Pakistan v Australia 2012 August 13, 2012

Younis, Gul dropped from ODI squad

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Pakistan have dropped seniors Younis Khan and Umar Gul from the one-day squad for the three-match series against Australia in the UAE later this month. Kamran Akmal, who was recalled for the Twenty20s, also made it to the one-day leg of the tour and the other notable inclusion is Junaid Khan, the left-arm fast bowler who had an impressive Test series in Sri Lanka recently. Anwar Ali, the fast bowler who has played one Twenty20 international back in 2008, is the only relatively new face in the team.

Gul, Pakistan's strike seam bowler, was selected for the Twenty20s but ignored for the ODIs. He had a disappointing tour of Sri Lanka, taking only four wickets in five games. Younis was out of sorts throughout the series, scoring just five runs in four games.

Iqbal Qasim, Pakistan's chief selector, said both were dropped for the sake of rest.

"For a while Gul and Younis have been struggling and they have been dropped only to give them a break," Qasim told ESPNcricinfo. "Both have contributed a lot for Pakistan and we need them to be fresh ahead of the busy schedule. They desperately need a break to mange their workload."

The selectors also ignored the unpredictable seamer Mohammad Sami, who played two one-dayers but was expensive in the fifth match in Colombo, leaking 75 runs in a thrilling encounter. Rahat Ali, the rookie left-arm seamer, was also left out after getting just one opportunity.

"The selectors have decided to drop Rahat Ali, who needs more grooming and he is a future prospect, while Anwar Ali has been in the pipeline for quite a long time," Qasim said. "He has been included to get some confidence and much-needed exposure."

The allrounder Shoaib Malik also gets a recall, after being ignored for the one-dayers in Sri Lanka. Malik played an ODI in February this year against England. Kamran Akmal's inclusion was on expected lines after he was named in the Twenty20 squad for the UAE tour and the World Twenty20 next month in Sri Lanka. He last played an ODI during the 2011 World Cup. Pakistan selected three wicketkeepers - one for each format - in Sri Lanka, picking Shakeel Ansar and Sarfraz Ahmed for the Twenty20s and ODIs respectively. Both were left out in favour of Akmal.

"Akmal is our first-choice as wicketkeeper-batsman for limited-overs cricket mainly because of his assured batting skills," Qasim said. "So drafting him in the ODI squad could help him gain more confidence ahead of the World T20."

Anwar made a name for himself during Pakistan's successful Under-19 World Cup campaign in Sri Lanka in 2006. He went wicketless in his only opportunity for Pakistan, against Zimbabwe in Canada. He is also a handy lower-order batsman, with a first-class century to his name.

However, the squad lacks an experienced seamer, with Abdul Razzaq too missing out, despite making the Twenty20 squad. Hammad Azam, rated highly by the likes of Ramiz Raja (the former Pakistan captain) as an allrounder with potential, was ignored yet again.

"Pakistan have been relying more on spin bowling, and in view of the pitches and conditions in the UAE, the onus will be on spinners," Qasim said.

Additional reporting by Umar Farooq

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  • POSTED BY gunnerz on | August 16, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    @Sinhaya: That proves that SL need helpof other teams to qualify for finals of trinations. Whenever SL plays India in bilaterals, they go down worse than Bangladesh/Zimbabwe. Just imagine what will happen when Sanga-Jaya retire. Even Ireland will come and beat you. HA!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    TABISH KHAN FAST BOWLER SHOULD BE SELECTED FOR THIS TOUR .. HE IS BEST OF ALL AND NOT BEEN GIVEN A CHANCE

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    hmm...I wonder if Pakistan Umpires Alim Dar and especially Asad Rauf haha...will be officiating in those matches considering how busy the schedules are :)

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | August 15, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Australia will win this comfortably mind you this is a Pakistan team that has never ever won a series in Australia so I think Australia will show the Pakistanis how its really done. I don't understand why Pakistan are still allowed to play Cricket I mean if they're not going to hold International matches again they should remove themselves from all forms. Just look at our England team, I admit we're not currently on top as of yet but we have been constantly within the top in all formats and held the Number 1 ranking in Test Cricket for over a year something Pakistan can only dream off :D

  • POSTED BY pak78 on | August 15, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    i will miss younis in the slips as well, his smile and constant chewing on his gum but v need 2 groom in young players for the future. and for gul well the guy needs to sit on the side lines for a bit as he has not been performing well and give a chance 2 new guys.

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Shoaib Malik's inclusion and Hammad Azam denied is a great set back for PAKISTAN CRICKET. I hope shoaib malik will prove he is not worth PAKISTAN team.

  • POSTED BY Farrukh.91. on | August 15, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Younis Khan is out, but what is the use of Misbah?

  • POSTED BY UK_Chap on | August 15, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    There is an anonymous post by someone below who said "Now Australia will win this series", I presume this is because I and many others have listed Pak achievements and suggested that Pak will win the series. This is the sort of optimistic fan I have to put up with in my own brother. For the person who posted the comment and my brother I say this, in any competitive sport there is the opportunity to win and lose. At the outset you have to believe you are going to win, otherwise there is no point in playing. The "taking part" balderdash does not work in competitive sport.

  • POSTED BY kam_uk on | August 15, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    An interesting article by Basit Ali - http://www.cricket365.co.uk/pakistan/story/7990317/-Dropping-Younis-unintelligent- I can understand why Younis has been dropped based on his performance in ODi's in UAE earlier this year, but he and the team as a whole had all the rough end of bad umpiring decisions in SL recently. Pak would not have lost the first test if DRS had been in place and possibly even had won it. Younis in particular had 4 very poor decisons. As for Sami in the T20 side, he had one good game in SL - the first T20 where there were helpful conditions but was poor the rest of the series. The omission of Junaid for T20 WC is a major blunder. Yasir Arafat has not performed at the internation level for many years. Sohail Tanvir has also not performed aswell following his injury. I can see an "injury" happening and one or two tweaks to the squad prior to or even before the WC.

  • POSTED BY shahnoor-haque on | August 15, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    happy to see anwar ali back into a team

  • POSTED BY gunnerz on | August 16, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    @Sinhaya: That proves that SL need helpof other teams to qualify for finals of trinations. Whenever SL plays India in bilaterals, they go down worse than Bangladesh/Zimbabwe. Just imagine what will happen when Sanga-Jaya retire. Even Ireland will come and beat you. HA!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    TABISH KHAN FAST BOWLER SHOULD BE SELECTED FOR THIS TOUR .. HE IS BEST OF ALL AND NOT BEEN GIVEN A CHANCE

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    hmm...I wonder if Pakistan Umpires Alim Dar and especially Asad Rauf haha...will be officiating in those matches considering how busy the schedules are :)

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | August 15, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Australia will win this comfortably mind you this is a Pakistan team that has never ever won a series in Australia so I think Australia will show the Pakistanis how its really done. I don't understand why Pakistan are still allowed to play Cricket I mean if they're not going to hold International matches again they should remove themselves from all forms. Just look at our England team, I admit we're not currently on top as of yet but we have been constantly within the top in all formats and held the Number 1 ranking in Test Cricket for over a year something Pakistan can only dream off :D

  • POSTED BY pak78 on | August 15, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    i will miss younis in the slips as well, his smile and constant chewing on his gum but v need 2 groom in young players for the future. and for gul well the guy needs to sit on the side lines for a bit as he has not been performing well and give a chance 2 new guys.

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Shoaib Malik's inclusion and Hammad Azam denied is a great set back for PAKISTAN CRICKET. I hope shoaib malik will prove he is not worth PAKISTAN team.

  • POSTED BY Farrukh.91. on | August 15, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Younis Khan is out, but what is the use of Misbah?

  • POSTED BY UK_Chap on | August 15, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    There is an anonymous post by someone below who said "Now Australia will win this series", I presume this is because I and many others have listed Pak achievements and suggested that Pak will win the series. This is the sort of optimistic fan I have to put up with in my own brother. For the person who posted the comment and my brother I say this, in any competitive sport there is the opportunity to win and lose. At the outset you have to believe you are going to win, otherwise there is no point in playing. The "taking part" balderdash does not work in competitive sport.

  • POSTED BY kam_uk on | August 15, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    An interesting article by Basit Ali - http://www.cricket365.co.uk/pakistan/story/7990317/-Dropping-Younis-unintelligent- I can understand why Younis has been dropped based on his performance in ODi's in UAE earlier this year, but he and the team as a whole had all the rough end of bad umpiring decisions in SL recently. Pak would not have lost the first test if DRS had been in place and possibly even had won it. Younis in particular had 4 very poor decisons. As for Sami in the T20 side, he had one good game in SL - the first T20 where there were helpful conditions but was poor the rest of the series. The omission of Junaid for T20 WC is a major blunder. Yasir Arafat has not performed at the internation level for many years. Sohail Tanvir has also not performed aswell following his injury. I can see an "injury" happening and one or two tweaks to the squad prior to or even before the WC.

  • POSTED BY shahnoor-haque on | August 15, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    happy to see anwar ali back into a team

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Why is everybody asking about Hammad Azam and questioning Shoaib Malik's and kami's inculsion , firstly about Kami , tell me what have other keepers done in past in absence of Kami , name of them who have played a match saving innings in any ODI and T20, our team has clearly struggled without Kami coz he provides that extra to our brittle batting line up, yeah he dropped some catches but common GUYS this guy is the best we have for WK coz of his batting, Shoaib Malik if u see in the past was a brilliant athlete in all aspects except he made some silly mistakes after being Captain , that was his biggest mistake, then recently he had bad patch , but he really neds a chance coz this is noone like him , what has hammad azam done , has he any century , any 5 wicket haul , what has he really done , why everybody is concerned about him, check his status he is nowere naer to razzaq or Shoaib . And for some people who think Aussies will beat Pak in this series , u gotta be Kidding me !

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Now the above mentioned guys got the great chance for making his performance better.

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Now Australia will win this series...

  • POSTED BY UK_Chap on | August 15, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    correction to my last last post I stated that there was 2 T20`s being played in the UAE in August / September this year between Aus and Pak, there is three T20`s being played. But I still stand by my post, This is still NOT a proper series. No Test matches - and a sprinkling of a little bit this and little bit of that...........

  • POSTED BY UK_Chap on | August 15, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Great Aussie : due to various reasons we all know, Australia has neatly avoided playing Pakistan in Pakistan for the last 15 years. I am very dissapointed that there is no test series between Pak and Aus in the UAE. That is what I really wanted to see. They drew 1-1 in England in 2010. There should have been at least three test matches and I am sure Pakistan would have gone on to win that series. They only played 2 T20 matches, Pak won both of those. Pakistan team performances since 2010 have been on an upward trend. That is borne out in the results of the last two years. As for this short hotch potch "series" at the end of Aug 2012. What are the PCB thinking of ?. 3 ODI and 2 T20`s is NOT a series. Either play 5 ODi or 5 T20`s. The latter would make sense with the T20 world cup around the corner. Who thinks this up and organises this rubbish ?.

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    I dont Think so that Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat are ODI players... Muhammad Sami should have been in the team..

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    ANWAR WILL SPARK AS A NEW TALENT

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    if u are saying that shoib malik is selected for fielding only then that is the greatest decision taken........amir sohail told that he basically came into the team becouse of the fielding......once in a series against west indies he had an batting ave of 42 but in the last game he dropped two catches which evantually pakistan lost the game and the series and was dropped from team for the next series

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | August 15, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    @UK_Chap, you are spot on right! Great_Aussie is talking as if Aussies have always beaten Pakistan and never lost. Pakistan are way too superior for the Aussies. @Great_Aussie, forgot how Sri Lanka beat India in the 2010 T20 world cup in West Indies?

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | August 15, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    @Great_Aussie, dream on! Pakistan will thrash Australia in style this series. Even NZ managed to beat you all last year in Hobart which shows that Aussies are beatable. Also waiting to see England thrash Australia 5-0 in the Ashes next year. Aussies wont stand a chance against Ajmal and Junaid Khan. Ajmal will have a field day against Aussie batting.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | August 15, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    @Great_Aussie, yeah check the recors properly. How come we entered the CB series finals this year? What happened in the Bangladesh tri series in early 2010? What happened in the Zimbabwe tri series in June 2010? What happened in the tri series in Sri Lanka in August 2010 which featured NZ too? What happened in the 2008 Asia Cup finals? Sri Lanka were the clear tournament winners. Look at the cricket we have played post world cup as it has been non stop. All other teams had some form of rest except for us. England would have won the ODI series against you all last year too but they lost 1-6 only due to weariness and fatigue after a gruelling Ashes and nothing else!

  • POSTED BY UK_Chap on | August 14, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    Continued from my last post :

    2005 Test series in India, drawn 1-1 2006 Test series in Pak, Pak won 1-0 2007 Test series in India, India won 1-0 2004 ODI 5 match series in Pak, India won 3-2 2004 BCCI Platinum Jubilee Match in India, Pak won 2005 ODI 6 match series in India, Pak won 4-2 2006 ODI 5 match series in Pak, India won 4-1 2006 ODI 2 match series in UAE , 1-1 2007 ODI 5 match series in India, India won 3-2 2008 Kitply cup in Bangladesh, Pak won

    Please forgive me for any errors or omissions, I compiled this late at night.

  • POSTED BY UK_Chap on | August 14, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    Great Aussie this is for you :-) - The last time India, Pak, Sri Lanka contested the Asian Test Match championships was in 1999 in India, Pakistan Won. I will concentrate on Test matches & ODi`s since 2000 to keep things easy. In addition I will include one off games including the World cup games, India have had a lot of good fortune, they have played Pakistan in 1992, 1996, 1999, 2011 India won the toss and batted first in all world cup meetings, also going on to win each match, except in 2003, they chased 275 and won. 2000 Asia cup in Bangladesh, Pak won 2000 Coca cola cup in sharjah, Pak, Ind & South Africa, Pak won 2004 Test series in Pak, India won series 2-1

  • POSTED BY ejsiddiqui on | August 14, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    I never liked Imran Farhat but to my surprise he has improved very much during last year or so. I think he should be part of the team.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    I am sooooo glad and happy to see the replacement of Mohammad Sami with Junaid Khan. Rest of the team looks remarkably well but I will still miss Younis Khan in the team but again at the same time I am happy that lots of youngster are in the team and our Team need development.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    I miss younus khan in slips n his smile as well i hope he make a cum back vs india inshaallah

  • POSTED BY pak78 on | August 14, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    yep theses two needed to be axed from the odis as they havent been performing and yunis needs to just play in the tests and retire from the odis as v need 2 groom new players for the 2015 world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    to all Oz fans you must remember how pakistan thrashed england in uae despite being rated unbeatable they were whitewashed. so dont be too arrogant and try to find answers of pak spin

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Kamran is good player..no prb

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | August 14, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    @sinhaya. U r always tired when playing against India since last 16 years as they always beat u easily.

  • POSTED BY da_man_ on | August 14, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    If any out of form Aussies want a hundred or two, now's the chance. K Akmal is back behind the stumps. I think it's good for Gul not to be playing. Having Akmal keep to him would sap him of any remaining spirit/fight. Also, this negates the Ajmal doosra; if you nick it, it's fine, Akmal will flap and you'll survive. Great work by the selectors. Don't even get me started on S Malik. The man is a former cricketer. Can't bat, can't bowl but can field. There is an alarming lack of creativity and gusto on display by this feeble, geriatric selection committee. I for one am slowly turning away from Pak cricket in utter disgust. Qasim and co. can go jump.

  • POSTED BY crackingshot32170 on | August 14, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    PAKISTAN SHOULD HAVE KEPT SARFARAZ BECAUSE HE IS AN HANDY BATSMEN AND A FINE W/K. PAKISTAN SELECTORS SHOULD HAVE GIVEN RAHAT ALI ANOTHER CHANCE. THEY ALSO ADDED HAMMAD AZAM AND ABDUL RAZZAQ BECAUSE THEY ARE HANDY BOWLERS AND BATSMEN OR MORE THAN HANDY…

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | August 14, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Imran Nazir or Ahmed Shehzad definately deserved to be in the team in place of Farhat.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | August 14, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    I wondoer what people like Kamran, Farhat, Malik do to get into the team. This part of the selection is very bad. Among the dropped players only Rahat deserved a fair chance, i thought he was unlucky to missout. the rest of the dropped players deserved to be dropped. Also the record of Abdur Rehman is not good in ODI's though he is good at the test level.

  • POSTED BY Shrekk on | August 14, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    @ babu bhaiya... "He has an average of close to 60 against England, Australia and South Africa when playing away." Actually, he has an average of 31 against Aus, 47 against Eng, and 40 against SA in away and neutral venues. You reckon that's close to 60 and you're calling my comments 'mindless'. I'm not sure if its math or english that you're weaker at, but you are a pretty funny guy for comparing him to Tendulkar and calling him the 'best away batsman from the subcontinent'. That made my day!

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | August 14, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    i agree with g.narsimha :- With all due respect to Younis Khan, Younis has a very bad record in ODI. While I firmly believe that Younis Khan should be a fixture in the Test team , but he definately does not command his place in the shorter format. He did a wise thing by retiring from T20, now the selectors have done a wise thing by dorpping him from the ODI setup.

  • POSTED BY myaqoob on | August 14, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    PAK SQUAD

    Abdul Razack Shahid Afridi Imran Nazir Kamran Akmal MohdHafeez Azher Ali Umer Akmal Asad Shafiq Anwar Ali Wahab Raiz Umer Gul Mohd Sami Mishbah Younis Ajmal

    Kick out Suhail Tanvir and shioab Malik

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | August 14, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Oh god people here r comparing Sachin with yunis khan one is a good player and other is one of the greatest

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    @Shazia_Javed : As someone kindly pointed out, its the PPP at work. I'm frankly worried sick for a team that contains both Malik and Kamran Akmal. I wonder if its Anwar Ali whose career Kamran Akmal will ruin this time? He did give poor Shoaib Akhtar a horrific farewell... Best of luck to Azhar!

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | August 14, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    @a.syed81,its so simple since othr teams dn't hav polock,mcgrath,donald,murali,kumble,bond,gilespie hence undr circumstances ths bowlng atack z nt bad at all.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    my t20 team (in batting order) 1. Imran Nazir , 2. Kamran Akmal , 3. Hafeez , 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Shahid Afridi, 6. Razzaq , 7. Shoaib Malik , 8. Nasir Jamshed, 9. Sohail Tanveer, 10. Gul, 11. Ajmal my odi team against Aus only (in batting order) : 1. Hafeez , 2. Kamran Akmal, 3. Azhar Ali, 4. Asad Shafiq 5. Misbah, 6. Umar Akmal 7. Shoaib Malik / Sohail Tanveer 8. Shahid Afridi 9. Anwar Ali 10. Ajmal 11. Junaid Khan It is important we pick technically correct batsmen like Azhar Ali and Asad shafiq up the order against Aus pace attack in odis. we need to see off the new ball, kamran akmal is very gud against new ball and he can attack too so i have him up the order. Against a team like india, players like shoaib malik and nasir jamshed are very successful so i would select a different team for india also i would have Afridi opening against india to match their hitting power

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | August 14, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    @ sinhaya. Wt a joke u r tired since last 15 years whenever u play India they thrash you. By the way we wil show u how to beat India in India when we visit this time in coming months. Aus wil easily beat Pak this series

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | August 14, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    @Great_Aussie, yeah Aussies will get clobbered 3-0 in the T20s and 3-0 in ODIs in style. Lankans were worn out after non stop cricket and they will be fresh for the T20 world cup. We Lankans did very well in the CB series to make it to the finals to play Australia.

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | August 14, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    BABU BHAIYYA- Icant understand why u compare SACHIN with YUNIS & declare he is better than him in away matches, no direspect to YNUS he is a rare comodoty like our DRAVID but his away ave is not superior to SACHIN stats on this web says that YUNUS -TESTS - over all ave.51.69, in AUS ave-43, ENG-52 , SA-33 , WI-23 , SACHIN - over all in test ave-55- in AUS-53, ENG-54, SA -46 ,WI-47 ,

  • POSTED BY I.F.Butt on | August 14, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Very pleased with the selectors work. They have selected a well balanced team. This is good stuff, even tho I would loved to have hammad azam in there for imran farhat but oh well "sala sifarshi" -.- .

    My T20 team; 1. Imran Nazir 2. Nasir Jamshed 3. Mohammad Hafeez 4. Umar Akmal 5. Shoaib Malik 6. Kamran Akmal 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Abdul Razzaq 9. Umar Gul 10. Mohammad Sami 11. Saeed Ajmal

    My ODI team; 1. Mohammad Hafeez 2. Nasir Jamshed 3. Asad Shafiq 4. Shoaib Malik 5. Umar Akmal 6. Misbah-ul-haq 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Shahid Afridi 9. Anwar Ali 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Junaid Khan

  • POSTED BY a.syed81 on | August 14, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Good exclusion of Younis Khan but instead of Shoaib Malik (the crook) we can have included some new batter. Good to see Anwer Ali in team finally but I don't understand why everybody brag so much about pakistan bowling. Do we have Wasim, Waqar, Shoaib Akther??? who are we bragging on now? Pak bowling is an avg bowling unit. Look what happened in Asia cup against India.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | August 14, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Gul should have been kept in ODI,s and T20,s and they should have rather drop him from test matches. As he isnt a test bowler.

  • POSTED BY 14.08.1947 on | August 14, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Iam not convinced with this squad. Iam an ANIT AKMAL supporter, because of team spirit. People like them will absolutely disturb our image and team enviroment. But nevertheless, i would let them play with this line up: 1. Azhar Ali 2. Kamran+ 3. Shoaib Malik 4. Misbah* 5. Umar Akmal 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Hafeez 8.Anwar Ali 9.Sohail Tanvir 10. Junaid Khan 11.Saeed Ajmal

  • POSTED BY cerratic on | August 14, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Why do Shoaib & Kamran keep coming back like bad pennies? Kamran Akmal has individually managed to lose games on several occasions & Shoaib Malik is useless !!!

  • POSTED BY jafridi on | August 14, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Finally Anwar Ali's in. Great lineup. Umar gul should've been retained though! And hammad azam should've been brought in, and sohail tanvir kicked out.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | August 14, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Worst part of the news is about the inclusion of Imran Farhat. what is wrong with the selectors.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | August 14, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    The Only news good is about Gul and Younis , rest all the news is bad, especially the return of Kamran is going to be a curse for the present lot of bowlers. In that sence it might become a blessing in disguise for Gul, who is himself also the worlds worst fielder.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | August 14, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Great New !!!. Wow i just cannot believe that finally the selectors woke-up. Since they were not waking up for so long I thought they are as good as dead men.

  • POSTED BY shazada1 on | August 14, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    look guys every team have their own type of all rounders. Pakistan already has AFRIDI AND MALIK so no need for others whilst they are in the team. Besides batsmen should be doing their batting job and bowlers their bowling they should not hevily rely on all rounders to save the match.

    Leaving Gul out is poor decision you only improve if you continue playing, leaving someone out does not help their confidence. Pakistan has already had 2 months of REST with no Cricket so what more they need. I predict australia will win series 2-1.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    I think there is no problem with the selection this time except for Hammad Azam in place of Shoaib Malik !!!! The young All-rounder should be given more chance...

  • POSTED BY AnasK on | August 14, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Why Muhammad Sami is dropped? He played only 2 matches. He bowled excellent in first match but his second match went bad. Everyone has a bad day. Good thing about Australian and English even South African selectors is that they give enough time to their players not just one tour. No body can judge him in two matches having performed differently in both matches.

    As far as Malik is concerned, I think it is good decision to give strength to the batting order. Now, first time after his marriage he looks in form for international circuit. He performed well in 2nd T20I against Sri Lanka. And secondly, to replace an experienced player like Younis, we need Malik. Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq still can't take that pressure that was on Younis.

    While I feel Abdul Razzaq should be in team. But I think, he's gonna retire after World T20.

    @Ayaz Mewati... 90%??? Are you kidding??? Afridi should be thinking to retire now.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Please bring AFRIDI up in OPENING ROLE. Lower down the order Pakistan expects so much from him, but 90% he delivers nothing and takes team into deep trouble. Pakistan should take from him whatever he has on a particular day by sending him to open. He can make a century on his day, while opening, but not batting at no. 7.

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | August 14, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    @Great Aussie,frankly speakng present pak team loks above average aftr ths selectn somewhere around 7 out of 10,bt i gues aussie team loks way way average (remembr i usd to be a big admirer of great oz team of 1999-2007 era so no jeolousy 4rm my side),as far as pak z concernd! if junaid,anwar can go all gun blazng,pak would b back in cricktng wrld havng d traditin of producng wrld beatrs in fastbowlng department cnsidrng there z already dearth of geniounly effctive tear away pacers in d wrld as only steyn,finn,malinga come to mind nowadays,I THNK RAHAT,TALHA SHOULD HAVE ENGAGD THERE AS WEL BT HOPFULY THEY GONA GET CHANCE IN NEAR FUTURE,RAZAQ Z A FINISHD ENTITY IN ODIS.THERE Z EVRY CHANCE MALIK MIGHT PROVE HIS CRITCS WRNG THS TIME,BST Of luck to kamran,malik,anwar,junaid(especialy)

  • POSTED BY uk2009 on | August 14, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    You guys keep going on about hamad azam. Look at his stats

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/player/384518.html

    He's got a pathetic bowling record and mediocre batting record in all forms of cricket. We need to find some other bowling all rounder.

    Probably Anwar Ali can be trained to improve his batting skills and he can be the fast bowling all rounder we are looking for. Stats for Anwar ali below

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-v-australia-2012/content/player/232491.html

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    anwar ali finally gets a chance yay ....wish u all the best bro ....

  • POSTED BY DINESHCC on | August 14, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    It appears PCB would have imported some of the officials from BCCI. Kam"drop" Akmal and Shoaib Malik are India's Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja. Why these players are again and again selected?

  • POSTED BY AmjadZork on | August 14, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    I think there is no problem with the selection this time except for Hammad Azam in place of Shoaib Malik !!!! The young All-rounder should be given more chance...

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    one of the worst by pakistan selectors

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    WHY do they keep ignoring Hammad Azam?!!

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | August 14, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    azhar ali is there also asad i think it was best to use azhar as no 3 for younas replacement. but shoiab malik not as younas replacement. he is ok & may be a good middle overs player. but problem you cant select him as allrounder when you already have ajmal/afridi/hafez 3 best spinners. so it was better to select medium pace batting allrounder. totally agree hammad should have been in or any other if they have some problem with him.

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | August 14, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    very much okay selection. only 1 thing is that they again didnt selected hammad or any other medium pace batting allrounder like razak or any 1 if they have problems with hamad/razak. in todays game 3rd seamer should always be batting allrounder. pakistan badly need 1 to finish off things. yes good that yunas droped. i am not a fan of kamrans keeping but batting of all others tried during his absense proved that kamran is best available choice.

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | August 14, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    @ sinhaya it would be better if u look at your own team who was thrashed by india in your home recently

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    @shazia javed.......he has an average of 35 and taken 150 wickets and is a brilliant fielder....was going through a bad patch and off course anyone can go through that so he is the most underrater achiever ever for pakistan .....check the stats he is better than younis khan

  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | August 14, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    @ dmqi on (August 14 2012, 01:22 AM GMT) brother i really like your thoughts.... Why PAK selectors are stick with SHOIB MALIK??? Has he got anything left to offer PAK??? I don't think so......All the best to PAK from a diehard BAN fan>>>>

  • POSTED BY Joby_George on | August 14, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    I would like to see pakistan sweeping this series. Michael Clark, you are the worst aussies captian of modern times.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Anwar Ali replacing Gul and Sami, and Malik replacing Younis Khan probably Iqbal Qasim has gone bonkers. True! Gul and Sami weren't performing but can Anwar Ali do the job? Probably in Iqbal Qasim's dreams. I think they should have selected Hammad Azam in place of Anwar and any Ahmad Shahzad in place of Malik.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Ackmal can bat, but can he catch the ball and take the stumpings???? time will tell , in the past he has failed to impress with the gloves

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    I Think a good selection really. Only person I would like to add would be hammad azam and I'm really happy that Anwar Ali is being finally given a chance too. Hope they play him throughout the series. We do need a really good all arounder...Afridi hasn't gone quite many years left. Razzaq is finished. We need someone like Hammad Azam to step up and raise the bar.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | August 14, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Both were not in good nick in recent times and deserved to be dropped.. The unpredictability of Pakistan works well for them in ICC tournaments.. As of Gul, he was a wonderful T20 bowler and should use the SLPL to regain into full form before the big tournament..

  • POSTED BY Shazia_Javed on | August 14, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    One more thing to add to my previous post about Mr. Shoaib Malik... his 6 wickets in last 10 innings that he bowled... 4 are against bangladesh and 1 is against Zimbabwe and 1 is against India. It is so sad that we have these type of people in every part of our society.

  • POSTED BY Shazia_Javed on | August 14, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    Mr. Shoaib Malik... such a curse to Pakistan team. I wonder if there is a way to get rid of him? In last 10 innings that he batted, he scored on average approx 11 per innings... and in last 10 innings that he bowled he took 6 wickets. If anyone can help me to understand his selection criteria... please!

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | August 14, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    One more change needed. Drop Iqbal Qasim from selection board and make Kamran Akmal to be the chief selector and Shoeb Malik the board member.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | August 14, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    Great_Aussie, first of all assess how Aussies got thrashed by England 4-0 in England! We Lankans managed to win 2 out of the 5 ODIs when we toured England last year unlike Aussies who could manage to win none in England this time. How can a side comprising of Azhar Ali, Misbah Ul Haq, Saeed Ajmal, Sohail Tanveer, Junaid Khan, Azad Shafiq etc be easy pushovers? Remember Pakistan only managed to end Australia's unbeaten world cup run in last year's world cup. So Pakistan are a true champion side. Certainly this will be an exciting series because the both sides have a good bowling attack with not so great batsmen. Also, Australia managed to only draw the ODI series in Windies 2-2 as had Windies played more sensibly, Windies could have won 3-2 or 4-1 even. So Aussies have not managed to win their last 2 ODI series as they won the CB series after a grinder from Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | August 14, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    @gunnerz, how can Pakistan be a mediocre side if they THRASHED ENGLAND 3-0 in tests this year in UAE?? Where were you then? Saeed Ajmal will have a field day in UAE. He is the best spinner in the world. Pakistan who are the Asia Cup champions are simply the best. No team has high class spin bowlers other than Pakistan. With Ajmal, Rehman, Hafeez and Afridi in the playing XI, their spin bowling will be the trump card.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    well its a balanced team.. Love to see kamran akmal open with hafeez.. My eleven... 1. hafeez 2. k.akmal 3. Azhar Ali 4. Asad Shafiq 5. U. Akmal 6. M-ul-haq 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Sohail Tanveer 9. Anwer Ali 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Junaid Khan

  • POSTED BY Sandstorm82 on | August 13, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    Australian team is not what it used to be; light on batting and bowling (especially quality spin). In fact, it's pretty a pretty ordinary team and even the WIs recently gave them a good run for their money. I expect a close encounter but backing Pak to just pip them. Kamran (Predator as I like to call him) is good for flat tracks and has had decent amount of success against Aus so is a good inclusion. It is a shame that no tests were organised as I think Pak would have outclassed Aus comprehensively. But I suppose Pak has to play who ever is willing these days as no one wants to visit the country.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    pakistan has ruined and is keep on ruining Sami. They are killing him

  • POSTED BY Faxanilyas on | August 13, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    good to see k akmal back in the team

  • POSTED BY nav1181 on | August 13, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    Shoaib Malik picked? thats a disgrace, look at his last 30 matches, worst player in the world

  • POSTED BY Mr.Shani on | August 13, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    why the hell farhat is there in the squad. why r u selecting so many openers just for a 3 match series. Hammad should be there. and plz dont use the word of giving rest for younus. he is no more a limited overs player. just select him 4 test matches. to give rest to gul is a good choice. my best 11 will be 1) jamshed 2) kamran 3) shafiq 4) akmal 5) misbah 6) hafeez 7) malik 8) afridi 9) sohail 10) ajmal 11) junaid / cheema. rehman can replace malik if wicket is suitable for spin but we need more stability in our batting because we are famous for batting collapse.

  • POSTED BY UK_Chap on | August 13, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Some of the people commenting have not got a clue about where the Pakistan team is at the moment, we have an opportunity to move forward. we should select the youngsters and go with them and give them a chance. This will help to build the team for the next world cup and not for just the next tournament two weeks down the road. I love Razzaq too, he is a match winner but we have to move on, how many of you really see him playing in the team in the next world cup ?. For the long term benefit of the team, they also need to shed Shoib malik, Misbah ul Haq, K Akmal, Afridi, I Farhat, U gul, A Cheema, M Sami. I may have missed out one or two more. The team needs a proper cull.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    The squad is balanced, no problem if Younis and Gul are rested but don't understand the logic behind selection of shoaib malik. Where did he perform? or this time he found a big supporter or paid heavily to some selectors. otherwise he is mediocre cricketer and don't deserve place more than club cricket

  • POSTED BY arshad771 on | August 13, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    why drop Sami?? what a great player he is ??? although never win a match!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    Why ? Muhammad Sami Dropped

  • POSTED BY SwingReverse on | August 13, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Hammad Azzam is ignored again on what grounds? Shoaib Malik is included on what grounds? PCB needs to give the younger players a chance to shine, they need to take risks. The spinners are doing a good job now and batting has somewhat improved in recent times. This is the perfect time phase out players like Younis, Sami, Malik and groom a future captain in place of Misbah. Looking forward to watching the ODI series against Aussies.

  • POSTED BY Aboss on | August 13, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    Team looks pretty good. 1 batting spot to decide between Nasir J, U Akmal, Farhat and Malik. My 11; Hafez, Jamshed, Azhar, Shafiq, Misbah, K Akmal, Afridi, Rehman/ Tanvir, Ajmal, Cheema and Junaid Khan. Fielding is the problem. Guys like Malik and U Akmal are Pakistans best fielders. Catching is another area of concern. YK was terrific on fast bowling and pak spinners. Hammad Azam not getting selected is a bit of a disappointment. But I guess he will get his chance somewhere in the future.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    for all who are hollering on kamran selection,should know that kamran is the allrounder wicket keeper that pakistan needed especially in odis. pakistan is so feeble in batting that they cant afford to have w.k specialist .so,k.akmal is the good selection for all.

  • POSTED BY avmd on | August 13, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Good to see Anwar Ali getting a well deserved call, after all. He is the true potential replacement for aging Razaaq and not the useless Hammad. He is a front line bowler and handy batsman, unlike Hammad who is neither a batsman nor a blower of international class. Anwar's batting is no where close to Razzaq but he is far better bowler than Razzzaq, hope he will improve his batting.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    I think this is quite a balanced team, the problem lies with team selection, whether to play with nasir jamshed or kamran akmal with hafeez. i would go for the following players: jamshed, hafeez, kamran, shafiq, misbah, umar, afridi, anwer, ajmal, junaid, cheema

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | August 13, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    @Great_Aussie: We'll see about that hope for your sake it doesn't turn out to be a thrashing we recently witnessed on England tour. Re dropping Gul and Younus is a fair call I would say, both have been around for quite a long time without delivering anything of substance, Gul for some odd reasons lost his touch, Pak should give Anwar Ali and Junaid an extended run, junaid not named in the WT20 again defies any logic given that this series is supposed to be a warm up for upcoming event but what worries me most is Kamran being handed over gloves and there is no Imran Nazir in the squad either but he'll be playing WT20 so again not making much sense and then there is Misbah, he's not a limited overs batsman, how many times do i have to say this?

  • POSTED BY fr600 on | August 13, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Gul should have stayed but then again, let's see how the youngsters perform.

  • POSTED BY IMCRICKET on | August 13, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    not a bad team I suppose but i think they could have retained Gul for this series as fast bowling department looks very inexperience against a top quality side like Australia, as for batting lineup they should give chance to Ahmad Shahzad instead of Imran Farhat. Shahzad has done nothing wrong and he is more sensible in his batting approach than many other youngster in our team.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Squad looked balanced but where does M hafeez fit when u have K Akmal and Nasir jamshed. In my opinion Hafeez should hv been left in place of ahmed Shahzad. Rest of line up looks good aganist Australia. cheers Khurram Malik

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    nyc team ...y farhat is being challenged by the commenter s as he has shown improvement c cricinfo records of his in recent times ,malik is chosen for his experience in place of struggling yunus khan,.....looking out for new pace attack anwer ali ,junaid nd cheema ,my team 1. nasirl 2. hafeez 3.azhar ali /asad 4.malik 5.u akmal 6.misbah 7.afridi 8.ajmal 9.anwer 10. junaid 11.cheema

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Guys Malik is utility player nd he can be handy instead of Fawad/ Hamid... Pitches suit spiners thr.,..... nd Imran Farhat also is a Good Left hand opnr but 4 opnrs in 1 team is not acceptable..... thy can add any 1 else.... nd Yes Anwar Ali is Great Inclusion but i dont think tht he will be too afective in UAE..... Gul need some rest... Razq is now past i dont knw y thy slctd him for T20 inted of Hammad Azam.....

  • POSTED BY mazdonal on | August 13, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    The perrennial "sifarshi" Shoaib Malik is back.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    KAMRAN AKMAL STRIKES BACK!! *insert musical scores from every epic evil reincarnate moment witnessed on the silver screen here*

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    fantastic decision by PCB . Seniors need to perform to get a place in the team

  • POSTED BY cric_info_man on | August 13, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    good team selection for a ODI series that really does not matter, big fan of Anwar Ali since his u19 wc performance. I see a lot of people here criticizing the selection specially Shoaib Mailk, some even suggesting that he used his social contacts to get back. I think the only links he used to get back in Pakistan team in all format is: Captain of reigning Quaid-e-Azam Tropy champions PIA Captain of reigning ODI champions PIA and also man of the match in final match Captain of reigning T20 champions Sialkot Stallions and also man of the match and amongst highest run scorer in all formats. I would say he was robbed of captaincy for the t20 squad, a lot of ppl would accuse him of politics in the team, cmon guys this is Pakistan team there is always politics in the team, younis and afridi got ousted because of the same politics so the rest is all stories what counts is numbers. And btw pick up the last t20's against Aus and SL and u will notice Malik in the top 2-3 performers.

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | August 13, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Ordinary team Aus will thrash Pak

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Farhat doesnt perform. he doesnt have good technique and temperament. Ahmed shahzad is much better than Farhat.

  • POSTED BY am5786 on | August 13, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    I personally think we should include openers from our current under 19 team and forget these farhat/hafeez etc both Sami Aslam and Babar Azam have been scoring heavily board should select them for at least 2/3 years and I am sure they'll become assets for Pakistan. Interesting thing is Sami is lefty and Babar is righty.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    hafeez should open with imran farhat..he s a good aggressive opener

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | August 13, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Great to see exclusin of gull,younis,sami(who lost us d series in sl),.EXCELNT SELECTN OF ANWAR,JUNAID,THE FORMER DESERVS A GD NO. Of matchs to prove his worth bt i really sory 4 rahat,talha,hamad,ahmd,othr than that i dn't see any thng wrng with selection of akmals as they r natural stroke makers n we need them desperatly,razaq z my al time favrite alroundr bt his period z ovr specialy in odis.

  • POSTED BY drkhalidnaeem on | August 13, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    Pakistan needs new blood badly. Discard the selection committe and most of the team it selected including; Misbah-ul-Haq- older than my grand dad. Shahid Afridi should be reinstated. Mohammad Hafeez, (who only scores against minnows), Imran Nazir should be a part of this squad until next world cup Aizaz Cheema, Abdul Razzaq & Wahab Riaz, both are better all rounders Imran Farhat, i wanna kill myself. Shoaib Malik: as Haq mehr for Sania Mirza. Ahmed Shehzad, Imran Nazir must be a part of any future team. Like it or not Kamran Akmal gonna stay.And for Fawad Alam's supportes, he can be incuded in women's team only.

  • POSTED BY hamza1982 on | August 13, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Imran Farhat sould be out for either hamaad azam, or a young batter like usman salahudin....

  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | August 13, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    I don't want to make comparisons between Ahmed Shehzad and Virat Kohli, but they do play like each other similarly. Same shots, same type of fielding etc. Ahmed Shehzad is mainly an ODI player and he can grind out the runs like Kohli, both have this mentality that "THEY ARE NOT IN TROUBLE AT ALL". Ahmed paired with Umar followed by Asad is a great combination in ODI's.

  • POSTED BY Imran-Akram on | August 13, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Sami was selected on quota basis otherwise such a club level player has no place in Pakistan national team. Wt a joke to have player like him in the national team. Hopefully his international career is over now. Gul and Younis are good exclusions. Hammad Azam shouls decide himself first that whether he is bowling allrounder or bowling allrounder. he has been disappointing in both. Imran Nazir, Abdul Razzaq, Wahab Riaz, Raza hasan would have good choices. On the whole Very Good Team selection.

  • POSTED BY UK_Chap on | August 13, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    For the love of god..... why is shoib malik still in this side ? and why on earth is the K Akmal back ?. What are the selectors thinking of or are they thinking at all. Hamad Azam should have been included, there are some positives though. Thank goodness they are trying a new bowler in Anwar Ali, I despair when I read these team announcements because the old culprits are like a bad cold, we just don't seem to be able to shake them off.

  • POSTED BY gunnerz on | August 13, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Pakistan will get thrashed in all ODIs vs aussies.... Sadly this is a MEDIOCRE side...

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    bad selection in bowling no wkt tkng bowler even match winner other side most consistent younis is out y ppl wnt to knw

  • POSTED BY babu_bhaiya on | August 13, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    @Shrekk: Mindless comments about Younis Khan. He has an average of close to 60 against England, Australia and South Africa when playing away. He is the best away test batsmen the sub continent has produced as far as playing away is concerned based on the average statistic in the last generation. Even an all time great like Tendulkar doesn't average as highly as Younis does playing away. So much for your theory of him making runs on dead sub continent wickets. And I have presented this argument time and time and time again. If the sub continent wickets are so easy to bat on and so placid, why do they generally produce results in favor of the home team? What happens to the skill of the teams touring from abroad that they fall like a house of cards? Do your research before putting out such emphatic statements.

    As far as no more seniors go, what are we doing pursuing with Shoaib Malik? he is not an asset to the team, pull out his career stats broken out by match and it's easy to see.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | August 13, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Well Younis Khan was too experienced to be dropped. I wonder if this batting will be good enough to face the Aussie bowling. But again, Aussie batting is weak too and Pakistani bowling will be tough for Aussies. I expect this UAE series to be low scoring. Sad Hammad Azam is ignored. Also, I think Usman Salahuddin who deserves a chance too misses out. I hope Azhar Ali excels but I am nervous about Pakistani batting.

  • POSTED BY RaadQ on | August 13, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Last chance for Kamran Akmal, if he fails, Adnan is handy enough with the bat and better with the gloves to take over. Malik isn't needed, with 2 permanent spin allrounders (hafeez & afridi). We need a seeming allrounder, such as Razzaq or Azam instead. Strong competition with the bat is helpful (Jamshed/Farhat/Asad Shafiq/Nazir). Misbah needs to promote U. Akmal up the order so he can bat sensibly (similar to Kohli's role) and to use Ajmal as a strike spinner not a container (Hafeez' role). Hopefully young guns Junaid & Anwar can be successful so we dont have to result to the old guns. A good combination can allow for 3 spinners & 3 seamers with a deep batting line up (with anwar ali being capable of batting). If Misbah captains smarter, we can regain a top 3 position with the potential talent available.

  • POSTED BY LeftBrain on | August 13, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    An average squad from an average selection committee................. but again, we only have a pool of average players on our disposal. Sami, Gul and Younis are good exclusions. Malik should be part of this group too, so did Akmal (Even if he was born again some how, he still can not make up for the pain and shame he has caused already to pakistan cricket). What had Anwar Ali did to demand his inclusion? Why is Hammad Azam missing? Where is Fawwad Alam?

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Except Kamran Akmal selection is justified,,Kamran may be selected due to his recent performance in SL league but match fixing allegations looming over him are great concern for cricket fans,,,,Shoab Malik should also be told tht its his last chance to prove his worth,otherwise team can't afford his burden any more.Team selected seems relatively young and less experience but young guns will definitely prove their selection justified.Iqbal Qasim maintained his reputation for introducing new faces in team which is good for Pak cricket, Thanks

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    farhat and malik's selection is a joke

  • POSTED BY PakFan1209 on | August 13, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    its a great squad good decision to get anwar ali and junaid khan and drop younis and gul i just wanted abdul razzaq and ahmed shehzad in the squad but still really good squad

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    i am so happy the selection of a great fast bowler Anwer Ali INSHALLAH he peoves he is a great swing fast bowler

  • POSTED BY arshad771 on | August 13, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Gul was playing like LUL and Younis was playing like DULL...still don't understand why Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik is in team?

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Why on Earth one would leave Razzaq out ? He is a selfless player unlike over-hyped Afridi who just slogs every ball, increases his tally of sixes and immediately gets out. Feeling for this guy Razaaq.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    I am from India i was eagerly waiting this boy Anwar Ali from the day he distroyed our team in the U19 WC . He cn swing the ball wih good pace Good move from PAK selectors

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Very wise decision to leave Younis Khan out.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    I was very pleased with the squad before I read the names of Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik. Hammad Azam should have been picked insted of the tried and tested Shoaib Malik especially when there is no Abdul Razzak as well. It's good that selectors have changed their mind and included Junaid Khan. Good Luck GREEN TEAM.

  • POSTED BY abdulsamad14 on | August 13, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    i can understand the younis move- he wasnt making runs. But i dont thin the attack will heve a leader now, and the seam department will suffer... THANK GOD THEY DROPPED SAMI!

  • POSTED BY RaadQ on | August 13, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Good selection. Finally giving Anwar Ali a chance and bringing in Junaid, while removing unpredictables Sami and Gul. However, Shoaib Malik shouldn't be given any more chances after this, if he fails, he should stick to domestic cricket.

  • POSTED BY Shrekk on | August 13, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Amazing!! Brilliant, absolutely brilliant! Sanity prevails and selection for the first time is actually based on merit instead of stardom or some messed up hazy memory of a performance ages ago. Younis and Gul have both been mediocre for way longer than the SL series. Gul as a bowler is dismally one-dimensional. His ODI stats aren't impressive but his test ones are even more so. Younis built up his Test average not just exclusively on dead sub-continental tracks but against miserably sorry bowling attacks too. Any other conditions and this SENIOR batsman is the first to let the team down. Both of these are cricketers who stopped thinking (read developing) long ago. You don't even need numbers to prove this. You can see it in their playing techniques. Younis's senselessly huge front foot lunge, Gul's waywardness, how much more hammering will these take to change? I hope their being dropped goes a long way in supporting professionalism in Pak cricket. No more of these SENIORS, thank you!

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | August 13, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    What a muddle this selection is. Not seeing a whole lot of hope for this side against Australia or the T20 WC. Pakistan have been on a real downward curve in the shorter formats over the last few years - it's like they forgot how to play the game. Let's get Hammad in the side, and keep Umar Akmal at 3 as a proper batsman, not a pinch hitter

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Hammad Azam is actually a talented young player especially with his batting surprised Pakistan don' use him as much at least in limited overs.

  • POSTED BY gunnerr4life on | August 13, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    at last , Anwar Ali gets a call up ! Now , let's hope they give him proper chance because I know he's got all the talent in the world to be one of the best fast bowlers in the world ...

  • POSTED BY Crazy4cricket40 on | August 13, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    good decission to drop younis and gul. Younis needs to concentrate only on Tests and gul needs his form and rytham back. gul's replacement is fine anwar ali but......Farhat again......to replace younis....why.....is it based on his one game in slpl? it should be Imran nazir/ahmed shahezad or abdur razzaq.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    alllaaa team selected ...

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Awesome..... But whats Kamran Akmal doin in the squad ? and how come there isnt a proper keeper in squad ?

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | August 13, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Younis should have been dropped from the ODI team ages ago. Farhat once again makes it into the squad on the back of no one knows performances?? And young quality batters are getting ignored. No Shahzad, no Azam etc. Time to build for the next world cup, and only those that are gonna play in it should be selected.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Should've really asked Australia to tour Pakistan instead of UAE, would've been a valuable series instead of a place with empty seats and no atmosphere.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    its bad to dropped sami from odi squad.he is an excellent bowler

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | August 13, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    I think wahab riaz should have been given a chance as well. they could have dropped cheema. Not sure about anwar ali,s selection though. first time ever in history Pakistan clearly lacking options in fast bowling. i am also not sure if dropping both senior fast bowlers at same time is a good idea. I dont know on what performance malik has been in the side? they are already have so many spin bowlers and two spin bowling all rounders in the side. kamran and nasir janmshed is a good inclusion.

  • POSTED BY danithereddevil on | August 13, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Younis Khan was always hanging on the end of the rope so never mind better keep HIM for testS Only.Good to see selectors taking decision on performance.umer gul,Sami Purely dropped for performance but how they pick for t20 ? juanid and anwar ali good and fresh inclusion in the squad.where to play kamaran akaml in the middle or as a Opener coz we have picked many openers like nasir,hafeez,farhat and azhar and if he plays in the middle then some one between asad,malik,umer going to drop.

  • POSTED BY abbadan on | August 13, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    A Good team Selection for upcoming tour ......... but why there is imran farhat ....... there should be one more allrounder like Hammad Azam ..........

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | August 13, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    On what grounds is Shoaib Malik being selected again and again when he has not scored any considerable runs in last 3 years. He will fail again but he will still be selected for india in december. PPP is behind his selections and the chairman and the chief selector do not have guts to say no. shame

  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | August 13, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    I expect Gul to come back strongly. Sports4youth should be happy about a young paced attack now :D This should surely build Junaid's confidence and Nasir should play as an opener. Imran Farhat has now matured into a good opener and should always be considered as a reserve opener. My XI: 1.) Shahid Afridi 2.) Nasir Jamshed 3.) Azhar Ali 4.) Umar Akmal 5.) Misbah ul-Haq (C) 6.) Mohammad Hafeez 7.) Sohail Tanvir 8.) Kamran Akmal (WK) 9.) Anwar Ali 10.) Saeed Ajmal 11.) Junaid Khan

  • POSTED BY romirom on | August 13, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    where is nazir... i mean if he is gona play World T20 than you must have to give him fair chance to get his form back in international level. younis he have to retire frm odi. and only play test cricket. and i dont believe junaid was not in the squad of World T20. god blase these selector...

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    A very good decision, only khans is dropped.

  • POSTED BY landsite on | August 13, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Its about time they were given a long rest from all forms of cricket,you cannot under-perform on a regular basis and expect to walk into a team.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    best team selection for pak ,,i think one alronder is missing,,,,,,

  • POSTED BY Tmalik on | August 13, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    where is Mohammad Sami!!! bad decision to drop, he must play atleast 20/20....

  • POSTED BY QuarterMILE on | August 13, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Hope this team can at least challenge Australia in the ODIs. Pakistan has been rubbish in ODIs for long, either they are good in slam bang T20 or go ultra-defensive in tests. And Umar Akmal needs to learn a lot from Virat Kohli, while Junaid Khan can hold kindergarten classes for Indian "fast/medium/slow" bowlers :P

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    good selection they could have added Inmran Nazeer too,

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    good team very balance side

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    good to see anwar ali in the squad.he has potential to be a good allronder.happy for him

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Who is the strike bowler if GUL is dropped????

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Very good selection. But i think there should be Umar Gul or Mohammed Sami in the squad. And this is not the correct time to rest Umar Gul(against Australia).

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Why GUL is dropped from ODIs???

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Why is Shoaib Malik still there?

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    where is Abdul Razzaq? We still don't want to win.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | August 13, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    It was pretty much expected, younis was going nowhere regarding his one day career is concerned, his actual age is also 36 which is against him, good to notice that the pakistani selectors have stepped up and taken the right decision!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    There is no point in dropping Umar gull just a series before T20 world cup. No doubt the decision to drop younis is good because i dont think he deserves a place anymore in ODI side. Asad shafiq is quite a good choice against him. But to drop gulli is blander. lets hope anwar ali make full out of his chance

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    wat??? imran farhat????pakistan dnt hav any other batsmn betr than him???why not shahzaib hassan,y not ahmad shahzad,y not imran nazir and yeah gud to see young anwar ali,,hope he get a chance as well

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | August 13, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Anwar Ali?!?! His nothing compared to SADAF, Rahat or even Junaid Nadir!!

    If they wanted an allrounder, then they should have chosen Hammad.

    Also, Gul dropped but Cheema still in the team?

    Glad to see Younis dropped and Azhar should be kept as a Test specialist.

  • POSTED BY Afaqpervaiz on | August 13, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Excellent squad Just droop Imran farhat Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    It is a good choice, but we haveto iduct some new players for future, I think there is no place for Shoib Malik but he is the Favorite of the captain,I hope he will prove his selection again no chance for Imran Nazir

  • POSTED BY GreenBlood786 on | August 13, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Great.. Now Team is well balanced.

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  • POSTED BY GreenBlood786 on | August 13, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Great.. Now Team is well balanced.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    It is a good choice, but we haveto iduct some new players for future, I think there is no place for Shoib Malik but he is the Favorite of the captain,I hope he will prove his selection again no chance for Imran Nazir

  • POSTED BY Afaqpervaiz on | August 13, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Excellent squad Just droop Imran farhat Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | August 13, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Anwar Ali?!?! His nothing compared to SADAF, Rahat or even Junaid Nadir!!

    If they wanted an allrounder, then they should have chosen Hammad.

    Also, Gul dropped but Cheema still in the team?

    Glad to see Younis dropped and Azhar should be kept as a Test specialist.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    wat??? imran farhat????pakistan dnt hav any other batsmn betr than him???why not shahzaib hassan,y not ahmad shahzad,y not imran nazir and yeah gud to see young anwar ali,,hope he get a chance as well

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    There is no point in dropping Umar gull just a series before T20 world cup. No doubt the decision to drop younis is good because i dont think he deserves a place anymore in ODI side. Asad shafiq is quite a good choice against him. But to drop gulli is blander. lets hope anwar ali make full out of his chance

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | August 13, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    It was pretty much expected, younis was going nowhere regarding his one day career is concerned, his actual age is also 36 which is against him, good to notice that the pakistani selectors have stepped up and taken the right decision!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    where is Abdul Razzaq? We still don't want to win.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Why is Shoaib Malik still there?

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Why GUL is dropped from ODIs???