Champions Trophy 2013

Farhat looking to cement place

Umar Farooq in Abbottabad

May 7, 2013

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Imran Farhat made an aggressive 56, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Colombo, June 18, 2012
Imran Farhat wants to become a fixture in the Pakistan top order © AFP
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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.

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Posted by Crick_Expert on (May 9, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

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

Posted by AnotherCricketer 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.

Posted by mredz84 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!!!

Posted by   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.

Posted by MianMoosa 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...

Posted by Sports4Youth 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.


Posted by   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

Posted by getsetgopk 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.

Posted by WildAmigo 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 0:31 GMT)

Imran Farhat has improved a lot during last 2 years, this evident from his domestic and test performances as well.

During last 2years both Asad Shafiq and Imran Farhat have played 16 ODI innings. Imran scored 541 runs @ avg 36.06 with 71.65 S/R whereas Shafiq scored 360 runs @ 24.00 with 67.54. I don't know why we say Shafiq is our best future batsman. These strike rate would not win us matches, instead would pressurize stroke players to play big hit and get out.

Food for thought, in the same period U.Akmal scored 812 runs @40.60 avg with 81.28 S/R in 24 innings. Still he is not in the squad.

Check here;filter=advanced;orderby=batting_average;qualmin1=200;qualval1=runs;spanmax1=08+May+2013;spanmin1=08+May+2011;spanval1=span;team=7;template=results;type=batting

Posted by Crick_Expert on (May 8, 2013, 0:07 GMT)

PAK openers are OK, the main batting issue is from middle order(Mr. Tuktuk, Asad Safiq, Sohaib Malik, K. Akmal). Specially Mr. tuktuk Misbah and Asad Safiq batting tooo slow, they are not deserve in ODI side. Both are continue failed for couple of years in ODI, they leave positions for new talented players Haris Sohail, Hammad Azam, Ahmed Shahzad.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2013, 23:32 GMT)

Farhat is a useless batsmen who always keeps fishing at wide half volleys, and throws his wicket away...we've been seeing this for the last 10 years...we want fresh blood in the ranks now...i.e: babar azam, sami aslam and even ahmad shahzad ( a good prospect)!!

Posted by   on (May 7, 2013, 22:25 GMT)

The Pakistan team for the Champions trophy should be

Fahrat Hafeez Jamshed Akmal Misbah Shafiq Razzaq Mahmood Ajmal Junaid Khan Irfan

Malik is missing from the team as he hasnt contributed with either bat or ball in the recent odi games and both Razzaq and Mahmood have extensive experience in english conditions.Jamshed in the shorter formats has looked better at number 3. In test matches hafeez should not be opening but in ODI he has to open as it is his natural position in the short format and offer Pakistan a left-hand/right hand combination.

Posted by reason-galore on (May 7, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

@cric_info_man... it is true that farhat likes to attack and play his strokes... but is also true that he only attempts those strokes and the best he would do is misstime a shot or edge a boundary. His technique is all messed up... his bat and body feel seperated and he also does not have a good temprament. His bat flow is seriously disgusting and it looks like he is trying to hold a bad which is like twice the weight that it should be. He can stay at the crease against heavy fast bowlers though even though his stroke making is never convincing... i don't know why is that... maybe his eye is good but not his technique...

Posted by dmqi on (May 7, 2013, 21:40 GMT)

I do not see any dependable batsman who can bat 10 overs to sore 40 plus runs and a genuine all rounder who can bat and swing the ball. England will be tough for this team. Against SA, English and Ausis fast bowlers these batsmen will have tough time.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (May 7, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

@ SamAsh07 :

Farhat's stats -->

Please see his official stats. He has only 1 century in ODI's.


Posted by Pakistan_Foreva on (May 7, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

@SamAsh07, no, YOU need to reasearch and analyze facts more clearly. Farhat has only ONE century in ODI's, not 3. Second Akmal is in the team because he is a WIcKETKEEPER, his batting avg, although below 30, is the best among PAK wicket keepers and with a good strike rate. And Hafeez is in the team for his all round skills, his batting avg may be lower than farhat's, but again he has better strike rate and was recently the 2nd best bowler in ODI rankings, farhat does not contribute anything with the ball and his recent score of 97 came off nearly 150 balls IN AN ODI. You still have not disproven my fact that Haaris Sohail and Fawad Alam belong in the team over him. I still maintain, he is USELESS.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

he has poor technique on seeming tracks against seem bowlers..

Posted by SamAsh07 on (May 7, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

@Pakistan_Foreva - Clearly you never researched, Hafeez averages 27 from 115 ODIs with 4 centuries while K.Akmal averages 26.42 from 148 ODIs with 5 centuries. Same time Farhat averages 32 from 40 ODIs with 3 centuries already. Learn to compare stats before you point a finger at him, he and Jamshed should open for Pakistan.

Posted by Pakistan_Foreva on (May 7, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

Dont worry Farhat, as long as your Father in law Illyas is alive you will always have a place on the team. This clown barely averages 30 runs a game in domestic one-day matches and yet he is allowed a place on the team whereas ppl like haaris sohail and fawad alan with much superior records stay out of the team, what a joke.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

UseLess batsman,He is struggling to cement his place since 2001,farhat should be grateful to PCB who gives him so many chances,I think he should play only test cricket....

Posted by cric_info_man on (May 7, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

It is true that Imran Farhat is back based on his performances in the domestic and his recent performance in SA was something the others could use as a lesson. Wether you like him or not he is a natural stroke player and never shies away from playing his shots. That maybe the reason when you pick up the current batch of available openers, Farhat is more likely to succeed on pitches out side the sub-continent, he takes his chances and plays his shots. The other available openers have all failed on fast tracks. Recent tour to SA is a good example where Hafeez was exposed and so was Nasir Jamshed. Hafeez lacks technique for test cricket although he is a delight to watch in limited overs. I am sure Farhat will do well in England if given the chance.

Posted by Jda123 on (May 7, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

I think he should be in the 11 man squad but do not see it happening unless Jamshed fails to perform, he played decent except the last game in SA.

1-Farhat 2- Jamshed - 3 - K Akmal 4 - Shafiq 5 - Hafeez - 6 - Malik 7 - Misbah - 8- Ajmal 9- Junaid 10- Edil 11- Irfan

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