Pakistan v Australia, 2nd T20I, Dubai September 8, 2012

Afridi expected to miss final T20

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Shahid Afridi is unlikely to play in the final Twenty20 due to his ongoing thumb injury but Saeed Ajmal is expected to be fit after hurting his left shoulder during Pakistan's win on Friday. The captain Mohammad Hafeez said Pakistan would make some changes after securing the series with a 2-0 lead and he was keen to give some game time to some of the men who were not used in the first two matches.

Pakistan took an unbeatable lead over Australia by prevailing in the Super Over in Dubai in the second match and next week the teams head to Sri Lanka ahead of the ICC World Twenty20. With such an important tournament approaching, Hafeez said there seemed little point risking Afridi in Monday's dead rubber.

"I don't think so, because he's still not feeling that good," Hafeez told reporters in Dubai. "I don't want to take any chance because I want him in the World Cup. He's a match-winner for Pakistan, there's no doubt. I don't think he will be available. We'll have to see. If he recovers well he's always the first choice for me as a captain but at the moment I don't think he will be available for the third game."

However, Hafeez said he anticipated that Ajmal, who on Friday drew level with Afridi as the all-time leading T20 international wicket taker, would be available for the final game. Ajmal collected 2 for 20 from his four overs but injured his shoulder in the process, which meant Pakistan could not use him to bowl the Super Over.

"He was not feeling well. That was the reason we decided to go with Umar Gul [for the Super Over]," Hafeez said. "He was having a little bit of pain [in his left shoulder] and that was the reason the physio suggested not to go with him. I feel he will recover in one or two days because it is not a big injury. But he will recover from that for the next game."

With the World T20 so close, Pakistan are keen to give an opportunity to some of the men who have missed the first two games, but who may be required in Sri Lanka. Mohammad Sami, Asad Shafiq and Yasir Arafat are in the squad but have not yet played in the T20 series and Hafeez said while a decision had not been made on who would come in, Pakistan would make some changes.

"We might try a couple of things because I believe everybody should get a chance," he said. "Definitely we will give a chance to some of the players who have been sitting on the bench. I know they are good enough."

Hafeez has now lost only one of his four matches as Pakistan's T20 captain and the signs are encouraging ahead of the World T20, with runs coming from the top order and wickets being shared among the bowlers. He said he was happy with the way the team was building towards the world tournament.

"As a captain I'm very pleased the way the boys are responding under pressure," Hafeez said. "Especially matches like that when you win you always get the right feeling back in the dressing room and everybody is very confident to do the job for Pakistan. Whenever I ask for someone to do the job everybody is there. As a captain I feel very proud of my team."

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  • ExtremeSpeed on September 10, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    It doesn't matter if Afridi plays or not because he is just an ordinary player and definitely not an all-rounder because his stats don't back that up. Mind you he doesn't even play Test Cricket so that shows it. Very good bowler though no doubt about that but his batting is definitely not boom boom :)

  • Sports4Youth on September 10, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Posted by shakaibkhan on (September 09 2012, 16:45 PM GMT) : - I agree with you that it is good that Misbah & Younis are not playing in this T20 series. Younis Khan has retitred from Internatinal T20 and Misbah has been dropped from the T20 side. Misbah is displeased by the selectors decision to drop him from the T20 series & from the World cup squad. I hope the selectors drop these two from the ODI squad as well. These two (Younis & Misbah) along with Taufeeq Umar are good for Test Matches only. I hope they stay there.

  • on September 9, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    boom boom love you soooooooooooooooo much

  • shakaibkhan on September 9, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Happy to see Younus and Misbah out of team. Youngsters are much better. These two old guys were there in Pakistan's teams in last three world's cup. We know what we did in these world cups and we also know these old gun's performance in the important matches. Its time we say good by to Younus and Misbah in One days as well.

  • deardr on September 9, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Imran Nazir, Shahid Afridi, Nasir Jamshed, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Malik and Anwar Ali is my choice for upcoming T20 world cup.If they don't include newcomer Anwar Ali,then Sohail Tanvir should be part of team and Raza Hassan or Yasir Arafat should be considered as 12th man(substitute)

  • Sports4Youth on September 9, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Posted by shaz321 on (September 09 2012, 06:49 AM GMT) : - correction. Yasir Arafat for Abdur Rehman and I.Nazir for Shoeb Mallik and swap batting order of Afridi & Kamran 1. Hafeez, 2.Jamshed, 3. Kamran , 4. Imran Nazir, 5. Umar A, 6. Afridi , 7. A.Razzaq, 8. Y.Arafat, 9.Tanvir , 10. Gul, 11. Ajmal

  • Sports4Youth on September 9, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Shahid Khan Afridi is the joint highest wicket taker in T20 along with Saeed Ajmal. He the best fielder in the present team. on a given day he can turn a match on its head with the bat or with the ball or with both. No one should entertain any doubts about Afridi's class, caliber, ability in the limited overs format of the game. By the time he retires he will have many more records to his name.

  • Sports4Youth on September 9, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    @ psu19976 :- Misbah is at the end of his carrier. especially limited overs cricket. I hope Misbah stays in Test matches only. Shahid Khan Afridi is a legend. He will bounce back during the T20 world cup. He likes mega events. After Wasim & Waqar he is the third higest wicket taker for Pakistan in ODI's. Also I would like to mention that he is the fastest century maker, youngest century maker, fastest fifty maker, most sixes - IN ODI's . Among current players he is the highest wicket taker in ODI's. He holds the most number of records in ODI's. He is the Imran Khan of today. AFRIDI IS THE BEST FIELDER PAKISTAN HAS EVER PRODUCED. In a team were players feel that dropping catches is ok and misfielding is acceptable, he is the only shinning light.

  • Sports4Youth on September 9, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    I agree that with such an important tournament coming up, Afridi should not be risked for a dead rubber. Yasir Ararafat should be given a game and also Abdul Razzaq should be given more bowling opportunities in the last match, Razzaq is going to be important cog in the wheel during the world cup. Ajmal & Tanvir can be rested.

  • on September 9, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Since everybody is naming their dream teams... here it goes:

    Open: Hafeez + Jamshed (left right combination). At 1 down, if Hafeez get's out, Kamran or Malik are probably the best choice, if Jamshed get's out, Imran Nazir should follow. 2 Down: Umar Akmal, then rest of the batting line including Afridi and Razzak. Later I'd include Arafat or Anwar Ali (saw Anwar in U19 world cup some years ago, he's good). Sohail should be out. He can't produce magic against good sides. He takes wickets mostly for his action good sides are usually prepared for it. And in the end, Gul and Ajmal.

  • ExtremeSpeed on September 10, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    It doesn't matter if Afridi plays or not because he is just an ordinary player and definitely not an all-rounder because his stats don't back that up. Mind you he doesn't even play Test Cricket so that shows it. Very good bowler though no doubt about that but his batting is definitely not boom boom :)

  • Sports4Youth on September 10, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Posted by shakaibkhan on (September 09 2012, 16:45 PM GMT) : - I agree with you that it is good that Misbah & Younis are not playing in this T20 series. Younis Khan has retitred from Internatinal T20 and Misbah has been dropped from the T20 side. Misbah is displeased by the selectors decision to drop him from the T20 series & from the World cup squad. I hope the selectors drop these two from the ODI squad as well. These two (Younis & Misbah) along with Taufeeq Umar are good for Test Matches only. I hope they stay there.

  • on September 9, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    boom boom love you soooooooooooooooo much

  • shakaibkhan on September 9, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Happy to see Younus and Misbah out of team. Youngsters are much better. These two old guys were there in Pakistan's teams in last three world's cup. We know what we did in these world cups and we also know these old gun's performance in the important matches. Its time we say good by to Younus and Misbah in One days as well.

  • deardr on September 9, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Imran Nazir, Shahid Afridi, Nasir Jamshed, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Malik and Anwar Ali is my choice for upcoming T20 world cup.If they don't include newcomer Anwar Ali,then Sohail Tanvir should be part of team and Raza Hassan or Yasir Arafat should be considered as 12th man(substitute)

  • Sports4Youth on September 9, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Posted by shaz321 on (September 09 2012, 06:49 AM GMT) : - correction. Yasir Arafat for Abdur Rehman and I.Nazir for Shoeb Mallik and swap batting order of Afridi & Kamran 1. Hafeez, 2.Jamshed, 3. Kamran , 4. Imran Nazir, 5. Umar A, 6. Afridi , 7. A.Razzaq, 8. Y.Arafat, 9.Tanvir , 10. Gul, 11. Ajmal

  • Sports4Youth on September 9, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Shahid Khan Afridi is the joint highest wicket taker in T20 along with Saeed Ajmal. He the best fielder in the present team. on a given day he can turn a match on its head with the bat or with the ball or with both. No one should entertain any doubts about Afridi's class, caliber, ability in the limited overs format of the game. By the time he retires he will have many more records to his name.

  • Sports4Youth on September 9, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    @ psu19976 :- Misbah is at the end of his carrier. especially limited overs cricket. I hope Misbah stays in Test matches only. Shahid Khan Afridi is a legend. He will bounce back during the T20 world cup. He likes mega events. After Wasim & Waqar he is the third higest wicket taker for Pakistan in ODI's. Also I would like to mention that he is the fastest century maker, youngest century maker, fastest fifty maker, most sixes - IN ODI's . Among current players he is the highest wicket taker in ODI's. He holds the most number of records in ODI's. He is the Imran Khan of today. AFRIDI IS THE BEST FIELDER PAKISTAN HAS EVER PRODUCED. In a team were players feel that dropping catches is ok and misfielding is acceptable, he is the only shinning light.

  • Sports4Youth on September 9, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    I agree that with such an important tournament coming up, Afridi should not be risked for a dead rubber. Yasir Ararafat should be given a game and also Abdul Razzaq should be given more bowling opportunities in the last match, Razzaq is going to be important cog in the wheel during the world cup. Ajmal & Tanvir can be rested.

  • on September 9, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Since everybody is naming their dream teams... here it goes:

    Open: Hafeez + Jamshed (left right combination). At 1 down, if Hafeez get's out, Kamran or Malik are probably the best choice, if Jamshed get's out, Imran Nazir should follow. 2 Down: Umar Akmal, then rest of the batting line including Afridi and Razzak. Later I'd include Arafat or Anwar Ali (saw Anwar in U19 world cup some years ago, he's good). Sohail should be out. He can't produce magic against good sides. He takes wickets mostly for his action good sides are usually prepared for it. And in the end, Gul and Ajmal.

  • on September 9, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    why we copmpar hafeez with misbah ,hafeez is new and misbah is experienced man bt misbah now nt suitable for t20 but without dout he is agood captan any body expalin me why hafeez save his over for 20 in 2nd t20 agianst australia but when he loss the match mently he called razzaq for bowl even he did gave him bowl in whol series coze he want all responsibility of loss the match on razzaq but ALLAH help razzaq and he agian prove in just 2 over in batting and bowling as a legend,and i think we should nt drop afridi n razzaq from w/c coze they r 1st and 2nd choice in whole world for t20,my suggested team in w/c against strong teams ,M hafeez,Nasir jamsheed,Imran nazir,Kamran akmal,Umer akmal,Shahid afridi,Shohaib malik,Abdul razzaq,Sohail tanveer,Umer gul,and Saeed ajmal and for low level team ,M hafeez,Nasir jamsheed,Asad shafiq,Kamran akmal,Umer akmal,Shahid afridii,Shohaib malik,Yasir arfat,M ohammad sami,junaid khan,and Raza hassan.Best wishes for pakistan RAJA SHAHID NAWAZ DHUNYAL

  • ONAK.PAK on September 9, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    @aiksa. How dare you suggest that Misbah doesn't lead from the front. How many countless times has he lead the team to victory. But no one appreciates what he does, do they? And for the record Misbah's captaincy record is way better than Afridi's. Just because he consolidates the team and prevents a full middle order collapse and he does it slowly people don't like him. But if you just use your common sense then you will know that Misbah actually does some thing for the team. Not like Afridi or Hafeez who just hit a boundary or two and get out. Misbah regularly hits 30 or 40 runs and helps the team back on their feet. Not like Hafeez or Afridi who rarely get big scores. And by the way I am not a huge fan of Misbah's but I know that he does do something for the team. So who ever suggests that Afridi or even Hafeez is a better captain that Misbah they need to wake up now.

  • on September 9, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    i dont agree that wd out afridi pakistn won the world cup bcz afridi proves that he is one of the most amazing allrounder pak ever produced he is a leading wicket taker n t20 cricket with58. hero 0f world cup 2009 man of the match (semi final and final).here is sme statics abt afridi.50 match, 58 wickets ,econmy 6.10 and in betting 50 match, 801 runs ,142.52 strike rate in t20 .ONE DAY CRICKET RECORD match 349,runs 7075 strike rate113.78.wickets taken 348 econmy just 4.60 in modern day cricket he also hit 348 sixes in cricket history the most by any one how dare every one who want afridi ot of pak team go to hell every such stupid person live long boom boom love you

  • shaz321 on September 9, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    1. Hafeez, 2.Jamshed, 3. Afridi, 4. Malik, 5. Umar A, 6. Kamran A, 7. Razzaq, 8. Tanveer, 9. Rahman, 10. Gul, 11. Ajmal

  • on September 9, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    there should b two replacements for wc Afridi in for raza hasan and yasir in place of sohail,,,....rest of squad is okay n should go on wid dis combination....Pakistan Zindabad...<3

  • RandyOZ on September 9, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    Huge loss for Pak.....oh wait Afridi hasn't done anything iin years...nevermind.

  • fuzzyeggs on September 9, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    @vaseem siddiqui good team but i would keep tanvir there for arafat.if u watched slpl then u would knw tanvir was swinging it milesss and was 1 of the leading wicket takers in the tournament.....as far as qaulity of batsman there were many in slpl...i would go for himm...but as u said arafat is better fielder.

  • abmughal on September 8, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    Razzak played well in the last t20 but i think afridi is a better option for world t20. hope he will get well soon. i dont agree that afridi should be replaced by raza hassan.

  • aiksa on September 8, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    @psu19976. You are a Misbah fan and that tells a lot about you. Does Misbah lead from the front? He doesn't even lead from the back. He doesn't lead at all. He just seems to do a 9 to 5 job without any desire to win. And by the way, Leading from the front doesn't mesan doing everything yourself. It means using your resources efficiently and smartly and giving the right job to the right man. And last but not the least, Misbah MUST retire NOW.

  • psu19976 on September 8, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Hafeez should have bowled the last over but buckled under pressure. Not leading from the front; not a good captain!!! I am a MISBAH fan and drop Afridi from ODI. Hope PCB will persist with MISBAH.

  • on September 8, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Come T20 WORLD CUP in my opinion the BEST XI for TEAM PAKISTAN from the squad selected would be: 1. Hafeez, 2. Nazir, 3. Jamshed, 4. Kamran, 5. Umar, 6. Malik, 7. Razzaq, 8. Afridi, 9. Arafat, 10. Gul, 11. Ajmal. I have replaced Tanvir with Arafat as he has lot of experience of playing T20 cricket around the world and his bowling and batting is probably same as Tanvir but he is a better fielder as demonstrated in the second T20. Raza Hassan is a promising youngster but Afridi is better all round player and therefore once fit should be included in the XI. I honestly do not think Asad Shafiq is ODI or T20 player and I still cannot see why he was selected. As for Sami he is too unpredictable and I agree with number of supporters that it would have been better to select Junaid Khan. I wish TEAM PAKISTAN well in T20 World Cup but in my opinion the four teams who are likely to qualify to the semi final are India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.

  • Jamshed78 on September 8, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Everybody is talking about afridi he is no good, he is useless anymore he should stop playing, he is one of the big allrounder in the world second interms of wickets and runs scored, he is a match winner in world events, pakistan couldn't have won the t20 world cup without him in 2009, he will be in the team whenever he will be fit for sure, pakistan t20 team's batting is rusty without him he will give solidarity to the team right is the middle, BOOM BOOM Afridi, BOOM BOOM Pakistan, Pakistan Zindabad

  • on September 8, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    A change or two won't disturb the winning combination, but make huge changes and losing badly will not work in favour of Pak team. Asad needs a chance in the middle as he can be handy in run chases in WC. Yasir can come in for sohail and pak should opt to bat second should they win the toss.

  • on September 8, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Afridi has let down everyone, team is winning without him and team is in a winning combination. its better for team management to let him sit out. May be this is how he will realize that he should control his nerves like Gayle and Sehwag.

  • shizam on September 8, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Afridi not playing and staying away from Pakistan cricket is EXCELLENT news. Its time for Afridi to do something else and let the youngsters prove themselves.

  • El_Toro_Loco on September 8, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    YES, hope he stays unfit until the end of T20WC. His absence from all Pakistani victories this series speaks for it self. Ciao

  • SHAIKH_1982 on September 8, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Surprised with all the bashing that Yasir Arafat is receiving. I think people forget that yesterdays game only went to a super over because of him. One run out and a catch which had Ajmal still been on the pitch would not have happened. His last game for Pakistan he picked up three wickets so deserves a chance. But I do agree that Junaid Khan should have been included in the squad. Without being bias I do think Pakistan are favourites for the T20 World Cup coming up have the bases covered.

  • UK_Chap on September 8, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    who are these people that keep wanting Shafiq in the T20 side, for gods sake he is not a T20 player. He nudges and nurdles the ball around, he is good for Tests but not for T20.He got bogged down in the 2nd ODi when we were in a comfortable run chase. As for Mohammed Sami , what a load of rubbish, please get rid of him. Why give Nazir a rest, if he gets any more rest he will be in a coma. We should really be playing the same team for all three T20`s to keep the momentum going. Nothing good comes from loosing the last game by messing around with the team make up.I have watched Pakistan make this same mistake time after time over so many years in the name of testing new players, who they never go on to use.

  • TexanBlue on September 8, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Pakistan must not gamble with their winning combination at the cost of giving chance to their backup players. Aussies are down so take them further down and let them taste the series white wash right b4 the WC. Don't under estimate their backlash in the last game; as they showed in the 2nd game that they'll fight till the very end. Pak must keep up the momentum because U don't want to go into the WC with a defeat in the last game. Hafeez must bring himself down the order to give more batting practice to Malik, Umar and Razzaq so that they won't be rusty in the big event. Give rest to Nazir and bring in Asad and replace Gul with either Sami or Yasir. Also we really don't need to rush in Afridi as we're still winning without him in the team. I don't know if it's just a coincidence or what that we've won all the games that Afridi has missed so far and lost all that he's played in during the Aussie's tour. True, he's a big player but he has been so out of form, both with bat & ball. Thanks

  • on September 8, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Pakistan has surely surprised many by winning the T20 series in Dubai.. Inclusion of Afridiin place of Raza Hassan into the playing 11 will boost the winning combination for sure... Hope Pakistan can continue their winning form..

  • on September 8, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Well, i saw many comments every time about up_order playing of Afridi, but he let us down everytime, when he got the chance, now same goes for Razzaq, although he got experience but now he has lost his swing of ball and the bat as well.

  • on September 8, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    I have no idia why Sami is with the squad. He is a all time failure and still being tried again and again. To my surprise he is preferred over Junaid Khan. What a waste?

  • Mr.Shani on September 8, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    My team for the 3rd t20 is 1) K Akmal 2) I Nazir 3) A Razzaq 4) S Malik 5) A Shafiq 6) U Akmal / N Jamshed 7) M Hafeez 8) Y Arafat. Although i dont want to c him in the squad. He does not fit in the team. But now he has been selected for WC so it is necessary to give him a chance. 9) M Sami 10) U Gul 11) S Ajmal. If he is 100% fit otherwise dont take a chance and continue with R Hasan. Hafeez & Jamshed are in good touch so change their batting orders to give proper time to others to gain form.

  • dmqi on September 8, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Afridi did not use Razzaque properly when he was capatin and Hafeez must know that Razzaque should be given overs at the right time to bowl. Also Razzaue should come ahead of Malik in batting. I wish Hamad Azam was in the playing 11.

  • on September 8, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    I don't know why Hafeez not used Razzak for bowling in the beaning or in the middle of the match he is a well experience bowler and always take wickets whenever the team required break through, also as batsman he was very down in the last overs the game, if available it is very difficult for any player to show and performed well,I hope in the coming last T-20 and the T20 cup the management will take some action to upgrade him, also there is no chance for Nazir in the team in the opening Hafeez and Shzad are good and they given team a solid start also the bowling and field was very nice

  • on September 8, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Awais zia is another good choice he played well as a youngster vs sri lanka

  • Syed_imran_abbas on September 8, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    No yasir arfaat please. He is just a club level player. Get asad shafeeq to replace raza hasaan and give more overs to malik and razzaq. and try nasir and nazir to open and kamran at number 3.

  • khurramsch on September 8, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    i think they should not change much as the players played in 2 games ( with afridi) are the first choice playing 11 for cup. if you really want to do test then change bating order in last game to give umar/razak & malik more time in middle which they havent got yet in this series. Asad & yasir can come in place of umar/sohail but dont change gul that can be dangerous to the momentum. wining 3-0 befor world cup is more important

  • on September 8, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Instead of Asad Shafik Hammad Azam is better choice in t20 Ahmed Shehzad also be a good choice.

  • on September 8, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    very good captaincy indeed.

  • cyberstudent on September 8, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    RAZZAQ should play up the order, he is being wasted down the order, there is no use of giving him 10 balls to live with in every match.

  • on September 8, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Hafeez should learn how to use a key player like razzaq, with all his experience he should bat at number 4 and we all know how handy he can be. Sami should get a chance in stead of tanvir and afridi should stay out. Aussies were not used to the UAE pitches but in world cup there will be high profile teams and players, pak should learn how to maintain there run rate and scoring high score. Still not satisfied with hafeez captaincy.

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  • on September 8, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Hafeez should learn how to use a key player like razzaq, with all his experience he should bat at number 4 and we all know how handy he can be. Sami should get a chance in stead of tanvir and afridi should stay out. Aussies were not used to the UAE pitches but in world cup there will be high profile teams and players, pak should learn how to maintain there run rate and scoring high score. Still not satisfied with hafeez captaincy.

  • cyberstudent on September 8, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    RAZZAQ should play up the order, he is being wasted down the order, there is no use of giving him 10 balls to live with in every match.

  • on September 8, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    very good captaincy indeed.

  • on September 8, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Instead of Asad Shafik Hammad Azam is better choice in t20 Ahmed Shehzad also be a good choice.

  • khurramsch on September 8, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    i think they should not change much as the players played in 2 games ( with afridi) are the first choice playing 11 for cup. if you really want to do test then change bating order in last game to give umar/razak & malik more time in middle which they havent got yet in this series. Asad & yasir can come in place of umar/sohail but dont change gul that can be dangerous to the momentum. wining 3-0 befor world cup is more important

  • Syed_imran_abbas on September 8, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    No yasir arfaat please. He is just a club level player. Get asad shafeeq to replace raza hasaan and give more overs to malik and razzaq. and try nasir and nazir to open and kamran at number 3.

  • on September 8, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Awais zia is another good choice he played well as a youngster vs sri lanka

  • on September 8, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    I don't know why Hafeez not used Razzak for bowling in the beaning or in the middle of the match he is a well experience bowler and always take wickets whenever the team required break through, also as batsman he was very down in the last overs the game, if available it is very difficult for any player to show and performed well,I hope in the coming last T-20 and the T20 cup the management will take some action to upgrade him, also there is no chance for Nazir in the team in the opening Hafeez and Shzad are good and they given team a solid start also the bowling and field was very nice

  • dmqi on September 8, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Afridi did not use Razzaque properly when he was capatin and Hafeez must know that Razzaque should be given overs at the right time to bowl. Also Razzaue should come ahead of Malik in batting. I wish Hamad Azam was in the playing 11.

  • Mr.Shani on September 8, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    My team for the 3rd t20 is 1) K Akmal 2) I Nazir 3) A Razzaq 4) S Malik 5) A Shafiq 6) U Akmal / N Jamshed 7) M Hafeez 8) Y Arafat. Although i dont want to c him in the squad. He does not fit in the team. But now he has been selected for WC so it is necessary to give him a chance. 9) M Sami 10) U Gul 11) S Ajmal. If he is 100% fit otherwise dont take a chance and continue with R Hasan. Hafeez & Jamshed are in good touch so change their batting orders to give proper time to others to gain form.