Pakistav v England 2011-12 December 26, 2011

Umar Akmal returns, Malik dropped, for England Tests

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Umar Akmal, the Pakistan batsman, has been recalled to his team's Test squad for the series against England in the UAE. Left-arm seamers Wahab Riaz and Junaid Khan are also back in the squad, and Shoaib Malik and seamer Mohammad Khalil, who toured Bangladesh, have been left out.

Malik was dropped after a run of poor performances with the bat in ODIs. He hasn't played a Test since August last year and has managed just 35 runs in six innings since his return to the national team in September this year. Khalil, a left-arm medium-pace bowler, was part of Pakistan's touring squad to Bangladesh but didn't play a game. He had replaced Junaid Khan, who suffered an abdominal muscle strain, for the Bangladesh tour and Junaid's return to the squad against England meant Khalil lost his spot.

Junaid's inclusion is still subject to him proving his fitness. He is training at the National Cricket Academy and will be playing a match for his regional Under-23 team on December 31.

"There are some players who are dropped and some are recalled but nobody is out of the picture and can be selected only if they perform. Malik may be dropped but he isn't out of the picture," the PCB's chief selector Mohammad Ilyas said at a press conference at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore.

Riaz's selection ends his unexplained six-month break from cricket - his last Test was against West Indies in May this year. His name came up during the spot-fixing trial of Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir in a London court in October, as part of a written statement from Pakistan's security manager, Major Khwaja Najam Javed, which was read out by the prosecution.

In the statement, Najam said he had found Azhar Majeed, the brother and business partner of Mazhar Majeed, in Wahab's hotel room after midnight, along with Butt and Kamran Akmal during the Oval Test. Businessman and player agent Mazhar Majeed had pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments.

"It was tough not being the part of the squad for some time. But I had a firm belief that things will be cleared, I don't want to get into the details," Riaz told ESPNcricinfo. "What I know is that I am ready for yet another stint. I have kept myself fit and in form while playing domestic cricket so I don't think I will face any difficulty." He turned in a strong domestic performance for National Bank of Pakistan in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, with 30 wickets in six games at 24.86.

Umar has achieved a fair amount of success in the limited-overs formats and burst on to the Test scene with a century on debut against New Zealand in Dunedin in 2009. But he hasn't scored a century in 29 innings since, often getting starts but not pushing on for a big score. He was left out of the Test series against Sri Lanka in the UAE but has won his place back at Malik's expense against England.

Pakistan have had an impressive 2011, drawing a series in the West Indies, winning against Zimbabwe followed by Sri Lanka in the UAE before sweeping Bangladesh 2-0. They play England in a three-Test series, starting January 17 in Dubai, followed by four ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals. England will play two tour games ahead of the Tests, including one against a PCB XI led by Sarfraz Ahmed.

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  • Pak121 on December 29, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    @kari hood- all the batsmen???? younis khann???? averages 52 in Europe (england) where obviously it swings a lot and averages 55 in Oceania where there is swing and bounce in Australia and New zealand. Seriously people need to get there facts straight before posting on cricinfo

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    all the pakistani batsmen have awful techniques against good seam bowling. if the english bowlers get it right pakistan will be in big trouble. pakistan's biggest talent is ajmal he will be the key to troubling the english because some of them dont play spin that well. eg cook. but morgan and pietersen are great against spin. and pakistan's butterfinger fielding will be another problem they need a fielding coach i think.but hopefully it will be a good series and its nice to see wahab riaz back. tired of umar gul though he is overrated and bowls rubbish he and poor fielding cost pakistan the worldcup semifinal. my prediction england will win 3-0 but it will be an interesting serie with some good battles.

  • ZA77 on December 29, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Faizan Feroz, please note that Imran Farhat has scored 401 runs from 2010 with batting average 33.41 in one day cricket. I think we should not use Hafeez as an opener in one day too. Use regular openers like Ahmed Shehzad, Shahzaib, Imran Farhat and others. Why it is so, just see AUS, they never use non specialist openers. At top four position, your strength should be there because after 4th wicket, almost match goes to opponent. See example of Shahid Afridi as a opener. quick scorer with slogging abilities (unorthodox style). It means he is unable to develop partnership at opening postion. If he score 30 runs he takes only 25-30 balls, it means you lost his wicket within first 10 overs. We can use Afridi at lower order. During slogging if we have one or two sixes in last overs that is our bonus. You may set the target like after 38 - 40 overs, he should be at crease. We have too much verities of spinners but in other places beside Asia, we have to think about that how can we win.

  • on December 29, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    umar akmal you rock welcome in test team.........................................

  • Pak121 on December 28, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    @ZA77- mate are you actually serious!! Firstly, kamran akmal, said by many pundits, commentators and others is the worst wicketkeeping batsman in the history of cricket. Ian chappel once said that even if he scored like bradman, he wouldnt be able to make up for what he costs pakistan with his keeping. We lost in england because of him he dropped around 20 catches that whole series. As for his batting he averages 10 last year- now if you say thats good seriously pick another sport to follow. Sarfaz Ahmed averages 45 in first class cricket better than akmal who averages in the 30s As for farhat, worst test opener pakistan has produced end of. He cant make runs against top teams and at least hafeez has been in form lately. and again farhat cant field at all. Farhat does not add stability to the opening slot he is literally a walking wicket.

  • on December 28, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    @ZA77: You may have better cricketing sense, but I don't understand on what basis you are favoring Farhat? Hope you understand batting techniques? Farhat technically is not a regular opener. He cannot handle out swinging deliveries, and England have bowlers who can swing ball well especially to left handers. This out swing problem is always with left handers and added to that Farhat is technically not a good opener.

    @ALL: Azhar Ali is not good for all conditions. Azhar Ali can be good, where we need to draw the match like in English conditions or Australian conditions, but not in sub-continent, here we need to make runs and not only to spend days on pitch (though it is necessary to stay on pitch), in addition to that, he is not a good form right now and struggling to make runs, England can exploit his weakness.

    In test we need 5 regular bowlers and 5 regular batsmen, so I think we should go with 3 fast bowlers and 2 spinners, which England is also going to do.

  • likeintcricket on December 28, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Newzealand showing against Australia and now Srilanka's wonderful performance against South Africa shows Pakistan status as a top cricketing nation is not fluke. I think England is by far the best cricket side in the world and has edge over Pakistan in all department but the Pakistanis are not far behind and if they achieved some good results out of this series than they will surely become the top side of the world.

  • ZA77 on December 28, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Highest runs score in test by top ten opening pairs in term of runs only. 1. Gordon - Desmond 6482 runs, 2. Hayden - Langer 5655, 3. Sanath - Marvan 4469, 4. Cook - Strauss 4147+, 5. Slater - Taylor 3887, 6. Sehwag - Gambhir 3692+, 7. Larry - Simpson 3596, 8. Hobbs - Sutcliff 3249, 9. Gavaskar -Chauhan 3010, 10. Gibbs - Smith 2983. 2nd best opening pair in India, Gavaskar plus Chauhan. Chauhan never scored any hundred in test but he had place in top three opening pair in India. His batting average is 31.57 with 16 half centuries in 68 innings. Why he got such a great chance, not because of average. Same case of Imran Farhat, although he is not best but has ability to play at opening position. That is main point which mostly people unable to understand. His average is 31.87 with 3 centuries and 14 half centuries in 75 innings. Please try to understand if openers are not regular, how can we win at big ocassion. Hafeez is doing nothing but grabbing chances against weak attacks.

  • on December 28, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    @za77 if u talk abt imran farhat he has scored only 149 runs in 6 matches and he only manged 16 runs in 2 matches against bangladesh !! but is till agree tha t 1 day and tests are two different formats ( hafeez also nt performing that well in odis last 6 to be precise ) but then also he is not your solution taking the fact that hafeez is in splendid form with the ball which also affects on his batting !! but on kamran/s issue i totally agree with u that he needs to comeback after pakistan has failed to produced a wicketkeeper batsman of his calibre !!

  • ZA77 on December 28, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    You are right but our best wicket keeper plus batsman in history of cricket is Kamran Akmal. Why? only one with six centuries in career plus second one after Wasim Bari with more than 200 victims in test matches. Due to heavy pressure, it happened. Give trust to him and then he can prove himself. Moin Khan scored 200 runs in first class and then he scored 158 in test match. At that time, it was looking like Moin was coming back but Kamran proved himself. It means he has talent with dual abilities to prove himself. See Ian Healy, unable to stump Inzamam and lost the series in Pak. Then in W. Indies same thing, unable to stump Lara and again lost that match. 2 - 2 series equal but no one blame him. I am not saying that he is equal to Healy. For me, in current scenario, Kamran Akmal is better choice in test. For those argue for Hafeez, they should accept him as a specialist opener. For me, he is not specialist and that is the case that I am trying to make all of you understand.

  • Pak121 on December 29, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    @kari hood- all the batsmen???? younis khann???? averages 52 in Europe (england) where obviously it swings a lot and averages 55 in Oceania where there is swing and bounce in Australia and New zealand. Seriously people need to get there facts straight before posting on cricinfo

  • on December 29, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    all the pakistani batsmen have awful techniques against good seam bowling. if the english bowlers get it right pakistan will be in big trouble. pakistan's biggest talent is ajmal he will be the key to troubling the english because some of them dont play spin that well. eg cook. but morgan and pietersen are great against spin. and pakistan's butterfinger fielding will be another problem they need a fielding coach i think.but hopefully it will be a good series and its nice to see wahab riaz back. tired of umar gul though he is overrated and bowls rubbish he and poor fielding cost pakistan the worldcup semifinal. my prediction england will win 3-0 but it will be an interesting serie with some good battles.

  • ZA77 on December 29, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Faizan Feroz, please note that Imran Farhat has scored 401 runs from 2010 with batting average 33.41 in one day cricket. I think we should not use Hafeez as an opener in one day too. Use regular openers like Ahmed Shehzad, Shahzaib, Imran Farhat and others. Why it is so, just see AUS, they never use non specialist openers. At top four position, your strength should be there because after 4th wicket, almost match goes to opponent. See example of Shahid Afridi as a opener. quick scorer with slogging abilities (unorthodox style). It means he is unable to develop partnership at opening postion. If he score 30 runs he takes only 25-30 balls, it means you lost his wicket within first 10 overs. We can use Afridi at lower order. During slogging if we have one or two sixes in last overs that is our bonus. You may set the target like after 38 - 40 overs, he should be at crease. We have too much verities of spinners but in other places beside Asia, we have to think about that how can we win.

  • on December 29, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    umar akmal you rock welcome in test team.........................................

  • Pak121 on December 28, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    @ZA77- mate are you actually serious!! Firstly, kamran akmal, said by many pundits, commentators and others is the worst wicketkeeping batsman in the history of cricket. Ian chappel once said that even if he scored like bradman, he wouldnt be able to make up for what he costs pakistan with his keeping. We lost in england because of him he dropped around 20 catches that whole series. As for his batting he averages 10 last year- now if you say thats good seriously pick another sport to follow. Sarfaz Ahmed averages 45 in first class cricket better than akmal who averages in the 30s As for farhat, worst test opener pakistan has produced end of. He cant make runs against top teams and at least hafeez has been in form lately. and again farhat cant field at all. Farhat does not add stability to the opening slot he is literally a walking wicket.

  • on December 28, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    @ZA77: You may have better cricketing sense, but I don't understand on what basis you are favoring Farhat? Hope you understand batting techniques? Farhat technically is not a regular opener. He cannot handle out swinging deliveries, and England have bowlers who can swing ball well especially to left handers. This out swing problem is always with left handers and added to that Farhat is technically not a good opener.

    @ALL: Azhar Ali is not good for all conditions. Azhar Ali can be good, where we need to draw the match like in English conditions or Australian conditions, but not in sub-continent, here we need to make runs and not only to spend days on pitch (though it is necessary to stay on pitch), in addition to that, he is not a good form right now and struggling to make runs, England can exploit his weakness.

    In test we need 5 regular bowlers and 5 regular batsmen, so I think we should go with 3 fast bowlers and 2 spinners, which England is also going to do.

  • likeintcricket on December 28, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Newzealand showing against Australia and now Srilanka's wonderful performance against South Africa shows Pakistan status as a top cricketing nation is not fluke. I think England is by far the best cricket side in the world and has edge over Pakistan in all department but the Pakistanis are not far behind and if they achieved some good results out of this series than they will surely become the top side of the world.

  • ZA77 on December 28, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Highest runs score in test by top ten opening pairs in term of runs only. 1. Gordon - Desmond 6482 runs, 2. Hayden - Langer 5655, 3. Sanath - Marvan 4469, 4. Cook - Strauss 4147+, 5. Slater - Taylor 3887, 6. Sehwag - Gambhir 3692+, 7. Larry - Simpson 3596, 8. Hobbs - Sutcliff 3249, 9. Gavaskar -Chauhan 3010, 10. Gibbs - Smith 2983. 2nd best opening pair in India, Gavaskar plus Chauhan. Chauhan never scored any hundred in test but he had place in top three opening pair in India. His batting average is 31.57 with 16 half centuries in 68 innings. Why he got such a great chance, not because of average. Same case of Imran Farhat, although he is not best but has ability to play at opening position. That is main point which mostly people unable to understand. His average is 31.87 with 3 centuries and 14 half centuries in 75 innings. Please try to understand if openers are not regular, how can we win at big ocassion. Hafeez is doing nothing but grabbing chances against weak attacks.

  • on December 28, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    @za77 if u talk abt imran farhat he has scored only 149 runs in 6 matches and he only manged 16 runs in 2 matches against bangladesh !! but is till agree tha t 1 day and tests are two different formats ( hafeez also nt performing that well in odis last 6 to be precise ) but then also he is not your solution taking the fact that hafeez is in splendid form with the ball which also affects on his batting !! but on kamran/s issue i totally agree with u that he needs to comeback after pakistan has failed to produced a wicketkeeper batsman of his calibre !!

  • ZA77 on December 28, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    You are right but our best wicket keeper plus batsman in history of cricket is Kamran Akmal. Why? only one with six centuries in career plus second one after Wasim Bari with more than 200 victims in test matches. Due to heavy pressure, it happened. Give trust to him and then he can prove himself. Moin Khan scored 200 runs in first class and then he scored 158 in test match. At that time, it was looking like Moin was coming back but Kamran proved himself. It means he has talent with dual abilities to prove himself. See Ian Healy, unable to stump Inzamam and lost the series in Pak. Then in W. Indies same thing, unable to stump Lara and again lost that match. 2 - 2 series equal but no one blame him. I am not saying that he is equal to Healy. For me, in current scenario, Kamran Akmal is better choice in test. For those argue for Hafeez, they should accept him as a specialist opener. For me, he is not specialist and that is the case that I am trying to make all of you understand.

  • on December 28, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Don't agree with the comment on Kamran Akmal.. we should also how many catches he drops at crucial stages of the game..

  • on December 28, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Those dissing Taufeeq Umer and Hafeez as openers should know their facts right. They both are leading run scorers in opening position in 2011 with only behind Alaistar Cook. Check

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?batting_positionmax1=2;batting_positionval1=batting_position;class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=runs;spanmin2=01+jan+2011;spanval2=span;template=results;type=batting

    No offense but Imran Farhat is miles away from both of them in temperament and class

  • ZA77 on December 28, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Faizan Feroze, I have clearly mentioned that he scored 286 runs only if we exclude his all runs against Zimb and Bangl. I think you need to improve yourself and before comments first observe that what the other is saying. He scored 647 runs in year in case if we include his runs against Zimb and Bangl. I am living in the same world but I think you are unable to see big picture. Hafeez is not a solution for opening position whenever you see all big teams you can observe that all have regular openers instead of non specialist batsmen. I am also not saying that Imran Farhat is the best. I am saying that he is the best in current scenario. For me, without regular opener you cannot survive against team like England. Out of four hundreds, Hafeez scored three centuries against Zimb and Bagl. It is not showing that his skills are upto mark for test cricket.

  • ZA77 on December 28, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Kamran Akmal batting average is 43.43 in Asia with 6 centuries with highest score 158 not out. If he is not keeper how he took 184 catches with 22 stumps in test matches. It means totally 206 victims. I think he is better choice as we have to use our 100%. Also he is experienced player with dual abilities. Hafeez as an opener for me is not better choice, please replace him with Imran Farhat as he is experienced batsman. For winning combination, first thing is openers should be regular. If you say to stay on wicket for fifth day for two hours in morning, atleast Imran Farhat has ability to do so but Hafeez is not able to do it. Any single lacking in our plan may cause us series lost. See also if pitch assist spinners than add Abdul Rehman with Saeed Ajmal.

  • on December 27, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    I have been following Pakistan cricket religiously since 1966 and found that the team always had a bats man wicket keeper . It is time PCB should bring back Kamran akmal, a dashing batsman giving much more depth to the batting line up . Adnan is not at all a good batsman to face the England fierce bowling attack . Umar Akmal can keep the wicket but it can be temporary and should be keeping wickets at ODI only . I was happy to see Umar keeping the wicket during Bangladesh visit and he did well.Kamran can also open the innings as he did in the past if you do not want to expose Hafiz at the top. England is not going to be an easy team and Pakistan needs a good batting line up to face them and surely Kamran will give the neccessary depth .

  • on December 27, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    hard luck for m.khalil. poor guy. he made his comeback after 6 or 7 years... but left out with out given a chance.. but hopefully he wil get chance in odis. i heard that imran nazir might comeback for t20 or oneday. i wish he will get chances like salman butt and imran farhat. so it wil gain his confidence....

  • on December 27, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    its very hard for pakistan to win. we got selfish players like azhar ali and taufiq omer who just play for thier own record with the strike rate on 30's is that gonna help? it will lead to draw the match. READ ALL COMMENTS NO ONE IS HAPPY ON IMRAN FARHAT'S INCLUSION INT THE TEAM. but for sure he will be out of the team soon because he had been useless and mr lilyas cannot help him again and again.

  • PakiPassion on December 27, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Very good news :) Umar Akmal a legend in the making..

  • on December 27, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Four ODIs and three T20Is !!! Does that make any sense? What on earth ICC was thinking when they made such a weird Schedule?

  • on December 27, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    @za77 !! man in which world do u live!! HAFEEZ scored 647 runs in 10 matches with an avg touching 41 !! dude plx see the records before saying anything !! :)

  • on December 27, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    @ xish khan Razzak is fit and he and afridi are playing county in australia!! i saw his match 3 days ago.. he made 30 runs n did 4 overs .. i wish pakistani caption can utilized him the way County caption are using him!!!

  • on December 27, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    This is the better squad M.Hafeez, I.Farhath/Y.Hameed, Azhar Ali, Y, Khan, M.Haq(C), A.Shafiq, U.Akmal(WK), U.Gul, W.Riaz, M.Thalha/A.Rehman and S.Ajmal! Abdur Rahman from Sri Lanka!

  • on December 27, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    i think you should encourage pace attack rather than going with to spinners my team will be hafeez,t umar azhar ali,younis, misbah u akmal , a akmal ,gul , w riaz , junaid khan , s ajmal

  • on December 27, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    hi guys, any one can tell me is Abdul Razaq injured ?because only that can be the reason he has not been selected in my opinion!

  • mhb1 on December 27, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    please bring back muhammad yousuf in team just imagine younis+yousuf+misbah wow !

  • on December 27, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    pakistan si the best no onw can match its talent

  • sabi986 on December 27, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    i think pakistan should go with two spinners against england in u.a.e and two fast bowlers saeed ajmal and abdur rehman both shoud play first match if pitch is slow like series with sri lanka's because our real strength now spin bowling

  • on December 27, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    1.Mohammad Hafeez 2.Taufeeq Umar 3.Azhar Ali 4.Younis Khan 5.Misbah-ul-Haq (capt) 6.Asad Shafiq 7.Adnan Akmal (wk) 8.Umar Gul 9.Aizaz Cheem 10.Junaid Khan 11.Saeed Ajmal

    This is the best squad which Pakistan can go with.

  • on December 27, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Pakistan always high in natural talent.they always had world class fast bowlers,batsmen an quality spinners with out any doubt. I think India work hard for make players by investing a lot of finance and other amenities,but still they don't have classy fast bowlers which Pakistan got.if Pakistan have board like Australia or India,they'll be world no1 cricket team in all form.

  • ZA77 on December 27, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    Why Hafeez is playing as an opener in test cricket. He only scored 286 runs with batting average 26 in 2011 if we deduct his all runs against Zimb and Bang. What is going on, a man who is not regular opener is playing in place of opener. For me, Imran Farhat is better choice as he has atleast ability to stick at opener position. If our start is in this manner that non regular openers are playing, I think we would be unable to win at big ocassions. If you are ready to accept that Hafeez has ability to play at opener position than I have no complain but I think he is non specialist batsman and if you are starting against England in this manner you have to understand at other end Strauss and Cook are openers. How can you construct a buidling without base. Base is necessary so please add Imran Farhat with Taufeeq Omer then Azhar, 4th Younis Khan, 5th Misbah, 6th Omer Akmal, Seventh Kamran Akmal. I think this one is strong one. But we have to think about keeping problem of Kamran too.

  • satish619chandar on December 27, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    Wahab is a very good player but he was not picked earlier due to his alleged relation with spot fixing.. Did anything change now to pick him in the tour?

  • Naseer on December 27, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    My Playing 11 would be: Hafiz, Taufeeq, Azhar, Younos, Misbah, Asad, Adnan, Junaid, Wahab, Umar gul/Cheema , Ab. Rahman, Ajmal

  • rjmajid on December 27, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    what a selection. no new player being given chance just to keep Imran Farhat in team. can anybody on the earth justify his consistant inclusion in team? new players like harris sohail, zain abbas and umar amin are scoring runs consistantly but they need to wait till Imran Farhat retiremtent.

  • Ahmad.Tazeem on December 27, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    What is the problem with PCB???where is sadaf Hussain???he must be a better bowler than junaid and wahab and he is proving it in domestic matches as welll......drop imran farhat.what he is doing there...i can play better than him..i bet

  • on December 27, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    why play for draw?? Pakistan should be positive and go for win

  • WildAmigo on December 27, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    I don't get the PCB mentality for years. why they select 3 openers for Tests.?(I think to give Imran Farhat a chance)

  • hazen_batti on December 27, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    @OhhhMattyMatty: don't be so arrogant. I hope there will be a good stiff competition.

  • WildAmigo on December 27, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    In my opinion Danish Kaneria and Hammad Azam Should be in the Test Team in place of Abdur Rehman (Sorry Mate) and Imran Farhat (Chief Selectors Call) to be more attacking and potent attack.

  • SamRoy on December 27, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    @OhhhMattyMatty I hope you are still around at the end of the series, mate.

  • on December 27, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    am waiting for the PCB to remove Mr.Ilyas for selection panel cuz there imran farhat can b removed only this way..............where is the merit?

  • AnotherCricketer on December 27, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    Cheema is a better bowler than Umar Gul on most days. He has more consistent line and length than the jittery Umar Gul. If you must play him, Umar Gul is better suited for ODI and 20/20. Taufeeq Umar scored his two centuries at 35% S/R and second chances riding his luck. Azhar hasn't looked comfortable with the bat either. Both of these guys draw a BIG question mark in my mind. Ahmed Shehzad is a better opener and has become a victim of Farhat's PARCHEE. Only in Pakistan ...

  • anver777 on December 27, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    Picking Umar Akmal in place of Malik is a wise move by PCB.... Malik is completely out of touch & he need to get some runs in domestic matches & get the confidence back. Hope Pak will continue the same winning formula against hi riding Eng too !!!!!

  • on December 27, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    my XI will be 1 Hafeez2 T Umar3 Azar Ali 4 Yunas 5 Misbah6 U.akmal7 A.akmal8 Gul9 Junaid 10 W.Riaz 11 S.Ajmal Tofeeq Umar should also repalce with a good new opener as he is making score but his strike rate is very slow more important when there is need he fail to make runs so we need a new opener with Hafeez also PCB should think for ODI new Captain Misbh has only 6 months cricket left so they should make plan for long term

  • S.F.Ali on December 27, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    1. Mohammad Hafeez 2.Taufeeq Umar 3.Azhar Ali 4.Younis Khan 5.Misbah-ul-Haq (capt) 6.Asad Shafiq/Umar Akmal 7.Adnan Akmal (wk) 8.Abdur Rehman 9.Umar Gul 10.Saeed Ajmal 11.Aizaz Cheema/Junaid Khan I thnk that would be the best combination for Eng Test

  • donda on December 27, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Good team selection, let's move on and try to draw series against world number 1 team. It is huge series for pakistani team. Need maturity and need to play for draw.

  • on December 27, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    In my opinion, instead of Malik, Farhat should be taken out as his performance is pretty ordinary. Malik is going through a bad patch but he can be handy spinner too.

  • rawcrickettalent on December 27, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    with all the hype of aus vs ind and the hype of Eng and Pak ...Cricket is gonna be awesome next year!!!!!!!hope sri lanka vs RSA gets competetive too :D

  • ZMPK on December 27, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan finally u have selected a competitive squad......I wish pakistan should select Awais Zia for T20s atleast. he is a very fine hard hitting batsman

  • rawcrickettalent on December 27, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    well i believe this is a strong team ..... Wahab Riaz , Aizaz Cheema and Junaid Khan should make a strong pace attack with the spin of Saeed Ajmal... but the real difficulty in selection will come in the number 6 which is usually occupied by Shafiq ...I think Umar Akmal should be but at the same time Shafiq shouldnt be dropped cause he has performed consistently...lets see what decision the team management makes!!! but England a strong pak unit is coming :D

  • avmd on December 27, 2011, 2:01 GMT

    Interesting to see some people's emotional attachment to some players and they are asking for their selction, although it doesn't make any cricketing sense. Imran Nazir was a popular cricketer but has someone seen him perfrming even in QA trophy, pathetic. Selection to national team, on what basis ? Mohammad Yusuf is not playing much cricket any more and wasn't the fittest cricketer in his younger days, forget about him. Razaq, offically 32, but actually older than 34 and with his lack of fitness, he is good enough only for domestic 20/20 games like Firied;s trophy in England or Big Bash but not good enough for Internationa matches in any modality. HAMAD AZAM: has anyone looked his performance in domestic circuit, how many wickets has he taken and how many runs scored, hardly any.Good perfomance in junior level cricket doesn't make him good enough for nationa team.

  • avmd on December 27, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    Lets face it, Farhat is a harsh reality, you have to drop Ilyas as a selector to drop him. Other than him, its a good side. BCP X1 is also chosen well. Good to see Ali Imran is back in recognition, after his show in under-19 WC in 2004, he was expected to make rapid progress but somehow was not picked up for PIA regularly until this season and has been the highest wct taker this season. Drop Dogar( too old ), and play rest of the 11 gaints Egland, all are promising youg men.

  • on December 27, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    Afaq Raheem leading batsman in Q E A trophy with four hundreds and four fifties one of (94)1088 runs on grassy wicket of Islamabad,worst batting wicket in Pakistan,and declared best batsman of competition 2011,and also he was est batsman in 2006/07 season,with two season out of cricket 2008/09 and 2009/10,He has proven that he is best up coming batsman in Pakistan,should have been selected Ahead of Imran Farhat/

  • on December 27, 2011, 0:45 GMT

    I am really happy to see Wahab Riaz back. He is a class act.

  • on December 26, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    I think Ayub Dogar should have been given a chance. Look at his innings against Habib Bank bowling attack which included Umar Gul, Abdur Rahman and Danish Kaneria. He is certainly more mature than Umar Akmal and maturity is important in Test Cricket. Additionally he is the most prolific run getter in the domestic cricket; those perfoming at the domestic level consistently should be rewarded to inspire others to compete hard.

  • OhhhMattyMatty on December 26, 2011, 23:37 GMT

    Looks like a walk in the park for England. 3-0.

  • on December 26, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    Who's gonna make Pakistan XI ??? suggest ur XI here...

    MINE:

    1. Mohammad Hafeez 2. Tofeeq Umar 3. Younis Khan 4. Misba-ul-Haq 5. Umar Akmal 6. Adnan Akmal 7. Abur Rehman 8. Saeed Ajmal 9. Wahab Riaz 10. Umar Gul 11. Junaid Khan

    (If you want 6 regular batsmen, then you can replace one of these fast bowlers.. may be Umar Gul or Junaid Khan with Azhar Ali or Asad Shafiq)

  • on December 26, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    Good to see Umar and Riaz back in the team.. lately PCB looking on a right track with some incredible decision-making... GL guys for England series.

  • AnotherCricketer on December 26, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    Goodness ... why Imran Farhat? This is nuts.

  • on December 26, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    i still think only one shld play ... coz cheema has a heart of loin and has experience .... gul cheema and wahab/junaid. this will be better ... but if it is a spining wicket then no chance for both of them coz we will need ajmal and rehman .... and uae is slow track .. so best of luck for them....

  • on December 26, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    You all people are saying rite that there is no place for Imran Farhat in this team but the main reason is that Muhammad Illyas (Selector) is father in law of Imran Farhat so how he can drop him?????? :-) Its Pakistan ....... there should be other young and new openner in the team from QEA Trophy performers and i think Nasir Jamshed & Afaq Raheem are very gud choices as openner after Hafeez & Taufeeq in test side infact of Imran Farhat. Now may be there will be Kamran Akmal in ODI & T20 squad after Wahab Riaz inclusion.

  • drnaveed on December 26, 2011, 21:31 GMT

    i think the test side should be hafeez , taufeeq , azhar , younus , misbah , asad , umar akmal ( wk ) , abdur rehman , umar gul , ajmal , cheema /junaid or wahab.

  • mobsy on December 26, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    Pak XI = 1.M.Hafeez, 2.T.Umar, 3A.Ali, 4.Y.Khan, 5.M.Ul-haq, 6.A.Shafiq, 7.A.Akmal, 8.S.Ajmal, 9.J.Khan, 10.W.Ria, 10.U.Gul

    Reserves = U.Akmal, A.Rehman, A. cheema

    Good Pakistan finally managed to have competition for every spot in the playin 11. PCB need to hire coaches that can work on our bench strenght and a manager for the main team.

  • on December 26, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    imran farhat should alos be dumped...........shezad ahmed have anth shot........ anth all right........!

  • on December 26, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    I feel that shoaib Malek just needs a lil' mre practice as he has been out of action since months...

  • TexanBlue on December 26, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    Malik was never supposed to be in the Test team anyways. Good 2C U.Akmal back because we need a player like him in the team who can dominate the opposition bowlers without any fear. If you look at the recent Test teams, all the batters were more or like the same...from Hafeez to Asad who all play conventional old time test cricket and with Kamran Akmal out of the team there's not a single player who can bat aggressively and it's so evident with our recent run rate in Tests. This lack of an attacking player in the team often results in team coming under unnecessarily pressure or even with a chance to win a game. Selectors did a good job by picking mostly experienced players as there is no room for trying new players against a team like England. For the ODIs/T20s, I'd highly go for Kamran Akmal as the opener and keeper so that we can accommodate another allrounder for the right balance. PCB plz clear Kamran and Kaneria ASAP. Azhar needs coaching to convert 50s into longer innings. G'luck

  • Zahidsaltin on December 26, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    PCB XI should play a match against the selected Pakistan team. And I will put my money on PCB XI.

  • on December 26, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    i think Danish Kaneria should be in side,as he is a leg spinner n England always found tough against Danish Kaneria.

  • on December 26, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    Imran Farhat in the test squad but still no place for Fawwad Alam, seriously? Dunno if riaz will get a game if Junaid is fit, if three pacers play it should be Gul, Junaid & Cheema. Hope Umar gets a game ahead of Shafiq, Pakistan's batting lineup has no aggressive counter-attackers, having a batting lineup of stodgers is OK but much rather have atleast one genuine stroke player.

  • SamAsh07 on December 26, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    It'll be very difficult for Riaz to find a spot in the playing XI, Cheema, Gul, Junaid are already the greatest contenders. Wahab is nothing compared to Cheema, Gul & Junaid. Then there is a permenant spot of Ajmal, you just can't drop that magical bowler, and finally Rehman. Besides I don't want him to come back, he was also named in the Spot Fixing Controversy by Mazhar last month, why do people always forget that?? We don't want fixers back please.

  • on December 26, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    for all the commentator who are question the farhat's selection... let me tell u guys.. only iilyas knows the answer

  • on December 26, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    U.Akmal performed pretty well in the previous series against SL he showed he could stable the team made good partnerships with misbah.if he keeps this up he could be a very handy + important part of pakistans future BEST OF LUCK!

  • PAK-92 on December 26, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    @ExplicitPlatinum. No I think Fawad Alam should be groomed as next captain and Azhar Ali as vice captain. I just think Fawad is more captaincy material but both are good in the test format and have records and stats to back it up. They are both undoubtedly the future of pakistan test cricket along with Ahmed Shahzad, Umar Akmal and maybe Hamad Azam. But I think Fawad would be a fair choice as he is a great middle order batsman. He may need to work on his technique but has bags of ability and most importantly, he has the temprement for test cricket. Players like Misbah and Younis haven't got much tests left so i think the pcb should slowly bring in players like Fawad and Ahmed Shahzad to try and fill their shoes from time to time. What do you guys think?

  • PAK-92 on December 26, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    How can anyone in their right mind overlook Usman Salahuddin or Fawad Alam ahead of the pathetic and useless Imran Farhat! Sometimes i am baffled by the selections. However I only have an issue with Imran Farhats inclusion. The bowling looks good but I still think Sarfaraz Ahmed maybe should be wicketkeeper in tests ahead of Adnaan Akmal. I also think Gul should be dropped for tests in place of Wahab Riaz. Gul can not bowl long spells when needed consistenly and if we go in with 2 recognised spinners in Ajmal and Rehman, Gul will not be able to bowl well to the English. Wahab is more than capable of leading the attack with Cheema. The test XI should be: HAFEEZ, TAUFEEQ, AZHAR ALI, YOUNIS, MISBAH, UMAR AKMAL, ADNAAN, REHMAN, WAHAB RIAZ, CHEEMA, AJMAL

  • The_big_j on December 26, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    Wahab brings that agression that was went missing after shoaib akhtar's retirement. He can be a devastating bowler on his day as we saw in semi-final against india, and he has some good pace too. Glad he's back, wahab and junaid will give gul the oppertunity to bowl with the older bowl and work on bringing his reverse swing back. Also Fawad Alam should be selected as a cover up, he's had a season of his life in the domestic tournament averaging more than 80, and his career average is 60. He needs another chance in the test squad...

  • on December 26, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    great for all pakistanis a fair selection but i would say that pcb may give a chance to young talented yasir shah in test matches.....a leg spinner, good all rounder and great fielder....he represent pakistan in the one day and t20 matches against zimbabwe and in hongkong sixes but he is a test match player ....very good athlete and super fit......he will also play the tour match against england from PCB XI side ....GOOD Luck YASIR SHAH.......

  • on December 26, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    I think fair selection except Imran Farhat ... Do you knw why Imran Farhat is still there ?????????

  • on December 26, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    AGREEE!!!!!! GREAT SELECTION MASHALLAH.

  • on December 26, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Fahad Iqbal and Sadaf Hussain should also be given chance for PCB XI 3-day match against English team.

  • SirViv1973 on December 26, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    Looks like Pakistan selectors have the best possible squad available, As do Eng looking forward to all this finally getting started.

  • on December 26, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    i really love to see back umer akmal and junaid best of luck pakistan team

  • G4rgoyle on December 26, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    It is appeared to be a well balanced team. Inclusion of Umar will hopefully satisfy those who were not happy with Pak's poor run rate in tests , Good Luck Pakistan

  • on December 26, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Umar Akmal was needed... even in tests u need some1 in the middle order who can accelerate a bit...

  • ahsanshaikh04 on December 26, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    selectors should atleast select sadaf hussain for PCB XI

  • on December 26, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    What is Imran Farhat doing in Pakistan team? He should be dropped from all the formats whether be tests/twenty20/one day... every innings ends up with a bad shot!

  • on December 26, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    wat z d idea behind a series of 4 ODIs between two leading cricketing nations??

  • GreenTeam-Elite on December 26, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    Very Good News!!! All three are Talented Players.

  • on December 26, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Favoritism, get rid of it and become 1 of top class teams. See out what Imran farhat has done so for since his come back, left him out to find a long term opener, there are so many young lad waiting for a chance.

  • sirvivfan on December 26, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Glad Riaz is back as well as Umar Akmal. Pakistan should gamble with making Akmal taking the gloves... This will strengthen the batting but weaken the keeping as Adnan is a very good keeper. I hope the planning for the series is good by working out the opposition weakness which is against spin. Watch out for the usual controversy when plying England... I am sure if Pak are successful some thing will happen! Pak batsmen watch out for short pitch bowling..... Don't fall for the obvious trick! If batsmen can 350+ game on. Good luck Pakitan...the boys Inshallah do it! Riaz uk

  • chishtyirfan on December 26, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    Good selection of Wahab, Umer and dropping Shoeb. One more PARCHEE still left in squad Imran Farhat. Good unit. I am sure

  • hussainiiiii on December 26, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    Why Imran faraht there? I think we must need a young player instead of this reference man.

  • on December 26, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Where is Tanvir Ahmed? I think Pakistan need him.

  • on December 26, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    hope everyone makes use of their chance given in the squad and esp. playing 11. Then the competition drives the performance.

    Reliable Openers: Hafeez, Taufeeq Solid Middle Order: Azhar, Younis, Misbah Solid Late Order: Umar, Asad Solid Keeper: Acrobatic Adnan Solid Bowlers: Ajmal, Rahman, Gul, Riaz, Junaid, Cheema (3 or 4 of them each time)

    If Taufeeq flawed Asad must be promoted to Opener from 2nd Test.

  • on December 26, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    Good luck Pakistan! All I would like to see is a better performance than last time.

  • on December 26, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    Damnn good team, wish Pak team best of luck. England will have seriously tough times.

  • pakcricpassion on December 26, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    Umar Akmal is a fantastic batsman for limited overs cricket. I think he is not mature enough to be successful in test cricket. Asad Shafiq should be given an extended run as he is performing consistently.

  • on December 26, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    Best possible choice for national team, but in PCB XI Sadaf Hussain should deserve to given chance against English team.

  • on December 26, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Nice to see malik out and Wahab coming in.

  • naeemhussain on December 26, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Why Sadaf Hussain is not included in PCB XI instead of Mohammad Khalil and what is the reason to select Imran Farhat? Why Usman Salahudin and Haris Sohail are not the part of test squad? Another unjust selection is Fawad Alam? clearly nepotism is playing its role in the team selection.

  • TaylorSwift on December 26, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Imran Farhat's inclusion still baffles me. But the rest of the squad looks potent. Umar Akmal's return will give our lineup a more attacking mentality. I would bat him at # 5 between Younis and Misbah and allow him to play his natural game. Also, Misbah is better suited to play with the tail. Unfortunately, Shafiq misses out and should start on the bench. The return of Wahab and Junaid bolsters our pace unit significantly. All the best, lads!

  • on December 26, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Great looking squad. Positives: Umar Akmal and Wahab Riaz are back.

    Negatives: If Farhat is allowed to play for the Tests and younger bowlers.

    Observation: Making Azhar as captain for Tests is a good idea after Misbah retires in 3-4 years time.

    Watch: Younis Khan, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Junaid, Ajmal - performing well

  • on December 26, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Malik is over rated he should retire maybe Sania's full time manager :)

  • on December 26, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    "But I had a firm belief that things will be clear" says it all for Riaz!

  • on December 26, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Good Luck Pakistan.The Million Dollar coat bowler is back.

  • on December 26, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    go0d selection....junaid and wahab are both very important for this series...and umer akmal is a wonderfull talent.....i would say fair selection

  • on December 26, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    For me, it is a damn good team........i dont think Talha will get any chance and so is Imran Farhat.......a better middle order batsman would have been an ideal choice but all in all a good looking team.........i wonder who would u select in the bowling department????????????? serious competition there which is extremely good for Pakistan's prospect..........Looking forward to an enthrailing series...!!!

  • on December 26, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    muhammad yousaf and kamran akmal should have been back otherwise a perfect team

  • abdulsamad14 on December 26, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    one step forward, two steps back... Brilliant with Junaid coming back, but have to question Umar and Wahab. Do we realy need Umar when Asad is making the runs he never could? I suppose the selecotrs have a plan... (Glad to see the back of Malik)

  • on December 26, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    I would had replaced Adul Rehman with young left spinner Hassan Raza. Upcoming star of Pakistan

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on December 26, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    i am really happy to see Umar Akmal and Wahab Riaz back in the test side and more than happy to read that Shoaib Malik is dropped from the team...great news...Now Pakistan pace attack is more strong with Umar Gul, Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz...

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    absolutely fantastic news all 3 of umar, junaid and riaz can single handedly win you a match!!!!!!!!

  • asdf_zxc2 on December 26, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    Malik seems to another experienced player in the team to miss out after mohammad yousuf. In seaming pitches of England PCB should have added few more experienced headed to back up tumble anywhere in the batting. PCB.........PCB

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    My team for first Test Match against England is Muhammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah ul Haq, Umar Akmal, Adnan Akmal, Umar Gull, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal & Junaid Khan or Abdul Rehman (Depends on the pitch wheather we go with a seamer or a spinner). Umer Akmal is more aggressive player than Asad Shafiq so we really need an attacking player in the middle order against England who can play according the situation. As you watched that against S.L Tests we were on defending side while go to victory when Misbah & Asad playing. So Umer Akmal is in gud ODI & T20 form so hopefully he will carry on this form in the test as well. Best of Luck Pakistan for England Series.

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    what is farhat doing in the team, drop farhat and bring fawad alam for one dayers and possibly for tests also. play him as an opener in one dayers and 4 down in tests he has a much better strike rate and temperament then asad shafiq(who btw should be the wicket keeper as he has kept wickets in first class career)

  • Rakim on December 26, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Competitive squad. I hope Umar Akmal stays for some time at crease this time

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    This is bonkers, Imran Farhat selected again!!! Beyond belief. I hope Imran Khan is selected as country's next superimo in the coming elections and fix such biased selections once for all. Overall, the squad is decent albeit it will take a special something from a few individuals to get through the lions - my money is on Younis, Hafeez and Junaid to come good and take Pakistan to another contented series.

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    nice selection umar akmal deserves to be in test squad

  • Zahidsaltin on December 26, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    SARFRAZ should have been selected for the wicketkeeper slot. He is a much better batsman in the longer version. Kaneria should also have been added to the squad.

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Hard luck for M.Khalil.

    Heard Ayoub Dougar is also in the squad. He's 32 old already, what's the point?

  • zesh92 on December 26, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    wahab riaz in back to resume fight with J.troot...i think its a very good squad to take on no1 test team in the world. Gud luck PAKISTAN

  • on December 26, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Except for Farhat, they all seem eligible for the squad, let's see what happens...

  • khurramsch on December 26, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    it will be important to see wht combination pak will go 2-2 or 3 seamers & ajmal with hafez. i think in 1st game they should have a fast seamer as 3rd bowler coz sometimes we have seen against sl pak need some seamer to back up in test match.or they can decide on toss if pak is batting 1st which means eng will bat 4th they can go with rehman if pak bowling 1st & batting last then 4th spinner will not matter much. i think pak seriously need a batting alrounder(medium) in tests as well.

  • Afridipak on December 26, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    good squad but where is kaneria?

  • khurramsch on December 26, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    umar akmal was required after so much talk about pakistans run rate in test matches. he should have given chance. wahab is good but i would say to go ahead with the recent regulars who are playing international like gul, cheema & junaid on uae wickets & whab as backup. rest is almost ok & normal.

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    i am really happy to see three important player for Pakistan team back into the side but the most important thing is right now the healthy competition in all the position either opening,middle order,or spin, fast bowling.this thing really help the team to beat the England

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Why Imran Farhat is not droped

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Best of Luck Pakistan ...

  • crazier on December 26, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    thank u very much pcb for including umar in the squad but i don't think he will get a chance to play but atlast he got his place back and very good decision to axe malik and please axe sohail tanvir from odi's

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Nice team selection. Go Pakistan Go...

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    welcome back Akmal now show them who is the king

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    Can anyone enlighten me that why Imran Farhat is in Pakistani squad ??

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Nice ... !!! May ALLAH bless them with victory !!

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Good Selection Umer Akmal worthy of place on any format at any ground against any opposition

  • Aura123 on December 26, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Good team selection imran farhat close call but over all good team, come on pak

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    wahab riaz will provide impetus to the attack, still fell he should replace cheema in the bowling attack,bowls around 145 kmph and can reverse it too, given the conditions.

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    my team for 1st test against england.. 1.hafeez 2.asad 3.azhar 4.younus 5.misbah 6.u akmal 7. adnan akmal 8. abdur rehman/junaid(depending on pitch conditions) 9.ajmal 10. gul 11. wahab

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    wahab Riaz will be a good choice, especially against England as he has done in his debut test.

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Why is Imran Farhat now in Tests too?

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Sorry its 143 wkts @ 18.... But still the credentials worth a chance!!!

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Wahab Riaz is a good choice... Hopefully he will give a tough time to their left handers. I am happy to see him back... Wish you all the best

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Selectors once more supports Imran Farhat why Imran Farhat , i like to supports Imran Nazir to recall test squid and MD YOUSUF is classical Batsman for just like though appointments England Series to recall this series, but one brave decision for selectors to select Umar Akmal, my side is first test squid is , HAFEEZ, TAFEEQ, AZAR,YOUNIS , MISBA,UMAR,ADNAN,SEED AJMAL, ABDUR RAHMAN,UMAR GUL, JUNAID KHAN, PAK 11 side is first Test in DUBAI

  • crickprof on December 26, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    good selection , shoaib malik earned what he performed against SL and BD

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    cant say i blame them for dropping shoaib mirza, he needs to focus back on cricket n not ride the coat tails of his former self ! too bad for khalil but junaid should be chosen ahead of him for this series, pity that khalil didnt get a game against bd though :(

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    If performances in QEA Trophy worth that much then where is Sadaf Hussain? Top wicket taker in prev. season and current Top wicket taker in this season... Over all career avg. is 16.5 for 200+ wicktets..... Are our selectors really sense less?

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    A good looking squad. Be interesting to see how Pakistan fair against a strong England side, who have also had a fantastic year, along with Pakistan. England will be a completely different proposition to playing teams at the bottom, or on thier way to the bottom. The key for me will be how well Paks new ball bowlers do. If Cook and Trott get a start i can see them batting for days and days on the these flat tracks. Paks only hope is to make early breakthroughs. Are Gul and Junid up for it? Only time will tell. Personally i can't see to mnay positive results in the test matches. Mostly draws with England sneaking one win.

  • touqeer777 on December 26, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Selectors dropped the malik on bad performance and on which criteria farhat got selected simply nepotism.I think in place of farhat they should select Ayub Dogar who is in great form for last three yrs.so happy to see Wahab is back.Great team.

  • AtifFazal11 on December 26, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Good consistent selection, nice to see umar akmal in tests.

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Mr. Ashraf were is Mohammad yousuf ...?

  • ExplicitPlatinum on December 26, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    This is great news to hear about Akmal and Riaz being included for the tour. Imran Farhat being there just burns me up. We should give Azhar Ali a chance to play against England in the ODI's. I think that Wahab Riaz should be in the place of Aizaz Cheema and what is Mohammad Talha doing there if there is a high chance of him not playing? One thing PCB missed out was choosing Sarfraz Ahmed instead of Adnan Akmal. I doubt Adnan being able to make a huge innings like Sarfraz. My order of the Test squad: 1.) Hafeez 2.) Taufeeq 3.) Azhar 4.) Younis 5.) U.Akmal 6.) Misbah (C) 7.) Adnan (W) 8.) Rehman 9.) Wahab/Gul 10.) Ajmal 11.)Junaid I think this the best squad to choose and I hope Azhar makes a lot of centuries. And guys, I was wondering if you read this comment, do you think Azhar would be the ideal captain in tests after Misbah retires? What do you lot think? Respond back on what you think.

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    GOOD SELECTION! BEST OF LUCK PAKISTAN!

  • on December 26, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    do umar akmal have full support of mohsin?thats the big question?

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    why Imran Farhat? why not any other promising young opening batsman??? Junaid should get a chance ahead of Cheema and Wahab

  • ICET on December 26, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    Finally some good decisions being made by the PCB. By bringing in Umer Akaml, Wahab Riaz, and Junaid Khan. All these 3 have a long career playing if staying fit, and with the correct discipline in place. I would prefer Umer Akmal at 6 in the tests, rather than Asad Shafiq. Not taking anything away from Asad he also has a future, but with Umer Akamal, the batting gets that extra attacking, and fast scoring chance. Playing Asad will be abit defensive. Also would like Junaid or Wahab to replace Aziaz Cheema. For the one dayers bring back..AFRIDI, RAZZAQ, IMRAN NAZIR, AHMED SHAHZAD and if needed (SOHAIB MALIK AND KAMRAN AKMAL might need thier expeonce)

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    Surely right choice to put in Umar Akmal in the team,but i think Kamran was also be in the squad i don't know why selecters are negletting him although he perform brilliant in the Quaid E Azam trophy and made double ton.And at last we miss our pace battery ASIF and AAMIR.

  • Shah-Ji on December 26, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    A good Team ,But where are real fast bowlers like Wasim ,Waqar,Imran,Shoaib and Sami . Did PAK stop producing the the express ,tearaway fast bowlers.

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Good to see Umar Akmal back in Pakistan Test Team

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Gr8 team bs KAMRAN ke kami hei

  • tick on December 26, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    impressive team i would say..gonna b a cracker of series with histories of non senses in every series of pak and eng

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Y the heck Imran farhat is in team, that guy Afaq Raheem Deserves the chance, time to think ahead, or else we can't better other top ranked teams..

  • woodhaven on December 26, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    very strong team. best of luck against england.

  • WeeBee on December 26, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Awesome! ... I am glad Wahab Riaz and Umer Akmal are back. After losing Mohd. Amir, We really did not want to lose Wahab Riaz. And Umar Akmal is a complete batsman, he can play all forms of cricket. Let him play his style , he will score score score and only score and that what Pakistan really want. You know we have so many slow players in our team , so there should be some attacking variety like in form of Umer Akmal. I think right now Umer Akmal is the only batsman in the team , who can play almost every shot. He has got alot variety of shots. Good Team Selectors ... Lets hope for the best.

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    why not anwar ali. he can swing the ball very well.

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    Imran Farhat!!! :@

  • Zohaib.R.Q. on December 26, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    good promising side... though I still believe need more intent to win and not play for dull draws.

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Wahab riaz might be vital in U.A.E ...

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    good change exciting player

  • Morfi on December 26, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Can someone please tell me what Imran Farhat is doing in the squad??? Good call on Umar Akmal but cdnt we have a better batsman than Farhat? And if Riaz has been cleared by the ICC, what about Kaneria?

  • captian_buddy on December 26, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    my pick out of this side hafeez,taufiq,azhar,younus,misbah,asad,umar akmal (wk) ,umar gul , aizaz cheema , saeed ajmal , wahab

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Good Squad.......but USMAN SALAHUDDIN should be in test side...he made highest runs in recent Quaid-e-Azam trophy....He deserves test call.........But over-all, Its a good squad.

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Good team! glad to see Junaid & Wahab back!

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  • on December 26, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Good team! glad to see Junaid & Wahab back!

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Good Squad.......but USMAN SALAHUDDIN should be in test side...he made highest runs in recent Quaid-e-Azam trophy....He deserves test call.........But over-all, Its a good squad.

  • captian_buddy on December 26, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    my pick out of this side hafeez,taufiq,azhar,younus,misbah,asad,umar akmal (wk) ,umar gul , aizaz cheema , saeed ajmal , wahab

  • Morfi on December 26, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Can someone please tell me what Imran Farhat is doing in the squad??? Good call on Umar Akmal but cdnt we have a better batsman than Farhat? And if Riaz has been cleared by the ICC, what about Kaneria?

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    good change exciting player

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Wahab riaz might be vital in U.A.E ...

  • Zohaib.R.Q. on December 26, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    good promising side... though I still believe need more intent to win and not play for dull draws.

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    Imran Farhat!!! :@

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    why not anwar ali. he can swing the ball very well.

  • WeeBee on December 26, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Awesome! ... I am glad Wahab Riaz and Umer Akmal are back. After losing Mohd. Amir, We really did not want to lose Wahab Riaz. And Umar Akmal is a complete batsman, he can play all forms of cricket. Let him play his style , he will score score score and only score and that what Pakistan really want. You know we have so many slow players in our team , so there should be some attacking variety like in form of Umer Akmal. I think right now Umer Akmal is the only batsman in the team , who can play almost every shot. He has got alot variety of shots. Good Team Selectors ... Lets hope for the best.