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

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

Posted by hanzain on (January 26, 2012, 2:48 GMT)

Asad will definitely learn from his mistake. He is a talent and future star for Pakistan. But, can Mohsin have a go at Younis as well for his casual dismissals?

Posted by LillianThomson on (January 26, 2012, 2:43 GMT)

I'm a psychiatrist, and I think Mohsin's actions are spot-on for such a hierarchical society. Shafiq knows that Mohsin gave him his place as Chairman of Selectors and that he has kept him in the eleven ahead of the more gifted Umar Akmal. Shafiq is utterly assured of Mohsin's loyalty - and vice versa. But Shafiq's dismissal wasn't just the wrong shot, it was at the absolutely wrong time. Mohsin's management style is a lot like Harry Redknapp's old-fashioned regime: the players are treated warmly and supportively, but they also get told in no uncertain terms when they make a mess of things, followed by a big hug. This isn't a case of "what goes on in the dressing room should stay there". This is a case of "we're like family, and we're frank and honest, but our bonds are unbreakable". Sounds positive to me.

Posted by cricket_fan_1980 on (January 26, 2012, 2:29 GMT)

Fair enough, lets back off from Asad for a moment. He is actually a very good batsman and I think he should be groomed for this position. Let Umar Akmal really fight for it. Otherwise, Umar Akmal is already a star in the ODI and T20 outfit. Overall, Asad Shafiq may be more mature a batsman. One mistake so we really shouldnt come down so hard on him. He did score a 50, and that is commendable against a side that does boast one of the best bowling attacks in the world, lets not forget, whatever the pitch is like. Give our lads some credit. Anderson, Swanny, Broad have consistently been in the top 5 test bowlers for years now. That has to be something. I think the Pakistanis are holding their own in the batting dept very well. Cheers to another cracking day of cricket (hopefully)

Posted by Happy_AusBang on (January 26, 2012, 0:10 GMT)

Pakistan lost the opportunity to take full control of the match because of Shafiq's poor shot. With UDRS now such shots are always fraught with danger as Pakistan should know by now having lost three set batsmen in such circumstances so far. In the good old days you could play this shot safely as no umpire would have given it out as ball pitched outside off and the batsmen were playing their shots. UDRS has changed all that, and umpires have changed too in line with UDRS. Note, if umpires had given them NOT OUT initially all three decisions would have been NOT OUT after review.

Mohsin should be reprimanded for speaking to media about his internal "loving" affair.

Posted by orangtan on (January 25, 2012, 23:12 GMT)

Well played, Misbah and Asad; latter should not be blamed for one poor shot. Asad is a lot more reliable than Umar Akmal, Rameez's pet. With Misbah still there, another 50-75 runs can be added, way too much for England to cope with. Match will finish on 3rd day.

Posted by short_cover on (January 25, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

Agree with Ray24. While a coach has certain privileges, he also needs to be a wise man and to know what is internal and what could be shared. Unfortunately, he is from the era where people feel unsecured if they are not making statements and showing their authority. That is why we need a coach who has some brains as well. On the other hand, while it is ok to give him a piece of his mind about batting, but he needs to do it on the field and nets during practice …

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. On this wicket and with our spinners England wil struggle big time. @Karachikid.. you are a kid after all, how can you forget Hafeez's and Tawfeeq"s innings in jst the orevious test and earlier against Bagladesh and Sri Lanka. Pakistan with its spinners will win this one to.. Insha Allah.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

I think We shouldn't expect more from Pakistani batting, thats enough and more uhan that will be bonus. One thing we should not forget that in last match Pakistan batted in same passion and they won because England score less than double hundred twice. Hope for the best for the rest of match and series.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 20:14 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 Waqar.Khan on (January 25, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

Mistakes happen in cricket and so happened from Asad....... if he'd have connect that we would be enjoying more runs..... but we must appreciate how responsibly he batted when he arrived at 103/4 and also made 50 and save Pakistan from early fall and now we/will reach at least a defend-able total..... why no one is commenting on other senior players who are not showing any responsibility when even there was no much pressure.......

Posted by glance_to_leg on (January 25, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

What wonderful batting from Misbah! To begin one's innings with consecutive sixes, and to end with the same, and to bat in between with such determination and responsibility is wonderful. I hope he gets his well-deserved century tomorrow, and that some of England's senior batsman can learn from his master class. Lovely, too, to see two English spinners working in tandem. However, does anyone agree with me that it would have been wiser to play Bopara than to stick with Morgan? The latter has really done relatively little to justify his test place (however talented he truly is), while Bopara's handy medium pace would have helped to compensate for the absence of a fifth front line bowler (I would suspect that the Pakistani batsmen are much happier facing a few overs from Trott). All-in-all, a splendid day of balanced cricket. Let's have some more of the same tomorrow.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Mohsin Khan and Misbah are a great pairing, why on Earth does the PCB want to break a winning partnership and bring in Whatmore? Somebody convince them to leave things as they are.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

What I find funny is the way the English commentators think England have already won this match. "English" spinners got some spin, but look a the spinners Pakistan can offer. They are way superior in the spin dept and will extract even more out of a spinning wicket against a batting line up whose confidence will have been crushed in the first test. My money on Pakistan all the way.

Posted by Sylar_1 on (January 25, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

Asad is a class act! way better than Azhar! critics need to back off!

Posted by Ray24 on (January 25, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

Mohsin has all the right to tell Asad of his weakness, but airing it on the media is not the way to go. Why are these coaches not trained on the psychology of players?

By reading this and by listening to poor old Rameez Raja, it seems the only man they don't think deserves a place in the team is Asad Shafiq. Rameez is always heaping praises for Umar Akmal and that how he would be an ideal No. 6 for Pakistan.

Asad's shot wasn't as bad as it appears - he was trying to get a few before the new ball came in. Maybe he and Misbah had discussed this already? And the decision was really a touch and go. We should in fact praise his composed innings, which has put Pakistan in a better position than they might have ended in had he and Misbah not played like they did. Asad was scoring faster than Misbah, thus taking the pressure off. I hope we don't waste Asad to stupid selection decisions. He, Azhar and Umar (in one dayers thus far), carry Pakistan's future. Please groom them.

Posted by cricket_fan_1980 on (January 25, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

I think Mohsin Khan is a fine coach. The right kind of man for Pakistan right now. And he is clicking very well with Misbah and other strategists in the Pakistan camp. It is true though, I don't think the Pakistani line up was responsible enough. 250 is not bad against a side that will probably struggle against spin, but it should have been 280 or 290 for 5 at the least. That, would have been a good end to the day. This is just average. If we didn't have 3 great spinners and seen England suffer so much in Dubai, this would actually be a poor first day effort. However, some good starts and a great captains knock are among the few positives Pakistan should take away from the day. Ajmal and Misbah need to bat very very sensibly tomorrow morning.

Posted by mrmuqaddar on (January 25, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

Today misbah show his capabilities and show the way how to bat in test cricket.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

He will learn....theses youngsters are doing a great job

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

Asad Shafiq will learn with experience,how to convert 50s into 100s as did younis khan who had the same problem in his younger days in test cricket.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

ya i agree with nabil khan ,azhar ali have to improve his game.

Posted by khurramsch on (January 25, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

agree that toufeqs & others may have played wrong shots pecialy toufeq but yes asads was iresponsible after a good inings.

Posted by KarachiKid on (January 25, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

This is a HUGE problem for Pakistan that Hafiz, Asad and Azhar can only make pretty, solid and gritty 40 or 50 odd...not more. Only Younus and to some extent Misbah and Taufeeq can convert their 30's into something more substantial. I am afraid this mental block will never let Hafiz, Asad and Azhar to reach bigger heights.

Posted by billamas on (January 25, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Taufeeq and Hafeez should take more control in the begining. Azher ali and Younis khan should play more responsibly, Asad think, he made 50, which is enough. Now ajmal must play carefully with Misbah to cross 300 line. batsman should do their job. D'not put every thing on bowlers.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (January 25, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

Horrible shot from Shafiq which allowed England take control, Pakistan batted badly, there is no denying that, Misbah was lucky to have survived. Pakistan lower order is nothing really, Akmal out 9, Rehman 0, no resistance at all. The score of 256 for 7 means again it will be Pakistan bowlers who will have to save Pakistan from defeat by bowling England cheaply, I pray and hope they do it, as they have been doing for the last 12 months and win it for Pakistan, there will definitely be a result in this match so no question of 'saving' the match.

Posted by mushtaq3d on (January 25, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

Asad played as if he has years of experience but unfortunately he couldnot connect the ball he got out on,but he along with captain given pak respectble possition

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

i find it funny how players from australia and other countries score lik 150+ nothing while pakistan players are only happy wid 50+..common man we need some big numbers in there

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

uncle Mohsin, if u want to tell someone off, might as well move ur attention towards mr. azhar ali. seems to me this fella thinks that test match means i can make one run in 20000 balls and i am still OK with it. i understand the pressure cooker situation with wickets falling and all, but that doesn't mean u go back on the defensive. i wouldnt really blame hafeez, hes been playing maturely all year long so i think i am gona save my criticism for azher ali. I saw his entire innings and trust me, there were times when u could have wacked the ball for a 4 to relieve some tension and pressure, instead mr. Block decided to just, well, block!

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

This is good for Asad.He should learn from his mistakes.Scoring 50 was not enough.The team needed a lot more. He should have played straight with patience and waited for the bad balls instead of going for the good ones.If Coach is pointing out his mistakes to him then the coach is really doing his job.It's good for the future of Asad.Played really well though, until that shot.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

Asad shafiq n Umar akmal r future for Pakistan .... Azhar ali too b8 he has to increase his range of shots....

Posted by gullycover on (January 25, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

Why go only after Asad? Why not Hafeez, Younis and Azhar. All of them had starts but played rash shots.. Younis should take more responsibility IMO.

Posted by WeeBee on (January 25, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

OMG! ..Actually Mohsin cant shout on YOUNIS KHAN , so He manage to shout at youngsters! ... I am really waiting when he get off from coaching of pakistan . and BY THE WAY .. MOHSIN has nothing to do with Pakistan winning streak.

Posted by Fazal123 on (January 25, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

Played the first 50 runs well. Got relaxed after and didn't realize that job was only half done. These young batsman (Azher, Asad, Umar) have to take responsibility and convert starts into big 100's.

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