Kent v Pakistanis, Tour Match, Canterbury, 1st day June 28, 2010

Umar Akmal lights up Pakistan batting

Mark Pennell at Canterbury
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Kent 2 for 0 trail Pakistanis 360 ( Umar Akmal 153, Lawson 4-93) by 358 runs with 10 wickets remaining
Scorecard

It was more gloom and doom than 'Boom Boom' for star one-day batsman Shahid Afridi after Pakistan's enigmatic captain suffered a six-ball duck on the opening day of their second tour game against Kent in Canterbury.

Instead of watching Afridi dispatch the ball to all parts, Kent and Pakistan supporters had to contend themselves with a workmanlike 153 from Umar Akmal as Pakistan recovered from a sticky start of 53 for 3 to rack up 360 all out in temperatures more akin to Gujranwala than the Garden of England.

Having elected to rest the majority of their first choice side for this first-class fixture, Kent gave a county debut to former Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Middlesex leg-spinner Mark Lawson and welcomed back seamers Dewald Nel and Robbie Joseph after long-term injuries. The hosts also included their former Academy all-rounders Matt Coles and Alex Blake in a side led by former Pakistan allrounder Azhar Mahmood.

Though understandably batting first in sublime conditions and against a makeshift county attack, Pakistan made a miserable start by losing four wickets for 112 in the opening session of this three-day friendly. Looking ill at ease against a seaming ball, the tourists lost their first three batsmen all to leg-before decisions. Umar Amin (2) played horribly across the line of a Coles off-cutter then Fawad Alam (20) went in the same manner despite the hint of an inside edge against Nel, who was bowling his first over for the county first team since April.

Then, in the next over Mahmood snared Salman Butt (26) to one that darted back in to the left-hander hitting him flush in front and leaden footed at the crease. In the last over before lunch Shoaib Malik (27) was enticed into a rash, wide drive against Lawson to meekly give up his wicket to a comfortable catch at backward point.

After lunch the sprightly Blake, bowling again after a host of back problems, took two wickets in consecutive overs, including the prized scalp of Afridi. The 21-year-old had Kamran Akmal (28) spectacularly caught at gully, one-handed by Coles diving away to his right off an edged drive then, without addition to the score, Afridi disappointed his local following once more.

In his four one-day starts when playing for Kent back in 2004 Afridi averaged a dismal 13 and faced only 24 deliveries, this time around he lasted barely seven minutes before an impulsive drive over cover sliced off an open face to deep backward point, where Nel took a good catch on the run.

While Afridi sloped off to spend half-an-hour in the St Lawrence practice nets, so Pakistan's seventh-wicket partners Umar Akmal and Abdul Rashid set about posting a sensible partnership worth 111 in 30.1 overs. Akmal moved to a 73-ball half-century with a six over mid-wicket against Lawson, but generally played well within himself until he had reached three figures. At the other end, Abdul Rehman was content to play second fiddle, batting a shade over two hours for his 30 runs and two boundaries.

His stay came to an end after the right-hander over-balanced when attempting a leg-glance against James Goodman only to be stumped by a good piece of work by Kent's understudy keeper Paul Dixey, who was deputising for the resting Geraint Jones.

Once safely to his 150-ball century with 15 fours and a six, the diminutive Umar Akmal opened up his locker of shots with four more sixes, three of which came from lofted-straight drives against debutant Lawson. Lawson finally got his revenge and brought an end to the right-hander's 268-minute stay to another Dixey stumping, this time after Akmal had advanced down the pitch only to miss with a wild swish to one he had hoped to deposit somewhere over the ropes at long-on.

Lawson, assisted by three stumpings by Dixey, duly ran through the tail to finish with 4 for 93 leaving Kent to survive the final over of the day and post two without loss by the close. Night watchman Coles scored their only runs.

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  • on June 29, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    On the seaming pitches of England, we need our world class batsmen- who are Umar Yousuf and Younis. no disrespect, but people like Butt and Afridi arent the type to play good innings in test matches - and we dont want to end up being embarassed like the Bangladeshi's were.

    We should try and call up Younis, but I fear Yousuf has said he willl make his comeback in the UAE because he knows what the antics of certain players will be in England- and if he speaks out against it because he is religious- THESE ARE THE KIND OF THINGS WHICH LEAD TO STORIES OF INFIGHTING AND BICKERING- even if he is in the right we will never hear the full story- we will only hear that he was causing trouble and other players were against him.

  • on June 29, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Umar and Amir are the future of pakistan cricket. We need to make sure thay these 2 are looked after, and not allowed to fall into bad habits. I hope Amir is kept away from Akhtars influence especially in England.

  • Umair_umair on June 29, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    (Continued). See how Pakistani team was playing from t20 2009 world champ to champion trophy and then suddenly we felt that they don't want to play with each other. How Afridi was performing when Yousaf was a captain and how his performance is changed when he became the captain himself. My bet, there are only 35-40 players who are on the radar. We don't have any Laras, Sachins, Richards left behind(even individual brilliance of Lara and Sachins could not win all the matches to their teams.)

  • Umair_umair on June 29, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Agreed that Malik does not deserve a place in the team. So do Manager(Yawar, who was directed involved in Younis issue) and Aaqib(who excused Kamram Akmal and the fact that Waqar is already there. Not sure how does/will they stay in one dressing room. The point I am trying to make is that we should not expect Younis, Yousaf and Akhter to come back with a magic stick and solve all the issues. Even our batting greats have not been so good in SA or AUS. It's a team game and each and every player has to do his own job sincerely. We can blame captains, we can blame coaches, we can blame boards but actually it all rests with the players, that how much desire they have. The very same players sometimes look un beatable when they are in the mood under the same coach, same captain and same board(chairman) but suddenly things change and it seems that they don't want to play. (Continued)

  • on June 29, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    Despite losing the early wicket of Salman Butt i think Pakistan has batted admirably. I would like to see Amin and Alam have some positive crease time and getting use to the english conditions!

  • malepas on June 29, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    To umair-- Yes, your point taken, but Younus was sent after tests and it was time when the team was rife with back stabbing and indecipline. Though the main culprit which is Malik is still in the team,, moreover, that manager is still around cos he is friend of Butt... Things would be ideal if they would have kicked out Malik and bring the Moyo and Younus back under Afridi for now,, this team can be back on its feat again but it needs good management behind it.

  • on June 29, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    umar akmal and mohammad amir is the future of pakistan criket team... it will be intresting to see the team unity and performance under the captaincy of inexperienced test captain shahid afridi...!

  • on June 29, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    i am impressed with this young talent emerged from pakistan. muhammed aamer and umar akmal............... handle them carefully....... dont let politics of team and board destroy them.... well played young boys

  • Maxculine on June 29, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    I told my friends after watching him playing against NZ in his first test appearance that he is no less than Lara and Tendulkar without any doubt. He and Aamir are the two gems who will lead the Pakistan team. Just need one partner in bowling may be anwar ali. I want to see aamir and anwar opening the spell for pakistan. Just a pinch of interest Umar Akmal and Matt Coles of Kent both shares same birthday day and year and it was Wahab Riaz birthday yesterday :-)

  • Maxculine on June 29, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    Well done Umar !! He is truly future of Pakistan

  • on June 29, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    On the seaming pitches of England, we need our world class batsmen- who are Umar Yousuf and Younis. no disrespect, but people like Butt and Afridi arent the type to play good innings in test matches - and we dont want to end up being embarassed like the Bangladeshi's were.

    We should try and call up Younis, but I fear Yousuf has said he willl make his comeback in the UAE because he knows what the antics of certain players will be in England- and if he speaks out against it because he is religious- THESE ARE THE KIND OF THINGS WHICH LEAD TO STORIES OF INFIGHTING AND BICKERING- even if he is in the right we will never hear the full story- we will only hear that he was causing trouble and other players were against him.

  • on June 29, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Umar and Amir are the future of pakistan cricket. We need to make sure thay these 2 are looked after, and not allowed to fall into bad habits. I hope Amir is kept away from Akhtars influence especially in England.

  • Umair_umair on June 29, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    (Continued). See how Pakistani team was playing from t20 2009 world champ to champion trophy and then suddenly we felt that they don't want to play with each other. How Afridi was performing when Yousaf was a captain and how his performance is changed when he became the captain himself. My bet, there are only 35-40 players who are on the radar. We don't have any Laras, Sachins, Richards left behind(even individual brilliance of Lara and Sachins could not win all the matches to their teams.)

  • Umair_umair on June 29, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Agreed that Malik does not deserve a place in the team. So do Manager(Yawar, who was directed involved in Younis issue) and Aaqib(who excused Kamram Akmal and the fact that Waqar is already there. Not sure how does/will they stay in one dressing room. The point I am trying to make is that we should not expect Younis, Yousaf and Akhter to come back with a magic stick and solve all the issues. Even our batting greats have not been so good in SA or AUS. It's a team game and each and every player has to do his own job sincerely. We can blame captains, we can blame coaches, we can blame boards but actually it all rests with the players, that how much desire they have. The very same players sometimes look un beatable when they are in the mood under the same coach, same captain and same board(chairman) but suddenly things change and it seems that they don't want to play. (Continued)

  • on June 29, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    Despite losing the early wicket of Salman Butt i think Pakistan has batted admirably. I would like to see Amin and Alam have some positive crease time and getting use to the english conditions!

  • malepas on June 29, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    To umair-- Yes, your point taken, but Younus was sent after tests and it was time when the team was rife with back stabbing and indecipline. Though the main culprit which is Malik is still in the team,, moreover, that manager is still around cos he is friend of Butt... Things would be ideal if they would have kicked out Malik and bring the Moyo and Younus back under Afridi for now,, this team can be back on its feat again but it needs good management behind it.

  • on June 29, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    umar akmal and mohammad amir is the future of pakistan criket team... it will be intresting to see the team unity and performance under the captaincy of inexperienced test captain shahid afridi...!

  • on June 29, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    i am impressed with this young talent emerged from pakistan. muhammed aamer and umar akmal............... handle them carefully....... dont let politics of team and board destroy them.... well played young boys

  • Maxculine on June 29, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    I told my friends after watching him playing against NZ in his first test appearance that he is no less than Lara and Tendulkar without any doubt. He and Aamir are the two gems who will lead the Pakistan team. Just need one partner in bowling may be anwar ali. I want to see aamir and anwar opening the spell for pakistan. Just a pinch of interest Umar Akmal and Matt Coles of Kent both shares same birthday day and year and it was Wahab Riaz birthday yesterday :-)

  • Maxculine on June 29, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    Well done Umar !! He is truly future of Pakistan

  • on June 29, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    33/4 Aamir revving up .. cant wait to see this boy in international action again

  • on June 29, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    well gud to see team playing as one unit....now just to overcome our defecinces

  • on June 29, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    whatevr happened to nasir jamshed the opening batsman.This Pakistan side has talent like all others before it.But Pakistan needs more than just talent to comprehend their performances into someting meaningful.They need brains !

  • poderdubdubdub on June 29, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    The indispensability of Shoaib Malik for this team clearly shows the level and the class of others in the team. No disrespect to Shoaib Malik but he has a class of his own, certainly not a test one. If its not PCB who is responsible for such a decline in Pakistan cricket who else is?

  • Umair_umair on June 29, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    No doubt, batting lineup is too thin. But I was just thinking something; tell me one thing, when Pakistan team went to tour NZ and AUS earlier this year. They were without Younis and Misbah. Right? But then Yousaf pushed PCB to send Misbah and Younis. They both were added to the team Right? Then what happened? Yousaf was there, plus Younis and Misbah - all three were there. Then what happened? Pakistan team lost testlost 3-0 and ODIs 5-0. Anybody ????

  • poderdubdubdub on June 29, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Yes 360 looks okay but only due to a one man show, again the rest of the team performed no more than a low mediocre batting. Most of them just got to late 20s, and that is against a county makeshift bowling attack, this is a worrying state for a batting side who is going to face Australia and England. I know we dont have the Pakistan side like those of 70s, 80s and 90s who used to blow away every single county in England, yet we need to try and work hard with whatever meagre talent we have. Most of them still cant handle the 'movement' of the ball, so where are the coaches?

  • malepas on June 29, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    Why can't the thick head of PCB don't see the logic that they gonna need some experience batsmen in England to survive, they have put too much pressure on poor Umer Akmal that every time he gonna walk on the crease, he would required to score hundreds, how on earth he gonna cope with this, this is very unfair on him as he needed to florish under a little pressure to become one of the best around but with this pressure he bound to fail and the rest will looks batting to be fit for a village cricket. I know Pak gonna get badly beaten by both Aus and Eng, they will include moyo and younis for UAE tour, whats the point of doing that???? why can't you do the right thing before you get dribling???

  • on June 29, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    I am really sure this young man (Umar Akmal) will be fomuse as soon as possible if the PCB do not put any blame on him and i will give him a free advise that dont ever become a capitan of pakistan because u re careeer come very short. Nice Battting man

  • sheksyshot on June 29, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    umar akmal is THE PLAYER i m much more interested in nowadays in the world cricket. but the problem is that he is in the hand of PAKISTAN CRICKET BOARD and thus i m afraid that HIS TALENT MAY BE MISHANDLED.

  • Milan31 on June 29, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    Pakistan should have opened with Yaseer Hameed. They should recall Asim Kamal for middle order batting. Bowling is fine.

  • on June 29, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    @Waseem Mushtaq: They meant Abdur Rehman. Overall it was a pleasure to see Umar Akal coming good again. His brother also would have scored but a good catch took care of him. The failures were known failures. Umar Amin is yet to show if he has any class, Fawad Alam has also failed to impress these last couple of years, Shoaib Malik is at best just a good fielder with a suspect bowling arm and too finicky batting. Afridi is Afridi; he'll kill the goose on his day but then cricket is like that! Overall 360 is a very satisfying score for any team to make in any form of cricket.

    Well played Pakistanis :-) Go on and give them a run for their money. Best of luck and hoping to see more evenly matched cricket later in the tour.

  • on June 29, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    correction: there's no abdul rashid and abdul rehman is a left hand bat. Including Umar, almost all played their present forms and a 360 against a second XI Kent attacks translates into 200ish against the aussie test attack ..

  • on June 29, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    I see shades of great Tendulkar in this young man.He truely is the most talented youngster around these days.His ability to play both , spin as well as fast bowling / home as well as away from home, makes him a special .I wish him and all the best for this tough tour.

  • on June 29, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    Umer Akmal is great find, a batsman with a positive attitude. He is not only the find of the year for Pakistan but also world cricket.

  • Percy_Fender on June 29, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    This is the kind of cricket reporting that cricinfo could do without. It is nothing but an attempt to berate Pakistan's performance on the first day of their tour match. While even if one agrees that there is little to commend about the day's play barring Umar Akmal's century, one can see in the correspondent's lines that he is making a clear case of his suggestion that Pakistan were rattled even by a second string attack of a team which took this as a great opportunity to rest most of its important players. It is another matter that Kent is currently placed 6th in Division 1 and it would not make much of difference to the team if they had all played. They are certainly not in the race for the Championship. I find it laughable that it is the English correspondents who are lapping up all the post 20/20 World Cup bragging rights even if in an underplayed manner. Maybe we should not deny them their space in the sun. It may be short-lived after all.The Ashes is not too far away.

  • on June 29, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    Shoaib Malik is a disgrace to be called a Test batsman! he is just in the team to create rifts and disciplinary issues.

  • on June 29, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    Well his name is Abdur Rehman and not Abdul Rashid. Secondly he is not a right hander.

  • pakspin on June 29, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    If Pakistan lose, it will be because of batting collapses, courtesy, the retards at PCB who sacked arguably the best test player in the world at the moment (mohammed yousuf), as well as the absence of the younis Khan in the middle order who has been known to play big test knocks in England. So, here is a picture of things to come. Batting collapses from Pakistan vs England and especially Australia, and talk of bringing back younis khan, and Mohammed yousuf, and talk of making younis khan the test captain, and sacking afridi from the test team and keeping him as captain for ODIs and t20s, when it is in fact not his fault that younis khan and mohammed yousuf are missing from the batting line up. He has been impressive to say the least so far as captain. The clowns of PCB are to blame for whats to come. Keeping Shoaib Malik in the team is ridiculous. Check this post in 6 months. I am bound to get some part of this right.

  • hassan8899 on June 29, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    Keep it like that U.Akmal and who Abdul Rashid.

  • HarrY-101 on June 29, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    These guys are rubbish seriously ... What in the world made them play Fawad Alam in three day match when in the first place they did not select him in the test team but in the T20 team! Azhar Ali should have been there in place of him and Yasir Hameed who is making a comeback after a long time should have been there as well! These are very important practice games for Pakistan to get their balance and team composition right! But these people just don't know that one word of "Planning" seriously! Happy For Umar Akmal but if he will finish his quota of runs in the warm ups then i am afraid that Pakistan might be dismissed for a score of below 100 in the tests to come at least once!

  • on June 29, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    Poor performance by Pakistan. It was a one man show, batsmen getting starts and throwing it away! they need to concentrate hard, its not going to be easy.

  • Zahidsaltin on June 29, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    People have seen Umar Amin and Shahzaib bat in 3 innings and I wonder what made selectors to select them for such a high profile tour. There are only bits and pieces players in this touring team. Only player who could play a long test innings, Younis is dropped because of Ijaz Butts ego. Pakistan Cricket is surrounded by those who give a damn about Pakistan colours. Look at Miandad and Rashid Latif, How they are trying to put Faisal Iqbal in the same basket as younis. At least people expected some sincirety from Rashed and he should explain, how he can demand inclusion of Faisal who has been hanging around for 6 years and has never delivered. An average of 27?? The only reason Rashed could give is, that when other nonperformers are included then why not oblige Miandad too. ITS ALL A BIG SHAME. Mohsan Khan and Ijaz Butt are crimina of not selecting Younis Khan, Hassan Raza, Naved Yasin and Mohammad Irfan. This Team is gonna hammered even more than what they got down under.

  • smurtazah on June 29, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    I am just wondering why Pakistan, WI and Bangladesh haven't lost their test status for playing such corrupt and spineless cricket at the top level. It is sad to watch these teams in tatters in every test match. It is usually a sure bet to win against them.

  • tanvir1974 on June 28, 2010, 23:34 GMT

    pak team always play as per their ranking and average. s.butt & shoaib M round about 30 run in every match. some one NIL and some bowlers and all rounders 20 to 30. only one batsman always click to do some 50 or 100 and he took all the load alone in all the series. with this batting this team can never win any match even one match in England.remember that.need to improve batting only to stay on crease and concenterate on singles and doubles.

  • on June 28, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    This could well be the story all summer: Umar Akmal saves the day. Pakistan's problems with the seaming ball have been well documented. The openers will have to raise their game to protect the strong middle-order batsmen.

  • Trickstar on June 28, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    They are playing one of the worst Kent sides ever to be put together,i don't think they will be able to take much away from this match with the terrible bowling on display from Kent.

  • Acting_Career on June 28, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    UA (Umar Akmal) is next Tandlukar. The torch has been passed over. Rest of the Pak X1 should learn from UA. I do not uderstand why Amin was played in place of Faraht who is going to open against AU and Britts. it is sad that PCB did not give chance to in form Misbah who topping the domestic chart with his charteristic batting. Pak team needs at least few seniors players who know how to play under prssure. I hope they give him a chance in One days and test. Afridi will bounce back in next inn, we all know. He always does. He is diverse player who add value as bowler and fantastic fielder.

  • on June 28, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    Afridi's duck is not surprising at all, he rarely bats well in domestic cricket even when he is in top form. Pakistan desperately need Younis Khan back for this tour, unless the young guys like Umar Akmal, Fawwad Alam and Salman Butt fire consistently throughout the tour, Pakistan's batting line up looks weak for test cricket. Worried about Asif as well, why didn't he play? I am quite sure Danish Kaneria will do really well on this tour as Akmal will not be keeping in the Test series.

  • on June 28, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    ahhhhhhhhhh whats wrong with PCB and the Selector Comitee a guy who averages 56 ("fawad Alam") in first class is not being given a regular go in which he can prove if he is capable of playing international cricket or not and a guy who averages 40 (umar amin") is.

  • AAJS on June 28, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    This is truly pathetic.. and in fact just shows what the ECB thinks of this team of losers.. allowing Kent to field 18, 19 and 20 year olds and giving everyone who is half decent a day or two off.. And the brainless lot that is this pakistani team, they are going to think that having scored some runs against this club attack makes them ready to take on England and Aus.. they are mistaken and I can guarantee that they won't score more than 200 in any of the innings against Aus or England.. If I had scored a hundred against this attack I wouldn't celebrate it as though I have conquered the world's best.. but then again these are pakistani lot.. not much between the ears is there?

  • on June 28, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    I hope he carries on his gud form ... nd win more matches for Pakistan which are officially played...

  • DaniE.. on June 28, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    Really an awesome innimgs by U. Akmal.. Hope U. Akmal's this form continues in England tour in future aswell.. :)

  • on June 28, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Overall satisfactory performance by pakistan but what if umar akmal had not clicked so well. The failed customers especially umar amin, afridi n most of all shoaib malik should prepare themselves for classical test innings bcz they have to face giant bowling attack of england and australia in the series. Frankly speaking i m in no favor of inclusion of shoaib malik in the squad, he in my terms is always suspicious for discipline, moreover he has never been a reliable test batsman for Pakistan. Afterall best of luck for pakistan for this hectic tour, i hope Afridi could lead the team from front being in-form with both bat n bowl.

  • on June 28, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Who is Abdul Rashid???

    Im sure Umar Akmal and Abdur Rehman** put a big partnership up.

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  • on June 28, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Who is Abdul Rashid???

    Im sure Umar Akmal and Abdur Rehman** put a big partnership up.

  • on June 28, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Overall satisfactory performance by pakistan but what if umar akmal had not clicked so well. The failed customers especially umar amin, afridi n most of all shoaib malik should prepare themselves for classical test innings bcz they have to face giant bowling attack of england and australia in the series. Frankly speaking i m in no favor of inclusion of shoaib malik in the squad, he in my terms is always suspicious for discipline, moreover he has never been a reliable test batsman for Pakistan. Afterall best of luck for pakistan for this hectic tour, i hope Afridi could lead the team from front being in-form with both bat n bowl.

  • DaniE.. on June 28, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    Really an awesome innimgs by U. Akmal.. Hope U. Akmal's this form continues in England tour in future aswell.. :)

  • on June 28, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    I hope he carries on his gud form ... nd win more matches for Pakistan which are officially played...

  • AAJS on June 28, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    This is truly pathetic.. and in fact just shows what the ECB thinks of this team of losers.. allowing Kent to field 18, 19 and 20 year olds and giving everyone who is half decent a day or two off.. And the brainless lot that is this pakistani team, they are going to think that having scored some runs against this club attack makes them ready to take on England and Aus.. they are mistaken and I can guarantee that they won't score more than 200 in any of the innings against Aus or England.. If I had scored a hundred against this attack I wouldn't celebrate it as though I have conquered the world's best.. but then again these are pakistani lot.. not much between the ears is there?

  • on June 28, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    ahhhhhhhhhh whats wrong with PCB and the Selector Comitee a guy who averages 56 ("fawad Alam") in first class is not being given a regular go in which he can prove if he is capable of playing international cricket or not and a guy who averages 40 (umar amin") is.

  • on June 28, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    Afridi's duck is not surprising at all, he rarely bats well in domestic cricket even when he is in top form. Pakistan desperately need Younis Khan back for this tour, unless the young guys like Umar Akmal, Fawwad Alam and Salman Butt fire consistently throughout the tour, Pakistan's batting line up looks weak for test cricket. Worried about Asif as well, why didn't he play? I am quite sure Danish Kaneria will do really well on this tour as Akmal will not be keeping in the Test series.

  • Acting_Career on June 28, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    UA (Umar Akmal) is next Tandlukar. The torch has been passed over. Rest of the Pak X1 should learn from UA. I do not uderstand why Amin was played in place of Faraht who is going to open against AU and Britts. it is sad that PCB did not give chance to in form Misbah who topping the domestic chart with his charteristic batting. Pak team needs at least few seniors players who know how to play under prssure. I hope they give him a chance in One days and test. Afridi will bounce back in next inn, we all know. He always does. He is diverse player who add value as bowler and fantastic fielder.

  • Trickstar on June 28, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    They are playing one of the worst Kent sides ever to be put together,i don't think they will be able to take much away from this match with the terrible bowling on display from Kent.

  • on June 28, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    This could well be the story all summer: Umar Akmal saves the day. Pakistan's problems with the seaming ball have been well documented. The openers will have to raise their game to protect the strong middle-order batsmen.