Bangladesh v Pakistan, World T20 2012, Group D, Pallekele

Hafeez hopes seamers come good

Abhishek Purohit in Pallekele

September 24, 2012

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Dav Whatmore has a word with Mohammad Hafeez, Pallekele, September 24, 2012
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Pakistan have done most things right in their build-up to the World Twenty20. They beat Australia in a hard-fought T20 series in the UAE and came back like the Pakistan of old to defeat India in the first warm-up game. Being Pakistan, they failed to chase 112 with nine batsmen against England in the second practice match but the win against New Zealand in their opening group game has given captain Mohammad Hafeez immense confidence.

Hafeez was pleased that the victory was set up by the inconsistent batting line-up making 177, and he spoke of the side's desire to deliver under pressure ahead of the final group game Bangladesh, one in which Pakistan must avoid heavy defeat to make the Super Eights.

"All the boys are focussed," Hafeez said. "The most important thing as a unit is every player wants to do well for Pakistan and is working hard. Every man is ready to perform under pressure. No one is thinking that under pressure, maine saamne nahin aana (I don't want to come out)."

Pakistan have lost only once in 44 meetings to Bangladesh, but Hafeez said they were not taking their opponents lightly. "We are not thinking as if we have already qualified [for the Super Eights]. We have to play well against Bangladesh, who we know can come hard. On certain days in T20, anybody can win. We are not going to take any one easy."

While the batting came good against New Zealand, it was the usually strong bowling that gave the Pakistan fans some tense moments before the 13-run win. All the three quick bowlers, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir and Yasir Arafat, were expensive, but Hafeez said they hadn't done badly.

"The boys worked hard in conditions which were difficult for them. There was no assistance in the pitch for the fast bowlers but they bowled well. It was the second game on the same track. That is why there was not that much for the seamers with the new ball. Yasir was the third seamer, I was bowling well so we did not use him much but I am sure he will come up with good performances in the tournament."

Pakistan, known for their great fast bowlers, have of late relied more on quality spinners in Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi and Hafeez himself, who said he was pleased with the bowling options he had. "We have got two of the best bowlers in the world, Afridi and Ajmal. We rely on them as match-winners. Ajmal is always difficult for any batsman to pick with his doosra.

"Afridi is a totally different spinner from Bangladesh's spinners, they rely more on left-arm spin. I am happy the way Afridi came up [against New Zealand], his confidence is growing. We are looking forward to him giving more performances with his bowling and batting.

"My bowling benefits the team always as I look to bowl economically [at one stage, he had figures of 3.3-0-6-0 against New Zealand]. I am not a wicket-taker. I am confident as a captain, as there are three bowlers sitting out, [Mohammad] Sami, [Abdul] Razzaq and [Raza] Hasan. Our bowling is our strength."

Hafeez did say, though, that there was room for the quicks to come up with a better showing than their performance against New Zealand. "We have always relied on our fast bowlers. Since the past couple of years, the spinners have been controlling the performances. That is why there is a bit less pressure on the fast bowlers. But they need to improve. Gul and Tanvir have been match-winners for us. I hope they will execute their skills better in the coming games."

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

JUNAID KHAN much better bowler then anyone others in squad is not in the team. Look at Yasir or Sami they are not half as good as Junaid Khan...

Posted by CricketMaan on (September 25, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

Why no Shafiq in this line up? He is better than Nazir at the top!!!

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

Wish you good luck team Pakistan. May God Help you in winning the contest

Posted by AmjadZork on (September 25, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

Abdul Razzaq should come instead of Yasir Arafat. It will be our RazzaQ against their RazzaK.

Posted by .virk on (September 25, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

And also plzzz don't consider to Sami for any match.. He is the only bowler in the world..who couldn't learn in 10 yrs (no line & length)..he is the one who can't make impact on win but can make u looser from winning position... Hammad Azam & Junaid Khan were good than Sami & Tanvir .. But beleive me they will go with Tanvir in next match too.. even he will bowl 2 overs with (28 runs) :(

Posted by Faridoon on (September 25, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

In the Razaq v Arafat argument it is surprising to see that even Pakistani fans don't consider fielding as a factor of importance. Arafat's batting and bowling is at par with Razaq I believe, but Arafat's fielding is much much better than Razaq. It's surprising that Razaq has been a cricketer for so long yet is such a poor fielder.

They should stick to the same team. The pacemen need to be given another chance to redeem themselves and gain confidence. No point in bringing Sami and Razaq and then if they fail bring Tanvir and Arafat back. Stop the chop and change and continue with the same team. We won the last game with the same team. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

replace tanvir wth razzaq. the only change tht i want in pak11.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

How many chances we want to give Arfat and Sohail Tanvir. Even Shoib Malik is of no use. Why Abdul Razzaq is out, He is best player in this Pakistani squad but he is not being used properly for last 4 years. Plz bring Abdul Razzaq in the team if you want to win the WC.

Posted by pavel22441 on (September 25, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

Bangladesh should attack, they may fall for few run on that policy but this is only the way to do well against pakistan

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 25, 2012, 11:00 GMT)


Posted by TheRealRockNRolla on (September 25, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

all HERE hoping to continue with tanvir - what a shame!! Sami -still bowls around 95 mph and is an asset in this format... tanvir...i am surprised why the other teams havent tore him apart as they could no way, we cannot have tanvir anymore, also what is wrong with hafeez to go with arafat! Razzaq is a legend, should be in all the games. period.

Posted by .virk on (September 25, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

plzzzzzzzzzzz drop Tanvir and bring back to Abdul Razzaq for next games.. go with Gul & Arfat..missing to Junaid Khan

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

I really don't understand why there is Sohail Tanvir but not Junaid Khan?? Can anyone answer? Sohail Tanvir don't have any pace whenever he comes to bowl he release the pressure, he is not good in depth overs. Sami has pace but no control. Junaid Khan have pace and also control but he is not the part of squad. Strange

Posted by ZAB2121 on (September 25, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

@HIKAIFI, Sohail Tanvir is 100 times better than Sami. AFA Yasir is concerned I think Raza Hasan replace him. These are the tournaments which bring younsgters into the main picture. We have tried Yasir/Razzaq millions of times.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

Pakistan will win , if Razak plays instead of yasir arafit.Adul Razak is much better than yasir in batting and bowling.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

My request to all boastful fellow Pak fans..pls stop this show of disdain and bold claims about Pakistan's easy win. I am also a Pakistani but such arrogant comments must be avoided.N pls don't forget, its Pakistan team..n u can expect ANY result... our cricketers are talented as well as equally pathetic...just see that so-called master of yorkers Umer Gul in last game against NZ...the penultimate over bowled by him...n third delivery...just awful...if they could use their brains..then they must be somewhere near Australia or SAF w.r.t. approach and discipline... Anyway my sincere wishes are with my Team pakistan...but Abdul Razzaq should be in the eleven...even on the expense of Y. Ararfat or Shoaib Malik

Posted by ZAB2121 on (September 25, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

I would send the players in below order if I was the captain planet,

Nazir the Sloger, Jamshed the man, Afridi - God knows, K Akmal - Shehzada, Hafeez - professor, U Akmal - dancer, Malik - damad jee, R Hasan - wating for ajmal to retire, Gul - no brainer, Tanvir - Riksha, Ajmal - OH mera Shezada.

Posted by TopOrder_ on (September 25, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

@satish619chandar. I always like ur comments, free from regional and political bias, and always pointing to the matter directly without favoritism....yup, Pakistan is lucky till now that their Weaker point (Batting) is the one which is clicking in this tournament. If the bowling gets back to STANDARD, they have a real CHANCE to bring the Cup back home.

Posted by HIKAIFI on (September 25, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

We require speed and the best option for that is Sami instead of Sohail Tanvir. For Yasir Arafat better choice is Razzaq who can give depth to batting and someone who can finish.

Posted by shah_faisal4u on (September 25, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

Definitely Pakistan will win today against Bangladesh & go through to the Super 8. Pakistan will come on top of the points table if they win today & will face S.Africa, India & Australia in Super 8 Matches. And it will be a Huge Competition.

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 25, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

Pakistan as a whole bowling unit haven't performed that good. Just because of one guy Ajmal they are making it out. The likes of Afridi and Gul are real good bowlers and need to pull their performance to their usual standards. Hafeez can always be depended to control the flow of runs in his 4 overs. Tanvir is a "ON HIS DAY" bowler. The attack can do a far better job than what they have done until now.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 25, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

Pak should go for a thumping win today,should nt tak things 4 grantd as big win wil help our cnfidnce a world of gd at supr8s.WE HAVE SOME SCORS TO SETL against bcb n bd team pls some ovr.hypd fans who went ovr.board during asia cup final n Shown their sore losers aproach.IF Bd team can prform even half relative to hype which z creatd by their fans,they would b betr than afg,ire BT THEY R CERTAINLY NT AT D MOMENT.

Posted by EX-EY on (September 25, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

I think we should rather be talking about a good match today. As if bangladesh wins, it will be a upset and if pakistan wins its like what everybody may have expected. So the key here is to see boys playing good cricket rather of the final outcome. It should be a very good chance for BD to outspark and could be a good mental training for pakis as well.

Posted by inamcric on (September 25, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

Pak must replace Yasir Arafat with Abdul Razzaq and please no Reza Hassan against BD, as they know how to play left arm spinner very well. Imran Nazir will score big in this game.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (September 25, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

Lets hope there is no upset and the best teams go in super 8. I am not happy with Pakistans team selection. Srilankan pitches are no that spinner friendly anymore.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

Its gonna be really tough time for Bangladesh as they would have to win much rapidly as they have been winning matches historically. And that too against a quality team like Pakistan having so many matchwinners, I think they would have to wait for yet another tournament.

Still best wishes to the Bangladesh team.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

one sided and pakistan will win

Posted by M.Muneer5 on (September 25, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

I think PAKISTAN will win easily,because BANGaLis are under huge pressure.

Posted by joseyesu on (September 25, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

Only Duckworth- Lewis has the power to place BD in the super eight

Posted by Samee6345 on (September 25, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

Miandad is much better choice as a Coach compare to DAVE WATMORE.. PCB should consider this option seriously.. no change he brought to PAK team so far

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

Pak shud bring in Razzak in place of Tanvir & may be Raza Hasan for Yasir Arafat.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

I think Bangladeshis are mentally not so strong. Tamim will face difficulties against Off spin of Hafiz, Batsmen dont have proper game plan in the middle overs, Spinners will have a difficulty of turning, Difficult to get rid of Jamshed & more importantly facing slog over bowling of Gul & Ajmal. So please dont think about Super 8, Attack Hafiz & others in the first 6,build a partnership& have a go with last 4-5 overs with wicket in hand. Nasir should be no 4 & Mushfiq in 6 & also Yilias sani should be replaced. Best wishes for BD, Just go & beat Pakistan.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

Bangladesh Tigers must neither be over burdened with the thoughts of who they are playing against, nor they should be much focused on the equation and calculations. All they need to do is to play their natural game. They must device a viable strategy to outplay Pak bowlers.There should be someone up front who would be given the license to thrash. And they must not forget the very basic creed of playing cricket- partnership. Even at times, there may be run drought. During those lull periods, they must not lose concentration and play rash and foolish strokes. If they can conserve some wickets for the last 7/8 overs, hopefully they can sweat the opponent. All in all, they must not make a mockery of a match. A fighting game is all the supporters need. Fight till the end. Hold your head high in the air. Good luck tigers.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

BD will not Win so don't get your hopes up.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (September 25, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

BD will thrash Pakistan as they thrashed NZ in the last game. Tigers will roar, there will be earth quake in SL, Tsunami will be there...BD are coming. The great BPL, SLPL players....a team which beat SA recently...(a typical BD fan)

Posted by mtalhas on (September 25, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

zaka ashraf has been taking many bold decisions and i salute him for that. but the area of talent management still needs his immediate attention. for me, the benchmark is the team from the 90s and i consider all pakistan teams below that as useless. a team where bowlers like tanvir are considered match winners is a the worst in pakistan's history. this team does not even depends on spin, it only depends on AJMAL. zaka sahab pls make sure that the right talent makes it to the national team and also make sure that care is taken of that talent, we cannot afford to loose another asif or amir (we dont even know when we will get their replacement). we want back the power that has been making the world surrender to pakistan's raw cricket talent throughout the last 50 years.

Posted by Dr_Nasir.. on (September 25, 2012, 2:15 GMT)

if rain doesnt come this could be one sided contest...either in the faver of PAK or BAD...All the best for both teams.....

Posted by dulabhai on (September 24, 2012, 23:47 GMT)

Good luck to both BAN and PAK..but BAN will win this one..hoping to see a good match..

Posted by cricket_fan_1980 on (September 24, 2012, 23:30 GMT)

Bengladesh can be very good on their day. They are suited to this format because they can allow their natural flair and abilities to be showcased. The game is too short to get bogged down and "build" an innings or gradually "mount" pressure while bowling. Take away those aspects of temperament and discipline, and you get an exciting side of cricket - which is my reasoning why T20 can be so much fun. The tigers will come hard I guarantee it. They have some very talented lads who just lack the confidence in the big games. That is why their opponents in this game usually fare better than them. Pakistan has the players to rise to the biggest world stages, consistently, throughout their history. Bengladesh needs to give their players that confidence. It is only a matter of time as this is the right platform (T20).

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 23:13 GMT)

Good luck to Pakistan team GO GREEN GO.....!

Posted by FOTO on (September 24, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

I am a BD fan and I hope Kamran Nazir and Afridi and AJmal are not in form because I am worried... And we al know the outcome will be in the end.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

Yasir is a gud but as campare to Razzak Razzak is best so give a chance to Razzak he is a Match Winner wid his pure Skills

Posted by mhb1 on (September 24, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

@Mozenrath Tabaqi did u know when india won their first series in pakistan ? and when did pakistan won it in india ? it took almost 40 years to win a series in pakistan by india....india will always be counted a level lesser then what pakistan has achieved & the whole world recognized it india became no 1 test team everyone took that as a fluke no matter how well the indians has perfomed it it will always be considered as a joke whereas if it would have been achieved by pakistan the world would have taken it seriously its no joke that pakistan has the 2nd best win/loss ratio after australia who have started decades before pakistan even wasnt a country thats what pak has achieved !

Posted by nadeemzish on (September 24, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

who on earth would call shoaib malik as an all rounder!!!, he hasn't bowled in any of the recent matches with any success, in addition he is batting at no 5 or 6 and always taking singles and passing strikes to others, he is th biggest parchee with no style and no technique. They are wasting abdul razzak's talent, he has the coolest head and he control his pace of attack at his own will irrespective of the bowler in front of him, also a handy bowler with accurate line and length.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

@getsetgopk Pak LOST to India the world champions in 1985 world championships fianls in Aus. there are others games like the failed chase of 125. it is deluded for anyone to claim the Ind-Pak matches as one sided except Imran's series in 1982-83.the head to head scoreline certainly is in Pakistan's favour. 99 test series in India, just see the margins. India won a fare share of matches against Pak and were never minnow level like you are trying to portray. Ganguly in 1996 started the turning of the trend in wins in Toronto and Dhaka.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

Why do we have Sohail Tanvir at all?? where is Razzaq and where is Junaid Khan....surely we need them in place of Yasir Arafat and Sohail Tanvir!!

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

Why do we have Sohail Tanvir at all?? where is Razzaq and where is Junaid Khan....surely we need them in place of Yasir Arafat and Sohail Tanvir!!

Posted by Hira1 on (September 24, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

Its true that Pak in the past won matches because of fast bowlers but now its O.K to rely on spinners as they are consistent please dont play arafat / Razak tomorrow get in Raza hassan, as this guy is a quality spinner and Pak need him in big matches against Aus and SA. Once this tournament is over they can look for some new fast bowling talent as Tanvir/Sami/Arafat gotten enough chances already.

Posted by Nazo98 on (September 24, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

Pakistan would have been world champs had it not been for the evils of gambling in cricket that enticed talents such as Mohammed Aamer and Mohammed Asif. If there is a weakness in this side , it is in the department that both these bowlers would have filled. Pakistan is a country who fight against all odds and this is what makes them such a dangerous side. The only way of defeating them is by creating off field problems in the team .... and this is what the cricketing world has capitalised on especially the so called BIG BOYS that control the ICC..... THE BCCI! Its all about money ..... not cricket!!!

Posted by Surajdon9 on (September 24, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

All the best pakistan team.

Posted by getsetgopk on (September 24, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

Pakistan of the old would have swallowed ALL teams here. India back then was a minnow, their pathetic record against Pak is a testament to that fact, Pakistan beating India is a thing of the past when he tried to put it 'the pakistan of old' but it aint the case, its just that games are more competitive simply because of the fact that that the Indian team is their best ever in history where as Pak team is worst in our history.

Posted by ZeeshanKamal on (September 24, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

Pakistan in past rely more on fast bowlers thats why teams were not able to score more runs against pak. But now pak rely on spinners so there are chances that teams can score big runs against their bowling attack because its easy to score on spinners.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

Ahhh cant say anything aboput gul but hafeez are u serious ? tanvir have been a match winner for u ? huh my X1 :- 1) Hafeez 2)Imran Nazir 3)Kami 4)Umar Akmal 5)Nasir Jamshed 6)Afridi 7)Malik 8)Razaq 9)Sami 10)Gul 11)Ajmal <-- not in the order and in sami again goes for runs and without any wkt so i thnk take arfat in place of him and make our batng strngth more strong

Posted by LeftBrain on (September 24, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

Sohail Tanvir, match winner, really??? how many matched he won for Pakistan, and when? He didnt win any matched even on fantacy cricket, because nobody even pick him for fantacy cricket teams, he is lucky to get hefty paychecks for doing nothing in his career.

Posted by gakson on (September 24, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

Best of Luck Team Pakistan .!

Posted by X.2. on (September 24, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

Pakistan Should Play A Pure Bowler Or A Pure Batsmen Instead Of Playing All Rounder Abdul Razzak Or Yasir Arfat Because We Are Already Playing With Three All Rounders Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Muhammad Hafeez. So Pakistan Should Play Raza Hasan, Muhammad Sami Or Asad Shafiq In Place Of All Rounder.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

'Pakistan of old' never chased big scores, Infact they did not concede many big scores either. Obviously Abhishek Purohit forgot their fast bowlers before using that phrase 'Pakistan of old' . current team is spin based and nowhere near the team 10 years back.

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