Pakistan v England 2011-12 February 29, 2012

Mohsin blames batting for limited-overs loss

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Mohsin Khan, Pakistan's outgoing interim coach, has said he was surprised with the team's performance in the limited-over series against England, and insisted that every match had been winnable. Pakistan lost all four one-dayers before losing the Twenty20 series 2-1.

"I am disappointed with the performance," Mohsin told reporters on his arrival in Karachi. "We played so well throughout the Test series and beat the world No.1 team. I am surprised at the team's performance in the limited-overs matches but every target against England was achievable." Pakistan defended 144 in the first T20, before failing to chase down targets of 151 and 130 in the remaining two matches.

Mohsin was Pakistan's chief selector before being given an interim coaching role in September 2011 after Waqar Younis resigned on medical grounds. During his short tenure, Mohsin coached Pakistan to series wins over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh besides the clean sweep of England in the Tests.

"I am satisfied with my tenure and did my best," Mohsin said. "I am ready to serve my country, but my top priority is that it should be in a respected manner and with dignity, without which I will not hold any post. Winning against England in the Tests was special but in limited-over series we lost due to the poor batting and I am disappointed that the team failed (in ODIs and Twenty20s).

"But this is the same team that was being lauded only a few days back and now everyone is so critical and talking about inducting new blood, which is again strange."

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq also warned about making drastic changes to the team, insisting that an overhaul wouldn't work.

"We did try our best but England came back strong and credit must be given to them. I think we are responsible as our batting failed."

Misbah is facing a hostile reaction from the Pakistan public after his 32-ball 28 in the deciding T20, which Pakistan lost by five runs. Pakistan had seemingly been in control, needing 36 off the final five overs with Misbah and Umar Akmal in the middle, and with seven wickets remaining but couldn't complete the job.

"I think we need to take this decision only after assessing our resources and if you have those resources then do that," he said. "But if you don't have quality cricketers then it will do harm. If you change for the sake of change it will not help.

"All those who watch are sentimental and they talk like this. You sit down and analyse and if you have a replacement for a player then you replace him. Drastic changes will not help."

Edited by Siddarth Ravindran

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  • on March 3, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Pak just dont have the talent anymore- neither in bowling nor in batting; the bowlers are doing the batting and the batsmen are doing the bowling. Its just sad...plain sad.

  • on March 2, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    @Sinhaya Pakistan and Srilanka have always supported each other and will continue to do so. yes Pakistan Cricket team should be given credit for playing good cricket without any home cricket. the ODI team needs a few changes, Hammad Azam is a good find and i am sure the selectors will give a green signal for him in Asia cup. My team would be waiting for your hospitality in June.

  • hst84 on March 2, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    look whos talking ! Misbah, being a captain you couldn't play a normal innings under pressure leave alone major cups n tournaments..you're over and out with man ! Pakistan needs a new captain..

  • on March 2, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    There is no doubt Misbah and his tactics were faultless for the Test Series. But he (and a few others) are simply not the right sort of people forn the shorter formats. England has 2 different captains and wholesale changes for the different formats and while they got it wrong in the Test Series, they got it spot on with the shorter formats. The shorter formats require faster scoring, tight bowling and World Class Fielding. Had Pakistan held onto catches and taken run out chances they missed, the One Day and T20 results would have been very very different.

    As a batsmen myself, I cannot see how anyone who plays a 5 day game, can easily change gear to a T20 within a short period of time and then back again.

    My advice is 3 teams with 3 different captains if it is seen fit. Misbah is not a T20 player, lets just not even kid ourselves there.

    The T20 team needs to be sloggers and sharp fielders, the bowlers need to be better at containment than wicket taking

  • asifji on March 2, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    I THINK ALL 3 TYPES OF FORMAT SHOULD HAVE THEIR OWN SELECTIVE PLAYERS NOT LIKE EERYONE IS PLAYING ALLA FORMATS. I THINK THATS Y WE LOST ODIs AND T20s.

  • Najam68 on March 1, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    I think we are missing the qualified technical coaches in all aspects ; nothing wrong with our talent ; its about getting them tuned properly

  • Najam68 on March 1, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    please have 3 different teams in different formats ;

  • on March 1, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    pakistani batsmen always misjudge situations when there is a need to stay in the wicket they throw their wickets stupidly & when there is need to play fast they play slowly i think when they relize that they start winning against good teams

  • ExplicitPlatinum on March 1, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    I don't know why people would want Imran Nazir in ODI's and want Shafiq in T20's. Infact, that should be the other way around. What Pakistan needs to do is to try Sadaf Hussain and Junaid Khan who will share the new ball together as that could be a potential future bowling combination. The insanity of people have asked for the dreaded K.Akmal back. We don't want someone who will drop chances for us again in crucial matches. Sarfraz needs to be groomed properly so we need to be patient with him. Young blood need to be infused but not too many that no seniors will guide them. This is the near perfect squad for the Asia cup. 1.) Hafeez 2.) Ahmed Shehzad 3.) Azhar 4.) U.Akmal 5.) Younis 6.) Afridi (C) 7.) Hammad 8.) Sarfraz WK. 9.) Ajmal 10.) Gul 11.) Sadaf/Junaid Three quality spinners with three quicks along with good top order that can build from Azhar. U.Akmal needs to get out there and score BIG and Younis is a better senior than Misbah and Afridi is in good batting form.

  • CRICALLi on March 1, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Over & Over again i am seeing all these criticisms; yet no one has the capacity to tell me which strategy or captain has done better for Pakistan than Misbah/Mohsin. I am challenging anyone from Pakistan whether from cricket Board or individuals. Was it Afridi's record or Inzamam or Akram? Please do yourself a favor check the record & results; instead of slapping youself in the face every time you encounter a minor setback. Like i said before; batting, fielding & coaching needs to improve vastly at the National level in order to have significant improvements at the International level. Its like trying to teach a baby to run before he walks. & yes we need a change of Strategy at the ODI & T-20 level; NOT a change of Key Personnel. I would bring Rehman in - most economical bowler in ODI series & give Kamran Akmal(perhaps he is more mature & learned from his mistakes) another try to open & keep. Afridi should come after ASAD. Mohsin has earned the right to coach for another year.

  • on March 3, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Pak just dont have the talent anymore- neither in bowling nor in batting; the bowlers are doing the batting and the batsmen are doing the bowling. Its just sad...plain sad.

  • on March 2, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    @Sinhaya Pakistan and Srilanka have always supported each other and will continue to do so. yes Pakistan Cricket team should be given credit for playing good cricket without any home cricket. the ODI team needs a few changes, Hammad Azam is a good find and i am sure the selectors will give a green signal for him in Asia cup. My team would be waiting for your hospitality in June.

  • hst84 on March 2, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    look whos talking ! Misbah, being a captain you couldn't play a normal innings under pressure leave alone major cups n tournaments..you're over and out with man ! Pakistan needs a new captain..

  • on March 2, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    There is no doubt Misbah and his tactics were faultless for the Test Series. But he (and a few others) are simply not the right sort of people forn the shorter formats. England has 2 different captains and wholesale changes for the different formats and while they got it wrong in the Test Series, they got it spot on with the shorter formats. The shorter formats require faster scoring, tight bowling and World Class Fielding. Had Pakistan held onto catches and taken run out chances they missed, the One Day and T20 results would have been very very different.

    As a batsmen myself, I cannot see how anyone who plays a 5 day game, can easily change gear to a T20 within a short period of time and then back again.

    My advice is 3 teams with 3 different captains if it is seen fit. Misbah is not a T20 player, lets just not even kid ourselves there.

    The T20 team needs to be sloggers and sharp fielders, the bowlers need to be better at containment than wicket taking

  • asifji on March 2, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    I THINK ALL 3 TYPES OF FORMAT SHOULD HAVE THEIR OWN SELECTIVE PLAYERS NOT LIKE EERYONE IS PLAYING ALLA FORMATS. I THINK THATS Y WE LOST ODIs AND T20s.

  • Najam68 on March 1, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    I think we are missing the qualified technical coaches in all aspects ; nothing wrong with our talent ; its about getting them tuned properly

  • Najam68 on March 1, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    please have 3 different teams in different formats ;

  • on March 1, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    pakistani batsmen always misjudge situations when there is a need to stay in the wicket they throw their wickets stupidly & when there is need to play fast they play slowly i think when they relize that they start winning against good teams

  • ExplicitPlatinum on March 1, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    I don't know why people would want Imran Nazir in ODI's and want Shafiq in T20's. Infact, that should be the other way around. What Pakistan needs to do is to try Sadaf Hussain and Junaid Khan who will share the new ball together as that could be a potential future bowling combination. The insanity of people have asked for the dreaded K.Akmal back. We don't want someone who will drop chances for us again in crucial matches. Sarfraz needs to be groomed properly so we need to be patient with him. Young blood need to be infused but not too many that no seniors will guide them. This is the near perfect squad for the Asia cup. 1.) Hafeez 2.) Ahmed Shehzad 3.) Azhar 4.) U.Akmal 5.) Younis 6.) Afridi (C) 7.) Hammad 8.) Sarfraz WK. 9.) Ajmal 10.) Gul 11.) Sadaf/Junaid Three quality spinners with three quicks along with good top order that can build from Azhar. U.Akmal needs to get out there and score BIG and Younis is a better senior than Misbah and Afridi is in good batting form.

  • CRICALLi on March 1, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Over & Over again i am seeing all these criticisms; yet no one has the capacity to tell me which strategy or captain has done better for Pakistan than Misbah/Mohsin. I am challenging anyone from Pakistan whether from cricket Board or individuals. Was it Afridi's record or Inzamam or Akram? Please do yourself a favor check the record & results; instead of slapping youself in the face every time you encounter a minor setback. Like i said before; batting, fielding & coaching needs to improve vastly at the National level in order to have significant improvements at the International level. Its like trying to teach a baby to run before he walks. & yes we need a change of Strategy at the ODI & T-20 level; NOT a change of Key Personnel. I would bring Rehman in - most economical bowler in ODI series & give Kamran Akmal(perhaps he is more mature & learned from his mistakes) another try to open & keep. Afridi should come after ASAD. Mohsin has earned the right to coach for another year.

  • ilyas on March 1, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    We can keep Misbah as captain for the next 10 years, persisit with the useless Farhat as opener and even keep the non-playing all-rounder Malik! Hell i don't even mind if we play Malik's wife as our opening bowler as long as we never ever pick that catch-dropping grinning chimp Kamran Akmal for Pakistan again!! All you people saying we should pick up him have very short memories - remember Sydney? In fact i could name every single test ground in the world and Akmal would have dropped a catch there!!!!!

  • on March 1, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    What ever happened I love PAKISTAN & Pakistan cricket.Wish you best of luck in Asia Cup.We all will pray for your success.

  • on March 1, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    My Asia Cup Squad :) 1:-Ahmed Shehzad 2:- Imran Nazir 3:- Azhar Ali 4:- Asad Shafiq 5:- Misbah 6:- Kamran Akmal 7:- Umar Akmal 8:- Afridi 9:- Razzaq 10 :- Nasir Jamshed 11:- Hammad Azam 12 :- Saeed Ajmal 13:- M Sami 14:- Sadaf Hussain 15:- Raza Hassan 16:-Junaid Khan. Umar Gul should be rested,,Hafiz must play Domestic Cricket..i know you don't want Misbah in ODI's but my close resources told me that Misbah will Lead Pakistan Team,,so he could win Asia Cup then Retire on High Note. Feel Free to coment.

  • on March 1, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    i think main problem is team selection. I can not undestand why these T20 specialist Ahamed Shehzad, Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed and Shahzaib Hasan not in the T20 team. How win a T20 match with test plyers.

  • razakbhai123 on March 1, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    I think Pakistan Batting is the capable of winning matches but they do not adjust as per the situation ! they just want play heroic shots ! I also agree with Mr. H Shakeel that Pak batsman should refrain from playing Arial and risky shots! the last T20 was really winnable , I will blame Misbah for slow scoring while kamran for recklessness.

  • wrenx on March 1, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    It's T20, it's a toss-up. Pakistan lost the 3rd match in a similar fashion to how England lost the first. Pakistan will need a new Test captain eventually, and he should start with the ODI team to ensure he won't be out of his depth. Otherwise, give Misbah a break, he's a decent batsman & captain, and the best we've got. Let's celebrate his achievements instead of inflating his shortcomings. Test cricket is where we should focus, and that's where he excels.

  • on March 1, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Pakistan t20 team [Killer Squad]: Ajmal Shehzad Owais Zia Imran Nazir Muhammad Hafeez Asad Shafiq Umer Akmal Shahid Khan Afridi [C] Abdul Razzaq Hammad Azam Omer Gull Saeed Ajmal

  • NomZia on March 1, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Batting in general is an issue with Pak. We need a batting coach and Pak batsmen should avoid hitting aerial shots. Only when they go past 30-40 runs they should take chances and that too which are less risky. If malik, umar akmal, Misbah and afridi tried to score along the ground, they wouldn't have easily fallen. Also, Pak batsmen failed to pick the slower deliveries and while going for the big shots, they missed those balls. The last T20 pak just needed to take singles and doubles as run a ball was required. Instead the tried big shots, missed the deliveries, pressure got built and threw away the wickets. If they had taken the single, they pressure would have built on England and the boundaries would have come automatically.

  • H-Shakil on March 1, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    The main mistake with Pakistani bating is that they realie in theri natural abilities only, and donot adjust to theri weekness which in the modern days is easily highlited by use of technology and expolited by oppisition. The game is becoming more scientific each day, to prosper one has to adjust his technique and playing style more often than not. Until or unless they start learning and repeating same mistakes again and again they well remian the infamous unprecditables!!!

  • AP_88 on March 1, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    I have a lot of respect for Misbah and what he has done for Pak cricket however I think he should step down from the T20 format - Pakistan should go for a specialist limited overs side and T20 format may be a good way to introduce Hafeez to captaincy - players like Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal and Rana Naveed should be added to the T20 squad

  • rahatx1 on March 1, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    For God's sake...is Misbah kidding the crowd... the crowd isnt being sentimental. the crowd exactly knows how cricket has to be played in the last 5 overs of a T20 match. What a false justification

  • on March 1, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    This should be the ODI lineup

    Mohammad Hafeez Kamran Akmal Azhar Ali Asad Shafiq Younis Khan Umar Akmal(wk) Shahid Afridi(c) Saeed Ajmal Umar Gul Abdur Rehman

    Why? Because the openers are experienced and Hafeez can bowl very well. Then, Azhar and Shafiq are very capable of putting up 50-knocks. After that, Younis no doubt is a good player(experience). Then, Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi can act as the big hitters and Shahid Afridi is certainly a valuable bowler. Now, on to the bowling. Ajmal and Rehman do generate good turn and when they do they cause chaos. Umar Gul bowls on target and can pick up wickets in pressure.

  • on March 1, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    @ Ali Shazad I have no problem with having stability in the middle order. The problem is, it became very apparent that Misbah was batting incredibly selfishly in the T20s. Yes England bowled well, but not so well that he couldn't even score at a run a ball. Literally, if he had gone by at LEAST a run a ball, the match would have been drawn. He promoted himself up the order rather than bringing in young Hamad Azam to finish off the game there and then and that is what lost us the match. Selfishness.

  • on March 1, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    I think Misbah should give up the T20 cricket like Younis did after the T20 world cup. He is a patient cricketor and cannot play faster innings in one days and T20s. He is a respectable person and should choose one of the formats that really suit his form of batting and age. We have seen a week spot in his captaincy as well, as he had only one tactic of winning the matches and that was the excessive use of spin, which ultimately failed against England in T20 and ODIs. Lets hope for the best in the Asia Cup.

  • shauketbhat on March 1, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    In my opinion Misbhah ul Haq should retire from T20 , this format doesn`t belongs to him. Pakistan Board should give chance to young players in T20 and in ODI`s than only it is possible that Pakistan can make better team for World cup 2015. By playing Shoib Malik, Misbhah, Farhat it does not make sound. Give chance to Karman Akmal, Ahmad Shehzad, Imran Nazir, and suhail Tanvir in T20 all of them have done really well in BPL and deserve to get back in International Team. And also Pakistan board should also notice Hafeez... opener, i think he is not technically sound and should not open the innings.... Give chance to open innings Akmal brothers.... Both are attacking players and definitely they will change the defensive approach of PAK Team...

  • on March 1, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    So Mohsin Khan now wants the Team Management to retain Misbah just because of apparent lack of bench-strength in batting... Hah... What an excuse !

  • alonetiger on March 1, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    again they choosed the lazy misbah for the shorter version of the game.he has no place in ODI and T20....i dont know why the selectors and board love these two unwanted and selfish players.and this is y our team is not doing good coz we have players like misbah,farhat and adnan akmal ,who can only scream or can say will done will done,instead of well done,,lol....for God sake save pakistan cricket and make some brave decisions...and tell the players to stay aggresive and attacking when they reach to the wicket,not like the lazy misbah who only bring pressure on his own team by his selfish and very slow batting...

  • on March 1, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    I think Misbah has received too much criticism as it wasn't only his fault that we lost the game. Afridi, Cheema Gul all have to share the blame.

  • on March 1, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    The team should be from the following players; Ahmed Shehzad, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Mehmood, Mohd, Sami, Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Akmal,shoaib malik,rana,hamid,younis khan.this is my team for asia cup.i think this is best team for asia cup i hope selection should look this team..............FAIZ FROM KASHMIR

  • on March 1, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Agree with u truth 1

    My team for T20 WC. Imran Nazir , Ahmed Shehzad, Hafeez, Azhar Mehmood, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Sahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq,Sohail Tanveer,Gul and Ajmal. Extras: Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Hammad Azam, Rana Naved Azhar cuz he is in the form of his life Sohail Tanveers Pace is up n he is balling Brilliantly n due to him batting goes deep. Imran Nazir is the Most experienced t20 opener in Pak Ahmed Shehzad is the highest rungetter in BPL Misbah cuz if u change the captain now, team can get destabilize, dont change a captain suddenly. Plus he can come handy in case of collapse. Shoaib Malik is in extras cuz u may require 4 spinners in SL conditions Kamran Akmal is thr cuz he also was 1 of the highest run scorer in BPL plus Umar Akmal may get unfit while keeping

  • on March 1, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    I think pakistan need to get in Imran Nazir, Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Sami into the squad as these players performed very well in BPL. though Pakistan lacks a fast bowler so Sami could be a better option.

  • on March 1, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Mohsin Khan is very right. Had Pakistan batted in the ODIs and T20 they would have won the majority. They have the best bowling attack todate but no batsman.

  • Ali-Sajid on March 1, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    Well you guys could wait for at least 2 or 3 series before screaming for change. The first odi series that Misbah has lost as captain and you all are jumping down his throat and demanding he be removed. Afridi lost the Asia cup, England and South African odi series before finally winning 1 against New Zealand yet no one was screaming for change then. Face it the reason that you guys don't like Misbah is cause he does not play the way you want him to. Stability in the middle order is very important otherwise we would be bowled out for less than 150 on a lot of occasions. Oh and please don't put the entire blame on Misbah. In the odis none of our bowlers could take wickets, none of our top 4 or 5 could score runs and our fielding was pathetic. Conclusion whole team failed not just Misbah.

  • on March 1, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    3-seperate teams for ODIs,T20s and Tests, with Misbah being the captain of the test team only.

    5-batsmen 1-wicket keeping all rounder 1-legspin allrounder 1 medium pace all rounder 1-regular off spinner 2- genuine pacers

    Umar-Gul and wahab Riaz are the best suited seamers we have, saeed ajmal the regular off spinner, afridi, leg spin allrounder, razzaq/hammad medium pace all rounder, kamran akmal-wicket keeper. ahmed shehzad+imran nazir openers, younis khan, misbah/M.yousaf and umar akmal.

    Imran Nazir Ahmed Shehzad Younis Khan Mohammad Yousaf Umar Akmal KAmran Akmal Hammad Azam/Razzaq Shahid Afridi Umar Gul Wahab Riaz Saeed Ajmal.

  • ZeeshanAhmed on March 1, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    There is diifference in all formats because all the countries change their cricket and have different suad in all formats My team in test

    M Hafeez, Toufiq Umer, Azhar Ali, Asad shafique, Misbah, Younis Khan, Adnan Akmal, Umer Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Aziz Cheema, Abdur Rehman

    ODI Team

    M Hafeez, Nasir Jamsheed, Asad Shafique, Younis Khan, Misbah, Umer Akmal, Hamad Azam, Shahid Afridi , Umer gul, Saeed Ajmal, Cheema

    T20 Team

    Imran Nazir, Awais Zia, Ahmed Shehzad, NAsir Jamsheed, Asad Shafique, Umer Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Hamaz Azam, Saeed Ajmal, Umer Gul, Wahab Riaz

  • CRICALLi on March 1, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    Most believe that Pak batting is relatively weak compared to the top teams; yet many expect them to beat the # 1 Team In the world all the time. Is'nt this unfair? While I would admit that both of them have room for improvement; this can only happen over time with introspection &Training. Misbah's success record is much better than any other over the last decade-check the record. Who has a better record? You cannot develop your country's cricket with pride & dignity without developing Home Grown Coaches; which cannot be done by constantly hiring foreign coaches to fix the problem at the top. Coach/Captain did not develop the greatest spin bowling attack in the world, it was cultivated at all levels of Pak cricket, but then so was poor fielding & batting. Fix your batting & fielding at the National Level first; only then you can crucify your International captain & coach for losing. Hire an International Coach as a Guide/Consultant/Trainer to Train Local Coaches at all levels.

  • on March 1, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    Well the question really is that why are they not playing a separate team for t20. When you have world class strikers like Imran Nazir, Ahmed Shahzad and Abdul Razzaq; why not play them in t20?

    In t20 you really need 1 good innings or one or two small knocks. Here is the t20 team I recommend for T20:

    1) Shahzad 2)Imran Nazir 3)Mohammad Hafeez 4) Asad Shafiq) 5)Umer Akmal 6) Razzaq 7) Hammad Azam 8) Afridi 9) Umer Gul 10) Saeed Ajmal 11) Aizaz Cheema/J. Khan

    This team is balanced and there are people who can strike it big and those who can play around them. Also when you are playing so many strikers, one of them will certainly connect.

    For ODI:

    1) Shahzad/Nasir Jamshed 2) Muhammad Hafeez 3) Asad Shafiq 4) Umer Akmal 5) Misbah 6) K. Akmal 7) Afridi 8)Gul 9)Ajmal 10) Aizaz Cheema or maybe need to try someone else 11) Rehman (spinning pitches) or Hammad Azam (batting higher obviously on seaming pitches)

  • Sinhaya on March 1, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    @Ahmed Shaikh, by all means I always adore Pakistan along with many Lankan fans. I love Pakistan so much because of all the support Pakistan has given Sri Lanka outside of the cricket circle, which I dont need to mention as you can figure out. Great to see Pakistan rock without any home cricket. I am eagerly awaiting to welcome your boys in June when there is a full tour of Sri Lanka as per the FTP. Looking forward to an exiting series and hope Hammad Azam plays in the tests. Yes there should be a like option below each comment.

  • KushalChoudhury on March 1, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    Well, I'm from India and I support Asian cricket and cricket as a haul. First off, I'd like to congratulate all my friends from the other side of the border for the thrashing they handed out to England in the tests. Pakistan are a very mercurial side and after a lot of years they've shown stability. But the base of their ODI model is really fragile. Pakistan are probably the best equipped bowling unit. Not only based on talent, but also performance. What they need is a solid batting line up and a strong leader. Misbah is stable, but not aggressive enough. I'm not aware of the domestic talent, but Pakistan really need to find a few good batsman. Once they do that, they will be quite invincible.

  • AnotherCricketer on March 1, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    Mohsin just wants us to be play the surprise game with him. Nah! He forgets that Pakistan didn't bat well against Bangla or in earlier series either. Batting issues were never addressed and the bowling was relied on repeatedly to win games. We would like him to address why more players were not tried during Bangla series. Why Imran Farhat continues to be in the squad after failing repeatedly. Why was Ahmed Shehzad eliminated from the team to begin with? Rather than be surprised, for once, be honest Mr Mohsin.

  • on February 29, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    @ Asim Ali, well said. What a bunch, ready to hang Misbah just after he destroyed England in Test cricket a.k.a Real Cricket. I cannot believe this fascination with Afridi, he's a decent ODI player but has no brains for the game, same goes for Umar Akmal. The reason why Misbah has to bat the way he does is because he knows, Afridi and Umar Akmal are unpredictable, its extremely rare to see Fridi and Uma play according to the situation. They only know one way, wham, bham..Thank you Ma'am.

  • on February 29, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    Mr, Misbah 150 runs are not enough in ODI in 2012 as well as for T20 you might only score 30runs in 90 balls which again the 70s style and will not work in 2012.

  • Sports4Youth on February 29, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    @ Stark62 on (Feb 29 2012, 12:01 PM GMT) :- Absolutely spot-on mate. I wish there was a like button below your comment. Once Zia hammered Finn in the 1st T20, Finn just stopped bowling him on the stumps and started going outside off stump. Then in the 3rd game Zia reacted smartly and played very sensible cricket and yet scored at a rapid pace and hit one more six off Finn. By now Finn must be getting nightmares about Zia. He was the only Pakistani to have taken Finn apart. In the ODI's Finn was such a terror, But in the T20's with the introduction of Zia things changed drastically. Finns body language dropped. Confidence went low and his figures were worst because he bowled to Zia.

  • Sports4Youth on February 29, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    @ Junaid Farhan on (Feb 29 2012, 17:31 PM GMT) :-- Misbah thinks he can do a Javed Miandad. By now he should realise that he is no where near to it.

  • Sports4Youth on February 29, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    @ Nadeem1976 on (Feb 29 2012, ) :- Bulls Eye. Totally agreed. The way Misbah was batting, he was giving the impression that he is batting for a draw. Someone needs to tell him the rules of Test crikcet do not apply to ltd.overs criket. Actulaly Misbah is not fit to play 50 over cricket, leave alone 20 over cricket.

  • Sports4Youth on February 29, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    @ Moonrocker786 on (Feb 29 2012, 19:29 PM GMT) :-- Firstly, I think you forgot to name a wicket keeper in the ODI atleast. I recommend Sarfraz Ahmed. Secondly for any wikcet taking bower I recommend Sadaf Hussain. Thirdly After experience in the England seires you would agree that Umar Gul is finished. I recommend replace him with Mohd.Talha or Imran Ali.

  • Sports4Youth on February 29, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    @ Asim Ali on (Feb 29 2012, 19:42 PM GMT) :-- Merely looking at average and runs you will get a sachin tendulkar but if you want a match winner like Inzy, Lara, ponting etc then just look at the strike rate of Misbah and see his style of batting and how many matches he cost his country. With his selfish slow batting he puts too much pressure on the other batsmen and the wickets start collapsing. Like this if all other players start batting then every one will get an average of 42 and Pakistan will never win a single match. Talking about Afridi, Please look at his strike rate of 113 which is the higest in the world. next is Sehwag with srike rate of about 102 and avg 32. So the faster is the batting the lesser will be the average. But Afridi is not just that. He is also one of the best match winning bowler in limited overs cricket. He is also the best fielder Pakistan has ever produced. If you take a closer look you will realise Pak cricket owes a lot to Afridi

  • on February 29, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    my team for odi hafeez imran nazir asad mohd yousef umer akmal misbah afridi razaq hamad gul riaz ajmal

  • LOVEUCRIC on February 29, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    we don't say that Misbah is not a good batsman,, but he don't have place in T 20 Format, please bring back , Imran Nazir, and Ahmad shehzad back, there is good potential in Awais zia, Hammad Azam so, please bring those players to pak team, The result is infront of all of us, how they played in BPL actually after one or two games we change our combination,

    and specially the PCB should help to recover Mohammad Amir,, he has learnt the lesson, now he can't even dream for such things that happen. lets we forget that, and give him another chance,

    best wishes for Pak Cricket team. Fida Mohammad From K.s.a Jeddah

  • on February 29, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    Misbah might give stability to ODI's but is definitely not cut out for T20. He just can't keep the minimum scoring pace.

  • Masud_BITK on February 29, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    It looks Misbah is not really suitable for limited over format. He made losing side of Pakistan in worldcup semi against India, I was watching that game. He did the same against England in T20. However, he is doing great in test. This clearly shows that he is not really suitable in limited over format. Please make Afridi captain in T20 and ODI, that solves all issue.

  • Sports4Youth on February 29, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Mohsin Khan has given a lot of posses for the camera in filmy style during the last 3 series. Both Mohsin and Waqar had a very strange way of coaching the players, they were never seen taking notes. Maybe they were taking notes in the mind, though that is not the adviseable way. But now after a long time Pakistan will be getting a professional coach. More Importantly they are getting a specialised coach for fielding. I think that is the best part of their development to watch. Traditionally not Pakistan's way of working with fielding. But if things go well they should definately benefit from it. Apart from their fielders their batsmen definately need help. Even though traditionally they were well gifted in the pace department but recently with the failures of Gul that story appears to be a part of history now.

  • on February 29, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Misbah is not aggressive enough for both shorter versions,he played slowly then he is unable to finish this shows he is not good enough,we should make changes slowly but surely,if wants to improve.Need professional coaches on every level otherwise we will not have team with consistent performance.U15,U19 and all first class team should have proper coach,physical toughness need proper coaches n facilities at least at 12 different cities.Cricket has changed a lot now teams r chasing 320 runs in just 37 overs,so we have to groom batsman properly n induct them after making them good enough,this team is not balanced by any mean,we are lucky not playing in England,just imagine!

  • on February 29, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Umar Akmal highly over rated, Hafeez (professor) not delivering, Malik (extra baggage). What is going on people??? Please give us a break. Ahmed Shehzad should be included in the team as soon as possible, Rameez Raja Jr. should be inducted. Awais Zia should not be left in wilderness. Give him few more chances. Can someone tell Misbah BASIC principle of cricket is to rotate strike in shorter formats if the boundaries are not coming. But unfortunately he (Misbah) I believe thinks if he gets out no one is after him who can block an end. He needs to go. Dawn's heading read "Pakistan should not overreact to defeat: Misbah". My question to him is for how long the fans should wait before over reacting?

  • truth1 on February 29, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Appeal to all Pak writers . please, before jumping to Misbah's throat just look at the way other boards(India & Eng) are treating their players. I was also mad with Misbah's tactics. But then i recalled what state Pak cricket was in when he took over and what it is now. 3-0 test white wash is not a joke that happened by fluke. Ask English team how they feel. Pak has been playing non stop cricket for many months. fatigue is a big factor. If you look carefully performance in ODIs does not prove anything. Pak was missing Razaq and a wk batsman which could easily be Kamran in at least ODIs and T20. Eng team is not clearly superior in ODIs and you will find it soon when they visit SL & India.Eng is T20 world champion so losing in T20 to them shouldn't hurt that much but if you watched matches they were closer than results suggest. you will see total reversal with Razaq and kamran as we saw in T20 WC which pak won.No drastic changes please. use zia,shehzad,hamad, razaq, kamran in ODI, t20.

  • on February 29, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    So, people are saying drop Misbah from the ODI's and t20s. I can understand t20, but ODIs?? Really?? Misbah currently averages over 42 in ODIs. Who do you propose take over captaincy from him? Hafeez? Afridi? Both have mediocre batting averages stuck in low 20s. Also, who will replace him as a batsman? Can any of you name one batsman in the current squad, including the world famous Younis Khan, who can replace Misbah as a batsman? There isn't anyone else who has the patience and technique to stand in the middle through the overs. Yes, he does play slow, but why does he play slow? When he comes in to bat at 25/3 or 37/3 (it's almost always less than 50, 3 outs for team Pakistan). What do you expect him to do at that point? Heave his bat around like Umar Akmal or Shahid Afridi and get out 4th ball? He's not a finisher like Inzimam, and therefore he'll never be seen as a batting legend. But currently, he's the best Pakistan has. Think about it mates.

  • RameshSubramaniam on February 29, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    I guess Two new balls harmed Pakistan as much as their batting failure. It helped England batsmen to negotiate the spinners and England fast bowlers. This rule will kill ODIs in the sub continent especially spin heavy Pakistan. I am not sure whether Aus, Eng or Pak would agree to these rules if their team is affected. Ofcourse, T20 failure is because of brainless batting

  • Moonrocker786 on February 29, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    I believe Pakistan performed well in the test series, but somehow they lost the momentum with the One day and the T20 series. The best idea in my opinion is to concentrate on the batting and fielding. If we want to reach into the finals in the coming World20, we need to improve the tactics to play attacking cricket as well as have a good combination of youngsters and senior players.

    My team for T20 will be 1. Shahzad 2. Nazir 3. Hafeez 4. U.Akmal 5.Misbah 6.Azam 7. Afridi 8. Razzaq 9. Gul 10.Ajmal 11.J Khan/Anwar Ali/Any wicket taking bowler.

    For ODI's,

    1.Shahzad 2.Hafeez 3.U.Akmal 4. Asad Shafiq/Azhar Ali 5. Misbah 6.Azam 7.Afridi 8. Razzaq 9. Gul 10. Ajmal 11. Any wicket taking fast bowler.

  • on February 29, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    The team had not lost a series all of 2011, amazing run, every run must come to an end. The team's batting does need work, and i think before anything else they need a BREAK and they need to come home for some R&R and home cooked meals.

    It's sad reality but playing for all this time on the road is not easy and people should cut the team a break

  • on February 29, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    England series is over but there is whole lot to learn from it. Afridi didnt shine, probably there is lot in his mind and S Ajmal bowled 90% from round the wicket rather being attacking. Pak batsman didnt had shots nor power to play those..Akmal was unlucky in ODI but i stil think he must thought how to play he shoudnt be dropped. Thou i would now ask WHERE ARE THE FAST BOWLERS??? get some class bowlers out...who is next after Amir (as he in unavailable) ?? its not J khan he doesnt have pace razzaq is better with experience

  • imranmujtaba on February 29, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Whaaaat!!! When team wins coach take all the credit and when lost then batting is not Good!!!! Selfish Coach and Captain... Please get professional coach or Abdul qadir and Javed miadad did very well, bring them back.....

  • on February 29, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    pakistan will always field old players in the playing eleven i think they should try some youngsters

  • on February 29, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    the loss not due to the batting failure but the wrong selection of some players .. no rotaion at the top of the order underutilization of some talented player (Hammad) .. and defensive tactics by our Captain ...

  • on February 29, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Poor batting.. Please pcb please for god sake.. Remove misbah from the pak team.. He cant play .. T20 is not test match, why he not understand.. Misbah not playing cricket , he play with the emotions of all pakistanies.. Poor misbah , such a looser, afridi should lead the series in limited overs.. And sami and shahzad should be back in site....pls pcb think about my comment..

  • El_Toro_Loco on February 29, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Everyone out there is blaming Misbah for the faliure in the last two series, which is fine since he's the captain BUT actually it's the total failure of the top order batsmen, especially Hafeez who has been a total disappointment with the bat throughout this tour. You need an excellent opener & opening stand to set the tone of the whole innings, while chasing a target. Successful teams always had very good opening batsmen e.g Cook OR Peterson, Dilshan OR Mahela, b4 them were Gilly & Hayden etc..

  • on February 29, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    @Sinhaya i wish there was a like button below your comment.I am from Pakistan it is great to know that Lankans still love Pakistan after the unfortunate attack on their team. Long live Pak-SL friendship.

  • on February 29, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Shaid afridi is a deserter who under performed so that the team loses every match in the ltd part o the series.Misbah should remain captain , we want change cz we are a nation of fanatics,we over react when we win and when we lose,he has a better record than any other captain.Its not misbah alones fault...there are 6 other batsmen so this argument is ridiculous

  • Nadeem1976 on February 29, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Man nothing wrong in losing a series or a match or for whole year. We Pakistanis do not care about win or loss. It's the way we lost the last T2020 and the way Misbah batted made me cry. When you have three batsmen waiting to play then why to take singles Misbah. Misbah was captain of the team and he should have shown some aggression which he don't have.

    We need aggressive captain like Afridi, we lost lots of matches under him but still Afridi team was representing pakistan and Misbah team is not. It's the way we play. Aggression, Talent and Flair. Which misbah team lacks, his captaincy lacks that.

    We don't need Misbah in ODI and T2020 any more . He is boring and worthless.

  • on February 29, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    Final team for Asia Cup..1.M Hafeez 2.Ahmed Shezad 3.Asad Shafiq 4.Younas Khan 5.Umer Akmal 6.Hamad Azam 7.Afrdi 8.Kamran Akmal 9.Gul 10.Ajmal 11.Wahab riaz/cheema/Junaid.....selectores dont neglect kamran akmal bcz he is the most relible w.k batsman availble in pakistan ,every has been tested and no one has abilty to score runs...

  • SwingReverse on February 29, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Team selection was the main reason Pak lost limited over games. The new coach should make changes in that department, especially with batsmen.

  • adillove on February 29, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    How can Misbah say the batting problem? As we say everything was going right in final T20I until he himself made a mess of it so how can he blame batting LINEUP for the loss instead he will blame himself and get his ass out of limited overs.

  • on February 29, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    The problem is that Misbah doesnt understand he costs Us almost every match in limited overs including the precious Semi final against arch rivals , he thinks he will make the match of his own knowing that he till now has never done so , i think hes in other words begging for the place in team by warning against the change in team , I will still put my money on him in tests but there also he plays either hit or tuk , but their aint any suitable replacement for him in tests so let him be there but please Wt20 is nearing and if he is still there, I aint going to follow pak anymore, we need young guns to be injected in team , wen will shehzad, jamshed, and imran come , comom PCB, use atleast a common sense , hes 37 and we need to find a replacement , if not now, then i guess wen there are 3 months to WC2015, u might get an idea :( and between Shahid Afridi came back after winning series in west indies and he was sacked , now i guess Misbah needs to win asia cup to be replaced , OH MY PCB!

  • Whisperofdeath on February 29, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Why don't he blame himself. Its all because of his lack of strategical analysis and inept abilities of Misbah in shorter version, we paid the price. Misbah underused young Hammad and heavily depended on Shoaib Malik and on Hafeez. I don't understand why not inject totally new blood in the team. where is Rameez Raja Junior, Imran nazir, Ahmed Shehzad guys like these... take some examples from Virat Kohli performace. I am sick of seeing Malik and guys like him again and again and making 30 odd runs. Check yo self before yo wreck yo self - PCB

  • ramzsl on February 29, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Kamran Akmal should keep for pakistan

  • on February 29, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    This would be my team for odi's Openers Nazir and shezad, k akmal, u akmal, azhar ali,m hafeez, shahid afridi (capt)adnan akmal, u gul, saeed ajmal,mohd sami and anwar ali (daddy of swing).

    For t20s nazir, k akmal, ahmed shezad, u akmal, m hafeez, a razzaq, afridi (captn) malik, u gul, ajmal,anwar ali.

    no room for misbah. this team selection is for the best for pakistan cricket after watching bangladesh premier league!!

    in reserve shazaib, rana, zulqarnain haider, awais zia, shahid nazir safraz ahmed, hammad azam and abdul qadir junior.

  • PAK-92 on February 29, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    Misbah has done well in Tests but he needs to retire from ODIs and T20s. He has done enough damage i.e. T20 final vs India, WC semi-final vs India and now this. He is saying that "If you don't have quality cricketers then it will do harm," But i can name players who are much more adapt than him. Captaincy of ODIs and T20s needs to be given to Hafeez or Afridi. Also, Hafeez needs to start batting in the middle order rather than open because we have decent openers coming through and Hafeez has been failing at the top for some time now. We also need to axe Younis, Farhat and Malik. Perfect T20 lineup would be: Imran Nazir, Ahmed Shahzad, Nasir Jamshed, Hafeez, U Akmal, Azam, Afridi, Razzaq/Azhar Mahmood, Gul, Rana Naved/Wahab Riaz,Ajmal. This team would be unbeatable. A good ODI team: Shahzad, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq/Fawad Alam, U Akmal, Hafeez, Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed(wk), Afridi, Gul, Riaz, Ajmal Team is inexperienced, but WC is in 2015, and youngsters need to be given exposure!

  • Imad_K on February 29, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Part of a message I posted on 21/02/2012 "Part1 - The problem with Pak is their batting which has been the case for the last 10/15 years. Pakistan's victory in the test series against Eng means nothing and won't make any difference to Pak until they sort their batting out. Pak normally give their wickets away playing stupid shots, chasing wide balls, get run out, hit balls needlessly in the air and get caught, lose their wickets at the wrong time, 20/3 or 30/3 and then rely on 2/3 batsmen to score runs for them." How can I see this but the Pakistani management can't nor the players and not the majority of supporters. People going on about Misbah - but what did the others do? The others lose and give away their wickets for low scores putting all the pressure on the lower order so what does anyone expect. If not for players the likes of Misbah, A Ali, Y Khan Pak wouldn't even bat their overs out in a ODI or T20.

  • on February 29, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    No drastic changes needed except to replace himslf(MISBAH) with a more proactive and able t20 and odi playr n captain. Plz misbah do us a favour n whole nation would hail u for ur longly awaitd decisn of descardng yourslf frm quick formats. Pak need desperately to strengthn their bench strength in order to cnsidr any hope for bettrmnt

  • Truemans_Ghost on February 29, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    The batting was pretty poor in the test matches too. It was, of course, nowhere near as bad as England's which is why they won, but it shouldn't paper over the cracks.

  • TaylorSwift on February 29, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Misbah and Mohsin have missed the boat here slightly. We laud them for their impressive 3-0 Test win against England but the limited overs squads require more than just minor tweaks. Our ODI and T20 teams should be more youthful and energetic with an eye towards 2015 WC. This is my 15-man squad for Asia Cup: Hafeez (skipper), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal (wk), Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal & Sadaf Hussain. Reserves: Nasir Jamshed, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Junaid Khan and Raza Hasan. This squad has the potential to win ODIs in all conditions. However, we still need the likes of Misbah and Younis in the Test team. And please drop Malik and Farhat in all formats!

  • Desihungama on February 29, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Total bogus lineup for at least Twenty20's. Imran Nazir and Ahmed Shehzad are supposed to be in the playing 11. Oh but wait, Ahmed Shehzad was Afridi's guy and Misbah never liked him as well Nazir. Go figure.

  • Imad_K on February 29, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    Again part of a message I posted on 21/02/2012 "Part 1 - The problem with Pak is their batting which has been the case for the last 10/15 years. Pakistan's victory in the test series against Eng means nothing and won't make any difference to Pak until they sort their batting out. Pak normally give their wickets away playing stupid shots, chasing wide balls, get run out, hit balls needlessly in the air and get caught, lose their wickets at the wrong time, 20/3 or 30/3 and then rely on 2/3 batsmen to score runs for them." If I can see the problem and I'm not a first class player then how can the Pakistan team not see the problem, nor their management and nor the majority of their supporters.

  • Shakirceragem on February 29, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    My Selection for Asia Cup Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal,younis khan,Misbah,Afridi, Hammad azam,ajmal, gul,j khan / Sami

    azahar ali,S malik, wahab riaz,I farhat/ I nazir

  • Imad_K on February 29, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Lauded a few days ago - really. This is what I posted on 13/02/12: "To continue from my previous point - Pakistan will be good when they start scoring 350/400 plus per innings in a test match consistently, when they have 5/6 batsmen scoring consistently, when they can chase down a score over 250 in a one day match. Not winning test matches scoring 100/200 runs in an innings and then relying on S Ajmal to get the opposition out for less because other teams will be better at playing spin. In this one day team they need to replace W Riaz with someone else. A Ali needs to be in the team and Asad Shafiq needs to bat down the order. Maybe they should give S Malik a few more chances even though he looked completely out of sorts in this match."

  • Zahidsaltin on February 29, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    PAKISTANI FANS have utmost respect for Misbah and his contributions to the team BUT Misbah must understand that he has to change gears in limited overs cricket and that too from start of his innings. He has been instrumental in two worldcup losses and now these Limited overs matches too. HE MUST UNDERSTAND that (1) he is the only main batsman among all test nations who comes in when asking rate is say 5 and ends up with 10 for the last overs. All others work to bring it back (2) He is playing a major part in holding on to the failed players like Shoaib and Farhat. Even players like Asad Shafiq are being praised for making 30s and 40s even when they never score a fifty or hundred (3) Why is he afraid of playing new players to unearth a new hero. Why not Usman Salahuddin etc

  • Shakirceragem on February 29, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    It was expected from the PCB to change the coach at this moment. They were playing well under mohsin khan.This creates division within the team. Players didn't give their 100% to the field. They did not play with their potential. No doubt batting was the major problem. Misbah palyed slow cricket in Semifinals against India.The same mistake Misbah did in the last T20. PCB has to think about his one day and T20 career at the age 37. I think Ahmed shehzad, Kamran Akmal and Imran Nazir should call back in the team ahead of the Asia cup in Bangladesh..They played really good cricket in BPL 20. They are in tremendous form. Sami could be a handy bowler too. I think Only Ajamal and afridi are the two genuine match winner for pakistan at this moment. Afridi batted sensibly in the tournament. He becomes more matured at this moment. Ajmal was too good for the English batsman. Pakistan played really good cricket last 1.5 years. I hope they will come back strongly in Asia cup overcoming the mistake

  • Sports4Youth on February 29, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Many comments here want Pakistan to sort out their batting problems. With Misbah, S.Malik & I.Farhat in the team the batting will always be a failure. Fast bowling also needs improvment. Sadaf Hussain & Mohd.Talha may provide the answer. BUT PAKISTAN'S MAIN PROBLEMS CONTINUE TO BE THEIR FILEDING, THEY WILL HAVE TO SORT OUT THEIR FIELDING PROBLEMS SOONER THAN LATER. Now with the oppoinment of Professional fielding coach things may change a bit. But largely their fielding problem starts from their wicket keeper itself and Pakistan must learn to utinlise the services of a specialist wicket keeper. otherwise theywill keep dropping imprortant catches and keep loosing the matches.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 29, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Try a lot of new batsmen like Usman Sallahuddin, Afaq Rahim etc in Asia Cup. Also include Ahmad Shehzad, Imran Nazir and Mohammad sami. By including new players pakistan might get a hero for future. Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal are only 25-35 runs players. Hafiz has always been that and I don't think, he can not learn any more after 10 years of int. cricket.

  • Sports4Youth on February 29, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    At the end of the Bagladesh Premier League Ahmed Shehzad was the top run getter and Imran Nazir was not too far behind. Imran Nazir played a responsible match winning knock in the final. I think its time they be considered for the limited overs format coming in Asia Cup. They will be definately better than I.Farhat, S.Mallik & Misbah. I hope from this experience they bring back Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Also high time to draft in Sadaf Hussain & Mohd.Talha. They have been kept wating for far too long, especially after finding out that their over-reliance on U.Gul has failed badly. Awais Zia has shown that he has some class in him. He was the only one to take on S.Finn in the T20, other batsmen were horrible against Finn. Sooner they start building the team the better it will be for them.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 29, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    TESTS were only won due to the two spinners and somewhat due to a stability factor at one down position. Had they played test series now after the limited over games, they could have been white washed in tests too. PAKISTAN MUST BUILD A NEW LOOK TEAM for ODI and T20. We have a limited time to build a T20 team. My team for WC would be (1) Ahmad Shehzad (2) Imran Nazir (3) Mohammad Hafiz (4) Umar Akmal (5) Kamran Akmal (6) Afridi (7) Abdul Razzaq (8) Hammad Azzam (9) Umar Gul (10) Mohammad Sami (11) Said Ajmal and the captain is obviously Afridi. It has 3 spinners, 2 fast bowlers 2 medium pacers and good fielders in Imran Nazir, Umar Akmal, Afridi, hafiz and Sami. Their are 8 hard hitting batmen and no. 9 and 10 are able to contribute a few boudries too.

  • Sinhaya on February 29, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Also, Pakistan better make full use of Hammad Azam so that he will be the next Imran Khan or better! He was not used at all in the ODIs in UAE, which was a bad idea.

  • Arshad_786 on February 29, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    I don't know if anyone else noticed it but I am really angry with Pakistan commintators like Waqar and Ramiz. What on earth is wrong with these guys? Every time Pakistan is bowling they are always barking about how the opposition can get runs against Pakistan bowling and when Pakistan is batting, they are barking about how the opposition can get their next wicket! What is up with that? Other commentators talk about theings their team should do to win. Its as if these morons don't have anything else to talk about! PATHETIC.

  • Arshad_786 on February 29, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    It was sad to see Misbah coming in at that stage in the T20 match what we should have won. Misbah should not have come to bat at that stage. He should have sent Hammad in. I don't trust Shahid Afridi to ever play a responsable innings so Hammad was the only choice and they waisted this young kid's wicket.

  • on February 29, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Everybody is lashing at misbah and i don rate him as 20 20 or one day batsman as well too but truth is that we lost the last match of the series due to umar akmals slogs in later stages that went in vain .If he didnt have missed those few valuable deliveries and had taken singles pakistan would have to make 7 or 8 runs in last over and that was quite achievable .Misbah is generally a slow player and should resign from 20 20 if nt from 1 dayers but last match blame on him is wrong.

  • cheets7894 on February 29, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    If you change for the sake of change it will not help. - TRUE

    Drastic changes will not help. - TRUE

    Dropping Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat from both ODI and T20s and adding young blood is neither.

    If you want experience allrounder recall Razzaq instead of Malik - he can bowl and hit - Malik is more Tuk Tuk and we definitely have enough of that

  • on February 29, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    I am sorry, but these are just scare tactics by Misbah."Pick me,remember the bad old days of spot fixing time".Pakistans batting has always been weaker, but esp. after Inzi and Yusuf(and general suffering under Naseem Ashraf and Butt), we hastely got rid of class players, kicked out Younis long enough for him to lose form(maybe for good). Let me correct you Misbah, this was the first series in about a yr where our batting was exposed to quality seam bowling, esp. under the new ODI rules!All of you LACK BASIC technique,and unlike the english batsmen, were unable to correct it on the tour. Sadly, our sensationalist fans still want no techn. sloggers like Nazir in the team, those are has beens, move on. Besides his defensive mindset, Misbahs other major crimes are: -Persisting with U Akmal as keeper. -Weird and reactive selection during the ODIs. -Under utilization of Hammad azam(old hats are scared?) -Selfish batting. -Lack fo fresh ideas! Afrid not the answer!no broken records!

  • TestIP on February 29, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    Pakistan selection is poor. Look at the 20-20 in bangladesh and see what Shehzad and Nazir is doing. Please get rid of all these test batsmen in 1 day and 20-20 games. We need new faces to make pakistan has a chance to win the world cup. Do it now before it is too late. Pakistan Team should be Nazir, Shehzad, Hafeez, Malik, Akmal, Misbah, Razzaq, Afridi,Ajmal, Gul, J khan. Currently pakistan has no allrounder and without all rounders you cannot win in the shorter format of cricket. I am not sure what the selection panel is thinking to play a bunch of old slow batsmen that will serve no purpose to the future of pakistan cricket.

  • on February 29, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Pak team should be in Batting Order :- Hafeez, Ahmad Shehzad, Shahid Afridi, Azhar ALi, Umar Akmal, Misbah, Asad Shafiq, Hamad Azam, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan,

    because In first 10 over you need at least over 60 Runs. and in 20over should be 120, then you can easily reach 300..

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on February 29, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    I think PCB need to say GOOD BYE to slow & sluggish MISBAH in LIMITED OVERS GAME...Appoint AFRIDI as ODIs & t20 captain & try to include more youngster in their ODI & T20 squad...My ASIA CUP squad... 1. HAFEEZ (v.c) 2. SHEHZAD 3. JAMSHED 4. AZHAR 5. SHAFIQ 6. RAMEEZ RAJA jnr/MALIK 7. KAMRAN AKMAL (w.k) 8. AFRIDI (c) 9. HAMMAD 10. GUL 11. SAMI 12. CHEEMA 13. JUNAID 14. AJMAL 15. REHMAN...<>... Guys r u agree with this squad...plz comment u r free...

  • on February 29, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    As long as misbah is there pakistanms situation will be same i personaly insist pakistan selectors keep misbah and younis khan for tests only. dont pick hafeez for t20.

  • on February 29, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    I believe third t20 was win-able if it was not for the rigid thinking and lack of trust in a mature veteran player. Umar Akmal has not produced since the crash of world markets and we know Misbah bats slower than economic reforms. So the player who needed to come in before Akmal and Misbah was no other than Shahid Afridi, the maturity this gifted bat has shown merited this and the talent he poseses required it. Even if he had gotten out without scoring which I doubt very much, he would not have been in there too long and the match was still there for Misbah and Umar to lose. But if he had gotten going which he is very capable of we would have won two out of three series. I vote for keeping Mohsin as a coach but Mohsin must think out of the box and must be creative.

  • DD_f0rever on February 29, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    No doubt Pak have got a World Class Bowling attack. But when it comes to batting, the team looks like a domestic team. And it gets worse when it comes to fielding. Not much difference b/w Pak fielders and a local school team fielders. And it is NOT going to change in near future as Imran Khan says - At domestic level, Pak players don't get proper training for fielding, they don't take fielding seriously either ! And in batting, most of them look to slog the ball as if everyone wants to be Afridi who himself has lost his touch ! In current Pak team, I don't see any Pak batsman technically correct except Misbah and Younis Khan ! Pak team is surviving mostly because of its superb bowling. Thanks to Ajmal.

  • CrazyforcricketIII on February 29, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Hello Misbah! Thanks for your help so far shaping up Pakistani side after last year's disastrous events. But as the public says, it's time to move on. We need young guns in our limited overs teams. You still can be an asset in our test team. Thanks again.

  • on February 29, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    misbah do not know anything about aggressive batting and he does not deserve to be in ODI and t20 sqad. akmal brothers should be send home for good along with malik and farhat. we are missing sadaf hussain in our seam attack.

  • golgo_85 on February 29, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Hammad Azam was unbelievably underused during the limited overs leg, team selection for the ODIs being the main culprit. In ODIs, going in without 3 seamers, the 3rd one being at least an allrounder will cost any team. Australia and SA are the most efficient at grooming young players, they put their utmost faith in any player who has been selected for the final XI unlike Pak, in this case Misbah. You can get away by being defensive in Tests but feilding 5 spinners in ODIs shows the lack of faith in your seam bowlers whilst Eng players took it as valuable practice sessions for the upcoming spin hurdle in the subcontinent, they'll face mediocre spin attacks anyway - the key would be to get mahela, Sanga, kohli and dhoni out cheaply. Handling of Azam and too much reliance on spin painted the whole picture for Pak. Brains, I tell ya! And I don't get why Misbah had to call in Malik at the last minute either. Even in the last T20, if Azam had come out ahead of him, well, we'll never know now

  • on February 29, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    TEAM PAKISTAN definitely lost ODI series 4-0 and T20I 2-1 because of the weak batting which is the worst of any top international cricket team in the world. Batting in the tests was also mostly abysmal but we only won because of the brilliant bowling of Ajmal with the support of Rehman and Gul who had no limitation on number of overs they could bowl as they do in ODIs and T20Is. As long as the dearth in batting talent continues TEAM PAKISTAN will struggle to be a top team in any format. Misbah only plays the way he does because of the unreliability of TEAM PAKISTAN's batting line up. Given how good England are TEAM PAKISTAN under Misbah's leadership with limited talent did exceptionally well to thrash England 3- 0 in the tests. Let us look on the positive side and keep developing our team and perhaps introduce new players to the team with genuine talent rather than blame Misbah who has done so much for Pakistan cricket during last 18 months.

  • on February 29, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Misbah is a liability in limited overs games..his batting and captaincy style in limited overs doesn't account for the limitation of overs as the mind set ain't compatible to limited games and he thinks the game will go on for five days..In my opinion Umar Akmal or Shahid afridi should lead the side in limited overs..Its a shame that PCB is still holding Misbah for limited games :(

  • Indus11 on February 29, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    The team is fine. There needs to be no changes made except to Misba-Ul- Haq himself. He should not only be removed from the captaincy - but also from being a part of the team of players. Why can not people see that this man helped lose the semi-final in the WC last year with his tortoise like application, and this man is instrumental in the loss of every one of the recent ODIs and the two T20s ? The journalists raising questions about Misbah's fit for the limited overs game have been raising them from having knowledge of the game. These are experienced observers of the game whose experience includes - writing and reading about the modus Operandi undertaken by a plethora of other countries who appoint suitable captains for the limited overs game. While the Pak team management behave as though they live in an isolated chamber, these journalists hidden agenda is justified. They know Misba is not suitable for the limited overs game. Recent results have bore out their views.

  • Sports4Youth on February 29, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Yes, surely Misbah will warn against hasty decisions because the first diecisons is expected to be on his captaincy and his place in the side for the limited overs games.

  • Crazy4cricket40 on February 29, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Agree with Mohsin, lost only bcoz of poor batting, Hafeez needs to make runs otherwise he can't be selected only on his bowling base. he is a batsmen, he needs to make runs. agree with Misbah not the drastic changes but couple chnages needed for sure. Nasir janmshed or ahmed shehzad should be included. umar akmal wht a stupid batsmen, hugely overrated. (few weeks ago somebody cmpared him with virat kohli in fact says better than him...virat is a much better batsmen than him...no cpmparission at all) Hammad is a positive sign

  • on February 29, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    it is not as simple as 'England played well and they won', Pakistan team management did not read the script well. they relied on spin heavy attack in th elimited overs as well whereas with tow new balls now being used in ODIs and pitches being livelierthan those in tests they should have focused on fast bowling as well, secondly they played different combinations in all of the four ODI matches which tells us that how confused team manegement was as they couldnt get the combination right. Misbah is so reactive that he changes the fielding after every boundary he needs to be more dynamic and assess his resources well. Unlike inzi he doesnt even know when to push the paddle while chasing the targets so Mohsin and Misbah need to answer few questions. it is not simply a batting failure, limited overs leg was also ill-planned by pakistan team.

  • on February 29, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    MY SELECTION OF PAK TEAM FOR ASIA CUP. PLS LOOK PAK SELECTORS. 1. NAZIR 2. SHEHZAD 3. AKMAL 4. MALIK 5. MISBAH 6. HAFEEZ 7. AFRIDI 8. AZAM 9. GUL 10. AJMAL 11. J KHAN

  • on February 29, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Poor shot selection with perpetual extravaganza by Umar Akmal, Hafeez, Shahid and Misbah is the reason behind slow run rate. They lose balls on which ones and two can be scored and attempt a cross-batted heave too often to miss the line and get bowled or LBW. They keep on connecting wide balls wasting runs in the process and sometimes giving wickets. Bowlers give lot more wides and have a tendency of bowling outside leg. Above all, catches are not attempted for fear of earning dropped catches. All these points have to be sorted out. When generally a low IQued bunch (no personal malice meant) is to be trained, abc of game has to be continually talked to them and nitty gritty explained. ..... Awais is a good find. He must be given a strong dose of shot selection, after ascertaining what type of shots he is capable of playing.

  • Sinhaya on February 29, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Pakistan has to sort their batting woes if they are to have any hope in the 2015 world cup. As a Lankan who adores Pakistan, I think Pakistan may have been rather worn out by the time ODIs began in UAE after non stop cricket since October last year.

  • on February 29, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    ahmed shahzad should be in???????????????????

  • on February 29, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    It was pure and simple Misbah caused Pakistan the match. First of all he should never had came in at #4 and secondly he allowed too many dot balls to go by him.

  • on February 29, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    really as they are doing good and first time they look like a TEAM. Playing well with good energy all around. Hopefully they will do better in coming future.

  • mugheesabbasno1 on February 29, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    i think mohsin khan is right we should continue misbah as the captain because his captaincy is much better then anyone available in team except for shahid afridi as abdul qadir had said we should have an separate format of teams except for those who are good

  • sherishahmir on February 29, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Agreed with Misbah, unfortunately we dont have the pool of batsman who have good credentials to replace the current players. There are players who should be immediately drop for good like imran farhat, shoiab malik, M Hafeez etc. Certain players should be told to play domestic cricket, i.e Afridi, Umer Akmal, Awais Zia. Hunting for good batsman from domestic circuit should be the priority of PCB and upon finding shall groom them in the presence of Misbah and Younis.Another factor which also hurting our cricket is the refusal of international teams to come to Pak that also needs to be seriously considered for solution and development of cricket. Hiring of Dav Whatmore is also going to be good decision and shall bring good impact, provided, he would be able to complete his coaching tenure, further hiring of Miandad, Sarfraz and Rashid Latif as cricketing consultants for specilaized jobs is also right step for future.

  • on February 29, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    YES I AM AGREED TO MISBAH

  • Eftikhar on February 29, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Misbah made the mistake of his life, puting weight behind Shoaib Malik once the squad was announced, by doing this he showed misbelief amongst his die-hard fighters fighting together for last 1-1/2 years or so and won so many battles on disbalanced war-field for him. Instead of chalking out strategy and finding out ways & means to concur the opposition, he spent most of his time unnecessarily defending Shoaib Malik - who was tagged by someone from the management as "TERMITE" to Pakistan Cricket Team. I am a die-hard fan of Pakistan Cricket.. CRICINFO...................... Please post my comments as this is the voice of majority of fans...

  • on February 29, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    One has to take Misbah's statement with a grain of salt - is he trying to imply that Pakistan domestic cricket has not even 3 or 4 quality cricketers?! Sounds like utter trash though! Either they have very poor selection process or they are too scared to experiment with young players. Traditionally speaking, Pakistan has always produced great cricketers from the same poor infrastructure.

  • on February 29, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    but misbah da ting is dat we hav valuable resources n replacement sum r even better dan sum of da players in da team example....imran nazir,nasir jamshed,ahmed shehzad,umar akmal,shahzaib hassan,afridi,razzaq,naved ul hassan,sami,gul,ajmal,anwer ali,raza hassan,hammad azam,awaiz zia,hafeez, dis shud b paks future nt u n yousus n farhats....u younus n wahab r just good enuf for da test side

  • Asifindaze on February 29, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    i think misbah is the only obtion 4 captaincy if ur talking about hafiz he himself is a failer as a batsman and a bowler over all in this series against england, shahid afridi can't go with the young blood because they are un exprinced.

  • on February 29, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Just Remove Misbah and you'll See the change!

  • Eftikhar on February 29, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    "All those who watch are sentimental" that's why praise & appreciation was being accumulated by all of you with two-hands after 3-0 test white-wash.. It is quite a high time for MISBAH to hang his shoes for ODIs T20s. For the final salute to his impressive 1-1/2 years record as captain, if the PCB (because of very short time left before Asia Cup) does not call the shot and retain him as captain, it would be much wiser to him to win the Asia Cup under his captaincy and retire from ODI's & T20's. He needs to understand that being captain in shorter format, he has become liability to Pakistan and as player liability to Cricket.

  • Cricket_Live on February 29, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    A man who is supposed to be chairman selector and interm coach is telling us that we dont have player with potential to replace 38yr old captain who cant take single at will. Shoaib Malik who was not even part of playing eleven, cant be replaced with anyone in pakistan? He also claims, he did the best he could. whether that was anywhere close to what his position demands, i dont think he cares. He blamed batting for the failure, did he gave credit to our bowlers for winning tests, or that is because of him and his retard captain? Both him and his approach including our captain Tuc tuc has already lived their shelve life. Please, for the love of GOD, get rid of these out dated, self centered and short sighted people or we have no real cricketing future.

  • alikamixyz on February 29, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    please pakistan!be attacking.This is not 1960 cricket

  • ammarhassan on February 29, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    I think Misbah's team selection and batting order was the reason for failure.

  • Moiz.Dhariwala on February 29, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Misbah is the right person for this job at the moment no need to change him. Mohsin comments are right.

  • Hassan.Farooqi on February 29, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    "We played so well throughout the Test series". No sir! Test series was won because of some exceptional performance from Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman. As a matter of fact, batting was more disappointing in Test series than the ODI.

  • heavens on February 29, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Surely you don't want to make drastic changes but in reality pakistan do need changes. Ahmed Shehzad is performing very well in BPL so why not give him change as opener on the expense of Imran Farhat? Also Misbah, Younis and Azhar can not play in ODI and T20s as they are too slow for the formats. You can only play one of them in ODIs jut to stabilize the middle order. Umar Akmal has talent but what's the worth if his head is not right? He always gets out playing same shot. Again Asad Shafiq has talent but he keeps losing his wicket after scoring good 20s 30s. He has to learn how to make big scores after getting in. Hammad Azam needs time to settle and has to come up in the order. Pakistan needs a good wicket-keeper batsman. Adnan and Sarfraz are simply not good enough at this level. Pakistan needs good genuine fast bowler as they have good fast medium bowlers but no genuine fast bowler.

  • on February 29, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Dont worry Misbah there are allot ov players available to replace u in T20s and ODIs and yes they can bat better than u. Khurram Manzoor, Nasir Jamshed, Tahir Mughal, kamran sajid, Umar amin.. its high time for u to retire from T20s and ODIs

  • on February 29, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Hi,

    misbah sh'd go away from pak team. he is responsible of los.

  • 14.08.1947 on February 29, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Why Misbah is saying, that Pakistan dont need changes..Engalnd have won the lmited over series because of crucial changes in ODI & T'20 side. We need a seperate team for each Format.. I dont know why we always praise Umar Akmal as a talented player...look he is nearly in same age like Virat Kohli,Dinesh Chandimal and Darren Bravo!!! These last three players are much much better than Umar Akmal because they play sensible for there own COUNTRY and they dont care, if there Relatives are not getting picked for the same XI (Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal in Australia and World Cup 2011) I was very happy, when he was dropped for the Test Squad in the Test Series against Sri Lanka...Even in the ODI's he is not my first choice. My Current Dream Squad for the ODI's: 1.Hafeez 2.Razzaq 3.Shafiq 4.Fawad Alam 5.Misbah* 6.Hammad Azam 7.Afridi 8.Safraz(+wc) 9.Gul 10.Sami 11.Ajmal...12.Nasir Jamshed 13.Shezad Ahmed 14.Umar Akmal 15.Mansoor Amjad 16.(Young Left Arm FAST Bowler) 17.Raza Hassan.

  • FaheemAhmed on February 29, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Mohsin khan was an opening batsmen and during his tenure both as chief selector and coach Pakistani batting flop continuously, he didn't do any thing right nor he did any thing to fix this problem, test series win was only because of English batsmen failure not because of coach, captain or batting, our batsmen can't play fast bowlers in slow pitches then how can they play in England/Australia/SA and NZ???? PCB should bring specialist coaches for batting/bowling and fielding with head coach as Whatmore.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on February 29, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Pak Best ODI XI right now. Most of these players are currently part of the team. 1. Ahmed Shehzad. 2. Mohammad Hafeez. 3. Azhar Ali. 4. Umar Akmal. 5. Misbah Ul Haq. 6. Hammad Azam/Asad Shafiq. 7. Sarfraz Ahmed wk. 8. Shahid Afridi. 9. Umar Gul. 10. Sohail Tanvir. 11. Saeed Ajmal. Enough batting depth and plenty of bowlers. Nothing drastic.

  • on February 29, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    I really do think they have to go over this limited overs team i dont see a place for misbah,a cool leadre in tests,but not good for odi,he is approaching 38,quit odi's and focus on tests for the next 3-4 years...hafeez utility makes him an opening batsman but can he perform abroad...with the asia cup kicking off on mar11,time to go to the drawing board and build on the team for 2015....I only see umar Gul as the spearhead,cheema and zia have performed in bits and pieces,not consistent enough.....it would be dissappointing to see misbah and sohaib malik in their squad for asia cup

  • zoobz on February 29, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Mis bah its time for you to go Firstly followed by shoaib malik,imran farhat,abdur rehmanwho is a joker and replaced by ahmed shezad imran nazir nasir jamshed and bring back KAMRAN AKMAL these boys have played well and should be picked immediatly HAFEEZ one day CAPTAIN or even AFRIDI as he only plays well when he is captain

  • revolution72 on February 29, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Misbah is not a T20 player.. Nor does his captaincy makes a difference.. He is right..'Drastic changes will not help' - but a few will.. Lala should take over now

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on February 29, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    As the saying goes you're only as good as your last innings. I don't see a problem with Misbah stepping down as T20 Captain, Pakistan don't need him in that format of the game. They need him as a Test player. But the limited overs batting needs a better combination. Players are all there just need right mix. Guys like Ahmed Shehzad Hammad Azam need to be given proper places now. And players like Shafiq and Umar Akmal need stability not moving up and down the order. Other than that the bowling is fine. Its just the batting that needs fixing.

  • Emmaye on February 29, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    In this world - there is always someone better... Imran managed to find Inzy, there must be others like him out there. DAV get looking.

  • Stark62 on February 29, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    What else did you expect?

    You chose defensive and mediocre batsmen (exception of Umar and maybe Shafiq)!

    It has been a few days and we still haven't heard from Misbah on his retirement in the shorter format and it is becoming more, more scary.

    Lost the game in 09 final, WC semi-final, series final and will make Pak crash out during the group stages of the Asia cup.

    Zia was a good inclusion but Shezhad and Jamshed are better plus, did you see the fear in Finn's bowling after being hammered by him?

    Also, where is SADAF HUSSAIN!!!!

  • playercricket on February 29, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    india dont deserve a win against sri lanka in the 11th match of the cb series

  • CricketMaan on February 29, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    This guy has always spoken with some sense in th media, so why are they replacing him?

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  • CricketMaan on February 29, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    This guy has always spoken with some sense in th media, so why are they replacing him?

  • playercricket on February 29, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    india dont deserve a win against sri lanka in the 11th match of the cb series

  • Stark62 on February 29, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    What else did you expect?

    You chose defensive and mediocre batsmen (exception of Umar and maybe Shafiq)!

    It has been a few days and we still haven't heard from Misbah on his retirement in the shorter format and it is becoming more, more scary.

    Lost the game in 09 final, WC semi-final, series final and will make Pak crash out during the group stages of the Asia cup.

    Zia was a good inclusion but Shezhad and Jamshed are better plus, did you see the fear in Finn's bowling after being hammered by him?

    Also, where is SADAF HUSSAIN!!!!

  • Emmaye on February 29, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    In this world - there is always someone better... Imran managed to find Inzy, there must be others like him out there. DAV get looking.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on February 29, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    As the saying goes you're only as good as your last innings. I don't see a problem with Misbah stepping down as T20 Captain, Pakistan don't need him in that format of the game. They need him as a Test player. But the limited overs batting needs a better combination. Players are all there just need right mix. Guys like Ahmed Shehzad Hammad Azam need to be given proper places now. And players like Shafiq and Umar Akmal need stability not moving up and down the order. Other than that the bowling is fine. Its just the batting that needs fixing.

  • revolution72 on February 29, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Misbah is not a T20 player.. Nor does his captaincy makes a difference.. He is right..'Drastic changes will not help' - but a few will.. Lala should take over now

  • zoobz on February 29, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Mis bah its time for you to go Firstly followed by shoaib malik,imran farhat,abdur rehmanwho is a joker and replaced by ahmed shezad imran nazir nasir jamshed and bring back KAMRAN AKMAL these boys have played well and should be picked immediatly HAFEEZ one day CAPTAIN or even AFRIDI as he only plays well when he is captain

  • on February 29, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    I really do think they have to go over this limited overs team i dont see a place for misbah,a cool leadre in tests,but not good for odi,he is approaching 38,quit odi's and focus on tests for the next 3-4 years...hafeez utility makes him an opening batsman but can he perform abroad...with the asia cup kicking off on mar11,time to go to the drawing board and build on the team for 2015....I only see umar Gul as the spearhead,cheema and zia have performed in bits and pieces,not consistent enough.....it would be dissappointing to see misbah and sohaib malik in their squad for asia cup

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on February 29, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Pak Best ODI XI right now. Most of these players are currently part of the team. 1. Ahmed Shehzad. 2. Mohammad Hafeez. 3. Azhar Ali. 4. Umar Akmal. 5. Misbah Ul Haq. 6. Hammad Azam/Asad Shafiq. 7. Sarfraz Ahmed wk. 8. Shahid Afridi. 9. Umar Gul. 10. Sohail Tanvir. 11. Saeed Ajmal. Enough batting depth and plenty of bowlers. Nothing drastic.

  • FaheemAhmed on February 29, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Mohsin khan was an opening batsmen and during his tenure both as chief selector and coach Pakistani batting flop continuously, he didn't do any thing right nor he did any thing to fix this problem, test series win was only because of English batsmen failure not because of coach, captain or batting, our batsmen can't play fast bowlers in slow pitches then how can they play in England/Australia/SA and NZ???? PCB should bring specialist coaches for batting/bowling and fielding with head coach as Whatmore.