Champions Trophy 2013 May 7, 2013

Farhat looking to cement place


Imran Farhat, the Pakistan batsman, has been around international cricket since 2001 but has never been a regular in the side for too long. In the last 12 years, he has only managed to play 53 ODIs at 32.45 and given the number of his matches he has opened with as many as nine partners.

Farhat's career has often been overshadowed by the fact that his father-in-law is Mohammad Ilyas, a key figure in the PCB over the past decade. "This is the notion I want to clear," Farhat said on sidelines of the training camp at Abbottabad Cricket Stadium. "He [Ilyas] has his own status but I never took advantage of it. I would have been playing cricket for Pakistan even if we weren't associated. It is in front of everyone that whenever I make a comeback it is due to my domestic performances.

"I have been playing my own cricket and nobody is there to help at the pitch where you are on your own. I have my own goals and have always been very committed to my game and I never discuss it with him. If I perform it's good and if I don't, I never worry. Cricket is my bread and butter, and I want to play cricket and kept myself busy with it. Playing international cricket is like a reward against performances in the domestic cricket. The only reason I am in the team at the moment is my performance as I have scored enough runs to win a place."

Farhat is in fluent form at the moment. He marked himself with a triple-century in domestic cricket earlier this year and was recalled to the Test squad for the South Africa tour and retained for the ODIs as well. Since than Farhat has been looking to cement a spot in the top three. "I am much more experienced now and can manage any position and ready to play at any order [between 1 and 3] the team management wants.

"I am more confident than ever and working extremely hard," Farhat said. "I just want to make as much contribution as possible for my team whenever I get selected. However, the snub from national team has never been a frustration for me."

Pakistan had a targeted practice match during their training camp in Abbottabad with Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal hitting 92 and 66 respectively. Again, like in last five days, the camp was mainly focused on the batsmen, giving them ample practice before leaving for Scotland ahead of the Champions Trophy.

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

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  • zaf on May 9, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Imran Farhat is at least better than Mr. tuktuk and Asad Safiq.

  • syed on May 9, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    He has the right to speak his mind. The reality is that Mr Ilyas connection allowed Imran Farhat a stay in the team even when he wasn't playing well. Ahmed Shehzad is at least one opener who paid the price for Imran's continued stay in the team when the two centuries on New Zealand tour from Ahmed weren't enough for a place on the subsequent tours. But, that is life.

  • khurram on May 8, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    i dont know how a player like hafeez still makes the squad every time. he is technically incompetent at best. get rid of him. we have players like babar azam n ahmed shahzad, y do they even consider has beens like hafeez!!!

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    agree up to an extent. he has infact scored a bit more than others . like in 4th game in SA score 90s. but what came in next game?. but the problem with him is that he is also not consistant. which adds up to the fact that he is son in law of M Ilyas. so people hates him. he hasnt done justice to the chances. need to be regular.

  • Mian Ahmad on May 8, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    i feel sorry for imran farhat,, but he has not justified the opportunities he get,,,, in presence of jamshed, hafeez & akmal we dont need farhat,,,, Nasir jamshed looks a more accomplished & elegant player...

  • Cricket on May 8, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    1.Jamshed, 2.Hafeez, 3.Kamran, 4.Shafiq, 5.Misbah, 6.Malik, 7.Umar Amin, 8, Ajmal, 9.Junaid, 10.Asad Ali/Ehsan Adil, 11.M.Irfan

    really speaking I dont like to see Malik in the playing eleven. But guess what, the selectors have sent only 7 batsmen out of which i dont conisder Malik as a specialist batsman. And I dont consider Farhat worthy of international selection. So considering that we shoudl learn to tolarate the lesser evil instead of the bigger evil, so i selected Malik & left out U.Amin.

    But let me tell you in advance what Misbah will do. He will prefer Farhat over Umar Amin. I can bet on that.


  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    There is no player in the team who can hit the ball in last overs.One either Afridi or Umar akmal should have been selected.Hammad Azam is a future prospect if not afridi then he should be in the team he can hit the ball a mile.Defensive approach from the selectors.Though i am a fan of Misbah and he is a great captain but now its time for him to say goodbye to Odi's and focus on test cricket.Pakistan's Team should be like this(after Champions Trophy):1.Ahmed Shehzad 2.Nasir Jamshed 3.Mohammad Hafeez 4.Haris Sohail 5.Umar Akmal 6.Kmran Akmal 7.Hammad Azam/Afridi(if its a turning Pitch)8.Saeed Ajmal 9.Junaid Khan 10.Asad Ali/Anwer Ali 11.Mohammad Irfan

  • Amjad on May 8, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Although it is true that some of the great Pakistani opening batsmen didn't had that great test and ODI averages but those days were different. Pitches are mostly batting friendly in this day and age. It would be unfair to ask for 11 match winners in a team but Farhat's stats are not even on par with some other openers around, with a test and ODI average of 32 is not good enough to remain in the team these days. He debuted in 2001, that's 12 years and he's still looking to cement his place tells me that he will be mostly what he was during those past 12 years. This relaxed and laid back attitude from PCB that you can be a mediocre player and still be around the team for decades is really hurting the game in Pak. In the past we used to dump great players, Saqlain, Yousuf, Razzaq and Azhar Mahmood are a few that comes to mind. What happened to PCB now? They can get rid of a player like Saqlain but not players like Kamran, Malik and Farhat is mind boggling to say the least.

  • Salman on May 8, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    As we have hear a lot from PCB Selectors and Team Fans that "Consistent performer should be in the team" The fact is Imran Farhat isn't done justice the chance given to him since his debut in 2001 and lot of other good batsmen haven't got enough chances like given to him he is bit lucky that he is still in the radar as he was not performing well in 12 years As you have seen the players who enter later than him are really performing well especially the likes of Micheal Clarke, AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Virat Kohli worth to mention. Better players like Ahmed Shahzad, Fawad Alam, Hammad Azam and not given enough chances. Harris Sohail haven't got chance to play. Still don't understand the policy of PCB by selecting four or five openers in team. Keep selecting the same crop of flop players again and again.

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    @Ejaz Ahmad , you can't prove anything by stats only. Asad Shafiq has much better style than Imran farhat also Umer Akmal is out of the squad due to poor domestic season. If you think Stats can give you a clear view of game then check this out;filter=advanced;orderby=batting_average;spanmax1=08+May+2013;spanmin1=08+May+2011;spanval1=span;team=7;template=results;type=batting

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