Pakistan news July 17, 2012

Kamran Akmal returns for Pakistan

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Wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal has been recalled by Pakistan for the Twenty20s against Australia in August, and September's World Twenty20. Kamran, who last played for Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup, was cleared by the PCB's integrity committee earlier this month.

Batsman Imran Nazir, who last played for Pakistan in February 2010, and allrounder Abdul Razzaq have also made the squad for both tournaments. None of these three players has a central contract.

"Each player in the side has a role and has been selected accordingly," Iqbal Qasim, Pakistan's chief selector, told ESPNcricinfo. "Razzaq and Imran are utility players and can make a difference. Imran is a good fielder, while Razzaq can also be useful as a seamer on Sri Lankan pitches [during the World T20] and can score some quick runs."

Mohammad Hafeez, who was named Pakistan's Twenty20 captain ahead of the just-concluded Sri Lanka tour, will continue to lead. According to the PCB release that announced the squad, Hafeez has been named captain 'till the end of 2012'.

Asad Shafiq has been picked following his solid Test series in Sri Lanka, during which he scored two half-centuries and a hundred in five innings. He has scored 192 runs in 10 Twenty20 internationals for Pakistan.

Opener Nasir Jamshed is also back, after recovering from a fracture of the index finger that ruled him out of the Sri Lanka tour. He is one of four openers in the squad, along with Nazir, Kamran and Hafeez.

Speaking after the news of his selection broke, Jamshed said was looking forward to the competition among the openers. "Winning back the opportunity [to play for Pakistan] is always hard, and I am glad to have [my place] back. I have recovered [from the injury] and am sensing tough competition for the opening slot. But being a left-hander, it differentiates me from the other [three]."

The players to miss out from the Twenty20 squad that played in Sri Lanka are Khalid Latif, Ahmed Shahzad, Hammad Azam, Haris Sohail and wicketkeeper Shakeel Ansar.

There are no changes on the bowling front, with Saeed Ajmal and 20-year-old Raza Hasan being the specialist spinners, and Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir and Mohammad Sami the quicks.

"Raza, though young, isn't a new name," Qasim said. "He has been performing and [taking into account] the need for a left-arm spinner, he is the best [option] at the moment.

"Sami, along with Gul, is our strike bowler. They may not be in form, but with ample experience under their belt they can bounce back and play their role."

The message from Pakistan's selectors in picking their squad for the Australia series and the World Twenty20 seems to be a green signal for tried and tested hands and an amber light for promising youth. The most bizarre omission is that of Junaid Khan, who, in his brief career, has made a name for himself in Tests and has been making strides in limited-overs cricket as well. He's been passed over for Mohammad Sami but, given Sami's inconsistency, could have been a more effective complement to Umar Gul. Junaid, still in his second year of international cricket, bounced back from a heel injury to pick up 14 wickets - including two five-fors - in the recent Tests against Sri Lanka.

Also to suffer is the highly-rated allrounder Hammad Azam, who has lost out to Abdul Razzaq. Azam seemed to have answered the selectors' call for a new allrounder in 2010, when he was picked in the national squad for the World T20, but his growth has been hampered by inconsistent selection. Razzaq's last appearance for Pakistan was in November 2011, after which he was overlooked on grounds of form and fitness. He was not handed a central contract recently, so his recall raises more questions over the selectors' rationale.

And Ahmed Shahzad, 20, appeared to be in the selectors' Twenty20 plans before the Sri Lanka tour but has now lost his place to Imran Nazir - who will be making his fourth T20 comeback for Pakistan since 2007. Nazir was last recalled in 2010, for the series against England in the UAE, but was sent back to the fringes after scoring 2 and 4.
Umar Farooq

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • POSTED BY davidatlas999 on | July 20, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    I just wanna know what this boy hamad azam did in his entire career.from just one good inngs in un19 cup 97 not out how can u select a boy permanent in the team this is ridiculous where all people just saying he should b in the team.plz for God sack grow up yar the guy made his first-class debut in 2008 still he just have one 100 and just get 20 wickets in 22 fc matches.He is a avg player who have just one good inngs it ud19 level.his fc and A class avg is just 32 something plz don't say something blindly.just search a good allrounder.m so happy to see him out of the squad.

  • POSTED BY ajudagr8 on | July 20, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    MY 15 WOULD BE Kamran Akmal, imran nazir, mohammad hafeez, ahmed shehzad, nasir jamshed, umer akmal, shahid afridi, abdul razzaq, junaid khan, sami, gul, sohail tanvir, raza hassan, saeed ajmal, yasir arafat...16 player would be hammad azam.. no space for perchi players like shoib malik and khalid latif..

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 20, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    The trend all over the world is to introduced fresh blood , younsters in the shortest format of the game so that the future can be built. Pakistan is going the opposit way by continuesly recycling old failures. This way Pakistan is going no where, Sami, Gul, Kamran, S.Malik have passed their sell-by-date. This is a very bad gamble. apart from their bad performances Kamran is the Worst ever wicket keeper in the world and U.Gul is the worst ever fielder in the world. Both of them have been dropping such dollies that one can easily doubt their charecter.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 20, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Wasim Bari & Rashid Latif were the best keepers that Pakistan has produced. Kamran Akmal along with Moin Khan are the worst wicket keepers that Pak has ever produced. Now that Kamran is back Pakistani bowlers will not get sufficient wickets and pakiistan will loose badly, because in any case the Pakistani batting has always been below par. It was always the Pakistani bowling that used to bail them out, but now with this rubbish attack backed by such a horrible keeper Pakistan will be eliminated in the ealiest rounds. U.Gul, M.Sami, S.Mallik & K.Akmal should not have been in the team. J.Khan, Rahat Ali, Sadaf Hussain, M.Talha & Hammad Azam shoud have been in the team.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 20, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    I am surprised that some People here think that Kamran Akmal is the best Keeper batsman of Pak. THE FACT IS THAT KAMRAN along with Moin Khan IS THE WORST KEEPER PAK HAS EVER PRODUCED. Kamran has dropped too many catches, most of them dolies. As far as his batting is concerned it fires only against weeker opponents. His batting does not fire when it matters. Look at the England series & Australi series of 2010 and the WC 2011. He was a desaster. Because of him Pakistan has lost too many matches. Unfortunately in cricket there are no records of dropped catches and stumpings & Pakistan fans have very week memories. Some Pakistani fans go according to media propoganda. THIS IS THE WORST POSSSIBLE TEAM THAT PAK COULD PRODUCE. Why are Sami, U.Gul, Kamran & S.Mallik getting unlimited Opportunites ? Why is the Youth being put on hold for so long ? How will Pak prepare for the future with these repeated failures ?

  • POSTED BY billy_bilal on | July 20, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    why they had to rush in picking squad for worldT20. they could have announced squad for Aus series and on the basis of performance in that series finalize world T20, as going by the history of Pak selections, there is bound to be second thoughts after Aus series.

  • POSTED BY firair on | July 20, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz can u guys stop complaining about selection god damm selection is all ready have bean done so rather complaining wish good luck to the team . i can bet that no other team can beat Pakistan accept west indies only they have better hitter like us so and same boiling attack.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    1. M.Hafeez 2. Imran Nazir 3. Shoaib Malik 4. Asad Shafiq 5. Umer Akmal 6. Kamran Akmal 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Abdul Razzaq 9. Sohail Tanvir 10. Umer Gul 11. Saeed Ajmal.

  • POSTED BY shooting0987 on | July 19, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Its Good Selection but i did not want Mohammad sami to be in the team and i wanted Ahmed Shehzad and Junaid Khan in the team

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    I guess this is the best 15 member squad available.Kamran Akmal is the best wicket keeper batsman ever produced by Pakistan.Although Nasir jamshed has performed well in domestic cricket,but In my point of view his selection is not justifiable.Having Imran Nazir,Kamran,Hafeez in squad leaves no option for another opening batsman.Including Nasir/Mailik,Asad shafeeq in final playing X1 would be waste of Afridi,Razzak,Umer Akmal,they will have to bat lower down the order. Nasir,Mailik,Asad shafeeq should not have been in squad.Ahmed Shezad,Hamad Azam were better options for 15 member squad in place of Nasir/Mailik,Asad shafeeq.As far as bowling department is concerned,Pakistan have the two World Class Spinners Ajmal,Afridi+Hafeez(Remeber T20 WorldCup is in Sri Lanka,Spinning tracks to be expected).Pakistan will be playing with 2 pacers(Gul,Sami),they are the best options available at the moment.

  • POSTED BY davidatlas999 on | July 20, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    I just wanna know what this boy hamad azam did in his entire career.from just one good inngs in un19 cup 97 not out how can u select a boy permanent in the team this is ridiculous where all people just saying he should b in the team.plz for God sack grow up yar the guy made his first-class debut in 2008 still he just have one 100 and just get 20 wickets in 22 fc matches.He is a avg player who have just one good inngs it ud19 level.his fc and A class avg is just 32 something plz don't say something blindly.just search a good allrounder.m so happy to see him out of the squad.

  • POSTED BY ajudagr8 on | July 20, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    MY 15 WOULD BE Kamran Akmal, imran nazir, mohammad hafeez, ahmed shehzad, nasir jamshed, umer akmal, shahid afridi, abdul razzaq, junaid khan, sami, gul, sohail tanvir, raza hassan, saeed ajmal, yasir arafat...16 player would be hammad azam.. no space for perchi players like shoib malik and khalid latif..

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 20, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    The trend all over the world is to introduced fresh blood , younsters in the shortest format of the game so that the future can be built. Pakistan is going the opposit way by continuesly recycling old failures. This way Pakistan is going no where, Sami, Gul, Kamran, S.Malik have passed their sell-by-date. This is a very bad gamble. apart from their bad performances Kamran is the Worst ever wicket keeper in the world and U.Gul is the worst ever fielder in the world. Both of them have been dropping such dollies that one can easily doubt their charecter.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 20, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Wasim Bari & Rashid Latif were the best keepers that Pakistan has produced. Kamran Akmal along with Moin Khan are the worst wicket keepers that Pak has ever produced. Now that Kamran is back Pakistani bowlers will not get sufficient wickets and pakiistan will loose badly, because in any case the Pakistani batting has always been below par. It was always the Pakistani bowling that used to bail them out, but now with this rubbish attack backed by such a horrible keeper Pakistan will be eliminated in the ealiest rounds. U.Gul, M.Sami, S.Mallik & K.Akmal should not have been in the team. J.Khan, Rahat Ali, Sadaf Hussain, M.Talha & Hammad Azam shoud have been in the team.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 20, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    I am surprised that some People here think that Kamran Akmal is the best Keeper batsman of Pak. THE FACT IS THAT KAMRAN along with Moin Khan IS THE WORST KEEPER PAK HAS EVER PRODUCED. Kamran has dropped too many catches, most of them dolies. As far as his batting is concerned it fires only against weeker opponents. His batting does not fire when it matters. Look at the England series & Australi series of 2010 and the WC 2011. He was a desaster. Because of him Pakistan has lost too many matches. Unfortunately in cricket there are no records of dropped catches and stumpings & Pakistan fans have very week memories. Some Pakistani fans go according to media propoganda. THIS IS THE WORST POSSSIBLE TEAM THAT PAK COULD PRODUCE. Why are Sami, U.Gul, Kamran & S.Mallik getting unlimited Opportunites ? Why is the Youth being put on hold for so long ? How will Pak prepare for the future with these repeated failures ?

  • POSTED BY billy_bilal on | July 20, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    why they had to rush in picking squad for worldT20. they could have announced squad for Aus series and on the basis of performance in that series finalize world T20, as going by the history of Pak selections, there is bound to be second thoughts after Aus series.

  • POSTED BY firair on | July 20, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz can u guys stop complaining about selection god damm selection is all ready have bean done so rather complaining wish good luck to the team . i can bet that no other team can beat Pakistan accept west indies only they have better hitter like us so and same boiling attack.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    1. M.Hafeez 2. Imran Nazir 3. Shoaib Malik 4. Asad Shafiq 5. Umer Akmal 6. Kamran Akmal 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Abdul Razzaq 9. Sohail Tanvir 10. Umer Gul 11. Saeed Ajmal.

  • POSTED BY shooting0987 on | July 19, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Its Good Selection but i did not want Mohammad sami to be in the team and i wanted Ahmed Shehzad and Junaid Khan in the team

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    I guess this is the best 15 member squad available.Kamran Akmal is the best wicket keeper batsman ever produced by Pakistan.Although Nasir jamshed has performed well in domestic cricket,but In my point of view his selection is not justifiable.Having Imran Nazir,Kamran,Hafeez in squad leaves no option for another opening batsman.Including Nasir/Mailik,Asad shafeeq in final playing X1 would be waste of Afridi,Razzak,Umer Akmal,they will have to bat lower down the order. Nasir,Mailik,Asad shafeeq should not have been in squad.Ahmed Shezad,Hamad Azam were better options for 15 member squad in place of Nasir/Mailik,Asad shafeeq.As far as bowling department is concerned,Pakistan have the two World Class Spinners Ajmal,Afridi+Hafeez(Remeber T20 WorldCup is in Sri Lanka,Spinning tracks to be expected).Pakistan will be playing with 2 pacers(Gul,Sami),they are the best options available at the moment.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Ahmed shahzad definatly deserved a place in the team

  • POSTED BY golgo_85 on | July 19, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    It's baffling and highly unfair on youngsters like Hammad Azam and Junaid Khan to not be selected in limited overs formats, how are they going to be groomed for the future if the selection process is this inconsistent? Pakistan team will not prosper if players like Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Sami and Yasir Arafat keep getting selected. They didn't even need to replace those three with another three, just Hamad and Junaid would've been enough. Why stuff your squad up with too many useless players?? Batting is pumped up this time but the bowling line up is way too mediocre. I feel sorry for Ajmal-Afridi, pointless pressure on them as usual. Hopefully Nazir-Razzaq will perform. I'm not bold enough to predict on Kamran but at least he will score some quick runs at the top resulting in a change of batting approach which has really been painful to watch the last 2 years. But I'm glad they are giving Jamshed a chance, hopefully he'll be back playing ODIs and then Tests.

  • POSTED BY Jamshed78 on | July 19, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    This is a very good selection PAKISTAN will do better ~~~~ AFRIDI, IMRAN NAZIR, KAMRAN AKMAL, UMAR AKMAL, GUL, RAZZAK, AJMAL all there they will produce results for us i think, SHOAIB MALIK AND ASAD SHAFIQ will be in the middle order we need too solid players will attacking players, AJMAL, AFRIDI, GUL, SOHAIL TANVIR, HAFEEQ good bolwlers what else we need in the team, forget about what have happend think what we have ??? How we can produce results with this possible 15 players, I Love pakistan cricket team whatever the team is !!!! BOOM BOOM AFRIDI, BOOM BOOM PAKISTAN

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 19, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Even though i do not like the 15 member squad, but i feel the only possible 11 member team can be as follows: 1) M.Hafeez, 2) N.Jamshed, 3) I.Nazir / S.Malik, 4) A.Shafiq/S.Mallik, 5) U.Akmal, 6) K.Akmal, 7) A.Razzaq, 8) S.Afridi, 9) S.Tanvir /M.Sami, 10) U.Gul /M.Sami, 11) S.Ajmal

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 19, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    With such a poor bowling attack i dont see pakistan getting even close to the semi-final stage. Pakistan will face early exit from the T20 world cup. Very bad team. Iqbal Qasim is as dissapointing as Ejaz Butt. I dont blame Zaka Ashraf for this poor selection, because he not being a cricket man has left the selection to Iqbal Qasim, who has dissapointed big time. Soon Zaka will have to replace Iqbal Qasim with someone who can look into the future.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 19, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    This is the worst possible team that Iqbal Qasim & his selectors could have given to pakistan. Iqbal Qasim has dispalyed a complete lack of imagination. He has completely overlooked the future of Pak cricket by ignoring the intorduction of deserving Younsters like Sadaf Hussain, Rahat Ali, Junaid Khan, H.Azam & A.Shehzad. This is going to be pakistan's worst bowling attack ever. Pakistan will loose badly. S.Mallik, M.Sami, U.Gul & K.Akmal should not have been in the team. should have been in the team. To compound the bowling problems Kamran will drop catches.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 19, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Very poor selection. This is going to be pakistan's worst bowling attack ever. Pakistan will loose badly. S.Mallik, M.Sami, U.Gul & K.Akmal should not have been in the team. Sadaf Hussain, Rahat Ali, Junaid Khan, H.Azam & A.Shehzad should have been in the team. To compound the bowling problems Kamran will drop catches.

  • POSTED BY fakir_jeidi on | July 19, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    So out of 15 players it would be difficult for captain to pick playing 11 than leaving 4 players out : ) ...4 players sitting on the bench will be Abdul Razzaq, Sami, Raza Hasan and Yashi arafat.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Though I'm not Pakistani, must say this Pakistan team is clearly a strong contender especially in this format.

  • POSTED BY davidatlas999 on | July 19, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    If we select one pacer on raza hassn then bowling deportment become more strong.however its very good team selection though we left out ahmad shehzad but we have 4 opener in team so its not a problem.with abdurrazaq our bating will b smasher isn't?

  • POSTED BY muxa on | July 19, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    abdul razzaq instead of hammad azam wasn't a good selection in my view point other changes are reasonable and i think imran nazir , sami and speciially kamran akmal deserved a chance ,kamran akmal is the best keeper batsman we have as compare to other keepers we have,

  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | July 19, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Why do people want Khalid Latif back in the squad? He is a "Block-a-holic" like Hafeez and he averages 4.85 in T20's. For months and months people have been begging and screaming for Imran Nazir to come back and now he does. I see people here complaining about his return. If he performs well, then he deserves a return to the format.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed is definitely more compact, dependable than Ahmed Shahzad and can score at a decent t 20 rate as well. This makes his choice reasonable.

    Imran Nazir is more talented than Ahmed Shahzad and more experienced; lets give him one more chance.

    Ahmed Shahzad also needs to be more disciplined in life.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    very good team because razzaq and kamran has a come back

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    horrible to see Ahmad shahzad droped despit the top scorer in the 1st T20 against srilanka. I think this policy of selection is not going to work for us droping of highly talented kids like haris sohail, hammad azam. Junaid khan. How many time we will test the sami and imran nazir???

  • POSTED BY Afridikinghai on | July 19, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    I want to afridi should be captain for pak in w/c20/20 he is my hero and king

  • POSTED BY dnarmstrong on | July 18, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    Get those youngsters in there Pakistan. Abdur razzaq is good but isn't going to improve and isn't likely to be a match winner in a massive game. Give the kids a chance to grow

  • POSTED BY chachum on | July 18, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    WE ALL CRICKET LOVERS AND SPECIALLY PAKISTANIS WISHES THAT THE PAKISTAN BRING THE WORLD CUP OF 20/20 HOME . FOR THAT WE ALL DEMAND FROM PCB TO MAKE CHANGES IN THE 20/20 SQUAD OF PAKISTAN ; AND BRING :

    1) AHMAD SHEHZAD 2) HAMMAD AZAM AND 3) KHALID LATIF

    IN THE WORLD CUP SQUAD .

    THANKS .

  • POSTED BY chachum on | July 18, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    AFTER THE AUSTRALIA SERIES THERE MIGHT BE SOME CHANGES IN THE PAKISTAN SQUAD ; DROPING ABDUL RAZZAQ , YASIR ARAFAT , AND MOHD. SAMI ; AND REPLACE THEM BY AHMAD SHEHZAD , HAMMAD AZAM , AND KHALID LATIF ; FOR THE 20/20 WORLD CUP . I HOPE FOR THE BEST FOR PAKISTAN IN THE 20/20 WORLD CUP .

    BEST L;UCK PAKISTAN .

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | July 18, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    @ chachum

    THANK YOU FOR THAT POST!!

    Shezhad is 5x times the player, Imran will ever be and a 100X better than the so called "professor" Hafeez.

    Tell me, how could a similar squad which reached the semi's of the WC, plus nearly beat SA and Eng on their soil, start getting whitewashed by them in UAE?

    The answer is simple; AFRIDI was captain!

    Sami over Junaid is ludicrous, also Razzaq is old whilst Hammad needs to be groomed to take his place and Shafiq isn't a T20 player.

  • POSTED BY DaDaL0G on | July 18, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    hmmmm Not Bad Selection but i recon Hammad Azam Should be given chance at the place of Yasir Arafat because there is no comparison of Abdul Razzaq with both these allrounders well too many Openers will break the momentum of the game because Hafeez is not pretty good as a captain and probably he would do some experiment at top of the order and Sami deserve a chance to prove himself i guess he is better bowler than umar gul, gul either is`nt consistent performer and about Kamran Akmal he is Horrible wicket keeper more or less he drops every important man on field and he is lucky for the batsman :), i think Afridi should play at top of the order because whenever he scored some runs he played at the top like semi final and final of WT20 2009 and most of the batsmen who are top of runs making in T20 are belong to Top Order of their side, Afridi is Our gayle and he could make huge difference no matter he has ball in hand or bat. Good Luck Pakistan Team Our prayers are with you.

  • POSTED BY chachum on | July 18, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    AHMAD SHEHZAD IS IGNORED IN T-20 SQUAD BECAUSE OF MOHD. HAFEEZ BUT NOW THE ONE-DAY SQUAD WHICH SHOULD BE ANNOUNCED SOON ; SHOULD BE LEAD BY SHAHID AFRIDI BE INCLUDEDIN IT . WE ALL SUPPORT AHMAD SHEHZAD SHOULD BE IN CLUDED IN THE ONE-DAY SQUAD . I HOPE OUR 2 SUGETIONS ie. : 1) SHAHID AFRIDI SHOULD BE THE CAPTAIN OF THE ONE-DAY SQUAD . 2) AHMAD SHEHZAD SHOULD BE INCLUDED .

    THANKS . BEST OF LUCK .

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    good team but why sami is there he is inconsistent player............also why rana naved or junaid khan.. or hammad azam not in d team.shoaib malik sami should not be tthr in team

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    Pakistan will only become a good team if they try to make a team....which is a consistent unit...we dont need players that win a particular match on their day but then fail to perform in next 10....we need a good united team...with a bunch of players....who play consistently over a time and there is some sort of rotation as well to allow space for young lads as well so that we are prepared anytime in any match if we miss out a player or two.... Yes match winners are good but we stilll lack consistency which has been our problem for the past decade now....yes some may argue that we have been good in the near past but still that english or south african touch to the team isnt there....we are as vulnerable to particular playing conditions as we have been over the past many years.... So bringing back Abdul Razzaq or Imran Nazir wont really help us in any manner in any form of cricket....why do we have 2 domestic t20 competitions if it's these players which are coming back...

  • POSTED BY crackingshot32170 on | July 18, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    I or all of us would have liked Junaid and Hammad in the team because Hammad is a handy batsman and a good fielder and Junaid khan bowls good length and keeps it tight.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    i think kamran akmal is the best for his batting and he should do hard work for his keepering..............................best selection of PCB................to give him a chance...........!!! and he will try his best for his future.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Well if any one has issues with come back of Abdul Razzaq then i dont think they have any sense of Cricket , He is the true Match Winner on his day and he has proved it through out the years .Hammad Azam is not a match winner guys ,Sami is not consistent yes Junaid Khan shud have given chance for T20s as well

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    1. Imran Nazir 2. Hafeez 3. Shafiq 4. Umar Akmal 5. Kamran Akmal 6. Shoaib Malik 7. Abdul Razzak 8. Afridi 9. Ajmal 10. Gul 11. Sami or Tanvir..........hope so it ll be the best team in t20 world cup :D love u pak cric team

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    My XI for the world T20I: 1. Imran Nazir 2. Nasir Jamshed 3. Mohammad Hafeez 4. Umar Akmal 5. Shoaib Malik 6. Kamran Akmal 7. Abdul Razzaq 8. Shahid Afridi 9. Sohail Tanvir 10. Umar Gul 11. Saeed Ajmal

  • POSTED BY _AMK on | July 18, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Junaid Khan will be missed. He could have easily made it in place of Yasir Arafat since Junaid is a better bowler and Arafat hasn't been able to display any batting talent for Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Seriously!! whts wrong with Hammad Azam??!

  • POSTED BY ultimatechamp_1 on | July 18, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    can some one pls tell me why junaid khan is not selected. he was an automatic choice after a brilliant show in SL. One of gul or sami should have been left out..

  • POSTED BY true.fighter on | July 18, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    good team. awell balanced side but we will surely miss the new khan.good to see imran, kami bhai and razi bhai back.pakistan zindabad.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Its as if the selectors finally woke up from their slumber...finally a team with flair....all these year Pakistan cricket has been hampered by 2 things, corruption & Idiotic selection...

    1.imran nazir can give the dynamic aggressive opener that they have been missing...all these years, the openers have been too timid...he can be like a sehwag for pakistan 2. Kamran Akmal provides aggressive solidity in the middle order 3.Razzak is arguably the best hitter of the death overs, and his absence has been the reason for the teams recent poor finishes to Innings... here is the team they should field

    1. Imran Nazir 2. Hafeez 3. Shafiq 4. Umar Akmal 5. Kamran Akmal 6. Shoaib Malik 7. Abdul Razzak 8. Afridi 9. Ajmal 10. Gul 11. Sami

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    I, for one, support this team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    p0oorr selection.........no place 4 kamran n razaq now......selectors shud look forward now. ahmad n hammad shud b in 4 these 2!!!!! Cheers!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Akmals Sarfarza ahmed are use less keepers.Pak should find keetper Like Dhoni Adam Gilchrist Prior Macculam

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    junaid/sami,hammad/yasir, and ahmad shahzad/asad. other then that owesome squad..best of luck pakistan..i would had been more likely to see malik or afridi to lead ;)

  • POSTED BY ihaq1 on | July 18, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    well they have brought back some players who are inconsistent and have not played for a while...mohammed sami has a tendency topbe a one match player and must build up his energy and usually tends to lose his rythm...umar gul has had a bad tour and must be urged to keep teh ball upto teh batsmen...generally one feels that teh team seems to feel that it has batted terribly...they have only three middle order players with malik not doing to well and mohammed nazeer who should probably be called mohamed bailey...one does not think too much of him after teh sri lankan tour and might be preferable that he bats at a lower position...dont think of him as a great thinker...he wiil need to depend on his bowlers with the type of batting expected from this outfit...afridi should practice to bat...with nazeer, afridi, malik they might not need any specialist spinner unless they want to play four or five...or a specialist fast bowler if razzak plays all the matches...i think junaid is unlucky

  • POSTED BY afridi-khan on | July 18, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Seriously? Junaid Khan out for Sami? Hopefully he plays all matches against Australia and get clobbered all over the park." They may not be in form, but with ample experience under their belt they can bounce back and play their role." experience of 15 comebacks will not benefit Pakistan in anything. Rest of the team is alright but Hammad Azam should have been included.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Job well done by the selectors by picking up a well balanced side for the up coming t20 world cup and uae,i am glad to see abdul razzaq, kamram akmal, imran nazir and nasir jamshaid back in the pakistani side because they are very good and distructive players on there day. i wish them best of luck for the (UAE) TOUR ans T20 world cup i hope they will perform very well in srilanka.i also wish mohammed hafiz best of luck for the T20 world cup MAY (ALLAH) HELP OUR TEAm TO WIN THE TITLE ONCE MORE FOR OUR COUNTRY and i am preety sure that this [pakistani tean has the potentioal to perform heroics in every part of the world best of luck pakistan team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    To all the guys who are making fun of Junaid's pace: Get your facts right! In T20's, Junaid has bowled many deliveries at 90.0 mph. Even in SL, where you cannot even stand in the hot and humid weather, he was bowling at 135-137 kph consistently. He may or may not be the perfect choice, but don't offer lame excuses. And those who have doubts about his yorkers and accuracy, go check at the video of Friends Life T20, where he successfully defended 7 runs off the last over.

  • POSTED BY umer_akmal_Big_fan on | July 18, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    why junaid khan left out he bowl superbly on batting pitches in sri he is good choice for sqaud 4th seamer (better than yasir arafat) and also for umar akmal give him confidence for his t20s skills

  • POSTED BY umairasgharbutt on | July 18, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    you better keep your comments to yourself mr. umar the team is very balance and all of above we have to give farewell to our legends so wct20 is the best way!

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | July 18, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    No alternative of Kamran Akmal in 10 plus years, that says the state of Pak cricket. Sami is a joke, 40 plus bowling average. This team may not move to semi because of poor bowling attack. Highly inconsistent Gul and poor Sami.

  • POSTED BY toabbasali on | July 18, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    good selection, i would like to see Pakistan in this Batting Format.

    1. Imran Nazir 2. Kamran Akmal 3. M. Hafeez 4. S. Malik / Asad Shafiq 5. Umar Akmal/ Asad Shafiq 6. Abudur Razzaq 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Sohail Tanveer 9. Umar Gul 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. M. Sami/ Raza Hassan

    what you think guys ????????????

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Head off 2 Iqbal Qasim n other selectors for selecting well deserved side for upcoming series Welcome back 2 seniors players n warm welcome 2 specially Raza Hasan very intelligent n exciting talent, inclusion of 4 openers is difficult 2 understand, Hammad Azam deserve a place in ODI's & Umar Akmal surely deserve a 4th place in ODI like Chandimal ahead of Jaywardena. Our bowling side still missing MUhammad Amir swingers & Shoaib Akhtar firing deliveries

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    The selection is pity much ok with the exception of SAMI. Don't know what the selectors were thinking he is a gone case. He is the most expensive bowler in the world in any form of the game. Poor junaid had to suffer because of him. Also with Afridi, Hafeez and Shoaib around with Ajmal you do not need Hasan Raza, Hammad Azam should have been in the side, have confidence in him he is good.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    nothing to say for the selection... wish good luck for Pakistan Team

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    one thing more is that all these players r big hitters and you cant trust them to hit a ball every time..atleast one solid player is required in the middle....i dont mind even if it is misbah..

  • POSTED BY UMAR77 on | July 18, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    No doubt that this is the best selection possible, although there are 2- 3 if and buts: but i fully appreciate selection committee for selecting very good team.

    T20 is all rounders game Russel, Bravo, Pollard, Brenson, Bopara, Watson, Parrera, Mathews, Shakib, Irfan & Yousaf Pathan, Morkal, Both etc.

    Name the top 10 key players of T20 you will find an all rounder. So in my thinking its indeed a good selection. Now its up to Whatmore to choose best eleven. For me it shud be: 1. Imran Nazir/ Nasir Jamshed 2. M. Hafeez 3. Asad Shafique 4. Shoaib Malik 5. Umar Akmal 6. Shahid Afridi/ Hassan Raza 7. Abdul Razzaq/ Yasir Arfat 8. Kamran Akmal 9. Umar Gul 10. Sohail Tanveer 11. Saeed Ajmal

    This makes 7 Bowlers and 9-10 batsmen in each game. A. Shahzad deserved what he got, Junaid little unlucky. ppl r not rating hassan Raza much but he is really worthy T20 player. Management must try him if afridi didnt bowl well.

    Real test of this team n team management will be series against Aussies

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    Why don't they add Sami Aslam he is the most talented 16 year old i have seen and the future of Pakistan. Take out Mohammad Sami and put Junaid Khan who moves the bowl in flat pitches. Ridiculous selection. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • POSTED BY CricketinChina on | July 18, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Owais Zia sould be pick in place of Nasir Jamshed.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Ahmed Shahzad deserves his place.I mean that's unfair.What the use of bringing back Yasir Arafat if u already have Razzaq in ur team ,..,if this is so then why rana naveed was not looked upon for a choice. Good 2 see asad making his place ,..,otherwise the team is good,.,.glad 4 malik as well

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    While selection of few players is debatable, I just wish and pray that our players fire on all cylinders & perform to their true potential ! Up coming T20 CUP will be played under harsh/hot/humid S/Lankan conditions and "FITNESS" will be buzz word ! Series against Australia (in Aug) will provide the opportunity to have "good/hard look" at players fitness/form - many questions will be answered & only then the team will be finalized. For sure, there will be some changes ! Team Pakistan are proven giant-killers, have the required fire-power to derail "the juggernauts". Strongly endorse AndyZaltzmannsHair's suggestions.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    cant understand why Junaid khan has been left out. he did well in T20 as well in the county circuit. he should have been preferred on the unpredictable Muhammad Sami. hope kamran akmal has learnt his lesson and wont repeat the same mistakes again.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    I AM 100% AGREE WITH

    Posted by Stark62 on (July 17 2012, 11:03 AM GMT)

    Hafeez is leading again?!?! His a liability and we need the opening pair of Nazir and Shezhad with Jamshed @ 3 and Umar at 4. Also, why didn't they test out the players against Aus before announcing the T20 squad for the WC?

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    I am reading comments by cricket lovers at cricinfo from quite some time, and I found that 90% people are bagging to include IMRAN NAZIR, good news IMRAN is in the squade, but why most of the people are crying with inclusion of imran it is strange for me. I am ok with asad, all of us know pakistan batting detesters, I hope it make sense. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Well it was evident and i was expecting Kamran Akmal to be the regular at least for tht T20's. As a batsman he has better records than even regular ODI/ T20 batsmen of Pakistan. None of the keepers have been up to the mark and their batting skills have only wasted the lower order, which used to be at least balanced with razzaq and kamran akmal. i dont see aggressive batsmen coming any soon with the calibre of sehwags or gayles...so lets just hope for the best

  • POSTED BY agent001 on | July 18, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    In the valley of the blind, the one eyed wicket keeper is the king. This is Kamran Akmal for you. He is the good one from the the collection of the worst wicket keepers. May be Z. Haider could do a better job.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    why ahmad shahzad is not selected????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????/

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    my playing 11 is Mohammad Hafeez (capt) Imran Nazir Kamran Akmal (wk) umar akmal Nasir Jamshed Shahid Afridi Shoaib Malik/Asad Abdul Razzaq sohail tanvir saeed ajmal umar gul

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Hi friends... you are all missing someone....!!!! Owais Zia....???? What about Owais Zia boys.....???? He is very talented player. Why he is not picked up?

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    please guys!look my 11 for austraila 1.Imran nazir 2.Nasir jamshed 3.hafeez 4,Umar akmal 5.Afridi 6.Kamran 7.Tanvir 8.Sami 9.Gul 10.Saeed ajmal 11.Raza @ we have almost 7 bowlers & good batting line up

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    SAMI HAVE NO CONTROL ON HIS BOWLING, JUNAID OR WAHAB ARE BEST CHOICE THAN SAMI

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Sami's selection can not be justified. He is a very bad selection after dismal performance in SL. Junaid's hard work should be rewarded.

  • POSTED BY NaMalik on | July 18, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    125 kph - 135 kph isnt fast bowling. Why cant Pk develop bowlier faster better pace, remember 160 kph (Akthar). A fast bowler is somewhere in between 145-155 kph regualry. Send away sami, ppl call him fast bowler. bring back junaid he can at least provide cutter!

  • POSTED BY Muzammil_bhai on | July 18, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    i think hammad azam should have been give a chance and sami should ball the new ball and not the old ball he is a very good bowler shahid bhai should bat up the order

    the formation of team should be 1)nasir jamshed 2)imran Nazir 3) M.hafeezc 4)asad shafiql 5)shahid bhai 6)kamran akmal 7)abdul razzaq 8)yasir arafat 9)sohail tanvir 10)M.sami 11)saeed ajmal

    yeah i know its ......PERFECT

    THANKYOU

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    This is stupid Selection Why Ahmad Shahzad drop he was successful in 2 T20 in sarilanka but selector drop him without any reason Shoib Malik and Asad Shafiq have no place in T20 Asad included on the basis of Test Performance its stupid justification this is not test cricket its T20 you have only 120 deliveries in whole game Sami is also a waste he always loose match to pak Ahmad Shahzad Should be in Team instead of Shafiq or Malki

  • POSTED BY Rauf_khan on | July 18, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    I think AHMAD SHEHZAD was the best choice to the place of Nasar jamshaid or Khalid latif he is very good player of Back foot. But one thing i can't belive that why Hammad Azam not picked up Why??????? This is the time for him to play. I think it's just biased decision that the selection comity took.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Only two ,inclusions are dreadful i,e Drop king and pathetic Malik , they think they are the best thathat had ever happened to mankind , p'ease left respectfully , and do favor to yourcountry, and get far away from this game , thatwiill be your most kindness...?

  • POSTED BY Ranaluck2 on | July 18, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    This team is ok because in this team some famous players returns like that Abdul razzaq ,Imran Nazir and Nasir jamshaid. T20 Team Openeing: Muhammad Hafeez and Imran Nazir One Down: Afridi Middle order: Umar Akmal,Malik,Abdul Razzaq Lower order: Kamran,Shoail Tanveer Tailender: Umar Gul,Saeed Ajmal,Sami

  • POSTED BY Muzammil_bhai on | July 18, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    i am not satisfied with the fast bowler umar gul he should'nt have been in the side cause he is capable of giving runs whereas sami should bowl the new bowl cause he is a strike bowler and is capable of getting wickets at a good pace. Haris sohail and shahzaib hasan should be in the side as well misbah is also very important in the team because now we dont have a batsmen except asad shafiq to steadiy hold the side

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | July 18, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    When you have world class bowlers like Gul and Saeed in your team and bowling is your strength then you need to pick up the best wicket keeper behind the stumps to grab all the chances that comes your way to make the bowlers doubly potent. Pak has always been an average fielding side but has a tradition of some great keepers in the past. Fans seem to forget that Kamran was dropped not due to his batting but his atrocious keeping. It will be very interesting to know an honest reaction from Pak bowlers when someone as unreliable as Kamran has been selected for a world cup. If you drop the likes of KP, Kohli or Devilliers they will punish you badly. Also keeping Junaid out when he is in the form of his life for someone like Sami is classic case of demoralizing a promising career. Junaid will be asking himself what wrong has he done in Lanka where world cup will be played. Pak has always had a good T20 team but this time the inconsistent team selection doesnt boasts of much confidence.

  • POSTED BY Nautika on | July 18, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    How can we forget his WC performance Fakir, we can never forget.. Now he is back,it seems the game plan for match fixing is coming into place. Kamran Akmal is the biggest bikaoo in world cricket and this goes on to show that everyone is involved.Bye bye to professional cricktet, welcome to nooora kushti.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    i am so happy for Mohammad Sami , he is only genuine fast bowler in pak at this time and suitsble forn t20 game , so guys who are crying for junaid , should know thathis pace 125 kph , so in order to be in t20 he needs to develop good s'ower delivery abd also some pace for lethal yorkers , as reverse swing will not be ..?here.,,

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    I am happy with the team selection , specially imran, kamran and razaq. But i would just say although i love hafeez as a batsman, but the captaincy for t20 would be more suitable to more experienced shahid. Again their would be conflicts on captaincy and as always the team gonna strugle, i suggest better to make shahid team captain.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    i would rather pick a flawed batsman ,who would playnhis heart out for pakistan , good point by gyy ,Jimmys 2 , this drop king will bring illspirit in team , and whole hard workof misbha will go in vain , leave this Akmal ..?

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Hafeez, Malik, Arfat, Samee, are not natural talents, sould have been replace with ...Shehzad, Hamad, Junaid & Shahzaib Hasan...! but the selctors only has 75 % right to select the team, the remaining 25 % will place in team via PARCHI, POLITICS so Shoeb, Sami, Arfat & Hafeez IN...! very bad.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    great team but instead of nadir jamshaid ahmad shezad should had palyed and in low scoring matches players like azhar ali and younis khaan should play instead of sami

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    A total rubbish selection. Should have given chance to the youngsters to enhance their confidence and play for the team in a big event. Sami is a kind of bowler who has no control over his bowling line or pace and can easily cost us a match. Imran Nazir lacks the patience and good shots and Ahmad Shahzad should have been given a chance for his awesome performances in the last 2 years. ONE big question for the selectors? Why are they constantly ignoring Hammad Azam????????????????? Rest of the team is good and Best of luck to Hafeez.....

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    i want to ask , sir MEETY ,what this wicketkeeping remedial course 101 is , please throw some light on it , and also tell me the worst 5 wicket keepers of all time , what is the ranking of this Drop King..??

  • POSTED BY sherishahmir on | July 18, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Comments on Kamran akmal selection,the Pak nation will cry Allah khair karay Pakistan ki team per and keep Pakistan safe from the potential damage to be happened in future from his poor keeping skills, might he score 20-25 runs but the damage he will cause from his keeping would be irrepairable.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    amazing squad...keep it up boys make us proud...one of the strongest in recent times...for once i really admire our pcb chief

  • POSTED BY atta4627 on | July 18, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Its positive move, and good to see kamran back, he is a fighter and take Pak home with all his best efforts

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    I think the selectors missed a trick by leaving out Junaid Khan and Hammad Azam. Razzaq has been a great servant of Pak Cricket... but he is now a 'has been' and a liability in the field. Good luck to our team for both assignements.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    Sami again!!!!!!!!!. I think selectors trying to prove sami's selection is correct by selecting him again and again and this affect pakistan cricket. sami has 14 comeback. This is world record. Whenever he comes back, he looks like a debutante. We can not consider sami as a experience player.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    My Playing Eleven

    Imran Nazir, Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Umer Akmal, Razzaq, Kamran, Afridi, Tanvir, Umer Gull, Yasir, Saeed Ajmal

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Agree with most of the selection but one need to be bold enough to try young lot and especially if they are talented like Hammad Azam (Paki Micheal Bevan), Ahmad Shahzad and young Junaid Khan. We need to have a lion heart captain having say in his place and have the influence to make bold decisions. Our planning should be for the future and not totally for the present. How long this Razzaq, Sami and company will continue to play for Pakistan??? We have prime example of Great Khan who led a team comprising champions like Wasim, Miandad and likes of Inzi and also players like Iqbal skindar, Waseem haider and even Ijaz sr was attack bowler.. it was only Captain giving them confidence and harnessing their potential... We need some one like Imran Khan to lead the team in the right direction...

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    I think the team is fantastic for the Australia and World T20. We should go with 3 All-Rounders in every game except Hafeez. So Including Hafeez 4 All rounders and a strong batting line 1 major spinner and 2 fast bowlers are needy too. So Batting Line till number 8, look like a great image. On the Other hand 3 main bowlers and 4 All rounders gives you opportunity to attack at any time in the game. Hats off to the selector to select the Imran Nazir. He is the guy which can change the game in instant.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    MOHAMMAD IMRAN ,is the most intelligent guy among all the commentators here , what a great answer to all those ,guys who are crying why there is no junaid , it needs pace and yorkers , in this game , junaid has pace of 110kph .

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Lolz Why did you leave out Junaid Khan !!!!! and why do you guys have shoaib malik and Yasir Arafat... :S big mistake, should have included Junaid and Hammad... or if not hammad, at least surely Azhar... even though he slow he still smashes Shoaib Malik.. He has lost all his skills after getting hitched.. sigh...

  • POSTED BY Faridoon on | July 18, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Ridiculous to leave out Azam and Junaid. Even more rudiculous to include Arafat and Sami who have played only 8 and 5 T20 games respectively. Hence, they are neither young nor expereinced!

    It seemed like poor Azam would only get chances in T20s but now not even that. Maybe the selection criteria should be made a little more transparent so that we know at least why some obviously deserving players are left out.

  • POSTED BY AmjadZork on | July 18, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Junaid Khan should have definetely been included over Sami... Sami for God's sake is getting a 22nd chance in the Pakistan team. he is the worst ever.

  • POSTED BY Bay-Lagaam on | July 18, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    now the fight will be for opening pair... who will open the matches Kami/Nazir, Nazir/Jamshed, jamshed/kami, kami/hafeez or hafeez/nazir... its realy confusin..... well team is fine to me but will miss junaid khan... juni v need u man... Yasir arafat is interesting choice lets c if he can dig any hole... this might be the last series for malik if he doesnt perform for sure if not thn selectors must think twice about their loyalty towards fair selection of the team

  • POSTED BY Gharoor420 on | July 18, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Guys you need to respect the selection of PCB as they must have selected the team which brings out the best possible for the country of Pakistan. Here i can see 90% of the people are becoming professional critics and telling them what and how to select the team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    selection is stupid and also the series will be disappointing bcz of this selection.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Everyone is complaining about JUNAID KHAN not being selected , Guys common enuff now , yes he did well in SL , he bowled beatifully , but thats test cricket , t20 needs pace if u dont have variation , Junaid is yet to prove himself in t20 , Okai hes inform now but who can guarantee that he can convert his test form in t20's., i still remember him getting hamerred in UAE where peterson took him as a club cricketer in t20's , Sami in my opinion is the best option, he has pace atleast and we need that. Pakistan is known for pace so we need some pace out there in middle.,and we cant play with 5 openers so Shahzad is left out AND forget getting angry over Kami , hes the best keeper we got , we tried so many but noone can match him , forget about his drop catches , this guy can bat and we need that to protect our brittle batting line up... Hammad will get his chance but this is a mega event so cant replace him for Razzaq. THis is the best selection i have ever seen , makes complete sense :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Ahmed Shahzad should have been given a chance..But anyways wish u all the best pakistan Team

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    why not junaid khan in place ofGULLl who is in worst form of his life .i think our pace attack is weakest IN COMPETITION time considering there form

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    No Junaid?? what the hell?? Why Sami was picked is beyond me...

  • POSTED BY arefin762 on | July 18, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    To be honest, the WK saga continues for Pakistan. None seemed better than Kamran, even though he is not world-class when it comes to keeping. Opting Junaid for Sami and Hammad for Yasir would have been real strong choices. Unfortunately the selectors could not view that. On what earth Shoab comes to the team? Instead, the inform Azahar Ali could provide Pakistan a dependable middle order!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Team is OK but not outstanding. Junaid Khan and Hammad Azam could have been selected in places of Mohammad Sami and Yasir Arafat. Pakistan will suffer because of these two players. Sami does not have enough cricket brain and Arafat does not have enough cricket skill.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    "They may not be in form, but with ample experience under their belt they can bounce back and play their role." Why not pick someone who's in form like Junaid Khan??

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    Junaid Khan, the one guy who looked like picking up wickets in SL has been left out..UNBELEIVABLE.. I seriously want an explanation from the selectors

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    I am absolutely livid at the fact that they picked Sami and Arafat over Junaid. Junaid Khan, the man who bowled his heart out against Sri Lanka taking five-wicket hauls on lifeless pitches and showed good pace and accuracy certainly deserved a place in the side.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Not a bad team - Could have picked Junaid in place of Sami since Junaid actually swings the new ball and is good with the old one as well where as Sami is just pace and nothing else. Plus Ahmed Shahzad is a better player then Jamshed, with all due respect. I think Shahzad has more shots under his belt and play both fast and spin very well where as Jamshed is good enough on pace but struggles on spin attack.

    My playing 11 out of the current bunch would be:

    1) Nazir 2) Hafeez 3) Kami 4) Malik 5) Shafiq 6) U. Akmal 7) Razzaq 8) Boom Boom 9) Umer gul 10) Sami/tanvir 11) Ajmal

    Thanks

  • POSTED BY Nashib on | July 18, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    Unfortunately Pakistan never learns from the past. Instead of giving a fair chance to the most deserving keeper, the selectors have again taken steps in the reverse direction.

  • POSTED BY agent001 on | July 18, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    Hafeez, Sami and Malik do not belong in this format of cricket.

    I would replace with Shehzad and Junaid. Get a new Captain.

    Now you know why I am not the selector !

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    ahh the greatest eva deccision of PCB i am simply faints ;D love to have these 3 guns back in team green ;D

  • POSTED BY fakir_jeidi on | July 18, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    Many people in this forum complained that IMRAN NAZIR scores big ONCE in 4 or 5 matches. Isn't that enough ? Isn't that great ? Lets assume that some player played 100 match in his career and won 20 or 25 Man of the match award (as per your once in 4 or 5 match formula). What do you say about that ? Regarding KAMRAN, he is the #1 choice for this format accept or not! Just forget about his WC performance.

  • POSTED BY chachum on | July 18, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    SORRY FOR THE SELECTION OF :

    1) ABDUL RAZZAQ 2) MOHD. SAMI 3) SOHAIL TANVIR

    GLAD FOR THE SELECTION OF :

    1) IMRAN NAZIR 2) KAMRAN AKMAL 3) RAZA HASAN

    MISSING :

    AHMAD SHEHZAD AND HAMMAD AZAM

    GOOD LUCK ALL THE BEST

  • POSTED BY chachum on | July 18, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    POOR FIELDERS LIKE : ABDUL RAZZAQ SOHAIL TANVIR UMAR GUL

    THAT IS TRAGEDY :

    BUT PICKING UP GOOD FIELDERS LIKE : IMRAN NAZIR ASAD SHAFIQ SHOAB MALIK

    GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN .

  • POSTED BY Meety on | July 18, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    Back to Kamran Akmal? Pls don't select him tests until he has successfully passed the course Remedial Wicketkeeping 101!

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    I AM AMAZE TO SEE SAMI REPLACING JUNAID, SAMI MUST HAD SOME GOOD LINKS.

  • POSTED BY fr600 on | July 17, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    I'm a huge Imran Nazir fan and I'm glad he finally got an opportunity.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    What the hell,, seems like thy dont want to win , insane selection letting out Junaid , Hammad & Ahmed Shahzad,,,,, in a big batting lineup where Abdul Razzaq going to bat? they wasted him b4 too,,,

  • POSTED BY pak78 on | July 17, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    well come back kammi and razor razzak... and weres junaid khan sure its a miss print.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    Useless Sami over inform Junaid is atrocious!

  • POSTED BY avmd on | July 17, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    No Junaid khan ? must be misprint. On current form, he is the best in Pakistan, with a lot of 20/20 experience which he gained playing in UK.

  • POSTED BY ICET on | July 17, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    Looking from the selected team, there are many combinations in the opening slot, batting order etc. But i thinkfor 20/20 we should mix it up with youth, and experince. The players which have been selected a few god name have missed out etc Junaid KHAN and Ahmed Shahzad, i think Hammad Azam has to improve his bolwing speed. the batting order should be...1..I nazair 2 K akaml 3 m haffex 4 a sahafia 5 u akamel 6 s malik 7 s afarid 8 a razzaq 9 s tanvir 10 u gul 11 saeeed ajaml...

    the top 6 can alawys be changed and bat anywhere..

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    Why have they left Haris Sohail, Junaid Khan and Hammad Azam? What will it take to drop Mohammad Sami?

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    @Sportsf4youth. We have a world class squad that can beat any team under the sun. Kamran Akmal has been a disappointment especially in Australia and in the World cup, however he is the best wicketkeeper batsmen that we can play in a world cup. There is no question in my mind that Kamran Akmal should get another chance to prove his worth. His contributions with the bat can be a really handy thing and if he disappoints with THAT then I am sure PCB will have to get rid of him. I would really like the Akmal brothers to go at the opposition together and be instrumental in a win or 2.

    We have a more than decent chance to win this cup considering we have some of the best hitters in the game We have reached two finals and a brutal semi final. We`re actually favourites to win this cup. Afridi and Razzak we all know are match winners. Imran Nazir is a great value to the team. We need to work on the pace department and this is where we miss our all time great bowlers.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | July 17, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    This is well balanced team and a nice selection. We cannot play against australia and WC with young guns. Old is always gold when it comes to big series and tournaments. I like the selection and hope that every body play well.

  • POSTED BY Mr.Shani on | July 17, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    A good team. Nazir, Razzaq & Akmal deserve the chance but I'm not glad with the selection of Shafiq & Sami. Shafiq is a promising player but of ODI & Test standard and Sami is not consistent although he has huge experience under his belt and he is playing for a long time. He needs some chances to prove himself but not in this type of tournament (World T20). Hammad & Haaris were the better options in place of these two. Anyways my best 11 from this squad will be: Jamshed, Nazir, Kamran, Umer, Hafeez, Afridi, Razzaq / Malik (depend on the conditions and their performance. If Malik then he can bat at 5), Tanvir, Sami / Arafat, Gul & Ajmal.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    ahmed shehzad should have been selected in place of yasir arafat... =p

  • POSTED BY Mohammad_Imran on | July 17, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    Enough of Junaid Khan talk! Yes, he is a great talent & his future is bright... but he is not yet a T20 bowler!!! Pay attention to how he gets his wickets in Tests, either the conditions facilitate swing bowling or his action allows the bowl to reverse swing later in the innings... but he did bowl in a very good channel in SL tests.

    To make the T20 team, he will need to develop a good slower bowl & the ability to bowl yorkers consistently because he lacks pace to be a threat in T20s... He is not Mohammad Amir, who was about 10kph faster... Sami & Gul are both much sharper than him... Tanvir has about the same pace but he is an intelligent bowler in the format & knows how to change pace & bowl yorkers...

    Still hope Junaid develops into a class bowler in all formats

    So

  • POSTED BY ZeeshanKamal on | July 17, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    pak will loose because they dont have good fast bowlers(gul out of form and sami is useless). Pakistan have always win matches because of their bowlers they should replace sami with junaid, yasir arafat with hammad azam and shoaib malik with ahmed shahzad or awais zia.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Finally Imran Nazir gets an opportunity to make a mark for Pakistan lets hope he gets a decent run in the team. The team is good but like most people making comments on this post the fast bowling department is weak. The only reason I think Junaid has not been selected against Australia is to keep him fresh for the T20 World Cup would been amazed if he is not selected for that. My team for the T20 World Cup would be: 1. Imran Nazir 2. Nasir Jamshed 3. Mohammed Hafeez 4. Asad Shafiq/Shoaib Malik 5. Umar Akmal 6. Kamaran Akmal 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Yasir Arafat/Mohammed Sami 9. Umar Gul 10. Junaid Khan 11. Saeed Ajmal

  • POSTED BY hamza1982 on | July 17, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Typically incoherent selection by Pak. The constant exclusion of Azam makes no sense. His bowling still needs to develop, but are they saying that Razzaq, at this stage of his career, is a better bowler than Azam? And the exclusion of Junaid is mind boggling. Junaid should be in for Raza Hasan, because we are never going to play him, we already have Afridi, Hafeez and Ajma, until one of them goes Raza will not get in. Azam should be in for Razzaq, whose best years are behind him.That would be a better mix. As for the inclusion of Kamran, hes gonna drop one eventually. And as for Imran Nazir, the fascination that some Pak fans have for a batsman who averages 32,24 and 23 in the three forms of the game, the less said the better. I would just open with Hafeez and Jamshed. Real Batesmen. The Team I would start with :Hafeez, Jamshed, Shafiq, U Akmal (WK), Malik, Afridi, Azam,Gul, Ajmal, Junaid, Cheema. Just looks like a better balanced side to me.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    What the hell you are talking about only 14 playesr can e selected so one has to drop one has to sacrifies and imran nazir razzak with akmal is always a good choice

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 17, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    Umar Farooq is right in the comment: Youth put on hold. This is a bad team. Wrong players like S.Mallik, U.Gul, M.Sami etc are in and deserving players like Junaid, H.Azam, etc are out. As far as this T20 tourny is concerned Pak will loose badly. But the bigger impact will be that Pak are not preparing for the future, especially the WC 2015. KAMRAN AKMAL IS THE WORST SHOCK.

  • POSTED BY Omarrz on | July 17, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    imran hafez akmal shoaib asad afridi umar razzaq sohail umer saeed

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    what was the reason to include Asad Shafiq and Muhammad sami? Asad S is very promising player of test matches, but, not fit for T20. Sami is surely not a good choice.Junaid Khan was certainly a better choice.Yasir Arafat is also not a good choice, Rana Naveed is far better than Arafat both in bowling and bating. anyway... my playing 11 is as follows. 1) Imran Nazir 2) Nasir Jamshed 3) Muhammad Hafeez 4) Umar Akmal 5) Shoaib Malik 6) Abdul Razzaq 7) Shahid Afridi 8) yaser Arafat 9) Sohail Tanvir 10) Umar Gul 11) Saeed Ajmal. umar akmal is my wicket keeper.

  • POSTED BY stariq on | July 17, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Looks like a bunch of favourites - Juanid who recently performed beyond expectations is not in the squad? Ahmed Shahzad dropped? Nasir Jamshaid a poor fielder and mediocre batsman is in the squad? Azam out and Razzaq in? Selectors need commendations on a highly poor selection!!!

  • POSTED BY SwingReverse on | July 17, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    WHY was Hammad Azam dropped and Junaid Khan dropped? Where is Cheema or Riaz? Gul needs a break and pakistan need an impact bowler for the T20 WC in Lanka. This is a step backwards...may be even two steps backwards.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Pakistani selectors please don't drop Junaid Khan, if you have any chance of winning its only possible with Junaid Khan.

  • POSTED BY frozendilemma on | July 17, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Kamran`s selection will prove costly and will bite the team in the <you know what>

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    hammad is not good bowler at all.he is just looklike parttimer.selector should try someone else like bilawal bhatti and manymore.please get ride of sami soon as possible.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Great selection! I dont understand why are you guys criticizing Imran Nazir. He is a match winner and a T20 specialist. I would pay a heavy amount for such a man if I owned a T20 team. He played really well in the 2007 world cup and also ICL and BPL. Razzak ...the day he starts banging the ball from the middle of the bat no bowler can stop him. We all know that. Malik and Asad bring stability to the team. They can slow down if wickets fall early , make a few runs and let Afridi and Razzak finish. Its a great combination. I am worried about the bowling department especially the fast bowling. We need some pacers who can bowl a decent pace.! Gul is good but if its not his day then we cant rely solely on Saeed Ajmal.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | July 17, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Asad Shafiq has been picked following his solid Test series in Sri Lanka - Typical Pakistan working mindset. Just like Fawad Alam was dropped from Test Squad based upon his performances in Twenty20's. Asad is no 20/20 player. Watch Akmal performing in 20/20 will eventually be picked for Test and ODI.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    Ahmed Shehzad should be in the squad instead of Yasir Arafat.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | July 17, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Kamran Akmal? I bet all other cricket countries would be rejoicing. I still remember his Worldcup bloopers which ultimately cost Pakistan the cup!

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    I think razaaq selection is debatable , secondly all people are talking about leaving Ahmad Shezad but i think they done a wrong chioce in leaving Khalid Latief, Khalid latief should be prefererd over Nasir Jameshad as they already have four openers in side. I dnt know why the left Junaid Khan or Tanveer Ahmad both are better T 20 bowerls than Sami and yasir Arafat. Lastly about Shakeel Ansar that guy deserves more chances rather to recall Kamran Akmal Again.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Kamran Akmal,Imran Nazir,Nasir Jamshed are true choices for t20 WC .... HafeeZ is the right choice for captancy .... Hammad Azam should be played instead of Razzaq .......... Otherwise excellent squad selected by Iqbal Qasim .... my playing X1 are Hafeez,jamshed/Imran Nazir,Umar Akmal,Haris Sohail,Shahid Afreedi,Kamran Akmal ,Hammad Azam,junaid khan,umar Gul,Saed Ajmal ,Raza hasan :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    Aizaz Cheema was an asset in T-20. He will be sorely missed and perhaps he is going to be one reason why Pakistan would lose this T 20 World Cup.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | July 17, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Don't care if Kamran ends up being the man of the series, I don't want to see him anywhere near the team. Pak. fans have short memories - look at his sham of a performance in Australia and you'll remember that he doesn't have his heart in the the right place. I'd rather pick a flawed batsman who would play his heart out for Pakistan - were that the case, then it wouldn't matter a jot if he lost them the game

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Here are my picks based on the available list of players for the T20's: 1.Mohammad Hafeez, 2.Nasir Jamshed, 3.Kamran Akmal, 4.Asad Shafiq, 5.Umar Akmal, 6.Shoaib Malik, 7.Shahid Afridi, 8.Abdul Razzaq, 9.Yasir Arafat, 10.Umar Gul 11.Saeed Ajmal

    -Can I ask what all the hype around Imran Nazir is? Hes an average player (can be very distructive 1 in 5 innings). -And whats with Mohammad Sami?...same as Imran Nazir...had great opportunity and delivered at the start of his career only. -Lastly, I will go on record to say Asad Shafiq is NOT a t20 player by any stretch of the imagination. Hes done well in tests and should continue to fill the middle order void and maybe even in ODI's, but NOT T20's. He simply cant clear the boundary enough/at all. Hes too slow a player for this format.

    Very happy to see Razzaq back...maybe they can use him at 3 instead of him bailing out the team every few games from below. Hopefully Malik will make the most of it.

    Pak will make atleast the Semi's.

  • POSTED BY Haseefvia on | July 17, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Pakistan T20 My Side

    1. Mohammad Hafeez 2. Imran Nazir 3. Kamran Akmal 4. Shahid Afrid 5. Umar Akmal 6. Shoaib Malik 7. Asad Shafiq 8. Abdul Razzaq 9. Sohail Tanvir 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Umar Gul

  • POSTED BY fjedai on | July 17, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Inclusion of Razzaq and Imran Nazir is good but, should not play together in playing eleven. Seventy percent of time Razzaq will score less than 10 runs and bowl 1 or two overs and drop some catches. Nazir who will make team win single handedly in 40 % of time. Also he won't waste any balls even he fails to score big. Good thing about this team is, it looks strong on batting all the way till #10 shohail tanvir.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    the only issue for me is missing Junaid khan, he would have added a different dimension in bowling attack, but over all a gud selection overall... the first choice combination will be Nazir/Jamshed to open with Kamran then followed by hafeez, umar akmal,malik, shafiq, afridi, razzaq, gul, ajmal, taveer.... and on paper , they look like the most balanced side of all and wishing them best of luck for playing ground as well...

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Sami preferred over Junaid Khan ?? and Shafiq selected in T20s for his performance in Test matches ?? WHY ? how many chances do you want to give to Sami ???? The guy averages 50+ in tests and he performed accordingly in Srilanka with an average of 65+. This is not the batting average guys !!!!

  • POSTED BY 14.08.1947 on | July 17, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Once again the Akmal CLAN has won.......Nevertheless i wish Pakistan all the best, even iam not convinced with the Team Selection!!! Best XI: 1.Imran Nazir 2.Kamran Akmal + 3.Shahid Afridi 4.Umar Akmal 5.Shoaib Malik 6.Abdul Razzaq 7.Hafeez * 8.Umar Gul 9.Sohail Tanveer 10.Yasir Arafat 11.Saeed Ajmal

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    1 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 2 Imran Nazir, 3 Nasir Jamshed, 4 Umar Akmal, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Abdul Razzaq, 8 Kamran Akmal (wk), 9 Yasir Arafat, 10 Sohail Tanvir, 11 Saeed Ajmal,

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    I think PCB read the comments here, and people for long time have been asking for Razzaq and Imran Nazir, and now when they are selected a different set of people are saying bad choice, oops too late until PCB read your comments again :)

  • POSTED BY JDsheikh on | July 17, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Kamran Akmal and Nasir Jamshed are good inclusions but not sure about Imran Nazir and Abdul Razzaq inclusions. Imran nazir has lot of flaws in his batting, most of the time plays cross bated shoots and Abdul Razzaq is a pathetic fielder and a bowler with no sting or pace in his bowling although i have no doubts in his extra ordinary hitting capabilities. To me Ahmed shahzad and Hammad Azam were better options instead of these two players.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Very disappointed to see Imran Nazir back in the squad. He will not perform again and will be dropped after this tournament.Any person who understands even a bit of cricket can easily say that Imran Nazir technically a below average player and can only be successful in 2nd grade leagues like ICL and BPL

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    At least, junaid Khan ought to have been picked, that guy is the best bowler pakistan got.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    SHaHID AFRIDY plays so much down the order, that he has only 10/15 or less balls to face. out of them if he can manage to hit a six or a four. he is quite content with his performance. he should rather come out when the situtation demands. show his aggression and ability to control and divert the situtation from bad/worst into win win situtation.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    @satish619chandar agree with u

  • POSTED BY ashikcool on | July 17, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Good Selection My playing 11 would be 1 Imran Nazir 2 Nasir Jamshed 3 Shoaib Malik 4. Umar Akmal 5 Asad Shafiq 6 M.HAfeez 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Abdul Razzaq 9. Saeed Ajmal 10 Mohamed Sami 11 Umar gul

    10 players can bat except gul but sometimes he can hit four or six if he is playing for country not for money. I am from Sri Lanka But am supporting pakistan bcoz am a muslim so defenetly i will support for Muslim Country. Dont worry pakistanis all is well.Allah is behind us.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    1. Mohammad Hafeez - Captain 2. Imran Nazir 3. Nasir Jamshed 4. Asad Shafiq 5. Umar Akmal 6. Shoaib Malik 7. Kamran Akmal - W/K 8. Shahid Afridi 9. Abdul Razzaq or Yasir Arafat 10. Sohail Tanvir 11. Saeed Ajmal Their will 6 bowlers ( 2 Medium pacers and 4 spinners ). I think in T20s we don't need a fast bowler. Umar Gul is out of form like other international teams we should have to drop out of form players.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Where is Aizaz Cheema? For me, Aizaz Cheema would have been the best selection for T-20 World Cup. He has been the most decent bowler with deceptive pace and good yorkers. Sri Lanka series was lost due to Sami, had there been Cheema, Series would have been shared. Hammaz Azam is thousand times better than Razzaq.

  • POSTED BY romirom on | July 17, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    junaid hard luck man... he is the special talent. he sud be in the squard of every format of the game played by pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    In absence of Misbah there is no balancing factor in Pakistan team as witnessed in Srilanka.Asad Shafiq can come close,but he may not make playing eleven.Akmals sneaking in is dangerous for discipline & integrity. Shehzad would be a better choice than Shoib Malik.Razzaq will play as a batsman.Finally some faith has been shown in genuinly quick Sami which is a good sign.Best of luck to Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Farrukh.91. on | July 17, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    seems a sensible selection, but on both the occasions Pak won the world cup the captian was a KHAN, not this time! :(

  • POSTED BY gunnerr4life on | July 17, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    why are the likes of shahzaib hasan , khalid latif , rameez raja jr. and anwar ali excluded from the squad ??

  • POSTED BY chachum on | July 17, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    NOW THE SELECTION COMMITTEE HAS ANNOUNCE THE 15 PLAYERS FOR TWENTY/20 SQUAD ; THE BEST ELEVEN FOR PAKISTAN IS AS FOLLOWS : 1) IMRAN NAZIR 2) KAMRAN AKMAL 3) NASIR JAMSHED 4) MOHD. HAFEEZ 5) SHOAB MALIK 6) ASAD SHAFIQ 7) UMAR AKMAL 8) SHAHID AFRIDI 9) SOHAIL TANVIR 10) UMAR GUL 11) SAEED AJMAL

    THAT WOULD BE THE BEST ELEVEN FOR PAKISTAN .

    GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN .

  • POSTED BY MianMoosa on | July 17, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    it would have been an excellent squad if hamad azam & junaid khan were there,,,,, any way still a very good squad,,,, a bit worry over razzaq & sami,,,,, kamran akmal again make a comeback for a WC ,,,,, lets hope that he drop any catches,,,, my playing XI MUHAMMAD HAFEEZ IMRAN NAZIR ASAD SHAFIQE UMAR AKMAL SHOAIB MALIK SHAHID AFRIDI KAMRAN AKMAL ABDUR RAZZAQ SOHAIL TANVIR UMAR GUL SAEED AJMAL

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Gul is nt consistent and also out of form , sami is confused as always and never bowled good in death overs, !!! Yorkers are the biggest weapon in t20s and we dont have any real fast bowler who is bowling yorker to perfection , Junaid khan was a hope but pcb did worse not to choose him .... though lets hope these fast medium faulty bowlers get some rythm n pak can show a good !!

  • POSTED BY Behind_the_Wicket on | July 17, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Ahmad Shahzad , Hammad Azam and Junaid Khan should in . Sami , Gul and Malik should out....

  • POSTED BY hamqad on | July 17, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    I would take Malik, Arafat, and Nazir out of the squad and replace them with Hammad Azam, Junaid Khan, and Ahmed Shehzad. Malik, Arafat and Nazir are average players at best. I'd rather gamble with younger players who can surprise you, than rely on old, mediocre, tried and failed, bunch of loonies. Wasn't that how we won the 1992 world cup? I just hope the management comes out of its defensive shell and start to separate out mediocrity in support of some younger blood.

  • POSTED BY Umpire_OUT on | July 17, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Leaving Junaid and dreaming W.C trophy???

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    sad day for Pak cricket! bad selection. dropping players like Hammad Azam, Ahmed Shazad and our best bowler Junaid Khan for players who are past their prime is just stupidity. Kamran Akmal cost us the odi world cup and now will the main reason for our failure in T20. Razzak is just too old and is a poor fielder ans slow between the wickets. he converts 2s into 1 and 3s into 2s.

  • POSTED BY zaheerthetop on | July 17, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Akmals have big influence in paks they r uselesee of pak team and for cricket as well

  • POSTED BY imran_naqvi on | July 17, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    What the hell ahmad shahzad did wrong on earth? he played good. and for God sake man Yasir arfat is just a club level talent. I dont know how he always gets a place in worldcup sqaud. I would have rather kept hammad azam at his place. yasir arfat and raza hassan are not right choice. even Reham could have been a better option as he save runs and he can bat as well. i appreciate rest of selection.

  • POSTED BY chachum on | July 17, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    THE BEST ELEVEN FOR PAKISTAN I THIN SHOULD HAVE BEEN : 1) IMRAN NAZIR 2) AHMAD SHEHZAD 3) KAMRAN AKMAL 4) NASIR JAMSHED 5) MOHD. HAFEEZ 6) UMAR AKMAL 7) SHOAB MALIK 8) SHAHID AFRIDI 9) HAMMAD AZAM 10) UMAR GUL 11) SAEED AJMAL

    ANY WAY GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN .

  • POSTED BY avmd on | July 17, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Razzaq'a days as an international players are over and its a step backward to include him, he is god for domestic criceket only,even at that level he is not performing well now. Imran Nazir has had a thousand chances already, an unless he gets a brain transplant, I'm not expecting any steady perfromance from him, Ahmad Shezad should have been picke up instead. Kamran's selection makes sence. Sami, again ? he didn't do anything of substance in SL, get chance to someone new.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    The only performing fast bowler; Junaid Khan has been omitted while dropped / performing miserably; Muhammad Sami is again included in the team. Rana Naveed Ul Hassan is being ignored intentionally despite his performances specially his Swinging Yorkers at international venues like County Cricket, BPL etc. Inclusion of Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal and Imran Nazir will strengthen Pakistan team if Captain is able to utilize their abilities and experience without fear of change in captaincy and indulging in internal team politics. Now Pakistan has one of the most dangerous tale consisting of Afridi, Razzaq, Malik, Kamran and Sohail. Devotion and commitment from Pakistan Team will be the deciding factor. Wishing 100% from all specially from Afridi, Imran, Razzaq, Umar, Kamran, Ajmal and Captain.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    Kamran back - This means Openers will be Kamran and Hafeez - If not Kamran I'll go with Nasir because he has a brain too - Asad Shafiq and Malik will be Handy In the middle order- Razaq and Afridi in the Late middle order.

  • POSTED BY chachum on | July 17, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    WE WOULD BE MISSING SHEHZAD AND HAMMAD . THAT IS POOR SELECTION OF RAZZAQ AS HE IS THE ONE OF THE WORST FIELDER IN THE SQUAD . SPECIALLY FOR OPENING WE NEED SHEHZAD AND IN THE MIDDLE ORDER HAMMAD .OTHERWISE ALL THE SELECTION IS VERY GOOD . GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN .

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Strange selection of Kamran Razzaq and Imran and why sheer talent like Junaid, sadaf hussain and Zia ul Haq batsman like Ahmad Shehzad are axed.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    i guess this time they have picked good players by bringing imran nazir back to team..this wil create difference..and good to see kamran back..he is better than other pakistani wicket keepers...good luck

  • POSTED BY codegreen on | July 17, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Nearly 2 years and Pakistan are back to their best ,,,what more Pak t20 need than Nazir replacing 'always playing for his place' unattractive Ahmed Shahzad and Kamran replacing all failed " 6 " so called Wicketkeepers..and good to see Sami in,,

  • POSTED BY UK_Chap on | July 17, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    I really despair, am I expected to believe that Pakistan really has no other bowlers better that Gul and Sami. All I can say is... god help us..... . I say to the PCB, please put your country first and pick two proper young new fast bowlers, there are plenty of them waiting for an opportunity. And Lord help again, save us from the K.AKMAL.... what have we the fans done to deserve this.... how many more painful drop catches and missed stumpings do we have to endure again. Am I being to led to bellieve that Pakistan seems to only have one family that produces wicket keepers..................

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Why did they drop Ahmad Shahzad??

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    My PAK World Cup elevens r : Hafeez, I.Nazir, Asad shafeeq, umer akmal, SHoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Razzaq, Saeed Ajmal, Gul, Sami.......................

  • POSTED BY liaqathussain on | July 17, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    should have hamamd azam insted of razzaq and junaid insted of sami,,

    and asad sharif isnt made for t20,, repalce him with ahmed shehzad,

    this tea selected looks weak,, may ALLAH (swt ) help them

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    talented t20 players like ahmad shehzad, shahzeb hassan, sharjeel khan, hammad azam, khalid latif are missing

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    hammad azam, ahmed shehzad and sharjeel khan should have been in the squard instead asad shafiq, yasir arafat and abdul razzaq

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 17, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Posted by Malik Muhammad Umer on (July 17 2012, 13:32 PM GMT) :- I totally agree. I don't understand why the selectors are doing this. Pakistan will loose very badly.

  • POSTED BY KashifMuneer on | July 17, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Overall the squad looks good but I am very disappointed by the exclusion of Hammad Azam. he is the future of Pak cricket and an ideal replacement for Abdul Razaaq. He has always performed reasonably well when given the chance (unlike Ahmed Shehzad or even Imran Nazir). I hope Pak reliase that Hafeez, Ajmal and Afridi bowl their full quota so Pak can play with only need 1 fast bowler along with Razzaq if they want. Shoaib Malik can bowl a few if needed as a 6th bowler. Although the below team is possible, I think it would be too batting heavy and Asad Shafiq should be replaced with Sohail Tanvir. Line-up should be flexible Team could look like this: 1)Imran Nazir 2)Hafeez 3)Nasir Jamshed 4) Umar Akmal 5)Asad Shafiq 6)Shoaib Malik 7)Kamran Akmal 8)Shahid Afridi 9)Abdul Razzaq 10)Umar Gul 11)Saeed Ajmal

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 17, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Posted by Mahmood Siddique on (July 17 2012, 13:32 PM GMT) :- Totally agreed on all points. Gul & Sami should have been out and Junaid, Rahat, Sadaf should have been in. Shoeb Mallik & Kamran should never have been considered. Iqbal Qasim is attracted to Kamran's batting which never fires on important occassions. But Qasim is not looking at Kamran's keeping which is the worst in the world. Very Poor selection.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    that is a great and dangerous squad in t20s. all the teams should consider that. selectors did a great job. good luck to pakistan.

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | July 17, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    very balanced squad. not a fan of kamran akmal but horror batting from all keepers tested recently he seems perfect choice. may be last chance for razak & imran nazir. only 1 thing hammd azam should also be in squad as razaq's performance sometimes no good enough to stay in playing 11. my team definate: hafez, afridi,ajmal,kamran akmal,umar akmal, imran nazir, medium pace allrounder as 3rd seamer: razak 2 pacers from sami/gul/sohail tanvir/yasir/ ( would prefer sohail & gul) 2 bastman from malik/asad/nasir. ( would prefr asad in playing 11)

    1- imran 2 - kamran 3- hafeez 4- umar 5- asad 6- malik 7- razaq 8 afridi 9 sohail 10 gul 11 ajmal

  • POSTED BY demahom.kishaa on | July 17, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    I am vry hpy about playing final 11. i alredy posted to" espncric" my dream playing all r in tis final sqaud " i alredy posted my dream squad ; 1.i.nazir 2.n.jamshid 3.Hafeez 4.k.akmal 5.Malik 6.u.akmal 7.Afridi 8.Razzaq 9.Tanvir 10.Gul 11.Ajmal But bench players (shafiq=sahzad, y.arafat=h.azam, sami=j.khan, raza=anwarali) wish u all!!!!

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | July 17, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Real shame not to see Junaid ahead of Sami in this squad

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Where are Junaid, Shahzad and Hammad???? Why we always preffer old rusty guns like Sami, Umar Gull, A. Razzaq , Y Arafat and Malik?? If Asad can be selected on his performance in test matches than why not Junaid in place of Umar/Sami both of them perform really bad? Nice to see K Akmal back as we don't have good wicket keeper batsman thanks for not selecting Sarfraz who really perform below standard with bat and gloves in SL and even in BD.

  • POSTED BY abdulghaffar08 on | July 17, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    There was no need of Sammi and Yasir Arfat. Instead Junaid and Hammad Azam would be good choice. Best Luck Palistan

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    why sami????what is left in him what selectors want to get out...he will be the reason for team failure if he will play....

  • POSTED BY Mohammad_Imran on | July 17, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Nice squad.. Hammad & Shahzad will be regulars in the team soon enough, they're still very young (21 & 20)... For all the Sami haters, there's is no substitute for pace, especially in SL conditions.. Sami is without a question the fastest bowler in Pakistan & one of the fastest in the world... Once he gets regular chance & he's not stressed about being selected, we will see the best of him. And in SL T20s, the batsmen had a hard time getting bat on Sami's deliveries.

    1) Nasir Jamshed 2) Imran Nazir 3) Abdul Razzaq 4) Mohammad Hafeez (c) 5) Umar Akmal 6) Asad Shafiq (collapse protection) 7) Kamran Akmal 8) Shahid Afridi 9) Sohail Tanveer 10) Umar Gul 11) Saeed Ajmal

    I believe Razzaq needs to play one down 'cause he has a very versatile game (he will be wasted down the order) & Akmal, Afridi & Tanveer are there to finish the innings well..

    If it's a flat batting track, they should play an extra bowler in Sami (in place of Shafiq)

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Man on | July 17, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    I completely oppose the selection of Kamran Akmal even if he is a good batsman. Iqbal Qasim should be criticized because he selected Shakeel Ansar for two matches and he only faced 1 ball. People did not see his batting abilities. Very unjust for Shakeel Ansar. Even if they wanted Kamran then Shakeel should have not been selected all together for Lanka T20s. You can't judge him on two matches where he just faced 1 ball. Chief Selector going with people's opinion rather than sheer cricket sense. If tomorrow people ask him to drop Kamran if he drops a crucial catch of Hussey in UAE, what face will he show? Unlucky Shakeel, lucky Kamran and illogical Iqbal Qasim

  • POSTED BY Gloucsfan on | July 17, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Has everyone forgotten kamran Akmal at Sydney, deliberate missed run out and catches? Should never play cricket again

  • POSTED BY Omarrz on | July 17, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Great squad! Good to see Kamran back! Every Pakistani keeper drop catches, at least Kamran is a reliable batsman.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 17, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Posted by Malik Muhammad Umer on (July 17 2012, 13:32 PM GMT) :- Totally agreed on all points. This is the most rubbish team the selectors could have given to the captain, Hafeez. Shoeb Mallik is good for nothing. Ahmed Shehzad was a better choice. Kamran Akmal is a liablity on the team, the bowlers will suffers most and also the captain. Asad is a great Test player, but frankly still not fit for T20's. Finally Selecting Sami and Gul over Junaid, Rahat, Sadaf proves a total non application of mind. Junaid was Pakistans most successful Pace bowler in the recently concluded SL series, What promted Qasim and co. for this decision is mind baffeling.

  • POSTED BY chachum on | July 17, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    3 GOOD ONE ARE LEFT OUT ; A.S / H.A / K.L. INSTED OF A GARBAGE FIELDER A.R . IS INCLUDED SPECIALY WOULD BE A GREAT OF THE OPENER . ANY WAY GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN .

  • POSTED BY SettingSun on | July 17, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Always great to see Teflon gloves Akmal back, that should ensure the comedy integrity of the tournament.

  • POSTED BY Noball_Specialist on | July 17, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Here we go again.

    1) Boot Akmal out 2) Akmal drops catches gets out after making less than 20 runs 3) Calls for removal 4) See step 2 5) See step 3 6) See step 2 7) See step 3 8) Gets replaced with younger brother who's even worse than the older brother 9) Younger Akmal makes virtually no runs 10) Akmal rejoins team after selectors learn that there literally is no other keeper in the length and bredth of Pakistan 11) See step 2 12) See step 3 13) See step 2 14) See step 3 15) Gets replaced with younger brother who's even worse than the older brother

  • POSTED BY ahmad.gorsi on | July 17, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    GOOD selection but lets see how shoaib malik play in this event he has been struggling since he came back and in the last t 20 against sri lanka u might know that he struggled to hot the ball out of the park when team needed from him and planty of slow deliveries from sri lankan bowlers still he wasnt able to hit them out of the boundary other hand abdul razzaq kamran akmal and imran nazir inclusion in the side is good for the team ahmad shahzad stugglled whenever he gave chance to play in the opening spot for pakistan i think thats why imran nazir is better choice .pakistan should play with two regular openers like imran nazir and hafeez than nasir jamshed at 3 asad shafique at 4 umer akmal at 5 kamran akmal at 6 afiridi at 7 razzaq at 8 ajmal at 9 gul at 10 and sami at 11 ....if imran dnt click than jamshed should open and malik should b in the side infront of imran nazir if he failed to get connect...better luck for Pakistan...

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    seriously, Sami over Junaid Khan, Anwar Ali, Sadaf Hussain? When will PCB learn? Why is Ahmed Shehzad being kicked out? Replace him with Asad Shafiq. Shafiq is not comfortable in t20s. Keep him for tests and ODIs.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    sad day for Pak cricket! bad selection. dropping players like Hammad Azam, Ahmed Shazad and our best bowler Junaid Khan for players who are past their prime is just stupidity. Kamran Akmal cost us the odi world cup and now will the main reason for our failure in T20. Razzak is just too old and is a poor fielder ans slow between the wickets. he converts 2s into 1 and 3s into 2s.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    shazeb hasan &ahmad shezad missing

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    my squad....imran nazir,hafeez,ahmad shehzad,nasir jamshed,asad shafiq,umar akmal,kamran akmal,shoaib malik,shahid afridi,hammad azam,a.Razzaq,sohail tanvir,mohammad talha,wahab riaz,a.rehman

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Selectors have done their part, now its up to the palyers to perform well and make the nation proud. Good Luck Pakistan.....|

  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | July 17, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    This may seems like an excellent squad, but why get rid of Ahmed Shehzad and Hammad Azam? Both didn't do anything wrong and they are our future star players. Going back to the squad, improvements have been made to make Pakistan look more of a dangerous T20 team. You do have a few "block-a-holics", like Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq and Shoaib Malik, but rest assured that we have a great and challenging team. My XI has to be: 1.) Nasir Jamshed 2.) Imran Nazir 3.) Mohammad Hafeez (C) 4.) Umar Akmal 5.) Shahid Afridi 6.) Shoaib Malik 7.) Abdul Razzaq 8.) Kamran Akmal (WK) 9.) Sohail Tanvir 10.) Umar Gul 11.) Saeed Ajmal

  • POSTED BY Bilal_Choudry on | July 17, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    couple of mistakes ... should have gone for hammaz azam rather than yasir arafaat.. also junaid khan for mohd sami any day of the week ... ahmed shahzad is unlucky to miss out .. but still this time is not bad .. a lot will now b on the shoulders of gul and tanvir

  • POSTED BY veeezel on | July 17, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    nothing personel but i am disapointed to see sami name in the squad why our managment and selectors can not come out from perchi system i have followed sami carrier from a long time and could not come out with two games on the trott where he has performed so can any one please justify his selection its not about disliking sami its about depriving a rightfull selection of someone who deserve it more on merit

  • POSTED BY Classy.Nerd on | July 17, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Comebacks by any means, makes a player play his Top Game. And plus, these are all explosive players. Lets just hope they deliver!

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    I wonder why Abdul Rehman is not part of this team... and without Misbah or Younis... this seems like a brittle middle order on the srilankan pitches.. the fast bowlers are also not at the their best... not impressed.. :(

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Oh My God... I happy Kamran , Razzaq and Imran are in squad. Definitely this will put all the other teams in trouble. Deadly Dangerous T20 Players. Other teams going to have a tough time... Finally PCB done it. Go Pakistan Go.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    I Think These Players are Best for T20 Cricket Specially Imran Nazir And Kamran Akmal Very Dangerous for Any Team any Bowler Imran Nazir Is Best Choice For Pakistan And Razzaq Is Best All-rounder In This Format Of Cricket Gooooooooooooooooooooood Luccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccck Team Pakistan

  • POSTED BY BattosaiXX on | July 17, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Why is Hammad Azam Out? Why we need a specialist keeper who is worse then a substitute. Sami and Gul both playing together is a recipie for disaster. One or the other is bound to help us loose the match.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    malik?? not again!give a chance 2 some deserving youngster?? haris sohail was nvr given run

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Great to see Nazir , kamran and razzaq back

  • POSTED BY adnan731 on | July 17, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    but why Ahmad Shahzad missed out??? he could be there in place of Nasir Jamshed or maybe even of Imran Nazir (Refer BPL Top scorer)

  • POSTED BY whatawicket on | July 17, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    all iron gloves back again, how many times do you have to be dropped before they say thats it. pick him for a batter but there must be a better WK around than him

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 17, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Surprise , surprise - Junaid not in squad.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 17, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Good New : I.Nazir, A.Razzaq, N.Jamshed IN. . Bad New: K.Akmal, U.Gu l, S.Mallik - IN ,Hammd Azam out. . . The Worst part of the News is the inclusion of Kamran Akmal. It will be a nightmare series for the bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    At last, my favorite team has been picked. Beware all the other teams, because Pakistan is surely gonna be the new World T20 Champions!

  • POSTED BY spiriteddisplay on | July 17, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    The team looks balanced and dangerous, but surely Hafeez is not a good choice as T/20 Captain, it should be Shahid Afridi only

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Dropping Ahmed Shahzad is a crime in my view.. What on earth the selectors r thinking??? Whats the criteria.. Why older players like Sami and Arafat in the team and why not a player like Ahmed Shahzad is out who played faster than Chris Gayle when he was his opening partner.. Disappointing....

  • POSTED BY am5786 on | July 17, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Looks like a good squad I hope captain will move himself down to the order and let Nasir and Imran open the innings with Kamran at one down position. @Shahab Khan how can you have Aizaz and Junaid in your eleven if they are not in the final 15?

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    I dont understand the selection here... Why junaid khan is not in the squad with his amazing perfomances in srilanka where the world cup will be held n his amazing ability to bowl yorkers. And why is haris sohail being droped without being given a chance. And ahmed shahzad batted well on bowling pitch n hes dropped. Poor Selcection

  • POSTED BY Z.Saleem on | July 17, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    good selection, and glad to see Razzaq back for Pakistan!

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | July 17, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    If the opners and no. 3 can give a good start then umar Akmal, Afridi, Razzaq and Kamran Akmal are worth each and every penny to show some fire work. In T20, I could have tried opening with Razaq and Imran Nazir and nasir Jamshid and Hafiz at 3 & 4, Asad at 5, then Uamr, Afridi and Kamran at 6,7 and 8 before going over to Sohail Tanveer, Umar Gul and Ajmal. Although I wished Azhar Mehmood replacing Umar Gul in T20s.

  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | July 17, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Ridiculous to drop HAMMAD AZAM

  • POSTED BY umairasgharbutt on | July 17, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Squad is the best now all need is some luck specially in t20s

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Gr8 team but as usual selectors making another mistake by not picking junaid khan and picking SAMI YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING

  • POSTED BY Shazzada on | July 17, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Afridi would be an ideal captain to lead this team...

  • POSTED BY ahilcool on | July 17, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    pakistan have a good squad but could have picked a better one by including junaid khan, abdur rehman, rana naved ul hasan

  • POSTED BY umer41 on | July 17, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    GoOd luCk fOr PakiStaN as a T20 ChampiOn Of 2O12......................

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Great work done by selection committee. the best possible players selected.. Good luck to team Pak for Australia series and World Cup...

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | July 17, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Oh no, not Sami & Gul again? At least it was enough of Sami's 14th come back.

  • POSTED BY jibman on | July 17, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    One thing is puzzling that how in the World Sami is getting selected for almost every thing. He must be part of some strong group. I am agreed he has speed but line and length, Variety, Fielding all these things are lacking in him. How many more chances he should get. It is time that Pakistan should produce some new AAMIR. I am sure that land which produced Wasim, Waqar and Imran is having no dearth of talent and cricket fanatics.

  • POSTED BY Cricketer2010 on | July 17, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    where is Junaid khan????????????????//

  • POSTED BY Abdullah1991 on | July 17, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    K M has dropped 62 catches in his career (not counting stumping chances). S Mirza is a old fellow and now should retire and give chance to players like Hammad Azam and Ahmed Shazad. I am pretty sure the real talent N Jamshed and I Nazir is not going to get their chance in the tournament.

  • POSTED BY Kak-mal_Khan on | July 17, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    "Pakistan lose T20 after wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal howler" Welcome back Mr Unreliable, can't wait to watch you drop easy chances again off Pakistan's already nervous bowling line-up consisting of M.Sami & U.Gul. Pakistan fans get ready to read the line "dropped, should have been taken" on numerous occasions again on cricinfo commentary during Australia's batting innings. Also his batting is not that amazing, so many times I have seen him walk from the pitch with glum expression on his face after playing dreadful shot to get out - sorry but this guy is not an international wicketkeeper! Play Adnan, he has much better glovework!!

  • POSTED BY AmjadZork on | July 17, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    My playing XI from the current squad would be: 1) Imran Nazir 2) Nasi Jamshed 3) Hafeez 4) Asad Shafiq 5) Umar Akmal 6) Kamran akmal(wk) 7) Afridi 8) Abdul Razzag 9) Sohail tanvir 10) Ajmal 11) Gul...

  • POSTED BY AmjadZork on | July 17, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    I wish Afridi be made captain & include Ahmed Shehzad... Remember the BBL when he came out as a opener with Chris Gayle....

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    kamran akmal is trending in pakistan on twitter! :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Its amazing team bro, but where the SUPER HERO JUNAID KHAN

  • POSTED BY TeamSelector on | July 17, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Not too sure about Asad Shafiq's inclusion as a 20/20 player & why isn't Junaid Khan included in this squad ???

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Love to see imran nazir and abul razak back

  • POSTED BY BigDadyCool on | July 17, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Hamad Azam Should be Playing instead od Yasir Arafat.... I havent Seen a Single Match Winning Performance form Yasir till now.

  • POSTED BY kamsys on | July 17, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    SERIOUSLYY I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY THEY LEFT OUT HAMMAD AZAM!!! THROW SAMI OUT AND BRING AZAM IN!!!

  • POSTED BY wasim_007 on | July 17, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Will come out from early round....Hafiz doesn't know the ABC of Captainship and Cricket...he is just fluke and have not done nothing....No Hamad ...again a big mistake....(Nazir is plus by he can't win every match)...

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    superb team.. capable of winning the cup by 10 wickets

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    who says its the ideal team in the present circumstances..... what for sami is in the team? where is junaid???????

  • POSTED BY Azam_Ali on | July 17, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Why is Sami in the team and Junaid Khan isnt?? Were the selectors sleeping during Sri Lanka tour??

  • POSTED BY Xaks on | July 17, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Very good side indeed it could be even more stronger if Hammad Azam is selected instead of Yasir Arafat (continuous failure) and Haris Sohail instead of Asad Shafiq. I believe Shoaib Malik, Hafeez, Kamran & Umar Akmal give enough strength that you do not need a specialist text book player like Asad.

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | July 17, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Catastrophe!! Kamran Akmal is the MOST USELESS player in cricket. Insha-allah better sense will prevail and they will find a better keeper and a better player!

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    pakistan and westindes has good players for 20 20.so they are favourities.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Why does Hammad Azam kept being left out? and why are they picking malik? pakistani selection a joke as always

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    it would have been better if umar gul was rested! haris sohail should have been persisted with at the expense of asad shafiq, don't know why hammad azam has been left out!

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Ahmed Shahzad was a better choice in T20 compared to shaib Malik/Asad Shafique. Its unfair to him

  • POSTED BY S-OMAIR-ASHRAF on | July 17, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    where is Junaid Khan :( hell with Samii and Cheema

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | July 17, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    What happened to PAK, I.Nazir, Razzak, K.Akmal all players included in the team as seems desperate to win

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Playing 11: Imran Nazir, M Hafeez, K Akmal, Asad Shafiq, U Akmal, S Malik, A Razzaq, S Afridi, S Tanvir, U Gul, S Ajmal. We got this!!!

  • POSTED BY NaMalik on | July 17, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Pakistan ZindaBad With this team! I cant Wait no more... hurry up T20 WC

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Waiting to see Abdul Razzaq and Imran Nazir's Play. Good selection after long time. Thank you.

  • POSTED BY Ziach on | July 17, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Not sure where is Junaid Khan? After the performance in SL test series he should have been included in T20 squad........

  • POSTED BY moizsiraj on | July 17, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Possible xi for 1st t20i at dics

    1. Imran nazzer [bat]/nasir jamshed [bat] 2. Mohammad hafeez (capt) [bat/spin] 3. Kamran akmal (wk) [bat/keep] 4. Umar akmal/asad shafiq [bat] 5. Shoaib malik [bat/spin] 6. Shahid afridi [bat/spin] 7. Abdul razzaq [bat/seam] 8. Mohammad sami [seam]/sohail tanvir [seam]/yasir arafat [seam] 9. Raza hasan [spin] 10. Saeed ajmal [spin] 11. Umar gul [seam]

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Finally a balanced and a reliable team !!! Best playing 11 would b 1. Nazir 2. hafeez 3. kami 4. asad 5. u.akmal 6.malik 7. afridi 8. razzak 9. tanvir 10. ajmal 11. gul

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Love to see Imran Nazir. the deadly team ever made by pakistan if afridi should be captain then no one match this team.

  • POSTED BY Bowling-Straight-and-Full-Swinging on | July 17, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    WTH...preposterous poppycock selection.....how can they not pick Junaid Khan after his brilliant show with the bowl?? keeping in view the that he has the T20 experience of playing with Lancashire and the T20 is also scheduled in Srilanka.....He should have given an opportunity to showcase his talent in a global event.....Rest of the selection is great by allowing Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal and Abdul Razzaq to make comebacks....:-)

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    This is not a bad squad but I am surprised Hammad Azam, Ahmed Shehzad and Junaid Khan have not been included. I suppose it gives selectors a chance to try out players like Imran Nazir, Abdul Razzaq and once again Mohammed Sami before T20 World Cup. For me Asad Shafiq is potentially more a test player than a ODI or T20 player and therefore I am surprised at his inclusion. From the 15 players selected to play against Australia my XI would be: 1. Imran Nazir, 2. Nasir Jamshed, 3. Kamran Akmal, 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Mohammed Hafeez, 6. Shoaib Malik, 7. Abdul Razzaq, 8. Shahid Afridi, 9. Sohail Tanvir, 10. Umar Gul, 11. Saeed Ajmal. I would want Hafeez to bat in the middle order instead of opening given the pressure on him as an all rounder and captain. However, for T20 I would have Shahid Afridi as captain as in my opinion he is a greater motivator of the team in the shortest format of the game.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Junaid Khan should be selected because he done very well in Srilankan conditions in recent series. My Playing XI from these 15 players. Imran Nazir,Kamran Akmal,Mohammad Hafeez,Umar Akmal,Asad Shafiq,Shoaib Malik,Shahid Afridi,Abdul Razzaq,Sohail Tanvir,Umar Gul,Saeed Ajmal.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    adnan akmal is a much better keeper, why not just take him to all formats?

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Akmal? You gotto be kidding. Even if we don't end up winning the WC, we'll win the 'Most Catches Dropped' trophy for sure..

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    iTs A gud combination but let me tel u Pakistan is going to Miss Abdur Rehman!

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Dropping Ahmed shahzad is not a good option..a big hitter of the ball he should be there in place of Asad Shafiq

  • POSTED BY chilled_avenger on | July 17, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Well,Kamran Akmal's inclusion is certainly one jaw-DROPPING headline!

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Pakistan will Miss Abdur Rehman.

  • POSTED BY shaantanu on | July 17, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    yesssss........get ready for more dropped catches behind the wicket

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    wooo hooooo we got this won man!!! now then it should be 1.Kamran 2.Imran 3.Hafeez 4.Shafiq 5.U.Akmal 6.Shoaib 7. Razzaq 8. Afridi 9.Umar Gul 10.M.SAMI 11.Ajmal!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    MY PLAYING 11 FOR WORLD CUP T20 WILL BE OPENERS,IMRAN NAZIR & HAFEEZ. 1 DOWN NASIR JAMSHAID,KAMRAN AKMAL,ASAD SHAFIQ,UMER AKMAL,ABDUL RAZZAQ,SHAHID AFRIDI,SAEED AJMAL, UMER GUL,SOHAIL TANVEER.

  • POSTED BY Naveed85 on | July 17, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Tsunami alert for all the teams ..easily best T20 team in the world

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Bad move to get kamran akmal in the squad again, umer akmal can keep the wickets with some more training, instead of kamran akmal ahmed shahzad should be in the squad and also in pleayinh eleven

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Hammad Azam should have included in the squad.Young & Talented player,very helpful in lower order batting.My opinion he should be in for either yasir arafat or sami.

  • POSTED BY ahsansittar on | July 17, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Akmal brothers and Afridi will not play well, under the captaincy of Mohammad Hafeez. Afridi should be given captaincy if we want to won the WC2012. Otherwise it will be a complete fuss and we should be ready for surprises.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Azam should be in place of Malik, and Ahmaz Shahzad is much better batsman than Imran Nazir. We should have young players in the team, how many more chances do Imran nazir and malik needed. Sami should be out of team from all formats.

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | July 17, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Very good News for Pakistan all t-20 specialists are back in squad: Playing XI: Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Mohd. Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afredi, Yasir Arafat, Sohail Tanveer, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal. Extra: Nasir Jamshed replacement for Imran nazir,Asad Shafiq for Shoaib Malik, Mohd. Sami replacement for Yasir Arafat. Raza Hasan will not get Chance to play as with Ajmal there are Afredi, Hafeez and Malik in squad who are spinning allrounder. Best of Luck, will like to see a match between India and Pakistan with such a good team,offcourse pak will play but we already know what is a result of this match when both teams are playing in world cup tournament ODI: 5-0 and T-20 2-0 (With one match one because of bowl-out.

  • POSTED BY CricFan133 on | July 17, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    1) Nasir Jamshed 2) Imran Nazir 3) M Hafeez 4) Shoiab Malik 5) Umar Akmal 6) Afridi 7) Razzaq 8 ) Kamran Akmal 9) Sohail Tanveer 10) Gul 11 ) Saeed Ajmal

    Or if K. Akmal opens with Nazir, then Jamshed can be left out and Asad can get a chance in middle order.

  • POSTED BY CricFan133 on | July 17, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    1) Nasir Jamshed 2) Imran Nazir 3) M Hafeez 4) Shoiab Malik 5) Umar Akmal 6) Afridi 7) Razzaq 8 ) Kamran Akmal 9) Sohail Tanveer 10) Gul 11 ) Saeed Ajmal

    Or if K. Akmal opens with Nazir, then Jamshed can be left out and Asad can get a chance in middle order.

  • POSTED BY Stieprox on | July 17, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    SAMi is worst bowler in the history of pakistan,Junaid khan would have been a great choice instead.Apart from inclusion of Sami this is a good balanced team

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    A team which is good on paper does not mean that they are going to beat anyone without giving a performance :)

  • POSTED BY JDsheikh on | July 17, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    It is unfair to drop the players with good recent performances and add players who are out for last 2 to 3 years in an all together big events. I am talking about droping Ahmed Shahzad for Imran Nazir and Hammad Azam for Abdul Razaq. That really humilates merit and shows politics of senior players in the team. The other selections are fine to me.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    BEST OF LUCK PAKISTAN TEAM I AM DAM SURE NOW THAT YOU WILL BEAT AUSTRALIA IN UAE I AM REALLY HAPPY TO SEE RAZZAQ, KAMRAN AKMAL,AND IMRAN NAZIR BACK IN THE SQUAD, JOB WELL DONE SELECTORS THIS IS MOST DEADLY TEAM SELECTED FOR THE UP COMING WORLDCUP OF T 20 BECAUSE THESE ALL ARE GREAT PLAYERS.

  • POSTED BY Samiiiii on | July 17, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    YES I AGREE WITH U MR . SHAHAB KHAN . INSHALLAH NO BODY CAN BEAT THIS TEAM IN W.CUP. THANK GOD KHALID LATIF IS NOT IN THIS SQUAD.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    woooowwwww wht a team announced i m 2 much excited nd waiting 4 the matches InShaALLAH pak will win thz world cup.....

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    very good team. Exclent decition by PCB well done and all the best guys

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    All player right for T20 but why pick shoaib malik. i think his performance is very poor last 6 month. Ahhmad Shahjad is better T20 player then malik.. Isliye mere khyal se Best 11 hai ... Mohammad Haffiz 2. Imran Nazir 3 Ahmad Shahjad 4 Umar Akmal 5. Ashiq shafiq 6 Afridi 7 Kamran Akmal 8. Abdul Razak 9 Shahid Azmal 10 Umar Gul 11. Sohal Tanvir/Yasir Arafat

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    So opposition batsmen wont be worried about edges any more.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Hammad azam could easily replace Yasir Arafat, rest of the team is ok. I can't understand why Yasir is in the team, when there are already 4 pacers in the team. He is more a bowling all rounder, Hammad's batting is much better than yasir even better than malik. I feel sorry for the youngster, he is yet to b given proper chance in the team.

  • POSTED BY Engr_Khan on | July 17, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    Good to see the selection. But there should be one change to give young best bowler of U19 world cup a chance to prove him atleast and that is ANWER ALI instead of MUHAMMAD SAMI. ANWER ALI is really very good talent and alrounder like Muhammad Amir. He should be given atleast one change in the series to prove himself.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    junaid khan shud b included

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    ahmad shehzad??????????????all is well again with kamran akmal................rest ok

  • POSTED BY .virk on | July 17, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    why Hammad Azam & Junaid Khan OUT and Shoaib malik & Sami IN? rest of the squad is good

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Best Pakistan 11----01-Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 02-Imran Nazir, 03-Nasir Jamshed, 04-Asad Shafiq, 05-Umar Akmal, 06-Shoaib Malik, 07-Abdul Razzaq, 08-Shahid Afridi, 09-Kamran Akmal (wk), 10-Umar Gul, 11-Saeed Ajmal,

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    good move by PCB if they took Mohamed yosuff too it will be very strong batting line for limited over game and test matches

  • POSTED BY Kalsam on | July 17, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Wow... just when I thought we would never see Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal again, PCB pleasantly surprised me to say the least. Though, I would like to know if Kamran Akmal and Imran Nazir have played in the domestic tournaments recently and if they have impressed? can anyone confirm? here's my team: Hafeez, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Afridi, Razak, Saeed Ajmal, Gul, Junaid Khan - How I wish I could include Mohammed Aamer!! :) wishful thinking!!!

    Go Pakistan!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    PCB has selected the best T20 Team ,gud to see Kamran and Razzak back in team .hope they will find the best combination ...

  • POSTED BY s.a.91 on | July 17, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    My playing XI: Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Saeed Ajmal. Where are Hammaz Azam, Abdur Rehman (he can bat!), Junaid Khan? Kinda disappointed, really.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Would love to see Hammad azam instead of Yasir Arfaf, Ahmed Shehzad instead of Nasir Jamshaid & Junaid khan instead of abdul rehman

    though my XI from the 15 man squad will be Imran Nazir, Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Afridi, Razzaq, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, Soohail Tanvir & Saeed Ajmal

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    where is junaid khan and cheema poor fast bowling attack in tis squad

  • POSTED BY 512fm on | July 17, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    I'm not a Pakistan fan but surely this isn't the right direction for Pakistan. Looking at his recent scores Kamran has done nothing to warrant a place and at 30 its got to be time to give someone else a go.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | July 17, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Where is JUNAID KHAN and AHMED SHEZHAD?!?!

    Sami is a failure, plus you can't have Shafiq and Malik together.

    I hope Afridi gets injured during the SLPL or the Aus ODI's and hope to see Pak crash out during the group stage!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    But I can not find the name of Junaid Khan, are we serious to go in to major tournament without our best fast bowler?

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    I am disappointed at Hammad Azams exclusion. This is just ridiculous, looks more like a one last hoorah for Razzaq rather than the start of something new...

  • POSTED BY Samiiiii on | July 17, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    WELCOME IMRAN NAZIR, KAMRAN & RAZZAQ... THE INCLUTION OF THESE THREE PLAYERS I THINK THE PAK TEAM WIL BE MORE DANGROUS IN WORLDCUP. AFTER THAT PAK , INDIA , AND WESTINDIES THESE THREE TEAMS WIL GIVE THE TOUGH TIME TO OTHERS. BECOZ THESE THREE TEAMS HAVE GREAT HITTER;S OF THE BALL. AND PAK & WEST INDIES HAS EDGE OVER INDIA BECOZ OF SAEED AJMAL & SUNIEL NARIENE.

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | July 17, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Junaid should have been picked instead of Sami. Ahmed Shehzad should have been picked instead of Asad Shafiq, who is not a T20 player. And a place should have been found for Hammad Azam.

  • POSTED BY AtifFazal11 on | July 17, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Where is Ahmed Shehzad??????? That guy is ten times better than has been imran nazir.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    @Nigah agree with you... Itx Going to be a Mega T20 cup for crckt lovers i wish here we could have Muhammad Amir back......... but still very much satisfied with this selection.......At Awsmmm Selection ........ Thank GOD

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    well.....this is the best available squad .....selection committee did a wonderful job........I will be surprised if this team dont win world cup.....Great to see Razzaq, Kamran Akmal, Imran Nazir and Shoaib Malik in the team. All the best.

    Mueen ud din Hameed.Toronto

  • POSTED BY CorneredTiger92-09 on | July 17, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    I have seen the squad My XI would be Imran Nazir Nasir Jamshed Kamran Akmal Mohammad Hafeez Umar Akmal Shoaib Malik Shahid Afridi Abdul Razzaq Sohail Tanvir Umar Gul Saeed Ajmal

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    pakistan will be a a tough team to beat considering inclusion of these cricketers....

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    bad news for the Pakistan Cricket team..

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | July 17, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Well. Kamran is certainly not a good keeper but a good batsman.. In shorter format, you can afford a guy who can keep decent and can bat as good as him.. Comparing with his replacements, he is okay in shorter formats.. May be, he can continue till he repeats his WC heroic drops of Ross Taylor..

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Bye bye to T20 world cup for Pakistan. :(

  • POSTED BY Shazzada on | July 17, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    We need Afridi as Captain....Hafeez is very good player for T20 & ODI's...but I don't with captaincy his own performance is affected...I am sure if we have afridi as a leader we will win T20 worl cup this years as we have a lot of talent in squad with the likes of Afridi,Umar akmal,Kamran akmal, Abdul razak, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Hafeez, Ahmad shahzad, Shoaib Malik, Imran Nazir, Sohaiil Tanveer, Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan, ASad Shafiq & Sami

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | July 17, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Hafeez is leading again?!?!

    His a liability and we need the opening pair of Nazir and Shezhad with Jamshed @ 3 and Umar at 4.

    Also, why didn't they test out the players against Aus before announcing the T20 squad for the WC?

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    hmm... now its a complete side, but plz keep shahzad in , and hafeez down the order

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Great to hear this. All three players were always in my dream team. But Abdul Razzaq has lost his juice I think, he should give way to Hammad Azam. Where is he anyway? Well about Imran Nazir, he thinks every bowler in the world is from Pakistan club circuit. I do not see him having a permanent place but should be tried till world cup. Kamran Akmal has to prove through his batting. I do not want to here this line again,"Oh, He Drops Another one".

  • POSTED BY Nigah on | July 17, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Get Ready for a mega show, these all are deadly dangerous T20 Players. PCB makes early caution for all other teams. Yahoo

  • POSTED BY Nervewrecker on | July 17, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    This is great news... for all other teams though.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    I love to see Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal and Razzaq Back for Pakistan T20's My Playing XI will Be Imran Nazir,Muhammad Hafeez,Kamran Akmal,Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Aizaz cheema\Junaid Khan and Saeed Ajmal. Best World T 20 XI

  • POSTED BY impunkaz24 on | July 17, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Gud for Pakistan. There is no other option too. Also gud for U.Akmal as he can concentrate in his batting only. #GoWell Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Well,, I can bet on Pakistan Now :) :) :)

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | July 17, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Could have sworn you printed this exact same news just a few days ago.

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  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | July 17, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Could have sworn you printed this exact same news just a few days ago.

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Well,, I can bet on Pakistan Now :) :) :)

  • POSTED BY impunkaz24 on | July 17, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Gud for Pakistan. There is no other option too. Also gud for U.Akmal as he can concentrate in his batting only. #GoWell Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    I love to see Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal and Razzaq Back for Pakistan T20's My Playing XI will Be Imran Nazir,Muhammad Hafeez,Kamran Akmal,Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Aizaz cheema\Junaid Khan and Saeed Ajmal. Best World T 20 XI

  • POSTED BY Nervewrecker on | July 17, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    This is great news... for all other teams though.

  • POSTED BY Nigah on | July 17, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Get Ready for a mega show, these all are deadly dangerous T20 Players. PCB makes early caution for all other teams. Yahoo

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Great to hear this. All three players were always in my dream team. But Abdul Razzaq has lost his juice I think, he should give way to Hammad Azam. Where is he anyway? Well about Imran Nazir, he thinks every bowler in the world is from Pakistan club circuit. I do not see him having a permanent place but should be tried till world cup. Kamran Akmal has to prove through his batting. I do not want to here this line again,"Oh, He Drops Another one".

  • POSTED BY on | July 17, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    hmm... now its a complete side, but plz keep shahzad in , and hafeez down the order

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | July 17, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Hafeez is leading again?!?!

    His a liability and we need the opening pair of Nazir and Shezhad with Jamshed @ 3 and Umar at 4.

    Also, why didn't they test out the players against Aus before announcing the T20 squad for the WC?

  • POSTED BY Shazzada on | July 17, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    We need Afridi as Captain....Hafeez is very good player for T20 & ODI's...but I don't with captaincy his own performance is affected...I am sure if we have afridi as a leader we will win T20 worl cup this years as we have a lot of talent in squad with the likes of Afridi,Umar akmal,Kamran akmal, Abdul razak, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Hafeez, Ahmad shahzad, Shoaib Malik, Imran Nazir, Sohaiil Tanveer, Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan, ASad Shafiq & Sami