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Umar may replace Kamran as wicketkeeper

Osman Samiuddin in Pallekele

March 9, 2011

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Shahid Afridi gestures after Kamran Akmal dropped Scott Styris, New Zealand v Pakistan, Group A, World Cup, Pallekele, March 8, 2011
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi thinks it may be time to replace Kamran Akmal behind the stumps © AFP
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Pakistan will consider using Umar Akmal as a wicketkeeper in their remaining group games in the World Cup in a bid to offset the disastrous glovework of his elder brother Kamran. Akmal senior missed three chances in Tuesday's big loss to New Zealand, including the centurion Ross Taylor twice in three balls when he was on 0 and 4.

Those chances come on the back of two missed stumpings in the win against Sri Lanka and over four years of constant, error-strewn performances. "It [keeping with Umar] is very much an option and we might try it in the next game," captain Shahid Afridi told Geo News.

As a sign of Pakistan's concern over Kamran's form with gloves and bat - he has only three dismissals so far and averages less than 30 as a batsman - Afridi did not rule out the possibility not playing him as a specialist batsman and dropping Kamran altogether. "We have five days now before our next game, so whatever is better for the team we will try it," he said.

Kamran is the only specialist wicketkeeper in the squad but Umar kept for the side in one ODI against South Africa last November, after Zulqarnain Haider fled to London. He was also behind the wickets for three T20s in New Zealand soon after.

"If you see him train, he puts in a lot of hard work. I don't know why but luck has deserted him," Afridi said. "He is also upset about his performance [against New Zealand] and he realizes it too." Asked by the channel how "luck" seems to have deserted him so often in the last four years, Afridi smiled and said, "I can't give an exact answer to that. My job is to back him, to support him and hopefully he will do his best."

If he is dropped, it will not be the first time in the last four years it has happened to Kamran. After a promising couple of years as the first-choice replacement for Moin Khan and Rashid Latif, Akmal's performances began to dip on the 2006 trip to England, where he persisted behind the stumps despite a finger injury.

But Pakistan stuck with him until June 2008, when Sarfraz Ahmed kept for the side in the Asia Cup. Kamran returned soon after, however, with no discernible improvement in performance. Only in January 2010 was he next axed and it took the monumental failure of the Sydney Test, where he missed five chances in all, for Sarfraz to be flown out for the final Test in Hobart.

In Pakistan's next Test against Australia at Lord's last summer, Kamran was back again, however. After three more poor Tests, Zulqarnain Haider came in to replace him, but a contentious finger injury ruled him out after his debut. Yet again, Kamran returned to keep wickets in the last two Tests of the summer.

He was subsequently caught up in the fall-out of the spot-fixing scandal and the PCB refused to clear his selection for the series against South Africa in the UAE and the third Akmal brother, Adnan, took his place in the two Tests. But the board's integrity committee finally cleared him in December, allowing for his selection in the ODI series against New Zealand and the World Cup squad.

His long-term future is again under question now. After the game, Waqar Younis, the coach, said "After the World Cup maybe we can think about it, but we are in the middle of the tournament and I don't think we can make such a change right now."

Pakistan took a day off from training on Wednesday but the team management said it would sit down and go through the loss and plan for the next game, against Zimbabwe on March 14.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of ESPNcricinfo

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Comments: 288 
Posted by   on (March 12, 2011, 16:00 GMT)

It is not easy to predict the future games. But the World Cup is still open and all the quarter finalists should be able for hard fighting. It's not only the matter of Kamran, our Openers and passers in the ending overs are not performing well. that's alarming situation and it should be covered before the quarter final stage. I think only Captain and a couple in the middle order are the Heroes up to the last game. Let's see how much the other players will support them in future games.

Posted by samadkhattak on (March 12, 2011, 4:01 GMT)

Inshallah pakistan will won & kamran is not bed only that day was not with him v should give him another chance , he can improve

Posted by Umair_umair on (March 11, 2011, 19:29 GMT)

To Cricinfo: All the confusion among fans about Asad Shafiq being a wicket keeper is because of Asad Shafiq's profile at cricinfo web. Which syas "Fielding position Wicketkeeper".

Actually its not true. Asad Shafiq is not and have never been a wicketkeeper, just see the scorecards of the ListA and FirstClass matches he has played so far. He was never playing as a wicket keeper.

I don't know from where did Cricinfo comeup with this info that Asad Shafiq is a wicket keeper.

From a common sense point of view, see Asad's record on same cricinfo profile page. It says; 20 caches in 39 First Class Matches and 16 catches in 33 list A matches. That means 0.5 catch per match and Zero Stumpings. Is that record of a wicket keeper? Still anyone mistaken that he is a wicket keeper? Cricinfo please remove "Fielding position Wicketkeeper" in Asad Shafiq's profile.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2011, 16:18 GMT)

You Guys are missing a point, Am a kenyan but Pak fan, this guy Kamran Akmal is unlucky on the field but very Lucky outside the field His drop cost the game but he gets a central contract.When we thought he will be dropped his brother Umar who is the only reasonable replacement injures his finger so now wether we love him or loathe him we have no options. He will keep in the next game vs Zim and score quick fire 50.Come the Aussies game he will cost us the game and possible semifinal perth coz we would otherwise have topped group A n meet no4 of group B. but things dont look bright now.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2011, 11:58 GMT)

Ahmed Shehzad must be dropped...

Posted by -Amir- on (March 11, 2011, 11:26 GMT)

Some people are posting here that we just lost 1 match so i just wanna let them know that if i lost one match yes just one match in quarters then we are gonna be out of this worldcup. we dont need hardwork of kamran akmal he should 4get the cricket and do something else. we need someone new and some one excellent we dont wanna miss a single catch. as far as we have seen kamran akmal we had enough if this i dont know why people say its just one match i just wanna tell them one match is worth alot. people like kamran get paid to play so they should be good in the job and they should know what they are doing and if they not we dnt need them he should be replaced with someone there are thousands in the que pak got enough talent there are so many players who are far more talented then kamran akmal they should be given a chance.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2011, 0:25 GMT)

This should be the line up - Hafeez, K Akmal, Asad (WK), Younis, Misbah, U Akmal, Shahid Afridi, A Razzaq, U Gul, Rehman, Shoaib

Posted by Guduji71 on (March 10, 2011, 22:20 GMT)

Asad Shafiq is an option for Wicketkeeping as well, and he is a very good top order batsman. Why can not we try him instead of Umar Akmal??????

Posted by Guduji71 on (March 10, 2011, 22:16 GMT)

For God Sale save Pakistan Kick Kamran Akmal out. We have lost so many matches just due to this guy and yet our selectors keep selecting him. Shame on you Pakistani selectors.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2011, 22:05 GMT)

well i think kamran akmal is not a good wicket keeper. I saw him so many times his technic is not good, when u r wicket keeper ur hands should be very soft then u can catch the ball. In my openion i will code Imran khan, if u make hundred and u miss one catch or stumped, then we dont want his 100 runs.. i think pakistan should get a good wicket keeper after the world cup....

Posted by   on (March 10, 2011, 18:10 GMT)

pak lost just 1 game so far. so plz dont draw so many conclusions.. kamran is ok.. and the rest of the team is also fine.. razzak can be sent lil earlier in the batting order..!! All the Best to Pakistan..!!

Posted by BoomBoom_Khan on (March 10, 2011, 17:32 GMT)

Why is no one talking about Asad Shafiq when his profile says he is a wicket keeper???????????? Osman Samiudding Sir, can you please let us all know? or any one that has an insight on it?

Posted by Farees_pak on (March 10, 2011, 17:09 GMT)

allhamthulillah..insah allah pkistan will go to the next round and they chance to win WC. But they have to change few things that kamaran should out the tour, and openers have to change, Hafees must play well as a opener, shezad down the treck, rezzak take up in the bat 2nd or 3rd. afridi also must bat well,, if he take part last match in batting may be chase the game.umar come as a keeper. that is good... insha allah pak will play well.

Posted by MyComments on (March 10, 2011, 15:17 GMT)

They will not try Asad Shafique as he will take the place permanently. They will keep him or may try his brother. One needs to set aside personal interest; otherwise it is just an exercise. Very unreasonable and selfish thinking.

Posted by GREATBHATTI on (March 10, 2011, 13:20 GMT)

Pakistan should play with following team: Kamran, hafeez, asad , misbah , younis, umar, afridi, razaq, rehman, gul, shoaib

Posted by adilnaeem on (March 10, 2011, 12:50 GMT)

and i totally agree with AINA: Wicket keeper is suppose to lift the teams spirit....and just by saying "caaamooooon laaaaaadsss" is not good enough....sending him back is also not an option...just droping him is the ONLY OPTION.....even if has won a 100 matches for pakistan..he has cost pakistan important losses...losses which mattered.....WHY IS EVERYONE FORGETING HIS 2 MISSED STUMPINGS AGAINST LANKA JUST THE MATCH BEFORE?!?!

Posted by BudhaWillSmile on (March 10, 2011, 12:16 GMT)

We are trying tooth and nail to get at top of the table so that we can play NZ in QF. But now you guys have given such a confidence to them that playing them has become dangerous. Not so cool guys.. not coo.

Posted by tiloooo31 on (March 10, 2011, 12:12 GMT)

A couple of days back every other person was proudly supporting our Pakistan team. We should continue to do so. A single defeat doesn't change anything, and if it does, it's for the better. This will only make the management realize what everyone's been shouting at them since our 1st match - our team was, and is not balanced. As for the changes, i think we should replace kamran with umar. The one ODI where he kept the wickets, wasn't a bad job at all. Kamran is definitely going no where with his glove-work and even though ICC may have cleared him, his keeping does seem a bit shady to me at times. The replacement i think should be a sixth bowler. Wahab probably, because of his bowling at the depth. As for our wonderful openers, we need to stick with hafeez because he's a pretty useful bowler in the middle overs. Ahmed shehzad, since his maiden century, thinks he is Sehwag-cum-Viv Richards. If asad were to relpace him, i am not sure who we'll open with.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2011, 12:10 GMT)

Please open with AFRIDI....every team is opening with pinch hitter and only Pakistan is not doing so.....what's the use of AFRIDI AND RAZZAQ at the end where 3-4 over left ...they try to hit every ball and get out....what the use of this...at least one of these should have chances to play some over.....Mistake mistake and Mistake....PLEASE OPEN WITH AFRIDI.....WE NEED IT.............KICK OF KAMRAN....he has dropped at least 100 times of the bowlling OF AKHTAR....since last 4-5 years he has been dropping....

Posted by   on (March 10, 2011, 10:25 GMT)

we need to change that bcoz kamran did a unbelibable mistake!

Posted by Asif_Iqbal on (March 10, 2011, 9:45 GMT)

Srafaraz is far more better keeper then him but I dont know what is the secret bIehind that PCB labor k.Akmal for last 5 years, Check all the series from 2006 Eng tour most of the mathes and series Pakistan lost due to his very poor glove work he also demage the record of Keneria PCB pls. pls. pls. replace him with Sarfaraz who whener given chance play well behind the stump which his primary job.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2011, 9:29 GMT)

Heres what happened: Kamran dropped EASY catches off Taylor, this caused Akhtar to get dishearted and bowl badly whereas he could have gotten 3 or 4 wickets, NZ then hit 92 runs off the last 4 overs :P

Its OK people do not panic, jst like Kamran can drop catches, the team can drop him :P which is what will happen. Well done to Umar Gul, though.

Posted by Azam55 on (March 10, 2011, 9:18 GMT)

Replacing Akmal alone (though it is essential) would not be enough as long as the other "Calamity Jane"--Mr. Shoaib Akhtar--who is way past his use-by date. His disater "come-back" over after the batting powerplay in which he gave 28 runs was as much responsible for debacle as Akmal's misses. It just opened the floodgates of sixes and sevens by the Kiwis. What are M/s Wahab Riaz & Junaid Khan doing on the benches? Surely, they cant be as bad as the so-called "Rawalpindi express" with its wheels about to fall off

Posted by   on (March 10, 2011, 9:07 GMT)

Akmal have cost SHOAIB for at least 100+ wicket and a lots of Test and One day in his career till now and he is still in the team....Afridi should open the innings as Razzaq is enough at last.....otherwise both are getting out due to lack of overs in the end...PLEASE OPEN WITH AFRIDI....and get benifit of power play....every pinch hitter is opeining for there side..and AFRIDI NOT....how lack of skill is in PAK team management...they are just going reverese....what Afridi and Razzaq can do in 3 over...can they hit 18 ball to six....no way...on the other hand they are getting out...in hurry.....PLEASE LET AFRIDI OPEN...SHOIAB IS THE BEST!!!!

Posted by   on (March 10, 2011, 8:45 GMT)

@ Ms. Aina, who asked you to comments on everyone's comment. FYI, Afridi is a very good bowler, if you don't believe just check who took most of the wickets this tournament, to me Kamran is useless if he was able to get Taylor at 0 NZ might not been able to score even 200 and have you checked Gul's batting at the end, simply awesome, he should be our opener next game...

Posted by   on (March 10, 2011, 8:28 GMT)

I think we should try out following combination for next match.. 1) A.Hafeez 2) U.Akmal 3) K.Akmal 4) Younis 5) Misbah 6) Razzaq 7) Afridi 8) U.Gul 9) A.Rehman 10) S.Ajmal 11) S.Akhtar

Posted by   on (March 10, 2011, 8:24 GMT)

well kamran akmal does not seem to be an international player..,,and we cant compromise on him in the coming matches...he should definetely be dropped and i think younas khan or umar akmal shouldtake the charge of wicket keeping. and instead of ahmed shahzad, asad shafiq should be selected

Posted by sulehria786 on (March 10, 2011, 8:12 GMT)

well i would like to say that this is the responsibility of management. i really don't understand that why there are 2 bowling coaches whereas there is no fielding and batting coach, that's really an un-understandable thing. 2ndly Kamran is not a junior or new player. He has to be responsible for what he is doing in the field, because coach and captain the just tell and show and guide him that how to perform behind the wickets, during the match its all up to him. i think they basically need a psychological grooming to make there mind as a professional cricketer. mental strength is all what you need in the ground. Umer Akmal can be good testing option in next game but not permanently.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2011, 8:01 GMT)

from moin khan to kamran akmal....wht a rollercoaster of a team

Posted by   on (March 10, 2011, 7:08 GMT)

I wonder how did they selected him in the world cup squad as his past was so aweful....you all must b knowing that what he did in sydney test last year.....world cup playng wiket keeper should b some thing like gilchrist....haddin...dhoni....sangakara....who have the potential of wiket keeping & batting as well......good thing for pakistani cricket team is that this happen only in the group stages luckly for them it did"t happen in the knokout stages......umar akmal should b behind the stumps....hafeez & shehzaad should open younis at 3 misbah at 4 and asad shafiq should b at 5 then umer afridi razak and co should follow.....

Posted by xmatch on (March 10, 2011, 6:58 GMT)

Here's the ideal XI (in the batting order) only if Shahid/Waqar reading it:

1 Ahmed Shehzad (let him play natural) 2 Shahid Afridi (ideal opener for SC wkts--playing too much under pressure) 3 Younus Khan (won't bring down RR with Afridi or Shehzad batting the other end) 4 Asad Shafiq (might play well with a senior player in Afridi/Younus) 5 Misbah (plays anchor role at 5) 6 Umar Akmal (play in front of the wkt and avoid cute shots) 7 Razzaq (about time he comes in with some time left to settle in) 8 Gul/Rehman (Gul if we need to up RR) 9 Rehman/Gul 10 Junaid Khan (surprise factor) 11 Saeed Ajmal (need a play maker; better spinner than a fast bowler)

Try it, you won't regret, I/A!

Posted by   on (March 10, 2011, 6:52 GMT)

We missed Zulqurnain Hiader as Wicket keeper.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2011, 6:36 GMT)

@Ghulam-Hassan-Gondal: even a bowler... Afridi calls himself a bowler you know, and thus far his claim is justifiable. @ramxis: We none of us love Kamran but I would support my team at every cost. @dr_salman: It is Afridi's duty as captain to "support" his players in public, even if he is as strict as Imran Khan away from the media eye. @a1234s: Actually, it WAS kamran's fault that shoaib bowled lollipop deliveries, though abdurazzaq isn't a great death bowler. Ask Imran how bad a bowler gets after suffering what shoaib did. Not to mention that the fielders stop backing you up because they are paralyzed due to the wicketkeeper's collapse.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2011, 6:36 GMT)

Guys we are in the middle of the tournament, we can't get a new keeper as it will will make the morale of the team down.I agree that Kamran should not keep wickets where as we have an option of using Umar as a keeper as he has kept wickets for pakistan in the past.We can't forget the talent of Kamran......He has played some very good innings for Pakistan......He is going low of confidence but if he finds his rythm he can change the course of a match single handedly.

If Umar keeps wickets for the team then Pakistan will be loosing the best fielder in the side......Lets wait till the 14th and hope for the best......All the best Pakistan.

I want India Pakistan Final.....Inshallah.

Posted by affoo on (March 10, 2011, 6:25 GMT)

Poor kamran wat are you doing behind stumps,management should sent him back to pakistan, and umer should replace him,missing sangakara chances and here rose taylor chances,cast us a match and disturbed our run-rate,i request the managemet to overcome the kipping problems,,,other wise it will cast us the world cup, and the world cup is wide open any team could win,,,

Posted by   on (March 10, 2011, 6:15 GMT)

I am not sure why cant Asad Shafiq do Wicket keeping. As his profile shows Fielding position Wicketkeeper. We can have a good batsman in him and professional wicketkeeper.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2011, 5:58 GMT)

Furthermore i providing increasing the dependability of a fragile bating order. The comment made by waqar were to keep the team motivated as it effect the players if they are openly criticized. I am also unable to comprehend why some believe ajmal wont be able to contain...pls see his economy in stats. Variations are the key arsenal of any spinner. He has more variations the abdur rehman. I totally agree the onus of loss cant entirely pushed on akmal. There is no excuse of getting plundered for 92 in 4 overs or the being 23 for 4 but these are the problem which can be rectified. But akmal is tried and tested option, so his burden shouldnt be carried on further on his past heroics but he should be respected for them..

Posted by   on (March 10, 2011, 5:37 GMT)

I believe that some one needs to remind Pakistan team management and the COACH that ASAD SHAFIQ is still alive.. and some one has to remind them that he is also a specialised wicket keeper and have done so in first class Pakistan cricket.

I believe Kamran Akmal should be dropped and Asad shafiq should be given a chance..also Pakistan needs to have one more bowler, y not inducting wahab riaz IN, for Ahmed Shehzad

Posted by   on (March 10, 2011, 5:29 GMT)

@dmqi: Oh for heaven's sake! Do you want your captain to start denigrating his men in front of the world? Do you think Imran Khan would approve of him washing dirty linen in public? @Sobia Saeed Magray: Ofcourse there are replacements, even in the squad itself. Younis, Umar and Asad have all been suggested. @Majr: He needed to score 131 to compensate for his fumbling. As for death bowling, once you create a monster all your bowlers will get hit. The great Imran Khan sympathized with Shoaib as a fellow pacer. If kamran hadn't dropped both chances in Shoaib's over, Afridi's captaincy would have looked good for bringing Shoaib back after a wicket, and Shoaib's bowling would have looked great. NewZealand would have folded on 200 and Pakistan would have won. This is what happens when the backbone of the fielding side, the wicketkeeper, fails. The bowlers fail, the fielders fail, and carnage results.

Posted by sajidimrankhan on (March 10, 2011, 5:27 GMT)

ALthough kamran Akmal played very well in the past, but this is world cup and he should be thrown out fro the team.And they should bring Wahab, Saeed Ajmal.Because they are match winner....And Rehman particularly a bowler who can maintain pressure but we don't need to do this staff...main thing is to get wickets and break the partnership...So I think these two can very handy.......

Posted by   on (March 10, 2011, 4:54 GMT)

Please bring back Imran nazir after world cup, give kick to Hafeez and Ahemead...AFRIDI SHOULD OPEN AS RAZZAQ IS LOWER ORDER. no need of having two hitter at same time when few over left....

Posted by sridharvisu76 on (March 10, 2011, 3:57 GMT)

I am an Indian. But I always felt Pakistan has an awesome bowling attack. Shoaib akhtar bowled wonderfully to Ross. So I will not discount Shoaib akhtar even though he bowled poorly. Kamran should be dropped. Not only for his dropped catches, even his body language did not suggest that he is interested in playing the game. Other things: Shahzad is too talented. So next match should be a test. Afridi should not open. However he need not come down this low in the batting line up. Shahzad, Hafeez, Younis, Misbah, Afridi, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Akhtar (he can be made to bowl like Malinga...He needs to lean down though) these are match winners...rest can be anyone.

Posted by Andy500265 on (March 10, 2011, 3:08 GMT)

I personally think anyone is preferable to Kamran Akmal as a keeper. Heck, even Phil Tuffnell would be a better 'keeper than Akmal. Until he is dropped (he should never be recalled), use Akmal, or maybe even Asad Shafiq, I heard somewhere than he can keep a bit.

Posted by 29047 on (March 10, 2011, 0:19 GMT)

My Ideal 11 (1) Imran Nazir (2) Hafeez (3) Younus (4) Umer Akmal (5) Misbah (6) Razzaq (7) Afridi (8) Wahab Riaz (9) Umer gul (10) Junaid Khan (11) Ajmal

Posted by sm77e on (March 9, 2011, 23:49 GMT)

I think Umar Akmal should be the keeper and let us bring in Asad Shafiq. That will make the batting very strong on paper (at least). Also, drop Shoaib Akhtar and bring Junaid Khan. He got 3 wickets in warm up match but still did not get a chance to play. I am sure he can do better than Shoaib Akhtar's 77 runs in 9 overs with only 1 wicket.

Posted by nrxnaj on (March 9, 2011, 23:01 GMT)

I don't think Pakistan should change for the sake of changing. I would drop Kamran down to 6 or 7 and promote Umar to open. They have to go back to basics of where wicketkeepers used to bat and it might focus Kamran's mind if he's batting with more pressure and tail enders. In fact you could argue his average is that close to tail enders.

Posted by Guduji71 on (March 9, 2011, 22:43 GMT)

Kamran has to be dropped for the rest of the matches. He is not even scoring runs , even if he was, dropping those catches would be enough reason to kick him out of the team. CATCHES WIN MATCHES. I have not seen this poor wicket keeping even from any assoicate member teams. Cananda, Ireland, and Netherland have much better Wicket keepers than Pakistan, forget about comparing him with Sangakara, Haddin, Deviller, Macculam, Dhoni....We need specialist wicketkeeper. Use Umar AKmal for this World Cup, if you can not bring Sarfraz from Pakistan but keep in mind even Umar is not a long term solution for Pakistan's cause. Not selecting Muhammad Yousuf and Shoab Malik is also hurting Pakistan's cause. Pls play Saeed Ajmal, why this match winner is sitting on the bench?

Posted by pintu01 on (March 9, 2011, 22:18 GMT)

Kamran should be dropped from the team, he is neither a good wicket keeper nor a good batsman. I am surprised people say he is a specialized batsman? Why?...is Pakistan batting team so frail that he is better than all? Remember the famous test defeat against Australia, where Pakistan was supposed to win easily but because of Kamran's 5+ dropped catches Hussey went on to make a century which resulted in their win. Isn't the same story here? He missed chances of Taylor where he continued to make a century which resulted in the defeat of Pakistan. If Pakistan want to try going up in this world cup they need to decide right now to exclude Kamran altogether and fly him back home.

Posted by adilnaeem on (March 9, 2011, 21:51 GMT)

And the other important thing that everyone seems to forget is Kamran dint only cost Pakistan the last match...he possibly cost us the world cup.....how badly this loss will effect the overall group position will only be known ...but definately Pakistan are likely not to finish in the first place

Posted by CrickFans007 on (March 9, 2011, 21:49 GMT)

I am totaly agree kamran akmal must be remove as a wicket keeper bc his confidence is very low and cant to better in next games. Pak coach Waqar is totaly useless and have no planing they have defencive approach bowling with ordinary bowler rehman Why? thye need to remove Shazad as an opner and put kamran as a specialist batsman and bring Ajaml and Junaid Khan if they want to won this big Cup. My playing 11 is 1 Kamarn 2 Hafeez 3 Yonuis 4 Umer 5 Misbah 6 Afridi 7 razzaq 8 Gul 9 SaeedAjaml 10 Juniad Khan 11 Akhter . I am not in favour of Wahab bc he is not a wicket taking bowler I will prefer Junaid b/c he have good records in A team and other teams dont know his bowling and weak points bc they did not see him. Afridi should come with strong bowling attack Shoib,Juaid, Gul Ajaml , Pak will Rock

Posted by adilnaeem on (March 9, 2011, 21:48 GMT)

cant believe people are actually want to drop rehman and hafiz.....for Rehman: he is a bowler who contains runs, pakistan already have bowlers who are strike bowlers and you must have bowlers who paly the containment role.....for Hafiz: he does the donkey work with the bowl and does take out overs quikley without geting noticed, above all he allows Pakistan to play an extra batsman or bowler and is a batsman.....my next 11 would be:

Hafiz Afridi Asad S. Younus Misbah Umar Razzaq Rehman Gul Akthar (Wahab or Ajmal depending on the pitch)

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 21:34 GMT)

Dropping a catch is not a crime and happened to Younus khan in champions trophy as well but it was forgiven considered as a mistake but if it is repeated again and again in such an important run then it must be not be over looked. Either the replace Kamran or they make him show commitment but they must do something or else they can't survive in this tournament. Besides Kamran's performance there was a lack of professionalism as well, the way they had given up so easily even Canadians didn't... the fan circle has already reduced so much and on that this kind of performance will turn the rest as well.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 21:12 GMT)

Kamran should not be kept in the eleven. he has already done enough damage. a new keeper should be used. Pakistan team is missing someone like shoiab malik.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 21:05 GMT)

Drop Akmal. Drop Abdul Razzaq. Despite his half century, AR has niether clicked as a bowler nor as a batsman. Instead, we should bring in Asad Shafiq as a specialist batsman for Kamran, while inducting specialist bowler Junaid Khan for part-time Abdul Razzaq.

Umar Akmal can keep. There might be a case to drop Hafeez for Ajmal too. Afridi or Asad can open with Ahmad Shahzad.

Playing 11: Asad Shafiq, Ahmad Shahzad, Younis Khan, Misbah Ul Haq, Umar Akmal, Afridi*, Ajmal, Abdul Rahman/Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul.

Posted by afridino1 on (March 9, 2011, 20:41 GMT)

my 11 will (1) kamran Akmal (2) Hafeez (3) Younus (4) Umer Akmal (5) Misbah (6) Razzaq (7) Afridi (8) Wahab Riaz (9) Umer gul (10) Junaid Khan (11) Shoaib Akhtar

The main strenght of Pakistan team is bowling i think Pakistan needs to think out of the box and Pakistan needs to have different bowling options rather than batting options there is no room for Asad and Shehzad in squad because they both are not good enough to fight while they bat this team combination gives Pakistan 9 players who can bat & 7 legal bowlers hafeez can be handy with spin Pakistan dont need 3 spinners they should try this combination or bring Imran nazir as an opener for pakistan instead of Kamran Akmal they have the only chance to try this combination which is Zimbabwe so they can see how Junaid is bowling and use Umer Akmal as a wicket keeper all the way to the last match. WHY THEY ARE NOT USING JUNAID KHAN I DONT GET IT

Posted by husnainiqbal on (March 9, 2011, 20:41 GMT)

I agree with the Umar Akmal but i think we must have to give a chance to Asad Shafiq in our upcoming match.

Posted by Pakistan-Zindabaad on (March 9, 2011, 20:40 GMT)

KAMRAN AKMAL IS THE WORSTT WICKET KEEPER AND ZULQARNANIN WAS BETTER BUT AT LEAST UMAR AKMAL CAN ALSO KEEP!

Posted by MohsinBallack on (March 9, 2011, 20:38 GMT)

i dont know why pakistani selectors faith 2 much on kamran akmal hes still missing stumpings and droping cathes in almost every match i am sure there is some thing is wrong with kamran akmal PCB Has to find out his problem....

Posted by SOHAiBY on (March 9, 2011, 20:21 GMT)

at the moment, pak has only kamran akmal as a wkt keeper, i am very upset & very angry with kamran's performance but we don't have any other wkt keeper so we have to play kamran in this tournament & should kick him out after the World cup

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 20:06 GMT)

I think Umar is not the better choice as a wicket keeper. He is a loving brother n can do something silly to save his brother who is in a difficult situation these days.. bt there are no more choices.... About the openers, I must say Afridi should step up as a captain and open Pak innings with ahmed shahzad..

My pakistan 11 will be.. 1.Ahmed Shahzad 2.Shahid Afridi 3.Younis Khan 4.Asad Shafiq 5. Misbah-ul-Haq 6.Umar Akmal 7.Abdul Razzaq 8.Abdur Rehman/Saeed Ajmal 9.Umar Gul 10. Junaid Khan 11.Shoaib Akhtar......

whts ur opinion frndss???

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 20:01 GMT)

this was obvious.. due to the PCBs poor selection.. time n time agen dey select the wrong players.. kamran has a poor average and if u drop catches u lose matches... the question now is can they afford 2 drop him in da middle of da world cup... i think we need an extra bowler being wahab riaz.. n we MUST drop hafeez.. hes been poor.. an average of 21 in over 60 odis..its ridiculous... they will regret not selecting yousuf and malik

Posted by pk_cric_rox on (March 9, 2011, 19:53 GMT)

i cant believe people r still criticizing afridi. u want him to take all wickets, score huge runs, n not even criticize if his most experienced team mates r not helping him.everyone had problem that he talks too much to the bowlers , i guess in last match we all saw wat happens if he doesnt talk to bowler after every ball.our most experienced and world's fastest bowler was feeding ross taylor with juicy full tosses one after another.a bastman who couldnt even see the ball for 35 overs was suddenly hitting every bowler for sixes.wat do u expect a captain to do at this situation if he cant even criticize such experienced team mates. i say throw out kamran n give gloves to umar akmal, throw out shoaib akhtar as well n give junaid a chance. i bet he will do much better then him.rest of the team is ok n even if our youngsters like shahzad n junaid fail atleast they will learn something for future,shoaib n kamran r beyond the point of learning

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 19:51 GMT)

I think it would be to early to make any decision regarding wicket keeping. However I do believe that Pakistan should use Junaid Jumshaid as a opening bowler by drop Abdul Razzaq. Just my opinion ,agree to disagree.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 19:42 GMT)

Kamran has high reach in the PCB that is why he is in the team , Z Hyder was whisked away two hours before the game was about to start, something spooky here!!!!. How can he be in a team with so many failures, the biggest is missing Taylor who scored 132 not out , cost Pakistan the first loss in WC. Sarfaraz , Adnan and Umar can do a better job, they should be groomed for future games without wasting anytime on Kamran.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 19:35 GMT)

not a good idea to replace specialist with a makeshift.this is not the time and event to replace.we depend a lot on his fielding and versatile batting.it is ridiculous, UMAR TO KEEP,TALK,BAT,CATCH AND EVERYTHING AND HE IS ONLY 20!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 19:34 GMT)

Ajmal needs to be drafted in, this will make three specialist spinners including Afridi of varying variety, and two pacers. Shehzad should be dropped down the order near 3 or 4 down, Razzaq and KaKmal shud open, Hafeez needs to be dropped, Lineup shud look like this, Razzaq Kakmal UmarAk Younis Shehzad Misbah Afridi Rehman Gul Ajmal Akhtar

If you look, one more batsman can not win you a game if 7 fail like they did against NZ, a bowler can win of the claiber of Ajmal, especially when there is manic hitting , doosra can kill the batsmanship!

Posted by ss3samzy on (March 9, 2011, 19:33 GMT)

Umar Akmal should keep. Abdul Razzaq should open, and Hafeez should bat at 8, and Pakistan will win the WC :)

Posted by Azeem.... on (March 9, 2011, 19:32 GMT)

Shahid Bhai, Please do it ASAP.. Believe me I m a well wisher of ur team... Plsssss go ahead...

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 19:28 GMT)

Akmal Fammily is very influential, but PCB should see what Kamran has been doing fopr last couple of years, he has won us a few matches and lost a dozen or more. He can always be raplaced by his brother Umer, I hope THE FAMILY wont mind that. They can always add adnan to the team if 2 playing Akmals are necessary

Posted by Amjad786 on (March 9, 2011, 19:22 GMT)

I think Kamran Akmal, Ahmed shezad, and Abdur-rahman should be out and replaced by Asad Shafiq, Wahab Riaz, and Saeed Ajmal.

1) Mohammad Hafeez, 2) Asad Shafiq, 3) Younis Khan 4) Abdur-razzaq 5)Misbah-ul-Haq 6) Umar Akmal 7) Shahid Afridi 8) Baba Shoaib Akhtar 9) Umar gul 10) Wahab Riaz 11)Saeed Ajmal. Thats the best team!

Afridi dosent use Shoaib properly. When Shoaib bowls he should try to do maxiumn 3 or 4 over spell. If Wahab Riaz or Saeed Ajmal share a new ball with Shoaib, Afridi must change the balling after a few overs like the other captains do.

When Afridi gives the ball to someone he seems to fall asleep. After a long spell, the bowler is tired and the bowler dosent have control of the line and length and the batsmen beat them up badly,... then Afridi wakes up and the game is out of Pakistan's hands. When he bowls himself, mostly, he tries to make 10 overs in one spell. Although sometimes he's lucky and he gets a wicket. He hasn't got control of himself either

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 19:07 GMT)

kamran should not b include in any remaining match and i dont know how he got A category in central contract.i dont know what the hell pakistani cricket board doing.

Posted by Gags14002 on (March 9, 2011, 19:01 GMT)

I think Umar should keep wickets.. Kamran Akmal is a pathetic keeper and his batting is also fading day by day....Pakistan is a dangerous side and capable of wining this world cup. Having said that they have to keep their combination right....Kamran akmal your career is almost over.....

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 18:32 GMT)

not about keeper, pakistan team doesnt have batting skills to tackle score of 300, and they are blaming kamaran, this is the situation when pakistan bats second ok suppoters have to realize this, not talking foolishly about luck and all....., u supporters have to know they have not losed the match after fighting, if tht happened so then it can be called as luck ok u foolish supporters........they bundled out for big margin ok.... any how they are going play in india against india let c wat happens........

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 18:31 GMT)

that's just one aspect, what about all the bowlers bowling full toss balls in the last few overs, one after the other

Posted by soumyas on (March 9, 2011, 18:26 GMT)

3 things for the loss, 1) pakistan top order batting failed -FIND DIFFERENT OPENERS, 2) no good bowler at the death overs, conceeding 92 of last 4 overs- NEED GOOD BOWLERS AT THE END, 3) kamran akmal's bad wicket keeping- UMAR AKMAL SHUD TAKE CARE.

Posted by soumyas on (March 9, 2011, 18:22 GMT)

yesterday they were short off specialist bowler at the death overs, when akhtar himself going for 28 runs, what wud razzak do? Ross taylor fetched 30 runs from razzak's 49 th over, shortage of good bowler at the end cost them 92 runs of last 4 overs, which chanced the game also, Anyway they can drop one of the openers and ask kamran akmal to open. include wahab in team so that they will not be short of good bowlers at the death overs. Till now they won due afridi's performance and all their problems were hidden under that, Kamran akmal might have performed bad as WK, but he is a very good batsman too, he deserves place after considering his services over the years for pakistan,

Posted by street_smart on (March 9, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

after first 3 matches everybody said Pakistan will be the champion.. now what they have to say? Moreover in India's group, the minnows are much more stronger than those in Pakistan's group... Though India has struggled, they haven't lost any matches & they will beat SA & WI as well....

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

@ Vishram P Singh...very well said Mr Singh.People dont realise before commenting about cricket that cricket is such a spealised field to comment on. Not everybody can comment on it. If they totally drop Kamran Akmal then they will loose an EXPERIENCED batsman.Kamran has an experience of playing in two T20 worldcup finals and a semifinal.He knows how to play in the pressure and he performed good as a batsmen in 2009 worldt20.On the other hand, Shafiq is a great talent and asset for Pakistan but he is not experienced enough to tackle the pressure of the worldcup.The same thing will happen to Shifiq in big games which has happened to Ahmed Shehzad.Shehzad is an immense talent but he is suffering only because there is back in his mind that"Oh Gosh its a Worldcup".Young guys cant take pressure.Not everybody is Inzamam. So if someone can replace Kmran Akmal as a batsman then its only Mohammad Yousuf and no one else, but Kamran gives a flashing fast start and Yousuf plays slow.

Posted by pak-united on (March 9, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

Abdul Razzaq Asad Shafiq Younis Khan Umar Akmal Misbah Kamran Akmal Afridi Gul Ajmal Wahaz Riaz Shoaib Akhtar

this team gives enough variety to both batting and bowling. razzaq should be utilized in initial power plays, he has been wasted all along. asad shafiq, younis, and misbah can contain, umar akmal in the middle can keep the score board ticking. kamran akmal and afridi, and to some extent, umar gul can blast at the end. umar akmal or shafiq should keep. razzaq and kamran should only play as specialist batsmen, the former can't bowl, the latter can't keep, but they both have the potential to bat so make use of it. bowling department with this order looks very balanced. i hope afridi or waqar are reading this post.

Posted by DevilsCricket on (March 9, 2011, 18:16 GMT)

Unbelievable how this freak is still playing for PAK, why is he so indispensable or is there not a handful of wk's in the whole country...pathetic

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 18:14 GMT)

YES UMAR AKMAL SHOULD REPLACE HIS BROTHER KAMRAN AKMAL BEST CHOICE FOR PAKISTAN AND BATTING LINE UP MUST BE THIS 1.KAMRAN 2.HAFEEZ 3.ASAD 4.YOUNIS 5.MISBAH 6.UMAR AKMAL 7.AFRIDI 8.RAZZAQ 9.UMAR 10.JUNAID 11.ABDUR REHMAN THIS IS THE BEST LINE UP FOR PAKISTAN

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 18:10 GMT)

i think selectors should give last and final chance 2 him .kamran should open with hafeez and shazad should out of the team.bring wahab riaz in .

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 18:09 GMT)

He has been always an average keeper never plays well under presure afridi has to make that choice, fans will hate him but that is what captains are therefore

Posted by PakiGr8ness on (March 9, 2011, 18:08 GMT)

Theres a specific squad afridi should have : this is just my opinion. I think this is right: This is the squad:

M Hafeez(Or A Shahzad) A Shafiq Y Khan <I would put M Yousuf<vc> here but he isnt available for selection> MU Haq<vc> U akmal<Kp> S Afridi<c> A Razzaq U Gul W Riaz (Or J Khan) A Rehman(Or S Ajmal) S Akhter

AJMAL K AKMAL J KHAN SHAHZAD

(next match is agnst Zim so they should give Shahzad and Hafeez a chance, then decide on that performance wether to play against australia or not)

Posted by PuravDesai on (March 9, 2011, 18:02 GMT)

I dont why they get this wrong the chances were missed when Taylor was on 0 and 8, when on 0 the ball he edged went for 4 and then he hit another 4 before the second chance was missed.

Posted by cricinme on (March 9, 2011, 17:49 GMT)

Wasim Bari has been Pakistans best wicket keeper ever and Kamran the worst.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 17:44 GMT)

All of us want him to be replaced. But he will be given one more chance.....

Posted by ash556 on (March 9, 2011, 17:35 GMT)

I still have faith in our team and in Afridi a cricketer with heart if ever I saw one. Despite everyone baying for Kamran Akmal's blood, I don't think he should be thrown under the bus now. Because of the pressure he is now under he won't be able to perform as a keeper so Umer Akmal should be made keeper. I would still keep Kamran in the side though for his batting as an opener in place of Shahzad who may not be ready for the big time yet although his time will certainly come. Given the current opening pair's poor run what have we got to lose? Another selection should be that of Wahab Riaz whose bowling can add more sting to the attack. Besides he will add energy to the fielding as displayed by his spectacular catch in the Canada match. Razzak may have to be sacrificed. One more observation: Why not use Shoaib Akhtar the same way that Ponting uses Tait, i.e. in short sharp bursts of 2-3 overs of shock and awe?

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 17:33 GMT)

placing a field in zero slip , can do better than Kamran!!!

Posted by ash556 on (March 9, 2011, 17:32 GMT)

I still have faith in our team and in Afridi a cricketer with heart if ever I saw one. Despite everyone baying for Kamran Akmal's blood, I don't think he should be thrown under the bus now. Because of the pressure he is now under he won't be able to perform as a keeper so Umer Akmal should be made keeper. I would still keep Kamran in the side though for his batting as an opener in place of Shahzad who may not be ready for the big time yet although his time will certainly come. Given the current opening pair's poor run what have we got to lose? Another selection should be that of Wahab Riaz whose bowling can add more sting to the attack. Besides he will add energy to the fielding as displayed by his spectacular catch in the Canada match. Razzak may have to be sacrificed. One more observation: Why not use Shoaib Akhtar the same way that Ponting uses Tait, i.e. in short sharp bursts of 2-3 overs of shock and awe?

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 17:31 GMT)

plz change the opners shahid bahi and give a chance asad shafiq and wahab riaz then u win world cup

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 17:26 GMT)

this match was fix for sure the way pakistan has played , kamran the same guy playing dirty games in australia now in WC shame on him .........even in practise session you can't drop a catch like this ...Taking about Sohaib akthar he has no maturity in his bowling one of most in discipline bowler in WC squad same with Razzak don't know how to bowl ..ICC msut investigate the match n see how many where involved

Posted by ash556 on (March 9, 2011, 17:26 GMT)

I still have faith in our team and in Afridi a cricketer with heart if ever I saw one. Despite everyone baying for Kamran Akmal's blood, I don't think he should be thrown under the bus now. Because of the pressure he is under he won't be able to perform as a keeper so Umer Akmal should replace him. I would still keep Kamran in the side though for his batting as an opener in place of Shahzad who may not be ready for the big time yet although his time will certainly come. Given the current opening pair's poor run what have we got to lose? Another selection should be that of Wahab Riaz whose bowling can add more sting to the attack. Besides he will add energy to the fielding as displayed by his spectacular catch in the Canada match. Razzak may have to be sacrificed. One more observation: Why not use Shoaib Akhtar the same way that Ponting uses Tait, i.e. in short sharp bursts of 2-3 overs of shock and awe?

Posted by angelakuttirandi on (March 9, 2011, 17:25 GMT)

Hi I strongly feel Kamran should be in the side as a specialist batsman. He is an attacking batsman who can take the game away from the opposition.His wicket keeping's poor form is affecting his batting but still he is batting way better than Ahmed Shehzad. So he should be opening the innings with Mohammad Hafeez. And Asad shafiq should come in place of Ahmed Shehzad. Pakistan can even consider opening with Shahid Afridi as he is coming in too much of pressure situations and thus is not able to perform up to his potential. May be in the first 10 overs when the field is in and there is no pressure, he can play his natural destructive game and can turn the game on its head.

Posted by angelakuttirandi on (March 9, 2011, 17:22 GMT)

Hi I strongly feel Kamran should be in the side as a specialist batsman. He is an attacking batsman who can take the game away from the opposition.His wicket keeping's poor form is affecting his batting but still he is batting way better than Ahmed Shehzad. So he should be opening the innings with Mohammad Hafeez. And Asad shafiq should come in place of Ahmed Shehzad. Pakistan can even consider opening with Shahid Afridi as he is coming in too much of pressure situations and thus is not able to perform up to his potential. May be in the first 10 overs when the field is in and there is no pressure, he can play his natural destructive game and can turn the game on its head.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 17:21 GMT)

yes this good decision for afridi .. and also pak need one change in the team. Ajmal should replace Rehman

Posted by Daoud_125 on (March 9, 2011, 17:21 GMT)

I personally believe shoiab aktar is being penalized. He did bowl good. Yes he bowled no balls but after that he took, Mccullums wicket. He bowled 2 perfect delieveries to get rid of ross. One mis catch is understandable. But the second one like common on my newphew can do proper catching then that. When some stays out and bat for 3 hours , he will punish everybowler no matter how fast he is how good he is. bad luck for pakistan. Kamran akmal is just unfit fat player. he is destroying bowlers performance such as abdul rehman, Shoiab akhtar n much more to come ... Thank you pcb for keeping him the team and destroying other people future that are sitting on benches and just watching their team getting sink in water.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 17:18 GMT)

I think three changes in Pakistan cricket Team. Kamran,Rehman, and Shehzad out and Asad Shafiq , Saeed Ajmal, and Wahab Riaz in. I hope that Pakistan Win the World Cup.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 17:16 GMT)

kamran akmal and slectors are eating pakistan cricket like infectious disease.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 17:16 GMT)

My team for the next match Razzaq, Asad Shafiq, Ahmed Shehzad, Younis, Misbah, Umar Akmal (wk), Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan.

Deep batting, and specialist bowlers and batsmen. Bowling is the weak link right now.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 17:13 GMT)

I think three changes in Pakistan cricket Team. Kamran,Rehman, and Shehzad out and Asad Shafiq , Saeed Ajmal, and Wahab Riaz in. I hope that Pakistan Win the World Cup.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 17:11 GMT)

PCB should ask this Stupid Afridi to stop any ego against his strong counter part Razzak.

ASk him to improve his attitude else drop him as soon as possible after this world cup.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 17:06 GMT)

The cricinfo profile of Asad Shafique says "Fileding Position : Wicket Keeper". In case its not a typo, what in the world is keeping the team management from trying out skills?? It should have been done before the worldcup.

Posted by 06l0481 on (March 9, 2011, 17:05 GMT)

Go Get it.......... Green Shirts.:)

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

Kamran Akmal is a gud player definitely...but we shud support him..n also give him confident....Recently his form isnt going well...he shuld improve his keeping... also PAK can try wid U.Akmal as a keeper

Posted by crazyguy_2011 on (March 9, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

loosing against the new zealand is not hurt, its a part of cricket but the way they filled that shows they lack good wicket keeper Its really bad to think about the kamran akmal, who is done better in the past with the bad as well as behind the stumps, now he feeling pressure and even can not performing well with the bad....if Pakistan want to win the world cup they need to think positively and work hard, another reason for their loose is the openers, the way they are playing like a test matches, position has to be changes in the next game in my view, that playing 11 should be like that Hafeez, Kamran akmal, younis khan, Misbah ul haq, Umar akmal, Asad shafia, Shahid afridi, Abdul razzaq, Umar gul, Saeed ajmal and Junaid

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 16:56 GMT)

In My Opinion Umar Akmal Should Take The Place of his Elder Brother.And K. Akmal Sould Be Out of The Team

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 16:48 GMT)

Bring Asad Shafiq and Saeed Ajmal / Junaid khan in place of Kamran Akmal and Shahzad. We need a good wicket taking bowler and keeper

bring Razzaq into opening slot don't resources , use him middle overs stupid never in slog overs. keep Gul's 5 overs for last.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 16:44 GMT)

Well I think he knew it was coming....I do like his enthusiasm but we are at point where mistake need s be minimize. This really brings up the question in regards to Shoaib Akthar and Abdul Razack? I think we should play Wahib Riaz and give the other youngster, Junaid Khan a try for the next game. I hate to think what Michael Hussey will do against the "duo of the past" next week when we play Australia…

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 16:44 GMT)

Kamran is literally the worst wicket keeper in test history. According to cricinfo he has dropped 35 chances in 25 test matches. I've tried my best to find stats of other wicket keepers, and as far as I can tell, no keeper in the history of the sport has ever dropped close to those many catches and stumpings. Not once has a keeper played that poorly over the span of 25 test matches. Even when Sri Lanka were in their infancy or even Bangladesh, they've never had a keeper play close to this bad.

Yes Afridi was responsible for bad captaining by persisting with Rehman at the top, even though he never bothered the openers at all. The new ball was moving for Shoaib so why would you not try Gul after Rehman didn't work in the firstor second over?? And obviously Razzaq should've been retired a while ago. But make no mistake, Akmal lost this match for us. Just like Kamran has lost many many important matches for us.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 16:39 GMT)

1st change betting oder no need to change akmal

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 16:37 GMT)

younis khan is also a better wicket keeper then kamran akmal. akmal droping 2 or 3 catches in a match.......and afridi should change opening pear..

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 16:25 GMT)

Every one goes through bad times and so do kamran Akmal , we should not forget he also won games for country , he is a good cricketer and we all should wish for his good form , specially against NZ there was a poor planing and bowling in end thats all .shoaib akhter should practice how not to ball full toss thats circket not base ball .hafeez or shahzad should be replace with umar gul he seems to have good time with bat.

Posted by Swamin on (March 9, 2011, 16:24 GMT)

"My job is to back him, to support him and hopefully he will do his best". Let Afridi comes with better preparation for press conference. You cannot blindly back a player like this. To prove if he is innocent after coming out of fixing Kamran should have performed well atleast in 1 or 2 matches(atleast a half century)

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 16:21 GMT)

If team management persist with Kamran Akmal, a man who has dropped an incredible number of chances making Pakistan lose match after match, than we should definitely panic. And its not surprising Shoaib bowled poorly for the rest of the match after Kamran refused to take two regulation catches, how can one bowl with any enthusiasim under these conditions?

Persisting with Abdur Rehman at the top was a mistake, as is playing Razzaq at all. But its wrong to blame the entire team when the loss is purely Akmals fault, and the only people who disagree are the ones that do not follow Pakistans matches.

Posted by MadCricter on (March 9, 2011, 16:20 GMT)

Have always admired Pak cric for their fighting spirit and raw talent they posses, which makes them so dangerous. NZ game I must say is a low point in their WC, and can trigger distrust among players, selectors & their fans. As we have seen in the past some odd controversy is about to errupt if they are not careful. Like Waqar said, don't panic, shake it off. Do the right thing... give Kamran a break for a game or two. Let Umar replace him as keeper, and bring in Asad. Rest Akhtar and bring in Wahab or Junaid. Replace Rehman with Ajmal.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 16:19 GMT)

kamran is pathetic there should be a special award in icc awards for most catches dropped by a player and the winner goes to kamran akmal

Posted by usmanazar on (March 9, 2011, 16:18 GMT)

i think kamran must rest against zim, let give the chance to new batsman and umer akmal is best choice as a wicket kipper.

Posted by ArishaG on (March 9, 2011, 16:16 GMT)

Not even listening to 'If I rise' will be beneficail to him, I think. But it is the middle of the tournament and that needs to be considered too.

Posted by BuddyLV on (March 9, 2011, 16:12 GMT)

YES, please kick him out, we lost to this match because of Karam Akmal. Howe many chances are we going to give him? Two drops in 3 balls is totally unacceptable especially in international cricket!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 16:08 GMT)

I can't understand after performing really badly from last few years, and especially in this world cup pcb rewarded Kamran Akmal with central contract. Something is wrong somewere, and I think pakistan need Muhammad Yousef.

Posted by Toescrusher on (March 9, 2011, 16:03 GMT)

KAMRAN AKMAL'S MERITT IN THE TEAM IS, HE IS FROM THE LARGEST PROVINCE OF PAKISTAN. THE LARGEST PROVINCE THINKS THIS IS HOW WE WON THE WORLD CUP 1992 AND THIS IS HOW WE WILL WIN THIS AND THE FUTURE WORLD CUPS!!!!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 16:01 GMT)

Its High time, Pakistan must take it seriously, leave Kamran Akmal, wht about Fielding its poor again, I don't knw if the coach or Afridi bhai is able to see the weakness of the team , but we lay man can easily.. Pak Team should toil a lot now...

Posted by Desi_In_US on (March 9, 2011, 15:58 GMT)

Normally it would not be a great idea to drop a specialist wicket keeper in middle of a tournament, but given Kamran's past performance (4 years long) it may not be such a bad idea. It's sad that only other choice is his brother. Even in Test format its his younger brother (which I may say is heck of better keeper than Kamran). Luckily next game being with Zimbabwe, provides an excellent opportunity to experiment and find the click before facing Aussies. Maybe Junaid Khan can be tried in place of unfit Shoaib.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 15:57 GMT)

well i think they should rest kamran for a couple of games ,bring in asad shafiq as wicketkeeper- batsman .

Posted by sarn on (March 9, 2011, 15:50 GMT)

Kamran is of no use and will be kicked out for good. But I agree with Waqar that we're in the middle of big tournament and such a big change would effect on team. At least for now we he should be sit outside the field as 12th for remaining world cup matches. He is awful with his bat and glove.

Posted by SameerzIN on (March 9, 2011, 15:44 GMT)

Kamran Akmal has the most dismal stats, more so with gloves but also with the bat. Pak has replaced everyone from bowlers, batsmen, even selectors, yet this....poor performer continues to be a constant in the team. It baffles the mind on what kind of force in the background is allowing for this calamity.

PLEASE, PLEASE drop Kamran Akmal - for GOOD. NEVER, EVER consider him for any future matches.

Posted by a1234s on (March 9, 2011, 15:43 GMT)

how can you blame a single player for a defeat? was it his fault that akhtar and razzaq bowled so many lollipop deliveries in the final overs?

you can't get away with such rubbish deliveries in international cricket. may be this will serve as wake up call for the team.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 15:39 GMT)

take kamran out bring in azar ali or asad safiq , umar can do the keeping.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 15:36 GMT)

Kamran has already finished the careers of Danish Kaneria and M. Sami, if Afridi doesn't drop him, he might join the list lol.

Bob Woolmer who knew a thing or two about Cricket said when he first saw Akmal that he was not a wicketkeeper !! Had we listened to him then, we would saved ourselves many disappointments as a nation. Sarfraz Ahmed has a first class batting average of 41. Khatmal has 30, his brother adnan has 22, and they keep Sarfraz out bc 'his batting is poor' ! though everyone admits he's the best keeper in Paksitan!!

Posted by daniraza on (March 9, 2011, 15:34 GMT)

The whole performance of Team Pak was very very poor...Not their day at all...Its just the beginning...Pak are always the slow starter...!!!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 15:32 GMT)

Well said afridi, luck has deserted him, I don't think luck has deserted him but rather I think luck has deserted pakistan, If it was Kamran effected by luck he would have been playing cricket on streets in Pakistan now. thank you PCB.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 15:31 GMT)

I wonder how bad Kamran Akmal has to become to be dropped for good? This is just absolutely insane! No point watching Pakistani cricket if they persist with a keeper that drops catches most school boys could take. Its pathetic.

Posted by khanrehan_usa on (March 9, 2011, 15:28 GMT)

4 years are enough time, enoough chances,,,when you dont have guts, dont excuse luck etc,,why Gilly neva had bad luck? Well I think if we can bring imran nazir back for Shahzad, he is crap as well, let nazir n hafiz open..give gloves to umer akmal and bring asad at no 5,,no spot for kamran and shahzad if afridi and co want to win this WC

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 15:27 GMT)

i feel sorry for kamran akmal, but that's life when you perform there all loves you and when you don't there all hates you. wicket keeper and opening batsmen you all have it really hard

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 15:25 GMT)

Kamaran is an amazing keeper...

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 15:11 GMT)

Best way to proceed in this world cup is to keep Karam out of playing 11. use his brother as a wicket keeper...plus he is a proper bestman too.... Opening batsman are not clicking since first match... So, better to try another combination specially against Zimbabwe match... my suggestion would be try Abdual Razzaq in opening. It could be a gamble but if opening pair provides 50-60 runs start for loss of 1 wicket in 5-6 overs then it will take the pressure off form rest of middle order and they can play their natural game.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 15:04 GMT)

The most interested things is ; The Zimbabwean Batsman Elton Chigumbura was born on 14th March, so there is a good chance for Akmal to give him best Birthday presents. Every Time Khatmal comes with an excuse. Last time he said; I performed bad coz my father was sick and I couldn't perform well. It can see in replays whether he dropped the catches deliberately or not.

Posted by fareeduetian12 on (March 9, 2011, 14:57 GMT)

come on mates its the same akmal who won so many games for us with the bat yes he has been under performing with the gloves but dnt demoralise him so much that ultimately the loss of pakistan occurs

i think umer shud keep and akmal shud open the batting and shehzad shud b droped and saeed shud b brought in and akhtar replaced by junaid

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 14:48 GMT)

I think we don't have any other choice except changing the wicket-keeper. We are still playing group matches, so we do not have fear of being neglected from world cup. Afridi, must try Asad Shafiq, as a keeper, as he is in domestic matches. And he is too a solid middle order player. And I also back Saeed Ajmal and Wahab Riaz, in place of Abd-ur-Rehman and Abdul Razzaq respectively.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 14:47 GMT)

pak team think tank should analyze the team composition. afridi razzak are wasting themselves down the order. probably dropping kamran and instead giving gloves to shafiq/umar akmal will solve the matter. afridi should start opening again if he plays well up the order pakistan will have a good start.

1.Hafeez 2. Afridi 3. Yunus 4. Misbah 5. Umar 6.Shafiq 7.Razzak 8.Gul 9. Ajmal 10. Shoaib 11. Batsmen /Bowler slot

with this pakistan will have the flexibility & depth which they are lacking giving wicket keeping to shafiq aur umar akmal will be the best option. India has also done the same over the years when dravid kept the wickets. Same was with south africa where AB De villiers keep wickets sometime

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 14:45 GMT)

Dropping Kamran will do Pakistan lots of good. Nobody expects Umar to be any worse than Kamran, actually he will be much better. This move will also allow Pakistan to add another specialist bowler, which would be a big plus. In addition to the horrible job Kamran has done over the last few years, whenever it mattered to Pakistan, and cost his country a lot, he is not getting any younger to be expected to improve with time. It is time for Kamran to go.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 14:41 GMT)

Kamran akmal is aging with every passing day, and i think there are all reasons to kick him out of team as i believe that he will be weaker than before with a shaky trust over his abilities. if chances were taken the situation would have been vice versa

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 14:35 GMT)

asad shafiq and saeed ajmal should be the part of final IX and lets not play punjabi team altogether and also ahmed shahzad should be dropped.

Posted by naeem378 on (March 9, 2011, 14:30 GMT)

Million Dollar question will Umer will Play? I have heard Asad Shafiq can keep wickets and his first class record in Srilanka is good.Well anything better than Kamran and maybe than Umer. Another suggession for Skipper plz bring Razaq at No.3

Posted by abdul321 on (March 9, 2011, 14:27 GMT)

now I don't think that pak will be in semi after this match..so poor performance from Pakistan .I am not looking unity n Pakistan.no one is playing for Pakistan but for themselves.i love my country so much..but I am so disappointed ..

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 14:25 GMT)

Kamran should now be dropped for good.he is THE reason for the Pakistan debacles in most of the matches we lost.

Posted by rohanblue on (March 9, 2011, 14:25 GMT)

kamran akmal is an asset fr opponents

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 14:22 GMT)

Come on Afridi. every game is knok out for you. he is one the gay who can give a fight. he just need little little contribution from senior as well as junior. Pak still have chance to do some thing. now we have now option. we have to fight avaiable guy..............

Posted by sameerirshad on (March 9, 2011, 14:21 GMT)

Pakistan lost da match due to the poor wicket keeping of kamran akmal and the awful performance by the batsman of pakistan cricket team.

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi on (March 9, 2011, 14:13 GMT)

Top Kamran Akmal jokes so far 1) What is common between Michael Jackson and Kamran Akmal? They both wore gloves for no reason at all. 2) What should be Pakistan's strategy against Australia? Check which Australian's birthday falls on 19th March. 3) What did Afridi say after the match? "Where is your white cane?

Posted by Naeem_Malik on (March 9, 2011, 14:11 GMT)

PLZ KICK OUT KAMRAN AKMAL AND REPLACE UMER AKMAL AS A WICKET KEEPER

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 14:11 GMT)

Yes I think its good idea. Test umar in one game and then decide to go on with him. In this Pakistan has an option of playing with extra bowler/batsman. wahab or asad.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 14:09 GMT)

As I pointed out b4 Ian Chappell said Pakistan will struggle to win 3 games on the trot against good opposition and he was right. It was soo quick this downfall, only a team which was in control until the 45th over can collapse sooooooo badly as Pakistan did ! Umar akmal is our best fielder and leads by example. how will the fielding do if he is behind the stumps ? I'm glad this collapse has happened now and not later. I said b4 Shoaib is barely fit enough to bowl 6 overs and I was right ? They have to play Saeed Ajmal for sure & Wahab. We could try Asad Shafiq and drop Akmal but once against PREDICTLY UNPREDICTABLE PAKISTAN !

Posted by cricketsage on (March 9, 2011, 14:05 GMT)

"Kamran is the only specialist wicketkeeper"

That's a big joke on Pakistani cricket fans. Please tell us you were only joking, Afridi. Akmal should have been excluded from the time a couple of years ago as he has not lived up to his earlier promise.

The World Cup is much bigger than Akmal or Waqar Younis's ego in admitting a mistake and giving Akmal a one way ticket home or at least getting him to take drinks to the team i.e. 12th man. If Akmal had any honour, he would step aside himself as he is Pakistan team's biggest liability.

Ian Chappell captured it really succintly that "even if Akmal were Don Bradman, he couldn't score the runs he costs the team". Get rid of Akmal NOW !

Posted by Haleos on (March 9, 2011, 13:57 GMT)

Dear Afridi, it is nothing about luck. Kamran does not have the skills.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 13:57 GMT)

how many chances you are going 5to give him he is totally out of form which may as a wicket-keeping or playing as an specialist batsman, Pakistan lost the last match only due to his mistakes, if you give a solid batsman a chance he is going to utilize it and go on to score a 100, but this poor man give him chances when he was o and 4, I dont know in whose good books this man, he should be keep aside for the whole tournament and his young brother should be called from Pakistan and he should be sent back to his home, and never should be considered for coming back in the national side. Enough is enough.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 13:56 GMT)

hold on guys...when Kamran displays a superb performance (with the bat and as keeper) then all of us (i mean all of us) including Ramiz and Wasim praise Kamran to the heavens! And now because Kamran is having a bad run...ok...a rather bad run...then everyone wants to crucify him. This is just not fair on the guy. Shahid needs to ask all his players...every one of them...why is it that a great and very highly talented Pakistan team blows hot and cold...almost every time!!! On their day...there is not a single country...including Australia...to outplay or beat Pakistan...and we all know what Pakistan's National Cricket Team are capable of doing when they really decide to play. This problem is not uncommon when it comes to Pakistan...all this began ever since Imran Khan retired and the Pakistan Cricket Board (as usual) did not feel the need to have a legendary cricketer like Imran (and others) to handle the National Team. Sadly,this great cricketing nation is going through a lot nowadays.

Posted by TeamSelector on (March 9, 2011, 13:55 GMT)

This should be Pakistan's lineup for the next match:- 1-Kamran, 2-Afridi, 3-Umar Akmal, 4-Younis, 5-Misbah, 6-Razzak, 7-Shafiq (wk), 8-Gul, 9-Wahab, 10-Rehman, 11-Ajmal.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 13:54 GMT)

As For now they cant bring any replacements, they have pretty much batsmen they can settle down but due to his performance behind the stump and poor batting display he led down pakistan got many alternative choices Ahmed Shehzad,Asad Shafiq and umar akmal its better to keep elder akmal out

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 13:52 GMT)

afridi u r wrong this baba becose umar is not a regular keepar bhai u should 1 chance again 1 more time and u should out shezaad and rehman and azmal and wahab get should chance and abdul razzak should be open with bat

Posted by fatermir on (March 9, 2011, 13:51 GMT)

my 11 players are; Asad ( not hafeez), Ahned, Younis, Misbah, Umar wk, A.Razzaq, Afridi, A.Rehman, Gul, Akhter, Wahab or Ajmal( depending upon pitch)

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 13:50 GMT)

I think three changes in Pakistan cricket Team. Kamran,Rehman, and Shehzad out and Asad Shafiq , Saeed Ajmal, and Wahab Riaz in. I hope that Pakistan Win the World Cup.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 13:42 GMT)

we have to drop him!!!! otherwise we would be out in quarters.. this is not working.. umar should replace him as a keeper, and we can bring in a specialist batsman in asad shafiq.

Posted by EVH316 on (March 9, 2011, 13:40 GMT)

Ha ha, Umar could replace Kamran indeed! I could replace Kamran.

Posted by dr_salman on (March 9, 2011, 13:39 GMT)

i dunno where is the hardwork in nets afridi just mentioned...despite that 'hardwork' he has bin clumsy for the last 4 yrs or so..for the last one yr he has been poor with the bat as well...still afridi supports him?? its high time...till when will u keep 'supporting' him afridi? wen he has cost u the WC or a couple of other series??

Posted by LordOfCric on (March 9, 2011, 13:39 GMT)

Before this world cup started i wasn't in favor of Kamran. He failed badly in New Zealand with bat and his keeping was as usual dropping catches, missing stumping, but he scored 89 in final ODI just to keep his place safe.... Now in this world cup he has failed again with bat and we see his keeping in last match which he single handedly lost it for Pakistan. Now if he play against Zimbabwe he going to score big to keep his place in the team. He is no less than any politician in Pakistan. Bring Asad Shafique in and let Umar do Keeping. Pakistan have him at No 3 position, where other teams have Pointing, Kallis, Sarwan, Gambhir, Taylor, Sangakarra..... Kamran is no way near this league.... PCB should stop playing with Pakistani's feeling and their ambition to see team trimuph in such an big event......

Posted by ramxis on (March 9, 2011, 13:32 GMT)

if they persist with kamran in the next two games then am gonna stop supporting our team the management is nuts to contnue wit him the entire nation wants him sacked

Posted by Ghulam-Hassan-Gondal on (March 9, 2011, 13:30 GMT)

kamran akmal is not performing its absolutely clear, but in this match, the reason for losing match was not only kamran akmal. after 46 overs NZ was 210. it was the pathetic bowling esp shoaib which made 300 possible. coming to batting even Ireland chased 327 against England. Pakistan should have chased that total. in big matches esp from Quarters onwards targets would be above 300. what they would do then. it was really pathetic at bowling end, including Afridi, who being captain not able to take responsibility of batting. 17 of 9 deliveries can be scored by even a bowler, but captain is required to perform like andrew strauss, who scored 158 to confirm their tie.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 13:28 GMT)

Plz do it hurryyyyy........

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 13:27 GMT)

ross taylor should have dropped kamran's catch, he should have been generous too.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 13:21 GMT)

I APPROVEEEEEE umar akmal was a good wicketkeeper atleast he doesnot has the label of a specialist wicketkeeper to his name and if he fails (God forbids) he cant be blamed like that

Posted by baarrish on (March 9, 2011, 13:17 GMT)

If Kamran plays in the rest of the games then I would regard that Afridi's 11 can't even make to quarters, Kamran did what was in intention and with mistake n heart. shame on KAmran Akmal.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 13:09 GMT)

I think they should drop Ahmed Shehzad and play with an extra bowler either Wahab or junaid and obviously replace rehman with ajmal most importantly open the batting line up with razzak and hafeez .. i guess it should work!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 13:08 GMT)

I wonder how this guy kamran akmal gets selected each time.He might be a good enough bat but this chap spills atleast 1 chance in every ODI.Either there is something seriously wrong with his wicket keeping technique which is pretty evident or something wrong with his mind due to which he is low on confidence.Imagine guys if he drops someone like sehwag or watsom or dilshan imagine how much he would have to pay for it.I dont think his 30's or 40's would cover up those lost chances

Posted by Irfan-Doha on (March 9, 2011, 13:08 GMT)

it will be good bcs of that Pakistan have to loss from that game so if Pakistan replace umar akmal as keep then we can use another bowler or we can use another betsman on his place

Posted by Crick_In_My_Neck on (March 9, 2011, 13:07 GMT)

Pakistan should simply place a pair each of wicket-keeping gloves and pads behind the stumps. The result will surely be better than what Kamran Akmal has delivered so far.

Posted by Stark62 on (March 9, 2011, 13:06 GMT)

Take Mohhamd Rizwan as the main keeper for the series against the Windies!

His 18 yrs of age but much safer behind the stumps and his batting is just amazing although, his average (37.00) doesn't justify his classy batting.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 13:04 GMT)

KAMRAN AKMAL SHOULD BE REPLACED BY ASAD SHAFIQ & UMAR AKMAL SHOULD BE KEEP UP BEHIND THE STUMPS... ABDUL RAZZAQ SHOULD BE OPEN ALONG WITH HAFEEZ & AHMAD SHAHZAD CAN BE DROPPED TO ABDUL RAZZAQ'S FORMER BATTING POSITION...

Posted by Crick_In_My_Neck on (March 9, 2011, 13:03 GMT)

What exactly does Afridi mean by "whatever is better for the team we will try it". Does it mean that he is still not decided to drop Kamran? Utterly ridiculous if true!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 13:01 GMT)

it cannot get any worse than having kamran as a keeper in his current glove form!! Remove him altogether and replace him with a specialist batsman Asad Shafiq who isnt bad in the field either.. Omar Akmal can never possibly do worse than what Kamran is doing really..

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 12:59 GMT)

ros was droppen on 0 and 8, not 4

Posted by subbuamdavadi on (March 9, 2011, 12:56 GMT)

I cannot understand how the Pakistani selectors keep on selecting a non-performing asset like Kamran! He is an embarrassment to the tribe of wicket keepers - past and present.

Posted by RohanRulzz001 on (March 9, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

east west north south........DHONI RULZZ

Posted by hst84 on (March 9, 2011, 12:53 GMT)

He doesnt possess the skills, committment and valour that a player should have. Playing for a nation is a whole lot of a different criteria but players like akmal dont seem to bother about the fact that they have their nation's name at stake.

Well, its upto the coach manager and captain to decide this matter. Whatever they do, hope it will be better for the team altogether.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 12:52 GMT)

nothing to much it was not pakistans day i request to the team that forget wht happened and come back with a great game of cricket against zimb

I wish very best of luck to pakistan team

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 12:49 GMT)

ha ha its simple, no no kamran is a very good wicket-keeper. the joke ends!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 12:48 GMT)

OH Dear!!!!! it is even worst situation when Umar come in Gloves b/c he is not even an ordinary keeper n it is so diificult to keep Afridi in close of stump when he deliver Faster Odds so persist wd Elder Akmal atleast 2nd of April and then decide wd maturity who will keep for Pakistan in future beside 3 Akmals.

Posted by murtaza2000 on (March 9, 2011, 12:47 GMT)

kamran should be rested for upcoming matches if pakistan really wants to win those games. kamran is in intense pressure, if he is selected for some reason then it would be really bad for pakistan. All eyes will be on his performance and in such circumstances it would be very difficult to keep behind the wicket.

Posted by syedalicricketer on (March 9, 2011, 12:46 GMT)

Did anyone note, Waqar's the only person to defend Akmals... the first and the last..

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 12:45 GMT)

I think it will be good for Pakistan cricket if kamran akmal remains out of the team for the next matches

Posted by KarachiKid on (March 9, 2011, 12:43 GMT)

Good point by "Ammar Ashraf" - why cant we play Asad shafiq as wicket keeper if has done it in first class cricket. Anyways, placing Umar would be a classic "conflict of interest" case - as Umar might under perform to get his brother back. Finally Mr "Kamil" must be dreaming when he says Akmal is one of the finest wicket keepers....

Posted by Kheshgi on (March 9, 2011, 12:42 GMT)

PCB and selectors are responsible for Kamran disaster since Captain was not even announced or cosulted when finalizing the WC team. Sarfaraz Ahmed is definitely a better wicket keeper, he even recently scored a double century in first class match. Maybe we can find a way to get Kamran injured and replaced by Sarfaraz. :-)

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 12:42 GMT)

plz kick this wicket keeper & umer akmal is best option as wicket keeper

Posted by cgkirtikar on (March 9, 2011, 12:38 GMT)

Kamran cost PAkistan the match, just like he nearly did against Sri Lanka as well. Luckily in that match, Afridi's bowling ensured that they did not suffer a loss. I think even a having slip fielders without a keepr will get better results for pakistan. Unbelievable that such a talented team cannot find a competent keeper who can also bat a bit. I am sure there are hundreds of highly-qualified guys in the ranks ! C'mon Waqar/Afridi !! Take a call and do what is the best for the team !

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 12:33 GMT)

i donno wht u ppl gonna do...but i just want u guyz grab da world cup trophy anyhow...i wish i cud expect it frm my loving Bangladesh but matter of regret dat i can hardly hope now...

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 12:33 GMT)

kamran should be kicked out of the team.All of us know that he is a good batsman but his batting cannot replace those missed chances and catches.If he would sit out,it will be good for him as he will learn a lesson.His keeping is too poor which can't be described in words although on many occasions he have kept well and stumped well. But i think dis is just a wakeup call for Pakistan and nothing else.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 12:32 GMT)

@faisalansari Hey Faisal You Said cant believe that in a population of 170 million we cant find a keeper better than than the Akmal brothers... So Lol Every one is not playing cricket in pakistan...

Posted by swat1999 on (March 9, 2011, 12:29 GMT)

It is more than enouth for Kamran, just drop him lets Umar or Adnan to glove work. Asked Akter to retired replace with left arm pacer Wahab Riaz....

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

We cannot take a risk of droping Kamran Akmal at this stage ... Bad luck and Good luck are side by side but we couldn't forget his brilliant past performance in the past .. He is a real match winner and we need him badly in the team ... GOOD LUCK TEAM PAKISTAN ..........

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

if umar plays as keeper and we drop kamran..it will give better balance to team...then we can add a bowler...wahab not a bad batsmen as well...anybody knows how good junaid khan is???have u seen him bowl???mayb he can be suprise weapon for pkistan...gimme feedback on pajkistan..where can i buy a pak wc tshirt if im in sa??

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 12:27 GMT)

PLZ KICK OUT KAMRAN AKMAL & bring back zulqurnain He Was righ WC for pakistan i think the tow brother are aganst him

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 12:26 GMT)

Not only Kamran, Shehzad and Razzaq should also be replaced if possible. I don't see any reason why the team management playing Shehzad and Razzaq. Neither Razzaq is a reasonably good bowler not a batsman.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 12:22 GMT)

kamran is best, he may win worldcup

Posted by chronike on (March 9, 2011, 12:12 GMT)

kamran akmal should be trained as a specialist batsman... wear the pads but give away the gloves

Posted by madeehemani on (March 9, 2011, 12:06 GMT)

v hav sarfraz as a replacement. plz get rid of kamran akmal.. :(

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 12:04 GMT)

Over the years, Kamran's performance in declining inspite of so many professional tournaments he has failed to be a atleast in a normal category of Keepers. Moin Khan was a world class keeper... In knockout states one mistake from Kamran will lead us straight to fly Pakistan... It is good to experiment with Umar behind the stumps as we have 2 pool matches still available...Bottom line is "We Want KAMRAN OUT"

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 12:03 GMT)

He is not by any means looked involved on the field; it's just not to stay dumb behind the sticks as a blabbermouth and shouts out what is not reflecting your reflexes, in yesterday's match he shout "Buhat Achay Shehzad" even the ball still rolling towards Shahzad at straight. He is unable to keep his mind out of his reduced performance, but still creating it worse for Pakistan. It would be better to replace new pair of hands on the back of the wicket.

Posted by Hitters_Playing on (March 9, 2011, 12:00 GMT)

I think Afridi is thinking good about the team take umar as wicket keeper and asad shafique as an batsman.

we dont need kamran akmal anymore......................

Posted by waseemabbasi on (March 9, 2011, 11:56 GMT)

Please Pakistan replace Kamran Akmal..even if you have to use Yonus Khan as wicket keeper..its not only the catches that his misses but also the negative effects he creates on the morale of whole team..Come on skipper...

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 11:55 GMT)

i suggest that Pakistan should go for an extra bowler, and treat Abdul Razzaq as a batting all rounder rather then bowling all rounder. Ask Kamran Akmal to open innings and send Razzak as 3rd down. And reshuffle the bowling. Go with Shoib and Umar Gul for 4 overs, then Razzak and Shoaib for next 4 , then razzaq and umar for next 3. then apply spiners and semers.

Posted by KKNIAZI on (March 9, 2011, 11:55 GMT)

I will not only drop him but also send him home otherwise he will try to influence his younger brother the way he did in Australia.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 11:53 GMT)

Ian Chapel was right in saying this about Kamran Akmal ""If his batting was as good as Don Bradman's, he couldn't score enough runs to make up for what he costs them with his keeping." .... is anyone @PCB listening?

Posted by Alexei on (March 9, 2011, 11:51 GMT)

Kamran Akmal is the worst WICKETKEEPER in all of world cricket..even Mushfiqur is better than him.. Carlton Baugh and Ramdin are waayyy better than him too

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 11:51 GMT)

drop kamran akmal all together and replace asad shafiq hes a gud middle order batsmen and a better fielder of the side

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 11:50 GMT)

Just few suggestions if some one listening : Open the batting with the paid of Younas Khan and Misbah ul Haq, then Kamran Akmal, Hafeez, Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Afridi , Razzaq, Umar GUl and Shoaib/ Rehman / Saeed Ajmal/ Junaid.

Add one specialist bowler Saeed Ajmal and replace Shoaib with Junaid Khan at least for one match especially Zimbabwe.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 11:50 GMT)

he should go and start looking for another job.. this guy does not fit into any test playing nation keeper job, I bet if we bring back Rashid latif from retirement he would be better than him!

Posted by Percy_Fender on (March 9, 2011, 11:42 GMT)

Every time that Pakistan loses they have to find a scapegoat. While agree that Kamran having dropped Ross Taylor made a major difference to the outcome of the match, it may not have been noticed much if Taylor had not scored that brutal hundred. The point is why don't they talk about Shoaib and Razzaq's death bowling. Kamran Akmal may not be a great wicket-keper. But he is a very dependable batsman. Maybe more dependable than many in the team. So let us not talk about replacing him. It was not done after the Australian tour except for a few games. So why now in the midst of the World Cup.More than everything else, his chirpiness keeps everyone going.I am sure he will come good sooner than later.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 11:33 GMT)

Well Pakistan do have options... For e.g. Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal or Even Younis Khan.. Indeed the Man of the Match for the game against New Zealand should have been given to Kamran Akmal .. It was his performance due to which NZ won the game..

Posted by sscricfan on (March 9, 2011, 11:31 GMT)

I think Kamran Akmal is as good as gone. He took the wrong time to fumble, now all eyes are on him.

Afridi and Waqar were just downplaying it because it is their job description.

How come no one is talking about the pathetic death bowling by everyone except Umar Gul (whose overs had run out). Also, why is no one talking about Hafeez seriously?

I don't understand why Shehzad is not playing his natural game and trying to be defensive. It is always trouble when batsman don't play their natural game.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 11:28 GMT)

I think our team just forgot about the phrase "Catches Win Matches". Kamran is still there to repeat same performance again n again. He should be kicked out. Australian players always play their best because they know that each n everyone in the team has a replacement. But what about Kamran? He knows, no one is here to replace him at the moment... Wake up selectors!

Posted by flyingmachinee on (March 9, 2011, 11:26 GMT)

Kamran can play as a batsman but can he field????no other option rather retaining him as a batsman , he has a better avg than afridi (now a days afridi is a pure bowler)so already one batsman short..........

Posted by Cricket_Master_Mind on (March 9, 2011, 11:23 GMT)

KICK OUT KAMRAN

Make following Team. That is only best combination you can have. A.Razaq should come before Afridi. He needs some time to charge up; --------------------------------------------------- 1-Muhammad Hafeez 2-Umer Akmal (WK) 3-Asad Shafiq 4-Younas Khan 5-Misbha 6-Abdul Razaq 7-Shahid Afridi 8-Umer Gul 9-Wahab Riaz 10-Shoiab Akhtar 11-Saeed Ajmal -------------------------------------------

Please keep this team for rest of world cup if they wanna win

Posted by TexanBlue on (March 9, 2011, 11:23 GMT)

If you don't learn from your mistakes and you fail to read signs for trouble then you run into a result similar to last night. We persisted with the wrong team composition one match too many and got thrashed. A.Shehzad hasn't contributed anything so far neither did Hafeez but the later compensates that with his sharp fielding and tight bowling. Kamran was sent in at 3 which doesn't suit him and as a result not only did his batting got affected, the keeping just got even worse. Trust me, the management is equally responsible for his patheetic glove work but no one will admit that. Give him a 1 match break and bring him back against Aus but as an opening batsman along with Hafeez and keeper. We must try out Junaid against Zim. Drop Shehzad and open with Kamran, bring Younis back at 3, U.Akmal at 4, followed by Misbah, Afridi, and Razzaq and then 4 specialist bowlers. No need to bring in Asad because 7 Batsmen should be enough. We do need 1 extra bowler for a more balanced team. G'Luck.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 11:22 GMT)

pls kick kamran akmal out .. the way he smiles after dropping a catch is agonizing...

Posted by dmqi on (March 9, 2011, 11:16 GMT)

What a nosense statement by the Captain,"my job is to support him, back him and hopefully he will perform". Now we know why you bite the ball in front of millions on TV. If one does not perform in 5 years, you do not give him chance, period. Why dozens of others were not given more than few games, can you tell that? You have special relationship, that is the answer. What a hopeless captain and a management! See Faisal Ansari's statement,"in a population of 170 million, we can not find a keeper other than Akmal Brothers'.

Posted by smalishah84 on (March 9, 2011, 11:15 GMT)

Please drop Kamran Akmal. As Ian Chappell that even if he batted like Bradman his keeping would more than offset the advantage he would have brought in.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 11:13 GMT)

kick him and never let him come he was a match winner but i haven't seen any match winning knock from his since a year or so .......... better stick with a new face who is better keeper no problem if not a good batsman than him

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 11:13 GMT)

Bring Asad Shafiq and Saeed Ajmal in place of Kamran Akmal and Shahzad. We need a good wicket taking bowler and keeper.

Posted by Ibtsam_Butt on (March 9, 2011, 11:12 GMT)

"Kamran is the only specialist wicketkeeper in the squad" huh? surely Osman you must be joking, rite?

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 11:11 GMT)

One Drop catch specially in World cup made and will make the sides to pay for it we all nown what happened to South Arfrica when Hershell Gibbs dropped the sitter of Steve waugh in 1999 World cup.The Cup which favour South Africa had won eventually by Australia.Not for Pakistan team all the other team too logic is simple catches willl win you the matches

Posted by hamidmasood on (March 9, 2011, 11:10 GMT)

I wonder, still the rubbish Afridi is defending Kamran by saying luck is not favoring him?????????????? he is already tooooo much lucky to be in the team. How much more luck kamran needs....................

Posted by SaidevRajan on (March 9, 2011, 11:06 GMT)

Kamran is a good player. And i think its not a good idea for PAK to drop him. He would really provide his best effort to make PAK win in the following matches. I wish Kamran to play for PAK the entire tournament. And i really believe that he would really do well in the future. All the very best Kamran and do well. I support you...

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 11:05 GMT)

even i can keep wickets better than kamran akmal. and trust me, me wicket keeping is not a good sight

Posted by Umair_umair on (March 9, 2011, 10:57 GMT)

My fellow Pakistan cricket fans. Please think. I have been writing time and again in my comment here, that we need to be realistic. Have a look at out team, especially the '11' and compare that , man to man with India, England, South Africa, Australia, Srilanka; based on stats and records. I would dare to say apart from Misbah, Gul, Afrdi and Razzaq, and to soem extent Umar Akmal, no player can even find a place in any of the above mentioned 5 teams. So I salute Pakistani team that even with talent we do have some incrdiable victories. But we do have to come out of the dreams of our glory days and build the team again, build some great batmen and keeprs; bolwers (we do have some). Do back our palyers and team but please stop glorifying them in the light of past. The world cricket has moved on guys. For heavens sake, comapre our bats to Sachin, Sehwag, ghambir, smith, kallis, amla, AB divillers, poting, clark, watson, struass, trott, bell, Pieterson, maheela, sangakar

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 10:55 GMT)

Open innings with Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal. Kamran is the most effective as a batsmen at 6 and as an opener. Kamran will be more than handy as a batsman down the order. He would be better as an opener as well. Pakistan can also open their batting with two Akmal brothers. Also there should be two hard hitting batsmen placed between Yunis Khan and Misbah.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 10:55 GMT)

I think kamran akmal is a good batsman if you compare ahmad shezad. So in my opnion ahmad shezad should be drop and repalced witha good bowler. Pakistan can check umar akmal aginst zim but i think its too late so they should be going with same kamran akmal as yesterday might was his bad luck we should cheer him not discorrage.

Posted by AMUZAMMIL on (March 9, 2011, 10:51 GMT)

The best idea is to drop KAMRAN AKMAL, ask Umar to keep wickets and include WAHAB RIAZ as specialist bowler, we lack penetration in death overs, and Wahab can also hit a bit of boundaries in slog overs.

Posted by Nidal on (March 9, 2011, 10:50 GMT)

I read waqar saying we are batsman short.... last four overs costing some 90+! We are operating officialy with four batsmen and three bowlers(afridi,akhtar and gul). The team management is ahs decided onto the role for razzaq that he must be playing with the tail and fail since but great innings doens't come each day. Once Imran Khan said (after the victory Australasia cup final 2nd edition) that he defeated A.Border at team selection. Onto a flat track as used to be in sharjah Imran in his team selected one additional bowler whereas Border added one batsmen cum bowler! I believe this is the way to go very right now though our problems are much larger to make a proper combination at the moment. If we simply drop Kamran and ask Younis/Umar to keep and rather wasting Razzaq at eight use him one down (If he can do it in england (1999 worldcup)) then y not here. Add wahab riaz instead kamaran. Use Shoaib inside 40 and keep intact for last 10 with riaz and gul. I may be wrong but drop him

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 10:49 GMT)

Try to Umar Akmal as a keeper in replacment of Kamran Akmal. Asad Shafiq will be the good option to replace Kamran Akmal as a betting side and then betting will more strong.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 10:48 GMT)

yes its good point that if Umer Akmal goes behind the wicket Pak will be short of a very good feilder, but dropping Kamran Akmal can create a space which can be filled by a specialist bowler(Wahab Riaz) or a specialist batsman(Asad Shafique). I think its going to be a very good decision.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 10:48 GMT)

Please keep playing Kamran Akmal -- at least in the India matches. He deserves another chance. Go Kamran!!!

Posted by riyas84 on (March 9, 2011, 10:48 GMT)

One specialist wicket keeper going to replaced by a part time wicket keeper .... strange!!!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 10:39 GMT)

PLZ KICK OUT KAMRAN AKMAL. ENOUGH Z ENOUGH

Posted by anah on (March 9, 2011, 10:34 GMT)

If Afridi does not drop Kamran Akmal he may even forget the hope of reaching the semi-finals I cant believe it, this guy (kamran) has no insight into how bad he is!!!!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 10:34 GMT)

If Pakistan selects Umar Akmal as Wicket keeper, it means that Pakistan will be short of one of the best fielder and if Pakistan selects Kamran akmal as a specialist batsman, I wonder how he will perform as a fielder?..

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 10:33 GMT)

Better late than ever. Kamran did get his chances even at the expenses of his team.He must back out before he is told to leave as a gentlman should do. We lost to the Kiwis just because of him so now we cannot afford to lose the World Cup just because of him. This cup is much, much bigger than Kamran. Afridi, play the best possible combination and try to curb your unnecessary hitting instincts. We will Inshaallah win the CU.>

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 10:33 GMT)

I cant believe that in a population of 170 million we cant find a keeper better than than the Akmal brothers...

Posted by siwati on (March 9, 2011, 10:33 GMT)

yes please change kamran and also shahzad please change him,,,asad shafiq will be more and more good,,as usual his performance is also good during bating and also feilding

Posted by BangBang11 on (March 9, 2011, 10:30 GMT)

Pakistani Nation again has proven itself to be a most hospitable nation as the whole nation gifted Rose Taylor a Birthday Bash.... so there is no reason of excluding Pakistan from hosting World Cup Matches. And Waqar is absolutely right that there is no need to panic about Kamran's performance. It indeed become an eye opener for the team. We still remember Pakistan's starting match against West Indies and England in 1992 WC and defeat from England and Sri Lanka in 2009 T20 WC, but the result came other way around. Now, the time has just come for Pakistan to lift up again......!!!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 10:25 GMT)

please replace kamran akmal already!! 4 years is way too many chances!!

Posted by CricketStalker on (March 9, 2011, 10:25 GMT)

PCB should arrange for watermelons to be used in their practice session instead of the leather ball..Maybe then Kamran will get used to catching..haha! he really underestimates his position in the side...a real liability if you ask me...they should just declare him as injured and send him home...nonsense..

Posted by RAVI_BOPARA on (March 9, 2011, 10:20 GMT)

IT WILL BE GOOD FOR PAKISTAN CRICKET WHEN KAMRAN AKMAL IS DROPPED FOR GOOD. BRING IN A NEW WICKETKEEPER NOW. IM SURE THERE ARE A LOT OF KEEPERS IN PAKISTAN DESPERATE TO GET INTO THE NATIONAL SIDE. ITS GOODBYE TIME FOR KAMRAN!!!

Posted by fiqbal on (March 9, 2011, 10:18 GMT)

Umar should be a better choice than Kamran and one should give chance to player like Asad Shafiq as one down with Razzaq should open.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 10:14 GMT)

Pakistan can make "Chacha" (The greatest fan of Pakistan) their wicket keeper, He will do better than Kamran!

Posted by khurramsch on (March 9, 2011, 10:14 GMT)

wel yes tht wil be helpful they can try this in 2 group games. but afridi need to think for his captaincy. his bowling changes. and also what about shehzad?replace him with a bowler.

Posted by wqr123 on (March 9, 2011, 10:13 GMT)

kamran is a good keeper batsman but he needs a lot of practice as a keeper to come in form may be an year or so. until that time he should not keep behind the wickets. umar akmal is the next choice PAKISTAN has but not as a backup of kamran MAY ALLAH help him

Posted by MusarratBhayo on (March 9, 2011, 10:11 GMT)

Coach says well but we can't let it go So I think umar is good choice & asad shafiq can Keep is well

Posted by arundgp on (March 9, 2011, 10:11 GMT)

Why Kamran what happened two catches in 3 balls its very rare chance. If the catch taken the R.Taylor 131 is not possible. I think Shahid should consider Umar as in his place but Kamran will play other games he is a good run scorer.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 9:59 GMT)

Openers does not giving good star for pakistan,captain must responsible for that.hope pcb will take a decision.

Posted by kimian on (March 9, 2011, 9:59 GMT)

i don't think dropping Kamran is necessary,he can improve himself...he is a team player and a great wicket-keeper Batsmen.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 9:59 GMT)

Why is waqar saying that we dont need to panic yet what the hell is he on about the guy cost us the match we lost by 110 runs more or less what was scored by taylor an co in the last few overs had he caught taylor we would not have been the this situation kamarn should be dropped and never to be picked in the team again he should be trialed in a court for his crimes behind the wickets even stevie wonder could have done a better job then him

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 9:55 GMT)

This is an excellent idea, it will PAK an option to play in another bowler/batsman/allrounder as required.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 9:54 GMT)

i think management should take that decision earlier i mean some replacement umer akmal must be a keeper and asad shafeeque replace hafeez...that 2 chances makes a lot of difference..management must think about that and give a chance to razaq in 3 down or 4 down...he can bat well in these position 3rd or 4rd..best of luck to all of them..:)

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 9:53 GMT)

ask kamran and a Razzaq to just concentrate on their batting and fielding, no other role is required

Posted by Kamil1589 on (March 9, 2011, 9:51 GMT)

Kamil- I think Afridi is letting the team down. Kamran is one of the finest wicket keeper for years and the skipper shouldn't speak like this about a player..Afridi should learn how to lead the team from the other skippers. The skipper performance in bat is not a good n should try to improve...Kamran will come very strongly in upcoming matches. Afridi a useless captain he wil let down the team...

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 9:51 GMT)

an excellent idea, will PAK an open slot for another bowler/batsman/allrounder....

Posted by vayanik on (March 9, 2011, 9:50 GMT)

Pakistan need to look at their team combination. I would drop Kamran Akmal and get Umar Akmal to keep wickets. I would also drop Ahmed Shehzad and Shoaib Akhtar. My team would be Hafeez, Razak, Younis, Shafiq, Mishbah, Umar, Afridi, Gul, Wahab, Rehman or Ajmal and Junaid Khan. This line gives them more bowling options, so Waqar and Afridi if you read this please give my views a good thought.

Posted by vijay4u on (March 9, 2011, 9:47 GMT)

A Fisher man can do the job better than Kamran

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 9:46 GMT)

is there was a he can be replaced from the squad??? what are the conditions?

Posted by AamirHameed on (March 9, 2011, 9:45 GMT)

Great thinking. Replace K.Akmal with U.Akmal. Razzaq at No.3 and bring in Junaid Khan or Wahab Riaz. We need to separate out Razzaq and Afridi too. One of these should be at the pitch to accelerate when needed.

Posted by G4rgoyle on (March 9, 2011, 9:44 GMT)

I find it hard to believe that in a Cricketing nation like Pakistan there are no other specialist wicketkeepers available. I am not sure what is the reason behind giving this guy so many chances, is it nepotism or just sheer incompetence of the administration. Whatever the reason, it could only happen in Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 9:40 GMT)

IMMEDIATELY REPLACE THE UMAR AKAMAL INSTEAD OF KAMARAN AKMAL

Posted by VincentSunder on (March 9, 2011, 9:38 GMT)

Dropping elder brother may make younger brother protest, right? Read something on those lines happening in Australia!

Posted by kzia on (March 9, 2011, 9:37 GMT)

I know it was very bad performance by kamram akmal but i still think he should be kept behind wickets. We are not going to get anything good by dropping him. I have read Imran Khan's column and agree with him that we need attacking cricket and keep same bowling attack and also bring in Saeed Ajmal and drop Ahmed Shehzad and open with Kamran and Hafeez. Also, Razaq should come before Afridi as Captain is always in hurry and throw aways his wicket. We dont need to panic about it and learn from this match and play good and attacking cricket.

Posted by poderdubdubdub on (March 9, 2011, 9:37 GMT)

Its with heavy heart that we must say goodbye to Kamram Akmal and look for a wicketkeeper for Pakistan. We never had a credible replacement to Muin Khan, and We never had a credible opening batting pair after Saeed Anwar and Amir Suhail, and that says a lot about the cricket establishment in Pakistan.

Posted by Rahim_BD on (March 9, 2011, 9:37 GMT)

I agree with Afridi. In fact the same thing I was also thinking last evening. Enough is enough !!! say to say least.

Posted by farhanrayani on (March 9, 2011, 9:35 GMT)

Pakistan is in very awkward position in both wicket keeping and batting department. Thank God its not the end of tournament. Hope so some luck goes on Pakistan way in coming big matches.

Posted by mithoauau on (March 9, 2011, 9:33 GMT)

give a last push to the wall which is about to collapse........

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 9:33 GMT)

Umer may replace Kamran as a Wicket Keeper...NOT

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 9:32 GMT)

throw him out and he should never be allowed anywhere near Pakistan team,

Posted by Riz-Khan on (March 9, 2011, 9:29 GMT)

It is enogh, we cant see Kamran Akaml more as any where in ground.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 9:29 GMT)

finally!!!! do it Afridi!! drop him!!! finally someone who has the right mentality!!

Posted by Happy_AusBang on (March 9, 2011, 9:29 GMT)

I think it is best for him and the team to let him go for a while. Perhaps he can be tried again in T20s because that is a shorter form of the game and one or two misses may not be too costly; but certainly for the tests and ODIs where such misses can be extremely costly, it is time Pakistan started looking at other options, perhaps within the same family even.

Posted by Pathiyal on (March 9, 2011, 9:29 GMT)

well said captain! we wish you all the very best in the forthcoming matches. your bowling is great. don't go for any rash shots and get out. stay on the crease and let the bat do the talking. don't read the sports column in any newspaper until the world cup is over.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (March 9, 2011, 9:25 GMT)

What are they doing? Another make shift wicket-keeper? Is PAkistan really serious of winning the WC?

This is really poor.............

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 9:22 GMT)

Kindly someone tell this dumb team management that ASAD SHAFIQ has played as a Wicketkeeper Batsman in domestic Circuit. Try hin and get Rid off this Kamran Akmal as soon as possible.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2011, 9:20 GMT)

poor pretty poor ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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