May 20, 2013

'We've got a good bowling attack for English conditions'

Interview by Jo Harman
Mohammad Hafeez's resurgence, after three years in international wilderness, symbolises that of his team
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The last time Pakistan were competing for an ICC trophy on these shores they were written off after losing two of their opening three fixtures in the 2009 World Twenty20, before sparking into life and going on to win the thing, with the mercurial Shahid Afridi leading from the front with bat and ball.

In the four tumultuous years that have passed since, Pakistan have become a very different beast, but they are no less dangerous. Afridi is a fading force and the team is now characterised by the canny leadership of Misbah-ul-Haq, and his cerebral right-hand man, Mohammad Hafeez. It's no longer a case of Boom Boom or bust. This new rejuvenated Pakistan is much more street-smart than that.

Misbah will lead his country in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy but as he approaches his 39th birthday it won't be too long before his heir apparent succeeds him. It's a remarkable rise considering Hafeez spent three years in the international wilderness between 2007 and 2010, and his resurgence symbolises that of his team, who remain unable to play in front of their home fans but have nonetheless emerged from the chaos as a force to be reckoned with.

Pakistan have been steady in ODI cricket over the last couple of years, winning eight of their last 12 series. How do you rate your chances in the ICC Champions Trophy? Can you prosper in English conditions?
Some of our players are new to the side but most of the team have already been to England quite often. When we last came to England, in 2010, we had a good ODI series, and we always get good support from the crowd. So yes, there is no doubt that at the moment we have a good balance in the side and we have a really good chance to do well in this tournament. We've got a good bowling attack for the conditions.

Left-arm quick Junaid Khan has been getting rave reviews, from Wasim Akram no less. Is he a bowler you're expecting big things from?
With the new ball Junaid Khan and the new sensation Mohammad Irfan - with his great height - are something very special in our side and they are the impact bowlers. The new rule change means that there is a new ball from each end, and we're really looking forward to them putting in some good performances in England, like they have done in the last two series against India and South Africa.

Then we are blessed with some very great spinners in our side, like Saeed Ajmal - one of the very, very best in the world. So we really think we have a very good bowling attack that can give a tough time to any opposition in the world.

In the batting department your opening partner Nasir Jamshed looks an exciting prospect. Just how big a talent is he?
He is absolutely fantastic to watch. The key thing about him is that he always tries to play good cricket shots, so I rate him as an opener very well and he is really doing a great job for Pakistan over the last year or so. I think he will have a very good chance to prove himself in English conditions too. I personally feel that he can do well in any condition because he's a very good technical player and he's got all the range of shots. I'm looking forward to his big performances in England.

Are you confident he can translate his ODI form into Test cricket?
He has definitely got the technique and you can't judge anyone's future on one or two opportunities. He didn't do well in South Africa earlier this year, but I personally feel that he can develop himself and become one of the very best in the world.

Pakistan's match against India at Edgbaston is a standout fixture in the ICC Champions Trophy group stage. Is there always an extra determination to do well against India?
Yeah, it is always special to have India as the opposition. We are looking forward to that match but we will play every match in the tournament with passion. There is no doubt that the crowd against India will be electric. I love that. I can already hear the sound; I can picture the electrifying moments…

Having not had the opportunity to play international cricket in Pakistan since 2009, it must be an exciting prospect to play in front of such a partisan and enthusiastic crowd in England...
To be very honest, for the last three and a half years we have been struggling. We are facing this very difficult situation. I always praise my team-mates for the fact that under lots of difficult situations they are performing well around the world. We have not had home territory for three and a half years; we have not been in home conditions, but still the team has been working hard, as a team, as a unit, and the captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, is doing a great job. We really want cricket to come back to Pakistan as soon as possible - the chairman and the board are really working hard on it and the team and the nation know that their mission is to get cricket in Pakistan. I'm sure very soon teams will visit Pakistan again.

"There is no doubt that the crowd against India will be electric. I love that. I can already hear the sound"

What would winning the ICC Champions Trophy mean to fans back in Pakistan?
Pakistan is a great nation, a great cricketing nation. The people love their cricket. They are looking forward to this tournament and they want Pakistan to do well. We have been trying to do well in the 50-over format in order to go on and win this tournament.

It's been a turbulent few years for Pakistan cricket, on and off the field, but things appear to be more settled now. Is that the feeling in the dressing room? Is there a renewed sense of unity?
As I mentioned earlier, over the last three years we'd had some very difficult situations, on and off the ground. We had to fix our image. Pakistan is a great nation, Pakistan is a great cricketing nation as well. So for the last couple of years we have been working with each other very well. We have been supporting each other very well. From a difficult situation we have gelled very well as a team. We knew that we had to do something very special to bring the right image to Pakistan cricket, and the whole team and the management is working hard on that.

How good can this current Pakistan side go on to become?
I think you can see there is experience. We always have some of the very best bowlers and we have a tremendous unit. Wherever we go, we don't have the home territory, we don't have the home conditions, but we still get good results for Pakistan. I think this team can emerge into a very good team. There are some newcomers in the side - like Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Nasir Jamshed - and this team can gel very, very well in the future.

You're now ranked the fourth-best ODI bowler in the world, according to the ICC rankings. Do you see yourself as a genuine allrounder, or is your responsibility still primarily as a batsman?
To be very honest I always see my responsibility as a batsman but whenever I'm in the field I always behave like a proper bowler. I never try to do too much with my bowling, I have some limitations and I know that, so I always stick to the basics, and it's been working for me for the last two or three years. I feel that I've found good consistency. I try to stay economical for my team and pick up the odd wicket.

What do you mean when you say you have limitations in your bowling?
Saeed Ajmal has his doosra and many different varieties. I don't have those, to be honest. So I know my limitations, I don't try to do something special, because I know I'm a very different type of bowler. I use my skills to do the basics right.

As an opening batsman, is your role primarily to set a platform or is there an onus on you to make the most of the Powerplays?
There is not too much pressure on me to make the most of the Powerplays. For the last three years I've had to give a solid start to my team. It is key as an opener to see off the new ball and my role is to play long innings for my country.

In recent times you've gone from being a bit-part player who was in and out of the side to becoming one of Pakistan's most influential cricketers. How have you developed as a player over the last few years?
You never know about your future, but when I was out of the team in 2007 to 2010, those three years were very crucial for me. I had to work hard at domestic level, and I realised that at the top level you require good technique and if you've got a good technique then you can survive. So I really worked on my technique in those three years. I'm still working on it but for the last three years since I came back into the side, it's been working for me.

Your team-mates know you as "The Professor". Where did that nickname come from?
It's funny. I always stick with logic, I always try to get the details of the thing and I always try to go about my business in a positive way. So this is just the name that's come from that and I really love that. I'm happy with it!

The growth of T20 has led some to say that 50-over cricket is living on borrowed time. Does 50-over cricket still have a role to play in the modern era?
I'm more concerned about Test cricket. T20 has grown quickly and is an exciting format but I think Test cricket should always be looked after really well. In only a couple of countries people come and watch Test cricket, in the rest they don't, and this is something that must be looked after.

Is 50-over cricket a format the players still enjoy?
There is no doubt that the 50-over format allows you to equip yourself with a good technique and take your time, but T20 is all about just getting on with it. So I think 50 overs is a good format for cricket, but too many rule changes is a concern for me. Whatever changes are made, it should be for a certain period of time, not changed every six months. Too many things have been changed, and I think this is the major concern for me in ODIs. Whatever the changes the ICC want to make, they should remain for two years or five years and not quickly be changed.

This article was first published in the May 2013 issue of All Out Cricket magazine. Click here for All Out Cricket's latest subscription offers

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  • sherishahmir on May 20, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    Hafeez is a good all round cricketer and can lead the team after the Misbah departure. He needs to work on his technique while playing longer versions of tests and ODIs in South Africa, Australia and England, on flat tracks like India, Sri Lanka, Bangadesh and against weaker sides of West Indies, Newzealand and Zimbabwe he is fine which is not enough for a player of his experience. Pakistan still has a deficiency of good batsman and keeper which is the main problem of Pakistan cricket. Lack of opportunities to Fawad Alam, Hamad Azam and many more are the questions remain unanswered, overall chances of Pakistan in Champion trophy are reasonably good, teams like SAfrica and Australia are still look good in English conditions to win this tournament.

  • raorizwan on May 23, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Yes Fantastic Bowling attack, We saw a trailer today :) outstanding Defense against Ireland . Love it

  • crazycricketfan4life on May 23, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    My pick for the last Champions Trophy is Pakistan. They have one of the best bowling attacks in the world up there with England and South Africa and if their batting can not fall apart like they do in Test Matches they can give everyone a run for their money. I picked WI to win the WorldT20 before the tournament began and a lot of people found it ridiculous, hope I am not left to look ridiculous this time.

  • Haleos on May 23, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    How about your batting Mr hafeez? Your batsman are clueless in all conditions. Your bowlers may win you matches but one day for them and you loose.

  • on May 22, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    his very place in team is questionble......scoring once in 0 innings dosent help his attitute.... while he defnitly talks like a proffesor, but he dosent bat like proffesor.....scoring less than 40 runs in 6 test innings and failing misreably aganist styne n cos moving ball is no more a secret.....batting in one dayers wass also a complete flop show.....just one t 20 innigs cudnt justify his place.....but alas it is pakistan were taleted people like yousaf cant find place n mediocre n inconssitent players get forgranted place

  • Desihungama on May 21, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    @Stark62 - May be you didn't read my comments carefully. I wished for Yousaf/Younis inclusion for England Tour only. You and I know well how ball swings in England. I play league cricket in USA and it;s in no way equivalent to first class cricket but there are plenty of good players and trust me no one can play swing bowling here either. These Hafeez's, Umar Amin's, Asad's, Nasir's will all be found wanting in English conditions. Sure Yousaf may be old but trust not me but your own self that he knows how to play a swing ball.

  • itismenithin on May 21, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    I think Pakistan is the team to watch out for in this Champions trophy even though they are not the favourites to win it. The players are relatively fresh since they are not involved in IPL and wouldn't have picked any of the bad habits that you get playing T20. They always had a good bowling attack and if they can put up a decent batting performance they will be a force to reckon with. Perhaps they could take a leaf out of their 99 wc performance in england.

  • on May 21, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    In the Champions Trophy, Indian national team will show its solidarity with Delhi Daredevils. By occupying the same position, as DD at the end of the IPL league phase!

  • mzm149 on May 20, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    @gsingh7: With worst bowling attack of all and batsmen who perform once in a while and that too on flat tracks, India is the favorite for the tournament? WOW!! Junaid Khan, Irfan and Saeed Ajmal are ready for action replay of December 2012.

  • ahabib on May 20, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Hafeez was out of the team from 2007-10 for a reason. Although he is a somewhat improved player, he is still weak and his place in the side can be questioned, especially in test cricket. Until he can show some performance with the bat, it may be better for him to not talk too much.

  • sherishahmir on May 20, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    Hafeez is a good all round cricketer and can lead the team after the Misbah departure. He needs to work on his technique while playing longer versions of tests and ODIs in South Africa, Australia and England, on flat tracks like India, Sri Lanka, Bangadesh and against weaker sides of West Indies, Newzealand and Zimbabwe he is fine which is not enough for a player of his experience. Pakistan still has a deficiency of good batsman and keeper which is the main problem of Pakistan cricket. Lack of opportunities to Fawad Alam, Hamad Azam and many more are the questions remain unanswered, overall chances of Pakistan in Champion trophy are reasonably good, teams like SAfrica and Australia are still look good in English conditions to win this tournament.

  • raorizwan on May 23, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Yes Fantastic Bowling attack, We saw a trailer today :) outstanding Defense against Ireland . Love it

  • crazycricketfan4life on May 23, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    My pick for the last Champions Trophy is Pakistan. They have one of the best bowling attacks in the world up there with England and South Africa and if their batting can not fall apart like they do in Test Matches they can give everyone a run for their money. I picked WI to win the WorldT20 before the tournament began and a lot of people found it ridiculous, hope I am not left to look ridiculous this time.

  • Haleos on May 23, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    How about your batting Mr hafeez? Your batsman are clueless in all conditions. Your bowlers may win you matches but one day for them and you loose.

  • on May 22, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    his very place in team is questionble......scoring once in 0 innings dosent help his attitute.... while he defnitly talks like a proffesor, but he dosent bat like proffesor.....scoring less than 40 runs in 6 test innings and failing misreably aganist styne n cos moving ball is no more a secret.....batting in one dayers wass also a complete flop show.....just one t 20 innigs cudnt justify his place.....but alas it is pakistan were taleted people like yousaf cant find place n mediocre n inconssitent players get forgranted place

  • Desihungama on May 21, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    @Stark62 - May be you didn't read my comments carefully. I wished for Yousaf/Younis inclusion for England Tour only. You and I know well how ball swings in England. I play league cricket in USA and it;s in no way equivalent to first class cricket but there are plenty of good players and trust me no one can play swing bowling here either. These Hafeez's, Umar Amin's, Asad's, Nasir's will all be found wanting in English conditions. Sure Yousaf may be old but trust not me but your own self that he knows how to play a swing ball.

  • itismenithin on May 21, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    I think Pakistan is the team to watch out for in this Champions trophy even though they are not the favourites to win it. The players are relatively fresh since they are not involved in IPL and wouldn't have picked any of the bad habits that you get playing T20. They always had a good bowling attack and if they can put up a decent batting performance they will be a force to reckon with. Perhaps they could take a leaf out of their 99 wc performance in england.

  • on May 21, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    In the Champions Trophy, Indian national team will show its solidarity with Delhi Daredevils. By occupying the same position, as DD at the end of the IPL league phase!

  • mzm149 on May 20, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    @gsingh7: With worst bowling attack of all and batsmen who perform once in a while and that too on flat tracks, India is the favorite for the tournament? WOW!! Junaid Khan, Irfan and Saeed Ajmal are ready for action replay of December 2012.

  • ahabib on May 20, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Hafeez was out of the team from 2007-10 for a reason. Although he is a somewhat improved player, he is still weak and his place in the side can be questioned, especially in test cricket. Until he can show some performance with the bat, it may be better for him to not talk too much.

  • Stark62 on May 20, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    @Desihungama What planet are you living on?!?!

    Yousuf and Younis are history, along with Razzaq!!

    Younis is a fine Test player and I hope he continues in Test cricket for another 5-8 years minimum and retiring from ODI cricket will help.

    Yousuf and Razzaq have been complete failures since their return to the side and we have better quality players to replace them too but the selectors have been making HUGE blunders.

    Harris Sohail, Fawad Alam, Usman Salahuddin and Naved Yasin are more than capable of taking Yousuf and Younis' spot in the ODI line up but none of them are anywhere near the squad for some odd reason.

    Razzaq is also easily replaceable with the likes of Hammad Azam (almost perfect replacement), Mohammed Rameez or even, Anwar Ali.

  • on May 20, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    @Vaseem Siddiqi - just a different perspective from the Indian side - something we have learned over the years is to never underestimate ANY pakistan team. Even if you guys might be without the big names or stars but there always new stars in the making with the sort of talent you guys have. So i will not be surprised if Pak wins this.

  • on May 20, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    If you see raw talent wise WI and PAK are the two teams which are miles above the other countries. But I think PAK beats WI as the most talented team in the world and if they turn it on, then no other team can match them (case in point - 2009 WC). Just look at Azhar Mahmood, he is not even in their team and he is easily the best player in England, i am surprised they did not pick him over Bopara! Azhar would be the first player i would select if I was a England selector.

    This CT should be exciting - Group A has all the best teams - Pak, WI, SA and India (though we do not have a chance with the bowlers we have - Vinay, and Irfan!!).

  • Desihungama on May 20, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    I strongly believe M. Yousaf and Younis should have been part of the England tour. There is no one including Hafeez who can play swing bowling up front and I m afraid Pak will be wanting in every match and it will be hard to win from 50/4 each time. However, same conditions will allow their bowlers to run through opposition so bowlers will have to be at top and changes in bowling will define Pak's success. My top four for this tournament are S. Africa, England, Pak and W. Indies. India will be utter failure. They never perform after IPL's, they can't play swing bowling either like Pak and they have never player well in England. Australia is relegated to one man team and it's becoming a Team Clarke rather than the mercurial Aussies we know. N.Z can somewhat surprise with their bowling.

  • on May 20, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    I am afraid Hafeez is being very optimistic. I have been following TEAM PAKISTAN since 1967 and this is the worst team to visit UK since that date. The TEAM lacks world class players (exclude Ajmal and possibly Misbah). Whilst players like Hafeez (batting), Farhat, Malik and Kamran have been around for long time they are average players and have performed on an inconsistent basis. They also tend to under perform against top quality bowling. Amongst the young players in the squad the only ones I feel who have the potential are Jamshed, Junaid and possibly Wahab. With Irfan there is fitness issue and in my opinion Shafiq is not an ODI player. The other youngsters in the squad such as Umar Amin still need to demonstrate that they can play at the highest level. If I had been a selector I would have definitely included Azhar, Umar Akmal and possibly Hammad Azam in the squad of 15 instead of possibly either Farhat, Shafiq / Umar Amin and Malik. TEAM PAKISTAN will also miss Umar Gul.

  • KaptaanCricket on May 20, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    @The_Ashes:-How can you tell he failed in the match?Did you see the match?The commentator clearly said Hafeez was striking the ball cleanly and was looking good. Another thing is that,he bowled so economically that the batsmen dished out their wickets to the other bowler because they couldn't score of him.

  • imranmujtaba on May 20, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Pakistan has got best attack in all condition, they are winning matches and series for Pakistan - No doubt they are best in English condition but on other hand Pakistan has got worse batting line up in English condition. Bowlers can only win the game if batsmen do something.... no without any impact playetr on site (Afirdi, Razzaq, Hammad etc) Pakistan really look weak - no doubt Pakistan will struggle in this tournament. Hopefully, they will learn and improve in the future.

  • Hassan_U on May 20, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Hafeez the batsman has yet to setup and put a string of performances with the bat. To score once in a while doesn't help and as he said he is in the team as a batsman. He had a very very poor tour of South Africa. Its his chance to show that tour was one off. However, conditions in England will be testing so he should make most of the current games leading up to West Indies game.

    With regards to he being the next caption....I see he has similar way to Afridi. Where he has to bowl 10 overs and bat too...

    Truly said......there are far too many rules being changed in ODI. I hope ICC allow more fielders outside the circle they way it was before the new rule.

    I wish the team all the best for the tournament....its too early to say who will win it.

  • Surajdon9 on May 20, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Haffez Need to correct his technique especially on Swing & Seam Conditions..Apart from that he is more than important and valuable player..His off spin is just more than a handy....Well said lefty killer professor...

  • The_Ashes on May 20, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    He's an improved Cricketer but still average. Do not understand why he's ranked as number 1 ODI all-rounder despite his failure against a team like Scotland.

  • Farrukh.91. on May 20, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    The best chance for Pakistan will be if they win the toss, bowl first and restrict the opposition within 250; anything above 250 will be difficult to chase seein their lbatting lineup and strike rates!

  • on May 20, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    I believe he really need to improve his batting and bring some consistency. If he is unable to perform on top of the order then he should be forced to play down the order and he did there well in recent T20s in India. He is in the team because of his bowling otherwise he do not deserve a chance to be in there. Pakistan suffered a lot on many occasions because of his inconsistency. Tour of SA is a fresh example where he throw away his wicket in first few overs and then the middle order become under pressure. Pakistan needs a proper opener like Saeed Anwar and this lad is not even near to him. My suggestion would be he should play down the order as bowling all rounder and Pakistan should bring in a genuine opener not a sufferer!

  • gsingh7 on May 20, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    he is far from the mark. pak bowling is mediocre in today's world. they cant defend 200 's that their batting will put. india or aus are favourites for the tournament

  • on May 20, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Yes they have the bowling but main problem is batting. Hafeez's 2nd coming was truely a good success story. but recently he is not been good. Had some problems while opening against moving ball. because of that i think as many suggested, he should bat down the order. Kamran should open. he is worse batsman down the order than he is at top.

    Nasir is no doubt talented but seems out of form. had poor SA series and then nothing much in domestic events. midlle order also looks too thin.

    I guess they will get in malik for umar amin or asad shafiq.

    what pakistan lacks now is a genuine batting medium pace allrounder. hammad or any one else but they do need 1 to add more balance in batting.

  • Naseer on May 20, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    The professor says that I always stick with the logic, he was totally failed opener in S.Africa in ODIs and Test series, but in T20 he performed well when he came down the order, Then why he did not come down the order in Tests and ODIs when it was clear that he could not cope with new ball of styen. because the logic demanded if you could not tackle Stayen when the ball is new and pitch is fresh go down the order in the batting, face him with old ball and somewhat dries pitch, it would have been comparatively easier for him to settle in the crease. But the professor defied the logic and came up with worse possible figures.

  • on May 20, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    the guy who says pak is the team to watch out for if they do well with the bat .then it is obvious every team is there if they do well in particular section

  • on May 20, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    He is one of fav players,he is geniuse player, and i hope he will do well in upcoming champions trophy

  • ABLcric on May 20, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    I agree: 'We've got a good bowling attack for English conditions', but the issue is batting!! Specially the English condition, where the ball is swinging both in the air and off the wicket. If Pakistan bat well then they are the team to watch in CT.

  • on May 20, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    I agree with the rule changing policy , they change rules every month , its exhausting , the need to stick to some rules , experiment with them and then change ,& like a lot of fans I am just so excited about the BIG game ,PAK vs IND , its gonna be a good one , and just for the record so far PAK have won 2 out 2 in the ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY games against IND , 2004 , 2009

  • hailianpak on May 20, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Hafeez's 2nd coming has been critical to Pak's success over the last few years. He sounds good whenever he speaks and seems to me that he's got enough attributes of a good leader of the pack. I think he is the most important player of Pak team at the moment. I wish him well for his and Pak team's future.

  • hailianpak on May 20, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Hafeez's 2nd coming has been critical to Pak's success over the last few years. He sounds good whenever he speaks and seems to me that he's got enough attributes of a good leader of the pack. I think he is the most important player of Pak team at the moment. I wish him well for his and Pak team's future.

  • on May 20, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    I agree with the rule changing policy , they change rules every month , its exhausting , the need to stick to some rules , experiment with them and then change ,& like a lot of fans I am just so excited about the BIG game ,PAK vs IND , its gonna be a good one , and just for the record so far PAK have won 2 out 2 in the ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY games against IND , 2004 , 2009

  • ABLcric on May 20, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    I agree: 'We've got a good bowling attack for English conditions', but the issue is batting!! Specially the English condition, where the ball is swinging both in the air and off the wicket. If Pakistan bat well then they are the team to watch in CT.

  • on May 20, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    He is one of fav players,he is geniuse player, and i hope he will do well in upcoming champions trophy

  • on May 20, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    the guy who says pak is the team to watch out for if they do well with the bat .then it is obvious every team is there if they do well in particular section

  • Naseer on May 20, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    The professor says that I always stick with the logic, he was totally failed opener in S.Africa in ODIs and Test series, but in T20 he performed well when he came down the order, Then why he did not come down the order in Tests and ODIs when it was clear that he could not cope with new ball of styen. because the logic demanded if you could not tackle Stayen when the ball is new and pitch is fresh go down the order in the batting, face him with old ball and somewhat dries pitch, it would have been comparatively easier for him to settle in the crease. But the professor defied the logic and came up with worse possible figures.

  • on May 20, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Yes they have the bowling but main problem is batting. Hafeez's 2nd coming was truely a good success story. but recently he is not been good. Had some problems while opening against moving ball. because of that i think as many suggested, he should bat down the order. Kamran should open. he is worse batsman down the order than he is at top.

    Nasir is no doubt talented but seems out of form. had poor SA series and then nothing much in domestic events. midlle order also looks too thin.

    I guess they will get in malik for umar amin or asad shafiq.

    what pakistan lacks now is a genuine batting medium pace allrounder. hammad or any one else but they do need 1 to add more balance in batting.

  • gsingh7 on May 20, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    he is far from the mark. pak bowling is mediocre in today's world. they cant defend 200 's that their batting will put. india or aus are favourites for the tournament

  • on May 20, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    I believe he really need to improve his batting and bring some consistency. If he is unable to perform on top of the order then he should be forced to play down the order and he did there well in recent T20s in India. He is in the team because of his bowling otherwise he do not deserve a chance to be in there. Pakistan suffered a lot on many occasions because of his inconsistency. Tour of SA is a fresh example where he throw away his wicket in first few overs and then the middle order become under pressure. Pakistan needs a proper opener like Saeed Anwar and this lad is not even near to him. My suggestion would be he should play down the order as bowling all rounder and Pakistan should bring in a genuine opener not a sufferer!

  • Farrukh.91. on May 20, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    The best chance for Pakistan will be if they win the toss, bowl first and restrict the opposition within 250; anything above 250 will be difficult to chase seein their lbatting lineup and strike rates!