 9.Saeed ajmal 10.Junaid khan 11.Mohammad Irfan Reserves 12.Anwar ali 13.Azhar ali 14.Sami aslam 15.Asad ali

    All these players have got some good talent and excellent performance but I dont know what our selectors want. Why not try something new and not those who are getting chance over and over again who dont performe and are just in for their salary...

  • on May 2, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    a very nice squad but imran farhat should be replaced by ahmad shazad haris sohail should be there instead of umar amin and asad ali has no room in this squad he should be replaced by raza hassan but anyways now with this squad my playing 11 should be hafeez jamshed malik misbah umaramin kamran wahab saeed junaid irfan rehman

  • on May 2, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    I think umer akmal is not being treated fairly, he wasn't picked in any game against SA and now he's not even in the playing 15! His position to bat is pinch hitting and when he comes to bat, not many overs are left. And then he's expected to build innings! He should be played at 4 where he can contribute for team

  • on May 1, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    pakistan will lost this champions trophy very badly beacause our chief sleector mr iqbal qasim selected a very bad team we need afridi ,razzaq and umer akmal in the middle order beacuse in these days cricket is very fast most team score 300 + so in this team we have malik , misbah and shafiq they all are test type of players so m sure pakistan will out of the champions trophy in very 1st round

  • on May 1, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    So we really are trusting Malik as a finisher at 6. Hes performed well so far, lets hope for the best for him. Hes riding on good form.

  • on May 1, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    why no AnwarAli I thing he is the best replacement for Afridi. He have three in one ability Good bowler and fielder handy with bat and also performing in domestic circuit. So strange why he is ignored.

  • on May 1, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Hey, If PCB can drop a high quality player like Abdul Razzaq, then afridi is a nothing player. What he did in cricket that he is saying i am better, Its good for team to drop irresponsible afridi. Great decision PCB.

  • H-Shakil on May 1, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    where are Raza Hassan and Ahmed Shehzad ??? :-S these guys shoiwng serios talent these days and what the selectors do with them :((

  • on May 1, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad should have been selectedell, atlast Afridi dropped.... :( ok.. Now whose take the blame if Pakistan lose champions league badly.... And i agree with Afridi.... He is better than some of current Pakistan players... No1. Hafees : the opener who avg under 30, and not give a start... No2. Farhat : people don't know why this guy every time selected... No3. Malik : why he is in team... Whats the role him in the team... Poor Umer Akmel, who every time get out of GOOD BATTING of top orde

  • SaudFaruqi on May 1, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    In English conditions, Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad should have been selected. It has been exceptionally cold in UK during the last few weeks and in June conditions will not be the same as in the past.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on May 1, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    He is a good player in T20s not in ODIs. His irresponsible approach will weaken the Pakistan line-up more. You cannot bank on players like him.

  • hellothereeveryone on May 1, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    How come Shoaib Malik is in the team. He has not done anything significant in a long time now with the bat or bowl. On the other hand how come Umer Akmal is out of team especially when we have a new batting coach and Umer Akmal can benefit from it a lot. He is no doubt one of the most talented unorthodox young batsman in the world. This team lacks hard hitting batsmen and umer Akmal should have been in the team to fill in that role.

  • Hassan_U on May 1, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    U Akmal was given too many chances. He didn't learn from being dropped from Test side and the trend seemed to continue with shorter version of the game. Harris Sohail and Umar Amin now should be given chances.

    The Ahmad Shazad should be in Farhat (who hasn't done much in over 10 year) and Harris Sohail should have been given chance too.

    If Hafeez doesn't perform it should be his last chance amongst likes of Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal.

    Hafeez for far long has been living in the dream land that he will next caption. Time to wake him up as Styen is going to bowl to you !!! Lets see how much improvement he has done since his last venture with Styen

  • on May 1, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    I am Sri lankan I would like to say that the most of the top Pakistani players been left out from the team due to these kind of poor selection. why they drop Razzaq?

  • smbhayi on May 1, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Well, atlast Afridi dropped.... :( ok.. Now whose take the blame if Pakistan lose champions league badly.... And i agree with Afridi.... He is better than some of current Pakistan players... No1. Hafees : the opener who avg under 30, and not give a start... No2. Farhat : people don't know why this guy every time selected... No3. Malik : why he is in team... Whats the role him in the team... Poor Umer Akmel, who every time get out of GOOD BATTING of top order... :D

  • on May 1, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    Batting line is weak which is the only concern. umer akmal, shahid afridi were not performing in the domestic and international matches. So, their exclusion is justiifed

  • Jamshed78 on May 1, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Pakistan Selectors made a mess this time in the ICC tournaments, Horrible decision in England AFRIDI Should have been there, He is still Match winner, Put him in the squad before they leave

  • on May 1, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    the best the selection can get.. perfect decision to drop Sohail tanveer, and the other two over rated players.. although i still feel Haris Sohail should have been in.. Nevertheless, this side looks promising under the leadership of Misbah-ul-Haq.. Good luck greens..

  • FAB_ALI on May 1, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Pakistan batting seems so weak, no real hitter in the line-up who can score quickly when needed. If the top three fails to give a foundation, their innings will be going nowhere. How good a bowling line-up you can have, you would at least have to give them 5 runs an over to defend which I am afraid this batting line-up is not capable of.

  • on May 1, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    A good decision to drop both players.........

  • alvimustakim on May 1, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    very bad selection..drop afridi,razzaq,umar akaml,mohammad yousuf,umar gul..pakistan do not win any game in icc champions trophy because batting order is very very weak....

  • haqster499 on May 1, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    SHOAIB MALIK HAS PLAYED 12 ODIs in England. Guess what his batting average?

    8.12.

    He is flat track bully and early in the England season with the seaming ball he will fail. why not try Haris sohail who is a left hander or umar akmal?

  • pakassasin on May 1, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    I Don't see any batting in this lineup. Don't know what selectors were thinkng when they selected players like Farhat, Kamran and Malik. They are the players who have spend more then 10 years in International arena and havent acheived anything in international circuit. Strangely Ahmed Shahzad has been dropped again and he is the guy who has scored odi centuries in foreign soil i.e. in NZ and WI. Umar Amin failed miserably in England when last time pak tour Eng in 2010. Still its not too late. Selectors should hear my voice and should replace Farhat with Ahmad Shahzad and Umar amin with Umar Akmal otherwise I dont have any hope with this mediocre batting side.

  • on May 1, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Pakistan's batting lineup will remain vulnerable as long as the players like Imran Farhat, ultimate defensive batsman Misbah ul Haq are in the squad. Its the time to look ahead and make some sensible decisions. Kamran Akmal is in the side as there is no other keeper with good batting skills but he showed a streak of dismal performances against India and South Africa.

  • wasim_007 on May 1, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Very very bad and Pathetic team selection....even hafeez,Misbah,Malik and Farhat should be dropped...Afridi should Open the inning in ODI and T20 and make him captain....Hamad Azam , Yousuf and Razzaq should be recalled....Pakistan have no chance at Last Champions Trophy...

  • TMuhammad on May 1, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    Just a question out of curiosity, Can Pakistan have three teams playing International Cricket like United Kingdom does (England, Ireland and Scotland)? This will surely give chance to players from Sindh and KPK to Play International Cricket.

  • on April 30, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    Looks like Pakistan is lack of batting talent nowadays , but surprised why selectors did not pick an extra batsman instead of a seamer. If you look recent team form, Pakistan lost 90% of matches because of batting performance . I dont see any solid batsman except Misbah , how many matches Pakistan can win by his batting .In this batting lineup Pakistan can only win , if opposition can score below 200 runs. My suggestion to Misbah , they should go Hafeez as a bowler and Amin and Malik can support Hafiz. My 11 Hafeez, Jamshed/Farhat, Shafiq, Amin, Misbah, Malik, K.Akmal, Ajmal, Adil/Asad Ali, Junaid, Irfan. Best of luck

  • Sundaresh_Cricket_Analyst on April 30, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    If PAK still thinks that he is a bowling all-rounder, then you have probably made the right decision. But to make the best of the cricket left in Afridi, I would try him as an opener with Hafeez in the next tournament or may be at least in the selection tournaments . I know PAK has tried him as an opener on the past. But the way he has played in the recent times, I think he needs more freedom and support. Afridi as a bowler had lost it thoroughly for ages. But in the recent times, he has done reasonably better with the bat compared to the others in the playing 11. Below are personal stats of Afrridi during the ODI series in SA.

    Fifth match - Bat = 0 ; Bowling = 0/28 with an econ of 4.6 Fourth match- bat =0 ; Bowling = 0/43 with an econ of 5.37 Third match : Bt = 88/48 balls Bowling = 0 wickets; econ of 7.8 Second : Didn't bat; Bowling = 0/24 (8 overs); econ: 3.00 First : Bat : 34 (16) and Bowling 0/60 with an econ of 7

    "TRY HIM AS AN OPENER WHO CAN BOWL IN REGULATIONS".

  • ifti78678 on April 30, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    what a stupid selection ,bowling fine , batting? what sense iqbal qasim.others, last couple of years umar akmal has been consitent in odis ,no 15 in world, wheres ahmed shezad, do u really think in any of matches we gonna score more than 150 - with farhat, shoaib malik, umar amin never played before! and fast scoring misbah,well done selectors for screwing up our chances!

  • pak78 on April 30, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    absalute ridiculous decision to drop your star player for a mega event.... booom boom you sure will be missed i am going to edgbaston for the pak v saf africa game i was so looking forward to seeing u live in action.. any way good look team pakistan cant wait for the tournement to start.

  • on April 30, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    where isahmed jamal..... the new quickie #

  • on April 30, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    afridi is the best all rounder

  • on April 30, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    well there are several players they should be left out long ago like misbah,yonus,shoaib malik they never performed there is no point of talking about his performance when no body really performed

  • mizan201 on April 30, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    worst team ever...this team can not just a single match...

  • t20cric on April 30, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    @AAKK: I think the decision to drop Afridi is justified. Most of the points u talked about are his batting and he actually didn't bat that bad in the SA series. But he is an allrounder so we need good bowling from him; he didn't even take a single wicket if i remember correctly in that series and his economy was high. Also u r comparing Afridi to Malik who is another player who doesn't deserve to be in the squad. Malik did even worse bowling for the little time he bowled and luckily for him he batted pretty well in the matches Pak won on the other hand Afridi batted even better but in the matches that Pak lost. My question is that how did Malik make it to the squad and not Afridi when clearly if u had to choose Afridi is the better one. But honestly i don't think any of them deserved to make it to the squad and sadly the better one was left out.

  • Crick_Expert on April 30, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    -Not seeing any fast playing batsman who could grab team score upto 300. Don't know Mr. TukTuk can do it alone?

  • Rubic on April 30, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    We can justify the omission of Afridi but no one can justify the inclusion of Imran Farhat, Shoib Malik and THE ONLY Kamran Akmal...

  • Surajdon9 on April 30, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    Horrible selection just terrible.

  • Dishonored on April 30, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    Pathetic selection, Pakistan batting line-up is the worst among the top test playing nations and they have picked up only four specialist batsman, only Misbah is in good form apart from him all of them are out of form. Pakistan should have picked Ahmed Shehzad, Umer Akmal instead of Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik.

  • Mohammad_Imran on April 30, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    English conditions are same if not worst than SA conditions.. Keeping that in mind, I think the best players in this squad are Mohammad Irfan & Junaid Khan. Unfortunately other top players like Ajmal, Hafeez, Malik, K Akmal and Nasir Jamshed have been very inconsistent. Pains me to say it but Misbah is the only dependable batsman in the team right now! With Afridi and even Gul out, Pakistan don't have any big hitter near the end of the innings... sad to see this! Hammad Azam should have been picked in place of Wahab Riaz. Don't understand the need for 5 fast bowlers in the squad when Junaid, Irfan, Hafeez & Ajmal will play all games (unless injured).

  • mzsabir on April 30, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Good luck pakistan team.

  • on April 30, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    i think pakistan should have to appoint afridi because hhe still remains a matchwinner and iam thinking how pakistan will qualify for super 8 s

  • akmalkakar on April 30, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Afridi is dropped, is it justified? Let's analyse some facts

    In the last series against SA

    Afridi was the 2nd highest scorer after Misbah in the 1st ODI where Pak's batsmen generally failed In the 2nd ODI Afridi bowled 8 overs at 3.0 eco rate and he didn't get to bat

    Afridi scored 88 off 48 balls with 7 sixes at a SR of 183 in the 3rd ODI & obviously was the highest scorer in the match for Pak In the 4th ODI Afridi got 19 with the bat and everyone failed with the bat except Farhat and Misbah, & infact Afridi was the third highest scorer for Pakistan In the last ODI Afridi got a duck, apart from K. Akmal everyone else scored under 30 and PAk only got to 205.

    So Afridi was successful in at least 3 out of 5 matches, where for example Malik's highest score was 35, bowled in 1 match and failed in at least 3 matches

    The cumulative score 126 (avg 31.50) of Afridi (batted in 4 inns) was the second highest for Pakistan in the series after Misbah

    So I think the PCB has got it wrong

  • Hawk_Pk on April 30, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    If this man Imran Farhat can be selected then every drop out is UNJUSTIFIED...

  • on April 30, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Dissapointed to hear that Afridi and Umar Akmal were drop from the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, but more dissapointed to see Misbah Akmal and shoab in the team ....

  • on April 30, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    you drop your second highest run getter from the recently concluded sa tour despite knowing that at international competitions he always shows wonder

  • on April 30, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    I never understand why Wahab Riaz is in the Squad.... it was better if they would have selected Afridi for the Champions Trophy instead of wahab riaz.

  • SAF. on April 30, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    While I believe the omission of Afridi is a good break for Pakistan cricket and the man himself, I still maintain the fact that Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal are bad cricketers and then some. Farhat remains in the squad because of his contacts and scoring one of the flukiest 90's I've ever seen. Meanwhile Kamran gets back into the team as a 'wicket keeper batsmen'. As a batsmen maybe, as a keeper Kamran Akmal maybe the last person I'd select to play for Pakistan from the current crop of players. Sarfraz may not have had the best series of South Africa but then again who did? No one consistently performed in SA so why take out the person who probably had the most pressure on himself from the rest of the squad, out of your team? Moreover, the exclusion of Harris Sohail is a surprise. If you're going to put him in the squad for countless series, why not this? The problem with Pakistan cricket is that those who deserve to play are often the ones who don't get the chance.

  • on April 30, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Such a poor selection taken by the selector. The players who are not in form are selected by the PCB & in form Allrounder & batsmen Shahid Afridi & Umer Akmal is dropped cant understand this... Abdul Razzaq a senior Allrounder have an excellent experience in playing England is not a part of squad .Bad Bad Bad.. May Pakistan qualify for the super Eight...

  • am26884 on April 30, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Dissapointed to hear that Afridi and Umar Akmal were drop from the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, but more dissapointed to see that the still there is no place for players like Haris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood and many others who have performed in the domestic competition, when Indian team can leave players like Zaheer, Viru n Bhajji y can't Pakistani selector prepare young talent for the World Cup 2015 which is our teams ultimate goal.

  • Stark62 on April 30, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    @ veerakannadiga Azhar Mahmood is mediocre at best and Razzaq has failed with the bat more often than not, plus his bowling was always below par (except when he started his career) and that was his downfall in the end.

    FYI, Afridi won Pak the T20 WC in 09, led Pak to semi's of the WC (was joint top wicket taker) and when Pak reached the final of the inaugural T20 WC, he was once again one the leading wicket takers (joint 2nd).

    Just because he has been in bad form doesn't mean to say he was a bad player through out his career because even Tendulkar today is struggling and if we were to apply the same logic, then he would also be a loser, especially considering the fact he never got Ind to win anything (Yuvi won the 2011 WC, along with Zaheer), whilst Afridi is a match winner and got Pak to semi's, finals and won the trophy.

  • worldorder on April 30, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Extremely weak batting lineup. Hafeez and Farhat will fail miserably against the moving ball in England. Although younis khan is not an ideal ODI player, his experience and grafting may have helped in England. Unfortunately, he was horrible in SA which cost him badly. As for umar akmal, I hope he makes a big comeback in the team. He is one for the future, supremely talented and best batsman pakistan has produced in a long time. Hope he is not lost! As for Afridi,thankfully the selectors have showed him the door.

  • dontlikecricket on April 30, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    At last Afridi and Umar Akmal have been left out. This is a good decision by PCB. They both have been underperforming for a long time now. Hopefully Shoaib and Kamran will be shown the door soon as well. Just because Umar Akmal is "talented" does not mean he deserves a place. He has not improved in last few years and unfortunately has not shown any signs that he will improve in near future. Only solution is for him not to be selected for the national team and instead he should perform and improve his temperament in domestic cricket. He is young so couple of years out of team is not going to do any harm.With regards to Afridi, I am afraid he appears to have past his best. Fans need to stop getting emotional and see the performances of these "talented" players over last year and half or so. Shoaib is a difficult case, I don't want him in the team, but he has a habit of performing reasonably decently in domestic cricket and hence gets selected most of the time!!

  • AbdulMoeez on April 30, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    I think very poor selection for Tournament like Champion Trophy. Afridi performed in SA series he should be there in squad. No need of Imran farhat. Ahmed shahzad is better option. Umer kamal should replace asad ali because of his poor performance.Good luck Pakistan....................

  • veerakannadiga on April 30, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Watching Azhar Mehmood play for Punjab in IPL, made me wonder, why he hadn't played more for Pakistan's National team? So much so, that he had to leave the country in order to play cricket. The obvious answer was "Afridi". Talented allrounders like Azhar Mehmood, Abdul Razaak etc, were murdered by the PCB due to their fascination towards Afridi. None of my business, but as a cricket fan I hope/wish this is the last we have seen of No Boom Afridi. Good riddance. Amen.

  • on April 30, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    I need shahid afridi in team cause he has lot of experience and also was not very poor performance in SA series.he did not get any wicket in SA but played well.I thin k shoaib malik left out of team and place to Ahmed shehzad.Kamran akmal is a very good batsman he needs to open with hafeez or jamshed neither he will be the waste.if Afridi is in the squad then team would have 100% balanced.

  • Engr.Sadiq on April 30, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Sohaib Maqsood should have been selected instead of Farhat. his list A average touches 53 which no other player has.with his inclusion the middle order would have got strength.

  • Rockhopper on April 30, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    well, Imran farhat that man who stayed on the crease for 3 hours and made just 91 should have not given a chance, instead Ahmed shehzad should have come. in the bowling, Raza Hasan should have also been included in the side.

  • MShariq on April 30, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    This is a very good move which should have been done earlier. I think Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik should also be left alone for the impovement of the team performance. I donot think these batsman desrve a palace in a Pakistan team as much better players are available.

    I think Kamran Akamal, Shoaib Malik shoud not be a part of this team also.

  • KiwiRocker- on April 30, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Pakistan does not want to follow example of Indian selectors. By retaining players like Tendulya ,Sehwag and Yuvraj, Indian selectors have ruined many promising careers. For once, I am quite ok with this selection. I am Afridi's fan but reality is that he has not performed so end of story. I do feel for Umer Akmal as I believe he has a future and he will come back even stronger batsman. It is a message being sent to him. There are two marginal selections such as Shoib Malik and Imran Farhat. This might be one last chance for SHoib Mailk as if he does not perform then it is time to get rid of him. His experience will be valuable in tough situations in a tough group and he is a very fine fielder but he needs to perform as Hammad Azam has done very well whenever he got a chance. Imran Farhat has improved and his showing in SA was very fine againt even likes of Steyn. If Imran does not perform then Ahmad Shahzad and Harris deserve a chance! Wahab Riaz should also be on notice!Overall: Good

  • on April 30, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    emmm when u dnt want give a single match to AB REhman then why you select him again nd agian .... wahab riaz also did nothing in Africa inspite of playing in 3 matches... I think AFRIDI should have been selected nplace of Reham nd SOHAIL TANVEER instead of wahab ..and I realy am sory to say that pakistan does not deserve a talent like U Akmal . why is he been treated like this can any one explain to me? Inspite being a top ranked pakistani batsman in ICC ranking He has been avoided ist by captain nd now by selection committe.. Misab gave him only one match against India nd no any match on African tour expect these things teanm is balanced nd lets hope does well in England nd wins the trophy for us .

  • on April 30, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    hope he gets back on track because droping afridi is bad news.Mark my words...

  • on April 30, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Imran Farhat should have been left out and instead Ahmed Shahzad should have been selected. Otherwise team looks balanced. But in near future Pak selectors must look for a replacement fro Mishah who is growing old day by day.

  • on April 30, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    I dont see a good fast bowler to support irfan and junaid, as i see it, this is a weak team which will face a difficult task up ahead!

  • ark_fighter on April 30, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    well i think it seems to e good squad,,, but iam surprise seeing IMRAN FARHAT in squad. he is good batsmen but i think its time to introduce some other talented opners like Ahmed Shezad, Khurram Manzoor (had good domestic ODI season). if you want to see Kamran Akmal on fire,then must let him open the inning with hafeez or jamshed.

  • CorneredTiger92-09 on April 30, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Why does Imran Farhat always get picked? My changes from this squad would be Wahab, Farhat, Riaz and Amin out for Hammad Azam, Shehzad, Umar Akmal and Haris Sohail. Afridi's place in the side can't be justified. Lack of a big hitter is going to hurt Pakistan in the Champions Trophy. But I fully trust our bowlers to perform. We have one of the best attacks in world cricket

  • on April 30, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    why did not add shahid afridi afridi;s play is well

  • on April 30, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    getsetgopk? this guy says drop Malik and bring Azhar Ali in ODI lol? This joker don't know AZHER ALI is painful to even see in test, he dont know azher is not ODI player for God sake, you have no clue of cricket and you are wasting yours and others time by writing here.

  • Coolmaq on April 30, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    didnt afridi perform well in SA with some crazy hitting?

  • on April 30, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Fair enough selection, would recommend to changes though Ahmed Shehzad and Haris Sohail in place of shoaib malik and imran farhat. We have given these two ample time and matches but they just don't perform and are proven failures.

  • on April 30, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    very good team slection except few

  • HRZV on April 30, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Nothing will change until you have Misbah, S Malik, K Akmal in the team. They serve another purpose.

  • getsetgopk on April 30, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Enough with these spin allrounders. We are country of fast bowlers and have a long history of producing some of the greats in the game. It is rather a shame that we have packed our side with spinners. Look at Hafeez, he can't bat on sporting surfaces but yeah he's in the team to spin it. Why can't the board or the coach or the captain or any selector askl him to stop spinning it and do your job, for heavens sake we need good enough batsmen to win matches not spin allrounders. A country known for its fast bowlers should have atleast one good medium pace allrounder and just one spin allrounder, there should be a ban on playing more than one spin allrounder. If Hafeez is playing there is absolutely no need for Malik. Malik doesn't bowl most of the time so whats he doing there? He isn't a specialist batsman either. Drop him and draft in a young batsman like Haris or even Azhar Ali would be a better choice than Malik. This is the height of incompetence. Zaka is good but his gang is inept.

  • choonawala on April 30, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Selection for upcoming tour is quite good enough but only question rise to chief selector about performance base selection. if your criteria of selection is performance base and Afridi is not on your par then what about Imran Farhat's perforamance, why this guy is always on first choice selection even he has career average is about to 30??? Can Mr.Qasim jusitified his selection...

  • M.S78622 on April 30, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Well,i think ahmad shehzad and hammad azam should have been in the team for imran farhat and wahab riaz.over all i am not surprised that many people are still saying that afridi should have been in the team,oh,the fact is that pakistani people are extriemely passinate for cricket but not have crickting sence,i think only 2,3% people have real sence of cricket in our country

  • on April 30, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Abdur Razzaq is in the squad If Afridi take many chances than Razzaq should in the Squad This was problematic Squad in batting department Malik as all rounder LOL.......

  • on April 30, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    very good team selection...purely based on merit which we are witnessing for the very first time ...HATS OFF Iqbal Qasim ...but make sure it keeps on going and if you have dropped a player like Afridi its kinda warning for other seniors too such as Younus khan, Misbah Ul Haq and Shoaib malik.....im a bit surprised tho cuz shoaib malik has almost the same stats as Afridi still he is picked

  • Haleos on April 30, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    Afridi is highly overrated theses days. He would be a definite failure on seaming pitches.

  • on April 30, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Pakistan team must be comprised with Afridi, Akmal mainly bz due to de experience they possesses & they can be match winners as we have seen it earlier in da past. This is a very poor decision by Pak selectors, also Shafiq should bat with responsibility, as this might be a very important tour for him. All & all with many hardships, problems All da best Pakistan & Hoping for a Sri Lanka Pakistan Final. All da best Sri Lanka too.

  • on April 30, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    they deserve to be thrown out of the first round with this team selection!

  • Sports4Youth on April 30, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Posted by on (April 29, 2013, 17:56 GMT) - Featured comment

    Even I hope that ASAD ALI makes it to the playing eleven and I think this time he has a better chance agaisnt W.Riaz becuase the other two guys JUNAID & IRFAN are already left armers. So I pressume Pak would like to have a right armer as their third seamer and that opens the gates for Asad Ali and Ehsan Adil.

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  • ahs1 on April 30, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Well it is good squad but they missed few very important players like abdul razzaq and also umer akmal. I know he could not perform well in the domestic season but you atleast gave him a chance here becoz you already made a big mistake for not playing him in south africa one day series and specially in the last odi where he can show his skills and give you the first series win against the south africa. You miss razzaq too for this tour and he can perform well in english conditions Anyway, i missed them and also the afridi magic. Best of luck Pakistan team and come back home with the champions trophy.

  • on April 30, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    I hope thay will performed will but i could not understand slection committe because hammaz azam is good alrounder player .why ignore this youngman . kya imran farahat se acha nhi tah us ko slect karty... ya phir ahmad shezad jo keh imran farhat se acha perfrom kersakty hain..our sath middle order ke harris sohail ko kun ni slect kya.... iqbal bhai kindly kuch khayal karin................

  • on April 30, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Pakistan missing an allrounder like Abdul Razak, not a single pinch hitter in the squad, Kamran Akmal & Shoaib Malik should ve been dropped, overall quite an inexperienced team. Not much to expect specially when you look at the competition like South Africa, Australia, England and India.

  • on April 30, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    not a good selection

    Bowling Deartment is perfect ! I dont know where is Raza Hassan ? batting department is not satisfactory , batting is relying on 3 non technical batsman S.Malik and M.Hafeez and K.Akmal who can only perform on Asian Pitches ,Where is A.Shehzad , where is Azher ALi and no U.Akmal no specialist batsman at the middle order ? and What shoaib malik is doing in the team , we shoud target 2015 World cup , chances should be given to youngsters . Where is Zulqarnain Hyder he is a match winning player , he should be selected instead of Match Fixer Kamran Akmal , Imran Farhat has given alot of chances instead of him A.Shehzad should be given chances so that he can get more maturity in his game .

  • on April 30, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Just one or two question on which criterion & Standards Mr. Malik, Imran Farhat, & Kamran Akmal being selected? why REhman has been selected as well? he is not an ODI player by any means.

  • TMuhammad on April 30, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    The ideal batting lineup could be Nasir Jamsheed, Azhar Ali, Hafeez, Younus, Misbah, Asad Shafiq, Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Ajmal, Junaid, Irfan, Khurram Manzoor, Abdur Rehman, Asad and Ehsan Adil/ Yasir Arafat ( because of Experience in England).

  • ghazan2003 on April 30, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Poor team slection.With this team Pakistan will be out in first round. this will be the last tour of Misbah. I think Pakistan has not learnt from the tour of SA. if you see those matches again you can find Pakistan was feeling the absence of Razzaq. selectors are requested to please drop asad shafiq so they can able to announce the Punjab team instead of Pakistan team. Because asad shafiq is the only cricketer in the team who belongs to Karachi. selection of shoab malik is just because of Sania Bhabi. those who were criticizing the Sarfraz ahmed can tell the performance of Kamran Akmal in SA. it is my prediction after Champions trophy results Misbah, shoab, Kamran and Hafeez will be out and Afridi or Younus will be the Captain of Pakistani team.

  • TMuhammad on April 30, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Umar Amin performance in domestic Cricket is also a big question Mark. He was a complete Failure in England last tour. Look at the performances of Shoaib Maqsood, Rafatullah Mahmand, Azher Ali, Khurram Manzoor and Sharjeel Khan all acored 300+ runs but poor guys. I think they had to score more then 1000 runs in 5/ 6 matches if they had to be selected ahead of Umar Ameen, Imran Farhat, Hafeez, Shoaib Malik. This team seems to be strugling in English soil. They lack playing swings plus we needed Younus Khan and Shahid Afridi who had good exposure of English soil. Anyway Younus was better then Imran Farhat in recent domestic one day games (Younus 163 in 4 games 40.75 and Imran Farhat 118 in 5 games 23.60)

  • Haleos on April 30, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Why is Boom Boom Doom still called an all-rounder? He is a good enough bowler nowadays. His batting heroics are repeated more often by other bowlers.

  • on April 30, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    The selection is not justified,HARIS SOHAIL is missing and we don't trust on any batsman who can play 50 overs. Fast Bowling department lack of experience, only one positive sign and that is spin option. So our last hope only is Saeed Ajmal. PCB please make some bold decision and try to find some young aggressive batsman?

  • TMuhammad on April 30, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Very Cleaver as always Shoaib Malik ( 23, 108, 1, 40, 44, 3, 68, 2, 28, 19) and Imran Farhat (9, 49, 11,49, 0, 13, 93, 40, 30, 43) in last 10 innings are in. Ahmed Shahzad (0, 8, 112, 61, 78, 5, 34, 2, 11, 0), Azher Ali ( 33, 13*, 47, 95*, 89, 79, 13*, 0, 107, 84*) and Khurram Manzoor ( 18, 122, 115, 94, 0, 42, 13, 60, 18) out. Also I said very Cleaver, as they selected only 7 batsmen then they will be forced to keep S. Malik in playing 11 as they will have no other choice whether he performs or not. Playing 11 will automatically be: Hafeez,( any two of N. Jamsehs/ I.Farhat/ U.Ameen), A. Shafiq, Misbah, S. Malik, K.Akmal, S.Ajmal, Junaid, Irfan, Wahab Riaz/ Abdur Rehman. with Asad, Ehsan Adil enjoying the trip by sitting out. Like JunaidRoa said Afridi was the better among Hafeez, N. Jamshed, S.Malik, K.Akmal but he is out. Well done selection Committee I like your way never look the performances select the ones you are asked. By the way where is Rafatullh Mahmond?

  • The-Had1 on April 30, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Ahmad Shahzad should have been Included .... other wise balanced team

  • sal80 on April 30, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    Abdul razzaq could be great in these conditions, thanks God they have not dropped Asad shafiq over all its not a bad selection. Thanks to selectors to get rid of afridi, without umer gul it will be tricky who will bowl in depth overs either irfan or wahab. Best of luck team pakistan

  • on April 30, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    I think this has probably been a very nice selection by Iqbal Qasim and the crew selecting youngsters at a vital time due to their potential could really help just like it helped the Australians in the world t20 2012. Furthermore Pakistan team also has experience so it is a nice mix of youth(potential) and experience. But I think the selection had one problem which not many would agree on with me. It is the omission of Harris Sohail. He is a young blood in fine form. What if he is a player of fine class and ould turn out to be a major asset?

  • Nazar.Hussain on April 30, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Who performed in South Africa?? Did Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Misbah, Wahab Riyaz performed well??? Afridi's omission is totally unfair..team is selected on wished of Misbah..Kamran Akmal & Shoaib Malik are his friends, afridi scored 88 & 34 in four of his innings. what was the score of Hafeez, Kamran & Shoaib Malik??why they are in team on what grounds? Misbah performing only on dead pitches of pakistan so the others like shoaib and kamran..this team will not perform in England cos its not on merit...

  • Syed_imran_abbas on April 30, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    I have already lost my interest in this tournment.. How can you not play Haris Sohail and Umar Akmal? Has shaoib malik ever paid? why u r keep selecting him inevery game? Imran Farhat again? how amny wonders he has done for team in years n years? Kamran akmal u gota be kididng? This kind of selection will never take this team anywhere. Ideal selection could have been: (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Ahmad Shahazad (3) Hafeez (4) Misbah (5) Haris Sohail (6) Umar Akmal (7) Rizwan (8) Anwar Ali/Ehsan Adil/asad ali (9) Ajmal (10) Junaid (11) Irfan..................... (13) Asad Shafeeq (14)(15)Anwar ali/ehsan adil/asad ali

  • on April 30, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    i really dont know why selectors only select afridi after poor series in South Africa . Hafeez and malik have a bad series as well. hafeez through his wicket to styne 5 times in the series... and he is still in the side.

    really a bad decision. now we dont have any batsman who can score in power play....

  • on April 30, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    Best probable 11 for Champions Trophy are 1.Nasir Jamshed 2.Kamran Akmal 3. M. Hafeez 4.Umar Amin 5.Misbah Ul Haq 6. Asad Shafiq 7. Shoaib Malik 8. Asad Ali 9.Junaid Khan 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. M. Irfan Best Possible combination in my opinion.

  • on April 30, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    very good selection, afridi should not have played in southafrica as well. he has served enough for the country now its time for young players to shine. Besides we dont need many spinners in playing eleven. ahmed shahzad should have been picked instead of imran farhat. its time for younis, afridi even gul although he is injured also umar akamal with his poor performance. time for younis, afridi gul to make way for the guys who are performing. not just being selected on thier reputations....

  • Lahore-Badshah on April 30, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Who will win match? Openers will definitely fail in English conditions, With Misbah, Asad and Shoaib Malik bull shit selection. Misbah and Malik should be out.

  • on April 30, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    to who are whining about afridi. he was currently not doing well. he needs a first class stint

  • on April 30, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Afridi should be in the team.......! The presence of AFRIDI is the great thing for TeaM Pakistan.........!

  • ABLcric on April 30, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    Reasonable! I wished to see a stable batsmen at # 3 or 4 to hold usual collapse, when both openers depart early, which is a frequent occurrence. Similarly, i also wished to have a power hitter at # 7 or 8 who can score 25 to 30 in 10 balls!! otherwise, plenty of firepower in bowling side, but batting remains fragile. Challenge for new batting coach!!

  • JunaidRao on April 30, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    @Lester Lobo,I agree with you that who is going to chase wen we need 300 or320? Afridi perform better than Hafeez, Kamran, Shoaib Malik & Nasir Jamshed in SA series. Afridi made 126 runs in the series while Hafeez 118, Kamran 109, Shoaib Malik 105, & Nasir Jamshed made just 45. Bad luck for Afridi. Hammad Azam is also a talented player where he is ?????? He is the best choice after dropping Afridi, Umer Akmal & Razzaq. Any way best of luck for men in green.

  • on April 30, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    why SHoaib Malik again? it is not a tour to India....And why afridi is dropped when he is back at hitting sixes and scoring.

  • RankPace on April 30, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    The only thing good about this selection is the dropping of Umar Akmal from the entire squad of 15 memebers. This was required to be done a long time ago.

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  • Sports4Youth on April 30, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    In the SA tour Afridi was the second highest run getter for Pakistan behind Misbah.

    S.Mallik & M.Hafeez or any other specialist bastsmen were not even close to him.

    I personally feel Afridi deserved to be in the ODI team aheald of Hafeez, Mallik, Farhat & Misbah & Kamran.

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  • on April 30, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    where is umar akmal.???? u cant drop a batsmen who is rank highest in icc rankings for pak and afridi i dont think he should be drop u check his contribuitions towards team pak and match it wid s.malik and i.farahat they even not deserve place in 30 man sqaud

  • mohit321 on April 30, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    This is absolutely ridiculous by Pakistan. They have no chance of winning the Trophy now. Afridi and Umar Akmal are the ones who you need to have first in your selection, and those are peopel when you think of Pakistani cricket. I am an Indian but still I think that Pakistan has made a wrong decision dropping those two. How can you not have Afridi in the team, and why not Umar Akmal? They are the main run-getters for Pakistan, and Afridi wicket-taker. Afridi should have the allrounder place, his fast leg-spinners will be handy in UK.

  • getsetgopk on April 30, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    While dropping Afridi is commendable but it gets interesting when you see who they pick. Kamran Akmal, Hafeez, Imran Farhat on swinging conditions of England will render them pretty much useless. Another mind boggling thing is that they picked only 6 fulltime batsmen, what if any of them gets injured? 7 fultime bowlers and shoaib malik, hafeez and umar min makes it ten bowlers with only 5 regular batsmen. This qasim dude is not upto the job, simple as that. How much of a chance do we have winning this trophy? Just look at opening pair, Hafeez and Farhat with Kami and tuk tuk in the middle. But lets just hope our bowling can restrict the opposition to less than 100, our only hope by the way.

  • on April 30, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    I guess after being dropped he will again retire.....

  • on April 30, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Razzaq has been wasted same as azhar mahmood was wasted earlier. what i think about the selection is only missing Hamad Azam, umer akmal & haris sohail. haris sohail should be given a chance in place of imran farhat, umer akmal in place of any 1 fast bowler who is going to sit on bench in whole champions trophy. other wise good team selection of umer amin will bring allrounder skills better than afridi specially in england pitches where medium pace is very usefull it will also bring left hand batsman in middle order which we are missing from last many years... any way Best of Luck to Green Team... Pakistan Zindabad ...... :)

  • on April 30, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    it would be better to see Umer akmal A Razzak n Afridi instead of Farhat, EHsan and Abdur Rehman.

    these are the players who will not be part of final eleven

  • on April 30, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    perfect squad for English conditions;my playing xi "squad minus Asad shafiq'abdur rehman'ahsan aadil and asad ali ....

  • on April 30, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    I think Haris Sohail deserve a chance in account of Sohaib Malik or else it is fine team however we are lacking power hitting at the down the order. But its delimma as we dont have any replacement for Abdul Razzaq.

  • on April 30, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    What have Malik, Akmal and Wahab done to justify their selection?? They have been persisted for so long and have failed repeatedly.

    Are they serious to pick only 8 batsmen/batting allrounders?? It is clear ALL of them will make final X1 simultaneously, hence there will be no batsman in the bench! This, when we obviously know that batting it is our "Achilles heels"???

    No stand-by wicket-keeper, especially with absence of Umar Akmal?? Dont they remember what happened when they did this last time Pak played a 50 over World event, the 2011 WC?? M Rizwan SHOULD have been there, who has performed consistently in domestic cricket, and have the highest average and strike-rate among domestic wicket-keepers.

    Shoaib Malik should have made way for the talented complete all-rounder Hammad Azam. While, erratic Wahab Riaz and undercooked Ehsan Adil should have made way for any two from the best domestic allrounder Shoaib MAsood/Harris Sohail/M Rizwan

  • on April 30, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Thank GOD they realized that these are ding no good for the country

  • Baber_Baloch on April 30, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    Excuse me PCB why not innnnnnnnnnnn Haris Sohail (lefty) He is good in fast pitches.....again Janab Wahab Riaz sb......Haris Sohail must be in

  • on April 30, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    I think it's a good move by PCB. You can not play all new 15 players competing team like, SA, IND or even Gayle's WI. The team needs mixture of young and old players. Selection of 3 new comers is a brave mood.Sad to see my favorite players like Afridi and Umar dropped. But last 20 matches their performances were really pathetic. Afridi in both bat and ball even with fielding by slow running and Umar throwing his wicket by playing extravagant shot. People criticizing Farhat, Malik and Akmal should have know the fact that these 3 players has contribution in Pakistan's 3 rare matches win. They deserve another chance to prove themselves. Champion Trophy is not a place to put your raw talents!!!

  • avmd on April 30, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    Positives: Retaining Wahab Riaz, he is the only > 145 km/h man: need to give him more time: Dropping of Afridi, Selection of Umar Amin, a promising batting all rounder, selection of Asad Ali, well deserving, selection of Kamran, still the best wicketkeepr batsman in Pakistan for ODIs

    Negative: No place for Ahmed Shahza and Sohail Harris ? Farhat should have paved way for Shahzad, Persisting with Shaoib Malik, Ehsan Adil is still too raw for international cricket, needs another 2-3 seasons in FCC.

  • on April 30, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    the team looks like it,s having a tour of Ireland , u can,t select such a team for the champions trophy .....

  • Crick_Expert on April 30, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    Wrong selection by PCB, looklike Mr Tuktuk going to playing test series. This team batting weak than Scotland. where are ODI specialist players etc. AFRIDI, Abdul Razzak, Imran Nazir, Ahmed Shahzad, Shahzeb Hasan, Reza Hasan, U. Akmal, Hammad, Azam and little boom Awais Zia?

  • on April 30, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    Fair decision but Shoaib Malik should have been replaced too.

  • on April 30, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    it doesnt matter what we say here. they will play who they want to play. for them it is not about winning. its all about politics how can you not play razzak who has never let them down.

  • wakaPAK on April 30, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    You need to have at least one bowling/batting all-rounder to be a good team. Our batting will be a big problem. I dont understand why the selectors cant see these simple problems which everyone can understand.

  • Green_Team on April 30, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    Sorry to say but now i wont watch any match :(

  • on April 30, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    Disappointed to see Afridi out. Why dont Pakistan ry Azhar mahmood who is still handy in Limited overs cricket

  • ZafarPasha on April 30, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    I personally think that the sanity has finally prevailed over the selection and finllly were able to drop Shahid Afridi. I also have reservations about Shoaib Malik but he did perform some what at crucial times. Its looked to me a good side, a combination and blend of youth + experience. If Pakistan fields well in this tournament than certainly have a fair chance to win. Lets hope for the best

  • on April 30, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    Afridi match winner out Younas was best choice in english conditions .i wonder there no talent in rest of Pakistan bcoz 13 out of 15 players from Lahore Faisalabad & sialkot is it Team Misbah Team Punjab or Team Pkaistan ???

  • vrn59 on April 30, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    Stupid decision to drop Afridi and U Akmal. Afridi is a big-match player and characters with his charisma and personality on the field are required in world tournaments. Perhaps this is just my sentimentalism talking, but Afridi could have been more useful at No. 7 than Shoaib Malik, whose batting form isn't that much greater than Afridi's, and whose batting style is not suited to batting in the lower middle order. He hardly ever bowls nowadays. U Akmal can be frustratingly inconsistent, but is immensely talented (he could be Pakistan's Rohit Sharma!) and needs to be persisted with. He can be brutally aggressive in the middle order (No. 4-5), unlike most other Pakistani batsmen, who are mostly also inconsistent. I strongly believe that Akmal is one of Pakistan's best ODI batsmen. With Umar Gul already unavailable, the team management has now driven out two more first-choice players; this could disorient the team more than reform it. I would love to hear Dav Whatmore's opinion on this.

  • Jamshed78 on April 30, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    In ICC tournaments Umar akmal is a colorful batsman for pakistan, Ok umar akmal is out of form but Afridi should have been in, this is not a series, Afrdi record in England in ICC tournaments is great, Open your eyes Selecters , i hope Boom boom will come back in future when Hafeez will be captain after this tournament

  • Zahidsaltin on April 30, 2013, 0:03 GMT

    Where is HARIS SOHAIL?? What a pethetic selection they have done. Umar Akmal has a better average than all of them but the officials have taken away his confidence by discarding him time and again. The selected batting line cant even score 200 on English soils. Hafiz, Asad, Shoib, Farhat none of them is capable of scoring more than 20s and 30s.

  • Jda123 on April 29, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    Horrible decision by the selectors to be honest...

    Pakistan has no chance I believe now winning this.

    Afridi should have been selected over Malik, the only reason Malik is in there is because of his performances against India but this in different conditions.

    Pakistan need to bring Afridi in, Ahmed Shezad and Harris Sohail.

    Pakistan batman will find it tough to achieve 250 with Jamshed who has been out of form, Hafeez who is inconsistent, Umar Akmal was expected not to be in the 15, he has been poor.

    Afridi should be given a chance in the ODI in Ireland and Scotland in May and see how his bowling is then and if he is looking good he should be in the squad for the CT.

  • on April 29, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    I just cannot see Shoaib Malik's place in team... Guys could you justify his position in team ? every now then 30s or 20s runs, shame He is with team now nearly 10 years or so..

  • on April 29, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    I have decided to not support my country of birth because I am sick and tired of the recent stupidity the selectors have shown. Qasim says "as long as a player is performing he keeps playing". If that's the case then hafeez should be dropped and replaced with Ahmed Shehzad. Nasir Jamshed should not be in playing 11 and farhat should take his spot instead. What were they thinking keeping Harris Sohail out of the team. I repeat WHY RIAZ WHYYYYYYYY.... I am going to support my country of residence instead GO BLACK CAPS!!!!.

  • Morfi on April 29, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    Leaving out Afridi, Akmal, Tanvir, Younis - those are big decisions, and those complaining now are the ones who wanted the old, experienced and poor performers to go. All is OK except I would have liked to see Ahmed Shehzad for Farhat and maybe Hammad or Razzaq as an all rounder - they say Umar Amin can bowl, so lets see... there arent any promising batsmen anyways, so the selectors have to make do with the best of the available lot. good luck!

  • on April 29, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    No Afridi ?!?!?!? suddenly my enthusiasm and no doubt many others has suddenly dipped for the tournament...still the only guy in the team who can changed the game in an instant with either bat or ball, perhaps Misbah being the other...Shoaib Malik , Kamran Akmal and Imran Farhat must have some very serious contacts in Pakistan to be consistently given chance after chance after more than 10 years collectively these 3 flops are included in squads and it makes me sick to see their names, just think how many matches these 3 disasters have cost Pakistan in the past...

  • Crick_Expert on April 29, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    Batting is main issue for PAK. team. PCB selected Misbah/Asad on which performance scale? PCB should drop Iqbal Qasim and hire Imran Khan or Javed Miandad. AFRIDI is world 3rd ranking off-spin bowler, AFRIDI was/is not a batsman. Kingsland Selection Board announced PAK team for UK tour: 1) AFRIDI(CAPT) 2)Abdul Razzak(vice-CAPT) 3)Nasir Jamshed 4)Hafeez 5)Ahmed Shahzad 6)Haris Sohail 7)Sohaib Malik 8)Imran Nazir 9)U. Akmal(WKT) 10)Irfan 11)Junaid 12)Asad Ali/Ajmal Sorry no place for Misbah, Asad Safiq, U. Amin, Wahab Riaz, Abdu Rehman, Imran Farhat etc.

  • imranmujtaba on April 29, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    PCB selection committee is regularly making very poor decisions and they only targeting Afridi and umar Akmal from last many games!!! No one knows what is best combination as there is no proper blend due poor team selection and handling of genius players like of Yousouf, Razzak and Afridi. They are real match winner, statistic will tell that every one. It is good to bring youngster but can they get a chance where mr. Tuk tuk occupy middle order and then through his wicket for lower middle order to score all the runs ???? I believe Misbah and Malik should out of he team. Also, Hafeez should be warn to play as a team player not as a captain in ODI.

  • imranmujtaba on April 29, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    PCB selection committee is regularly making very poor decisions and they only targeting Afridi and umar Akmal from last many games!!! No one knows what is a best combination as there is no proper blend of talented experience player and youngsters due to very poor team selection and handling of genius players like of Yousouf, Razzak and Afridi. It is good to bring youngster but can they get a chance where mr. Tuk tuk occupy middle order and then through his wicket for lower middle order to score all the runs ???? I believe Misbah and Malik should out of he team. Also, Hafeez should be warn to play as a team player not as a captain in ODI.

  • on April 29, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    better squad...but few changes would been vital... ahmed shehzad in for imran farhat shahid afridi in for abdur rehman hammad azam in for ehsan adil or asad ali 4 fast bowlers are enough we are going with 7 specialist bowlers and 3 part timers...that are more then enough.. one batsmen or a batting alrounder is short.. if any batsmen fails we have no replacement to fill...

  • on April 29, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Very Poor Team ever see dont think can win a single match What nonsense only two middle order batsmen one All rounder for name Shoaib Malik U.Amin what basis against U.Akmal A.Razzak Shoaib Maqasood why hes been over looked against U.Amin I think until Iqbal Qasim and Captains Influence reamian in team Selection forget about winning even against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh

  • aiksa on April 29, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    In my opinion, Ahmad Shehad should have been selected in place of Imran Farhat and Abdul Razzak in place of Shoaib Malik. What happened to Hammad Azam? He is one the most promising young alrounders but being constantly denied a fare chance. I am amazed that Pakistan can't find another wicket keeper-batsman. Kamran Akmal is pathetic with gloves and very ordinary with the bat. I guess some players have cast a magic spell on the selectors.

  • on April 29, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    It is the right decision to drop umar akmal and Afridi.Afridi is struggling with his form so it is right decision made by the board,afridi should retire from int.cricket,and in the future another player needs to get the chance in place of umar akmal,as he hasnot performed,his shot selection is poor,there are another 2 players who didnot get a place in line up(Misbah and Malik),they also should be dropped,instead try the new players instead of them to build a team for the future.

  • on April 29, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    i dont see any batsman here

  • on April 29, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    Wonder why Shoaib Malik was picked instead of Afridi; he doesn't even bowl that much nowadays and if the selectors claim that Afridi couldn't score at crucial occassions then they can't ignore it in the case of Malik, who mainly performs against India. He gave it away in the first, third and last ODI against South Africa....but I still hope to see Boom Boom in the future In Shaa Allah!

  • on April 29, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    I would love to have U.Akmal on the place of Soaib Malik. U Akmal, is your highest ranked ODI player. Maybe he is irresponsible, but still is batter than the others.

  • on April 29, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    i think this is a good team and inshallah they will prove that

  • on April 29, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    How do you drop Umar Akmal? average of 39 SR of 85% best ODI player over the last 2 years, Afridi drop is unfortunate as well he was performing with the bat in South Africa. At least Afridi drops makes some sense but Umar Akmal drop is plain stupid. Shoaib Malik hasn't performed in 3 years now yet he keeps coming back.

  • on April 29, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    nice to see umar amin in the squad ..he definitely perform if he will get a chance

  • on April 29, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Not pleased Afridi and Umar Akmal is dropped. I was so looking forward to watch afridi not happy at all

  • on April 29, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    very poor afridi is very good and i like afridi iqbal qasim ur very poor selecter plz afridi is back i love u afridi

  • on April 29, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    I dont know what they were thinking wen we droped afridi and akmal ??? who is going to chase wen we need 300 or 320 ??? we dont have umer gul as wel to restrict teams ..... fine afridi and umer have not showen form but they should have been picked and mayb benched and they could fight for 1 spot in case we needed a spinner. How much is ajmal going to do ??? wht if ajmal gets injured ??? Our batting is weak any ways oh ya i forgot TUK TUK is going to chase down 300 i dont see us making it to the knockout stages even thou i want us to win the whole thing but i dont see it happening disapointed with the selection this is not the tournament to try out youngsters it the last chance we would have had to win this trophy .... we have the Windies next to try out .... anyways best of luck LETS GO MEAN GREEN MACHINE proud pakistani :)

  • on April 29, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Swap Malik with Hammad Azam and I would find it very hard to argue about the quality of the squad. Malik won't get a place in the final 11, mark my words, his technique is questionable to begin with; there is no way he will be able to negate the swing on English tracks.

    To be fair, and I am basing this on the selection, the strategy would be to play 5 bowlers and get the opposition out as cheaply as possible, which is plausible given that the English conditions are favourable for seamer's. The rest of the playing 11 would consist of 4 regular batsmen, a wicket keeper who can barely be counted as one (K.Akmal) and an all rounder.

    It would be interesting to see the following combination of regular batsmen + all rounder + w. keeper:

    1) N. Jamshed 2) U. Amin (he loves to open the innings from what I hear and he can bowl some nifty swingers) 3) A. Shafiq 4) M. Hafeez 5) M.Ul Haq 6) K.Akmal

    For my bowlers, I'd go with

    1)J.Khan 2)M.Irfan 3)E.Adil 4)S.Ajmal 5)W.Riaz

    This combo'd kill

  • on April 29, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    Rahat Ali and Haris Sohail would have been far better choices than Wahab and Umar Amin. dropping umar Akmal and Afridi is justified but Pak will surely miss a batting rounder who can slip in few medium pacers. Hammad Azam... Mr.Qasim, and if Malik is not going to bowl he should be replaced by Asad Shafique.

  • Rick777 on April 29, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Horible. Afridi is a big loss. Whatever he does, his presence gives fear to the opposition. His 80 odd in SA was scintilating. Very poor decision and Pak eill fsir badly.

  • pointofViv on April 29, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    It is good to see that the Pakistan selectors and the fans commenting down below have come over the Afridi-fever finally. It tells the sign of maturity in the cricketing community of Pakistan which will definately help to build a new strong team. Being great doesn't mean useful. I hope Afridi will understand his true potential in this dropped duration. What is also great to see that the Pakistan team coming off well from the crises there in Pak. I hope in near future world could see some cricketing action on the Pakistan soil. Best wishes for Pak cricketers for their matches in England.

  • on April 29, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    @haider dost: well dost do you remeber the year in which that cup was played? Recent internatinal stats are given in article and on top of that he has so far wicket less in 360 balls.

    Plus main thing if afridi in 15 , you have to play him for sure. So my point if his place in playing 11 is not confirmed then not to select him. They have wrongly selected more spinners. Hafeez and ajmal were enough.

    Malik if playing as batsman then they should select proper batsman.

    Farhat was a disapointment and ahmed should have been preffered.

  • on April 29, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Shoaib malik,Riaz,Farhat,Kamran akmal. A bunch of match loosers....

    I think selectors need some rest......they Dropped Shahid Afridi.....unbelievable...!!!!

    One more question....Are we going to participate in champions trophy.... or Failure's trophy.....?

  • on April 29, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Mr. Iqbal Qasim,

    One question please, on what ground do you keep selecting Imran Farhat?

    Overall a pathetic selection. Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat, Umar Amin, Wahab Riaz... We are supposed to root for Sifarshi and parchiwals. I think i would rather not root. If Misbah had any balls he would refuse to lead this sifarshi team.

    I am okay with Afridi and Younis Khan not being selected. Where is Hammad Azam, Haris Sohail, Fawad Alam. How many careers will Imran Farhat's father in law. Or Firdous Ashiq Awan ruin so they keep providing chances to their hookups.

  • umairasgharbutt on April 29, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    No Afridi, No Cricket !!!!

  • Classy.Nerd on April 29, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    It's a bold and strong move from the selection commitee. It's not easy to drop a character like Afridi, sadly I don't see him coming back.

    Umar Akmal is a talent wasted. Alas he shall learn, it also requires brains to play a responsible a knock.

    Pakistan has a solid bowling arsenal for this trophy. 7 Bowlers against 5 Batsmen 3 All-Rounders.

    Pakistan SHOULD play all three all-rounders for Scotland-Ireland Series, that includes S.Malik, M.Hafeez, Umar Amin. All have experience playing in English conditions.

    The squad is decent, balanced, uncapped-cum-experienced. Just the lacking of a genuine number 7 batsman. We need to create a Dhoni, Hussey, Morgan, Abdur Razzaq, Angela Mathews, Kluesner likes. A clean hitman to finish the job.

  • Batmanindallas on April 29, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    How does Shoaib Malik manage to squeak in everytime?

  • appkhi on April 29, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Why Shoaib Malik. Kamran Akmal and Imran Farhat still in the team? How many chances Malik need? Pakistan team will never be a strong team until they will select team on merit. How many chances malik need? He is playing in the team for years but he is not able score more than 25 - 30 runs.. He do not able bat neither he has any good bowling then what is use of selecting him again and again....

  • on April 29, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    The selection could have been much more better if these players were selected . . . Ahmad Shehzad in place of Imran Farhat, Hammad Azam in place of Wahab Riaz, Raza Hasan in for Abdur Rehman and Afridi must have been selected because he is a match winner, he can perform in crucial games. Its such a big tournament and big players must be there and also recently he showed some promise with the bat and this is the main weakness of Pakistani team...So he should have been there. On overall basis, Average Selection for Champions Trophy

  • SwingReverse on April 29, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    This squad looks good in the bowling department even in absence of Gul. But batting will be a problem in English conditions where weak batsmen will get exposed by a good bowling unit like England, Australia and South Africa.

    Based on domestic performance Umar didn't deserve to go. Afridi had too many chances already, his axe is justified. I would have taken Hammad Azam instead of Malik. Hopefully Malik can justify his selection and score some runs in the middle or lower down the order.

  • PAKISTANiLive on April 29, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Good Squad but we will miss boom boom lala in the team :(

  • on April 29, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    fair selection except the exclusion of ahmed shahzad in place of imran farhat and abdur rehman inclusion, we dont need 4 spinners in english conditions

  • on April 29, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    133936@bcoz umar akmal throwing wicket always in crunch time..and shoIB ALWAYS PRODUCED goood innings when needed

  • PVDB on April 29, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    really poor selection i think selectors for got 2009 t 20 world cup in England in English conditions we all rememberd Umer amin and Malik performance and performance of S.K.Afridi and Razaq they were the herose in 2009 World cup t 20 farhat amin malik shafiq they all are droped from Pak team for Champion trophy Haris sohail Razaq Afridi Ahmed shahzad its balance and instead of Rehman arafatis good option he has a lot of experence in English condition poor selection comite poor Pcb shame.

  • on April 29, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Very decent squad has been announced but it could have been much more balanced with the inclusion of Ahmad Shehzad in place of Imran Farhat , Umar Akaml / Harris Sohail for Shoaib Mallik and Mohammad Rizwan for Kamran Akmal......rest of the squad is fantastic.

  • on April 29, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    Th worsr selection ever .shehzad' u akmal, haris and rizwan should have been selected instead of farhat, malik, amin, & kamran. Im 110 % sure they will loose. No match winner in the squad

  • muxa on April 29, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    i don know why every one is after misbah even after he is the best batsman in south afica tour , best batsmen in domestic t20 and /.50 over which his team sngl won.. i dont think all of you follow cricket , afridi deserved to be axed, he had a horrible run he didnt take any wicket in last 55 or more overs , doesnot produce any thing with the bat, ,, and pakistan will fight good with this tea and now when rehman is finally getting a chance in place of afridi, i would have suggested hammad azam and raza hasan should have been selected

  • Stark62 on April 29, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    I almost forgot to add, where is Ahmed Shezhad and why was Umar dropped?

    Have the selectors forgotten, how Umar Akmal took Pak over the line against SA in the T20 WC and was the ONLY batsman that looked comfortable playing Steyn, plus he wasn't even given a chance in the SA series.

    But I guess the selectors must suffer from amnesia and I am not surprised because this was the same selection panel, which sent a team full of failures to Aus and came back without even winning a SINGLE game.

  • shahab2058 on April 29, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    hammad azam, umer akmal & ahmed shehzad should have been given a chance in place of malik , umer amin and imran farhat respectively. Poor batting selection seriously

  • reason-galore on April 29, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Imran Farhat,Kamran Akmal, Misbah ul Haq (capt), Shoaib Malik should be given the boot as well. Misbah is too old, kick him out as his domestic form does not justify his age and we must think about the 2015 worldcup otherwise we will be stuck with a 41 year old as a captain then as these pakistanis do not no know when to leave gracefully and have the clinging attitude. I do admit that he is a good stable captain but age is a factor and he does not know how to take singles which is a must for odis. Imran farhat cannot bat, plain and simple, he is a tail ender. Shoaib malik cannot bat or bowl so why the hell would you keep him in the team?? he ain't johnty rhodes. Akmal brothers are a curse or a scourge on our cricket, they must be neutralized like cancer. People have been talking about haris sohail so why not give him a chance?? Get a proper opener and play hafeez at no7 as a bowling all rounder as he is a pathetic batsman with an avg. like afridi in odis. This is very very weak.

  • on April 29, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Eeeee the squad looks terrible. No xfactor players of before. Umar Akmal should be their, maybe Afridi's exclusion is justified. Umar though needs to be given a chance at 3/4 to really show his talent. Pakistan wasting a great talent.

    Also I'd like to point to the fact why is Hafeez/Malik/Wahab picked? All 3 have been useless. Bakwaas selection!

  • on April 29, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    i don't understand y wahab riaz is in Squad? By d Way wer s Abdur Razzaq ?? is he ALIVE??

  • PakCricketistanLover on April 29, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    A FAIR SELECTION - commendable job by the selectors. Only doubt S Malik's selection but he has domestic performance to back him. Those questioning a fast bowling all rounder. U Amin is a good batting all rounder selection, with handy medium pace bowling. He is a swing bowler and will be effective in English Condition. I would have also wanted H Sohail in the team, but unfortunately you can only select 15. GOOD SELECTION OVERALL.

  • AtifFazal11 on April 29, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Happy with the team. Would've picked Azhar Ali instead of Imran Farhat (Middle order too light and would've given stability against two new balls in seaming conditions. Also, in a perfect world have Shahid Afridi instead of Abdul Rehman as the back up spinner in the squad.Play him only against West Indies and not agaist South Africa and India. But, that wont ever happen in our Pakistani culture cause you cant drop your senior player for the big games. Overall, a good team selection .

  • t20cric on April 29, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Its good that they have a lot of young players in the squad but if they were a little bit more thoughtful they could have had a better squad. They have 3.5 spinners (Malik is only half a spinner) but have 3 fast bowlers and this is for a squad going to England. they should have had U. Akmal instead of Malik and Abdul Razzaq instead of Abdur Rehman also if Umar Gul was ok then there is no way that Wahab Riaz would have made it. Pakistan should also be looking for a wicketkeeper to replace K. Akmal maybe Mohammad Rizwan. Also they should have had Ahmed Shehzad instead of Imran Farhat.

    My squad is: Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Rizwan, Misbah ul Haq (capt), Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Asad Ali, Umar Gul (if he wasn't injured), Umar Amin, Abdul Razzaq, Ehsan Adil

    This way they have a lot of new players and it'll be a good way to get ready for the 2015 world cup.

  • on April 29, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    lOKKIng the good young+experience combination! Misbah,Malik,Farhat,Hafezz are experiece one and lot of new names like umer amin,asad ali,ahsan adil ! Umer amin is better option as compared to afridi bcoz we need medium pacer allrounder as compared to spinning allrounder in english conditions!

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Where is Hammad Azam? Where is Ahmad Shazad? Who fill up the shoes of a proper all rounder? Need someone who can bring a spark in the end of the innings as our tail is almost negligible as well. Instead of strengthening the bowling with bowlers who I am sure will not get adequate chances we needed an all rounder.

  • Sports4Youth on April 29, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    At almost 40, Misbah does not deserve to be in the ODI team. Also Imran Farhat, Shoeb Malik, Kamran & W.Riaz should have been dropped. Rahat Ali would have been a better choice than Riaz.

    The most important player that they have left out is HARIS SOHAIL.

    Afridi definately deserved to be in the team ahead of Misbah, Farhat & Mallik.

    Also outside the subcontinent M.Hafeez's perfomance has been very bad. This is a very patchy team. They will be out of the tournament in the first round itself.

    .

  • Nehans on April 29, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    what is Iqbal Qasim doing as chief selector? a complete failure, no basis to select or reject certain players, how come Kamran Akmal is continuously been selected where as umar akmal is dropped without even got a chance in South Africa. Wahab Riaz has all the capabilities in the world to go 10 per over and still he is a regular team member, with this team there is no hope Pakistan can win or reach final stages of the trophy

  • Stark62 on April 29, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Umar Amin, Riaz, Farhat and Malik, are you serious?!?!

    The selectors have gone completely bonkers!!

    Haris Sohail is infinite times better than the overrated and over-hyped Amin, plus how many times does Malik, Riaz and Farhat have to fail before being dropped?

    Lastly, Afridi always, ALWAYS does well in big tournaments and will be a mammoth loss to the team.

  • sammy1897 on April 29, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Trust me this teams is not gona win even a single match //

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    They dropped Afridi due to his bowling, but he actually won the T20 title for Pak with bat and ball. SA conditions were not that good for spinners. Not a good decision.

  • a133936 on April 29, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    PCB NEVER seems fail to shock its fans.

    Shoaib Malik who has FAILED to score an ODI 40 (let alone 50) since October 29, 2009 in his last 28 ODIs.... and has an average of 18.75! http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/42657.html?class=2;spanmin1=29+Sep+2009;spanval1=span;template=results;type=batting;view=innings

    But drops Umar Akmal who has these scores in his last 10 ODIs; 77, 28, 30, 36*, 3, 0, 55*, 52, 0, 25 .... 3 ODI fifties at an average of 38 and S/R of 82! http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/317273.html?class=2;spanmin1=12+Mar+2012;spanval1=span;template=results;type=batting;view=innings

    How can anybody justify the selection of Malik over Umar Akmal???

    Wow.... Amazing!!!!!!!!

  • Neo2K on April 29, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Not a balanced selection. There shouldn't be a place for Imran Farhat...as all readers have continuously pointed out. No place for Shoaib Malik if playing as only specialist batsman there are more deserving players like Haris Shoail with Bat Ave. over 40 or Ahmed Shahzad...also too many pacers in the team..Wahab Riaz need to perform don't think he is mentally there...We need Hamad Azam can't hut with additional budding All Rounders in the team...sorry but a poor selection!

  • uk2009 on April 29, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Good selection but disappointed that Haris Sohail was not selected. He should have been selected instead of Wahab Riaz. Wahab Riaz ia useless when you have guys like Junaid and Irfan.

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Actually its a risky team. Umar Amin as all-rounder? middle order batting only 4 batsmen, so one of the openers might have to drop down the order. Played in early summer, so four possible spinners seems a bit much (Ajmal, Abdur Rahman, Hafeez, Shoaib M), considering the pitches will be damp and soft. 5 fast bowlers means 4 batsmen only...4 fast bowlers should be enough. I think it is because is a very inexperienced fast attack, so they have chosen 5. Possible we might bowl with Irfan, Junaid and Wahab Riaz - that is 3 left arm bowlers...strange!

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    why imran farhat ...ahmed shahzad is alot better tha him....

  • syedzaf on April 29, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    why shoaib malik wahab raiz and imran farhat ? can anybody justified their position in team?

  • ISHAIKH82 on April 29, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    If they applied the same logic in dropping Afridi why are Malik, Kamaran Akmal and Imran Farhat in the squad. I rather have Afridi in the squad then any of them three. While I think Asad Safiq is a good test player he shouldn't have been selected in the ODI squad and Umar Amin I remember him making his debut against a poor Australia and look out of his depth another example of inept selection making by the Pakistan Cricket Board. Looks like I will not need to spend extra money on getting tickets for the semis or final as this squad won't make iot oput of the group stage.

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    bad news for s.afridi , pcb select bad team team included one ya two Al rowender....

  • shabaan125 on April 29, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    why imraan farhat its place ahmad shahzad why shoib malik its place is hammad azam

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Gud too see Umar amin and Asad shafiq got chance to play in Big tournament

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Why Shahid khan afridi drop? Why Shoaib Malik inn?

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    y imran farhat not Ahmed shehzad?????

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    I think it is a very good squad..A nice blend of experience and youth...There is just one department pakistan lacks and that is an allrounder who can bowl medium pace....The job which Abdul Razzaq did brilliantly..But unfortunately there is no such option at the moment...But with umar amin and shoaib malik in the team i think the sixth genuine bowler won't be missed because they are more than capable with the bowl and can eek out a few overs here and there

  • Syed_imran_abbas on April 29, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    and let me tell you one thing.. write it down.. no matter how many chances you give but umar amin will never become an international talent. he and likes of yasir arfat are only good for domestic games. This is so unfair not playing like of Haris Sohail n umar akmal.. and how can you prefer imran farhat on Ahmad Shahzad??

  • sammy1897 on April 29, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Atique you are rite they are doing same .....

  • Syed_imran_abbas on April 29, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Absolutly pathetic and baised selection.. how can you drop Haris Sohail and Umar Akmal? and how can you play Kamran akmal and Shaoib malik? and imran farhat? this us so unfair with these young lads.

  • Omarrz on April 29, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    This team has no fast bowling allrounder. This will hurt them in seaming conditions of England.

  • fasih123 on April 29, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    I dnt think youngsters will get chance

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    In Featured comment the Poster said that "plus this is in uk where you don't need too much spinners". I would like to remind you that 2nd T20 worldcup was also in England and Afridi performed well to win that for Pakistan. Now He is out of form but still he is far far better than guys been selected for this tour. He is an essential part of Pakistan Cricket team.

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Very bad decision. To leave out Umar Akmal was not a good move. Ahmed Shehzad has to be in the playing eleven. Either Hammad Azam or Anwar Ali (or at least) Abdul Razzak could have filled in the third seamers shoes. And I don't think Farhat is a prospect for WC2015 for Pakistan.

    Ideally, should have been

    Jamshed Kamran Hafeez (not good against the moving ball) Misbah Umar Akmal Malik/Shafiq/Amin Hammad / Anwar / Razzaq Rehman/Asad/Ehsan Junaid Irfan/Riaz Ajmal

  • Naseer_shah on April 29, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    I think .. the next one will be Malik as Haris Sohail is far better than him

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    I aplaude PCB 4 a bold decission. all of u, asking 4 Afridi, I think if we had Abdul Razaq instead of Afridi, in SA. We would have won the SERIES.

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Sad News..We lost Champions Trophy Already . What a Amazing Decision.. This Shows we are Real Pakistanis We never care who is Good and who is Bad , All we care is Our Pocket Have to Be full....

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    very good decision dropping afridi and u akmal..........this must b the last chance for mailk and k akmal

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    If you drop Afridi and U.Akmal for poor performance and keep Shoaib Malik then its totaly a biased decision.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on April 29, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    I will be supporting South Africa now in Champions Trophy now, since Pakistani team is not good enough to reach semis even.

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    After his recent performance its actually a good decision that the selectors left Afridi out.I think that Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal should also have been left out and better players should have been given a chance. Good decision I'd say.

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    Gud team but two noticeable exclusions....If it wud have been Ahmed Shehzad in place of Imran farhat and Haris Sohail for Abdur-Rehman. Also Asad Shafiq hasn't deliver wut is expected of him.....so his place should also be in contention if he fails again in CT

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    A fair decision by the PCB.

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Shahid Khan Afridi dropped :(

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    No place for Imran Farhat..dont know why they always select him?? Imran Nazir or Ahmed Shehzad must given chance in place of Imran Farhat.

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Not convinced with Wahab Riaz and Abdul Rehmans presence. Totally agreed with Afridi being dropped. Just can't picking the popular /commercial choice. Although Anwer Ali , has been hard done by this time around as well.

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    While I am one of the biggest Afridi fans, I support him being dropped for this Champions trophy. He has been terribly out of nick with his bowling and we can't have him in the side for his batting alone. What I fail to digest is the replacement all-rounder in place of him. I don't see Razaq's or Hamad Azam's name. Either of them would have been handy with their medium pace bowling along with late order batting. Now we are going to play Umar Amin in the top order while dropping Kamran to finish the innings about which I have many doubts. With this combination we would be going in with 5 bowlers only including Hafeez which is a risky ploy. So IMO we will miss the services of a genuine all-rounder like Razaq or Hammad but I wish this team all the best.

  • mzm149 on April 29, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Useless squad! Where are Ahmed Shahzad, Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam and Aizaz Cheema? Why are Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal there?

    Now even win against WI seems improbable :P

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Fair enough but would have liked more if they have kicked kamran akmal and Shoaib Malik. I think Days of Afridi are our even though i m his big fan. Rehman is ver yhandy alrounder i m predicting he will become a great finisher for PAK.

  • golgo_85 on April 29, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Without a genuine allrounder (Afridi/Razzaq/Hammad Azam), without a counter attacking strokeplayer (U Akmal/Afridi), without an old horse on tricky English condition (Younis Khan), Pakistan WILL not have much success in this tournament. Asad Shafiq could easily have come in in place of Malik, Hammad could've easily found a place in place of a couple of mediocre bowlers they have slotted in, U Akmal should've been an easy choice ahead of U Amin. As it is usually the case, team selection will be the main reason for the dull defeats they'll suffer in a few weeks. Brainless stuff. Predictable as ever.

  • atique.sa on April 29, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Poor decesion by PCB..how can they left out most talented umar akaml ?these people in board really destroying pakistan cricket talent...they bring their relatives in team instead talent...

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Don't know why every time Afridi is dropped, it has to be turned into a big deal. He hasn't delivered a performance of quality in ages and thus doesn't deserve a place in the team. That's it.

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Just think that it's last Champions Trophy and i am going to miss that because AFRIDI is not playing. there is no cricket without afridi. why Malik and Misbah is playing why why why not afridi???

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    This squad won't help Pakistan to win the champion trophy because shahid afridi is good at playing on pitches such as England remember 2009 t20 world cup.

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    There is no fast bowling all-rounder in the squad for English seaming tracks.....what were the selectors thinking... plus there is no backup for middle order.....And 1 extra fast bowler in the squad...Haris Sohail shd have been there instead of 1 extra fast bowler...It could have got the combination right...

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    he would drop forever after 25th-30th ODI of his career. But this only can happen in Pakistan, that such kind player can play cricket for 16-17 years.

  • on April 29, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Cricket is Not Cricket Without Afridi...:-(

  • on April 29, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    Afridi should be included in the team as a specialist bowler that bats at #11

  • on April 29, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    This time he might take rest...

  • on April 29, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    M.Rizwan(wicket-keeper), Haris Sohail & Ahmed Shehzad should have to be included in squad in place of Kamran, Imran Farhat & Malik.

  • on April 29, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    tough decision but selectors did well, balance side for CT

  • on April 29, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Bold decision by PCB selection commited :) thmubs up for them

  • ibneHasan on April 29, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    it hurts....... it really hurts when you see that there is no proper all rounder in the team except Mohammad Hafeez and yet there is no room for Lala! Iqbal Qasim has failed to deliver as a chief selector, he can never pick up a balanced squad! Why do they keep selecting Abdul Rehman when they are not going to give him a chance? He is not a regular in ODI team so selecting him at expense of Afridi doesn't make any sense...... A.Rehman should have been allowed to carry on with his count stint and shouldn't have been selected.....!

    To be precised, PCB has broke millions of hearts today!

  • honestpakistani on April 29, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    This is not good, i think Afridi can play champoins trophy on his reputation even these days his performance is not up to the mark. Having him in the team giving an edge to Pakistani team on the other side. Please re-consider your decision.

  • on April 29, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    no afridi no pak team..............there is no one in afridi class in pakteam.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on April 29, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    not fair dropping umar akmal.. n what about shaoib malik..? how many centuries he has made? Kamran akmal? so on n on.....

  • on April 29, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    good decision his recent form has been really not satisfactory enough to be considered in the team even as a spinner his batting has always been like this cold in 200 games and hot in 1 game

  • on April 29, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Guess...sadly but the end of Shahid Khan Afridi

  • on April 29, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    fair enough.............................

  • on April 29, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Don't worry, he'd be reincluded in the squad in the next couple of weeks :P

  • on April 29, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Don't worry, he'd be reincluded in the squad in the next couple of weeks :P

  • on April 29, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    fair enough.............................

  • on April 29, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Guess...sadly but the end of Shahid Khan Afridi

  • on April 29, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    good decision his recent form has been really not satisfactory enough to be considered in the team even as a spinner his batting has always been like this cold in 200 games and hot in 1 game

  • Syed_imran_abbas on April 29, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    not fair dropping umar akmal.. n what about shaoib malik..? how many centuries he has made? Kamran akmal? so on n on.....

  • on April 29, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    no afridi no pak team..............there is no one in afridi class in pakteam.

  • honestpakistani on April 29, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    This is not good, i think Afridi can play champoins trophy on his reputation even these days his performance is not up to the mark. Having him in the team giving an edge to Pakistani team on the other side. Please re-consider your decision.

  • ibneHasan on April 29, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    it hurts....... it really hurts when you see that there is no proper all rounder in the team except Mohammad Hafeez and yet there is no room for Lala! Iqbal Qasim has failed to deliver as a chief selector, he can never pick up a balanced squad! Why do they keep selecting Abdul Rehman when they are not going to give him a chance? He is not a regular in ODI team so selecting him at expense of Afridi doesn't make any sense...... A.Rehman should have been allowed to carry on with his count stint and shouldn't have been selected.....!

    To be precised, PCB has broke millions of hearts today!

  • on April 29, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Bold decision by PCB selection commited :) thmubs up for them

  • on April 29, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    tough decision but selectors did well, balance side for CT