Pakistan in New Zealand 2010-11 January 12, 2011

Kamran, Misbah-ul-Haq in ODI squad to play NZ

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Wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal has finally returned to a Pakistan squad, picked on Wednesday for the ODI series against New Zealand. The squad for Pakistan's last assignment before the 2011 World Cup is effectively a shadow squad for the tournament; Akmal changes places with his younger brother Adnan, who misses out.

Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who played only two ODIs last year, against South Africa in the UAE before he was dropped for the final three, also returns. That means no place for the veteran Mohammad Yousuf, who has been effectively dropped from both Test and ODI cricket over the last month or so. His chances of appearing in the World Cup, at this stage, appear slim. Opener Ahmed Shehzad returns to the side, suggesting he is a serious contender for a World Cup berth.

Kamran has not been part of the national side since the summer tour of England and his absence had been surrounded by confusion, which his return does little to clear up. Speculation linking him to the spot-fixing scandal has been rife, but in October he received written clearance from the ICC stating that he had no ongoing cases against him in the ICC.. Since then, he has been scoring heavily on the domestic circuit. However, he was not "given clearance" to play the Tests and Twenty20s in New Zealand by the PCB's integrity committee, which did not provide details about why that decision was taken.

The 19-year-old Shehzad, who made a promising debut last year against Australia in the Middle East, played all three Twenty20 games against New Zealand, scoring 83 runs at an average of 27.66 and a strike-rate of 150.90, with a top score of 54.

Misbah made 14 and 17 in his two ODIs against South Africa and did not feature in the Twenty20 games against New Zealand. Shahid Afridi has been retained as captain. Pakistan will play six one-dayers against the hosts, with the first game taking place in Wellington on January 22.

Pakistan ODI squad: Shahid Afridi (capt), Muhammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal (wk), Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Umer Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Abdul Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Umer Gul, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanveer, Tanveer Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad

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  • on January 15, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    He is just awesome in middle order line up ..... but no one can understand PCB :(:(

  • PakoP on January 15, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    "IGNORED"??? very bad choice of word for this Great batsman, Media is after PCB, u can tell just by the words !!!

  • on January 14, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    Mohammed Yousuf should be in ..... need his skill to win WC .... new players are doing well but he is better then Younis Khan / Misbah - Pakistan need in form to win WC ...

    Younis is hopeless in ODI - has ever Younis ever won ODI for Pakistan??? perhaps 6-7 times out of 200 ............ we have to take match winner in good shape and form into WC - Series against NZ is last opportunity!!

  • CricketChat on January 14, 2011, 22:44 GMT

    Yousuf should finally retire. PCB and team clearly spoke this time that he is no longer required in the team. I think he had his time in Cricket which no longer seems to be his top priority in life.

  • cric_is_life on January 14, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    misbah could do well in the odi squad but is more a test player and kamran ..good batsman, but could do some better keeping, still good enough to play... win or lose as long as they play well and do there best

  • Afridipak on January 14, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Pakistan has got a good team for the WC but we miss AMIR a lot but sohail tanvir Is a good bowler if he pitch the ball in the good areas Is going to be very tuff for the batsman but in the WC the most important thing Is going to be the batting and fielding not the bowling because we have gul, akhtar ,S tanvir, w riaz, and tanveer ahmed who can swing the ball very Well

  • bharath74 on January 14, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Miandad arguing with Waqar over his duties, will the infighting ever end? when will Pak team and management become stable?????? One step forward and two steps back pretty much has been the story of Pak Cric ever since my childhood. As an cricket lover i would like to see a controversy free management & team.

  • on January 14, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    they should have taken Mohammed Yousuf!!!very surprising that a senior and a deserving player wasnt taken in the squad....

  • InshafDeen on January 14, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    The squad seems to be ok. But they should include Taufeek instead of shehzad. My first 11 choice would 1. Hafees 2. Kamran 3. Asad shafeek 4. Younis 5. Misbah 6. Afridi 7.Razzak 8. umar Akmal 9. Abdul rahman 10. Wahab riaz 11. Shohail Tanveer. Akhtar and Gul need more practices. these two guys always tend to loose the concentration and recent tours misplaces the length.In my first 11 choice the side opts 3 fast bowlers wahab, tanveer, razzak and 3 spinners rahman, afridi, hafees. Younis can be utilizes as an optional.

  • dmqi on January 14, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    Yusuf is a better player to score runs and yunus is a better fielder, plus some bowling. They should have both in the 50 over games. Against quality bowling new players may not prove very useful. But you need to give them chance too. They should consult Imran for the best combination, but in Pakistan that culture is missing. Afridi is not scoring, so his position will become delicate in the team. Misbah should be the captain in ODI too. Afridi for T20 only. All hope is Kamran Akmal does not drop vital catches, because one drop chance will decide the game. Zulkarnain was better.

  • on January 15, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    He is just awesome in middle order line up ..... but no one can understand PCB :(:(

  • PakoP on January 15, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    "IGNORED"??? very bad choice of word for this Great batsman, Media is after PCB, u can tell just by the words !!!

  • on January 14, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    Mohammed Yousuf should be in ..... need his skill to win WC .... new players are doing well but he is better then Younis Khan / Misbah - Pakistan need in form to win WC ...

    Younis is hopeless in ODI - has ever Younis ever won ODI for Pakistan??? perhaps 6-7 times out of 200 ............ we have to take match winner in good shape and form into WC - Series against NZ is last opportunity!!

  • CricketChat on January 14, 2011, 22:44 GMT

    Yousuf should finally retire. PCB and team clearly spoke this time that he is no longer required in the team. I think he had his time in Cricket which no longer seems to be his top priority in life.

  • cric_is_life on January 14, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    misbah could do well in the odi squad but is more a test player and kamran ..good batsman, but could do some better keeping, still good enough to play... win or lose as long as they play well and do there best

  • Afridipak on January 14, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Pakistan has got a good team for the WC but we miss AMIR a lot but sohail tanvir Is a good bowler if he pitch the ball in the good areas Is going to be very tuff for the batsman but in the WC the most important thing Is going to be the batting and fielding not the bowling because we have gul, akhtar ,S tanvir, w riaz, and tanveer ahmed who can swing the ball very Well

  • bharath74 on January 14, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Miandad arguing with Waqar over his duties, will the infighting ever end? when will Pak team and management become stable?????? One step forward and two steps back pretty much has been the story of Pak Cric ever since my childhood. As an cricket lover i would like to see a controversy free management & team.

  • on January 14, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    they should have taken Mohammed Yousuf!!!very surprising that a senior and a deserving player wasnt taken in the squad....

  • InshafDeen on January 14, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    The squad seems to be ok. But they should include Taufeek instead of shehzad. My first 11 choice would 1. Hafees 2. Kamran 3. Asad shafeek 4. Younis 5. Misbah 6. Afridi 7.Razzak 8. umar Akmal 9. Abdul rahman 10. Wahab riaz 11. Shohail Tanveer. Akhtar and Gul need more practices. these two guys always tend to loose the concentration and recent tours misplaces the length.In my first 11 choice the side opts 3 fast bowlers wahab, tanveer, razzak and 3 spinners rahman, afridi, hafees. Younis can be utilizes as an optional.

  • dmqi on January 14, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    Yusuf is a better player to score runs and yunus is a better fielder, plus some bowling. They should have both in the 50 over games. Against quality bowling new players may not prove very useful. But you need to give them chance too. They should consult Imran for the best combination, but in Pakistan that culture is missing. Afridi is not scoring, so his position will become delicate in the team. Misbah should be the captain in ODI too. Afridi for T20 only. All hope is Kamran Akmal does not drop vital catches, because one drop chance will decide the game. Zulkarnain was better.

  • on January 14, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    Just announced the Pakistan team for one day series against Black caps but Muhammad Yousuf is missing...! oh..what a surprise....he definitely needed for Pakistan for the forthcoming series against New Zealand and the ICC World cup as well. He must want to manage the middle order and still he is the backbone of the Pakistan Batting lineups.

  • fisher2 on January 13, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    it s not gonna be a walk in the park for Pakistan where is Fwad Alam he should have been in the team at least sub continent pitches will favor Pak batsmen

  • on January 13, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    pakistan won the match,,,,,,,

  • ilaam on January 13, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    every body knows pakistan is a great team and they have potential 2 beat any team in the world.pakistan have produced some great legends like imran,inzamam,zaheer abbas,mohammad yousuf and many more.the selectors r makin big mistake by not adding a class batsman like yousuf rigt before the world cup but i still believe pakistan with out yousuf can win each and every game but with yousuf in the team the probability of winnin the match is much more.ALL PAKISTANIS ALWAYS PRAY FOR PAKISTAN CRICKT TEAM AND ESPECIALLY 4 THE COUNTRY

  • khalidSami on January 13, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    It is a well balanced side and Selectors deserve credit. Unfortunately, Yousuf in his current form and fitness does not deserve a place. Good to see Misbah in the side, he along with Younus should serve as anchor for the side. Misbah as VC should be a great asset to Afridi during the game on field placements and bowling, hope that all concerned do not consider him as Afridi's contender. Therefore, it will be wise for the Board to nominate Afridi as WC captain now, so as to remove all politics in this matter.

  • on January 13, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    i agree with you iftikhar alam yes m yousuf is the best choice to stable the team when it falling of wickets and as well as he is great batsman for pak team and if they add imran nazir as a opner its very good for pk crick team

  • Afridipak on January 13, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Go to see k.akmal back my WC squad Is 1Ahmed Shahzad 2 hafeez 3 Younis 4umar akmal 5 misbah 6 afridi(c) 7 kamran(wk) 8 razzaq 9 asad shafiq 10 w. Riaz 11 s.tanvir 12 s.ajmal 13 Abdul rehman 14 gul 15 shoaib akhtar with this team Pakistan can do back the memories of 1992 WC

  • Imranghumman on January 13, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    4 regular batsmen, 4 regular bowlers (three fast at least), two all-rounders and one keeper, that will make a perfect team, out of all these players OPENERS: Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez (If plays in place of Razzaq otherwise Kamran Akmal) MIDDLE ORDER BATSMEN: 3-Younis Khan, 4-Asad Shafiq, 5-Umar Akmal/Misbah WICKET KEEPER BATSMAN: 6-Kamran Akmal (If Hafeez Plays in place of Razaq and he opens) ALL ROUNDERS: 6-7-Shahid Afridi, 7-Razak (If Hafeez does not play and Kamran Opens then Afridi at # 6 and Razak at # 7 otherwise Afridi must play at # 6 or 7 and no place for Razak). SPINNER: 8-Abdul Rehman/Saeed Ajmal (If Saeed Ajmal plays he will be at #10) FAST BOWLERS: 9-Wahab Riaz, 10-Umar Gul, 11-Shoaib Akhtar (If Hafeez plays in place of Razak then 3 spinners and 3 faster bowlers, if Razak plays then 2 spinners and 3 fast bowlers 1 medium pacer)

  • ballaybaaz on January 13, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    i have one thing to say ....we can't afford to be on the backfoot and win the world cup..just in thr last 20/20 pak went from 80 some runs for 1 to 115 for 4 or 5 wickets..Younis,Misbah,Yousuf are all classy players but they will do real good in test cricket.. we have to play smart attacking cricket where every deserving ball should go over to the fence..we have the young guns to do so but we are missing IMRAN NAZIR .With Afridi, Razzak, Umar , Hafeez, there is no target which Pak cannot achieve. Inclusion of Imran will strengthen the top order ...

  • Afridipak on January 13, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    Good move to bring back kamran akmal my WC squad Is 1ahmed shehzad 2 hafeez 3younus khan 4 umar akmal 5 misbah 6 asad shafiq 7 wahab riaz 8 sohail tanvir 9 afridi(c) 10 razzaq 11 kamran 12 gul 13 ajmal 14 rehman 15 azhar ali

  • JunaidQamar on January 13, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    At some point in time Pakistan will find itself some 35-40 runs short plus some experience to serve as the backbone of our batting line-up. We are going to regret it later. Bring back Yusuf.

  • on January 13, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    hey guys, dropping yousuf is going to pay for your team, is a standard batsaman oohh i dnt know u guys always believing in hard hitters, they r not going to win match every time, anyway i have sme respected players in this team like abdul razzaq he is a star. but if they play united as team is good other wise stop day drreaming winning the world cup 20011.

  • on January 13, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    My WC Team is 1,Kamran. 2,Hafeez. 3,Ahmed Shehzad. 4,Younis Khan/Misbah. 5,Umar Akmal 6,Asad Shafeeq. 7,Razaq. 8,Afridi. 9,Rehman/Ajmal. 10,Gull/Wahab . 11,Shoaib That sums up with 5 Batsman 3 All Rounders and 3 Bowlers.

  • on January 13, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    I think Yousuf is very intelligent batsman and should not be ignored in WC squad. 1.Mohammad Hafeez 2.Kamran Akmal 3.Younus 4.Yousuf/Misbah(only 1 batsman in one match) 5.Omer Akmal/Asad Shafiq(Depends on performance) 6.Abdul Razzaq 7.Shahid Afridi 8.Wahab Riaz 9.Saeed Ajmal/Abdur Rehman(only one spinner in one match) 10.Umer Gul/Sohail Tanveer or Taveer Ahmed( on the basis of performance) 11.Shoiab Akhter These are 15 players for WC. PCB should give chance to these players on the basis of performance. If they will play consistently they will improve their performance. And if this team script will continue so no doubt Pakistan will cover1st spot.

  • on January 13, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    This is the time to show the world that Asian Nation can be fight with the other nation to take the crown of WC-2011 ......

  • asadkum on January 13, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA ................................................................. So far based upon the available players; it looks good. I guess yousuf is ignored due to his recent bad form. All the best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • asraruwant on January 13, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    If Pak wants to Win the worldcup they shud do something different and i really believe Afridi should open with Hafeez. Afridi is a reckless batter and if he bats at 6 or 7 when it is a matter of win or loose then you cant rely on him, but if he opens and stays there for 30-40 balls he can give pakistan a good start and even if he fails while opening still pakistan will have 6 more batsman's to follow and its not the end of the world for pakistan in that match. It will be more painful to see Afridi fail when pakistan need 100 runs from 80 balls than it wud when he gets out caught at mid off on the first ball of the match. I wud prefer to see pakistan 0-1 with afridi gone on 0 than to see afridi get out scoring 8 runs from 2 balls at a very critical time in the match. Hence my batting order will be 1)Afridi 2) Hafeez 3) Younis 4)Yousuf 5) Misbah 6) Umar Akmal 7) Kamran Akmal 8) Razzaq 9) Wahab Riaz 10) Umar Gul 11) Shoaib Akhtar.

  • on January 13, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Misbah's addition is shocking; probably to ease Butt sb while he exchanges quick fire with Afridi.

  • on January 13, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    I Think that, Ahmad Shehzad would be the right choice to open the batting,he is technically good.

  • on January 13, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    thats nice to c Kamran Akmal again

  • ADMAP on January 13, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Dropping M.Yousuf was on the card, did he play any match since his recurrance of his injury in Dxb, not a single competitive game,not even during Domestic season, automatically means no one can judge his fitness, frankly it means he has not played any quality cricket since last One Day match against England on 22nd Sep '10. If Yuosuf wants to play on the highest level he has to show his intention & fitness, no doubt his experience /Stats are far superior but since scoring a fifty in the Oval test, he was unable to make any significant contribution in last 11 innings at his age he has to prove his form & fitness,rather play as a passenger, it will be better to give a chance to youngster who can last 100 Overs in one day match. Yousuf still have chance time untill 31st Jan to prove his fitness, in Pakistan cricket everything is possible.

  • UFK123 on January 13, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    Muhammad Yousuf is too old for ODIs now.. He does not deserve a place in the ODI squad.. He has rightly been sidelined..

    My Squad for World Cup Match:

    Muhammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman.

  • on January 13, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    mohammed yousuf should be ideal choice for ODI team, need someone who can stay on the wicket and can hit hard when needed.

  • on January 13, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    Of all the warlords loved by the gods, I hate PCB the most.

  • on January 13, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    Yousuf should be included in that squad. He is now in bangladesh and playing primier league very well. He is the better than all whois included in the squad. I personaly show him presently in playing bd and he looks very fit. i don't know what reason behind this but as a supporter of green I really shocked!!

  • tompuffin on January 13, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Hmmm... Can see some heads inflating here...

  • on January 13, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    super team we will win the world cup surely,frm srilanka/ pakistan fan

  • on January 13, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    It is petty that PCB is ignoring the services the talented have middle order batsman, Mohammad Yousef who still cricket remain for more five years. Misbah is good test player but not a ODI , how wonder there will be two captains in the field this is not a good decision of PCB, either one of them should be out of the team. It will be very bad impression on the other players. Its looks PCB is planning to dropr Mohd Yousef from the world cup, which will be very big mistake on part of the board. The snior players should be given respect, and not put them at the wall, and in the last they announce there retirement from the cricket, there are many examples that in the same circumstances players were dis-hearted and retired from the game, once again it is requested to change board decssion and Mohad Yousef should be incljded in the team.

  • mahmood on January 13, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    It is soo shocking that they have not picked one of the classiest batman of all time mohammad yousuf. m. yousuf must be in there coz hes a senior playr and i think he is still better than most batsman in our team, hes betterr than younis, misbah, and also all the youngsters. he has to be in there so the youngester see him play and learn the class from him. this pcb at the moment are absolutely assholes. they dont know what they r doing, i mean misbah should never be in the odi team just because hes been doing well doesnt mean he will do good in odi's aswell and also he takes time to get in his groove but yousuf, he comes in starts rotating strike straight away which is a big bonus for the team, even younis khan takes time to get in so i dont know why they havent picked lendary yousuf.. we will be missing him big time!

  • Happy_AusBang on January 13, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    This proves again and again that no one is bigger than the game. Players must not let anything get to their head. The competition is simply too strong these days. Once at the top they must appreciate and treasure those moments and try their hardest to lengthen their stay. With Pak players what happens most of the time is they get a big head, then they start doing all sorts of dramas trying to pressure and even blackmail the team sometimes. Remember Younus's dramas that led to his missing a lot of cricket. Same with Yousuf with hisYousuf's ridiculous retirement for show. Now he is seriously facing retiremenet.

  • mehmoodwarsi on January 13, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    why dont they includ a left hander in middle order like nasir jamshed he is smart choice at four five or six for hitting spinner aswell

  • on January 13, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    my team will be that......Hafeez,Kamran,Younas,Asad,Akmal,Shahid,Razak,Gul,Wahab/Tanvir,Shoaib/Sohail,and Rahmen/Ajmal .........

  • Morfi on January 13, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Good team - if only M. Yousuf was included, it would have been perfect. I still think they shd make a 17 member team for the WC including Yousuf and that would be the best team they can pick. After the world cup, misbah and yousuf shd retire from ODI and T20, and concentrate only on test for next 2-3 yrs. they can still bat and are fit for tests. Asad Shafiq and Younis Khan shd not waste themselves on T20s.

  • MTJ4444 on January 13, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    MOHAMMAD YOUSAF SHOULD B THERE TO REPLACE MISBAH....& I M AGREE WITH (AINA MARIA WASEEM) ONE AKMAL IS ENOUGH FOR PAKISTAN.(KAMRAN AKMAL)

  • on January 13, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    Dropping Muhammad Yousuf is a shocker !!! He is the best batsman produced by Pakistan cricket in the recent decade, his presence on the crease will keep our hopes alive, every stroke inching us closer to the World Cup trophy. Shahzad Ahmed, technically incorrect and highly unreliable in the presence of experienced stroke makers like Afridi, Kamran, Razzaq is a needless and useless addition. This poor decision wasn't enough for PCB, they carried on with their blunders in the new year and yes Misbah's addition is shocking; probably to ease Butt sb while he exchanges quick fire with Afridi. The inclusion of Muhammad Yousuf is inevitable for the success of Pakistan cricket team. He adds stability and experience to the talented yet vulnerable middle order. I'm surprised and disappointed by this decision, Muhammad Yousuf is a must pick for Pakistan.

  • MTJ4444 on January 13, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    MY WC-2011 11 WILL B....1) KAMRAN 2) HAFEEZ 3) AHMAD SHEHZAD 4) YOUNIS 5) MISBAH 6) ASAD 7) AFRIDI 8) RAZZAQ 9) WAHAB 10) GUL 11) SHOAIB/TANVER

    1)FIVE SPECIALIST BATSMEN (KAMRAN,AHMAD,YOUNIS,MISBAH,ASAD) 2)THREE FAST BOWLERS (WAHAB,GUL,SHOAIB/TANVEER) 3)ALL ROUNDERS (HAFEEZ,AFRIDI & RAZZAQ) THESE THREE CAN BOWL GOOD IN SUBCONTINENT CONDITIONS.

    ALL OUR ALLROUNDERS ARE BATTING ALLROUNDERS WHICH CAN B MORE HELPFUL RATHER THAN BOWLING ALLROUNDERS COZ IN ALL MATCHES WE NEED TO SCORE ATLEAST 275....WE WILL HAVE TO DEPEND ON BATTING MORE THAN BOWLING. WE ALL KNOW WITHOUT AMIR & ASIF OUR BOWLING IS NOT SO GOOD..

  • santmanibhaskar on January 13, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    i think give the chanse for razzak in test. dont forget indi pak test in banglore. where razzak & kamran saved test. razzak is also a baller

  • on January 13, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    I think Muhammad Yousaf`s career is over now. He is totally unfit. He could not play any single game in Abu dehbi. Why are they keeping him in World Cup Squad. Just useless to keep him any more. Rather they should give youngster a chance. Shoaib malik was fast better choice then Yousaf. Malik is making runs in domestic. Yousaf is not playing domestic cricket either. I m highly doubtful of his fitness in the world cup, he mite be ruled out of the squad soon. Umer akmal is good in ODIs. That format suits his temperament. HE is far better then afridi. Umar akmal`s average is way better then insane afridi who just throws his wickets away every time without making runs. Huge pressure on him. Misbah is another gamble. Either he ll pay to us or either now. So lets see. I am happy to have Kamran back. At least now we have a fighting chance in the next round. But still i am afraid of our team. Without Aamir bowling now that good. They included so many all rounders. We need genuine wicket taking

  • Khuri on January 13, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    Well I think its a good time that Mr. Yousuf should be given an opportunity to play in one or two games in the world cup & then he should retire.... & as far as team is concern from current team my final eleven would be in such order... Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Younus Khan, Umar Akmal, Misbah, Afridi, Razzaq, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal & Abdur Rehman.

    In middle order younus & misbah should provide support to young and aggressive players & one of them should stay till the end & all other attacking players should play around them.

  • on January 13, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    same Old PAki.pathetic selection Committee......They Sent M. Yousuf in Bangladesh to league Cricket while hes being ignored to play for the Nation........One of the best player of All TIME

  • on January 13, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Completely agree with Aina Maria Waseem

  • Omar_Burki on January 13, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    Just one main thing. Who ever is playing, all need to play as one body, team work, plan and perform. Rest all will be good and acceptable.

  • DOGAR420 on January 13, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    VRY BAD SELCTION M YOUSIF IS OUR GR8 HERO AND MOST SENIOR PLAYER...WITHOUT YOUSIF PAK TEAM IS WPRTHLESS....IMRAN NAZIR IS GR8 OPENR OF PAK TEAN BUT SELCTRS R NT EYES ON HIM HE IS GR8 HOTTER WE NEED IMRAN NAZIR HARSHLY.......RANA NAVEED IS ALSO GR8 ALL ROUNDER HE IS GOOD BAT,,,BALL THESE THREE PLYRES SHOULD BE INCLUDE IN WORLD CUP PLZ PRAY 4 THM

  • Paki.Fan. on January 13, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Pakistan will go with this combination, 4 specialist batsman, a Keeper, 3 All rounders and 3 Specialist bowlers, so the ideal team with these player combination will be,

    Batsmen : Shehzad, Younis, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq All rounders : Afridi, Razzak, Hafeez Bowlers : Akhter, Gul, Ajmal Keeper : Kamran

  • yasoor97 on January 13, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Good squad. I think they did the correct move of taking ahmed shezad he is really talented. Here is my 11: (1-Hafeez (2-Shezad (3-Younis (4-Shafiq (5-Umar (6-Kamran (7-Afidi (8-Razzaq (9-Gul/Riaz (10-Sohail/Akhtar if fit/Tanvir (11-Abdulrehman/Ajmal.

  • Milan31 on January 13, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Akmal is fine but Misbah will be a waste in ODI. Better play with Shafiq and Umar Akmal.

  • on January 13, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    The akmal brothers are equally talented and irresponsible but Ive hit on the perfect solution. Just install ONE akmal brother in every team for a winning combination, one is great, two are trouble and three are disaster. Umar is almost as bad as afridi in temperament, and a team needs just one afridi. We need experienced batsmen and debutant bowlers for the worldcup. There should be one yousuf for one afridi... It would be unfair to ignore Yousuf; he is our most reliable matchwinner, not to mention the sheer beauty of his batting. Asad Shafiq is extremely promising so far, for all formats. Azhar is perfect for tests but its hard to tell about ODIs. As for Hafeez, if he continues to improve he will be a rare all-rounder from Pakistan (not bits-and-pieces as Imran Khan would say). Though its safer to stay with specialists who perform consistently THROUGHOUT the worldcup.Fawad Alam better stay way away from ODIs. After that close match against SA in UAE, he deserves to be kept out forever

  • on January 13, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    The World Cup Squad would have been much better if it was like this.....

    1.Imran Nazir 2.Kamran Akmal 3.younus Khan 4. Mohamad Yousuf 5.Shahid Afridi (capt) 6.Umar Akmal 7.Abdur Razzak 8.Saeed Ajmal 9.Rana Naved/Umar Gul 10.Shoib Akhtar 11. Mohamad Aamir

    Rana Naved should be included as he can put variety of pace bowling slow/bouncer/yoker and he is an all-rounder too...

  • on January 13, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    they are making biggest mistake by droping M. Yosuf, classic player, he pick pak team in many ocassion.

  • on January 13, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    Pakistan squad looks good on paper but the question is will they perform with or w/o pressure . Not for winning only but to give a fighting game in all T20's.

    My only reservation is that Misbah should be the captain, not Afridi , because Afridi has very poor judgement about how to bowl or bat, by bowl I mean placing the right bowlers at the right time. A big plus will be that Afridi performs well when he is not captain. Also he should come after Razzaq in batting order because he plays reckless, hit out or get out is his way, no responsibility whatsoever. This is good time to prepare for world cup so they have to keep their head on their shoulders throughout the series.

  • on January 13, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    They should promote Sohail Tanveer instead of Abdul Rehman,because we have already got three spinners in the squad and it is high time to give him some confidence who was a decent performer in the past to deliver his best in the mega event which is mere five matches away....

  • Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on January 13, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    Balancing Selection.... No Need of Critisice... Best of Luck Pakistan...

  • pakcricket101 on January 13, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    You definitely need a player of Yousuf's caliber in the World Cup squad because the team is too young. In the absence of both Amir and Asif, Pakistan will need ODI totals above 275 runs per inning on batting friendly sub-continent wiickets to have any chance of advancement into the world cup. Except for Younis Khan, the rest of the squad is too in-experience. While Razzaq has shown good hitting, he needs to be more consitent and move up the order. You cannot depend on players like Afridi, Misbah, and Akmals to carry good form throughout the tournament. I believe it is a serious mistake to keep Yousuf out. But who can blame poor PCB management and incompetent selection board.

  • Mikhail.Sajjad.Azhar on January 13, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    I hope waqar is reading this: pls consider this following lineup. : 1) Kamran (has to be opener), 2) Shehzad (technically solid than hafeez), 3) Asad (will not give up his wicket easily), 4) Misbah (when in form, cool in tense situations), 5) Umar (explosive), 6) Afridi, 7) Razzaq, 8) Wahab (good pace, plus can bat), 9) Gul, 10) Rehman (good odi bowler, plus can bat), 10) Tanveer Ahmed (good line length bowler, plus can bat).

  • on January 13, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    Squad and Order should be like, MohdHafeez, TaufeqUmer/ImranFarhat, Misbahulhaq, UmarAkmal, YounisKhan/Mohdyousef, KamranAkmal, ShahidAfridi, AbdulRazzak, SuhaiTanvir/MAmir(if), TanvirAhmed & SaeedAjmal. They can compete with anyone with the above order.

  • Ashhar on January 13, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    salam bahi log kuch bhi keh lo kerna but sahab ko wohi hai jo woh chahte hain. khali pokhat main kune magaz kharab kerte ho apna or jan alag jalate ho.

  • Mikhail.Sajjad.Azhar on January 13, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    not sure why some people r not happy with Misbah. The guy is in form at the right time, which is a such plus for Pak, especially when our bating normally collapse every now and then. And not sure why everyone wants to include Hafeez, just b/c he is an all rounder? we already have enough bowling tank. Opening is the most important position and Hafeez is the most unreliable opener ever, technically he is not better than Ahmed Shehzad. Pak should try Kamran and Shehzad as an openers. I really like Asad, he has very good technique and can replace younis easily in ODI.

  • on January 13, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    My Playing Eleven for NZ & world cup.

    1. Muhammad Haifz 2. Kamran Akmal 3. Younis Khan 4. Asad Shafiq/Umer Akmal 5. Misbah Ul Haq 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Abdul Razaq 8. Abdul Rehman . 9. Umer Gul 10.wahab RIaz 11. Shoaib Akhtar

    All the Best Team PAKISTAN.

  • GoodSelector on January 13, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    Kamran is an awefull keeper and even tho he has often opened the innings in the past his form has gone off the boil of late. i feel that zulqarnain haider retired, pakistans best keeper/bat option is UMAR ACKMAL, he is much better bat then his brother and is a match winner and his keeping couldnt be any worse then his brothers. paki XI 1.younis 2.hafees 3. M yousuf 4. misbah-ul haq 5. Umar ackmal (wk) 6. Razzaq 7. afridi 8. wahab riaz 9. umar gul 10. akhtar 11. S. ajmal 12th man Rehman. asad shafiq is has been performing well in the test matches , but not really in his 1 day games for PAK , and thats why i chose a very experienced batting line-up, to make a solid start with Khan/yousuf/misbah, and with hafees play his shots at opener, and U. ackmal, razzaq and afridi and wahab riaz then have a license to go all out towards the latter overs. ajktar is worth the risk he is a genuine wicket taker and strike bowler and Gul/ajmal are proven performers and riaz has a lot of talent

  • on January 13, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    no muhammad yousuf? he is far better player than misbah ul haq...he should be in ODI squad as world cup is round the corner

  • Nadeem1976 on January 13, 2011, 1:28 GMT

    What ever we cannot win WC with this team. No match wining bowler. No great batsman of WC calibour. All alrounders cannot win WC for us. No hope with this team.

  • Faryan on January 13, 2011, 0:45 GMT

    why add tanvir ahmed when u already have 4 fast bowlers ? he hasnt even played a single ODI. An all-rounder or a batsman shouldve been added like rana naveed...m.yousaf should be in the squad. he is a class act and he should also be in the world cup. poor decision to drop him. injustice has been done to favad alam too, he was a regular in the ODI team for more than a year

  • tanvir1974 on January 13, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    who want younis and misbah in odi pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee first see their shots and their style of playing+kamran akmal these all match loosing players key match loosers for god sack it is 2011 open ur eyes and then talk about team. only youngers only can took the team at some place. NO younis and No misbah in ODI otherwise pak will loose easily.remember that.

  • tanvir1974 on January 13, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    In ODI u dont need to add much bowlers as you have already all rounders afridi,hafeez,razzaq you need only three regular bowlers either 2 fast+1 spinner or 3 fast i think younas khan is not in form better to replace with some younger player and saeed ajmal is also not in good form since last T20 worldcup he can also be rest.

  • BoomBoom_Khan on January 13, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    1. kamran 2. Hafeez 3. YK 4. Umar Ak 5. Misbah 6. Afridi 7. Razzaq 8. Gul 9. Rehman 10. Ajmal 11. Akhtar/Riaz (Depending on Akhtar's fitness)

    I want to keep Rehman in the squad because 1. He is a very fine bowler 2.we are trying to finalize our selection for worldcup which will be played in subcontinent. And that is where you need bowlers who will dry up runs and will contribute for 15-20 runs in the tail. We want to keep Ajmal and Rehman is very good practice so even if one is droped for some reason (fitness or form) we should have the other one available. You may not agree with my selection but this is not a time for experiments. (I must say that I am very impressed with Asad and Ahmad Shehzad - But I will bring them out after the world cup when YK and Misbah will/should Retire from ODIs. I will let the vetrans have a final say on the biggest stage) Good Luck to the Green Hawks!!!!!!

  • on January 13, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    This is a well balance team but i think shahzeeb hassan should be in the team, we need one more batsman to open the innings .........

  • Zahidsaltin on January 12, 2011, 23:33 GMT

    ON BATTING SIDE, we must have a long batting line as we are gonna play all our initial matches in SL where wickets are not so dull as in India. We have experienced a few batting crashes in SL recently. @King_Sherry I dont agree with you while questioning Reman, Wahab, Tanvir and Sohail Tanvirs batting. We have seen them bat sensibly in recent matches. Wahab has scored some very fast 20s and 30s in recent matches against SA. Ahmad Shahzad has scored at average of over 100 in Q trophy and has done well in recent T20 matches too. Omitting him will be a big mistake. We must go with 2 opners 3 batsmen 1 keeper 2 allrounders and 2 mini allrounders and 1 bowler only. 1) Ahmad Shahzad 2) Hafiz 3) Asad 4) Misbah/younis 5) Umar Akmal 6) Kamran Akmal 7) Razzaq 8) Afridi 9) Abdul Rahman 10) Wahab/Sohail Tanvir 11) Umar Gul/Akhtar. I will consider Younis as a part time bowler too as I think his bowling at some 123 kmh has a better line and length than many.

  • Zahidsaltin on January 12, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    PAKISTAN HAS A BATTING LINE WHICH WILL GO ALL THE WAY TO NO 11 if we choose not to play shoaib and Ajmal. Even on recent form, SHoaib is not a good choice as he doesn't have control over his line and length and gets hit for much more than wahab or tanvir. I will rather play ABDUL RAHMAN and SOHAIL TANVIR and surely this pair is able to add some fast scored runs while batting and can save a few when they are bowling. Adding Abdul Rahman gives you possibility for 3 DIFFERENT SPIN OPTIONS. You have offi in Hafiz, right hand gugly in Afridi and then left hand leg in Rahman.Wrong footed bowling action of Sohail Tanvir can add another dimention specially when people have not played him for a while now.

  • thenoostar on January 12, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    Pakastan get smoked, New Zealand always come into form at the time of the world cup. Potential aside, away from home PAK are no chance. NZ have won every ODI home series against them since the late 1990s. However, Afridi and Razzaq are 2 of the most destructive batsmen in international cricket and our rugby grounds will suit them. As usual PAK have a skilled and diverse bowling attack and man for man, they are better than NZ.

  • on January 12, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    where ix FAWAD ALAM......?>??

  • syedahmed91 on January 12, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    Misbah shouldn't be in the one day side. He needs time to settle in the field, I would've picked Moh'd Yousef instead but I don't know if he's injured or not. Pakistan needs to play more batsman and give chances to new comers like Asad Sahfiq and Umar Akmal. I think Umar Akmal lost all his confidence after the England tour so he should be backed by the captains and he'll come good. Otherwise the team composition is pretty well balanced.

  • on January 12, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    i think this side is best picked up side only m yousif missing there

  • on January 12, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    People who are suggesting Younis and Yousuf should be in the team, have poor knowledge on the game. They are both poor modern one day players. When scores of 220-250 were considered good, they were useful players, but their games are not suited to modern 1 day cricket. They are both world class test players, neither should be in the ODI squads and certainly no way near the T20 squads.

  • Harris.a on January 12, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    YEP GOOD SELECTION PCB. IT WAS RIGHT TO TAKE MOYO OUT.

    MY 1 WOULD BE--. HAFEEZ-KAMRAN-ASAD/YOUNIS-MISBAH UMAR-AFRIDI-RAZZAQ-GUL-WAHAB-AJMAL-AKHTAR------- AND WHOEVA IS LEAVING MISBAH OUT OF THE TEAM IS WRONG BECAUSE HE IS THE VICE CAPTAIN. -------------------------------------------AND I WOULD PICK ASAD SHAFFEEQ CUZ HE HAS RAW TALENT AND PAKISTAN DOES NOT NEED YOUNIS UNLESS SOMEBUDY IS INJURED.

  • on January 12, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    Once again stupidity and no reason. Everybody knows that Yousuf and Younis are at their best when together but wen one is in the other is out. What is the need Of Kamran Akmal. I dont think a strong Pakistan bowling attack needs 7 specialist bowlers and 3 allrounders in the squad. 5 specialist bowlers at max. Misbah ul haq has never won a match for Pakistan and consistently out of form and lack of game for the team and still he is vice captain. M.Yousuf should have been in the team. He's better in fielding then the most considering that Pak physio has said that Younis is a natural athlete and Yousuf and Afridi are the most fit in the team.

  • on January 12, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    Well done by selectors! This is the best team in available resources and good start for the world cup count down! The composition of 7 batsmen and 9 bowlers is a bit weird looking but it's quite understandable because Mohd Yousaf is the batsman missing but I am sure he is not selected because he is not playing any domestic cricket these days and he should be given time to make himself fit for the world cup selection first and in the meanwhile let's give chance to one extra bowler ! My final world cup team look like this!( confirm 13 and 2 bowlers out of 4 based on the performance in NZ series! The confirm 13 are. Mohd Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, Mohd Yousaf, Misbah ul Haq, Asad Shafiq, Umer Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdur Razzak, Umer Gul, Saeed and, Shoib Akhter. For last 2 positions Wahab Riaz, Abdur Rehman, Sohail Tanvir and Tanvir Ahmed all four have to compete!

  • on January 12, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    where is Mohammed Yousuf? you cant send a team in with only one senior batsman

  • King_Sherry on January 12, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    Shocking team X1 selection by most of my brothers here, either they don't watch cricket or dont understand. Most of the teams that I have seen have Razzaq coming at Number 7 which means Pak will have 4 specialist bowlers, Razzaq, Hafeez & Afridi, thats 7 bowlers, absurd for 50 overs....Since when has Rehman, Wahab, Tanveer become batsmen..they are just hit & miss who have had a few nice outings....My team has the right balance in terms of bowler/batsmen. 1- Hafeez 2- Kamran 3- Younis 4- Misbah 5- Asad 6- Umar 7- Afridi 8- Razzaq 9- Gul 10- Ajmal 11- Akhtar/Sohail Tanvir

    6 bowlers and 8 established batsmen. Perfect balance

  • viku13a13a on January 12, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    Since Imran Khan Pakistan never really had much trouble in bowling dept..for the most part it has been a batting problem..there for in the current situation for Pakistan to do well it is must to have following names: Mohammad Yosuf (AKA Yosuf Yohanna), Yonius Khan, Abdul Razak, Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal.. because there are the guys who has been doing something with their bats...otherwise best thing for Pakistan to do it just shut the door and call it a DAY.. good luck

  • Adysol on January 12, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    The playing 11 is good but backup players are not balanced i belieive. Best playing 11 would be 1) Muhammad Hafeez, 2) Kamran Akmal (wk), 3) Younis Khan, 4) Misbah-ul-Haq, 5)Asad Shafiq, 6) Umer Akmal, 7)Abdul Razzaq, 8) Shahid Afridi , 9) / Saeed Ajmal, 10) Shoaib Akhtar, 11)Umer Gul This leaves 4 bowlers and one batsman as backup. Abdul Rehman, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanveer, Tanveer Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad. sohail Tanvir should be replaced with one proper batsman.

  • Dhumper on January 12, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    Most of the comments posted here fail to realize one important aspect and i.e balance of the team. I'm surprised to see that the selectors have done good job here and have backups for most positions. For instance, when we have Kamran opening we can slot in another specialist batsman at # 6 which is a luxury. Again Hafeez is a damn good bowler in ODIs so when he opens and with Afridi and Razzak coming in at 7 and 8, we already have 3 bowlers in top 8 positions. 9-11 we can have specialist bowlers in Gul, Ajmal/Rehman and Sohail/Wahab/Shoaib. Great combo and if they click who knows we will bring the Cup home.

    I agree with Vinit and Hamdan's comments as Misbah's test form is totally different than ODIs but lets keep our fingers crossed. Having a left hand bat like Fawad could be troublesome for opposing bowlers but again it's not a given. Although Fawad should be a reserve and fill in when needed. He is a reliable bat an has played some good innings. Overall pretty good team on paper!

  • Princeamk on January 12, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    The best side for Wc is 1-hafeez 2-kamran 3-a.razzaq 4-younis 5-asad 6-umar ak 7-afridi 8-wahab 9-umar gul 10-saeed ajmal/abdulrehman 11-shoiab akhtar/sohail tanveer

    Abdulrazzaq is good hitter of fast bowler he must come in 1 down position he cant play down the order. Look at his avg and strike rate against fast bowlers

  • on January 12, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    nice to see kamran, may these suspended plzyaers also come in sqoad

  • Saikat999 on January 12, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    Where is azhar ali.he has shown a lot of promise in his batting.he should be in the team.

  • Cricket_my_Heartbeat on January 12, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    thats the move every Pakistani want :)

  • ManHOOS on January 12, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    for the peopes shoutuing for left handerz fawad will never ever play he is fail and people who are looking for Tanveer Ahmad learn about cricket first

  • on January 12, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Poor selection from pcb once again this should be the team for series against NZ 1. Hafeez 2. Shahzad 3. Younis 4. Misbah 5. Afridi 6. LIl ugly akmal 7. Razzaq 8. Kamran 9. Gul 10. Ajmal 11 Akhar

    OR 1. Shahzad 2. Kamran 3. Younis 4, MIsbah 5. Afridi 6. Razzaq 7. Lil akmal 8. Riaz 9 GUl 10. Ajmal 11. Akhtar

  • on January 12, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    i agree with Syed hamdan .. no left hand specialist batsmen in the team which can cause trouble for PAK team.. Each and every great teams are having couple of LEft hand specialist batsmens.. name any one u will find in it...

    Where is Asim kamal..? and many other left hand specialist batsmen whom are willing to play for pak team..

  • on January 12, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    ahmed shezad plays too much across the line and should not replace experience like mhd yousuf in the squad...when last has yk performed in the odi?also shaizaib hasen played well in his last odi against sa..y is he overlooked...he has a good record in subcontinent and we need a hitter to give us impetous upfront..kamran akmal and muhammed hafeez play good shots but always dnt continue..they always out on 20 or30 runs..

  • on January 12, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    1-Hafeez, 2-Kamran, 3-Shehzad, 4-Younus, 5-Umer/Asad, 6-Afridi, 7-Razzaq, 8-Gul, 9-Wahab/Sohail, 10-Ajmal, 11-Akhtar

    This team will give tough time to its opponents in WC... best of luck..pakistan

  • on January 12, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    rana naveed should be in he is performing good in big bash against good players. kick kamran a big match looser. if u pick all odi's and test's every time he drop catches and missed stumping.

  • on January 12, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Add Mohammad Yousuf and asad shafiq in, no place for kamran akmal, Kamran is pathatic behind the stumps. use umar akmal as a keeper. As he already did in T20. dont know why stupid selectors are still looking more stupid bating and keeping from him.

  • on January 12, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    They should have Taufeeq umar instead of Misbah, but I am scared b/c we will have too many openers lik ahmed shazad, asad shafiq, hafeez, and Kami. My WC Team: 1-hafeez,2-ahmed shahzad,3-Younis Khan,4-Umar akmal, 5- Kamran Akmal, 6- Shahid Afridi, 7- Razzaq, 8-Abdul Rehman/Saeed Ajmal, 9-Umar gul / Tanveer Ahmed 10- Wahab Riaz/Sohail Tanvir 11- shoiab Akhtar What do you guys think????????????????

  • Vinit_Sharma_Singh on January 12, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Don't know about Misbah-Ul-Haq & Younis Khan being in the squad; Misbah's solid current test match form notwithstanding, their recent limited over performances have been simply appalling. Neither of them appear to be up to the pace of the shortened format. It's very poor on the part of selectors when they select players for one form of the game based on their performances in other formats.

  • on January 12, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Given current situation in Pakistan cricket I suppose these are the best available to represent Pakistan. Whilst Yusuf is a quality batsman but he has not played lot of cricket recently and his not a very good fielder. Out of the players selected for me the best XI would be 1. Hafeez, 2. shehzad, 3. Younis, 4. Umar, 5. Afridi, 6. Kamran, 7. Razzaq, 8. Sohali T, 9. Wahab, 10. Gul, 11. Rehman. This means up to no. 11 everyone can bat and provides for three spinners and four pace bowlers. I would definitely not have Misbah or Shoaib in the squad, they are past their best in ODI. In the reserve I am quite happy with Asad Shafiq, Tanveer Ahmed and Saeed Ajmal. To this I would add Yasir Arafat to make the final 15 for the World Cup.

  • on January 12, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    The perfect squad for the New Zealand series and for the World Cup. The only player I would love to see is Rana Naveed instead of Tanveer Ahmed. Other wise a very good team ...

  • on January 12, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    ASAK , AZHAR ALI SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN SQUAD , ALONG WITH MOHD YUSUF IF HE IS NOT ALREADY OMITTED FROM WC SQUAD , TEAM MAY NEED HIM AS HE SCORES FASTER THAN YOUNIS AND MISBAH CAN SHOIAB LAST 50 OVERS WHILE FIELDING TANVEER AHMED IS A BAD CHOICE , NO PACE

  • Nuur on January 12, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    @ Sajjad.Tariq.Khan, Excellent, couldn't agree more with you. I wont like M. Yusuf and Younis to feature in the team and also Malik.

    Same goes for Kamran Akmal in Test matches. but for one dayers, he is alright.

  • asraruwant on January 12, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    This should be pakistans playing eleven in this series and the worldcup too in most of the matches in this following batting order 1) Mohammed Hafeez 2) Kamran Akmal 3) Younis Khan 4) Umar Akmal 5) Misbah-ul-Haq 6) Shahid Afridi 7) Abdul Razzaq 8) Wahab Riaz 9) Umar Gul 10) Shoaib Akhtar 11) Saeed Ajmal. Extras: 12) Abdul Rehman 13) Sohail Tanveer 14) Asad Shafiq 15) Ahmed Shehzad

  • on January 12, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    where is mohammad yousuf?!?!? he is a great player.. he needs to be in the team!!

  • azaaan1 on January 12, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Kamran akmal should open the batting with Hafeez against New zealand. What is your guys mind about it.

  • Imran_zats on January 12, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    Aameer should be in this team for the WC hope we will play...

  • Shafaaqat on January 12, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    Good selection. Ahmad Shahzad is a future prospect for sure and should be played in all games at the top of the order. Hafeez or Kamran can come one down. They should give proper chance to Umer Akmal, he is a great batsman. On the other hand Umer should also learn from his mistakes. He has already lost his test side place to fellow new batsmen like Azhar and Asad. Good to see some competition in PAK batting. All the best PAK team for WC and this tour.

  • Mikhail.Sajjad.Azhar on January 12, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    1) Kamran, 2) Shehzad, 3) Asad, 4) Misbah, 5) Umar, 6)Afridi, 7)Razzaq, 8)Wahab, 9)Gul, 10) Rehman, 11) Tanvir

    The above lineup can bat upto 11 with 4 specialist bowlers 2 allrounders and 4 specialist batsman. I feel it is a very balance team.

  • on January 12, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    LOL...its funny how Pakistani public were pleading to have Kamran excluded from the side not long ago and now the same public is thankful that he is back :)

  • Sulaimaan91 on January 12, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    if this team peforms and glues toghether during this series, i think they'll be favourites for the WC title given that Pak peform well at big tournaments.

  • on January 12, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    where is azhar ali? cmon seriously, how u not gonna put him in the squad, i would rather have azhar ali than misbah. this damn selection commit is the worst from all.

  • on January 12, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    WHERE R THE LEFT HANDER???? No left handed specialist batsman. thts not right:(

  • on January 12, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    awesome team selecton ,,, nothing wuld be beder than that.......

  • on January 12, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    Good decesion to have Kamran back in squad. . . . compact squad and has the potential to win the series against Newzealand. . . .still missing Yousuf . . Junaid Khan should have been give a chance to have a go in international cricket to be considered for world cup, as he has natural talent to be selected. . . .I see the same Pakistani squad for the world cup with a tie between Yousuf and Misbah for middle order and omitting one fast bowler either Sohail or Tanveer Ahmad as only squad of 15 to be named for an ICC event. . . .

  • khurramsch on January 12, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    finaly good decision. kamran akmal is realy required to get 1 more batting option. he can open and also can strong midle order.he should b in WC squad.

  • on January 12, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    This team is best'

    1. Hafeez 2. Shehzad 3. Kamran 4. Younis 5. Asad / Umar Akmal 6. Afridi (c) 7. Razzaq 8. Riaz / Gul 9. Tanvir Ahmed 10 Akhtar 11. Rehman / Ajmal

  • on January 12, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Azhar Ali ?

    Why Azhar Ali is not in the team ?

  • on January 12, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Great to see that Kamran Back

  • on January 12, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Most Probably This is the Final Squad for World Cup 2011 !!

  • charia on January 12, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    ncy squad..!!!really imprresive

  • muhammad.usman on January 12, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    good to see Kamran in the squad......he should be play as a opener in the squad instead of Ahmed shahzad

  • on January 12, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    Good team - I guess If younis and Misbah score runs & we catch our cacthes it will be very difficult to beat Pak

  • on January 12, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    I hope year 2011 will be good for Pak cricket, good to see that pak team will keep the winning momentum inshallah.

  • on January 12, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    good slection that should also be for world cup

  • ManHOOS on January 12, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Nice looking forward to have new ball in Sohail Tanvir z hand

  • Fareen on January 12, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    So they are planning to leave out Yousuf for the WC...don't know if it's a good idea...Shafiq and shehzad are good,but they have to handle to pressure well...they could have given Taufeeq Umar a chance to impress in the ODI's as he's a solid top order batsman...

  • on January 12, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    Surprised to see no Mohammad Yousuf in this squad. This will be Pakistan's World Cup squad. They will drop 1 bowler to restrict this squad to 15 member squad for World Cup.

  • Stark62 on January 12, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Oh great!

    Why pick Misbah, Younis and T. Ahmed?!?! They are old and can't play ODI's!

    Could have given young talented players a chance like: N. Yasin, J. Khan, Azhar Ali, N. Jamshed and please pick only one specialist spinner!

  • on January 12, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    thts not good squad to me bcz Muhammad Yousaf and imran nazir is missing......>!!!

  • on January 12, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Good team but there should be Muhammad Yousuf in place of Misbha & Rana Naveed in place of Sohail Tanveer

  • on January 12, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Where is Muhammad Yousaf. I cant understand why they r continously ignoring him.

  • ABKD on January 12, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Good to see Ahmed Shehzad he Deserves more then any1 and OFCOURSE KAMRAN AKMAL A BIG MATCH WINNER IS BACK. Just Good For Pakistan...

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  • ABKD on January 12, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Good to see Ahmed Shehzad he Deserves more then any1 and OFCOURSE KAMRAN AKMAL A BIG MATCH WINNER IS BACK. Just Good For Pakistan...

  • on January 12, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Where is Muhammad Yousaf. I cant understand why they r continously ignoring him.

  • on January 12, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Good team but there should be Muhammad Yousuf in place of Misbha & Rana Naveed in place of Sohail Tanveer

  • on January 12, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    thts not good squad to me bcz Muhammad Yousaf and imran nazir is missing......>!!!

  • Stark62 on January 12, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Oh great!

    Why pick Misbah, Younis and T. Ahmed?!?! They are old and can't play ODI's!

    Could have given young talented players a chance like: N. Yasin, J. Khan, Azhar Ali, N. Jamshed and please pick only one specialist spinner!

  • on January 12, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    Surprised to see no Mohammad Yousuf in this squad. This will be Pakistan's World Cup squad. They will drop 1 bowler to restrict this squad to 15 member squad for World Cup.

  • Fareen on January 12, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    So they are planning to leave out Yousuf for the WC...don't know if it's a good idea...Shafiq and shehzad are good,but they have to handle to pressure well...they could have given Taufeeq Umar a chance to impress in the ODI's as he's a solid top order batsman...

  • ManHOOS on January 12, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Nice looking forward to have new ball in Sohail Tanvir z hand

  • on January 12, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    good slection that should also be for world cup

  • on January 12, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    I hope year 2011 will be good for Pak cricket, good to see that pak team will keep the winning momentum inshallah.