Pakistan v England 2011-12

Awais Zia named in Pakistan T20 squad

Umar Farooq

February 7, 2012

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Pakistan limited-overs squads

  • ODIs: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal (wk), Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Aizaz Cheema, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Wahab Riaz, Hammad Azam, Azhar Ali, Shoaib Malik
  • Twenty20s: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal (wk), Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Aizaz Cheema, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Wahab Riaz, Hammad Azam, Awais Zia, Shoaib Malik

Awais Zia is the only new face in Pakistan's limited-overs squads for the ongoing series against England. The Rawalpindi batsman has been named only in the Twenty20 squad, while the one-day unit retains the bulk of the Test team, except for Taufeeq Umar and Mohammad Talha, who will return home. Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and batsman Hammad Azam will join the squad in the UAE. Malik was not in the original squads but was added shortly after at the captain Misbah-ul-Haq's request.

The notable absentee was allrounder Abdul Razzaq, who was part of the team's one-day plans in recent times. He played in the five-ODI series against Sri Lanka in November but missed the series in Bangladesh because of a shoulder injury. He underwent a brief rehabilitation, and went on to play in Australia's Big Bash League Twenty20 tournament, but told ESPNcricinfo that his shoulder wasn't yet 100% fit for international assignments.

"We actually wanted to carry on with the winning sequence," Azhar Khan, selection committee member told ESPNcricinfo. "It is a different ball game and I don't think we should take England side lightly. The limited-overs series is wide open for both teams. The team that quickly adapts itself in the format can take the upper hand."

Azam toured Pakistan in the West Indies last year and his last one-dayer for Pakistan was against Ireland in Belfast in May. Zia was the leading run-getter for Rawalpindi Rams and the fourth-highest run-getter in the domestic Twenty20 with 177 runs from five games. He made his first-class debut in 2007.


Hammad Azam essays a cut, Pakistan v West Indies, ICC Under-19 World Cup, semi-final, Lincoln, January 25, 2010
Hammad Azam toured Pakistan in the West Indies last year and his last one-dayer for Pakistan was against Ireland in Belfast in May © Getty Images
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"We always look for room to blood a youngster in the side, to test the prospect of the talent," Azhar said. "The inclusion of Zia and Hammad is a part of the proposition. Unfortunately we have been deprived from hosting the series on our home grounds, and we can't try out our talented players more openly.

"Zia is a shining star and we have picked him in a format that is well suited for him. Now it is his own responsibility to justify the opportunity. Hammad was definitely in line from many years but wasn't given a proper chance due to combination in the squad."

Pakistan will play Afghanistan in a one-off one-dayer in Sharjah on February 10, before the four-match ODI series against England begins in Abu Dhabi on February 13. Pakistan go into the series buoyed by their historic 3-0 whitewash of the world's No. 1 Test side, England.

"Obviously, the expectations have increased after the Test series win, and we have specialist cricketers for the [limited-overs] formats as well," Azhar said. "I am optimistic that Pakistan will continue the winning streak to end the tour on high."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on (February 10, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

@ - fareeduetion 12...buddy pakistan have many aggresive players in top and middle order thats y we must take one reliable and slow bat that is TUK TUK KING ( MISBAH-UL-HAQ )...he is purely situation based player and he can handle pressure very well...hope at that time selectors r fair in selection and give priorty to these players not to their relatives...and one more thing that pakistan should appoint DAVE WHATMORE as their head coach with MOHSIN KHAN as assistant or batting coach as well as AQUIB JAVED and JULIAN FOUNTAIN as bowling and fielding coach respectively...if pakistan want to improve in international arena than first of all they should improve their fielding standard with foreign coaching expert and than their batting approach which is so slow as compare to others in all formats...

Posted by   on (February 10, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

YOU TELL ME THE PERSON WHO MADE ILYAS CHIEF SELECTOR, AS LONG AS HE IS CHIEF SELECTER OR EVEN SELECTOR, FARHAT CANNOT GET OUT FROM THE TEAM, HOW FOOL SELECTION. IMRAN NAZIR, TAILOR MADE FOR T20, WHY ARE YOU NOT SELECTING HIM ATLEAST IN T20S. AND THEN FOR ONEDAYERS, THERE ARE OTHER MANY PLAYERS, FOR BETTER THAN FARHAT, 1. NASIR JAMSHAID 2. SHARJEEL KHAN ETC

Posted by fareeduetian12 on (February 9, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

@wall yeah may be u r right but i omited him coz we need agresive plyers

Posted by WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on (February 9, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

@ - fareeduetian12... Bro i m agree with ur WORLD T20 team except the omission of MISBAH-UL-HAQ...MISBAH should be a captain of this team and in ur team MISBAH should replace RAMIZ RAJA Jnr...He is a wonderful captain and reliable batsman in any format...his batting technique is solid in any format,specially in t20 he is so slow but so reliable and very useful in chasing specially...every team needs at least one solid batsman in their middle order who can save one end and promote other to swing their bat at another end...PAKISTAN desperately need the services of KAMRAN AKMAL and MOHD AMIR...inshallah this time they should prove the whole world that they r involve in cricket,cricket and cricket...nothing else...PCB and ICC should give second chance to both players...

Posted by Pak_Guru on (February 9, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

Very Good Selection in ODI's. Hammad Azam will not let Razzaq come in the side, mark my words, mind you all i have seen of him was only in west indies. Also use Umar Akmal as the keeper. Rest superb ODI team, no weaklink. Good JOb

Posted by ROLAYH on (February 9, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

Why Imran Farhat getting a ride every time...it is good to have your father in law as selector and best to have one as Chief selector.... so what if you don't appear in the XI, still you can get handsome bonus...

Posted by Shane_s2000 on (February 9, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

Dont know whats wrong with Pak selectors..... How can they omit Imran Nazir from T20 & ODI squad. Such a wonderful & Talented limited over player. My suggestion to Pak selectors that they should make better selection. They are giving chances to player like Taufiq umar, then why not Imran Nazir?

Posted by Bruisers on (February 9, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

@pak94fan - Looks like you forgot Pak's tour of England in 2010. LOL Totals of 80, 72, 74. Hahaha that is more shameful than a whitewash... LOL

Posted by gimme-a-greentop on (February 9, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

@ExplicitPlatinum..thanks mate, at least I can still open the batting with him on EA Sports cricket 2005 and hit every ball for 6 !

Posted by omairhameed on (February 9, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

i ran through zia's stats and i dont find him exciting enough, though he might shine in that format but for a long run, he is too early. i am sure we have great hitters in pakistan for such a format. And the logic behind selection of imran farhat is just too disappointing. some one needs to sack ilyas. if he can perform in 1 out of 3-4 matches, imran nazir is justified too, atleast other teams fear him if not for his stats.Hamad Azam on the other hand is a brighter prospect to replace the tired tiger like Abdul Razaq( who has served Pakistan well). Last but not the least,get rid of ilyas"the selector"

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