World Twenty20 2012

Former players criticise Pakistan's exit

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October 5, 2012

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Imran Nazir and Shahid Afridi display their footballing skills, Colombo, August 11, 2009
Imran Nazir and Shahid Afridi's place in the side has been questioned by former Pakistan cricketers © AFP
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Pakistan's exit from the World Twenty20 has drawn criticism from several former players. Having restricted Sri Lanka to 139 in the semi-final in Colombo, Pakistan were beaten by 16 runs. The team has qualified for the semi-finals in each of the four World T20s so far, winning the title in 2009 and going down to India in the final in 2007.

The inconsistency of Shahid Afridi and Imran Nazir prompted former fast bowler Aaqib Javed, who has also been Pakistan's bowling coach, to question their place in the side. Former captain Zaheer Abbas and legspinner Abdul Qadir were surprised at the decision to exclude allrounder Abdul Razzaq from the playing XI in the semi-final.

"I don't know why these players don't show the sportsmanship and walk away themselves as he should have gone after Mohali semi-final [in the 2011 World Cup] against India"," Aaqib said about Afridi. "He had scored fastest hundred 16 years back, it's the past and it has nothing to do with the present. I don't understand why Imran Nazir is still there despite previous several unsuccessful comebacks and this is yet another one."

"It's been 12 years that Imran has been playing around the national team and he's yet to settle. In a player's career, a one-time sacking is enough [for one] to realise but as many as nine comeback [in his case] are still not enough to learn a lesson," Aaqib added.

Former fast bowler Sikander Bakht echoed similar views about Afridi and called for dropping other senior players in the side as well. "Its time for a change and drop Imran, Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, and ensure they don't come back again."

Razzaq was selected in the squad after a gap of nine months, but he played just one game in the World T20 this year, scoring 22 off 17 balls in the Super Eights win over Australia.

"I don't think Abdul Razzaq has been treated fairly and given the respect he deserves as a senior player with many match-winning performances to his credit," Qadir said. "There was no way you could go in to the semi-final without Razzaq after the way he performed against Australia. Unfortunately the truth is he has never been treated properly by the team management and we paid the price today."

Abbas said the captain Mohammad Hafeez had made some poor decisions, leaving out Razzaq being one of them along with not trying Kamran Akmal as opener. "The batsmen didn't play according to the situation and pitch conditions. I thought 140 was gettable in the match but the execution was missing, and Hafeez got out at a very crucial time. He should have finished off the game."

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Posted by GowharGeelani on (October 8, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

Also, how could one blame Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq and Kamran Akmal? Malik was sent to bat at number six in most of the games, when we all know he deserve a better number, may be four, to settle down. Razzaq was treated as a passenger on the tour with only a game to his name, where he performed to satisfaction. Kamran Akmal too was mishandled. Hafeez and Imran never deserved to open the proceedings for Pakistan in a T20 format. Everyone understands how crucial is the left-hand-right-hand combination in any format and how your best batters should face the most number of balls, so clearly, Nasir Jamshed and Kamran should have opened the innings, followed by Umar Akmal at one drop and Malik at four, Hafeez at five, Razzaq six and Afridi seven. Everything was messed up by Imran and Hafeez. No doubt, Hafeez bowls well in the limited format but questions remain over his ability to open the innings for Pakistan in T20 version! How could Imran Nazir play despite his repeated failures???????

Posted by GowharGeelani on (October 8, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

Also, how could one blame Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq and Kamran Akmal? Malik was sent to bat at number six in most of the games, when we all know he deserve a better number, may be four, to settle down. Razzaq was treated as a passenger on the tour with only a game to his name, where he performed to satisfaction. Kamran Akmal too was mishandled. Hafeez and Imran never deserved to open the proceedings for Pakistan in a T20 format. Everyone understands how crucial is the left-hand-right-hand combination in any format and how your best batters should face the most number of balls, so clearly, Nasir Jamshed and Kamran should have opened the innings, followed by Umar Akmal at one drop and Malik at four, Hafeez at five, Razzaq six and Afridi seven. Everything was messed up by Imran and Hafeez. No doubt, Hafeez bowls well in the limited format but questions remain over his ability to open the innings for Pakistan in T20 version! How could Imran Nazir play despite his repeated failures???????

Posted by GowharGeelani on (October 8, 2012, 20:45 GMT)

The mighty Aussies while chasing a target of 150 against Pakistan could only score 117. The finalists Sri Lanka in pursuit of 138 scored only 101. Pakistan scored 124 while chasing a target of 140. Australia lost by 32 runs; Lanka by 36 and Pakistan only by 16. Pakistan did better than all of the chasing teams on such a dust bowl. The fact is that on a slow and turning wicket, chasing has been difficult for all. Remember how Pakistan restricted South Africans to 133 and then chased the target, thanks largely to the late cameo by Umar Gul and sensible batting heroics of Umar Akmal. I fail to comprehend why should people be launching a scathing attack against a team which has qualified for the semis in all the ICC World T20 tourneys so far since 2007, and the team Pakistan also reached the semis of the WC 2011. This is such a fantastic performance. Can't people see the positive side of things? Is it always the lens of seeing the glass half-empty; and not half-full! Back the team now!!!!

Posted by GowharGeelani on (October 8, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

The mighty Aussies while chasing a target of 150 against Pakistan could only score 117. The finalists Sri Lanka in pursuit of 138 scored only 101. Pakistan scored 124 while chasing a target of 140. Australia lost by 32 runs; Lanka by 36 and Pakistan only by 16. Pakistan did better than all of the chasing teams on such a dust bowl. The fact is that on a slow and turning wicket, chasing has been difficult for all. Remember how Pakistan restricted South Africans to 133 and then chased the target, thanks largely to the late cameo by Umar Gul and sensible batting heroics of Umar Akmal. I fail to comprehend why should people be launching a scathing attack against a team which has qualified for the semis in all the ICC World T20 tourneys so far since 2007, and the team Pakistan also reached the semis of the WC 2011. This is such a fantastic performance. Can't people see the positive side of things? Is it always the lens of seeing the glass half-empty; and not half-full! Back the team now!!!!

Posted by Sports4Youth on (October 8, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

@ romirom :- I Agree. Regarding the wicket i agree with romirom. On this kind of wicket anything could have happened. Even Sri Lanka got stuck in the finals. And Most Importantly dont forget that Nasir Jamshed got a bad decision early on in his innings. Today we can only speculate how costly that Error of the Unpires have proved for Pakistan. Imran Nazir was the Second highest run getter for Pakistan. I dont think it is fair to cricticise him in this fashion. Also Afridi bowled & fielded well through out the tournament. The Person who did not bowl well through out the tournament is Umar Gul. And S.Malik did not bat through out the tournament. Also Kamran's wicket Keeping was sloppy and he did not bat either inspite of all the promotions he recieved in the battng order. I think only these 3 players need to be replaced. Get in Junaid Khan and other other younsters and start building for the 2015 World Cup.

Posted by RaadQ on (October 8, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

These are exactly the sentiments I was having before the match. Exclude these useless players from all formats: I. Nazir, K. Akmal, S. Tanvir, S. Malik, M. Sami. Hafeez should be demoted down the order, Jamshed should open. U. Akmal should be promoted and made wicket keeper in T20 until a suitable replacement is found. Afridi should only be allowed to play ODI based on his bowling/fielding. Razzaq should be given more chances, especially in T20, along with Hammad Azam. Even Arafat performed better than useless Malik. Adnan should be made first choice wicket keeper for Test and ODI.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

the new pakistani team in batting order--- 1.shahid afridi, 2.hafeez, 3.nasir jamshed, 4.azher ali, 5.kamran akmal,6.umar akmal, 7.abdul razzak, 8.yasir arafat, 9.umar gul, 10.saeed ajmal and 11.raza hasan. ( the perfect team)

Posted by shinewindies on (October 8, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

I am an Indian and this message is to all those Pak fans who were celebrating India's exit, now what do you think was a good bargain, you lost the semis, your team went back home a day later than ours, after dust settles on this world cup no one would remember Pak reached semis, everyone would remember Pak got thrashed again by India in a world cup, eagerly wating for pak to tour India in winters, easily 3-0 in favour of India, and to Mr.Sameem7604 if you want pak to win any matches please get rid of afridi and imran nasir, have you not got bored seeing them flop consistently. Its bizzare for you still wanting them in the pak team.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

There is pressure and itching created in pak dressing room in crunch matches so need to sot out it..........this time pak captain was itching material some time coach like waqar yunas........they start palying and thinking like kids in certain moments....sometime unnecassry smiles cost u..for example malingas smiles last night

Posted by mtalhas on (October 8, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

hypocrasy has been showcased..there was an uproar for imran nazir to be included and now there is uproar that he shud be removed and all his previous comebacks are being discussed. simlarly, over hype fans 'boom boomed' afridi so much that he was knocked out mentally. pls dont do this, it has harmed the team and we paid the price. another blunder which i think was to deprive misbah of captaincy. he was far better than hafeez. at least he was the rock in pakistan's middle order.

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