New Zealand v Pakistan, 6th ODI, Auckland February 5, 2011

'We may have got lazy' - Waqar

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Waqar Younis, the Pakistan coach, has said his side may have found it hard to motivate themselves for the sixth ODI against New Zealand, having already won the series. Pakistan lost Saturday's match in Auckland by 57 runs, but the series ended 3-2 in their favour.

"We tried our best today [Saturday], but it didn't really happen," Waqar said. "When you win the series, it's hard to be motivated sometimes. Maybe you get a little lazy at times, but overall I'm happy with the way the boys played today."

Pakistan had won the toss and put New Zealand in to bat, hoping the Eden Park surface would offer something for the fast bowlers, but the pitch proved to be an absolute belter, as batsmen on both sides hit through the line without fear and to great effect; and Waqar admitted they had misread the conditions. "I think we were expecting the ball to move a little bit more. But here in Auckland it's a very deceptive pitch. Even when we used to play here a few years ago, it looks damp but it does nothing."

New Zealand's batsmen dominated the Pakistan attack on Saturday. Jesse Ryder made 107 from 93 balls, before Scott Styris and Nathan McCullum galloped to half-centuries towards the end of the innings to lift New Zealand's total to 310. Pakistan lost three wickets inside twelve overs in their run chase and Waqar said it was the regular loss of wickets that left them unable to threaten New Zealand's total.

"We gave it a good run, but every time we got momentum we lost a wicket at the wrong time. They played better than us when we were bowling, so they deserved to win."

Pakistan cricket has had a controversy-ridden last 12 months, but Waqar said the latest news that Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were facing charges from the Crown Prosecution Service in the UK did not have any effect on Pakistan's performance on the field in the final ODI, as the team were largely unaware of the charges. "I knew it because I read it in the paper, but I don't think anybody else knew it. I don't think the boys had any talk about it. It didn't really bother us."

Pakistan's loss at Eden Park followed a series-deciding victory in Hamilton, which gave Pakistan their first one-day series win since 2008. They had ended a four-year Test series drought, with a 1-0 win over New Zealand earlier in the tour, and Waqar said the results were encouraging ahead of the World Cup. "It's been a while since Pakistan won anything. The most satisfying thing is the fitness is pretty good. The guys look good in the field, which has never happened before. They're all geared up and hopefully the same momentum goes into the World Cup.

"With the amount of controversy in the last 8 to 9 months, we needed something like this. We needed to develop our team again, and the only way we could do it is if we started playing well."

Misbah-ul-Haq and Wahab Riaz were rested for the final ODI, giving Sohail Tanvir and Asad Shafiq some valuable match practice before the World Cup. Tanvir was expensive, leaking 78 runs in eight overs, but Shafiq impressed during his stay, rebuilding smartly alongside Kamran Akmal after Pakistan had lost three early wickets. Waqar said Pakistan hadn't yet finalised their XI for the World Cup. "We've given most of our guys a game. Asad Shafiq played really well today. It's unfortunate he got run out because he was looking really good. We don't really know the XI at the moment because there are a few warm-up games before the World Cup, but we've got a good unit."

Andrew Fernando writes for The Pigeon and blogs here

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  • sharprider on February 8, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    The Auckland ODI loss for Pakistan is something like a blessing in disguise, and, fortunately, did not have any bearing on the outcome of the series. Nevertheless, it is surely an eye opener, and a timely one for that matter, as it has come at a very crucial stage when the World Cup is about to get underway. The decision-making as far as the captain is concerned, should better be left to him rather than a preconceived one (like in this case) where the pitch and/or astmospheric conditions are misread by the 'coach' and transmitted to the skipper. The next issue that needs to be recognised, and a very important one really, is the need to define the roles of each and every member of the team together with a sense of assurance in each player's mind that he will be given the fullest opportunity to show his worth during the course of the match. The case in point is Razzaq who had to be content with a few overs here and there, sometimes as an opening bowler and other times as a change bowler.

  • psu19976 on February 7, 2011, 22:53 GMT

    Pak should alternate the batting between big hitters and consolidators and adjust the batting line up accordingly. U Akmal clearly cannot handle the pressure in the run chase lower down the order. If Pak go by bi hitter followed by consolidate followed by big hitter is too risky and put extra pressure on the late big hitters. If big hitters flop at the end, Pak impossible to chase or put big score on board. A specialist batsman should stay with the tail to the end. Ditch Tanvir bring Ajmal or Rehman instead. So I think sending alternate consolidate and big hitter is a good idea without putting undue pressure on coming batsmen at the same time shows fliexibility.

  • on February 7, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar should be ready to complete his 10 over quota now? The way he is sweating and breathing after 3 balls, well!

  • on February 6, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    I guess at least Kamran akmal got a bit of batting! But I'm not too sure about Younis Khan, he's terribly out of form. Maybe Yousaf should have been in the tests and could have been given the chance in the world cup if he got back in form. I still can't believe how Waqar Younis keeps misjudging these conditions after being a bowler. The only two tosses Pakistan won both were lost! Specially the first game what a disaster that was..... Good luck for the world cup boys.

  • on February 6, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    i must say i am a bit disappointed on punishment given it to trio,as i expected them to be baned for life.specialy BUT i do not know on what basis they given him only 5 years specialy comparing to aamir.what a lot pakistanies do not understand beacuse of thier deed pakistan flood relief also got affected badly and millions of poors got affected.

  • asadgenious04 on February 6, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    why afridi is waisting umar akmal's talent by sending him at no.6 he is a specialist batsman not just a hitter.they should continue with same team in world cup but should adjust the batting order properly and even in bowling they should use there prime bowlers properly.according to me the batting order should be like this... hafeez and ahmed openers, younis,misbah and u akmal middle order and k akmal(as he had played many good innings as a lower order batsman),afridi and razzaq as a lower order and finnally the tailenders gul,wahab and akhter/ajmal/rehman. then inshalla pakistan will win the world cup

  • TBMN-2011 on February 6, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    I also believe Afridi has something going against Razzaq, as he is not giving Razzaq his full quota of overs, in almist every game. I am sure this fact is not hidden from W younis, who should make an effort to correct this enmity between his star playersk as this does not bode well for the entire team. we need cohesion and trust among everyone, otherwise we have lost out on the WC before we play a single game. I would like the captain to give the last overs to the bowlers who have been least expensive than others. The captain can determine this by the time the game is 25 to 30 overs old. This would also include the captain himself, not to bowl if he was expensive than the other bowlers. I expect our captain to be strong minded but also strongwilled to make such decisions, about bowling, including not giving himself the bowl, unless there are no alternatives. Insha'Allah we'll have a strong team and we will win. GO PAKISTAN win the WC for all your supporters. Play as a TEAM.

  • nzcricket174 on February 6, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Razzaq is bowling great at the moment. Not sure why he doesn't bowl his 10 overs.

  • cric009 on February 6, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    if pak had won this one, waqar wud hav made diffrnt comment like we r completely fit for WC now and so on. the fact is,it wil take extra ordinary efforts by current pak team to get into WC semis from here. I believe.. WC semis favorites are - SA,Aus,Ind,Eng,SL and Pak in that order. That means, pak wil hav 2 show really hard fight to climb into the top 4 spots from here..Gud luck..

  • Nadeem1976 on February 5, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    Nothing wrong to lose a match after wining a series , why would we put 150% to win a useless match before WC, we need fully fit cricketers before WC and putting 150% to win a match can make players unfit.

    I think it was good match practice and i will not criticize any body becuase NZ played well and pakistan did not but good thing is that pakistan has alreay won the series. No point to say who is wrong and who is right. Good job Pakistan for wining two series in a row. Have fun in WC.

  • sharprider on February 8, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    The Auckland ODI loss for Pakistan is something like a blessing in disguise, and, fortunately, did not have any bearing on the outcome of the series. Nevertheless, it is surely an eye opener, and a timely one for that matter, as it has come at a very crucial stage when the World Cup is about to get underway. The decision-making as far as the captain is concerned, should better be left to him rather than a preconceived one (like in this case) where the pitch and/or astmospheric conditions are misread by the 'coach' and transmitted to the skipper. The next issue that needs to be recognised, and a very important one really, is the need to define the roles of each and every member of the team together with a sense of assurance in each player's mind that he will be given the fullest opportunity to show his worth during the course of the match. The case in point is Razzaq who had to be content with a few overs here and there, sometimes as an opening bowler and other times as a change bowler.

  • psu19976 on February 7, 2011, 22:53 GMT

    Pak should alternate the batting between big hitters and consolidators and adjust the batting line up accordingly. U Akmal clearly cannot handle the pressure in the run chase lower down the order. If Pak go by bi hitter followed by consolidate followed by big hitter is too risky and put extra pressure on the late big hitters. If big hitters flop at the end, Pak impossible to chase or put big score on board. A specialist batsman should stay with the tail to the end. Ditch Tanvir bring Ajmal or Rehman instead. So I think sending alternate consolidate and big hitter is a good idea without putting undue pressure on coming batsmen at the same time shows fliexibility.

  • on February 7, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar should be ready to complete his 10 over quota now? The way he is sweating and breathing after 3 balls, well!

  • on February 6, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    I guess at least Kamran akmal got a bit of batting! But I'm not too sure about Younis Khan, he's terribly out of form. Maybe Yousaf should have been in the tests and could have been given the chance in the world cup if he got back in form. I still can't believe how Waqar Younis keeps misjudging these conditions after being a bowler. The only two tosses Pakistan won both were lost! Specially the first game what a disaster that was..... Good luck for the world cup boys.

  • on February 6, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    i must say i am a bit disappointed on punishment given it to trio,as i expected them to be baned for life.specialy BUT i do not know on what basis they given him only 5 years specialy comparing to aamir.what a lot pakistanies do not understand beacuse of thier deed pakistan flood relief also got affected badly and millions of poors got affected.

  • asadgenious04 on February 6, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    why afridi is waisting umar akmal's talent by sending him at no.6 he is a specialist batsman not just a hitter.they should continue with same team in world cup but should adjust the batting order properly and even in bowling they should use there prime bowlers properly.according to me the batting order should be like this... hafeez and ahmed openers, younis,misbah and u akmal middle order and k akmal(as he had played many good innings as a lower order batsman),afridi and razzaq as a lower order and finnally the tailenders gul,wahab and akhter/ajmal/rehman. then inshalla pakistan will win the world cup

  • TBMN-2011 on February 6, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    I also believe Afridi has something going against Razzaq, as he is not giving Razzaq his full quota of overs, in almist every game. I am sure this fact is not hidden from W younis, who should make an effort to correct this enmity between his star playersk as this does not bode well for the entire team. we need cohesion and trust among everyone, otherwise we have lost out on the WC before we play a single game. I would like the captain to give the last overs to the bowlers who have been least expensive than others. The captain can determine this by the time the game is 25 to 30 overs old. This would also include the captain himself, not to bowl if he was expensive than the other bowlers. I expect our captain to be strong minded but also strongwilled to make such decisions, about bowling, including not giving himself the bowl, unless there are no alternatives. Insha'Allah we'll have a strong team and we will win. GO PAKISTAN win the WC for all your supporters. Play as a TEAM.

  • nzcricket174 on February 6, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Razzaq is bowling great at the moment. Not sure why he doesn't bowl his 10 overs.

  • cric009 on February 6, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    if pak had won this one, waqar wud hav made diffrnt comment like we r completely fit for WC now and so on. the fact is,it wil take extra ordinary efforts by current pak team to get into WC semis from here. I believe.. WC semis favorites are - SA,Aus,Ind,Eng,SL and Pak in that order. That means, pak wil hav 2 show really hard fight to climb into the top 4 spots from here..Gud luck..

  • Nadeem1976 on February 5, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    Nothing wrong to lose a match after wining a series , why would we put 150% to win a useless match before WC, we need fully fit cricketers before WC and putting 150% to win a match can make players unfit.

    I think it was good match practice and i will not criticize any body becuase NZ played well and pakistan did not but good thing is that pakistan has alreay won the series. No point to say who is wrong and who is right. Good job Pakistan for wining two series in a row. Have fun in WC.

  • iSHAQa on February 5, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    Folks agree with comments below. Poor decisions by Afridi to experiment spinners in the death overs. We know it is costly from T20 WC SF. Not sure why Akhtar was mot deployed? If he is unfit due to knee problems then he is a liability as we see from his lackluster fielding. Although Razzak is not a pace bowler as he used to be, he still has the skills and cool mind to effective in death overs. At the end too much runs offered to NZ from 190/5 and they should have been kept to 275-easy to chase.

    HOWEVER, I do see silverlining from this game. One, Misbah's absence shows his importance not only as batsman but more so in the field. Last games showed Misbah and Afridi working together on strategy with one cool and other aggressive mind. I hope they will continue as such despite captaincy announment. Two heads are always better than one. Two, Wahab Riaz is essenial to the WC squad. Third, one all round spinner such as Rehman will be valuable given limited pace bowlers available. Go Pak!!!

  • on February 5, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    Afridi is a natural leader but to be frank he has some flaws in his captaincy that he would have to work on before the WC. Razzaq is much better player than the respect he gets from his captain. Through out this series he was taking wickets and choking the opposition so they were not able to score. Razzaq should have finish his 10 in last game AND all the other games. Other than one good knock from U Akmal, he seemed discolored with his bat. He should know that he can loose his spot to Asad Shafiq. Why does Afridi insist on bowling Tanvir when he's bleeding runs? its beyond me. During the PPlay, Gul should bowl over 1,3,5, Razzaq should bowl 2,4. Shoaib, I love him, but he is not fit for ODI at all. All others had their moments. They should be on their 100% all the time!! And lastly, WAIT FOR UMPIRE TO TELL YOU if it is powerply, genious! (lol). My WC team: Hafeez, Shehzad, Younis, Kamran, Misbah, Shafiq, Afridi, Razzaq, Gul, Wahab, Ajmal

  • LordOfCric on February 5, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    Guyz we all have been noticing how Afridi is treating his players, his on feild decisions r not quiet upto the mark. If he doing that to make a best XI for world cup then it makes sense, but if this is the best he can do then we got a major problem. Not using less economical bowlers to finish their quota, not using his brain when to take powerplay, feild placing and his bowling change will hurt Pakistan badly. Experiment time is over now time to prove the world whozz best.....

  • on February 5, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    MAY HAVE gotten lazy is an understatement Waqa!!! inconsistency is our biggest weakness, specially when we didnt even went for any experimentation and went all out with full force

  • on February 5, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    My WC team would not include hafeez but there is no choice so here should be the final 11 team.

    HaFEEZ SHAHZAD YOUNIS MISBAH ASAD KAMRAN RAZZAQ AFRIDI GUL AKHTAR AJMAL

  • on February 5, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Poor captaincy from afridi once again he showed that he is not capable of leading pak in wc. Without the signal of umpire how dull u can be that u are thinking its power play. Arguing with umpire and asking styris abt power play is a sign of worst captain. I was not worried abt last match since pak already won the series but if afridi doesz stupid captaincy in wc we will be out in the first round. Afridi learn captaincy from clark and misbah Old ijaz butt change the damn captain and make misbah pak cap

  • on February 5, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    I would like to recommend Umair's comments. I thought it is only me who is noticing his behaviour againt Razzaq. Even in T20 he is giving him same treatment to Razzaq. His own performance has noisedown since T20 world cup win. He thinks he is extraordinary player which I always have doubt. Now the World Cup is knocking the door and we have clear two groups in the team. I really don't understand what Umar Akmal is doing in the team but offcourse he has backing of Shahid Afridi. Hafeez was given the last over why???? did Razaaq refused to take the ball??? As a nation we want our team to win but with leaders selfish like Afridi, there is no chance. But one has to bear him only upto World Cup and than he is gone. It is going to cost nation a World Cup to get rid of Afridi. He is close friend of Shoaib Malik, like to give big statements in media about unity of team and than can't ever like to eat lunch together. He was the main man to get rid of Younis Khan and now it is his time.

  • DesiKuri on February 5, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    This is not how professionals play, remember last year in Australia, Pak lost every single game including side matches. Did Aussies lost and got lazy? What is your explanation on not letting Shoaib or Razzaq finish their overs? have some guts and admit Coaches screwed up and dont make excuses.

  • ManHOOS on February 5, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    I would still say these pinkpanthers grunds in newzealand are pretty hard for bowlers

  • on February 5, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    I agree with Umair and others who are wondering about Razzaq's overs. in fact I just opened this article to write comment about same that why Razzaq is not getting full quota of overs even after bowling with best economy and making breakthroughs?? Misbah would have made better captain for WC. opinion changed only after he got test captaincy and how well he has performed after that. before I ridiculed him being made test captain. now he seemed to be best captain possible WC. anyways sad for Aamer but happy for butt and Asif.

  • khurramsch on February 5, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    @umair_umair: agree dear, under afridis captaincy razak is 6th r 7th bowler even in this series he has opened in previuos games & most ecnomical of all but today sohail was given chance to open & continued even getting treatment.in 4thgame same hapned.afridis bowling changes are never good thats y we lost semi final in t20, went out of asia cup. @raheel akhter: bro ur team has only 5 bowlers including hafez?these days teams have 6 r 7 .1 bowler ned to b in place of asad/umar.

  • wnwn on February 5, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Sohail Tanvir should not play for Pakistan again. He is in the side for his bowling not his batting. I think my grandmother can bowl faster than him. He also looks the wrong way at the point of release so how is he supposed to know where the ball is going? Get him out of the world cup squad and replace him with either Tanvir Ahmed, Rana Naveed or Yasir Arafat.

  • on February 5, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    afridi is not a good captain ,he is not matured yet.he cant handle bowling change

  • Umair_umair on February 5, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    and again. While under Afridi's captaincy since June2010; In 16 ODIs, Only ONCE Razzaq bowled 8 Overs, 5 times-7 Overs and in remaining 10 matches he was given 5 or less overs. (total around 85 Overs).

    In almost same number of matches (under his own captaincy). Afridi Bowled all 10 Overs - 13 times, 9 overs - 2 times, and 7 over two times. (total Around 163 overs).

    Whereas in overall career Razzaq has taken almost same No. of wickets in much much less matches than Afridi, much better bowling average, almost same econmy rate, much better strike rate, plus Razzaq has taken 4 or more wickets 11 times, whereas Afridi only 5 times.

    Then why, why, why Afridi is treating himself as leading bowler and Razzaq as a 5th, 6th choice bowler???

  • Agus2010 on February 5, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    Did anyone noticed this ODI series, whoever won the "toss" they lost the match, 1st and 6th ODI toss won by Pakistan (both they lost) and 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th ODI toss won by New Zeland, they lost 3 matches (one washed out), this meant the Pakistan might lost even if they selected bat first as well lol!

  • on February 5, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Let me Help Pakistan Selectors to select final 11

    1. Hafeez 2. Shahzad 3. Kamran Akmal 4. younus 5. Asad 6. Misbah 7. umar Akmal 8. Abdul Razzak 9. Shahid Afridi 10. Umar Gul 11. Shoaib Akhtar

    If there is any pitch where condition suits spinner then take one middle order batsmen out and play Saeed Ajmal / Abdur Rehman

    if top order perform good and take pakistan to 150 in 30 overs then bring razzak ahead of asad and misbah to add icing on the cake (Razzak is a great Finisher so let him play with power play at the innings end in normal circumstances)

  • khurramsch on February 5, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    over all poor performance in todays game by pak.specialy poor captaincy.311 is always tough . major problem was bowling changes by afiridi & not utilising razak.& last games razak was opening bowling & this time not>?then he continued with sohail & hafez in last 5 overs? Over all good work in this series & some positive signs. Opner got 100s. misbah consistant. younis got starts in each game, kamran akmal was rusty in start but today was good. 2 good inings by afridi.good bowling by akhter, riaz. gul needs to rise more. & i think sohail tanvir is totaly out of form & will not be in playing 11.

  • khurramsch on February 5, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    well its true upto some extent but mangmnt ned to sit & think what went wrong. ok they gave sohail a go & alow him to get some rythm which didnt hapn & seems that sohail wil sit on bench during WC. BUT errors made by pak: bowling 1st?this pitch was used in t20 & same hapned here. razak opened bowling in last 3 matches & was most economical of pak. afridi gave new bowl to sohail. when sohail was getting treatment he continued to use him & hafez in last overs whereas razak & akhter had overs left.mean afridi hasnt used razak to full extent ever in last 1 year.he is being used as part timer.Dead Rubber OR NOT afridi should have done some sensible changes.& he does this very often & that raises questions on his captaincy.

  • sunnymachoo on February 5, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    @Andy Yes this is the case. Today Pakistan probably had the last chance to experiment before the world cup. They performed really well where it counted. However there is no excuse for losing this last ODI. This is where Australians are too good! Look at them, they have unassailable lead but still they try to win every game. I hate this thing in Pakistan Team. They should have won this game. But anyway, they must get back to best combination and best form asap. Best wishes to Pakistan for WC.

  • on February 5, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    My playing eleven and batting order 1)Muhammed Hafeez 2) Kamran Akmal 3)Ahmed Shezad 4)Abdul Razzaq 5)Misbah ul haq as captain 6)Umer Akmal 7)Shahid Afridi 8)Sohail tanvir 9)Wahab Riaz 10) Umer Gul 11)Abdur Rehman Misbah as captain.

  • spellbinder76 on February 5, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    Bad luck on the 6th ODI. Pakistan needs to think about replacing Sohail Tanvir and Shoaib Akhter, both also struggle on the field. My team. 1. Hafeez, 2. Shahzad 3. Younus Khan, 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Misbah 6. Afridi 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Abdul Razzak 9. Umar Gul 10. Wahab Riaz 11. Saeed Ajmal or Abdul Rahman. 12. Asad Shafiq ( good fielder).

  • Percy_Fender on February 5, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Pakistan have a pretty good side now and should be quite a force in the World Cup. Most importantly they have thepace bowling even now,to excel in sub continent conditions.I think they will do much better than what may people may have predicted.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 5, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    BAD CAPTAINCY. win or lose, thats part of the game but Afridi doesn't use his head while captaining the team. (1) He took bowling power play in the 11th over just when Ryder was destroying the pak bowling. he should have waited until one wicket fell. (2) Razzaq was pick of the bowler in the 5th and 6th matches but in both the matches he wasn't utilized to the maximum 10 overs. (3) When Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar and Razzaq still had overs left, he bowled himself, Sohail Tanvir and Hafiz to bowl last 5 overs (4) Batting power play should have been taken when Razzaq and Afridi were on crease or at least when Sohail Tanvir was still on. Pakistan is not using powerplays correctly. (5) Afridi argued with umpire that NZ batting power play was started because he saw Styris giving a hint to have it. But he should know that it doen't start until an umpire gives a sign for it. but he goes on arguing with umpire. Overall he is not a good captain. not at all. They should work on planning the power p

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on February 5, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    @Gupta Ankur: Quite clearly he's NOT saying that. He's saying what every sportsman in the world knows, that once the hard part is over and the series is wrapped up, you take the foot off the pedal. Pakistan rested two of their best performers in Misbah and Riaz and Afridi gave as many overs to Tanvir to get him match ready when clearly he was getting smacked around. It's a dead rubber, so they tried their best to give chances to under-performing players.

  • on February 5, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    wiqi bahi u ryt .. v shuld hav stong middle ordr to beat strong times ..

  • Gupta.Ankur on February 5, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    you mean waqar,that if you win the series 3-0,then you will lose the next 2 matches every time? what sort of logic is this?

  • PrinzTigers on February 5, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    My playing eleven and batting order 1) Muhammad Hafeez 2) Ahmad Shahzad 3) Abdul Razzaq 4) Misbah-al-Haq 5) Asad Shafique 6) Umar Akmal 7) Shahid Afridi 8) Kamran Akmal 9) Wahab Riaz 10)Umar Gul 11) Shoaib Akhtar/ Saeed Ajmal (as per pitch conditions and weather)

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  • PrinzTigers on February 5, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    My playing eleven and batting order 1) Muhammad Hafeez 2) Ahmad Shahzad 3) Abdul Razzaq 4) Misbah-al-Haq 5) Asad Shafique 6) Umar Akmal 7) Shahid Afridi 8) Kamran Akmal 9) Wahab Riaz 10)Umar Gul 11) Shoaib Akhtar/ Saeed Ajmal (as per pitch conditions and weather)

  • Gupta.Ankur on February 5, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    you mean waqar,that if you win the series 3-0,then you will lose the next 2 matches every time? what sort of logic is this?

  • on February 5, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    wiqi bahi u ryt .. v shuld hav stong middle ordr to beat strong times ..

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on February 5, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    @Gupta Ankur: Quite clearly he's NOT saying that. He's saying what every sportsman in the world knows, that once the hard part is over and the series is wrapped up, you take the foot off the pedal. Pakistan rested two of their best performers in Misbah and Riaz and Afridi gave as many overs to Tanvir to get him match ready when clearly he was getting smacked around. It's a dead rubber, so they tried their best to give chances to under-performing players.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 5, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    BAD CAPTAINCY. win or lose, thats part of the game but Afridi doesn't use his head while captaining the team. (1) He took bowling power play in the 11th over just when Ryder was destroying the pak bowling. he should have waited until one wicket fell. (2) Razzaq was pick of the bowler in the 5th and 6th matches but in both the matches he wasn't utilized to the maximum 10 overs. (3) When Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar and Razzaq still had overs left, he bowled himself, Sohail Tanvir and Hafiz to bowl last 5 overs (4) Batting power play should have been taken when Razzaq and Afridi were on crease or at least when Sohail Tanvir was still on. Pakistan is not using powerplays correctly. (5) Afridi argued with umpire that NZ batting power play was started because he saw Styris giving a hint to have it. But he should know that it doen't start until an umpire gives a sign for it. but he goes on arguing with umpire. Overall he is not a good captain. not at all. They should work on planning the power p

  • Percy_Fender on February 5, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Pakistan have a pretty good side now and should be quite a force in the World Cup. Most importantly they have thepace bowling even now,to excel in sub continent conditions.I think they will do much better than what may people may have predicted.

  • spellbinder76 on February 5, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    Bad luck on the 6th ODI. Pakistan needs to think about replacing Sohail Tanvir and Shoaib Akhter, both also struggle on the field. My team. 1. Hafeez, 2. Shahzad 3. Younus Khan, 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Misbah 6. Afridi 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Abdul Razzak 9. Umar Gul 10. Wahab Riaz 11. Saeed Ajmal or Abdul Rahman. 12. Asad Shafiq ( good fielder).

  • on February 5, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    My playing eleven and batting order 1)Muhammed Hafeez 2) Kamran Akmal 3)Ahmed Shezad 4)Abdul Razzaq 5)Misbah ul haq as captain 6)Umer Akmal 7)Shahid Afridi 8)Sohail tanvir 9)Wahab Riaz 10) Umer Gul 11)Abdur Rehman Misbah as captain.

  • sunnymachoo on February 5, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    @Andy Yes this is the case. Today Pakistan probably had the last chance to experiment before the world cup. They performed really well where it counted. However there is no excuse for losing this last ODI. This is where Australians are too good! Look at them, they have unassailable lead but still they try to win every game. I hate this thing in Pakistan Team. They should have won this game. But anyway, they must get back to best combination and best form asap. Best wishes to Pakistan for WC.

  • khurramsch on February 5, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    well its true upto some extent but mangmnt ned to sit & think what went wrong. ok they gave sohail a go & alow him to get some rythm which didnt hapn & seems that sohail wil sit on bench during WC. BUT errors made by pak: bowling 1st?this pitch was used in t20 & same hapned here. razak opened bowling in last 3 matches & was most economical of pak. afridi gave new bowl to sohail. when sohail was getting treatment he continued to use him & hafez in last overs whereas razak & akhter had overs left.mean afridi hasnt used razak to full extent ever in last 1 year.he is being used as part timer.Dead Rubber OR NOT afridi should have done some sensible changes.& he does this very often & that raises questions on his captaincy.