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Tanvir Ahmed, Mohammad Yousuf left out of World Cup

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January 18, 2011

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A wayward Sohail Tanvir conceded 29 in two overs, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, ICC World Twenty20 Super Eights, Lord's, June 12, 2009
The left-arm pace of Sohail Tanvir was preferred over Tanvir Ahmed © AFP

Pakistan's selectors have displayed an unusual consistency in their ODI squad, retaining all players bar one involved in the New Zealand ODIs for their World Cup campaign. Fast bowler Tanvir Ahmed, who is part of the 16-man ODI squad in New Zealand, is the unlucky one, missing out.

In opting for continuity, the selectors have not picked the veteran Mohammad Yousuf, indicating that his career is all but over. And as had been widely expected, they have remarkably not named a captain or deputy so far, leaving open the possibility that Shahid Afridi, who has been the limited overs leader, may be replaced.

The 15-man squad is generally low on surprise, and given that Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and Shoaib Malik, four key players, are not cleared for selection, almost picked itself. It is a fairly fresh one also; eight of the players have no previous World Cup experience.

The batting spots are shared by a mix of the old and new, with Asad Shafiq and Umar Akmal the ones to keep an eye on, around Younis Khan. The presence of Misbah-ul-Haq will raise some eyebrows. He has only played two ODIs in 2010 and was dropped midway through Pakistan's last ODI series against South Africa.

The bowling has considerable variety, with Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz expected to share the bulk of pace duties. Sohail Tanvir has a chance to resurrect his career after two injury-struck years. Much might depend on the spinners, with Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman providing contrasting support to the threat of Afridi.

Yousuf made the 30-man preliminary World Cup squad but hasn't played a one-dayer since he was recalled for the series-decider against South Africa last November in Dubai and made only 3. Though he has played 281 ODIs for Pakistan, he scored only one half-century in 10 matches last year and his World Cup experiences have generally been poor: he has only two half-centuries in 13 career World Cup matches.

The situation with the captaincy has built up steadily over the last few weeks. There has been increasing speculation that Afridi may be removed, the board not pleased with his regular public statements, including criticisms of his own side. He was retained as ODI captain for the New Zealand ODIs but his personal performance in the last ten ODIs doesn't help his case. He averages 20.9 with the bat and 48.7 with the ball. The move to name Misbah as vice-captain for the New Zealand ODIs is seen as a means of putting pressure on Afridi.

But before leaving for New Zealand, Afridi said he was not worried about the position. "I am not worried about the captaincy, it never worries me," Afridi told reporters. "I have never run after the captaincy in my entire career. It is something for the cricket board to decide. If they feel I am the right man they will appoint me and if they don't they will make someone else captain.

"I am a senior professional and I know what I have to do. I have to lead the team to win the series and perform well as player. I know our winning the series will be very important because if we win in New Zealand it will give us a boost for the World Cup."

Squad: Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal (wk), Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir, Ahmed Shehzad


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Posted by Dummy4 on (January 21, 2011, 17:56 GMT)

I think Pakistan should try this combination in Asian grounds WC .... 1- M Hafeez, 2- Kamran Akmal, 3- A Shezad/A Shafiq, 4- U Akmal, 5- Afridi, 6- A Razak, 7- Misbah, 8- Younis Khan / Wahab Riaz, 9- U Gul, 10- S Akhtar 11- S Ajmal........

let me know your thoughts guys !!!! I know Pak may not try this combination but i believe above batting order will work in sub continents ..... otherwise Younis khan will miss lot of balls i.e SR of 50 or lower and then through away his wicket at crucial time and there is lot of work to do for SA and AR ....... secondly Misbah was successful in 20/20 & ODI at lower order, He can play similar role as last 3-4 tests or 2007 20/20 role ......

Posted by Hammad on (January 21, 2011, 17:51 GMT)

This is bizzar. I am not questioning the composition of the team. I think its a good squad that the selectors have picked (although I would have liked to see Fawad Alam in there, but well thats one of the many contention I have with how the administration is being run).

But not naming the captain?? Really? I think Pakistan is the only nation that does this. The selector are essentially dimishing the value of the captaincy role. The national team is being run like a 'Gali Cricket' team in Pakistan. Every morning the team decides "Ok you captained the team yesterday, so now its XYZs turn".

Afridi has had a mixed bag of results but he has done a good job in bringing the team together (Critical!). Why would you want to change that right before the world cup? Yes Misbah has done a good Job at the test level, but that does not warrant changing your captains at the ODI level willy nilly. These are one of the many things about which i can safely say: "This can only happen in Pakistan"

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 21, 2011, 13:52 GMT)

I hope that Pakistan team will perform their best effort and positive game...i dont know why selectors drop Tanveer Ahmed from squad.why they did n t announced Afridi as a captain.other world s team keep moral high their captains and backing.this things can destroyer team unity and also make lobby for captaincy in team.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 21, 2011, 13:04 GMT)

In my point of view this is the best avaiable team and only they have to picked tanvir ahmad in place of shoaib akhtar, because he is not physically fit tht he can bowl 10 overs.

two senior batsman are enough and yousif is not showing good form and fitness.

I think they have not to pick kamran also if his characte is doubt ful our team is talented team is playing and whetehr team is young or experienced.

If there is no fixing they will win and you can see the result in newzeland the young team no politics means no malik , kamran and butt no politics.

young team will show their calibre.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 21, 2011, 11:36 GMT)

a very good balanced side............. Afridi MUST be the captain,,, He has been leading the team very well in the last few series under immesne pressure - Best of Luck Team Pakistan Our prayers are with YOU!!!!!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 20, 2011, 20:19 GMT)

Umm well i think its balance site we are jus missing amir and asif . :( .... if guli and shoaib perform we have chance then .. i hope saeed ajmal do well in ODI's wish best of luck to pakistan ..

Posted by Ahsan on (January 20, 2011, 19:38 GMT)

PCB get a life... Where is SHOAIB MALIK, What in the blu hell is PCB doing... Bring Malik back in, He averages 40 in asian pitches..... CAn also bowll.... Y r u making fun of our senior players..... Bring M Yousuf and S Malik in... Guys if we had Malik, Amir, M Yousuf, Asif and butt in our Worldcup Squad, then there is no team who cud ever beat us.... Afridi as a player not a Captain, People says he is aggresive captain, yea yea guys we have seen his agressiveness in all the matches he has played

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 20, 2011, 19:31 GMT)

whatever the reasons are,yousuf is a key player to the team....this is not a two nation series,its WORLD CUP that needs experience for backing up team in tough situations which is only possible when players like yousuf who has experience of world cup matches is there in the team....this selection is exposing weaknesses! azhar ali deserved a place in WC squad that unfortunately didn't happen. anyways rest of the team is fine yet controversy on leader issue still there which needs to be solved as early as possible....and afridi on the basis of his aggression must be the best choice. all the BEST pakistan!!!

Posted by SOHAIB on (January 20, 2011, 19:25 GMT)

Assalam O Alaikum everyone... Squad seems quite balanced... except Asad Shafiq ... his inclusion in the squad for WC is quite questionable based on his experience & performance in both ODI & first class ... they should've included either Azhar Ali if looking for stonger middle-order OR Imran Nazir &/or Khalid Latif if required more options for Opening. Ahmed Shezad is the appropriate inclusion.... In my opinion Shahid Afridi should be the captain since he's aggressive & deserves it because of its experience & leading the team in ODI's for quite a while now ... but he need to work on his strategy for WC.. & should have a proper game plan for each match & play responsibly like he did in T20 WC 2009.... If Misbah gets appointed as an captain same advise goes for him.. but more importantly he need to be a little aggresive rather than being extremely defensive as he showed in 2nd Test against NZ which could've won. I hope eveybody will somewhat agree wid my opinion. Best of Luck Team PAK

Posted by North on (January 20, 2011, 18:49 GMT)

@afsar khan, you seem to be taking this way to seriously my friend, i hope you did not cry while writing your comment. '''---My opinion and suggestion is that PCB selected a very balanced team but for the captaincy they have to take whole WC Pak squad with coach and Board members sit together and select freindly captain by consutancy''''----, if im not wrong thats the way it is done or how about having a entire country for a vote for the captain? something like an election process? but it has to be done fast since there is not much time left now. but i dont think this will get into Ijaz Butt's rock solid brain. Nice try though.

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