Pakistan in India 2012-13

Shahid Afridi cut from ODI squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 10, 2012

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Shahid Afridi pads up, Dubai, September 9, 2012
Shahid Afridi scored only seven runs and took one wicket in two ODIs against Australia in the UAE © AFP
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Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan allrounder, has been dropped from the one-day squad for the tour of India in December, one of six changes made to the team that lost 1-2 to Australia in the UAE in August and September. Afridi retained his spot in Pakistan's Twenty20 squad, which also had six changes made to the outfit that went to Sri Lanka for the World Twenty20.

Apart from Afridi, the players cut from the ODI squad that went to the UAE were: left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman, fast bowlers Aizaz Cheema and Sohail Tanvir, and allrounder Shoaib Malik. Asad Shafiq was also left out because of injury.

They were replaced by Younis Khan, Haris Sohail, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, and Zulfiqar Babar. Younis and Gul were making comebacks after being axed for the series against Australia. Fast bowler Riaz was returning to the squad after last playing in the Asia Cup in March, while batsman Sohail and left-arm spinner Babar received their maiden call-ups to the one-day squad.

"Dropping Afridi was a difficult decision," Pakistan's chief selector Iqbal Qasim said at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. "He is no doubt a great player and has the ability to win a game, but the decision has been taken in the interest of the team. We did retain him in the T20 squad and if he performs well he can win back his ODI place in the future. Meanwhile, we are looking for a youngster as Afridi's replacement and I am sure we will find the right man soon from the domestic circuit."

Pakistan lost the World Twenty20 semi-final to Sri Lanka and from that squad allrounders Abdul Razzaq and Yasir Arafat, and opening batsman Imran Nazir were left out. Shafiq and left-arm spinner Raza Hasan were injured.

Fast bowler Junaid Khan , who was a surprising omission from the World T20 campaign, returned to the squad, and Ahmed Shehzad, Babar, Asad Ali , seven-foot tall Mohammad Irfan and Umar Amin were the other inclusions.

Irfan had been selected in 2010 for an ODI series against England, but conceded 37 and 40 in first two matches and was dropped for the rest of the series. He has been on the domestic circuit since then and in this season's President's Trophy, he took 27 wickets in eight matches. He also took 11 wickets in the Faysal Bank T-20. He has been preferred ahead of Under-19 fast bowler Ehsan Adil, who was the second highest wicket-taker in the President's Trophy after Babar, with 53 wickets. Adil also took 10 wickets in four domestic T20 matches.

"Irfan is a surprise package," Qasim said, while explaining why Irfan was preferred over other notable performers. "Nobody is discouraged, I know we have Ehsan Adil and Imran Khan on the bench waiting for the call but they will be considered soon. They are our future prospects. Irfan currently is in good form and he has the height advantage and could be our surprise package. I am sure he will live up to our expectations and will perform very well."

"India's performance against England hasn't been good and their chips are down. Compared to our side, they have always relied heavily on their batsman and we were more effective with the ball. So, we have selected a balanced mix with the consensus of both the captains and the coach. We have always beaten them when we are consistent with the batting, with bowling as an advantage, so I hope these teams will have good results on the tour."

Pakistan are scheduled to play two Twenty20 internationals and three ODIs in India from December 25 to January 6. The players will assemble for a seven-day camp in Lahore between December 14 and 22 before leaving for India on December 22.

ODI squad: Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Imran Farhat, Umar Akmal, Anwar Ali, Zulfiqar Babar.

Twenty20 squad: Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Asad Ali, Zulfiqar Babar, Ahmed Shehzad.

Additional reporting by Umar Farooq, ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

its too bad to watch yunas khan , suhail tanveer again and again. they both r 3rd clas international performerce. why u r nt giving chance to asad shafiq? i hve watch umer amin as a player. he dnt even know how to pick a bat properly. pakstan has given him chances already in test series and he dnt even touch any single bol. gr8 to c the sifarshi people......

Posted by syed.r.karim on (December 13, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

Why Imran Farhat in the One Day Squared? What is going in Pakistan selection process. Is there any working for Farhat selection? How many times he will be given a chance and how many time he will failure. Why Fawal Alam have been ignored?

Posted by ARFB on (December 13, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

Too bad.. Raza hassan is injured.Instead of Irfan he could have been Pak's surpise package.In absence of Afridi (Which is good) all our spin attack will be depending on Ajmal & Hafeez.I think if Raza hassan is given chances with Saeed ajmal in every format,then I think in a very short time this spin dou can become a really formidable weapon in Pakistan's bowling Attack.

Posted by PaklionYousuf on (December 12, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

Misbah, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Gul also Riaz are all making the headlines for the wrong reasons. Both Akmal resposible for dropping the run rates esprecially in the power play, whereas all other teams in the world accelerate. What a JOKE that is.

Nobody has ever talked about Sharjeel Khan, Sadaf Hussain, Kashif Khatti and then call, because everbody does, Umar Akmal talent.

ODI TEAM: (1) Muhammad Yousuf (c) [79 50+ scores, in prime form], (2) Azhar Ali (3) Fawad Alam [Fc avg pends between avg. 58-55, better than Sachin Tendulkars] (4) Sharjeel Khan [LA SR 109.82 (while avg 43.31), FC SR 77.97, LHB] (5) Nasir Jamshed [ODI avg 42 and SR (94-100) not dipping as opener] (6) Umar Amin [new allrounder, smashed 281 of 397 vs HBL and took the sole two wickets in the 2nd innings] (7) Zulqarnain Haider (wk) [safest hands in Pak, longest reach as keeper] (8) Saeed Ajmal (9) Zulfiqar Babar (next Ajmal?) (10) Aizaz Cheema [best avg´s among current quicks] (11) M. Ifran

Posted by CricFanster on (December 12, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

UMAR AKMAL needs to Step Up right now because its been a while we all keep hearing He's Great Talent with Potential,Technique etc etc. but not to be He is not able to fulfill that promise and its been 3 years since he debut........... His Batting psoition is not right in this Pak team he should be tried at # 4 if Team wants him to become Solid batsman like Inzi or Yousaf in the Midlle Order which looks Fragile at the moment........I feel his Temperament is not right because just when it looks like he's settled for a big one he loses it ! I feel he's tried hard to get the attention of the crowd may be he wants to become another Afridi and by saying that I did not mean follow his Batting Style lol just the Stardom or Fan following !

Posted by SaeedKhanNiazi on (December 12, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

To all of those that seem to be in dismay that Afridi is being dropped shows the denial that you all live in and need to maturely let go of it. People are defending him with cliches that have been absent for the past year. It is laughable to see Afridi supporters desperately clinging to him when he has contributed so little. And a year is ample time for a person of his caliber to get back in to groove. I am sorry but if he cannot display the slightest bit of improvement and his performance is dipping constantly, than why ask for him? Why not allow the upcoming generations to fill in the gap. There is a bit of conflict of interest amongst us Pakistani supporters. We are confused on what we want. We want to win yet keep under-performing pathetic players like him on squad? A bit puzzling if you ask me. Everyone must MOVE PAST HIM!

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

A step in the right direction... at last! :)

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

hey ! in these important matches Afridi must be there, plz remove Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Anwar Ali, Zulfiqar Babar and we need imran nazir, abdull razaq. i know imran nazir and abdull razaq are fit but the .........

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

Awais Zia, Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Hammad Azam, Raza Hasan, Junaid Khan, Umer Akmal

These r the 7 players who should always be the part of T20 11 of Pakistan as these 7 players can win the game on their on, and if 2 or 3 amongst them clicks, then they can easily take away the game from any side..and on the top, all of them have atleast YEARS OF CRICKET in them !

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

Oh.....No I shoked .....Afridi is no in sqad again India ........well Afrdi is best bowler/filder/bastman.

Posted by Moon555 on (December 12, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

no body is important than pakistan if anybody would be dropped, in result a good team formation he has to understand and fans as well. Afridi and razzaq played enough cricket and it is now the time to give chance to the youngsters to take place. Ricky Ponting was a very good batsman but see how he has taken retirement why our player doesn't realize. Selectors has done a very good job. if somebody is performing he should get a chance regardless of seniority. they picked performer from domestic circuit. Now it is there responsibility to prove. Awais Zia should get chance as well because he can play aggressive innings. Best Of Luck Pakistan.... Keep it Up and Win both of series

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

why imran farhat and kamran akmal in squads. kamran is involved in many scandals and imran farhat is belonged to a royal family i thnk it is the reason why they are selected. pak is a corrupted state and pcb also

Posted by m.zubair_acca on (December 12, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

Droping afridi is a good decision, if he performs in T20 can b included in ODI. Also Droping imran nazir, Abdur Razzak good decision,We should move forward wid players like Ahmed shahzad, nasir jamshaid, Ahmed shahzad Should must b in ODI instead of Imran Farhat,Irfan is a big Blunder wid no line & length, Aur Bilawal Bhatti ko kis cheez ki sazaa di ja rahi ha??? @PaklionYousuf, Pls Fawad Alam wlai saza na den,Single b mushkil se krta ha,Can b discussed for tests only,

My Teams for future; With B.B Order ODI: 1-Nasir Jamshed, 2-Ahmed Shehzad 3-M Hafeez*,4- Azhar Ali/ Younis Khan,5-Umar Akmal,6-Kamran Akmal, 7-Saeed Ajmal,8-Wahab Riaz,9-Junaid Khan,10-Umar Gul,11-Raza Hassan,12-Bilawal Bhatti, 13-Anwar Ali,14-Haris Sohail/Umar Amin.15-Asad Shafiq T20: 1-Ahmed Shehzad 2-Nasir Jamshed,3-M Hafeez*,4-Umar Akmal, 5-Kamran Akmal,6-Shahid Afridi,7-Umar Amin,8-Saeed Ajmal,9-Wahab Riaz/Junaid Khan,10-Umar Gul,11-Raza Hassan,12-Asad Ali,13-Bilawal Bhatti,14-Haris Sohail,15-Ehsan Adil

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

Actually Pakistan selection comitee try to puzzle india how they can think about new talent

Posted by g.narsimha on (December 12, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

kiwirocker- i dont believe u r short of memory that the same WAHAAB RIEAZ WAS thrashed to all corners in ASIA CUP in BD YES WE LOST 10 test no deneiying our team is not doing no need u people to jump up & down on our slump we have whare whatals to come out what about u r team , let the team come out from u r fotress UAE we all seen even u cant beat SL what is in store in SA , JUST WAIT & SEE WE are happy that our cricket will be overhoulled after ENG series , reg JUNAID KHAN yaa we all seen him in UAE ,

Posted by fahim-akhter on (December 12, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

Sorry to say, what Farhat has given as cricketer ? we r wondering. God is great Thats why we see very ordinary players in pak team, again sorry to say but their standards are like the one we have in domestic cricket, can some one tell Qasim Bhai that please take atleast half step forward instead two steps backward.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 12, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

Shinewindies: Son, wake up. The dream is over. Afridi has a huge following in India,no doubt about that as most Pakistani players are more popular in India than Indian players. The fact is that Afridi has not performed and Iqbal Qasim is a courageous selector who has dropped him. I got no doubt in my mind that Afridi will work on his game and will come back stronger and better. Afridi is not like Indian aging stars who are hanging to the game to earn extra buck. India has lost 10 of their 12 test matches. Even likes of B'desh and Zimbabwe have not suffered this insult. Are you dreaming that India won 80% matches? Where? in India? India lost last series in Pakistan(2006), India lost in England 4-0 this year, India lost in Australia 4-0 this year, India barely drew in SA, India barely drew in SL. I am sorry where has India won? India is about to lose even in India. Pakistan suffered loss of their stars and still won two test in England in 2010. India has not managed this in 26years!

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

well we are missing Sharjeel Khan in T20 domestic, same Abdul Razzaq, both are good hitter, another point is Hafeez and Afridi, only one can play, now u people decide who is better both of them, in my point of view, T20 squde should be 1.Ahmad Shahzad 2. Sharjeel Khan 3. Nasir Jamshed. 4. Umar Akmal. 5. Abdul Razzaq. 6. Hafeez/Afridi. 7. Kamran Akmal. 8. Umar Gull. 9. Raza Hassan. 10 Saeed Ajmal. 11. Sohail Tanvir

Shoaib Malik totally bigger liability than Shahid Afridi

ODI Squide Should be.

Misbah (Captain) but i against this in ODI

1. Muhammad Hafeez. 2. Nasir Jamshed. 3. Asad Shafiq. 4. Umar Ameen 5. Umar Akmal. 6. Kamran Akmal. 7 Abdul Razzaq. 8. Wahab Riaz. 9. Junaid Khan 10. Saeed Ajmal

Posted by fuzzyeggs on (December 12, 2012, 3:08 GMT)

people please get your facts right,...before complaining.... Asad Shafiq AND Raza Hasan are injured so thats why they arent in the squad...........................thats why u dnt have tournaments right before a important series...

Posted by albelarahi on (December 12, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

have they selected Pakistan XI or Panjab XI ?

Posted by Zamana on (December 12, 2012, 2:52 GMT)

i think the selection has been fair and is based on the requirements for the shorter formats. It is unfortunate that Afridi is not in the ODI team and Razzak missed out on both the formats. However, one has to look to the future and hope to build a strong team. We have some challenging assignments coming up. I hope Imran Farhat has improved his technique. He seems to be a recurring feature.Yet another act of benevolence?

Posted by pak78 on (December 12, 2012, 0:24 GMT)

lalla u will be missed for sure u alway contribute to the side weather it be bowling batting or fielding so if pcb have decided to drop u on your batting performance they are wrong and pick the likes of farat whom has had numerous chances and still has not scored well in the runs department he has only batting to offer were afridi has his presence his charm flick of his hair good lucks croud puller intrest in tv audience and his all round performance he would get into any side in the world boom boom v love uuuuuuuu.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 23:40 GMT)

Well surprise surprise, great to see that finally Pakistan are making brave decisions and looking to the future. Afridi is an ordinary all-rounder even Pathan or Jadeja have more talent than him but really this is just good for Pakistan Cricket as I know for sure they have players that can do better than Afridi. Playing Cricket at the highest level is all about form, not how special or popular you are.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 23:15 GMT)

its stupid decision......bcoz shahid afridi is a one of the most allrounder in world...hes a senior player...its tooo bad decision iqbal qasim rascal...better remove hm cheaf selecter

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 22:36 GMT)

stupid decision; afridi might perform badly against other teams - but does perform well against india. you just have to look at his record opening batting against india. afridi opening the batting (battering) against this toothless indian bowling is just what is needed.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (December 11, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

My Pakistani team for T20 :: (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Ahmad Shahazad (3) Hafeez (4) Shaoib Malik (5) Umar Akmal (6) Kamran Akmal (7) Afridi (8) Anwar Ali (9) Junaid Khan (10) Gul (11) Ajmal. (ideally Haris sohail was guy to replace Malik in middle order and Ehsan adil to replace Gul)

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (December 11, 2012, 20:59 GMT)

My Pakistani team for ODI,s :: (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Hafeez (3) Younas Khan/azhar ali (4) Haris Sohail (5) Misbah (6) Umar Akmal (7) Kamran Akmal (8) Anwar Ali (9) Ajmal (10) Gul (11) Junaid khan.... i wish they would have selected Ehsan Adil as well and ODI team would have been perfact.

Posted by BowledYa on (December 11, 2012, 20:48 GMT)

Finally! I would take Razzaq over Afridi any day. Afridi should be dropped from T20 as well and enjoy the rest of his career from the sidelines. No more hype please.

Posted by CricFanster on (December 11, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

@ Quater Mani Really ?????? Look at the Stats for Afridi against India then run your mouth MATE

Matches = 65 , Runs = 1468 , HS = 109 , Bat Avg = 24.88 , Wickets = 38 , BB = 4/20 , Bowl Avg = 58.21

While his Batting Avg is Pathetic in overall career which is 23..4 but look at his Bowling Avg which is 33.69 with 8 five for's .

Do you see the difference of his Leg breaks lol 58.21 compared to 33.69 Mate ?

I agree He's been force for PAK as a all-rounder in the past but His Bowling 's been never a problem for Indian Batsmen and you can see that looking at his Bowling Avg and Wickets column which is 38 wickets in 65 Matches .

Posted by Stark62 on (December 11, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

@cyberstudent What are you babbling on about?!?!

Let's assess his performance in the recently concluded T20 faysal bank: 1-22, 1-49, 2-16, 1-17, 2-22 (bowled 4 overs in all games) and he made a 50 in the first game, which inevitably helped Karachi win the game from a hopeless position.

But I guess, Inzi was right when he said "Pak selectors are those, who were never selected themselves"!!

Posted by Legaleagle on (December 11, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

I think we should get rid of the Akmal brothers. Seriously they ARE a liability!!

Posted by abbamaa on (December 11, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

I don't understand why Hamad Azam is being dropped without giving him a chance. He is a promising player who can take the position of either Afridi or Razzak. The man who is always being ignored by either captain or selectors is Razzak. It is totally unjust to him.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

Shocked AFRIDI Is not playing we need him and i think mohammed irfan should not be in the squad and umar amin

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

well good side BUT Akmal brothers SHOULD not be picked both will trouble PAKISTAN DRESSING ROOM and secondly both are FIXERS

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

so sad because of ignorance ab razzak, such a valuable cricketer but out of both squads for just because of liking and dis liking game, shame on iqbal qasim and co for vesting such a best in the business

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Seriously? Afridi might be a liability for Pak while facing other teams, but he becomes an absolute juggernaut while playing against india. If i were the captain, i will pick him just for his leg breaks. Plus he's the best fielder in their side.

Posted by cyberstudent on (December 11, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

Why on earth Razzaq is droped? Afridi should not be even included in T20I, he has not performed in domestic T20s so why he is included? We have better players than him in T20s

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

1.Jamshed 2.Hafeez 3.Azhar Ali 4.Yunis khan 5.Umar Akmal(W) 6.Farhat 7.Misbah(C) 8.Gul 9.Riaz 10.Ajmal 11.Junaid in odis 4 this squad best xi with bat order.........

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

I am disappointed. Afridi is an allrounder!. he is not a regular batsman. Pakistan should realize that this is a fact. he is a v. good bowler too. Whenever he doesnt score runs people start shouting bla bla bla.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

Dropping Shahid Afridi is big loss for his fans all over the world....and there will be no interest in cricket without the players like SA,CG,KP,YS,MS,AR,KPO,etc.

Posted by Hassan_U on (December 11, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

@shinwindies. Hope you were in dream land that since 2000 india has won 80% games Vs Pakistan. Since start of year 2000. Pakistan played 43 ODI and won 22 lost 21. Played 12 test matches won 3 lost 4. T20 played 3 lost 2 and tie 1

Overall (all formats) Pakistan have played 183 times have won 81 games lost 59 and tie 1. This are facts so be real next time. Pakistan Zindabad !!!

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

well cant say much.....but we still are missing a big hitter like razzaq as he can still bowl mate....50 over game missing a speedster....

Posted by PaklionYousuf on (December 11, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

I´m not saying that Muhammad Amir should be in that side. We don´t need players who play from pakistan, and dont repect the banner of pakistan. Even a 18 year old knows what mother means.

But why isn`t MUHAMMAD YOUSUF allowed to return?

The ODI TEAM should be 1.MUHAMMAD YOUSUF 2. Azhar Ali 3. Fawad Alam 4. Sharjeel Khan 5. Nasir Jamshed 6. Umar Amin 7. Zulqarnain Haider (wk) 8. Saeed Ajmal 9 Zulfiqar Babar 10. Aizaz Cheema 11.Muhammad Irfan | 12.Sarfraz Ahmed (wk) 13. Kashif Bhatti 14.Anwar Ali 15. Yasir Shah (16. Sadaf Hussain 17. Asad Ali) Stand by: Mohammad Salman (wk), Humayun Farhat (wk), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Afaq Raheem

The T20I TEAM should be 1. Sharjeel Khan 2.Naveed Malik 3. Nasir Jamshed 4. Taufeeq Umar 5. Fawad Alam 6. Umar Amin 7. Sarfraz Ahmed (wk) 8. Saeed Ajmal 9. Zulfiqar Babar 10. Aizaz Cheema 11. Anwar Ali | 12.Zulqarnain Haider (wk) 13. Kashif Bhatti 14. Yasir Shah 15. Humayun Farhat (wk) (16. Abdur Rehman 17.Azhar Ali)

Posted by shamil.ahmad1 on (December 11, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

Shouldn't have been done......

Posted by cric_lover143 on (December 11, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

Afridi should have been included... so do Imran Nazir... i've said it many times and i will say a million times again ( if needed ) that these two are among the most exiting cricket players in the world now. Not selecting LALA gave Indians a good amount of relief... Though I am an Indian Fan I would really love to see LALA in PAk Line up.. He will add that extra excitement whether he is bowling or Batting or Fielding.

ilovecricket1234 : Bhai.. never see cricket through religious eyes. No matter it is Hindu or Muslim or Christian or any other religion, people Love Afridi...

I wish to see him soon in the Pak team...

Posted by Extraz on (December 11, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

@Shinewindies...totally agree with u bro i m also a pakistani but i think its the right decision to drop afridi he's not performing for a while now so its time he should earn his place in the side and dropping him doesn't mean end of his career he'll be back in the team i m sure...Hoping to see good tight contest between both teams.

Posted by iBinPharteen on (December 11, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

Pak cricket moves one step forward by dropping Afridi and two steps backward by selecting Farhat and Younis Khan for ODIs. Irfan and Babar are not international material and everyone will find out soon. The only decent selection is Ahmed Shehzad who should be playing one day format more than t20. I predict India winning all games comprehensively. There are no impact players in this squad other than Ajmal. Iqbal Qasim is one of the worst selectors we have had in the recent past.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

Hmmm people make it sound as if selectors have insulted God while selecting the team. Yeh few changes could have been made like Malik and Kamran totally dropped from the team but dropping afridi is a very good decision, similarly it should be a warning for the rest of the parchi chaps that look, ur next.........m happy for Anwar Ali and Haris Sohail, hope they get a chance to prove themselves...!!!

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

droping afridi is a very poor idea, pcb will regret soon.....

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 11, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

I dn't know what gandooos gull,tanvir R doing in the team.i m hapy 4 haris,junaid,nasir,shazad

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

there should be abdul razzaq in the team

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 11, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

I dn't know what gandooos gull,tanvir R doing in the team.i m hapy 4 haris,junaid,nasir,shazad

Posted by bart02 on (December 11, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

afridi has been playing continuously since his comeback in 2011 he has not missed a single match he should be given some rest. Razzaq should have been taken instead of imran farhat and shoaib malik.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

Idon't know why Imran Farhat got chance. He didn't played well in last few matches and his ODI career is not too much Hi-Fi.Why he is in Pakistan squad?When you have players like Muhammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed and Kamran Akmal and all these 3 players can open the innings then why Imran Farhat got the chance?Abdul Razzaq was supposed to be there. Muhammad Irfan isn't a good choice and dropping Afridi is a right decision. He is a big player but unfortunately he is not in good form from long time.

Posted by Cricket.Nellore on (December 11, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

Although Afridi has not performed well recent past. His presence always gives the excitement and great Entertainment in Indo Pak matches. How many say "YES" and how many "NO"

Posted by shinewindies on (December 11, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

@KIWIROCKER, I am an Indian and brother you are asking India to be stripped of their test status, well take out head to head stats between India and Pakistan post 2000 in all formats and 80% of matches you would find have been won by India, out of these 5 matches scheduled in December Pakistan might not even win 1, Afridi has a huge fan following in India thats why there might be some people upset at his ommission from ODIS, still i personally think it was the right decision to drop him, anyways i hope Pakistan shows some fight bcoz the current team India might be poor against England but it will be a totally diffrent team against Pakistan as stakes will be higher never then before.

Posted by Cricketfan08 on (December 11, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

These are selections based on merit. I am happy to see things moving positively in Pakistan under Zaka Ashraf. The overhauling of the domestic circuit and freedom from political involvement are other good steps PCB is moving towards. I wish them all the best.

Posted by PakFan1209 on (December 11, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

VERY POOR selection dropping afridi and imran farhat in the team now im sure pakistan will get whitewashed!!

Posted by swat1999 on (December 11, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

Out of form Afridi out for ODI out was expected but inclusion of Yunos khan is surprised me. Basically Yunos khan is test player rathar than limited over cricket. I think Yunos is a wrong idea

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 11, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

I dn't know what gandooos gull,tanvir R doing in the team.i m hapy 4 haris,junaid,nasir,shazad

Posted by Abu-Ashhad on (December 11, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

Its a surprise indeed but if Cricinfo would give the title "Imran Farhat still in the ODI Squad" so its give me heartattack. thanks Cricinfo and Iqbal Qasim....! but why the hell he is in the team?? BTW Afridi has very good record against India and I think PCB should have given him chance into ODI squad, at lest for this series. Anyway still the we have good team and surely it will be tough for India :)

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

Wat is the selection criteria?....for which performance they are selecting kamran akmal....he batted badly in T20 world cup and his part time keeping is also very bad.

Posted by fani_81pk on (December 11, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

where is raza hassan in t20 world cup he's very impressive but still not in team why????????????

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

Most Of the Decisions made were spot on except the inclusion of imran Farhat I hope Anwar Ali, Haris sohail, Umer amin, Get their chance and Perform well coz conditions in India would be similar to pak I Guess this is the best opportunity for them 2 prove themselves Selectors have done their job now team management should their job and play these youngsters and then these youngsters should grab the opportunity with both hands !!! Best of luck Team pakistan We are Good in head 2 Head games with india especially in india we dun,t have a bad record So yeah looking forward !!! Pakistan Zinda abad

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

good decition very good iqbal bahi u r done what a great decision that u dont know bcz droping afridiiiiiiiii is a bold decision to make and this is ur strenght to drop him great boss great selector u r

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

Well it is the rite time to taking such big decisions. Iqbal Qasim took the rite rite decesion to drop those who will not be able to participate the World Cup 2015 at Australia. Afridi should not mind with that decision and try to impress with his performance not with his tounge :P

Posted by xylofon on (December 11, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

Misbah? Misbah??? Puh-lease.

And where is Hammad Azam? Perfect for T20. Umar Amin & Anwar Ali are good choices. Haris Sohail also has a chance to show what he´s capable of.

Its going to be intersting to see NasirJamshed against india, I think he´s the type which will play full intentions against india evertime. He and the rest have to watch for bad decisions against them though, Pakistan has to become better against tackling that. Mature decisions with appeals will help, that wasnt always the case.

Looking forward to the whole thing. Afridi can do anything but limiting him this time might be a good idea until he is in form again.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

AFridi is still a dangerous player... hope that he clicks in t20s and will select aginst S.A

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

Good call...Afridi is passed it and frankly hasnt used his brain or skill for the last 15 games....time to make way for new talent...besides Afridi is all BOOM BOOM after he sits out!

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

this z the chnce 4 afride to prove himself to return in odi team 4r pakistan

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

I am an Indian and I say afridi always gives India a hard time.

Posted by rudmila on (December 11, 2012, 10:23 GMT)

I think the pakistani selectors have all done wrong here. Looking back the ICC T20 WC, Afridi is always more of a ODI player than T20. They shoud retain Afridi to ODI team instead of T20.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

Droping afridi is right decision but i cant understand why PCB is behaving weird with Razzaq... hope harris get some games cos believe me hes got some talent.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

Ehsan Adil was the Topper of President trophy in Fast Bowling.He took 53 wkts in 9 matches with the average of just 17.45 why he is not selected??????????????????????????????

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

Come on guys, every series is not a testing series, some games are played on some very high pressure, selectors should be the great analyst as well who should make decisions on the basis of players pressure on other team(but i think Pakistanis selectors lacking this quality). Selectors should take a account of player's current form and his ratings and doing very well in certain conditions and against certain teams. Afridi is the player who on this Indian tour will have the capacity to get full marks. Dear Indian it is really a good news for you as for as the pressure is concerned but you people will also miss his presence in the team. There should be DRS in selection as well where a player should challenge his position in the team if he is not selected and it should be re considered. But any how it is a shocking decision for a player who is still have at least 3 to 4 years cricket in him. Best luck Pakistan anyways. Cheers!

Posted by AamirAbuOzair on (December 11, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

I am surprised to see Afridi instead of Razzaq. I have no clue why he is so close to Hafeez whereas Hafeez hates Razzaq!

Point me to any innings Afridi has played for the whole last year where he has contributed at any level.... whereas I can point a few for Razzaq with only limited chances he had been given!

I liked Hafeez before but now, he is on my hatred list.

Shame on him and PCB Selection.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

I think right decision to drop Afridi in ODI..But who is the replacement then??Abdur razzak should be in the team instead of Afridi

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

This is a poor decision from selection committee to keep out SK Afridi from the ODI Squad in my opinion Afridi should have been taken for both formats ODI,s and T20I,s as well because he is the only one who can turn around the game with his Bowling as well as his batting he is such a great all rounder and only one superstar remain in over team we should courage him with our support Don Worry Afridi you will Make your come back in ODI,s Against Tour SA with your T20 Performance against IND Inshallah Best of Luck!

Posted by silverhawk on (December 11, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

Beyond any doubt, Shahid Khan Afridi is the tiger of Pakistan, Whenever he plays, opponents always feel unrest, he is the guy who can totally change the complete course of the game, he is lethal with his ball and devastating with the bat, and bravo on the field. He has been serving and entertaining the nation for the past several years. Though, now days he is not in the best of his form, he is not connecting the ball rightly. Not picking him against India for ODIs is definitely a sad news for all the cricket lovers of Pak and India...But, surely the decision will give him a mentally rest and tranquility in order to reassess his batting technique, its a good decision, because when he enters the field, crowd wants sixers and he when he unables to fulfill their demands he himself gets upset. This approach exerts extra pressure on him..So he need to think and consult with coach in order to get back his form..BOOM BOOM will shine again on the horizon of cricket..Wish you best of look

Posted by Sarmad3007 on (December 11, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

Iqbal sahab where is Razzaq?

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

I dont know why you ppl are so sad about dropping afridi, he is a waste, and i am hapi PCB has realised it, Afridi played almost 400 matches, out of 400 he performed only in 50 what about the rest of the matches only he kept Pakistan team in under pressure

Posted by fr600 on (December 11, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

If not for batting, Afridi should have been selected for his bowling. His absence will benefit India for sure.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

Very Good Decision.. Afridi Did Not Performed Even In Domestic Series. So how can he perform in international level??? It is better to bring youngsters line Umar Amin.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

Thanks God Atlast PCB has realised that; Afridi is a waste

Posted by MansoorKoondhar on (December 11, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

What an amazing ODI side without a single recognized allrounder!! No yasir arafat! no Hammad azam! No Abdur razzaq! (every one knows y he isnt in the side!) and no Afridi (this would have given them a spinning all rounder which suits indian pitches more)!!!!! can u explain plz Mr Iqbal Qasim?? I m sure u would read comments.

Another bumper surprise by selectors: Shoib malik is in T20 squad where he shouldnt be and is not in ODI where he may have been, as a spinning allrounder, which I already said is suitable specially when there is no Raza Hassan. Wow Shoib Malik a big hitting T20 specialist!! haha

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 11, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

Indian fans are jumping up and down making non sensical comments that PCB should have not dropped Afridi.Look folks, this is brave new world of Pakistani selectors. I take my hat off to such a bold move.Afridi has not performed recently and based on merit, he does not desrve a place in the team. It is not Indian selectors who can not drop non performers like Tendulya, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli and Dhoni. India has lost 10 of last 12 matches and it is a matter of time before ICC reviews India's test status. Get your own house in the order. Pleased to see Junaid Khan in the team. He is one of finest young fast bowlers. India will love to have a bowler like him. Similarly, Wahab Riaz destroyed India's much famed batting in world cup and it is good to see him back. It is also pleasing to see Harris in the team who has been a consistent performer. I am disappointed that Razzaq is not in T20 atleast. Similarly, Hassan Raza misses out! Other change would be bring Khurram Manzoor for I.Farhat!

Posted by Shazia_Javed on (December 11, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

as far as abdul razzaq is concerned... he has been wasted while under afridi's and misbah's captancy. he is unlucky... i do like him the team for odi and t20 but i still agree with the selectors decision as it will give a chance to a youngster to step up and perfrom. umar gul... is a terrible player... he chokes under pressure... i dont like him to be in any format... i wonder if he can prove that he can deliver as per expectations... he normally has few things to say about any starting series that he is going to do this and that, lets see how he goes in this series. one thing of note is... current pak team dont have any exceptional players (apart from saeed ajmal)... any player can be replaced for a better younger player which can definetly perform the same or better... so no crying over any player missing out the selection... only cries are for those who still are in team... like shoaib malik, umar gulm, kamran akmal etc.

Posted by Shazia_Javed on (December 11, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

some good decisions in team selection...apart from shoaib malik and kamran akmal inclusion. afridi should not deserve a chance even in t20 based on his last one or two years performances. given as many chances as he had to any youngster would result even far better performances. selectors should be bold and try new faces and only merit for so called senior and junior in the teams...should be only 'performance'. anyone selected for best 11 players available in the country should know that even that experience do give that added stretigic advantage but it should also backed up by the performances as individuals... ponting is a great example... he is a legend and he stepped down becasue he is not able to perform as 'a player'... he has the experience that not many had... but still, he was not delivering for the position that he held. being realisitic and being honest for oneself and for the team and filling the purpose is what makes legends... hitting a six or two... doesn's...

Posted by raj..... on (December 11, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

also includng imran farhat wdout any valuable prfrmnc in faysal bank t20 z a shocker of a decision.....

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

Selectors definitely deserve an applause for taking such bold & brave decision, but the only disappointment is Talll guy Irfan's selection. he is just a club level player. We are really missing a point here. yes domestic performance matters and it should always, but there are so many domestic heroes who are complete disaster at international level, examples. Ovais Zia, Shazabe hassan etc these guys are nuclear bomb at domestic level but complete fail at international level,but compare to them Hammad Azam is true performer at Int. level and at the end of the day this is what we need. He was true replacement of Razzak and we are just not using his potential. Ramiz Raja Jr should be given more chances as he is so similar to recent find Asad, a pure class. No more fluke hitters like Ovais etc try players who know the cricket art.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

Good decision by PCB Afridi just blocked new person place in team we should give chance to any new youngster afridi can play in T20 & domestic to prove that he can hit the ball harder & make score so they will be select PCB Rocks Afridi Shocks ....

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

very shocked to see that selection no Afridi, no Razzaq, no Malik they are out of mind to pick

Posted by srisharma_12 on (December 11, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

Afridi should open the innings,i don't know PCB is underestimating him.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

Boom Boom Afridi, will see u in T20s.....

Posted by Kamran_Pakistan on (December 11, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

This is a wonderful step from the selection committee, you can not keep thriving only on your past brilliance and that also an inconsistent one. This must go down as a lesson to Afridi and those in the team who don't perform and yet take their place for granted. Hafeez needs to step up his performance as well otherwise there's no harm in showing him the door as well. A correct decision...

Posted by raj..... on (December 11, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

Droppng one of d currnt best leggies in intrntnl crkt....disgusting

Posted by krishkrish on (December 11, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

Friends What about - Salman Butt , Mohd.Amir , Mohd.Asif & Abdur Rehman ?

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

AS FAR AS I AM CONCERN MR. IQBALQASIM isn't doing a right job i am bit of dout about him he is a selfish guy selection is totaly un faire i think he dosen't know wining combination but he wants to do what he thinks i don't know why pcb president can not understand this. razak is being treated unfaire by pcb razak is a jem of player an he is a lucky player. so mr.IQBALQASIM spoil the pakistan cricket and he should go sack the job

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

Nothing brave on part of the selectors dropping Afridi. Its brave when u drop some1 performing well in order to test a new combo or an emerging youngster. This case was trivial. Afridi was taking his place for granted. Was in poor form. Infact picking him wouldve been bravery.

Posted by mthi4life on (December 11, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

I have never really taken the Pakistan batting seriously but their bowling attack is very dangerous. They will really give the Proteas a run for their money.

Posted by salahkar on (December 11, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

india is loosing test series does not mean india will also loose odi and t20.

Posted by ammarhassan on (December 11, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

Afridi !! give one final blow to Misbah lovers before retiring please !!! .. hope to see you back in form for one final time .. love you ..

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

This decision has to be made earlier, whatever PCB has realized this.

Posted by maqk on (December 11, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

right decision i must say , though 1 of the huge Afridi fans my self, lala needs a little of this u know, this will increase his appetite i hope :D

Go Lala T20 me dikhaa de

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

well pakistan will be playing 5 batsmen, 01 allrounder, 01 wicketkeeper batsman so in total 7 batsmen, but going in with 4 bolwers will not serve their cause. Indian batting is very strong at home and pakistani bowling has nothing even saeed ajmal is not a threat against india in india, so clean seep for india in both formats. hats off to selectors for selecting younis, shoib, imran F...K, sohial tanvir, anwar ali and above all that surprise package which might have surprised pakistani fans so we can expect basketball players and boxers in cricket now. Congrates in advance to India.

Posted by challagalla on (December 11, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

Afridi is quite a character and he brings that littile bit of extra competitiveness to the game. I guess the Pakistani selectors know what they are doing and I can tell you Indian bowlers are sure happy. They finally have the measure of him now but with Afridi can you be sure of anything. He could balst a century of 40 balls or be out third ball, maybe after hitting a six of the second. One thing for sure I would not bet on him if my life was at stake.

Posted by ummii on (December 11, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

From over many years Afridi was a flop show with Bat, that has cost Pak so many Games,,, his only weapon to remain in team was his bowling leg spin,,, but that too has lost its effect recently,, & he has became a liability in team. So i think its a right decision..

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Such a great cricketer has been dropped.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (December 11, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

It's good to see that Afridi gone now.But i am so glad to see Younis's comeback.. but Why is Farhat back again in squad..Come on gimme a break.Why dont this guy just stop playing cricket x-(

Posted by ummii on (December 11, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Its a right decision decision. Afridi should not be an automatic choice, he should be realized earn his place, Pak needs an allrounder at 6-7 position, Afridi has all the God gifted talent but he has wasted that batting talent and lost Pak so many games playing rash shots.

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (December 11, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

Lucky They are playing only One day cricket.If it was Test cricket our captain cool would be cool in calling spinning wickets and Then its all Ajmal dance.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (December 11, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

@ g.narsimha ->I really don't get it.What is Indian selectors doing,why not dropping some of the players who are not performing well in Indian team.Prime example is Tendulkar..I guess he is being too much selfish now.Such a big name so many achievements,yet not ready to leave his place for juniors.What more he actually wants?Trying to break the 400 runs test record?Come on Sachin you have played enough.Now go home & have some rest. Best opportunity for Sachin to retire was the WC ODI final.He should have left after winning the WC.He stayed & now getting humiliated so badly..Such a shame

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

Poor selection. The newcomers will hardly get a match or two to perform and will again be dropped for the next series. Why cant they shortlist a group of 20 players and gave them a whole year to perform. This is unfair to the new kids.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

only AFRIDI and RAZZAQ is dropped. Main culprits like Malik, Misbah, Hafeez, AKMALS, GUL still in the side. Strange selection.

I think FIRDOUS AASHIQ AWAN should be the chief selector. Because whatever SHOAIB MALIK will do he will be in the team by hook or crook

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

right decision of drooping Afridi, His bowling n batting both have become average. If it was a bangladesh team then he should have been selected but its Pak n there is lots of talent in every department.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

everyone knows who will win this series.its all pre planned that pakistan will try new players and this series will go as script

Posted by dmqi on (December 11, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

You messed up in your selection in T20 world cup, and now trying to make up that loss. But in India, it will be very hard with their strong batting line up.They have always done good in batting against you. Dropping Razzaq from ODI is not good. Afridi's exclusion is right. I do not know why few are crying on that.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

Why drop Afridi, one of the best bowling options? He is a fox, though his bowling skills haven't produced many wickets against India.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

If Afridi has been dropped because of performance then why Kamral Akmal is still in the side. Afridi is great fielder great bowler and handy with bat rarely. Kamran is not performing with his bat neither good behind the stumps. Is Pakistan not have any replacement for Akmal? That is awful. In Pakistan no one left cricket of his own with dignity except Imran Khan and Inzimam ul Huq. Abdul Razaq should think of retirement and start playing leaguesinstead of being dropped, he is great player.

Posted by TexanBlue on (December 11, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

It's utter pathetic decision to axe Razzaq from the team. The chief selector initially said that Razzaq was unfit but we all saw him playing in the final of T20 tournament. How can an unfit player be included in the final? Razzaq is out simply because the oridinary Hafeez has been made captain and it's the personal dislike and grudge that's keeping such a big utility player out of the team. We paid the price in the T20 WC when he was given only one game and he performed yet got dumped again. Malik is keeping his place because of his political connections. Give Razzaq a proper run, give him a decent batting position and don't lose him. Do you have any other player in the backups like razzaq? He can demolish any bowling unit in few overs. Shame on the captain, the selectors and PCB chairman to treat such a big player like this. Qasim is thinking India's chips are down; just wait till the limited overs Indian side turn up and blow your jokers' team. 8 batsmen for 3 ODIs? Use your brains.

Posted by Haseeb.Rehman on (December 11, 2012, 6:19 GMT) me its bit harsh to drop a player like Shahid Afridi from the squad but Iqbal qasim had no other choice but to find a proper replacement of him.. now Shahid will have to earn his place in the team and i think it is more beneficent than giving him more chances.....

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

Where is Asad Shafiq? He is a good young talented ODI player.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

I think Afridi is still among the best allrounders, and maybe one of the best in Pak team. He is just a bit out of form and needs some time and support to get back in form. Selectors made the right choice by allowing him in the T20 team. This will give him time w/out much pressure to regain his form. Just remember how many ODI matches he helped Pak win single handedly. I think team seection wasn't that bad this time around apart from the inclusion of Imran Farhai in ODI team and Sohail Tanvir in T20. Even though Azhar Ali and Misbah have slow strike rates they are the most technically sound and thinking batsmen in this team.

Posted by CriticallyCricket on (December 11, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

We assume that the replacement for Afridi will be well worth it? If it proves to be otherwise, the selction committee should also be axed with making these non-sense decisions!

Also, why have Imran Farhat back in AGAIN......why is Kamran Akmal back in.......

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

Good decision to drop Afridi. New players should be given chance instead of non-performers.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

oh mY! this is a medicaL miracLe. unless some thing akin to a miracLe happen pakistan wil win the series in indian ground. buT i Like to win Pakistan. My choice anwer ali khan or hammad azam to re fiL Afrid pLace ........conGarte pakistan comon guyz. from Srilanka.

Posted by masoodali150 on (December 11, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

O Lala T-20 Wala. Rest for the ODI. You really deserve this due to your non-performance. We are not against you but to make our country on the winning side you must wait till next time. You have disappointed us most of the times in the last 2 years. Hopeful for your comeback till Pak Selectors find any suitable replacement and if they find so you must take decision for your future including retirement.

Posted by toufiq_dhk on (December 11, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

i think its a stupid and funny work done by PCB....AFRIDI gave his best when pakistan played with India...

Posted by DataQue on (December 11, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

What????? This is PATHETIC!!!!! PCB selectors (sour losers) have lost an ICON player "Afridi" from the Pakistan Cricket Team! Afridi will become a freelance cricketer (just like Gayle did) and play international cricket for fame & money; playing for PCB will be out of question! PCB selectors gof-urself!

Posted by silversam1 on (December 11, 2012, 5:42 GMT)

As a Pakistani who is a balanced supporter of the game, my impression is that Afridi could have been a valuable bowling option in Indian conditions, but his batting days are over. Beating India in India or any subcontinental or UAE conditions will require PACE like Pakistan used to have. India's batting has always been stronger and their fielding better. It has always boiled down to who has the worst day, Indian bowlers or Pakistani batsmen. Unfortunately Pakistan has lost its edge in bowling recently. I don't think Saeed Ajmal, Hafeez etc can win you matches against India in these conditions as seen in WC 2011 and Asia cup where Kohli and co had no problem treating Saeed Ajmal as a club bowler. Pak needs tear away pace to expose Indian batting like the past. Gul, Riaz and Anwar Ali don't have what it takes. Unfortunate to have lost Aamir and Asif, whatever the circumstances, we need talent like that again. Who bats for Pakistan is inconsequential given the Indian bowling.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

What the hell imran farhat is doing in ODI squad ? it might be his 100th comeback failure. thanks to his father in law m.ilyas (ex selector).

Posted by sherishahmir on (December 11, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

Looking forward for the Indian Pak cricket ties revival, though it start with such short series but something is better than nothing, Hoping both teams will play good cricket and provide fans of both countries a good entertainment as it used to be happened in past.

Posted by Naeem578 on (December 11, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

To all afridi n razaq fans, cricket is not like tennis or motor sports its a team game. You talk of matches single handedly won by them you should realise for God's sake now that these 2 guys perform once in a blue moon and you forget that how many matches Pak loses because of these guys getting out on 1st or 2nd ball and putting the whole team in immense pressure,and "mediocre" players like misbah n co consistently contribute to the overall cause of the team. So stop worshiping players like indian fans do.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

I think Abdul Razzaq should have been included in both formats and shoaib malik is waste choice

Posted by Talhacroft on (December 11, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

I would love to see new mistry spinner Zulfiqar Babar and 7.1 foot tall bowler M Irfan to tarnish the Indian Batting line.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

Why the ignore Abdul Razzaq ? He is best in both format can be dangerous in last overs.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

its sad news afridi is not pick for ODI'S

Posted by ProdigyA on (December 11, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

Who is gonna eat the apple now? Lol

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

good work done !! because you know he is not a hero now , he is just doing acting ...

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

Lets think logically. Afridi hasn't performed with the ball for some time. His batting has been painful to watch and only added pressure on the other batsmen. I love Afridi but lets not fool ourselves believing he would one day come out to bat with Pak needing 100 off 40 ball and he'll smack those runs or the opposition needing 5 runs and 3 wickets remaining and he'll take the hatrick. Its not going to happen. He should play more at national level and prove his form to come back to the team. And who in their right mind called Younis Khan back. I respect him but he's way past his shelf life as a limited over cricketer.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

afridi's exit didn't surprise anybody. it was expected cum imminent. this is good culture setting examples for consistent poor displays but equally incomprehendable is inclusion of guys like younus misbah and farhat. if this is future team as boasted by iqbal qasim then how he justifies these ageing stars but if this is solely for pressure tour of India, then y not afridi. looks like Hafez & co r settling score. Pakistan' badluck has been incapable skippers . who only r in team if they r captain.Mr.qasim don ur thinking cap on...........

Posted by fahim-akhter on (December 11, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

Bhai Qasim, Afridi is out of the squad no problem however, it doesn't make sense u r giving chance to Imran Farhat who never makes an impact as an opener and Mod. Hafeez comes also in the same category, they both may be phenominal in domestic cricket but record shows both r very ordinary opners, since many years we r watching those openers but whole cricket world knows their talent may be ur not aware, pakistan is full of talent however when it comes to openers then we found farhat & Hafeez, oh my Lord what would i say now,

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 4:49 GMT)

So now who will come in last overs as a pinch hitter Umar Akmal who can hit the ball hard in the last overs.Afridi should have been selected.Imran Farhat is just a player to complete the squad as the 15th member.He won't play any of the matches.But its a good squad so it will be a good contest. My11(odi's):1.Nasir Jamshed 2.Hafeez 3.Younis 4.Misbah 5.Haris 6.Umar Akmal 7.Kamran 8.Umar Gul 9.Ajmal 10.Zulfiqar/Anwer/Wahab 11.Junaid Khan

Posted by Feroz9700 on (December 11, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

Dropping Afridi is not right. He is an impact player and a match winner, let's hope he comes back stronger.

Posted by anver777 on (December 11, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

Dropping Afridi is wise decision made by Pak selectors.... but recalling test specialist Yoonus Khan for ODI's is not a good move at this stage, instead allrounder Abdul Razzak or Ahmed Shehzad would have been a better choice !!!!

Posted by Shahzad.Anjum on (December 11, 2012, 4:42 GMT)

Ahmad Shahzad and Umer Amin should have been included in ODI squad in place of Younis Khan & Misbah. I can't understand the selection of Anwar Ali. Zulfiqar Babar is selected at the age of 35. When this tradition of selecting oldies will end.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

Abdul -Razzaq is must in ODI and T20.

Posted by touqeer777 on (December 11, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

We need aggressive batsmen in ODI too.Misbah,Azhar,Younus all r very slow and takes lot of time to settle down thats why Pakistan is not crossing 200 too often these days.Plz keep either one or maximum two of them in starting 11 otherwise same old story 200 to 225 which is nothing for India batting.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

Finally the Pakistani board has taken cognizance of the fact that Shahid Afridi is an over-rated cricketer. He has delivered little even to show promise. His brand of cavalier mindless cricket is no longer effective and teams have found out a way to tackle him easily. I think the Indian board also needs to take some hard decisions.

Posted by Asif_Iqbal on (December 11, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

where is ASAD SHAFIQ ???????????????????????????????????

Posted by Aussie_Cricket on (December 11, 2012, 4:23 GMT)

Afridi "the ego has landed".... On his backside. Plenty of Pakistani talent to replace him. Good to see Malik out as well.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

If he is not playing then whats the point of watching the game

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

Am I the only one wanting to see Hammad Azam in the team?

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

Does that mean Shahid Afridi can play for the Sydney Thunder in the BBL. He was originally signed to play but had to be discarded because of ODIs for Pakistan. Sydney Thunder must be dirty...

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

great step !!!! If you do not perform you should be out, Its not just one tournament , he hasn't delivered for a while . Razzak should have been included though !

Posted by Meherdeen on (December 11, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

My sympathies to Afridi. But I do not consider Afridi as an International Cricketer. Just b'cos of him so many talented Cricketers Pakistani have lost their places. Its high time he is left out from all forms of the game.

Posted by g.narsimha on (December 11, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

Atleast PAK selectors havs the guts to drop non performing super stars INDIAN selectors must take a cue from IQBALQASIM & CO , drop so called super stars, in comparision for the last few years AFRIDI, RAZAQ were far better than our paper tigers .

Posted by Naeem578 on (December 11, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

@Ali Abbas: Mr. you have to keep in mind that if ind can score more runs than Pak on flat wickets than you should also realise that Pak bowling is capable of doing wonders on even flat wickets. Squad looks fine 4 both formats and to imran farhat bashers i would say he has improved a lot in the last 2 years. It's a realy good chance 4 Pak to settle the scores with ind as after a long time they are caught up in a series with Pak not just a match. Now we will see which is the best team of the two.

Posted by getsetgopk on (December 11, 2012, 3:58 GMT)

This is MADNESS. When Afridi was captain Pakistan's ODI cricket was high flying, we won in NZ, reached WC Semifinal, won in WI and then Afridi was stripped off captaincy. It only happens in Pakistan that captains are changed regardless of their performance. Since then we won ODI series against SL in UAE in which Afridi was man of the series, lost of Ausstralia, lost to SL. Pakistans ODI cricket is in a nose dive. A non performer like Hafeez is being artificially made into some great leader but he's an ordinary spinner at best. He has repeatedly failed his primary job of an opening batsman. Falling back on his bowling skills to cover for his inadequate skills with the bat is simply not acceptable. We need a solid batsman at the top to give us solid foundations at the start of the innings, not some bits and piece player like Hafeez. What are Misbah, Younus and Imran Farhat doing in this team, no one knows other than the people who selected them. This should stop. Wake up ZAKA!

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 3:52 GMT)

Afiridi should have been Included........Only one tournament can't measure Afridi's Afridi exit soonest....will be back soon.....

Posted by Mel-waas on (December 11, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

Misbah should be in the T 20 squad in place Shoaib Malik. without him who is going to make sure Pakistan will last 20 overs. Shoaib, Afridi & Akmals Can be back in the dressing room with in one over.

Posted by zishan21 on (December 11, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

Very poor decision regarding the Imran Farhat. he should not have been picked up. Afridi would have been a great option for pakistanis from bowling point of view. India will not make green wickets. Flat wickets, score as many as you can. Afridi could have been a worth wrecker in batting power play on flat wickets..

Posted by zishan21 on (December 11, 2012, 3:38 GMT)

Very poor decision regarding the Imran Farhat. he should not have been picked up. Afridi would have been a great option for pakistanis from bowling point of view. India will not make green wickets. Flat wickets, score as many as you can. Afridi could have been a worth wrecker in batting power play on flat wickets..

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 3:22 GMT)

Afridi is the only star left in the team after the retirement shoaib akhtar who can pull the crowd in big numbers,Although his skills r now limited to bowling only,we cud have him in the squad in place of stupid Imran Farhat/Haris Sohail/Anwar Ali/ Zulfiquar Babar..ODI is not a safe platform to launch new players against India in India..Shoaib Malik shud hev been included in ODI squad too..New player shud be tried out in the T20 games..But selectors u have made a big blunder!!

My ODI Team: Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Anwar Ali, Abdur Razzaq

Twenty20 squad: Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Abdur Razzaq, Umar Gul, Asad Ali, Zulfiqar Babar, Shoaib Malik.

Posted by ilovecricket1234 on (December 11, 2012, 2:50 GMT)

As an Indian, I'm really happy that Afridi will not be playing the ODI matches! As a Muslim, I am sad that such a great person has been dropped. He would have helped out with his amazing bowling skills. He is one of the best ODI bowlers for Pakistan.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 2:49 GMT)

Its like India dropping without Virat Kohli!

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 2:39 GMT)

I think that Ehsan Adil should've been included with Razzaq!

Apna Foji!

Posted by ccrriicc on (December 11, 2012, 2:39 GMT)

Incorporate corruption factor by about a 1000 (in comparison to BBCI), you get a Pakistani selction committee. They could thrash India, but now they will get thrased!

Posted by AMRules on (December 11, 2012, 2:18 GMT)

Who cares !! ......................................

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 2:01 GMT)

I'm happy that Afridi is not selected for India tour. But sad for Imran NAzir.

Posted by Shams38 on (December 11, 2012, 1:52 GMT)

Pick last 10-15 ODIs and tell me honestly how many Afridi has won and how many Imran F, Misbah, Kamran, etc collectively have won for Pakistan. Selectors are so biased. But what we are talking about -- the whole country is in disarray then why cry about cricket. You don't think there is any political influence.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 1:47 GMT)

Pakistan is still a fragmented bunch that needs consolidation on gains. Experimenting on new comers is not bad while also strategic given the nature of opposition.

Posted by pranay_bangalore on (December 11, 2012, 1:24 GMT)

Perhaps PAK selectors need to be having a high I.Q to remember trivial things like who is due for selection, due for return,due for retirement,due for coming out of retirement , who gels with team, who doesn't gel with team, who fixes matches,who doesnt fix matches etc.... Above things need to be discussed before moving on to looking at recent form and stats while picking a team.Very tough job for em

Afridi for sure deserves this with his mindless batting from the first ball on every damn occasion. Also good that he was retained in T20 and can perform to make his way back into ODI. For once,agree with selectors decision here

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 1:22 GMT)

abdul razzak not in both de teams?, pak will struggle. dis guy can play both of de short game very well. he is one of de better allrounder pak. got. u guys will miss him.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 1:14 GMT)

I think PCB is a corrupt body. It cannot omit ordinary but well linked players like Akmals, Malik, Farhat and Jamshaid to say the least and dropped match winners like Afridi and Razaq. Pakistan lost semi-final to Australia because Razaq was left out. But who is willing to learn from mistakes??? I seriously doubt the integrity of PCB

Posted by Rajan372 on (December 11, 2012, 0:42 GMT)

Pakistan need afridi to bat as an opening batsman then only pak batting order will we labelled

Posted by here2rock on (December 11, 2012, 0:38 GMT)

Lets hope India and Pakistan don't start playing every month of the year.

Posted by hamza1982 on (December 11, 2012, 0:02 GMT)

Why is Farhat still there? Hes rubbish. Should have selected H Azam instead. And H Azam instead of Malik in the T20 squad. Plus they have 5 seamers in the T20 squad, whats that about?They look a batter short to me. H Sohail should be in the T20 squad in place of S Tanvir. Plus the less said about K Akmals continued inclusion the better. Is he even classed as an actual cricketer? Id class him as a joke. ODI Team: Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, T20 Team: Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad,, Nasir Jamshed, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Junaid Khan.

Posted by avmd on (December 10, 2012, 23:57 GMT)

Overall, a good selection, although there is no reason to deny Shehzad a spot in ODI also. He is most talented young Pakistani batsman ( after Nasir Jamshed ) and should be given a long run. Farhat remains a mystery for me, how he sneaked in every time for last 13 years. Ehsan Adil could have been selected for in place of Abid or even Sohail Tanvir. Thank God we got rid of Razzaq and useless and over rated Hammad Azam.

Posted by naumanhyderi on (December 10, 2012, 23:56 GMT)

May I request Mr. Qasim to give one good reason of including Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal in Pakistan squard?. This wicket keeper on average drop/misses atleast two chances per game still he qualifies to be selected in the team while Imran Farhat has been given too many chances now. Selectors should stand against the pressure of including these two gentlemen.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 23:53 GMT)

what a great servant afridi has been to pakistan. Really sad to see his career potentially ending with a whimper.

Posted by OzWally on (December 10, 2012, 23:21 GMT)

A good (& brave) move by the selectors, age eventually catches up with us all, and unfortunately it is time for Afridi to move on. I just wonder if your neighbors to the East will take note and learn something from this?

Posted by AbdulHanan on (December 10, 2012, 22:57 GMT)

Though I personally dont consider Afridi a crickter but axing him from indian tour is a big blunder because he would be lethal to weaker indian bowling and he was. I think selecters should revert their decision and include him otherwise, I am sure, they will do it due to the people and political pressure.

Posted by Dadu786 on (December 10, 2012, 22:56 GMT)

Happy birthday Zulfiqar today , late selection but good luck for 5-6 years.

Posted by Mr.Chandu on (December 10, 2012, 22:41 GMT)

WOW...... Does pakistani selection board has the courage to finally drop Mr. Shahid khan afridi but remember he had scored fastest century before 17 years man he should have given more years in the team :') well done!!!

Posted by kc69 on (December 10, 2012, 22:34 GMT)

Can't wait to see the seven foot green giant in action....

Posted by bobagorof on (December 10, 2012, 22:31 GMT)

I wonder if Afridi will retire from ODIs until selected again?

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 22:25 GMT)

Its good to see Anwar Ali in Pakistan team. Worst thing is that why Umar Gul is included. He is a worst bowler. He just performed in 1 out of 50 matches. Shoaib Malik should be in ODI as well

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 22:24 GMT)

Very good selection, dropping afridi will make Pakistani team more strong. ODI playing XI looks like this Nasir,Haffeez,Younis,Misbah,Umar Akmal,Haris Sohail,Kamran Akmal,Umar Gul,Saeed Ajmal,Zulfiqar Babar,Junaid Khan/Riaz

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 22:17 GMT)

They have dropped Afridi... I can tell you this now... an Indian white wash is on its way now!!! There is one guy Afridi who had the audacity to face the pressure and grab Indians by the scruff of their collars!!! now no Afridi and Indians will troll upon us no matter how hard we try to fight! Younis Misbah Hafeez Kamran all crap batsmen and are sure to be in the team... S.Ajmal the only strike bowler we have to strike fear in Indian batsmen... Only God can help us win any thing there... 1-1 for T20s and 2-1 for ODIs in favour of Indians WILL be the result!!!

Posted by Uzi-Khan on (December 10, 2012, 21:59 GMT)

Why are the PCB persisting with Kamran Akmal? everyone keeps talking about Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik's inclusion, Akmal is the worst player for Pakistan....Jeez these Pakistanis are a joke

Posted by Tanvir110 on (December 10, 2012, 21:56 GMT)

any one have doubt on Afridi performance just check this cricinfo link.... then decide who will drop from pak side... top nine match winners from last three years.... Afridi is only player who performed in only two formats while others play all three formats ...

Posted by ak_dragon on (December 10, 2012, 21:54 GMT)

Good to See Anwar Ali, Haris Sohail & Nasir Jamshed.....Most Talented Cricketers in Pakistani Domestic Circle..Its time for SHAHID AFRIDI to think about his Future.

Posted by axe_hay on (December 10, 2012, 21:48 GMT)

Where is Fawad Alam ?? Why do selectors keep ignoring this talentd guy ???

Posted by Tanvir110 on (December 10, 2012, 21:48 GMT)

Most MoMs in international matches since Jan 2009 Player Matches Awards Shane Watson 142 20 (2T, 10ODI, 8T20I) Tillakaratne Dilshan 162 18 (3T, 11ODI, 4T20I) Shahid Afridi 123 16 (11ODI, 5 T20I) Virat Kohli 111 15 (1T, 12ODI, 2T20I) Kumar Sangakkara 166 14 (6T, 6ODI, 2T20I) Michael Hussey 157 13 (4T, 6ODI, 3T20I) Mahela Jayawardene 161 12 (2T, 4ODI, 6T20I)

why...? i cant understand why selectors drop player like Afridi... see his figures... in only two formats... play less matches than others.. players not in only pak ... all over the world.. an won most man of the match awards.... why selectors judge him only one to two serieres batting failure,....

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 21:29 GMT)

anwar ali has been picked because the chief selector is from karachi and the chief selector along with KCCA are at his back and he is in the team because of will destroy our criket....favorism should never be there...please selectors , select the team on merit. ehsan adil has been totally ignored and this can destroy his carrear before getting started. im neither from punjab nor karachi. im a third person whos supporting ehsan adil because he deserve it. chao

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

All i can say is .. VERY BAD DECISION

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

aaahhhh...!! we miss u shahid khan Afridi in ODI's.... BOOM BOOM Afridi happy to c u int20's

Posted by fuzzyeggs on (December 10, 2012, 21:01 GMT)

i thnk its alright if they didn't put ehsan adil in this series...but they have to put him in the tests for South Africa for will be good for him in the seaming wickets..../...anyway good squad......specially odiiii....the only competition i see there is azhar ali and haris sohail.. i would go wth haris since he is a quicker scorer than azhar ali. we already have yunis and misbah..

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (December 10, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

I am so disappointed to not see ehsan adil in squad? Excited to see Haris Sohail and Anwar ali in squad. ODi selection is quite good. but t20 is crap. I am sick of seeing guys like Imran farhat, shoauib malik, sohail tanvir and umer amin again and again squad without performing at all ever.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (December 10, 2012, 20:45 GMT)

Ehsan Adil should have been given a chance in (may be ehsan adil to replace imran farhat). Good to see Haris sohail in International side. he deserved it so much along with anwar ali. ODI selection is quite good apart from exlusion of ehsan adil but in T20 on what performance and basis we have guys like umer amin? sohail tanvir? and shoaib malik? in side? they are probably hafeez's gang.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 20:33 GMT)


Mohammad Hafeez Nasir Jamshed Ahmed Shehzad Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal Shoaib Malik Shahid Afridi Mohammad Irfan Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul Junaid Khan

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

ODI squad"

Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

Imran Farhat is getting chance because he has the source of his father-in-law house else. Why are we being so naive about this. He is not good enough to play domestic cricket let alone a chance to wear green shirt. What a pathetic move from PCB. They are robbing a young talent with this useless person imran farhat.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

shaid khan afridi and shoaib mailk are the two best all rounder in pakistan side every one remember my words that pakistan will lost odi series i am sure on that

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

just worried abt team combination...............its fair too drop afridi on form but having him out of team will severely dent team combination.even with hafeez being the allrounder........pakistan will have to play 4 tailenders

Posted by applethief on (December 10, 2012, 20:02 GMT)

Maybe too little too late - if they'd dropped Afridi earlier, he may have gone away with motivation to work on his game and come back after that. He's been out of sorts since the West Indies series and losing the captaincy. A year of domestic cricket would have benefited him, but to be honest, he probably would have spent the time trotting around to T20 leagues around the world. Why no Hammad Azam? What's he done to be consistently neglected? And picking Kamran Akmal means this side is doomed, may as well stay at home

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

that is very very bad bad selection how u can drop abul razzak as compare to imran farhat really shame shame sham sham.......

Posted by meejee on (December 10, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

Abdul Razzak : No chance with "Professor" around Shoab Malik : Not again.......... Younus Khan : Experience might come in handy Akmal Bros. : Shabash Shabash Shahid Afridi : Clicks once every 20 times (in batting)......... Not good enough Wahab Riaz : Does not work against India Umar Gull : Love the Gull Dozer

Posted by snowstorm on (December 10, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

Is PCB trying to save Shoaib Malik's marriage? Just thinking out loud.

Posted by razaqaiser on (December 10, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

It is good to drop Afridi. If someone cannot learn how to play in V after 300 matches then he should be rested. Yunus khan has been a poor choice ahead of Shoaib Malik. Younis's record in ODI is poor and he tends to slow down game like Misbah who himself should be on way out. If Ehsan Adil is for future then he should have been given the chance instead of Irfan. The fielding coach is sleeping as there is no active work done on physical fitness (e.g. Nasir Jamshed). Umar Gul should earn his place rather than picked for name sake. No one has worked with him as he will always ball a NO BALL at the wrong moment.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

I honestly think the selection has been spot on. Tall guy Irfan is someone i have admired, and i know he will be very difficult in Australian and South African wickets, offers us something unique.... Imran farhat has done well in the domestic season and T20, he has scored more runs than Nasir jamsheed, younis khan, azhar, malik, akmal brothers, So tell me one good reason he should be left out...It won't be fair to him, you can't drop someone if you don't like him, he had an extraordinary domestic season, check the stats people. I am so glad afridi is not selected. We can't live in the past, he has not performed for over an year....How many more chances do you need. Rightly so enough is enough.....what entertainment....disappointment after disappointment more like it....Please people look to the future and forget the past. I think overall very good selection..done on merit, stats are there for everyone to see..

Posted by ow012 on (December 10, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

Don't know what selectors a pre-matured and unskilled squad is being send to India, though Indians are bit down at the moment but they are really good in shorter format and when they are against pakistan they are discarding Pakistan's biggest weapon of spin bowling.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

Zulfiqar babar 34 years old got call.... nothing personal but it proves the insanity of the selectors...and Imran farhat is disappointment

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

Going to miss the Afridi character!

Posted by landsite on (December 10, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

As a West Indian my second team is Pakistan and I am always happy to see them win,they always produce talented players to compete with the best.I eagerly wait to see them beat Australia and hope they have some new exciting talent.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

Lots of People here............who are Big Fans of Afridi.............And want him to play.....I am With them........Shahid Afridi is a brilliant player..........he holds world records like......hitting fastest ODI century............hitting most sixes in T20Is...............Bowling fastest ball as a spinner in T20s............For playing domestic T20 Tournament he terminate contract with his BBL team (Sydney Thunder)..........which could have earned him lots of maney as compared to the Pak t20 and for some reason...........he is out of form...................and the selectors just cant see his bowling.....He should be in the team.............................We r with u Sahid Afridi...............

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

Imran Farhat...I don't know why he keeps getting picked either, agreeing with an earlier comment. Afridi..sad but true, out of batting form for a long time now, and surprisingly his bowling form seems to have left him recently too. Good message for him to know that he is not indispensable, should make him fight to get back into odi squad. Mohammad Irfan...don't agree at all,he can't field which is crucial difference in t20. Ehsan Adil should have been given the nod ahead of Irfan, in my opinion.Would have liked to have seen slot for Hammad Azam in odi squad. Hope Anwar Ali gets some time on field, might give some of the Indian batsmen scary flashbacks of u19 world cup final! Overall I'm happy with both squads. Good Luck boys... Zindabad!!

Posted by Yasirkhn on (December 10, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

Stupid selectors ,,, they have droped afridi because of his poor batting in recent but there is no one who can replace him as a bowler he is second best bowler we have after saeed ajmal who can trouble any batsman ,, worst decision by selectors ..

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

a good decision of puttinf Afridi out off side. We need young guns now .

Posted by mazii on (December 10, 2012, 19:05 GMT)

Pakistan is known for producing world class fast bowlers. But it is sad to digest that after the departure of Asif and Amir, we have not been to produce some genuine fast bowlers. Though we do have some good fast bowlers who can bowl at 135 km. I reckon that this would be a close series. I'm not saying because I'm a Pakistani. India is already pulverized by England, so their morale and confident would not be the same. Let's see SRT is included in the Indian squad or not. For me, Youngster has to take responsibility. Nasir jamshed and Umer akmal are key players for Pakistan.

Posted by SaeedKhanNiazi on (December 10, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

These a great news coming from the PCB. Not only did they finally come to their senses and dropped Afridi; which I hope stays permanent, but the decision to include youngsters and provide them an opportunity to be exposed to cricket at an international level is a great sign to see. Apart from Imran Farhat's inclusion, I am fairly content with the remaining squad. Zaka Asharf is taking Pakistan's cricket in the right direction. He has been consistent, for the most part, in acquiring success from his decisions. I pray that his contributions continue to proceed, regardless of minor shortcomings that are inevitable.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 18:58 GMT)

should be good side looks oretty even hope pakistan do bettar in india.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

just a bad lobby in pakistan ckt team thts y their callibar is down he is way better than so many in this team u could use him as a bowler bcoz he is one of the finest bowler of the world wat a crap selection

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

ppl who cant support him in his bad time not deserve in his goood if u r a real man b on ur words who agrees to drop him b on ur words bcoz when he will back he will gonna shut everyone mouths up n plz at tht time no need to say tht oh he is a great player b on ur words u all

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (December 10, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

You just dont drop your star players when they are struggling for form.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

Imran Farhat again.. stupid selection.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

there was no need to call younis back, our batting did click against australia without younus, our bowling let us down.

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (December 10, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

hope that move works for selectors and team !

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

balance saquad for pakistan...................... good luck pakistan

Posted by Ahsan-cric-freak on (December 10, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

When the domestic t20 tournament started, I just proclaimed that Lala hit hard in the tournament and you will be given a berth in the indian tour.. but he didn't, apart from one half century innings.. Afridi won't be hurt a great deal from sitting out, with all of his experience he will be much aware of performance based selection criteria these days.. People must hold on with their anger.. An ageing player too just can't earn too many caps without performing...! M.Irfan is a tested piece mind you,, in last English Odi series in England he was a failed article.. but hope he uses this opportunity well. thank God Younis is back!! Misbah's captaincy+batting will be crucial. Hafeez will be the key man in the series. IS Z.BABAR A SECOND AJMAL??:)

Posted by cric4world on (December 10, 2012, 18:39 GMT)

who is going to increase run rate after azhar, younus, and misbah play their usual tuk tuk? very very risky selection. looks like they r trying for tough fight but not for victory. not a single allrounder in middle order? afridi should b in team. couple of bad months doesnt mean his cricket is finished it happens to everybody. but if u hate him so much atleast get razzaq in.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

The only reason why Abdul Razzaq has been kicked out is because of this statement after last T20 world cup

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

has azhar mahmood lost his pakistan citizenship..he is a grat utility player

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

abdul razzad should be in team ...........

Posted by Zain_Ali on (December 10, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

pakistan have lost odi series before even starting, how can a team afford to have three anchors, that also on (likely) batting paradise. Pure and utter rubbish

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

sad news afridi left out

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

NEVER IMAGINED. WELL absolutely it was Usain Bolt Bold steps by these hard core selectors of our neighbouring country by not including them Shahid Afridi/Imran Nazir/& Abdul Razzak these dashing compatriots. I was ecstatic, thus devasted, coz if not for all 3 at least for Shahid Afridi. Now I want Shahid Afridi to come and play the IPL-PERIOD. It was sad coz all these 3/cricketers have given the Pakistan Country a lot in every angle. But whatever it may be that Today Hats Off to these Pakistan Selectors thus were firm in choosing the Final XI plus, a LESSON shown the Indian Counterparts inspite ME or ANY TOM DICK or HARRY being an Indian that they have shown the Indian Selectors that we believe in the team and not to Individuals.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

azhar ali,hafeez,misbah and yunus khan the best boring batting line up ever ! it will be like a test match :/

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

If Pakistan take their catches, they will easily win the series.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

If dropping Afridi is a sensible decision then including Imran Farhat is a horrible decision, in my opinion........

Posted by Neeta on (December 10, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

Hahahaha, Pakistan have dropped the guys who play well against India, namely Malik, Afridi and Razzaq. They would have feasted on this current Indian bowling line-up. Most of the Pakistani batsmen are test match players who just don't have the aptitude to play big shots. If there is Misbah Azhar Ali and Younis Khan in the middle order, then I can imagine the audience going off to sleep in the middle overs of the :P. Having said that Pakistani bowling line-up is strong and can put the Indian batting line-up which is low on confidence under trouble. Looking forward to a cracker of a series and hopefully an India win..:-)

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

good stuff......................

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

What is this? Where is Afridi in ODI and where is razzaq. Razzaq has played brilliantly noth with the bat and bowl in recent faysal bank t20 he took wickets won the match this is real bull shit guys why Misbah was in what a character he is in the final match of t20 he was playing like a 10 days test match. Being a Pakistani i am not with this team. Pcb sucks sucks and sucks. In the bowlers we have taken wahab why when he has performed on the other side Ehsan Adil took wickets in each match and also with very low econony. I want to say one thing PCB sucks and there selectors and zaka ashraf should be changed

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

PAK fans should not worry this time.. whatever team they will bring, they will surely win against totaly incompetent and overhiped Indian team..... so congrats !! in advance..(my heart is aching when i m writing this but alas!! )

Posted by harry414 on (December 10, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

Welcome To India Pak, we would need a trashing from you guys too, honestly, after all, only a deep routed history of rivalry's defeat could only wake Indian team from their deep that Afridi's not there, it might take longer time for that 'wreck' to honest Indian Cricket Team's - Indian fan

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

great decisin to select shoaib malik plz anybody plz tell me when did he scored a 50 last time ............

Posted by ArsalanMujahidGhouri on (December 10, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

Best decision which should be took when he played around 20 ODIs. I called him one of the lucky guy who didnt have skills, but played Cricket for more then 15 years. Hope his face will disappear forever from Pak cricket team

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

WELL absolutely it was Usain Bolt Bold steps by the selectors by not including them. It was sad coz all these 3/cricketers have given the Pakistan Country a lot. Today Hats Off to these Pakistan Selectors that they have shown the Indian Selectors that we believe in the team and not to Individuals.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

Abdul Razzak is a untily players can ver very handy perticularly in T20 he showed his skill against Sialkot hitting 2 sixes in 2 balls we will surely miss him in T20....bad decision farhat & umer amin are bad replacements....

Posted by Stark62 on (December 10, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

This selection is an absolute JOKE!!

Younis Khan back in the team?!?! LOL

Also, how can you select Irfan, Riaz, Amin, Malik and Tanvir but not SADAF, Yasin, Alam (performed 20x better than Amin in the Faysal bank T20), Ehsan, Abbas or even Manzoor?!?!

The T20's should be a good contest but the ODI's will be clean swept by Ind for sure.

Posted by usmi786 on (December 10, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

Misbah aur Younus Khan ko bhi ODI se drop kerna chahiye tha. Imran Farhat ki Jagha Ahmed Shehzad ko ODI main hona chahiye tha. Ehsan Adil Ko Alrounder Chance dena chahiye tha

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (December 10, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

IN WHICH way are Asad Ali, Anwar Ali , Sohail Tanveer and Mohammad Irfan better than EHSAN ADIL??? Iqbal Kasim, enough is enough. You must have thought of lacking in experience but then how many first class matches had Waqar played before Imran took him in?? UMAR AMIN isn't better than USMAN SALLAHUDIN who has been scoring heavily for 3 years now.

Posted by cric.lov3r on (December 10, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

We want to win series & to win matches we should have some match winners like Afridi & Razzaq "I judge players by there ability to win matches for there team"Imran Khan & Ponting. So i am disappointed to see that Afridi & Razzaq are not in odi squad on the other side Younis Khan has been selected & Mohammad Yousuf has been ignored by selectors again a man who's avg is 42 has been ignored again n again and man who's avg is 32 has been selected glad to see Gul is back in squad

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

good selection.. instead yunus and azhar.. it should be umer amin and malik... also ahmed shehzad in odis... t20 razaq in for afridi.. and haris sohail also shoul be there..

Posted by Stone-Aamir on (December 10, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

Imran Farhat inclusion shows that his father in law still have quite a bit influence in PCB. The side is pretty unsettled and I dont think it will be able to leave a lot of impact on Indian soil. Lets hope Ajmal can mange to pull off a game or two.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

well...balance squad..some what i choiced ... but did not understand y the young guns haris sohail and umer amin getting only in one squad...umer amin in t2o and haris sohail in odis..that doesnt make sense... only 2 t2os for a player like umer amin is not his judgement...he should be in odis too..instead of yunus khan..and haris sohail in t20s.. shoaib malik should be there in odis too.. in place of azhar ali.. razzaq in there for afridi in t20s..ahmed shehzad is a gr8 he should also be utilized in odis... nice selection of the left armer off spin zulfiqar to see him.. a loopy spiner..first time to see in pak team..hasan raza and rehman are quick in nice to see him... m i right??

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (December 10, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

IQBAL KASIM just issued the defeat-nama by not selecting ABDUL RAZAQ or AFRIDI. Biggest blunder is though not selecting EHSAN ADIL.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (December 10, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

EHSAN ADIL was the find of the year and bowled his heart out in presidents cup and Faisalbank T20 and proved to be the best fast bowler. IQBAL QASIM goes on to bring in discarded players like Imran Farhat but they all in the management are against ABDUL RAZAQ who is the best allrounder available to them.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

just for a moment i thought i read "sachin tendulkar dropped"...

Posted by xylo on (December 10, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

It is great to see at least one Asian cricket board display some professionalism in the selection of players, and not go by names and their popularity coefficient.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

well! omission of Malik & Shahid-Afridi will be proved desaturated for Pakistan, they always played well against the Indians. Pakistan will surely face hurdle to manage Indians in absence of Boom Boom & Malik.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

Fawad Alam also did well in domestic competition, he should be included instead of farhat, secondly, selection committee is not looking serious in finding a potential wicket-keeper batsman. and it akmal's drop catches hurt them a big time in crunch matches.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Mr Iqbal why Afridi is out and Imran farhat in? is that Ilyaas still in PCB

Posted by syedzaf on (December 10, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

how come imran farhat in team but no place for afridi ?

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

When will we get rid of Misbah, Shoaib Malik, Younas Khan and Imran Farhat?

And I think Abdur Razzaq must be given a chance in both formats!

And new young comers must be given a chance to prepare for a strong world cup team for 2015!

What do you guys think?

Posted by abmughal on (December 10, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

wickets would be spinning a lot and a flat tracks ..... dont know y afriidi is not there ..... imran farhat very unfair selection...... umer amin should have imcluded in odis also....but best of luck to team pakistan

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

its stupid to drop afridi, he can win matches on his bowling man.....this is sucidal....indian team will be relieved..........BOOM BOOM rocks

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

I would love to see Umar Amin in playing 11, and nice to Malik and Razaaq being dropped from ODI squad they were in the prime form off-late. Misbah should look to strengthen fast bowling dept with SA tour coming up Pakistan will definitely need quality pacers to win games against Proteas.

Posted by kamranmalik7 on (December 10, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

I dont know whats wrong with Mr. Iqbal Qasim ? Or is it a dictation ? Five openers in Twenty20 squad: Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Umar Amin, Ahmed Shehzad !!!!! A team without any seasoned middle order batsman. And the whole nation is asking Questions about Imran Farhat. Could PCB answer it ? Asad Shafiq's injury is a blow for Pakistan team. Please bring Mohsin Khan as Chief Selector. He is far more better than IQ.

Posted by BattosaiXX on (December 10, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

The ODI squad look like a Test match squad. In India pak will be chasing around 300 run. With the batting line up we can expect max 220. Good bye one day series already.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

Am not going to watch the pak vs ind matches without evergreen Abdul Razzak...... bad luck PCB..

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Good to watch without S.Aridi. But who is the replacement?

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

Question Mark on Imran Fahrat Induction ?

Threre should be one alrounder in middle order which we will miss in oneday series. Abdul Razaak probally should be the best choice. Azar Ali Place also not justified for the ondays. we should add yousaf in the squad instead of azar ali because he is not verstile /flexible batsman.

Let see the results with current selected team.

Posted by UAETigers on (December 10, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

where is Abdul Razak? and what the hell Sohail Tanvir and Imran Farhat doing in squad!! AR is not playing because he criticized Hafeez and as per typical Pakistani culture he can't take criticism. This squad looks bad to me!! Afridi should play as he is still better then other Paki players in the team!!

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

Teams look good but where is RAZA HASAN?

Posted by P3rfectionist on (December 10, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

What da hell is going on here.. you have any better bowler & Fielder dan Afridi ????? I think PCB shuld sack the Whole selection panel but as far as i knw selection panel needs the aproval of Chairman of PCB .... so its all goin on gudluck India India now ...... m hurt like hellllllllll pure pure pure what should i say .... sighssss

Posted by haquetalha on (December 10, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

Why Kamran Akmal is included in the squad, look his average and missing stumps chances against SOUTH AFRICA in T20 and worst batting by him. Younis Khan never played ODI in 6 months and his worst performance in ODis , look Misbah's performance, avg 13 in last 4 odis, look Imran Farhat, he was failed trillion times and still in the team. Mohammad Hafeez is worst batsman and good bowler, why he is in the squad? never did good opening in ODIs, we cannot rely only as bowler for him.. Worst selection.. Afridi did best in WC and against SL, Younis , Misbah, Imran Farhat, Wahab Riaz never got a single Man of the match in last 15 ODIs. Shame on you....

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

Good to see Junaid Khan finally selected for T20. Regardless of what shit India is doing against England, I believe India would be altogether a different team against Pakistan. our batting is excellent for test matches but in ODI and t20 our batsmen lacks firepower. All the best to Team.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

Excellent Selection squad mix of seniors and young talented players.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

as far as I am concerned He z a Gud PLaYer AGainsT India. Letz see what wiL Happen in Indian GrounD

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

I do feel for shahid afridi, but the thing is , if he doesnt perform, pakistan shouldnt play him, i think the right decision was made..haris sohail is far better then afridi...

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

How many players are from Punjab ?

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

Disappointed to know that Afridi is not coming to India. Also disappointed to see how badly his batting has fallen. Just few years ago his batting used to terrorize bowlers.

Posted by naxif on (December 10, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

when will imran farhat (and his uncle) leave pakistani cricket ... there is so much talent waiting to get a chance and all we get is this guy imran farhat

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

Naveed Malik of Rawalpindi Rams should have to be there in the T20Is Squad, he is very good at the opening slott for last few years.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

mr iqbal qasim why not abdul razzaq or azhar mehmood because they dont have any back.what a unjusted

Posted by Farrukh.91. on (December 10, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

Afridi and Abdul Razzaq will be missed by Pakistan, thats 4 sure, Indians will be happy seeing the ODI squad bcz there is no one except Ajmal who they may fear! On Indian pitches they have chosen an ODI squad in which the strike rates of the players are very low considering they need a score around 300, and now with the rule of 5 fielders in the ring, rotating the strike will be more difficult so big hitters will be needed!

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

I believe younger players should be inducted in T20s before launching them to ODIs or Tests. Our T20 team looks more settled to play pressure cooker games in India but ODI squad looks more of players with strike rate of 70s.

Shoaib Malik may have failed against most of the countries but he always performs against India.

India should make flat wickets and should not have problem in scoring more runs than Pakistan.

Posted by wellahi2 on (December 10, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

Even though I am the biggest Afridi fan there is, he himself will admit that he just hasn't performed recently. I am glad he is still getting an opportunity in T20s to prove his worth. I agree with some of the comments, I just don't understand how Imran Farhat keeps finding his way into the squad, its the same with alot of these openers. Why wasn't Ahmed Shehzad given a chance, he was the top performer in the Pak T20 tournament. New guys need to be brought in if we're going to get anywhere. Can't stick with the same tried and tested!!!!!! Go Pak!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

@ waleed tufheem....ur such a looser and just comment here for the sake of comment :P asad isnt dropped he is injured while playing the match in faisal bank for karachi dolphin. get ur home work done vefore u start commenting kid

Posted by VJGS on (December 10, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I'm delighted to know that Afridi will not be there to exploit a weaker, less confident Indian team

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

Afridi out of ODI dont know what the hell has gone wrong with the selectors! Give him a go, have faith in him, he will be still very usefull as a bowler and his batting can come in handy anytime, what a crap :@

Posted by rawjns on (December 10, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

Kamran Hussian is not new he has played 2 ODI and he is 34 already... I think looking at names like I Farhat and K Akmal the selection seems not fair... look at the score from Sarfaraz Ahmed in Quaide Azam trophy if not than what is the criteria .... K Akmal must not have ever been selected for ODI and specially when he will not be opening the batting he again missed 4 to 5 chances at the T20 WC... I liked the inclusion of Ahmed Shehzad but he should have made it to ODI too... We dont need more openers ..Fawwad Alam could have been a much better choice instead of I Farhat.Razzak can still play a few more T20...

Posted by haquetalha on (December 10, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

hI Why Kamran Akmal is included in the squad, look his average and missing stumps chances against SOUTH AFRICA in T20 and worst batting by him. Younis Khan never played ODI in 6 months and his worst performance in ODis , look Misbah's performance, avg 13 in last 4 odis, look Imran Farhat, he was failed trillion times and still in the team. Mohammad Hafeez is worst batsman and good bowler, why he is in the squad? never did good opening in ODIs, we cannot rely only as bowler for him.. Worst selection.. Afridi did best in WC and against SL, Younis , Misbah, Imran Farhat, Wahab Riaz never got a single Man of the match in last 15 ODIs. Shame on you....

Posted by ejsiddiqui on (December 10, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

I never liked Imran Farhat, but in last two years he has improved tremendously. The squad looks very good.

Posted by naeemhussain on (December 10, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

Ahmed Shehzad and Ehsan Adil instead of Imran Farhat and Anwar Ali would have been wonderful choice in one day and Ahmed Shehzad instead of Shoaib Malik and Ehsan Adil in place of Mohammad Irfan in T/20.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

Abdul Razzak is a untily players can ver very handy perticularly in T20 he showed his skill against Sialkot hitting 2 sixes in 2 balls we will surely miss him in T20....bad decision

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 10, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

Very poor choice to have Imran Farhat. Not sure whether it is wise to drop Afridi. Great to play Younis Khan indeed.

Posted by YSaya on (December 10, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

Seems selectors are sleeping. Somebody should tell them that the team is going to India to play ODI's and T20. They are not playing Test series. Why Misbash, Yunus and Imran Farhat. But then again selectors are puppets of politicians, Iqbal Qasim would do everything (bend backward) to make him rich along with other selectors. Selectors, please have some dignity. Good decision to drop Afridi, I think he will perform good in T20 to show selectors he still has power.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

It's time for Afridi to go home, he is too old for cricket. moreover his recent form just make it more worst than ever... Good Bye Afridi

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

Imran Farhat back again is beyond my understanding

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

definitely shahid Afridi well player of Pakistan teem.he without N't ODI squad

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Hello mr. Qasim Iqbal u are dreaming or what? Afridi is out and Imran farhat in? what is going on in selection panel , i think that ilyass is out of PCB now so why still imran farhat is in Pakistan team? please reconsider ur Faislaaaaa pls bring Afridi in and return Farhat back to Mohammed Ilyaass

Posted by Jamalis on (December 10, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

my t20 squd: Hafeez, Ahmed shehzad, nasir jamshed, umar akmal, kamran akmal, shoaib malik, shahid afridi, saeed ajmal, gul, junaid khan, sohail tanvir (well we miss one fast batting allrounder jst like razzaq who should be in place of tanvir)

my odi squad: hafeez, nasir jamshed, azhar ali, misbah, umar akmal/ haris sohail, kamran akmal, saeed ajmal, gul, junaid, anwar ali/wahab riaz, zulfiqaar babur (unfortunately, v didnt have fast bowling batting allrounder like razzaq so v have to use riaz in that place)

Posted by abdullahiqbal on (December 10, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

1daysquade:-jamshad,hafeez,younos,azhar,kamran,umar,shoail,misbah,ajmal,juniad,gul/wahab T20 squade:-jamshed,hafeez,sohail,kamran,umar,anwar,afridi,shahzad,gul,ajmal,cheema

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:03 GMT)

Time and time again the selector's fall over Imran FART....why oh why!!!! It shud have been Ahmed Shezad in his place and the world knows it. He did just make a 100 in a T20 tournament or are the selectors again turning a blind eye. Shoaib Malik should not be in the T20 team whatsoever, he suspect even in the One Dayers. Should have been Abdul Razzaq. Another good selection for the games except my 2. I think we should win both T20 and One Dayers. India are on a low, low ebb at the moment, I think even Zimbabwe could beat them. Good LUCK PAKISTAN

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

I've been watching the Faysal Cup. Afridi has in no way earned a place. He is terrible.

And where is Hammad Azam?

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

Since we have these players to choose lets choose a team ODI squad: Hafeez, nasir, haris, younus, misbah, umar, kamran, wahab, gul, ajmal, junaid Any comments ??

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

i dont unstnd the selection?? razzak , asad shafiq and kamran hussain should be there in ODIs, and Imran nazir has to be there in the place of Imran farhat in t20s..bad selection..afridi has to be drop from both formats coz he needs some rest ..He is a tiger and will come back soon..Bad selection of captain..Azhar ali or yunus khan has be captain of ODIs, Azhar Ali as a captain in ODIs and Test ..He is good acid for pakistan as well long term policy..

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

Dear friend Imran farhat is been good and scoring runs, i dont know why Ali waqas is not playing in the squad I agree dropping Shahid as he has not been good with his bowling and batting

Posted by Extraz on (December 10, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

Imran PARCHI again in the team what is wrong with the selectors!...anwar ali should have been in t20s rather than the one dayers,Sharjeel Khan should have been there in place of imran Parchi!!...looks like india gonna win both the odi and t20 series.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

t20 is good but ODI squad is not good

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

ODI XI : Mohd Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Anwar Ali, Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal.

This is the best combination i could come up with for the ODI team and having only 5 bowlers against batting line-up of India is the worst thing selectors really made a bad call for this one!

T20 XI : Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohd Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal.

This is the best combination for the T20 team and i think for this squad the selectors did a great job!

Posted by Jamalis on (December 10, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

those who are wondering about why raza hassan and asad shafiq not in list, they are injured...:(

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

What poor selection, Younis Khan.... Please Forgive the fans of Pakistan.. Seriously we cant tolerate u any longer.... I simply cannot digest y younis khan after his epic failur in UAE against Australia..... Y not Asad Shafiq...

Posted by siddhartha87 on (December 10, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

The squad looks good.But still bringing in some youngster instead of Farhat would have been better. Farhat and Hafeez will give solid start s but here in Indian pitches you need at least one explosive opener

Posted by X.2. on (December 10, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

my odi team shoud be : 1-Nasir Jamshed, 2-Muhammad Hafeez, 3-Younis Khan/Azhar Ali, 4-Misbah ul haq, 5-Kamran Akmal, 6-Umar Akmal, 7-Umer Gul, 8-Saeed Ajmal, 9-Junaid Khan, 10-Wahab Riaz, 11-Zulfiqar Babar

my t20 team should be: 1-Nasir Jamshed, 2-Muhammad Hafeez, 3-Ahmed Shehzad, 4-Umar Akmal, 5-Kamran Akmal 6-Shahid Afridi, 7-Shoaid Malik, 8-Saeed Ajmal, 8-Junaid Khan, 9-Sohail Tanvir, 10-Umer Gul, 11-Zulfiqar Babar/Muhammad Irfan/Asad Ali

Posted by Htc-Android on (December 10, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

I dont understand? Why do india plays 2 meaningless bilateral ODI series. one with pakistan and one with england. Instead of this why cant they make a triangular series with all 3 teams playing. That would make an exciting tournament, with each team fighting for the cup.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

This is the first time I'am happy with the squad. But few objections ANWAR ALI, IMRAN FARHAT, KAMRAN AKMAL in the ODI squad.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

Considering the impact Afridi had in the World Cup, contested in India, I guess Selectors have missed the trick by dropping him from the ODI Squad.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

For all those asking y raza hasan and asad shafiq not selected, they both are injured. So just ask y Imran Farhat ??

Posted by K.A.K on (December 10, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

Shahid Afridi should have been playing in BBL. Big mistake by Afridi / PCB.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

Thank God. Although I'm not sure why is Afridi retained for the T20 squad? I suppose he can be given one more chance in T20 and hopefully he comes through.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

Good wake up call for afridi weak odi squad younis khan misbah and azhar ali will constitute middle order afraid we will b able to score even @4 rpo in middle overs i.e decisive phase of odi cricket

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

why cant imran nazir abdul razaak and shaid afridi not included in squad one day squad

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

Why imran farhat , he has been given many chances ,shows no talent but he is stil included in ODI squad

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

Razzak should be included in One day atleast he deserves a chance :( and afridi fans don't be upset afridi have not performed well from last 6 months he will be back in team after he gets his form back overall good selection but again razzak should be in the ODI and also in T20 squad !

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

Just now Faysal Bank T-20 Cup finished..... top scorer Ahmed Shehzad is there but selectors should also give chance to Imranullah Aslam (262 runs) and Naved Malik (239 runs).they had shown good performance in the tornament. while in bowling line up Kamran Hussain (12 wkts) was also remarkable.i don't know why selectors don't give chance to new faces????why stick with old faces???

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

Wow! This is the team that Basit Ali predicted! He had full confidence that with Ejaz But era over, and with Iqbal Qasim being selector, this would be the team e.g. Ahmed Shahzad HAD to be in ODI and Younis and Misbah HAD to be in ODI. Shahid Afridi SHOULD be given a chance in T20 hoping to join ODI if he proves he is back in form. A team on 100% merit? Who would have thought except Basit Ali.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

Well the team is selected on the basis of recently concluded T-20 tournament and I think a despite of one to two players the selection is authentic!!! Haris Sohail is a good inclusion....Raza Hasan has to be there but dun Know y he is out!! Ehsan Adil a good left armer is missed this time again!!! Afridi exclusion is authentic too...he is not performing with the bat...In ODI u need a solid batsman at number six!!!Rather than a bowling allrounder!!

Posted by sharpdevil on (December 10, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

Good decision to drop afridi..i don't understand why Imran Farhat and kamran akmal still in team.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

Iqbal Qasim must be congratulated for picking MISBAH UL HAQ the most unsuitable player for ODI's-What is wrong with Mohammad Hafeez being captain of One Day team as well

Posted by irfan-omer on (December 10, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

very good decision of dropping afridi . but why imran farhat , y not asad shafiq instead of imran farhat . bringing ahmed shehzad is good decision .

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

poor SeleCtion no RazzaQ dere...Ahsan adil shuld b dere in place of junaid>....No afridi In Odis :( No RaazaQ :( I hope India Clean Sweps Pak

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

why razzaq is not consider in t20 and odi

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

Razzaq dropped again; for no apparent reason :/

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

No Raza hasan is a shame...Abdur rehman is out due to Ban...Asad shafiq could be replacement of Younis khan.

Posted by MJaved on (December 10, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

very poor selection .. T20 and local games are only one day games you need two or three good all rounder like Afridi, Malik and Razzaq. Imran Farhat and Wahab Riaz are questions what they did, why they are again in team....?????

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

Razzaq and Shahid Afridi dropped--Imran Farhat in the One day team biggest joke !!! by the way who is behind Imran Farhat.Ahmad Shahzad also deserved a place...What are you doing Iqbal Qasim ????

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

@m.naveed, raza and asad both are injured

Posted by ekirmani on (December 10, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

Some good points about this selection: Asad Ali, Haaris Sohail and Zulfiqar Babar. All three of them have performed consistently and strongly in the last 2 years and deserve this chance. Also Afridi dropped from ODI team is also good, as he has to regain his form (he hasnt done that yet in this domestic t20 we had)

Some bad points: Farhat, seriously? Does this person's father in law really still have that much of a say on selection matters still? How many more times is younis khan going to play in ODI's before he realizes he is too slow for the format? He should stick to tests ONLY! And the greatest pak all rounder we've had since imran khan LEFT OUT AGAIN??? (i.e Razzak), the guy won us the last match he played in!

And despite this new selections, I will guarantee you that niether of the first three I mentioned will get to play a game and rather the same old crap like tanvir and malik will play again AND lose

Posted by Rolling_in_The_Deep on (December 10, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

Dropping Afridi is not a popular decision. Its kind of a bitter pill to swallow but a very good decision. May be the guy needs a little break. His batting was absolutely trash in last 12 months or so.. The way he got out to SL in Wt20 semi final summed up his bad patch when he just hung out his bat in hope to an innocuous delivery and played on..He has the guts to bounce back and he will..

Posted by Mujji_28 on (December 10, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

Why on Earth Imran Farhat is selected again :X he will never perform and this will not be understood by selectors. Azhar Ali , Younis Khan and Misbah are not one-day material. How many more chances for Imran Farhat and Younis Khan :(

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

Positives-Asad Ali, Haris Sohail, Ahmed Shahzad, Umar Amin Negatives-Afridi left out, an opposition against whom he has scored heavily and on subcontinent condition, is not a wise call, even his form with batting is poor, with bowling he always compensates. Moreover Instead of Anwar Ali, Ehsan Adil should have been given a chance. (Asif is back in form of this guy)

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

For what he is T20s Awais Zia should be in

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

your are having series with your rivals and you are providing chance to the youngsters at this level. Not satisfied with the team selection Afridi, Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Sohail should have been selected for the ODI squad ....

Posted by getsetgopk on (December 10, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

Oh my goodness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AFRIDI is dropped and Misbah, Imran Farhat and Younus Khan are in the ODI squad??????????? This is a deliberate and blunt attempt of sidlining the most talented and experienced player in the squad, paving the way for Hafeez to take charge as captain after this series. Nepotism at its height. What has hafeez done to be in the squad to begin with, his batting average is on par with Afridi but Lala is a far more accomplished bowler than Hafeez will ever be! This is simply disgusting!

Posted by Nepalafridi on (December 10, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

afridi is still at top ten odi bowler and a all rounder at icc ranking. this is not fair with him. the world will miss him in ODI, even pakistan cricket tem and PCB will miss him.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

At least some one showed courage to drop Afridi. We are sick & tired of seeing afridi getting out within 3-4 balls. Will miss asad Shafiq.Razzaq deserved another chance.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

test team dis not an odi team. bad news

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

Given his recent performances it is not a surprise decision axing Afridi but I feel sad about Razzaq as has done well whatever limited opportunities he given.

Clearly victim of team politics.

Posted by Mujji_28 on (December 10, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

Good decision to drop afridi as he was out of form.. Sad to see Razzaq not in the team as he is the match winner. What on earth he has to do to show selectors that he is still a big threat to any team....He has performed in recent T20 cup as well.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

why Imran Farhat Ahmed Shahzad deserved for ODI too

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

very dispointment to see the squad no afridi, no razaq no Ahmad shahzad. what happening here, they picked dispointed faces again im not satisfied the slection

Posted by rf_sheran on (December 10, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

this team will be butchered by india.....

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

Where are Asad Shafiq and Raza Hassan?

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

I am surprised on the selection committee's personnel with their great calculation about chosen players; Shoaib Malik who is better for ODI, seleted in T20, Abdul Razzaq, who did well (better than others) in previous T20 tournament opted out, Azhar Ali is talented player but still only limited to ODI. Akmal brothers are justt brothers, else they run when they want to, but still with the team. Imran Farhat is useless opener n player, still occupying one place in team. Umar Amin is a talented player should be given place in ODI too.

An above to that, Hasan Raza and Asad Shafiq are injured, as of what the report says. Anyways, best of luck to the Pakistan team.

Posted by Ahtizaz on (December 10, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

afridi should have been kept out from t20s..... he is totally omnishamble.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

Where is Asad Shafiq and Raza Hassan? There last international outings were worth giving them a call.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

it would prove out to be a costly drop. In Pakistan selection is more about politics than game play, good luck then...

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

good decision dropping afridi. Razzaq should have been taken. No need for azhar ali and yunus khan in odi together. Should have been made choice between the two. try blooding in new comers and young players. otherwise we will experience the same whats happening with Team India today.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

Both Teams are well balanced but Wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal should be out in both formats. If Afridi can be excluded from ODI squad. It is easy decion to drop Kamran Akmal from both formats. We have lot of choice of talented Wicket Keepers Sarfraz Ahmed, Zulqurnain, Jamal Anwar, Said Shah, Gulraiz Sadaf, Naeem Anjum,

Posted by abid85 on (December 10, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

I can understand why afridi has not been selected but why again Imran Farhat?

Posted by UTS. on (December 10, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

em in very SAD mood due to Afridi drop desicion.....:(

Posted by smbhayi on (December 10, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

Now Pakistan will lost a lot of fans,. That sure... I'm an Indian but I always ใเкє αfяι∂ι ...

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

Will miss him, we still fear him; i can never forget his some breathtaking knocks

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

I know many pakistani fans will be dissapointed with the news, but its about time the team should stop depending on him. Now it will be interesting to see how the team will perform without their boom boom.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

I am satisfied with both squads but still feel that afridi could have been used as spinner for ODIS..InshAllah Pakistan will win both series..if not then hopefully ODI series..

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

razzaq shd hv been included................afridi's decision is fine

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik parchi per aiy hain they ar enot deserving fellows

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

Afridi end malik Dropped?? what is younis khan doing there?? POOOOR SELECTION I HOPE INDIA CLEAN SWEEP PAKISTAN!!!!!!!

Posted by DRMAC876 on (December 10, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

why not Ahmed shehzad in one day team , Anwar Ali most suited for T 20

Posted by smbhayi on (December 10, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

No afridi... Damn it... I will miss him... After a long way I can now support team india...

Posted by Mian.Invader on (December 10, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

what in the world are selectors thinking, yes i agree afridi is having the leanest patch of his career, but he is still better than imran farhat, am not expecting anything from afridi with the bat, but with the ball he is very good. and my oh my, Abdul Razzaq has been dropped again. either it should have been afridi or abdul razzaq instead of imran farhat.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

Afridi must have been in the squad, they are taking a rookie team to a hostile territory,

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

this is not fair with him he,s a good player

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

Big Mistakes By Dropping RazzaQ

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

Daring step indeed. But its gonna help Pakistan in her cause!

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (December 10, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

Imrsn Farhat.... Why.... Wby.... Ahmed Shehzad has just top scored in the T20 comp, in fine form and yet Farhat gets chosen again. He won't play. He never does. But he just fills a position up that sbould have been given to a younger, better player. Disappointed to see Younis Khan back, he's not an ODI player. Plenty of middle order batsmen who could take his place.The team has enough experience even without him, so no need to take him along for the experience.

Posted by PAKISTANiLive on (December 10, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

oh! AFRIDI , the biggest entertainer, dropped from ODI squad, and will play only T20s , sad!

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

Very sad decision afridi malik always play good against india.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

good side!!!!!!!!!!1111 great selection

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

Bad Selection. . .Abdul Razzaq must be included.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

Afridi drop??? million $$ drop

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