Pakistan v Australia, 1st T20I, Dubai

A meaningful prelude

Daniel Brettig

September 5, 2012

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Match facts

Glenn Maxwell goes over the top, Pakistan v Australia, 3rd ODI, Sharjah, September 3, 2012
Glenn Maxwell adds power and aggression to Australia's batting line-up © Associated Press
September 5, 2012
Start time 2000 (1600 GMT)

Big Picture

The ICC's rankings would suggest that Pakistan (6th) and Australia (9th) will be competing for the minor placings at the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka that follows this series. Yet the talent and aggression contained within both sides is considerable, and will be on full display over the next three matches in Dubai as Mohammad Hafeez and George Bailey, the two captains, decide on their best T20 combinations before the big tournament.

Pakistan's best in the format has been proven good enough to lift the world title, as proven over a joyous three weeks in England in 2009. At the last tournament in the West Indies they looked good for another tilt, only to be humbugged by an extraordinary innings from Michael Hussey as Australia scraped their way into the final, ultimately lost to England. Since then Cricket Australia have taken an increasingly serious look at T20, reflected in how the workloads of several players have been managed to have them building up to a peak over the next month.

The ODI series that preceded these games was narrowly won by Australia, but the T20 side is not that of Michael Clarke. Bailey has plenty to live up to over the next three matches, not least the need for him to put a stamp on the captaincy with his bat, which so far has yielded a grand total of 60 runs and a highest score of 24. Hafeez is also seeking to make the role his own, having shared his first series with Sri Lanka earlier in the year. He is adamant that there is more to his team than the spin wiles of Saeed ajmal, and the next three matches will provide a chance to prove it to the world and themselves ahead of the World T20.

Form guide (Complete matches, most recent first)

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Watch out for

The omission of Umar Gul from the ODI team was a talking point, and his absence left the Pakistan attack looking a little too over reliant on spin, even if the slow bowlers called on were all of high quality. He is back in the team for the T20s and will be looking to add some fire and swing to the team, as well as the yorkers he is so capable of delivering in the shortest format. Australia's batsmen will be wary of Gul, who took 4 for 8 against them on this ground in 2009, though they will also hope he will be short of rhythm in his first few overs.

Having shown his fearlessness in his first international series, Glenn Maxwell will now have the chance to secure a spot for himself in the T20 team ahead of the world title bout in Sri Lanka. Maxwell's combination of power and composure was compelling during the series deciding ODI, and his ability to attack the spinners with conviction should serve him well again here. Pakistan had greater success against Maxwell's modest off spin, and it is in that discipline that the young allrounder will want to improve in these matches.

Team news

Umar Gul and Mohammad Sami will add a greater pace threat to the Pakistan team, while Imran Nazir's batting should also find a valued place in the XI.

Pakistan (squad) Mohammad Hafeez (capt), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal (wk), Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat, Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan, Umar Gul, Mohammad Sami, Sohail Tanvir

Brad Hogg's wrist spin will add a dimension lacking from Australia's ODI combination, while the returns of Shane Watson and Pat Cummins add power and pace. Cameron White's chance of a place in the batting order may depend on the bowling balance chosen.

Australia (squad) David Warner, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade (wk), David Hussey, Michael Hussey, George Bailey (capt), Cameron White, Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Hogg, Xavier Doherty, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Ben Hilfenhaus, Alister McDermott

Pitch and conditions

The change of formats means more palatable playing hours for both sides, though it will not entirely rule out the emergence of dew as a factor in the second innings. Dubai's pitch has shown evidence of some pace and bounce in recent times, but its most abiding characteristics are helpfulness to spinners.

Stats and trivia

  • The banned left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir was the man of the match the last time these two sides met, at Edgbaston during the 2010 series played in England. Pakistan won the series 2-0.
  • Pakistan have won seven and lost seven of the 14 T20 matches they have played in Dubai. They defeated Australia in the two sides' only previous match at the ground, by seven wickets in 2009.
  • This is Australia's first T20 series of more than two matches' duration


    "We haven't really had a long time together as a Twenty20 team so it will be good playing Pakistan. We were unlucky on missing out on the [World T20] final the last time. This team has got good balance of youth and experience and on our day we can beat the best teams in the world."
    Shane Watson believes the ICC rankings do not do Australia's T20 talent justice

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 4:58 GMT)

all pakistan has to do to win is improve there fielding....they already have decent batting and exceptional bowling

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

pakistan inshahALLAH WIN t20 match

Posted by Desihungama on (September 5, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

@Jono Makim - Right on. When it comes to common sense, we Pakistaniz tend to think outside of the box'..It's always Go Figure with us.

Posted by KrazyCricketKid on (September 5, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

1.ImranNazir 2.NasirJamshed 3.MohammedHafeez 4.AsadShafiq 5.UmarAkmal 6.KamranAkmal 7.ShahidAfridi 8.AbdulRazzaq 9.MohammedSami 10.UmarGul 11.SaeedAjmal

Posted by FaisalAsghar on (September 5, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Pakistan should not forget that Kamaran Akmal cant keep although his cover drives are delightful, Sami can never take wickets and I can see him going for 30 runs an over, Yasir Arafat is an average player, Umer Akmal still has the brains of a 5 year old, Shoaib Malick is a spent force. On the other hand Junaid Khan and Anwer Ali are sidelined so my question is are we going forward or backwards? I guess my fellow Pakistanis have short memories. I cant even forget the horror show behind the stumps by the great Akmal and 11 runs and over by Sami without a single wicket just to help refresh the memories.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

Pakistan is gona win today. Gut feeling...

Posted by matifjamil on (September 5, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

Sohail Tanvir has no place in the team

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

Expectations are high from pakistanis....

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (September 5, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

Aussies are better organised and can match each Pakistani player man to man in talent except Ajmal. But their collective determination and application negates that threat as seen in ODI series comprehensive victory

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

Best wishes for both Pakistan and Australia. I hope boys in green will do something much better than what they did in ODI series against Australia. Don't know how much toss is important for this particular game because haven't any idea about weather and dew factor. I want Imran Nazir to open the innings with Sparkling Nasir Jamshed, I'll miss young Junaid Khan in T20 series but T20 Specialist Guldozer's inclusion is a positive sign for Pakistan.

Posted by xylofon on (September 5, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

This would have been the PERFECT spot to test Hammad Azam and Babar Azam to see if they are good enough to play for the WC later. And try Ahmed Shehzad to see if he is in form. Having said that, I hope Pakistan can play well with these guys who have shown master class in the past - especially Razmatazz & Imran Nazir. Go Pak!

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

i think umar akmal is very much over rated player some compare him with virat kholi its ridiculous isn't it ? virat is a type of player on which you can rely on the other hand umar akmal he'll disappoint u with a jerky shoot so i think pakistan should drop him and afridi as well though imran nazir is not good enough for international but i still favor him as a opener bust of luck green shirts

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

My Team is: 1) Imran Nazir 2) Nasir jamshed 3) Kamran 4) Hafeez 5) Umar 6) Malik 7) Razzaq 8) Arafat 9) Gul 10) Ajmal 11) Raza Hassan

Posted by Mohammad_Imran on (September 5, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

Imran Nazir vs Pat Cummings would be a fascinating battle! All the best Pakistan!

Posted by DINESHCC on (September 5, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

No Afridi means Pak win the match by a mile.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

all pakistan has to do to win is improve there fielding....they already have decent batting and exceptional bowling

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

I wish they give young Raza Hassan the chance ....He's been the most talked about spinner in the domestic circles in the last 2-3 seasons esp. in the T20 format ...Time for him to showcase his talent & prove that he belongs to this level ...P.S ...Plz don't play Sami ever again !

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

Every one will miss boom boom

Posted by FARIGR8 on (September 5, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

If pakistan want to win this match so final team should be: 1)Kamran akmal, 2)Imran nazir, 3)Hafeez, 4)Malik, 5)Umar akmal, 6)Afridi, 7)Razzak, 8)Rehman, 9)Ajmal,10)Gul, 11)Yasir. HIT LIKE IF U AGREE :)

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

Best Combination from my Point of View 1- Imran Nazir 2- Nasir Jamshed 3- M. Hafeez 4- Asad Shafiq 5- Umar Akmal 6- Shoaib Malik 7- Kamran Akmal 8- Abdul Razzaq 9- Sohail Tanvir 10- Saeed Ajmal 11- Umar Gul

Posted by Nasir.Khan on (September 5, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

This series will show the preparation of Each team that how much the teams are prepared for the SL conditions, as the the conditions in SL are different from U.A.E but it will matter alot for both of the Powerfull teams.

Posted by Marcio on (September 5, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

@ RednWhiteArmy, embarrassing indeed - that England couldn't beat AUS in the last T20 series they played (1-1), although ENG did win a single game by one wicket on the 6th ball of the 20th over. Clearly the rankings are bogus, as it's been a year since Australia lost a T20 series, as far as I can remember. They just don't play very much T20 international cricket.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

With the absence of Shahid Khan Afridi due to his hand injury the predicted team would be lined up as 1)Imran Nazir 2)Nasir Jamshed 3)Mohammad Hafeez 4)Asad Shafiq 5)Umar Akmal 6)Shoaib MAlik 7)Kamran Akmal 8)Abdul Razzaq 9)Yasir Arafat 10)Umar Gul 11)Saeed Ajmal.....Lets see how much of my prediction matches with the reality:-)

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

Inclusion of watson will this contest very intresting ... Pakistan will win

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

Pakistan should have included more spinner to their squad cos T20 format requires run saving instead wicket taking. Though addition of fast pacers are good addition but at slower wicket and good batting line of Australians it would be difficult for them to make difference.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

My team is Imran Nazir, Naser Jamshed, Awais Zia, Umer akmal,Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Razzaq, Muhammad Sami, Muhammad Hafeez, Afridi is injured then his replacement is (Sohail tanvir, Rana navid, yasir arfat)

Posted by VikksB on (September 5, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

ICC Rankings tell much less about both teams on 6th(Pak) and 9th(Aus) position respectively. They are, without a doubt, top 5 deservers. Taking into account T20 cricket, it is, by a fair margin, Team Pakistan that holds the edge. Some very gud hitters and bowlers returning to both the teams, it'll be a cracker of a contest. My bet : Pak. Thanks.

Posted by Grandman on (September 5, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

My team is: 1) Imran Nazir 2) Nasir Jamshed 3) M. Hafeez 4) Shoaib Malik 5) Umar Akmal 6) Kamran Akmal 7 Abdul Razzaq 8) Sohail Tanvir 9) Umar Gul 10) Saeed Ajmal and 11) Raza Hasan. Afridi is not playing; therefore, Raza is a good spinn option.

Posted by kc69 on (September 5, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

Well Pakistan is a hard team to beat in this format however i think this series will be 2-1 in favour of Aus

Posted by AmjadZork on (September 5, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

Because of injury to Afridi & omission of Junaid Khan, my combination would be 1) Imran Nazir 2) Nasir Jamshed 3) Hafeez 4) Shoaib Malik 5) Asad Shafiq 6) Umar akmal 7) Kamran Akmal 8) Abdul Razzaq 9) Sohail Tanvir 10) Gul 11) Ajmal... Tanvir would be dangerous in the 20 overs format !!!

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

Hurry makes worry pakistan team should get down to the job at hand as in prayers negate all the surrounding commotion and concentrate 100% and good things will follow just being there is not good enough.

Posted by akbaassu on (September 5, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

pak, aus best of luck to both of you.......

Posted by Biggus on (September 5, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

Looking forward to seeing Brad Hogg in action again. Like former England player Derek Randall, it is surely impossible to dislike this pent-up, crazy, bundle of energy. Watching Hoggy play is a hoot.

Posted by akbaassu on (September 5, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

warner, watson,ajmal going to do magic in this series and for there countries..... also in t20 world cup..... best of luck guys.. i'm waiting for your actions..... commonnnnnnnn

Posted by MJaved on (September 5, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

next 3 games are very important for Pakistan, we must try to win

Posted by RaadQ on (September 5, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

Please take out Tanvir from ALL formats of one day international. Junaid and Riaz are better left handed fast bowlers, junaid with more control and riaz with more pace, both with T20 english county experience! Also those people taking about Nazir being a good batsman, he has FAILED MISERABLY in international cricket, domestic T20 doesn't mean he is good in the international level. He has done good enough to get one final chance, and if he fails, NEVER allow him a chance again. Too much reselection of players that fail epically in the international level!

Posted by Chandrutenneti on (September 5, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

The pakistan side looks very solid than their ONE-DAY team with the return of Nazir,Sami and Gul.... However Australia will not be having Clarkey.. It will be a good contest... But PAKISTAN is favourites to win this T20 series.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

What really confuses me about the Pakistan team selection, is that of Kamran Akmal. We all know that he's not a great wicketkeeper, but obviously on his day, with the bat, he can be a match winner. So then, what confuses me is, why is he batting down so low? Pakistan is taking all the problems of his poor keeping, but yet none of the benefits of his sometimes spectacular batting. Surely if there's no need for him to open the batting, wouldn't be a much smarter idea to go with the best possible wicket keeper?

Posted by Xaks on (September 5, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

Since Afridi is injured therefore the team should be: 1) Imran Nazir 2) Nasir Jamshed 3) M. Hafeez 4) Asad Shafiq 5) Umar Akmal 6) Shoaib Malik 7) Kamran Akmal 8) Abdul Razzaq 9) Sohail Tanvir 10) Umar Gul 11) Saeed Ajmal

Posted by Aaryabhatta on (September 5, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

All d best Pakista..make Asia proud..from India

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

For Imran Nazir this will be a make or break situation. He has to perform in order to be among the playing 11. Dont send him as an opener, let Hafeez & Jamshed open the inning & gv a stable start & then accordingly unleash Imran Nasir. Goodluck to Pak team. They could hv won the ODI series if they have availed the dropped catches. Past is past let's work on present.

Posted by MJaved on (September 5, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

My Team: 1. Nasir Jamshed, 2. Imran Nazir 3. Mohammad Hafeez 4. Asad Shafiq 5. Soaib Malik 6. Umer Akmal 7. Abdul Razzaq 8. Kamran Akmal 9. Saeed Ajmal 10.Umer Gul 11. Muhammad Sami In this side we have good Batman as well as we have six blower 3 fast and 3 spinner Inshallah we will win, as well as good batting order

Posted by TahirMahmood on (September 5, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

Both teams are very strong in batting, because both have very powerful hitters. This match may be between Imran nazir/Akmal brs/Abdul Razzaq vs S Watson, Warner and maxwell. Waiting for exciting cricket.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (September 5, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

Australia will have to pick Maxwell just to try him out. I really wish that they had picked Steve Smith instead.

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (September 5, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

Afridi is missing first 2.. t20 so....first 2 Pak gona win....3rd gona with KAMRAN AND IMRAN NAZIR........good luck go ahead green mor green

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (September 5, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

What an abysmal series. Australia ranked 9th behind West Indies, New Zealand & BANGLADESH....omg what more can be said of this embarrassment to world cricket.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 5, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

@MJawaad1,i tend to disagree,TIME Z D BST JUDGE THOUGH,we,d die hard pak cric fans,R justfully Annoyd with d way pak senior playrs(afridi,hafez.misbah,gull) R approachng odis for gd more than 1 year,misbha goes with same mindset in evry frmat he captains,bt havng said that! I can't see all of them failing in a same t20 match,exclusn of junaid,anwar z a hard pil to swalow no doubt.

Posted by dsnagre on (September 5, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

Aus playing XI is. 1.warner 2.watson 3.m hussy 4.d hussy 5.cameron white 6.bailey 7.maxwell 8.macky 9.starc 10.cummins 11.hogg

Posted by Pak_Fans_Youth on (September 5, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

I agree with (sports4youth). Pakistani selecters do not give chances to everyone. Every player has right to be given chance. In ODI series they did not give chance to Anwar Ali. I also agree with Drdeepak Sharma that openers should be Imran Nazir and Nasir Jamshed for right and left combination. My T20 team and order for today's match 1) Imran Nazir 2) Nasir Jamshed 3) Kamran Akmal 4) M. Hafeez 5) Umar Akmal 6) Shahid Afridi 7) Abdul Razzaq 8) Yasir Arafat 9) Saeed Ajmal (MUST) 10) Umar Gul (MUST) 11) M. Sami

Sohail Tanvir MUST NOT be given chance.

Posted by Marcio on (September 5, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

This is Australia's first T20 series of more than 2 games. That pretty much sums up their attitude to international T20s! Still, they are obviously taking this WC seriously, as these warm-up games indicate. This series is too hard to call. I'm predicting 2-1 - to either side!

Posted by Stark62 on (September 5, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

I hope Pak don't play Shafiq because he is too defensive and Malik is a much better option, if you want someone in the line up to hold the fort once it starts falling apart and for once, I kind of like the selection made (except Sami).

I would play this line up: Hafeez, Nazir, Jamshed, Umar, Malik, Kamran (wk), Razzaq, Afridi, Tanvir/Arafat, Gul and Ajmal.

You could potentially play Reza Hassan in place of a genuine fast bowler because Razzaq is a very capable of bowling medium pacers, very economically.

Posted by real26_03 on (September 5, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

The line up should be... 1)Imran Nazir 2)Nasir Jamshed 3)Mohammad Hafeez 4)Kamran Akmal 5)Shoaib Malik 6)Umar Akmal 7)Abdul Razzak 8)Shahid Afridi 9)Mohammed Sami/Yasir Arafat 10)Saeed Ajmal 11)Umar Gul

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

1.jamshed 2.imran nazir 3.hafeez 4.asad 5.umar 6.kamran 7.shoaib malik 8.abdul razzaq 9.ajmal 10.junaid 11.gul/tanveer

Posted by Zaid_sl on (September 5, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

My side is 1)I.nazir 2)n.jamshed 3)hafeez(needs to go one down only if jamshed gets out first) 4)u.akmal(he should be promoted to 1 down if nazir gets out first) 5)a.shafeek 6)s.Malik 7)k.akmal 8)a.razzak 9)s.tanvir 10)u.gul 11)s.ajmal

Posted by Zaid_sl on (September 5, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

Watching imran nazir in the SLPL I realized he has become very predictable.he just tries to slog every ball out of the park n if u bowl him consecutive dot deliveries,he comes one or two steps down the pitch to slog the ball,so if a spinner balls a doosra he'll be out stumped.

Nasir jamshed should never be dropped from the side he's the only formidable batsman in the side who has the ability to find the gaps.he's on prime form hope n pray they don't drop him for the T20.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (September 5, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

Abdul Razzaq and Imran Nazir are the two Pakistan players who did not get proper recognition and hence were allowed to dspair, lets hope they can show what Pakistan missed.

Posted by Asif111 on (September 5, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

Pakistan squad 1) Mohammad Hafeez*, 2) Nasir Jamshed, 3) Asad Shafiq, 4) Imran Nazir, 5) Kamran Akmal†, 6) Shoaib Malik, 7) Shahid Afridi, 8) Abdul Razzaq, 9) Saeed Ajmal, 10) Sohail Tanvir, 11) Umar Gul,

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (September 5, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

Greetings from Sri Lanka for our beloved Pakistan brothers... Best of luck... :)

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

imran nazir is a very special player.naturally gifted,and he can be a match winner on his own day.pak did nt nurture him in a proper way.i hope he will click team 4 today's match-1imran nazir2nasir jamshed.right and left combination.3mohammad hafiz4umar akmal5kamran akmal6shoaib malik7abdul razzak8shahid afridi9yasir arafat10saeed azmal11umar gul

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (September 5, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

definatly some good addition of players. Batting order is gona be an issue here as kamran down the order is no good. And they an other opener in squad as well. Ideally karman and nazir should open.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (September 5, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

No use commenting. these present selectors are such a useless bunch of guys that you cannot expect any improvement from them. Now as if the torture of S.Tanvir alone was not enough , now you get M.Sami & Umar Gul also in the T20 series. Junaid is not teven there, In the limited opportunities Junaid has got , he has taken wickets at about 26 apiece and still the selectors are not impressed by him. I wonder what else he has to do to get noticed. As far as M.Sami & U.Gul's bowling for odi is concerned , i don't even want to discuss it, u can see it for your self. What is Shoeb Mallik doing in a T20 swad when he cannot hit big.

Posted by mtalhas on (September 5, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

i dont know why are the selectors obsessed with sohail tanvir?? they wasted anwar ali by keeping him on the bench in the ODI series and dont know why preferred tanvir over him. tanvir is just average and even his batting is of no use to the tail. its better to use arafat instead of tanvir given the squad that pakistan have. at least he can give some score from the tail.

Posted by MJawwadA on (September 5, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

@ WickyRoy.paklover: dont see our team batting out the full 20 overs even. these names have been tested in the past and are past their utility. still lets hope for the best though :)

Posted by OhPakistan on (September 5, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Cricket, is a funny game - full of uncertainties ! It would be naïve to read too much into these games, played under extreme conditions and "DEW-FACTOR" having a massive impact on results (bowling second being a distinct disadvantage). Pakistan have the "fire-power" to decimate any (bowling) attack and "finest spinners" to dismantle any batting !

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

Abdul Razzaq must be used as a batsman...his bowling is not reliable now...but his sixes yet to come

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 5, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

If nazir can somehow manage to play d ist 6 ovrs,pak surely gonna be hot favorits 4 ths cup along Wi since we would b havng finishrs razaq,afridi n dynamite openers in d form of nazir,nasir folowd by kamran,umar in d midle.

Posted by ihaq1 on (September 5, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

pakistans t20 team seems to have greater strength at teh top of teh batting order and probably a stronger fast bowling attack although teh aussies probably can be said to have good alround pace attack with five fast bowlers and shane watson probably improves their opening...the aussies first seven pick themselves...and they can play two spinners as well or bring in an extra alrounder...bailey and hafeez are supposedly better captains...with maxwell at six or seven teh aussies could pick any combination of teh remaining nine bowlers...the only place for cameron white could be in place of teh failing david warner...? pakistan cud drop afridi, shafiq,arafat and tanvir

Posted by Faridoon on (September 5, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

We can't seem to let go of guy that are past their use-by dates like Arafat, Sami, Razzaq, Malik. We should replace them with Junaid, Hammad Azam, Mohammed Talha, Awais Ali.

Posted by dsnagre on (September 5, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

Cameron white and david hussy both categories as rohit sharma and kohli......,one has more talent than other but lack of temperament and hard work problem,both rohit and white have more talent and potential than kohli and hussy but it matters of time and 'the day'.i wish them a very good t20 wc with flow of runs ahead, hope they justice my point..

Posted by esap on (September 5, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

Well balanced Pak and Aussies squard...Hope will have a good game of cricket..Imran nazir and kamran Akmal should open the inning (3) Nasir jamshed (4)Hafeez(5)Umar Akmal(6)Shoaib Malik(7)Abdur Razzak(8)Afridi(9)Umar Gul(10) Sohail tanvir (11) Ajmal..u can not expect better than this :)

Posted by dsnagre on (September 5, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

Cameron white and david hussy both categories as rohit sharma and kohli......,one has more talent than other but lack of temperament and hard work problem,both rohit and white have more talent and potential than kohli and hussy but it matters of time and 'the day'. I wish to both for t20 wc, hope they justice my point..

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

I'm Taking Warner, Watson, D Hussey, Bailey, M Hussey, Wade, Maxwell, Hogg, Cummins, McKay and Starc here. I'm really hoping to see Warner and Wade striking the ball well at some point through this short tour. Along with Watson, Mike Hussey and Maxwell I see them as being the key to Aus posting strong scores. I worry somewhat about the ability of the T20 side to handle spin bowling but with Mike Hussey back and Maxwell into the team they look a good deal stronger now in that area. It will be interesting to see how Hogg goes, i'm backing him to be our very own mystery spinner over this short international T20 season.

Posted by IdreesTanoli on (September 5, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

If Sami and Gul bowl well in these T20 's, Pakistan will win these matches otherwise same result as in ODI's....

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

inshAllah pak spiiners will dominate

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 5:42 GMT)

I hope we do good with the bat, Imran and Nasir jamshed should open.

Posted by Nigah on (September 5, 2012, 5:27 GMT)

Pakistan will win only if they play aggressive cricket.

Posted by PakFan1209 on (September 5, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

MY XI for the 1st t20 1 imran nazir 2 nasir jamshed 3 hafeez 4 kamran akmal 5 malik/umar akmal 6 afridi 7 razzaq 8 arafat/tanvirl 9 gul 10 ajmal 11 raza hassan/sami

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

Pakistani XI should look like this tomorrow: (I hope Hafeez can read this!)

Nasir Jamshed Imran Nazir Mohammad Hafeez (capt) (imp. position ideally for him, 2-3 ovrs with new ball) Shahid Afridi (2-down just like in 2009 WC, 3-4 overs in the middle) Umar Akmal (if wickets don't fall early) Shoaib Malik (if wickets do fall early, 1-2 over in the middle if reqd) Abdul Razzaq (finisher, 7th bowling option if reqd) Kamran Akmal (plz just wicket keep properly) Sohail Tanvir (2-3 over with the new ball, 1-2 in the death) Umar Gul (1-2 over with the new ball, 2-3 at the death) Saeed Ajmal (death bowler, bring in after 10 overs)

They follow this plan we beat em tomorrow and win the WC inshallah!

Posted by jonesy2 on (September 5, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

hahahahahahaa watsons comments. australia are by far the best team in the world in this form with more depth than south africa and england combined. this is far from their best squad though missing the marsh bros, NCN, travis birt, shaun tait, etc

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 4:49 GMT)

It's a blessing disguise that Afridi is not playing who recently has become ineffective.Pakistan has to revamp its cricket structure by employing batting, bowling and fielding coach for league teams. Dont blame Whatmore or luck for failure against Australia who is much much better than Pakistan current team. Dont praise of Mohsin cos team got success comperatively weaker teams. Akmal (Send elder as a opener) brothers should consider this series their last outing otherwise they should be kicked out along with Afridi.Give opportunity to new players under Whatmore,Julian and batting coach and wait 2-3 years you will see the result. Its not a bad idea to appoint psychiatrist to improve nervous system of the team so they can play more freely in the big matches.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

I am wondering why Sohail Tanvir is still in the squad.It's good to see Razzaq and Imran Nazir Back in the side. Now we have power hitters in the side. Pakistan bowling attack is fine but they need soild hitting in the middle. My playing eleven will be 1. Mohammad Hafeez (capt) 2. Imran Nazir 3. Nasir Jamshed 4. Asad Shafiq 5. Umar Akmal 6. Shoaib Malik 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Abdul Razzaq 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Umar Gul 11. Mohammad Sami. Hope to see a cracking match tonight. Good Luck to both teams.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (September 5, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

This is an experiment of aus nd it could also indicate their possibility in d upcoming t20 wc at sri. Aus showed superb crckt in d last odi. Bt 4 ovrs of ajmal will b very important. Bcz in T20 ONLY 4 ovrs CAN END ALL POSSIBILITY....

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

My Xi

1> Imran Nazir 2> Muhammad Hafeez 3> Kamran Akmal 4> Umar AKMAL 5> Shoaib MALIK 6> Asad SHAFIQ 7> Abdul RAZZAQ 8> Yasir ARAFAT 9> Muhammad SAMI 10> Umar GUL 11> Saeed AJMAL

Posted by Tahir_Anjum on (September 5, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

It will good contest but I think Australia is going to win this series too. Hafeez is not captain material and Afridi will not be there to suggest. Aus 2-1 Pakistan. Mentally Australia always have the upper hand on Pakistan.

Posted by revolution72 on (September 5, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

1.hafeez 2.nazir 3.jamshed 4.kamran 5.umar 6.shafiq 7.afridi 8.razzak 9. ajmal 10.gul 11.arafat/malik

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