Pakistan v England, 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi, 1st day

Mohsin tells Shafiq off 'in a loving way'

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January 25, 2012

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Asad Shafiq cuts on his way to a half-century, Pakistan v England, 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi, 1st day, January 25, 2012
Asad Shafiq struck a half-century to aid Pakistan's revival but then threw his wicket away © Getty Images
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Mohsin Khan, Pakistan's interim coach, said he criticised Asad Shafiq "in a loving way" for an irresponsible dismissal just before the second new ball that enabled England to take control of the second Test in Abu Dhabi.

Shafiq fell to an ambitious slog-sweep at Graeme Swann with the new ball only one over away; the first of three late wickets for England that allowed them to repair the damage caused by a century stand between Shafiq and Misbah-ul-Haq for the fifth wicket and leave Pakistan 256 for 7 at the close.

"I had a go at him - but in a loving way," Mohsin said. "We were hoping for 300 for three or four by the close. Shafiq was playing wonderfully well and after he got out the pressure came back on us and the team suffered. If someone is playing for their country they must understand their responsibilities."

Pakistan failed to make good use of winning the toss, losing four wickets for 103. "We knew that the pitch would play a few tricks in the first session but we wanted to capitalise on it later," Mohsin said. "Misbah has played a tremendous innings for us so far."

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Posted by   on (January 26, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

Score of more than 300 will be satisfactory for pakistan .I totally agree with the point that pak has just two players younis ans misbah who can score big centuries .the rest become reckless after posting 50 and that attitude cant win matches against high quality opposition.shafiq s shot showed he is not worthy of test player .i also think that ajmal should come before rehman as i am disappointed by him too often.our lower order is very unreliable but captain can add few valuable runs and looking at the pitch and ball spinning pakistan will not make life easier for english.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

Score of more than 300 will be satisfactory for pakistan .I totally agree with the point that pak has just two players younis ans misbah who can score big centuries .the rest become reckless after posting 50 and that attitude cant win matches against high quality opposition.shafiq s shot showed he is not worthy of test player .i also think that ajmal should come before rehman as i am disappointed by him too often.our lower order is very unreliable but captain can add few valuable runs and looking at the pitch and ball spinning pakistan will not make life easier for english.

Posted by addicted_to_chaos on (January 26, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

Asad is better than other batsmen we have at this position, way better than umar akmal who is becoming as unpredictable as afridi...... He will learn and improve with time, he has shown a lot of promise......

Mohsin is just a bunny..... He needed to say something n got oppurtunity to say...... Hope whatmore will be with team soon, a good batting coach is required to work on pak batsmen techniques....

Posted by anver777 on (January 26, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

If not for Shafiq's fifty & his 100 partnership with Misbah Pak would have struggled to reach 250... true he played a rash stroke but he some what steadied the ship !!!

Posted by   on (January 26, 2012, 4:42 GMT)

Is England still under estimating Pakistani Bowling. As per England media English team is in full control, whereas match is still pretty open. A gritty morning session from Pakistanis surpassing 300 shall place them in a favourable position...

Posted by dmqi on (January 26, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

Well, in Pakistani culture coach has the right to say things to the young players but that should not come out to media. What is YOUNUS doing? Why is he not going past 50 in this series? Need a century from him. Excellent job by ever green Misbah and Asad, the promising one. If Pak wins, this partnership will be acknowledged. Is Azhar, the most consistent one, suffering from stomach flu?

Posted by Malekzadeh on (January 26, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

Salam to everyone. agreed on the comment that Asad Shafiq has done a great job by standing with Misbah else we would have been in trouble. We missed good batsmen like Imran Nazir who wasnt selected. He should be given chance in test matches as well. He just need tips to play in test matches. On the other hand, Wahab Riaz is a great bowler with great action & line. He should have been given chance in the second test. He is experienced and more reliable than the new comers. Our team is more reliable now than before. We had splits in the team which now has been united due to Misbah s selection as captain. He is playing captain s knock. My prayers with the team and hope they perform better in the second innings without going for unnecessary shots.

Posted by xylo on (January 26, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

What's with everybody having to say to the media about what is happening with them?

Posted by   on (January 26, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

@Ray24 - Took those points right out of my thoughts, did ya? I agree with every single point you made. Especiallyl that Ramiz Raja one puzzles me too, can't seem to understand that ill bias of his.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2012, 3:38 GMT)

No worries, ENg will struggle even to reach 250 mark.But team is expecting a big score fm Younis nd he shd come up improved in next innings.Overall happy to see them performing with dedication nd responsibility nd not like indian team where every member thinks himself a film star nd self declared BEST in cric world.Keep up guys ur wonderful days r ahead

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