June 3, 2013

We'll be missing you

Could there have been a ninth team in the Champions Trophy, made up of some exciting players overlooked for different reasons?
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There is much cricketing talent to be excited about at the Champions Trophy, but plenty of men who will be frustrated not to be a part of it too. Here is an XI, picked as an ODI side in batting order, of men who would have added to the tournament. The side is based on those who were fit to play and, in theory at least, available, which is why Kevin Pietersen, Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith don't feature. Younis Khan would captain.

Virender Sehwag
Only 11 innings after his ODI world record 219, Sehwag is not considered worthy of a place in India's squad. Given his rare ability to intoxicate with his lashing blade, that is a shame for neutrals. But perhaps less so for Indian fans, frustrated by his lackadaisical fielding and footwork that has gone from being minimal to positively dormant. He also only averages 22 in ODIs in England.

Alex Hales
England have a settled ODI batting line-up, even without Kevin Pietersen's belligerence. But Hales would have offered dynamism to the top of the order, with his powerful off-side driving and ferocious thumps over midwicket. Given his international Twenty20 average of 37, an ODI opportunity cannot be too far off.

Younis Khan
Pakistan's batting retains a familiar harum-scarum feel - much could go right but even more could go wrong. So it is surprising that the solidity, unobtrusive grace and technical fortitude of Younis has been ignored, even if an average of 17 in his last 18 ODIs explains why.

Yuvraj Singh
After averaging only 20 since his comeback from cancer treatment, Yuvraj has not been granted the chance to return to the country of his audacious 69 in India's 2002 Natwest Trophy win. A poor IPL, during which Yuvraj's timing was as unfortunate as the corruption revelations which emerged in the days before the tournament final, rather vindicated the selectors' preference for realism over romance.

David Hussey
Having spent his entire career overshadowed by big brother Michael, David even had the good grace to lose his international spot just after his brother's retirement. A perception that he suffered from an overly bottom-handed technique and difficulties against the short ball always lingered, though a first-class average of 65 for Nottinghamshire and proven boundary-clearing aptitude mean he can consider himself unfortunate.

Matt Prior
Theories abound for Matt Prior's ODI mediocrity, including his orthodoxy and constant shuffling around the batting order. Yet Prior is a better player now than during his 68 ODIs, having developed his range of shots and ability to go aerial. And in English conditions his resourcefulness could provide batting insurance in a way that Jos Buttler, for all his idiosyncratic ebullience, cannot. Prior's proficiency keeping to the moving ball would have also been an asset.

Shahid Afridi
Boom Boom may have finally gone bust. Only 15 wickets in his last 21 ODIs - plus a batting average of 19 - make Pakistan's decision to ditch Afridi wholly understandable. The sense that he has mislaid his bowling zip meant Pakistan could not justify picking him in the hope of his occasional blitzes with the blade, though a 48-ball 88 against South Africa in March showed how thrilling they can be.

Andre Russell
Despite his match-turning potential with bludgeoning blade, stump-shattering yorker and zestful fielding, West Indies' battery of allrounders left no room for Russell. His ODI record - averaging 30 with the bat and 31 with the ball - suggests this is unfortunate, though his bowling can be erratic. Worcestershire, for whom Russell will play Twenty20s, may be the beneficiaries of his frustration.

Vernon Philander
He has barely been involved in South Africa's limited-overs plans, making just eight ODI appearances, but despite a very modest List A average of 35, Philander's nagging seam movement and ability to bowl the perfect length for English conditions could have been a potent weapon, especially with two new balls used.

James Pattinson
He was left out because of Australia's desire to protect him for the Ashes, but Pattinson's pace and late swing - plus the local knowledge of his brother Darren - would have increased Australia's chances of a hat-trick of Champions Trophy wins. So, too, would Ryan Harris: Australia decided to preserve his fragile body despite a record of 44 wickets from 21 ODIs at 19 apiece.

Neil Wagner
Wagner has a heart that seems almost too big for his body. And he is never knowingly light on melodramatics, with his exuberant celebrations and look of incredulity whenever an appeal is turned down. Though he is yet to play an ODI, he's also a bowler of considerable craft and must have been close to selection after an injury to fellow left-armer Trent Boult.

12th man: Akila Dananjaya
The mystique of Dananjaya - he has a googly, carrom ball and doosra - saw him elevated to Sri Lanka's World Twenty20 squad before he had even played a professional game, and he held his own admirably. Taking a 19-year-old mystery spinner to England in June might have been asking too much but Dananjaya would certainly have provided an alluring plan B.

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  • tfjones1978 on June 4, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    The fact that there is only 8 teams with no qualifiers is appaling. There should have been: ONE host + FIVE regional teams and TWO knock_out qualifying teams. This means that all 106 international teams could have played qualifers against the top side in their region with the best teams that just miss out playing in a knock-out competition to qualify. The Regional qualifiers could have been: South Asia 1 spot (eg: Aust/NZ), Asia 2 spots (eg: India/Pak/Srl), Africa/Europe/Americas 2 spots (eg: SA/Eng/WI). The last three would be final round (eg: top two teams from each region play in a six-team regional knock-outs to qualify). Knock-out competition would be played between the remaining top teams from each region that didnt qualify (eg: NZ, WI, Sril, Bang, Zimb, Ireland & Canada) for the remaining two positions.

  • on June 7, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    So what about Chris Gayle? Why wasn't he mentioned in the eleven?

  • DaisonGarvasis on June 5, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    They are dumping this tournament after this one isnt it? So who cares!!!

  • on June 5, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    Sehwag way better than vijay . But vijay In csk team.coz half indian team is csk.its garbage team play .

  • on June 4, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    i will miss umar akmal in this tournament there was alot of expectations from him when he started his carrer he's a real talent everyone knows, it was the time when he could shows the world his talent but its been a dissapointment seen him out of form for a long time all he needs is to stay on the wicket runs will flow for him but he's been giving his wicket away cheaply...

  • 504429641 on June 4, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    The 11 (or 12) make a very good team but actually they are ignored by their respective teams based on their CURRENT FORM. So, there is no use forming a team with them. I would have rather liked to form a team from players from countries other than the top 8 which are participating in the CT. That would have indicated that a team formed from rest of the countries (other than top 8) is as good as the top 8 teams itself.

  • on June 4, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Viru shud hv been picked 4 the Indian squad :/ wayy better than that vijay ... #Politics..:/

  • Pathiyal on June 4, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    i wont be surprised if this team takes the cup, beating all other participating teams. why not make a try??? :-)

  • on June 4, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Sure some of them are really gr8 players and will miss them...but most of them Yuvi will miss alot.

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on June 4, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    If Rohit Sharma keeps his place in Indian Team by his recent poor form in ODI, why Yuvi can not be in Team. What is best on Rohit. He played very well only in 2 series. That is against WI.

  • tfjones1978 on June 4, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    The fact that there is only 8 teams with no qualifiers is appaling. There should have been: ONE host + FIVE regional teams and TWO knock_out qualifying teams. This means that all 106 international teams could have played qualifers against the top side in their region with the best teams that just miss out playing in a knock-out competition to qualify. The Regional qualifiers could have been: South Asia 1 spot (eg: Aust/NZ), Asia 2 spots (eg: India/Pak/Srl), Africa/Europe/Americas 2 spots (eg: SA/Eng/WI). The last three would be final round (eg: top two teams from each region play in a six-team regional knock-outs to qualify). Knock-out competition would be played between the remaining top teams from each region that didnt qualify (eg: NZ, WI, Sril, Bang, Zimb, Ireland & Canada) for the remaining two positions.

  • on June 7, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    So what about Chris Gayle? Why wasn't he mentioned in the eleven?

  • DaisonGarvasis on June 5, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    They are dumping this tournament after this one isnt it? So who cares!!!

  • on June 5, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    Sehwag way better than vijay . But vijay In csk team.coz half indian team is csk.its garbage team play .

  • on June 4, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    i will miss umar akmal in this tournament there was alot of expectations from him when he started his carrer he's a real talent everyone knows, it was the time when he could shows the world his talent but its been a dissapointment seen him out of form for a long time all he needs is to stay on the wicket runs will flow for him but he's been giving his wicket away cheaply...

  • 504429641 on June 4, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    The 11 (or 12) make a very good team but actually they are ignored by their respective teams based on their CURRENT FORM. So, there is no use forming a team with them. I would have rather liked to form a team from players from countries other than the top 8 which are participating in the CT. That would have indicated that a team formed from rest of the countries (other than top 8) is as good as the top 8 teams itself.

  • on June 4, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Viru shud hv been picked 4 the Indian squad :/ wayy better than that vijay ... #Politics..:/

  • Pathiyal on June 4, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    i wont be surprised if this team takes the cup, beating all other participating teams. why not make a try??? :-)

  • on June 4, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Sure some of them are really gr8 players and will miss them...but most of them Yuvi will miss alot.

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on June 4, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    If Rohit Sharma keeps his place in Indian Team by his recent poor form in ODI, why Yuvi can not be in Team. What is best on Rohit. He played very well only in 2 series. That is against WI.

  • on June 4, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    you missed gambhir who is good at 1/2/3 position :)

  • somethingdifferent on June 4, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    I think Pakistan can provide more than Younis khan and Afridi in this list. Two prominent absentees are Umer Gul and Umar Akmal other than that Sri Lankan Upal Tharanga and Indian Zaheer Khan could have been included in the list.

  • on June 4, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    To BD fans - Can I remind you all that this team is selected from the teams which got qualified for the Champions trophy ? BD, Zimbabwe and associate nations are the ones who missed out, so please dont start coining the names like Shakib, and all.

  • Ranjit_sourav on June 3, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    Still Bhajji not made to this list too, its not fair..

  • swingstowin on June 3, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    I know its not relevant,but what i will miss the most is Tony Greig's voice saying 'Oh that's been hit high over the long off for a massive six!' RIP Mr. Greig

  • Shazzada on June 3, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    Sehwag/Tharanga/younas(c)/yovraj/hussey/umar akmal(wk)/afridi/Razzak/zaheer/wagner/pattinson

    This would be an ideal line up (based on those who were fit to play and, in theory at least, available) to beat any team in current CT with bench strenth of 12. Danajya 13. Sohail tanveer 14. Rahane 15. Russel

  • DaDaL0G on June 3, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    @ARFB "Compare Younis and Misbah The Captain of Pakistani Team Then Decide who can play ODIs and who cant i suggest Pakistan Should Consider Misbah for 10 Days Match Because He is Very Dangerous due to his Strike rate in Test Match Only, I am not a very Big fan of Younis but he is still better than Some of our players a Players who is Older than Bowling coach :D Such a Joke ".

    Another thing Younis Khan and Afridi Have A Category Contracts from which i Understand they are Best Players in Pakistan for Cricket , Why They are not the Part of Pakistan Team ?? Amazing System and Selection of PCB.

    i Must Say Hats off For PCB :)

  • NonStriker on June 3, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    @ ARFB Abdur Razzak is "the best all rounder Pakistan ever produced"? Sheesh.I'm not even going to tell you why that is so wrong. You can workit out for yourself.

  • Whatsgoinoffoutthere on June 3, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    @Munkeymomo: you have a point. Ryan Ten Doeschate: ineligible because he would be in his country's team if they were playing. Jesse Ryder: ineligible because - injury aside - he hasn't yet announced an intention to return to full international cricket. Kallis: ineligible because he asked to be left out. Tendulkar: ineligible because he's retired from this format. Zaheer Khan: ineligible because he's over the hill. If you want a fast bowler you'd get a better performance out of <insert name of chosen famous but deceased pace bowler here>. Harbhajan Singh: Another career/hill juxtaposition situation.

  • sysubrceq0 on June 3, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    I wud like to select a team from bottom two test sides and all associates.. Tamim, B. taylor, Shakib, razzak, chigumbara, ten doestache, o'brien brothers, ... . the above selected team is not picked from their own team so there should be no place for them as a different team.

  • Dhutugemunu on June 3, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Netherlands or other Associate team players are not included here because those teams are not even qualified for Champions Trophy.

  • on June 3, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    What about these West Indians...Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwayne Smith? I would replace Hales and Russel with these two.

    Chanderpaul has experience and can stabilize the Windies batting lineup should there be a collapse which is very highy likely if Gayle and Samuels fail. He also made a century in county cricket recently which indicates that he is used to the English conditions.

    Smith is good enough to partner with the great Sachin and start in the MI side but not good enough for the lowly ranked West Indies?

  • on June 3, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    edward jones. Simple. One for the neutral.

  • on June 3, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Well Brandon Taylor should have made this list aswell! Good behind the stumps and a useful top order/middle order batsman!

  • jackthelad on June 3, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Not one of these is worth a place in a world-challenging side.

  • on June 3, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    definitely we will miss Veeru, Gauti, KP , YK and

  • TenDonebyaShooter on June 3, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    I see that the point of the article is different, but I do think it would have been as relevant to pick an XI from Ban/Zim/the Associates and to pose the question of how such a team chosen from the best of the rest (Tamim Iqbal, Ed Joyce, Paul Stirling, Ryan ten Doeschate, Kevin O'Brien, Shakib Al Hasan, Prosper Utseya, Dirk Nannes, etc) would have done against the teams that are playing. Yorkshire-86: I see your point, but there is a different angle concerned with just how difficult England seem to find working out what comprises their best ODI team, specifically as it relates to particular positions. I saw some statistics on this site recently demonstrating the inordinate variety of wicketkeepers England have tried in ODIs over the last decade (since Stewart's retirement). The selectors still don't seem to have worked out who is the right one (witness the recent axing of Kieswetter), which is perhaps an admission that axing Prior in the first place was not necessarily the answer.

  • on June 3, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, George Dockrell, Kevin O'Brien, Trent Johnston, Alex Cusack, William Portertfield, Alex Cusack, Niall O'Brien, John Mooney, Tim Murtagh and I hav'nt missed the point of the article check out the ICC ODI player rankings. Ireland is the only country with two active all-rounders in the top ten of the rankings.

  • jedi-sith on June 3, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    One good way to bring other (non-Test-playing) countries into the game could be to have them compete to form a "best of the rest" team (or two), which could then participate in global trophies like the CT... Obviously, there are challenges-- subjective selection policies, lack of a common motivation, achieving the right balance, and management/leadership... Still, it could be a great way for players from non-cricketing countries to rise to join a global team that could pull off more than a few upsets...Whatsay?

  • BHAVIK2506 on June 3, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Players like Ryan Ten Doeschate, Shakib Al Hasan, Brendon Taylor should have been part of the list.

  • cricwar4184 on June 3, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Wow really great players. We will really miss them. They enjoyed their time. But the current situation and form of those players are demanding them to sit out. But still i used watch their game (clips). Well best of luck

  • on June 3, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Surely, Cheteshwar Pujara should be in that list

  • on June 3, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    I would only pick Pattinson and Wagner. The rest are useless.

  • on June 3, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Missing players Zaheer Khan ,Abdul Razzak,Jack Kallis

  • Munkeymomo on June 3, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    I think the people clamouring for Bangladeshi/Zimbabwean players have missed the point of the article.

  • Lovetesh on June 3, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    I think all the players mentioned here are popular and crowd pullers but are dropped for good reasons. I won't be missing them as they are not in good form. What's the point in watching out of form players struggling for runs and wickets?

  • ARFB on June 3, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Instead of Younis khan, who is not a limited overs player in any universe, you should have picked Abdurrazak. The best all rounder Pakistan ever produced.His absence would hurt Pak badly in CT.Even if they put good performance, his absence would be felt.

  • on June 3, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Thought the list was going to be about a World XI of players from teams not invited to the Champions Trophy - ie, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Ireland, Holland.

    How about Tamim Iqbal, Coventry, O'Brien, Stirling, Joyce and Ten Doeschate to start with. Everyone else fill in the gaps please

  • yorkshire-86 on June 3, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Why Prior? Tried tried and tried again, failed failed and failed again. We have two options for our ODI team, ranging from the Best team to the Test team, and are unfortunatly meandering towards the Test side, like we did in the dark ages of the late 90s and early 00s. To be a successful we need to pick less Test players and more Best players.

  • ramli on June 3, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    bANGLADESH is not in CT .. so no player from BD ... period ...

  • on June 3, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    I can't believe that Tim Wigmore and the Sri Lankan selectors left Ajantha Mendis out of the Champion Trophy team. He has one of the best figures and elite averages of all spinners in world cricket: 61 ODI's , 98 wickets, Best bowling 6/13 (in a Final) and a bowling average of 21.37. He also was the most economic bowler in the last World Cup. Very strange that he continues to be maligned by selectors and cricket journalists.

  • on June 3, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    What about Shakib and Tamim? and on his recent form, B. Taylor ?

  • asimzf on June 3, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Just saying.. shouldnt rohit sharma have been a part of this team than Indian cricket team?

  • on June 3, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    You must be joking. A spent force Afrid, a nobody russeli is in the team and Sakib the no 1 ODI all rounder is not. Or do you have the news Bangladesh playing? Similarly is Prior is better than B taylor

  • on June 3, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    good 1. and good selection . younas being captain is may be only because he is the 1 who has more experience of captaincy than afridi & sehwag,

    BUT IN OTHER WORDS THIS IS SELECTION OF RECENT FLOPS... may be crowd puller but most of these are poor recently and dropped.

  • sandy_bangalore on June 3, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    @Surya Kumar: Good sense of humour man. Robin Uthappa, Harbhajan Singh, gambhir . Flat pitch kings(who would have been sitting ducks on English wickets) and an over the hill arm roller. You might as well include rp singh, joginder sharma etc!

  • on June 3, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Mine missing 11 would be virender sehwag,yuvraj singh,abdul razzaq,shahidafridi,younus khan,alex hales,david hussey,matt prior,harbhajan singh,james pettinson and phillander...

  • on June 3, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Khan averages just 31.88 in ODI cricket, and has only managed six hundreds.

    Since 2009 he has scored 1766 ODI runs in 71 innings (four not outs), and this equates to an average in that time of 23.36.

    In the last two years he has scored just 357 runs in 18 innings (one time not out), with just one fifty. He has averaged exactly 21 in the last two years

    I won't miss him. He has been terrible in recent years especially. Far better ODI players than him. It isn't as if he bowls or is an amazing fielder either.

  • ygkd on June 3, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    I was expecting to see Zimbabwean, Bangladeshi, Dutch and Irish players getting a mention. Guess I missed the point of the article - actually, what is the point of it?

  • on June 3, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Gul cann't be included coz of knee injury , but Razzaq Ah, we miss u beauty --- a difference in Pakistan winning effort.

  • on June 3, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    my missing 11 would be: virender sehwag,gautam gambhir,kevin pieterson,yuvraj singh,david hussey,robin uthappa,shahid afridi,umar gul,neil wagner,zaheer khan,harbhajan singh.

  • on June 3, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    May be the author have considered those who were left out for reasons other than injuries. So that explains the exclusion of KP, Kallis, Smith, Gul from this team. I think Tendo and Kevin O Brien were never in contention because they represent not-top 8 countries. Gambhir is not here may be because to avoid an all-India opening pairing

  • omairhr on June 3, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Why no Tendulkar????? Blasphemy I say!

  • Xaks on June 3, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    And Also Umar Gull.... out due to knee injury!

  • TATTUs on June 3, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Kevin Obrien, Tendo , KP are the likes I wold miss. Not an ugly bat like Alex Hales.

  • ReverseSweepRhino on June 3, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    I would prefer a 9th team made up of the best players from Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Associate/Affiliate teams than a group of people dropped from their squads for underperforming.

  • ABanandAvionics on June 3, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    and how could you misses out on Yuvraj Singh in this list the man of champions trophy which made his name in champ[ions trophy of 2000 against australia

  • on June 3, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Well this is a dissapointment, Its mainly full of guys who had there chance and blew it, i thought wed see a list of people like Tendoche or Obrian. also would have liked to hear a mention of the most exciting cricketer not there through injury Jessie Ryder.

  • on June 3, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Well this is a dissapointment, Its mainly full of guys who had there chance and blew it, i thought wed see a list of people like Tendoche or Obrian. also would have liked to hear a mention of the most exciting cricketer not there through injury Jessie Ryder.

  • ABanandAvionics on June 3, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    and how could you misses out on Yuvraj Singh in this list the man of champions trophy which made his name in champ[ions trophy of 2000 against australia

  • ReverseSweepRhino on June 3, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    I would prefer a 9th team made up of the best players from Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Associate/Affiliate teams than a group of people dropped from their squads for underperforming.

  • TATTUs on June 3, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Kevin Obrien, Tendo , KP are the likes I wold miss. Not an ugly bat like Alex Hales.

  • Xaks on June 3, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    And Also Umar Gull.... out due to knee injury!

  • omairhr on June 3, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Why no Tendulkar????? Blasphemy I say!

  • on June 3, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    May be the author have considered those who were left out for reasons other than injuries. So that explains the exclusion of KP, Kallis, Smith, Gul from this team. I think Tendo and Kevin O Brien were never in contention because they represent not-top 8 countries. Gambhir is not here may be because to avoid an all-India opening pairing

  • on June 3, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    my missing 11 would be: virender sehwag,gautam gambhir,kevin pieterson,yuvraj singh,david hussey,robin uthappa,shahid afridi,umar gul,neil wagner,zaheer khan,harbhajan singh.

  • on June 3, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Gul cann't be included coz of knee injury , but Razzaq Ah, we miss u beauty --- a difference in Pakistan winning effort.

  • ygkd on June 3, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    I was expecting to see Zimbabwean, Bangladeshi, Dutch and Irish players getting a mention. Guess I missed the point of the article - actually, what is the point of it?