Pakistan v England 2011-12 February 7, 2012

Awais Zia named in Pakistan T20 squad

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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.

"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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  • 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...

  • 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

  • fareeduetian12 on February 9, 2012, 17:56 GMT

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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 !

  • 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"

  • 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...

  • 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

  • fareeduetian12 on February 9, 2012, 17:56 GMT

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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 !

  • 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"

  • fareeduetian12 on February 9, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    pakistan's t20 side in the world cup should be

    1. hafeez. 2. imran nazir 3. umer akmal. 4. shahid afridi(captain). 5. shoaib malik. 6. kamran akmal. 7. Hammad Azam 8. Abdul razzak, 9. Umer gul. 10. saeed ajmal. 11. abdul rehman 12. Rana Naved 13. Wahab Riaz. 14. Awais zia 15. Ramiz raja junior

  • on February 9, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    I cant believe pakistanis are criticising MALIK, fantastic player play for his team always great record... Misbah is doing fantastic job for team MALIK has alot to give to PAKISTAN cricket though he had done some mistakes but still he deserves CHANCES. He has always been loyal to cricket atleast on ground!! So mah pakistani friends cheer for make him feel CONFIDENT.. Though i m INDIAN and i hate him for marrying SANIA but simply love his game and want to see old MALIK batting...

  • on February 9, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    Only the doubtful inclusion is of Azhar Ali,,, but over all great selection by selectors!! Best of luck for Pakistan Cricket Team!

  • shamlaatu on February 9, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    Let's hope Awais Zia becomes a successful opener to effectively put an to Imran Farhat's Int'l career once and for all !!!

  • on February 9, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Sadaf hussian is really talented left arm quick he should b included in pak team now along wid sharjeel khan and ahmed shehzad as well, thx

  • on February 8, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    players like shahzaib hassan,rameez raja, anwer ali,hammad azam,awais zia,sharjeel khan,sarfraz ahmed,ahmed shehzad,rahat ali,sadaf hussian,babar azam(u19),sami aslam(u19),saifullah bangash(u19),usman qadir(u19),raza hassan,nasir jamshed,naveed yasin ...........are the starzzzz of tommorow pakistan slectors should keep thier eyes on these players..........

  • shahid9522 on February 8, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    I find it funny that Our chief selector is keep on selecting Imran Farhat as an only opening partner of Hafeez in ODI, even if he fails there is no one in the squad to replace him. What a clever strategy.. Bravo Mr Ilyas

  • on February 8, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Imran Nazir is Pakistan's Irfan Pathan....he has a legendary following.....if you've seen him bat you would know why.....he uses his bat like a sword!

  • MuhammadIqbal on February 8, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    I dont think why we (Pakistan) is not giving chance to Wahab Riaz in test cricket ,Now he is clear from Spot fixing and he is far better than Azaz Cheema and Junaid Khan,if not perform then other can be given chances.

    In addition Adnan Akmal is a good wicket Keeper but in One day /T 20 chance must be given to Sarfraz Ahmed or others .By this we can create competition betweem keepers for getting good results and accommodate more players .

    Inclusion of Imran Farhat in One day and T20 squad is a bitter example of favoritism. Vice captaincy must also be given to Muhammad Hafiz as he has a good mind of cricket . He can get experience along with Misbah .

  • ExplicitPlatinum on February 8, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    @gimme-a-greentop Imran Nazir is playing domestic cricket. He is only good for T20 and has been inconsistent. To get him out, you need to be good at catching but Afridi is better than him and is in good form with the bat suprisingly so no need for him in my opinion.

  • on February 8, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    On future of Pakistan Batting... PCB can use this series win to great use by selling these Batsman (Azhar, Shafiq, Umar and Hafeez) to the County Cricket... This will build the well rounded team... You can be very talented but without playing County cricket non of the Asian players can play in away conditions. These batsmen are good enough to play international level (good temperament), all they need to learn is how to play in seam and swinging conditions... India is making a big mistake by having IPL at the time of County season... IPL is not a nurturing ground ( on the contrary it will opposite of that)... The value of IPL will go down over time since people are not fool, they want to see quality cricket...

  • zain-gee on February 8, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Remember guys ! Pakistan need agressive opening pair than Azhar / Asad not suitable, I prefer to take open with Shoaib Malik with Hafeez. while 3-seamers should be part bcs both ends use new ball & power play factor. Pls comment

  • gimme-a-greentop on February 8, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Can someone tell me whatever happened to Imran Nazir? Is he out of favour/dropped/still playing cricket? I remember he was, at one point, Pakistan's future ODI star, haven't even heard of him since the whole ICL thing...seems a pity, because he could really lace into bowlers...

  • CRICALLi on February 8, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    It is difficult to conceive dropping Azhar Ali ( in impeccable form) giving his match winning performance with Younis Khan when all other batsmen failed. His 157 was the highest individual score for the entire series-without which it would have been very difficult for Pakistan to whitewash England 3-0. I would open with him or Afridi along with Hafeez then #4-Younis, Umar Akmal, Misbah, Adnan Akmal, Malik/Rehman, Ajmal, Gul, Junaid(young,fast & Economical)

  • khurramsch on February 8, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    lets b realistic farhat will not be rested for atleast 1st 2/3 odis reason is no matter how much we hate him thing is that he has 3/4 40+ & 50+ scores in last 8 inings & if u see batting of whole team where nobody scored 100 durung that period he is doing fine. But maliks inclusion surely not good for hammad azam. maliks batting if he is inform very good but problem is he is a spinner, pak seriously need a medium pace allrounder that gives you more seamer options. Hamad should play but malik on requiest of misbah mean he will b there instead of Azam. i think hafez, farhat, younas,misbah,umar akmal, afridi , gul , ajmal will be sure if keeper then adnan if umar keeping in last games then asad for adnan & then allrounder hammad/malik (most chances malik) & 1 seamer whab/chema

  • on February 8, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    there is no need for shoib malik to be in the team in the presence of afridi and hafeez and as well as no need for imran farhat in the presence of hafeez,asad shafiq and azhar ali......kindly don,t destry yousaf and plz plz get him back.but for that he needs to be the damad(son in law)of chief selector m ilyas.my team for ODi ,hafeez,asad,younas,umar,misbah,hammad,afridi,wahab,gul,rehman,ajmal.good luck guys......

  • pak94fan on February 8, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    @Posted by Bruisers on (February 08 2012, 08:31 AM GMT).

    Gully cricket in India? lol, maybe you need to make them play for India then, before they get white-washed again... I agree though, Shoaib Malik has been unable to perform @ Intl level for quite a while, can't afford to give him more chances. Fawad Alam would be a better option but I think a fast-bowling all-rounder is required.. Razzaq would be my choice but since he's not playing, maybe Hammad Azam, though I have no clue about his batting. Out of this squad, my team would be: Hafeez, Farhat, Shafiq, Younus, Misbah, U. Akmal, Azam, Afridi, Wahab, Ajmal, Gul. Only picking Farhat as opener since there's no one else, but I believe Azhar should be groomed into one, he has the boundary hitting abilities, just needs to learn to rotate the strike... I also reckon Nasir Jamshed should be given more chances since he looks like one for the future... eventually when Misbah and Younus retire, I'd like to see Azhar and Shafiq take over.....

  • zaf100 on February 8, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    My playing eleven for 1st match is 1. Muhammad Hafeez, 2. Asad Shafiq, 3.Younis Khan, 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Misbah-ul-haq, 6. Shoaib Malik, 7. Shahid Afridi, 8. Wahab Riaz, 9. Umar Gul, 10. Abdur Rehman, 11. Saeed Ajmal, 12th man will be Hamad Azam. This is a very balanced side for the UAE conditions, we have five different types of spinners, batting line up to number seven and two different types of fast bowlers, only debate is shall we go with five spinners and two seamers or three seamers and four spinners in case of three seamers I will drop Abdur Rehman and select Hamad Azam that way we will strengthen our batting too. Good luck selectors and Pakistan.

  • on February 8, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Where is Rana Naveed-ul-Hasan, the leading wicket taker in Australian big bash http://www.bigbash.com.au/match-centre/series-stats

  • on February 8, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    mr. Brusiers is absolutely right regarding pathetic malik [who thinks he is best thing that has ever happened to mankind] destroyer of career of great yousf , this team is bound to be demolished ,as and when they will go off shores , as tuk tuk and mailk ,taufeeq walking wkt ,will disappear in deep gloam ,when they will face chin music in sa ,aus.so need of an hour is to find some good bowlers instead of below average guys like cheema , which will do no good to team ,and also include yousf in team .

  • on February 8, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    My team would be, 1) Hafeez 2) Asad 3) Younis 4) Misbah 5) Umar(wk) 6) Shoaib 7) Afridi 8) Wahab 9) Gul 10) Ajmal 11) Rehman

  • Proud_To_Be_A_Pakistani on February 8, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    I would prefer Azhar Ali as an opener in ODI's rather than the biased Chief selector's son-in-law Imran Farhat. Not much changes from the winning XI, just bring in "Boom Boom", Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz instead of Taufeeq, Rehman, Cheema, respectively. My playing XI would be: 1)Hafeez 2)Azhar 3)Younis 4)Asad 5)U.Akmal 6)Misbah 7)Afridi 8)Adnan 9)Wahab 10)Ajmal 11)Gul... COME ON BOYS, GO FOR THE KILL FOR THE REST OF THE SERIES...!!!

  • MeAsFan on February 8, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Oh God once again Imran Farhat is in the team, why PCB is not taking any action against Farhat Dad in Law for including him in the team in every series after regular failure. Farhat is taking place of deserving player like Nasir Jamshed, Zain Abbas, Ahemad Shehzad etc. who had perform better than Farhat in international and domestically . Sohaib Malik inclusion is very good decision by Misbah coz Malik is handy cricketer for ODI/T20. Pakistan have find one wicket keeper batsman; may be Rawalpandi's wk Jamal Anwar be good chooise coz he can get run quite quickly. My line up for ODI is 1.Hafeez, 2 A.Ali, 3.Y.Khan, 4.U.Akmal(wk), 5.Misbah, 6.Malik, 7.H.Azam, 8.S.Afridi, 9.W.Raiz, 10.U.Gul, 11.S.Ajmal

  • Bruisers on February 8, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Hahaha LOL. Pakistan selectors always make me LOL.. Shoaib Malik?? REALLY!!? Hahaha.. There are thousands of better batsmen than him playing gully cricket in India... LOL looks like Pak has run out of domestic talent.

  • makram on February 8, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    You cannot run a 400 meter race with marathon runners and vise versa. As a long term, Pakistan should build entirely a separate team for Test matches and the one dayers. or T20.

  • iftikhar93 on February 8, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    It would be interesting to see Zia as an opener in T20's. It seems that he'll perform because of his recent reputation as an aggressive batsmen. I've come to know from his profile that he belongs to the place which is just about 22km's away from my native home.

  • AmjadZork on February 8, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    I suppose Imran Nazir should have been given a chance in T-20 atleast. My playing XI: Hafeez, Awais, Younis, Misbah, Umar(wk), Asad, Afridi, Hammad,Gul, Ajmal, Wahab/Junaid.

  • Naffes on February 8, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    I want to know, why Imran Nazir has not selected...? Hope everybody know his batting average... He is the best player to One day & T20.. Shoaib malik is out of Form, He wants to persorm in nets, insead of watching Sanai's match in live, that too not winning...

  • on February 8, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    it is really a shame to add a player after the team has been announced. Pakistan's oldest problem to get add a player on telephone call of higher authorities.

  • on February 8, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    WHY IGNORING ABDUL RAZZAQ???

  • on February 8, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket Selection Comittee Should learn from Austrialian Board.In my view Imran Frahat & Shoiab Malik & Adnan Akmal are in for thier Relationship with PCB becuase these three are "Salay" of Chairman PCB. May I ask Selection Comitte Why Misbah request you for inclusion of Shoaib Malik. Where is Sarfaraz Ahmad, Shakeel Ansar, Sharjeel Khan, Imran Nazir etc. Ilyas should exluded from Chief Selector. We need honest players. dont need shoiab malik chawal & imran farhat Ghar damad, Adnan Akmal brother of great juwari

  • on February 8, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    shoaib malik is the most consistent and highest run scorer for pakistan in T20 im guessing thats why they picked him for the squad

  • on February 8, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    This type of selection, Pakistan never find a good batting line-up in ODI and T20. Nowadays chasing over 300 runs is very frequent. If pakistan will chase 300 runs or over 300 runs, how can chase it down with these batting line-up. I think it is time to find out great batsman like inzamam, mohamed yousuf, younis khan by introducing one new batsman in every tour or series. In 80s and 90s, Pakistan used to introduced a very young batsman in every tour or series, and thats why pakistan found some great batsman over that period. We are sure that imaran farhat, sohaib malik never be a great batsman by considering the performance they showed sofar. So why trying them again and again.

  • on February 8, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    One day and T20 is a luck game, not necessarily you perform well and win, but you always look into the weakness of opposition to make the most out of it.

  • faridkhan on February 8, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    a little off topic but i have a SERIOUS BEEF with the schedulers. why are most of these games on weekdays? do you REALLY expect to pull big crowds and have folks tune in across the globe on weekdays/weeknights. SERIOUSLY!

    now..regarding the team selection, enough with farhat plz!!!

  • ahmadz on February 7, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    why IMRAN FARHAT and SHOAIB MALIK??? please EXPLAIN! anyone.

  • explorer76 on February 7, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    Our focus should be on getting a set of specialized batsmen instead of collecting a set of batsmen who are OK batsmen and can also bowl. Sure a team which has hafeez, afridi and shoaib malik, will have lots of bowling options. However the first task of a batsman is to bat well so only those should be included who are good enough to be included based on their batting alone. Though afridi might have a case to be included as a specialized spinner. Selection for ODI batsmen will be tricky. For ODI we need batsmen like younis with good balance between defence and attack. We have many batsmen who are either too careful (misbah, azhar ali) or who lack the temperament for proper defence (afridi, umar akmal). Lets see what the final mix comes out to be.

  • AnotherCricketer on February 7, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    Play Awais first and try Imran Farhat as a last option. Well said, Hammad Azam didn't get an opportunity to prove himself and he deserves more time in the ODI squad.

  • BaigSaqib on February 7, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Malik may be a good spin bowling allrounder for the conditions particularly if Rehman is not in playing 11.

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on February 7, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    my playing XI for ODI - 1.Hafeez 2.Afridi 3.Yunus 4.Misbah(c) 5.Malik 6.Umar 7.Hammad 8.Adnan(w.k) 9.Riaz 10.Gul 11.Ajmal

    my playing XI for T20 - 1.Hafeez 2.Awais 3.Umar 4.Misbah(c) 5.Afridi 6.Malik 7.Hammad 8.Riaz 9.Gul 10.Ajmal 11.Junaid

  • donda on February 7, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Where is shoaib malik name in the squad. Cricinfo, could you please update the team correctly on this page. Malik is ex captain and deserve some respect.

  • on February 7, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    Get rid off old rusty imran farhat for God sake ..give Owais zia a chance ! he is terrefic talent ..

  • on February 7, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    I think most of the posters here has zero iota regarding cricket. They are talking about Imran Nazir who can't play spin and cant last for more than 10 overs(upmost). They want Sarfraz in place of Adnan, forgetting Safraz's dismal performance behind the stumps against Sri lanka and later followed up by the bat (for refreshing memories check out youtube videos for the record). S Malik got some wickets against SL on these same grounds so he can more than handy all rounder then Razzaq, provided he scores some runs. Razzzaq can be useful on non spinning pitches where he can swing his bat and can bowl reasonably. Hammad, good choice but against England, I will prefer experienced players anyways welcome aboard Hammad. Yeah agree here only, Imran Farhat dont deserve to be in and I am not sure Azhar is a right choice for ODIs and 20-20. My team 1) Hafeez 2) Imran (since he is in the team) 3) Asad 4) Misbah 5)Umer 6) Malik 7) Afridi 8)Hammad 9)Ajmal 10) Gul 11) Wahab Raiz/Cheema

  • cricket_pak419 on February 7, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    I think that pakistain selection team arre seriously stupid. Giving Mallick a chance AGAIN! he has been given the most chances then any cricketer in the world. He lost his talent over. Azhar Ali should not be used in odi format. Does any body remember fawad alam he was a great test player. Good luck Pakistan!

  • Zamana on February 7, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    I must compliment the selectors for showing consistency , dedication and commitment in selecting Imran Farhat ,yet again! It takes tremendous insight and instinct to recognize his talents. That is why he is the Chief Selector. He is only accountable to the other Gem we are so proud of . The historic victory by Misbah and Co. puts us in a conundrum. It emphasizes and highlights hard work, diligence, fortitude and merit as the path to success. Do not compromise these values and principles for short term gains and self interest, Mr. Chief Selector. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • on February 7, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Azhar Ali should be included in the ODIs as well. The Indians thought that Rahul Dravid was too slow for limited overs cricket but he still ended with 10,000 ODI runs , so we should never judge a player.......I do agree that there is no room for Shoaib Malik in this side.

  • on February 7, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    good to see Malik in but Razaq was required to in place of Imran Farhat

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on February 7, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    @ bulldawgs : i m totally agree with ur comment...plz PCB dont do this,this experiment cant work...AZHAR ALI has the best batting technique to play test cricket but if he plays limited overs format his technique will changed and he tries to play every ball with the bat in the test matches too for scoring quick runs which cause his wicket in cheap to opponent...ODI and TEST r 2 different things and the batting technique to play in both format r also different...so plz dont take risk coz AZHAR ALI should be a great test batsman in near future...inshaallah...!!!

  • Stark62 on February 7, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    What a disgraceful act from Misbah to call for Malik!!!!

    When Afridi asked to get rid off Ilyas because he kept selecting Farhat, everyone had a go at him and when he asked for more youngsters in the team; what does he get? Tanvir, Cheema, Younis, Misbah, Malik, Farhat etc.

    I would have understood had he wanted someone like Sadaf Hussain or Nasir Jamshed but Malik?!?! Please!

    Afridi should regain his post as the captain for ODI's and T20's because Misbah's tactics only work in Tests and that was proven last series when Afridi saved Pak more than once and even against Bangladesh.

  • on February 7, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Dear All Imran Farhat is son in law of Tauqeer Zia...That is why he gets selected every time. No other reason Shoaib Malik needs some games to perform as he is under pressure otherwise he is a match winner and lead Pakistan on Many occassions. In UAE, his track record is good i guess. THanks

  • ExplicitPlatinum on February 7, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Also to add... I'm sorry, but Hammad Azam's bowling is somewhat pathetic, yet, his batting is great. He needs to improve that bowling action to be a "solid allrounder". Just look at how he gets hit for boundaries.

  • Rexton87 on February 7, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    I agree whoelheartedly with those who are asking to bring Imran Nazir, an exceptional talent who is not given enough exposure grooming and chances. While others most notably Imran Farhat and Shoab Malik has innumerable chances even after poor to average performances,Imran Nazir has not been given so many chances,Why? Remember If Misbah was not given the chance for his third stint with Pakistan team he would not have the chance to show his talent and impact the cahnge in psyche of Pak team, cheers

  • on February 7, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    we want imran nazir back

  • on February 7, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    For God Sake, Bring Imran Nazir for Imran Farhat, why cant we see Imran Nazir in action again ?

  • on February 7, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    I don't no why the management like to keep on Imran Farhat in the side, how many time they will give him chance, it is better to some new emerging young player should be given chance for the coming world cup as they will be some senior players already on there retirement ages. The other thing only on the basis of once scoring 61 runs in a test Adnan is remain in the side. He drop easy catches in the crucial match and crying to much, Sarfraz is far better than Adnan or otherwise Umar Akmal is tried before he can keep wicket, and additional batter can be included in the side, Our tailnders are not doing in batting.

  • No1_Jon on February 7, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    @explicitplatinum I quite like the look of your starting lineup, the only thing ill add is to rotate either azhar with asad shafiq as the latter is also a handy player that needs to be groomed. malik should be treated as backup and farhat too, make them carry drinks and what not! Bring on the one dayers!

  • on February 7, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    i think he is best player of t20 cricketer and i believe if he got a chance in the playing eleven he should prove himself..best of luck awais

  • on February 7, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Oh all of you Imran Nazir lovers, STOP! Be for real. The guy had enough opportunities to prove himself. All he does is tries to bash everything. It worked initially, but now with the aid of technology, teams scout each opposing player and his weaknesses. It is for this reason only that Pakistan, very wisely, stopped sending Afridi to open the batting. They realized that the teams have exploited Afridi's weakness of fast and short deliveries (which of course are at a much faster pace with the new ball). Anyway, here are my XI : HAFEEZ, AZHAR ALI, YUNUS, UMAR AKMAL, MISBAH, HAMMAD, AFRIDI, RIAZ, REHMAN, AJMAL & GUL. Yes, please give Azhar Ali an opportunity. With his current form and probably the most sound technique of the current players, he deserves it. What that will also do is stable the ship if we lose wickets. You have to play four spinners against england the way they have been playing on this tour. Akmal as a keeper lets you do so. :) Plus, tail is not long anymore.

  • on February 7, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Adding Shoaib Malik is a bad idea. He was the main reason for the infighting within the team, not to mention his poor poor form sice one year. Give Adnan a rest and focus on Umar Akmal.

  • on February 7, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    True that malik has not performed well in batting in the last year, yet he is a nice bowler and delivered in bowling whenever required. Apart from this, he is best fielder in the side. Consistently performing in the domestic season. Whenever he comes in team, he tries to play for team right from the first ball he faces. Does not like to go for personal records. Lets support him. I doubt, some people dont like him because his team Sialkot Stallions beats every year the teams from big cities in domestic seasons.

  • jeetkaigeo on February 7, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Azhar Ali in ODI's...Then expect 50 runs in 50 overs....

  • on February 7, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    imran farhat your uncle Mr.ILYAS(Chief Selector) loves u so much he loves u more than game, pakistan,of talented openers in pakistan, cricket lovers acros the Pakistani ,more than his self respect,more than merit and honesty..............

  • on February 7, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Pathetic chief selector , Abdul Razzaq is fit playing big bash in australia , n dont tell me big bash is not as competative as intl cricket!

  • on February 7, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Y Malik? he has done nothing

  • on February 7, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    WE WANT IMRAN NAZIR !!!!! A TALENT BEING WASTED !!! HE DESERVES ANOTHER CHANCE !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wanter on February 7, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    WE WNT TO IMRAN NAZIR AT THE PLAZE OF IMRAN FARHAT ,FARHT PLYD LAST MANY MATCHS BT HE COULD NOT GIVE GOOD PRFORMNC

  • wanter on February 7, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    MISBAH SHOULD GIVE CHANCE TO SHAHID AFRIDI TO DO OPNING WITH MD HAFEEZ ND SELECTION IS NOT WELL IN 20 TWENTY WE LOOK TO IMRAN NAZIR HE IS OUT STADING PLYR SO SLCTR HAVE TIME TO SELECT TO IMRAN NAZIR ND DROP TO IMRAN FARHAT .

  • on February 7, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Why Shoaib Malik, and why at the request of the captain??? :((.. Malik has not performed in more than a year, and was main reason behind infighing within pakistan camp. Let's not destroy a well built team by favoritism... Another youngster could have been given chance instead!

  • avmd on February 7, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    I'm all for inclusion of young players but can someone tell me on what ground Hamad Azam has been included. How did he perform in recent QA trophy. He is neither a baseman and nor a bowler. How many wickets has he taken and how many runs has he scored in recent games. I good performance in under 19 cricket 2 years ago should not make him a place in national team. Also , I was also a fan of Imran Nazir, but he is history now, just look at his performance in recent years, nothing much to talk about. Razaaq is only good for domestic 20/20 competition, not for international cricket anymore.

  • cricket_fan_1980 on February 7, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Boom Boom is back! Always fun to see Afridi put on a show in these two formats. Imran Farhat should be sacked for Imran Nazir. Shoaib Malick? hmm...

  • on February 7, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    why shoiab malik getting so many chances? BECAUSE of SANIA MIRZA?????????????????LADY LUCK.....huhhhhhhhh

  • AP_88 on February 7, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Good selections on the whole - only contention being Imran Farhat, he has never consistently performed on the international circuit despite being given numerous opportunities. It may have been good to give Nasir Jamshed / Ahmed Shehzad a go! I think Hammad Azam is a really good selection and we should try and groom him into a fast bowling all rounder, something we are desperately lacking!

    My team for the ODIs will be: 1. Hafeez, 2. S. Malik, 3. Y. Khan, 4. M. Haq, 5. A. Shafiq, 6. U. Akmal (wk), 7. S. Afridi, 8. H. Azam, 9. W. Riaz, 10. U. Gul, 11. S.Ajmal - this gives us good bowling options (3 seamers + 4 spinners), and a strong batting lineup as well

  • Zahidsaltin on February 7, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Adnan Akmal should at least be taken off the T20 shelf. Let Umar do the job.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 7, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    ON WHAT GROUNDS did Misbah ask for Shoaib Malik. Only because he is doing good as captain does not mean that he should be free to do favours. WHY is imran Farhat in all forms of the game when he doesn't deserve to be in even one format. This personal favours should stop if want to build a team. ZAKA ASHRAF should fire Mohammad Ilyas only to get rid of Imran Farhat. He is just there in all squads for the sake of earnings. JUST NOTE that all fans are united to get rid of Shoaib and Imran Farhat.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on February 7, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    This squad looks like a great improvement but is definately not perfect at all. Imran Farhat is a walking wicket and I feel that Umar Akmal should be treated like A B Devilliers (Keeping and batting) to squeeze in another player. You lot overrate Imran Nazir, I would reccommend him in T20 only. Junaid Khan NEEDS to be groomed properly and Aizaz Cheema isn't a good prospect. Gul, Riaz and Junaid are the best pace pair. Putting Azhar in the ODI's is a BIG PLUS as he can be the future Younis Khan with Younis himself supporting him. The best ODI squad is 1.) Hafeez 2.) Azhar 3.) Younis 4.) Umar Akmal (WK) 5.) Misbah 6.) Hammad 7.) Afridi 8.) Riaz 9.) Gul 10.) Ajmal 11.) Junaid. I'm sure you lot cannot beat this squad. The top order is solid to build, the middle has Umar and Misbah and Afridi can explode with Hammad while Riaz can contribute himself along with Ajmal. Tell me what you guys think about this and respond back.

  • jeetkaigeo on February 7, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    The only selection that I strongly disagree is the inclusion of Imran Frahat. He is there just because of his relation to chief selector of Pakistan (Muhammad Ilyas) otherwise he should not be in odi squad... His actual place is in domestic cricket ...

  • Teefy1 on February 7, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Overall decent job by the normally crazy selectors. Team based in Dubai means they need to cut costs and overlap players and have continuity. A blessing in disguise. We actually have a nice problem in this squad for once - who to drop? Anyone calling for has-been players like Imran Nazir or Shoaib Malik are buried in rabbit hutches. Personally I would give Umar Akmal the gloves to play an extra bowler. Ajmal, Rehman, Afridi and Hafeez should have England facing enough challenges. Horses for courses. Play Azhar Ali as opener is an option? Hafeez, Ali, Younus, Misbah, Shafiq, Umar, Afridi, Rehman, Gul, Wahab/Cheema/Hammad (whoever!!!), Ajmal. This way we bat down to 7/8 which is important in ODIs.

  • on February 7, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    plaese give one more chance for imran nazir he is good player odi and t20 match

  • wnwn on February 7, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Imran Nazir's ODI average is 24 which is good enough for Bangladesh but not Pakistan. Shoaib Malik might play if England struggle against spin and he made 60 in his last first class match a few days ago.

  • zaheerabbas151 on February 7, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Mr. Zaka Ashraf - Please think about Imran Nazir and Don,t Waste him. He is Very Good Limited Over Batsman. Please give him a chance instead of Imran Farhat. He is unable to justify it self.

    Thanks

    Zaheer

  • on February 7, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    my team for one day is 1)Hafeez 2) imran Farhat 3)Younis Khan 4) asad shafiq 5) Misbah-ul-Haq (cap) 6) Umar Akmal (wk) i think he can wel 7) Shahid Afrid 8)Hammad Azam 9) Umar Gul 10) Aizaz Cheema 11)Saeed Ajmal

  • Love-Pak on February 7, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    ODI and T 20 teams selection showing biasand injustice once again. Why Shoab Malik? on what basis Misbah requested him to be in the side after so many chances given to him and he failed in all of them? Azhar Ali don't belong to limited over game, his strick rate is around 30 even in the Test matches. Why Misbah is still Captain of ODI and T20? he is getting slower and slower in his batting. Why Fawad Alam and Sarfraz Ahmed once again left out? Sohail Khan have always performed well on domestic level in limited overs game, why he was not given a chance? Asad Shafiq must be in playing eleven, no one can forget how well he have played in last world cup. People may don't agree with me in that but Misbah is not a good fit for limited over games even as a player, time will show about this very quickly. Shahid Afridi should be the captain for both ODI and T20. Misbah should be the captain for test matches. look around the world, most of the teams have different captain for limited over games.

  • on February 7, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    In My opinion pakistan should look for Imran Nazir in T 20 he shud get a chance also in ODI they shud try Naseer jamshed bcoz imran farhat is not so impressive after getting to much chances ....

  • on February 7, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Imran Farhat is simply rewarded for being the son in law of Chief Selector Ilyas, otherwise nor his domestic neither international stats justify his place in the team..

  • on February 7, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Shoib Malik? What has he done to be recalled? What a waste of space and time this guy is but tbh the reason behind his selection is not him but his wife. Misbah and team would love her being there with them.

  • zaids on February 7, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    if they want to do white wash in odi they have play with this team and batting order...............1.MOHAMMED HAFEEZ.2.SHOAIB MALIK.3.ASAD SHAFEEQ.4.AZHAR ALI.5.YOUNUS KHAN.6.UMAR AKMAL.7.MISBAH UL HAQ.8.SHAHID AFRIDI.9.SAEED AJMAL.10.UMAR GUL.11.WAHAB RIAZ......THIS IS THE GOOD TEAM...SHOAIB MALIK IS BETTER THAN FARHAT AND HE IS GOOD OPEN THE BAT........AND WAHAB RIAZ IS GOOD ON 11 COZ HE CAN BAT GOOD..........SURE U WIN PAK IF U PLAY WITH THIS TEAM

  • on February 7, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Now England will whitewash Pakistan in ODIs....

  • Fawwad_Siddiqui on February 7, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    I would back Hammad Azam instead of Abdur razzak...he is continously declining...and we need replacement for him for the next world cup...and I would back Nasir Jamshed and prefer him on Imran Farhat...a total waste As for imran nazir...he was talented...but ruined...and Its better to move on and trying finding new Blood...whom, if inducted in the side can atleast serve for Ten years...keep the age factor in mind guys

  • on February 7, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Why Shoaib Malik is in after the anouncment of team ? Did anybody make a call or there any solid reason behind this ?

  • on February 7, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    awias zia is very good.Batsman i like him because he is hard hitter.

  • Dr_Nasir.. on February 7, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    In all these comments i have noticed one thing that every one is critising the selection of imran farhat...but they dont think he is the son in law of chief selectr..MR ilyas select him in the team just for money and team winning bonus....every time he is the part of test nd ODI team but he only play ODI....very poor selection...... whole pakistani nation and this time even zardari knows that there is no place for farhat in the team...

  • on February 7, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Odi X1: M. Hafeez-A Zia-U Akmal-Y.Khan-Afridi-Misbah-A.Akmal-W.Riaz-U Gul-A Revmam-S Ajmal.. T20 X1 M Hafeez(C)-A Zia-Boom Boom Afridi- U Akmal-H Azam-A Shafiq-A.Akmal-W Riaz-U Gul-A Rehman- S Ajmal pak win odi 3-1 and t20 2-1 ;) innshallah!

  • zawais on February 7, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Picking shoaib malik at the request of misbah should have a good xplanation, he should justify his place in the side if picked in the remaining 11......

  • salman_0902 on February 7, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    I think people who are commenting here have not read the article. they just read the names of the players. people are asking for Razzaq even though clearly written he is not fit. people are happy that Shoaid Malik is not in the side. even though he is included.

  • salman_0902 on February 7, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Afridi is the Star of cricket. He showed against Sri Lanka what he can do. when the Sri Lankan commentator said Not even prayers can do something now. He single handedly took the challenge and won the match for Pakistan. People who don't like him. Should stop watching Pakistan cricket.

  • anjum1980 on February 7, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    i just have one question fOR the managment and selectors hope they can answer: why is there is no IMRAN NAZIR and if Imran Farhat can have a place in the squad then i am sure IMRAN NAZIR SHOULD BE GIVEN A GO HE IS AN OUTSTANDING PLAYER BEING OVER LOOKED AND WASTED ?

  • anjum1980 on February 7, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    WE WANT IMRAN NAZIR !!!!! A TALENT BEING WASTED !!! HE DESERVES ANOTHER CHANCE !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • doctornikki on February 7, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Good to see azhar ali in odi.he should open with hafeez..awais zia is also good..Imran farhat represents the real sifarish culture and loss of moral courage in pakistan..everybody knows chief selector is his father in law and he gets selected because of him but nobody dares to speak against it except afridi...such a shame..because of farhat we r losing openers like Ghumman, A.Shehzad,Afaq Raheem and nasir jamshed...what a shame...

  • on February 7, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Imran nazir is better option than imran farhat for T20 squad..

  • on February 7, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Although Imran Farhat is my Teacher's son but id disagree with his selection. Awais Zia in good induction. Although Abdul Razaq is devastating but its good to give him time for rehabilitation from his shoulder injury. Azhar Ali should retain in ODI"s 11 otherwise there is no use of selecting him instead fresh blood should be introduced for him

  • maqk on February 7, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Imran Nazir should get in, Fawad ALam deserves a chance as well, he is a gem, just some1 needed to polish him

  • bulldawgs on February 7, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Azhar Ali is a class batsman. Selectors should just have him focus on Tests. ODI will ruin his temperament if he tries to score fast or ruin his confidence if he is not able to.

  • satish619chandar on February 7, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Afridi and Hafeez really give Pakistan a huge edge when it comes to limited overs cricket.. Umar Akmal can handle the gloves and provide one more option in the batting department.. Farhat didn't perform as bad as expected in last series.. Not sure whether he need to be replaced.. But Imran Nazir could have been a better addition in atleast T20 matches.. Waiting to see Wahab play.. 3 seamers(Gul,Cheema and Wahab) with Ajmal could be the attack as they have Afridi and Hafeez in spin too..

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    This is crazy selection , how long will we keep on trusting Imran Frahat ??? But thank God Shoaib MAlik & Sohail Tanveer aren't part of team anymore ..Big sigh of relief !

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    shame on chief selector shame on zaka ashraf shama on imran farhat

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    looks like a good squad but i think there is no place in the team for imran farhat we should try a new opener with Hafeez.my team for first odi is Hafeez,Asad shafiq,younus,umar akmal,Misbah,shahid afridi,Hammad Azam,Adnan akmal,Wahab riaz,umar Gul,Saeed ajmal

  • touqeer777 on February 7, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    There is different criteria for malik and farhat.If Malik is not selected because of form why Farhat is in all team.reason is simple son in law of chief selector.what zaka ashraf is doing in this nepotism.I m really happy to see Hammad Azam,he is great talent but so for neither afridi nor misbah used him properly.Azhar ali is good replacement for younus khan in future.In place of farhat,they should select Shahzad/sharjeel/afaq raheem/Nasir Jamshed.Rawalpindi Ram Keeper Jamal Anwar is very good keeper,he should be included in T20 team.

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    cheif selector ilyas mehmood is father in law of imran farhat so dont b surprized to see farhat in all formats.. shame on u ilyas

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    why there is Imran Farhat...!!!

  • Ammar1234 on February 7, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    My odi line up no Adnan and Imran they cant bat Hafeez Azhar YK Umar Akmal (WK) Misbah Shafiq/ hammad azam Gul Ajmal Afridi Junaid Khan Abdur rehman

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    For all of those who don't want the inclusion of imran farhat must be informed before the ODIs is that MR. Farhat will defenately going to make in the playing eleven as he is in the team purely because his father in law who is also the chairman selector Mr. Illiyas. Because of Mr. farhat, Nasir Jamshead, Azeem guman are not being provided the chance....

  • mansoor777 on February 7, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Shoiab Malik should take retirement . Will be Good ODI Series

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    I thought Mohammed Khalil was in the ODI squad???

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    i agree with khalid jamil . but what Imran Farhat doing in T20 team?

  • zesh92 on February 7, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    all those people who are saying that imran nazir should be in the team should tell me any reasons hes not performing in domestic curcuit so why. and there are few who raising eye brows over afridi selection must ask queries form themselves he is the most consistent bowler in the last couple of years for pakistan. & for w/K neither adnan akmal deserves a place nor sarfraz ahmed there is a young w/k batsman of rawalpindi and he is jamal anwar he is a good one day and t20 batsman.and selection of owais zia is good for t20 and all those who dont know why razzak is there cuz he is injured as per by cheif selector.

  • Waqasahmed92 on February 7, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Sad comments by some very strange people, either way I am backing the selectors on this squad selection... Come on guys...reallly, before the start of this series a few of these same people said that rehman would not even get a single wicket on the tour let alone five and to those same people, look at where he is standing now and look at all you folks still critisizing with your same old lives..sadness to know end. The Selectors are the basis of why Pakistan performed so well and if any of these individuals have seen the news then to their knowledge Razzak is out because he did not pass the fitness test otherwise there is no reason why he would be dropped, go watch some news. Regading why Nazir, Sarfarz, et al din't get selected is because they either lack the mental toughness or are probably tried and tested sample of those players who have preceded them in the same manner and style. Have a little faith guys and lets c what happens, if we lose then start critiszing before that ENJOY.

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    no one is even talking about sarfaraz ahmed, so sad...

  • tanvir1974 on February 7, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    i dont like this type of selection for T20 need to give chance to some youngsters instead of these old test players for T20. and in ODI too need to have few new faces instead of imran farhat and company.azhar ali can open the inings and umar akmal can become on onedown that will be nice experiment for ODI AND TEST.

  • HamzaAftab on February 7, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Good selection. some people think that Afridi have no place in the team. infact they dount know ABC of circket. Razzak and Shoaib Malik have no place in team. The time of Razzak has gone. I think Imran farth has no place in the team. he is there just becasue of Mr Ilyas.any way good balance side.

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Azhar Ali shouldnt in the ODIs too. Awais Zia should have been given more time to spend with the team. Ramiz Raja (Jr) should also be given more chances. Now is the time to give more chances to good players because the confidence is high.

  • Waqasahmed92 on February 7, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    I am very disappointed with some of the comments here, firstly to all my pakistani fellow countrymen... These selections are made by individuals who have devoted their lives to the Pakistani cricket and whatever they make should be accepted by the common people whos knowledge is probably limited by the sources of media. These selectors know the game and individuals inside out. Their mental toughness, thier fitneess and many other factors are considered when making selections while some player's records are better than other their temprament or playing style would not have suited the conditions that they are going to play in UAE. (I am not a 100 % sure of this as well but by far this is the most logical reasoning I can come up with). The only selection that I can say was not done on merit is probably of Imran Farhat, even though he is a good batsmen (apart from his association with any slection commity member) I think that he lacks the mental toughness and technique to perform here.

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    can pakistani selectors answer the simple question and give a one gud reason that kept Mr. Imran Faraht in the Squad.. hasnt been able to score a century he is not the hard hitter of the bowl ,, he is not sweet timer of the ball, see his average then compare it with the International Average of Nasir Jamshed Imran nazir they are far far better opener then him. and in modern cricket you need to have one agrassive opnening batsman on the top if one is rotating the strike and imran farhat cant perform either of them... anyways his father inlaw is the king of Jungle...

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Thanks God...there is no Shoaib Malik...

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Sigh! One more comment lamenting the absence of Imran Nazir or questioning the presence of Afridi, and I will probably begin rooting for the moderators to have more discretionary powers on what gets through to the comment board.

    Notable absence if any is that of Azeem Ghumman, a young gun we need to start grooming in the big league.

    How on earth people fail to understand the importance of Afridi's 10 overs is simply beyond me! But what is more baffling is this grossly misplaced faith in selfish have beens like Imran Nazir by the fans, and in Imran farhat by the selectors.

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    This Yasir,, i just have one question from the managment and selectors hope they can answer: why there is no Nasir jamsehd? Imran Nazir ,, and what Mr Imran Farhat Doing there ...?

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Why Sialkot Keeper Shakeel Ansar is brought up..?? Adnan is not even able to play in pakistan A team.... why he is in ODI squad....Poor Selection......

  • cricket0007 on February 7, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    no shoaib malik?? yaaaaay :D finally he is not in the team and those who r complaining y imran nazir is not in the team.. can u people tell what has he done to be in the team?? he is a complete failure!!! and yes adnan akmal is faaaaaaar better keeper than sarfraz ahmed.. in the last series where sarfraz played he dropped so many straight forward catches and missed number of stumpings .. and he is a pathetic batsman . and still people come up in his favour .. very strange

  • sallo.rajput on February 7, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    why imran farhat is here he has only one qualification CHIEF SELECTOR. he has an average of only 10 in 7 T20

  • Behind_the_Wicket on February 7, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Very Bad Team Selection by PCB Selectors.Rent a mind from Mohammad Hafeez or Misbah.Pakistan is going to lose now.it's my prediction.

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Looks like an excellent squad..Although Abdul Razzaq should`ve been a part of this..Raza hassan is also a great player for the future but there`s no space for any spinner now..Playing 11 should be_Hafeez and Zia,Younis,Umar Akmal(keeping wickets),Shafiq,Misbah,Afridi,Hammad Azam,Ajmal,Rehman,Gul..This would be good as there`s a,of more strength in batting and bowling department looks great..

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    @Adil Kkan Agree fully with your comment.

  • Salu3178 on February 7, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    i fail to understand why Imran Farhat and Asad Shafiq in the T20 squad , we should have Younas Khan and Razzaq in there and in one days squad to we don't need Imran farhat, Nasir Jamshaid or Shahzaib Hasan are better options and once again there should be one player between Asad or Azhar Ali and Razzaq should be there

  • Dannymania on February 7, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    I dont really know Awaiz zia.But i believe that if they included him in the t20 squad,he must be good.Its not probable that he'll get to play though.He might get a chance in the third t20 if pakistan win the series 2-0.but its always a good experience to be with the team.younis retired from t20s so people who're naming him the the t20 team should rethink.faranian's team is very good,i like it.but younis cant be here,he retired.

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Really sad about Abdul Razzaq, I think in past decade he won dozens of matches for pakistan. But no respect really sad. He is 100 times better allrounder than afridi. Probably second best allrounder after great imran khan.

    Best wishes for Awais zia and hammad azam.

  • Dannymania on February 7, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    @answering the critics of Hammad Azam..Azam has been included in the team because he is the ONLY good and fast bowling allrounder in the country who has the talent in him to play in the national team.Pakistani team misses people like Azhar Mahmood,Abdul Razzaq,Imran khan etc..We need a fast bowling true allrounder in the team.Pakistani team is playing well right now but they've played in favourable conditions.That being said,i really think that Pakistan have it in them to compete with the home teams in Australia,Southafrica and England.This team has already won in newzealand.But,one true fast bowling allrounder is mandatory.it adds so much to the team.

  • viqas7 on February 7, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Its realy assamed on selection of team. umer ameen again ignored and Mr. Illas always ignore marit and select imran farahat his son-in-law.and 3 to 4 new player should be inducted in team because team pakistan is winning and new player can easily adjust themselves in these boosted conditions and finaly i request to Mr. Zaka who is known by his good managment plz pay attention toward selection thanks

    Waqas Asghar Advocate Gujrat

  • WildAmigo on February 7, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Guys! Chill Abdur Razzaq is now a T20 Player his ODI career is over he should be selected. Imran Nazir is overrated he hasn't done well in International Arena. Probably if his father in law was a cheif selector Imran Nazir will be playing Like Imran Farhat.

  • mazhar1 on February 7, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    They have got the wrong Imran again .. its Nazir we want! its crazy to carry on picking Frahat.. i am sure his mum and dad love him .. and he is probably a nice guy.. but as far as our team is concerned ...NO! Razzaq has been a great servant but i think it its right to move on and look to the future hence Hammad should be given a long stint in the team .. he has all the attributes and should be given time. no need for Adnan akmal.. umar is more than good enough to keep in the shorter form of the game

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    SAD to see imran nazir not in. The team he, Atleast after slow batting in tests we can see some fireworks...

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Hafeez and Zia nice combination both of them are quite allegiant player at the front foot.

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    where is abdur razzaq??? and imran nazir should be given a chance in t20..stupid selections..

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    @ Shakeel Taj... We also love imran nazir. But, our chief selector is real father in law of Imran Farhat... So, you can say that here is perfect example of nepotism. Abdul Razzaq is also inconsistent in his performances. But, surely we are also missing Nasir Jamsheed. Who is showing regular performances in the domestic games. Unfortunately, he hasn't any father in law under his hood... :(

  • MHZ14 on February 7, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Not a bad selection at all ... and all of those commenting Y Awais Zia inteam they should please follow some T20 cricket .. he scored 2-3 centuries in SAARC u25 tournament and as far as A Razzaq goes he was quite poor even in Aus t2o tournament And @Shaikh Rabi ... LOLZ :p Afridi dont deserve to be in TEAm ????????? when u last watched a match man ... i just cant believe u wrote this ... he was so brilliant in last two series ... and and WC before that ...

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Shakh rabi i think you don,t have enough cricket knowledge or you are not following cricket afridi is a great player he always perform and every match with bowling batting and fielding he was man of the series against Sari lanka and most wicket taker in world cup and second in 2011 so what you need more from him????????

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Hello evry buddy. If abdul razaq was in the squad it was realy win for pakistan. He has owne presher in england team

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    good pick by the selectors except farhat but he cannot be out of the team and we all know the reason.just want that hammad should play all the matches in this series.

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Good selection IMO.. i'm happy to see again Hammad hazam back in team.. he is real deal I'm sure he will justify his slecetion this time around... didnt know abt Zia hope he will handy... Razaq is injured and Imran nazir not even performing good in domestics t20 how on earth he will be selected.. ? and what is Azher ali doing in odis ? he cant place a ball for single run, he will be epic fail in odis if he selected for playing eleven...

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    This is taking embarrassing proportions! Its about time Imran Farhat speaks up and shows he is man enough to say he is not available for selection any more and he does not want to keep occupying a slot for another deserving opening batsman. Otherwise there is no way the current chairman of selector, Muhammad Ilyas who also happens to be Farhat's father in law. I can't believe people can be as shameless as these two are. What has Farhat actually done EVER in his career to ensure that he is indispensable for this team come what may?

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Imran Nazir should be added to this squad.

  • Stark62 on February 7, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Adnan and Farhat again?!?!

    HOW MANY TIMES!!!!

    Adnan is rubbish and Mohammad Rizwan should have been given a chance because his perfect for ODI's, T20's and will soon be ready for Tests too plus, Nasir Jamshed should have been given a chance instead of Farhat.

    Also, Younis is NOT an ODI player. Should have picked SADAF HUSSAIN instead of that old man Cheema.

    My XI: Hafeez, Azhar, Umar (wkt), Shafiq, Misbah (cpt), Afridi, Hammad, Riaz, Gul, Ajmal, Rehman/Junaid

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    exclent selection by the selectors. I kno the win has also given the selectors the courage to discard the olds against new blood. And this is the rule of win. Well done PCB and Selectors. Wish misbah and pak team best of luck. Go ahead we are with u.

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Excellent squad but few things to mention. Why IMRAN FARHAT is always in the squad ? Inclusion of HAMMAD AZAM is excellent, but some pakistani fans here are against his selection. Have u seen his performance in last Under 19 world cup.If no then u should better ask Sanjay manjreker who was the commentator in that world cup. His technique, temperament, shot selection is excellent against all kind of bowlers. Dont mention here the domestic record. Our domestic is worst in all over the world.Exclusion of ABDUL RAZZAK is excellent , his fielding and bowling is very poor. Although his batting is good but i have a question for some Razzak fan's, When was the last time Razzak performed after his outstanding innings against SA in UAE ? Inclusion of WAHAB RIAZ is excellent, he is the best bowler after UMER GUL. He should play in first ODI. I am also against the selection of ABDUL REHMAN, he is a test bowler, not a limited over expert. YASIR SHAH should be there in replace of ABDUL REHMAN.

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Why Adnan Akmal is in the squad ? His batting is very poor, Sarfraz Ahmed should be there . I dont understand why selectors pick ADNAN AKMAL. Although he is a good wicketkeeper but not a batsman.

  • acif467 on February 7, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    ahhhhhhhhh... very poor selection if we see imran farhat. he is in the team for nothing. he did nothing. he is doing nothing and will not do anything. ahhhhh. the team is balanced otherwise. good about awais and hammad. please get rid of imran farhat. he has nothing to be right for team pakistan. WE ARE READY FOR ANOTHER GREEN WASH.... be ready. I LOVE U TEAM PAKISTAN. BEST WISHES. JUST DO IT. AS ITS TIME TO MAKE IT AGAIN. MILLIONS OF PAKISTANIES ARE PRAYING FOR U...

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Glad to see Pakistan's "Golden Boy" Imran Farhat in both squads....Teflon Farhat has survived continuous batting failures, captains and boards....who needs ability when your father in law is the chief selector….

  • Meesum27 on February 7, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    I agree that Nasir Jamshed should have been picked ahead of Awais Zia. There is no place for Imran Farhat.. Here is my team for first ODI..

    1) Prof. Hafeez 2) Asad Shafiq 3) Younis Khan 4) Umar Akmal 5) Misbah-ul- Haq 6) Hammad Azam 7) Shahid Afridi 8) Adnan Akmal 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Umar Gul 11) Wahab Riaz.

    Also we need a better wicket keeper batsman moving forward.

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    a friend writes about shahid afridi that he should not be in team, i suppose that if Misbah is captan of team and why not Shahid afridi in team, i suggest that this friend does not know about Cricket and Shahid afridi plays very well against all teams and when your fielders don't support to him and drop catches what he do???????????????????

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Fine Team for ODI n T20..... But Shocking news is that.... Selector are not thinking About T20 world cup...

  • ICCexpert.... on February 7, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    and please spoil Azhar Ali, he is not a one day player, let him concentrate on tests. Where is talented Rameez Raja (Jr) why is only given one or two chances while as Imran Farhat has been given dozens of chances.....? Can the chief selector Ilyas the father in law of Farhat answer this question please?

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    1-hafeez 2-umar 3-younis 4-misbah 5-asad 6-hammad 7-afridi 8-riaz 9-abdul rehman 10-saeed 11-gul

    .......IF SOMEBODY HAVE COURAGE & ENOUGH BOLD DECISION TO DO LIKE THIS IN ODIs...!!

  • ICCexpert.... on February 7, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Dont understand why Awais Zia is only for T20's and not for onedayers ? the only reason is bcoz Ilyas the chief selector doesnt want competition for Imran Farhat as he is his father in law. we all know pakistan's probelm is the opening batsmen, we have Sharjeel khan also, both Awais Zia and Sharjeel are very talented aggressive openrs like Adam Gilchrist, why not give them chance, Awais Zia was the man of the tournament in thelast T20 Faysal cup and he scored 2 centuries in Uuder 25 Saarc tournament, one in the final and one against India recently.

  • Hamzaad on February 7, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Look at Imran Farhat playing only because father in law is chief selector, that's some thing to be ashamed of :P Ilyas Butt u didnt look at Nasir Jamshed, Imran Nazir, khalid Latif etc ........shame on u

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    I still do not get the fact that on what basis are all these guys being selected, what the hell has PCB done to Sohail Khan they only shuv him in the domestic leagues and pretty much do not present on the International Arena to be honest PCB r number one when it comes to waste talent. Pakistan did not utilise Wahab Riaz even once during the test series they throw it onto Umar Gul and Aizaz Cheema's shoulders but for how long? we seriously need a strong quartet of Genuine Express Pace bowlers in my opinion for the ODIs it should be Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Sami and Aizaz Cheema give Umar Gul a series rest and bring him back for 2 T20i simple as that and use all rounders like Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq seriously needs to look into this alongside the senior authorities and the players

  • Baber_Baloch on February 7, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    why always imran ferhat in....?????????he has no performance Khudhra give chance to Imran nazir..he is specilalist of T20 aslo i belive he can do better in onedays.good luck Pakistan

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    The genius of Imran Farhat. Imran Farhat is our lucky charm by the way. His selection has nothing to do with his father-in-law being the Chief Selector

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Gud to see Awais zia in the team...dropping razzaq is always a risk..he should hv been included in d t20s atleast...Hammad azam didn't really performed that well in d last w-i tour..Anyways best of luck to Pak cricket team...

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    The selectors are narrow minded here.. Why has been Razzaq dropped? He is a dangerous hitter down the order and has won many matches for Pakistan. Dissapointed at the way Pakistan have handled Razzaq. If given a chance, any country would automatically pick him in the playing 11.

  • nomiravian on February 7, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Shakeel,we also want imran nazir back in squad but u know imran farhat's father in law is d chairman of selection committee at dis time....so why would he not pick his daughter's husband???hehe......Whereas imran nazir has performed in domestic cricket but not to d extent to be selected.......Now abdul razzak is not in d squad bcoz of his injury....otherwise he had to be there.....

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Finally Sohail Tanveer & A.Razzaq are dropped.

  • ghaurix on February 7, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    for all those whoz opposing this selection: awais zia is really a hard hitte and u ppl will see he will prove this in upcoming odi series. he need an agressive opener who can put pressure on the opposition from the start. and hez the one who can do it. hammad azam is really a good allrounder, he are in need of a good allrounder who can bat well and bowls a medium fast, i dun think after razzaq we produced such an allrounder, he deserves this chance cz we have to think of long run... imrat farhat is the only doubt in squad though he performed well against srilanka as per his class, but his past record suggests that his carrer is over.

  • Morfi on February 7, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Razzaq????? Is he injured or just dropped for form? cant sideline a class player on form alone.... hope he is back soon... and Thank God they had sense not to include Shoaib Malik... the greatest conspirator!!

  • Badreshian on February 7, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Positive step.... Hammad Azam a talent with big heart should be groomed into a key team player... Could be a future Abbul Razzaq or may be better than him as he is very good fileder (which Razzaq is not), could be consistant in batting by doing average 30 in every mach (which Razzaq is not, thoug a greater hitter once in form on the day) and is very energic bowler (which Razzaq has lost these days).... Sorry for Razzaq's fans... Am also a great admirer of Razzaq... but this is how life goes on... Razzaq can perform once in every ten games while Hammad is future propects.... Go green Shirts...

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Guys, forget about about Abdur Razzak and Imran Nazir, they are finished and havent done anything recently. They cant perform in international cricket now. Yes imran farhat should not be in the squad, rest of the team is ok. Sarfraz Ahmed didnt perform well against SL, he cant bat, so hence omitted from the squad.

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Seriously. Imran Farhat is freakin useless. Also, There should be some young talent in the T20 Team, Imran Farhat, Cheema even Misbah shouldnt be there anymore

  • nomiravian on February 7, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Good to see d great wasim akram giving tips to improve d youngsters......He iz our hero.....Waseem bhai,Junaid khan also needs u 4 some time.....although i know u have worked wid him.....but still he needs a lot to imrove....keep it up....

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    @shaikh rabi ! if u dont like afridi then dont watch the team regards me !! :D

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    By Best Wishes With Our Pakistani Cricket Team ... InshALLAh They Will White Wash Englishmen In All Format :)

  • KashifMuneer on February 7, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    PCB need to learn to respect legends like Razzaq and let them retire with dignity rather than not picking them and forcing retirement. Shameful way of doing things by PCB for one of the greats of limited overs cricket who has worked very hard for the Pakistani team over the years. Best of luck Razzaq! We will miss you mate.

  • sohail_Al-Ain on February 7, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Owais Zia is Pakistani David Warner must be include in ODI.......

  • FANI0049 on February 7, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    where is anwar ali who can swing in miles.

  • Atheeq.G on February 7, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Where is Imran Nazir. What happened to him. I haven't seen him after that 2007 icc world cup and t20 world cup in 2007. Atleast he should be opening with hafeez in both t20 and one day international . He is More Destructive than Afridi and better fielder than any other current pakistan players.

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Not to see Abdul Razzaq and Imran nazir is pain full and wicket keeper kamran akmal what will the youngster do let and see and watch.

  • KashifMuneer on February 7, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Slightly surprised and slightly disappointed by the selection. Imran Nazir is NOT a batsman so its good he is not there. Hammad Azam is young so needs to be given a chance to develop in the team so that's good. As your article states, Awais Zia was 5th highest run scorer in T20 domestic. Clearly we should have picked one of the other 4 who are better than him. Also surprised that Adnan got picked over Sarfaraz. Sarfaraz did nothing wrong to lose his spot and is a better batsman than Adnan and we need that in limited overs. Hopefully Umar can keep so we won't have to keep Adnan Akmal who might be a liability in the line-up.

  • greatsequence on February 7, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Forget about Imran nazir he is a story of the old times. Awais zia is a good inculsion he has the ability to play some good shots and this is what you need in T20 to spank the ball for few overs. Hammad Azam is a genuine Allrounder and a player who knows how to handle pressure. He can be groomed. Exculsion of Sarfaraz is a disappointment. Give the guy some confidence.

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    I have read some comments guys whats wrong yah Awais performance is up n down but in the past he has showed some guts that he can be a great opening batsman for Pakistan team. When he was in form selectors not include him even in 16 man squad. his performance might be due to that some reasons. If Imran Farhat gets chances on just 2 50s than why not Awais Zia. Nice to see Hammad Azam but i think they should consider Abdul Razzaq instead of Juniad Khan he has some fittnes problems. Also great to see Azhar Ali in the squad altough he is not suited for shorter version due to his strike rate but this inclusion will give him some confidence n i m sure he will be a future Inzi. Now the team has announced so my team for First 3 ODIs is 1.Hafeez, 2.Awais, 3.Younis, 4.Umar Akmal, 5.Misbah, 6.Afridi, 7.Asad, 8.Wahab Riaz 9.Umar Gul, 10.Saeed Ajmal 11. Cheema. Adnan should not be included he is not a ODI batsman, Sarfraz or any other keeper should give a chance.

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    very very very disappointed to see son in law, FARHAT again in the SQUAD:(

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Does anyone remember Sarafaraz Ahmed of Karachi...?? He is the best keeper among current stock in country, isnt he??

  • sohail_Al-Ain on February 7, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    that a nice T20 team but must be awais zia include in ODI because he is Pakistani David Warner and time will prove my comments...................

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Quit a balance side, good to see Azhar Ali in ODIs, as the wickets wouldn't be as easy for batting as it used to be in the past in UAE, and young Owais Zia, well deserved call and more satisfactory there are no Maliks and Sohals in the team, Very good decision from the selectors. There is every chance for Pakistan to win these series too. Best of Luck Pakistan.

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Team Pakistan for ODIs & T20s against England.. Best of luck for Umer Gull's Shoulder:P

  • ZMPK on February 7, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    What......Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Adnan Akmal in t20's OMG ..All these plyaers are not built for the cricket like T20. I am surprised of their inclusion in t20's ... I think Kamran Akmal should be included in T20's instead of Adnan. And Awais Zia is a very gud Inclusion this man deserves a chance he is a very hard hitter batsman.

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Want to see more young blood in T20 squad at least.

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    malik....?? why he is out of team as he performedwell in domestic.....? :@

  • pauliangenius on February 7, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Why Sarfaraz Ahmed is dropped?? He should have been given another chance with the bat.. However, inclusion of Hammad Azam is satisfying. We should groom him for world cup 2015. And Imran Farhat Yet again in the squads!!! OH my!! Am i shocked?? Of course not ! after all his " SUSAR" is cheif selector..

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Why Abdul Razzak is being ignored. He has tremendous record in UAE and had won the games for Pakistan single handedly.

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Lovely Decesion.... He deserve to be in the side

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Frankly speaking not really satisfied with the team announcement.Hammad azam has just scored two half centuries and 4 wickets in his last 10 first class matches while awaise zia has the same ordinary performance in the recent first class stint.Have absolutely no idea on what basis they have been injected in the side.Plus why Abdur Razaq is not in the team, yes he is not in the bestest of forum but he is an asset and has the ability to turn around the things at any given movement, he has done in the past and certainly could be really dangerous in such coonditions.Anyways lets hope they continue to do well in the shorter format as well and they must play Riaz now.He is a genuine fast bowler and can bat a bit as well ..God knows why they are holding him back while clearly we are a fast bowler short, for how long we carry it on Gul's shoulder alone ?

  • SohailMirza on February 7, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    finally good to see Hammad is back and we hope he will get proper chance this time to prove his skills.. again disappointed not see IMRAN NAZIR in the squad (at least he should be in T20)..... GOOD LUCK to PK

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    Afridi yar, give Brits a spanking. Apparently they cant handle a little spin.

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Shahid Afridi doesn't deserve to be in the team because he out of 10 matches performs in 3 matches and thats how we praise him but never see that he didn't perform in those other 7 matches.. He gets so many chances although he is senior player, if a young player would have tempered a ball PCB would've axed him from the Pak team forever.. My point is that We young player try our hard in the nets, domestic matches etc but we can't make the Team because of these permanent players (Shahid Afridi) who doesn't know where he hits and laughs like donkey after getting out.. Though i like his bowling but its only useful against Zimbawe, Bangladesh and Ireland or any Associate Affiliate Teams..

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Why Imran Farhat is there in T20 ? the only reason is that his Father in Law is cheif Selector.... He should not be in any format of Cricket...

  • adnan_rifat84 on February 7, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    and why PCB including Awais Zia instead of Nasir Jamshed Awais didn't score a single century in his last 10 matches i don't know on what basis they are including him give some chance to young man Nasir Jamshed who have scored at least 4 half centuries in ODI for Pakistan. check the stats of Awais Zia http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/278491.html with compare to Nasir Jamshed http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/42321.html Give Abdul Razzaq some chance because he is good player in UAE conditions.

  • Lakpj on February 7, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    If Eng can't pick Ajmal in a test match, how on earth are they going to do it in a ODI/T20 where need to score runs more quickly. If play to their potential Pak will steamroll Eng in the ODI series.

  • TabassamNawaz on February 7, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    WOW Awais Zia is just WARNER of Pakistan HE is left handed and wide range of shots. Just need some confidence. Hope to see him opener with Hafeez. Also Hammad Azam is good choice instead of Abdul Razzaq as brilliant fielder, excellent batsman(hitter as well) good finisher and very handy bowler. As PAKISTAN like combination of 3 bowlers and 3 allrounder so Hammad will be playing first ODI. Two Qs remaining Wicketkeeper (Adnan or Umar) and combination of three bowlers My team for first ODI is : Hafeez, Farhat, Younis, Misbah, Umar, Hammad, Adnan, Afridi, Wahab, Umar, Ajmal Can be better if include Asad instead of Adnan and Rehman instead of Wahab but need some courage to do so lets see... ALL THE BEST PAKISTAN

  • adnan_rifat84 on February 7, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    where is abdul razzaq? and why not give a chance to imran nazir again at least for T20?

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    where is IMRAN NAZEER?????//// i m an indian but i love pakistani cricket but why selectors are not picking IMRAN NAZEER???? wat happen to him n wat's the reason behind not picking himn where is ABDUR RAZAAQ the dangerous allrounder in the world???n what is IMRAN fARHAT is doing in the team???

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    where is Abdul Razzaq. He should b in the team.

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    Dear selectors, 01. what sarfaraz did wrong...?? he is the best keeper in country and also performs well whenever he gets chance, but it happens with him again and again

    02. what happened to ramiz raja junior?? you selected him for once, and without giving him proper chances now you are trying another young batsman awaiz zia....

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    where is sarfaraz ahmed ??????

  • WildAmigo on February 7, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Yasir Shah should be included in ODIs and T20s in place of Abdur Rehman.

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    including Azhar Ali for the ODIs is a crime in itself

  • WildAmigo on February 7, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Finally Hammad is Back good luck buddy... why is Imran Farhat in both the teams??? Aizaz cheema and Adnan Akmal in T20 is not good selection at all.

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    imran nazir and razzzaq should be included in the side

  • Stone-Aamir on February 7, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    Congrats to Mohamed Ilyas for being so consistent with his son in law, What happened to Sarfraz Ahmed poor guy dropped for no reasons after just one series.

  • khurramsch on February 7, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    hafeez, farhat, younas, misbah, umar akmal, shahid afridi , gul, saeed ajmal, these wil be i think definately included! i think hamad azam should also be included as he is medium pace bowler & batsman. & then remaining 2 if they want keeper instead of umar then Adnan akmal & 1 bowler rehman/cheema/riaz. Hamad inclusion will give them a benifit to select 4th spinner rehman instead of a seamer but i think that wil not happen. it will be afridi, hafez, ajmal, gul hammad & 1 of chema/riaz

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Imran Farhat should be dropped and they should give chance to owais zia or any other new opener Hamad azam is very nice inclusion in the team Pakistan need an genuine fast bowler al rounder and Hamad azam can fill the position of Razzaq he should get continuous chances

  • Misbah_Roxx on February 7, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Hope Owais Zia gets a chance to play and prove his credentials.......

  • haquetalha on February 7, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Hi Guys! I would like to advise Chief Selector Pakistan (Mr Ilyaas) , first of all he does not deserve this position because he is very old and he does not know much about cricket or any good talent. Why he is choosing his own Son-In-Law Imran Farhat every time in the team , he does not have any answer for this question, Imran Farhat is continously performing low scoring in ODIs and he does not have good technique to play with new-ball, secondly why ODIs teams are not different from Test Team? Why old Cricketers are the part of ODIs? We have much talent in Karachi, FATA, Quetta, but always select Punjab IX, Why Misbah is playing in T20s? Australia and SA and England and India are giving chance to young blood in T20s, Misbah technique is not better for T20s, he should retire from T20s, Why Sherjeel Khan, Azeem Ghumman, one Hard hitter from Faisalabad "unknown name" is not considering for T20s, Why Muhammad Talha (low profile) is selecting? Mr. Ilays please leave this job immediately.

  • khurramsch on February 7, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    i think very much ok selection just razak is missing i dont know wethr he is unfit or out of form after his injury.hamad azam should b given more games as pak need a medium pace allrounder. we have spiner allrounder like hafez malik afridi but v need medium pace allrounder.

  • ShahbazSalamat on February 7, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Thank God they finally considered Awais Zia and Hammad Azam love you Both . God Bless you Play Well specially Hammad Future Abdul Razzaq.

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    good team best luck team Pakistan>

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    it would be great contest when awais zia would be hitting out of park

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    My Playing 11 are: Hafeez, Farhat, Younis, U Akmal, Misbah, Afridi, Adnan, Hammad,Wahab, Gul, Ajmal

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Thak go Awais Zia is in. M Hafiz & Awais should play as openers .

  • Ammade on February 7, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Or we can use umar akmal as wicket keeper and add another bowler in the team.

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    ODI and T20 squads looks good. But Azhar Ali shoud not be in ODIs.

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    END OF ABDUR RAZZAQ, It seems to be

  • Ammade on February 7, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    My team for odi: Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Umar Akmal, Younis Khan, Misbah, Asad shafiq, Shahid Afridi, Adnan Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal Would like to see umar akmal come one down.

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Good to see Hammad Azam back.Very talented All-Rounder.Promising guy for the future

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    i dont think this will be a good side to select for ODI & T20

  • Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on February 7, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Well Balance Squad But Wahab should to Play and Hammad Azam also Desirve any how its Depends on COnditions and Team Management, But Abdul Razzaq??? Its Shoking, He is not the Part of the Team??? Good Luck to Pak Team Once Again :)!!! Razzaq will be seen in BD League :D

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Why imran farhat is in all format???? because his father in law is chief selector thats really bias

  • Sinhaya on February 7, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Pakistan will definitely win the ODIs 4-0 and the T20s 3-0 GUARANTEEEEED!

  • aaaaatif on February 7, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    hammad Azam is not a batsman, he is an allrounder. Nice to see him along with Awais Zia. It shows that there is some thinking going behind building team for future.

  • on February 7, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Wow good selection. Nice to see azhar ali in odi he must open with hafeez

  • on February 7, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    I think Awais Zia should be in Odi Squade as well as Muhammad Talha if he is fit.

  • on February 7, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    y da hell is imran farhat in da team :@ :@ :@....n y did we miss out again on imran nazir, rana naved, abdul razzak, raza hassan, yassir shah n most importantly ANWER ALI & Mohammad talha :@ :@ :@..........y is mohammad ilyas da chief of selector?on wat merrits?

  • Saghyr on February 7, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Pakistan's David Warner - m luvin it ....!

  • faranian882 on February 7, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    My line up will be;Hafeez,Shafiq,younis,umar,misbah,hammad,afridi,gul,ajmal,wahab,cheema/rehman.Umar should keep wickets.

  • on February 7, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Good Squad, I like this Hammad Back in the Team Awais in T20s. Yes

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  • on February 7, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Good Squad, I like this Hammad Back in the Team Awais in T20s. Yes

  • faranian882 on February 7, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    My line up will be;Hafeez,Shafiq,younis,umar,misbah,hammad,afridi,gul,ajmal,wahab,cheema/rehman.Umar should keep wickets.

  • Saghyr on February 7, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Pakistan's David Warner - m luvin it ....!

  • on February 7, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    y da hell is imran farhat in da team :@ :@ :@....n y did we miss out again on imran nazir, rana naved, abdul razzak, raza hassan, yassir shah n most importantly ANWER ALI & Mohammad talha :@ :@ :@..........y is mohammad ilyas da chief of selector?on wat merrits?

  • on February 7, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    I think Awais Zia should be in Odi Squade as well as Muhammad Talha if he is fit.

  • on February 7, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Wow good selection. Nice to see azhar ali in odi he must open with hafeez

  • aaaaatif on February 7, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    hammad Azam is not a batsman, he is an allrounder. Nice to see him along with Awais Zia. It shows that there is some thinking going behind building team for future.

  • Sinhaya on February 7, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Pakistan will definitely win the ODIs 4-0 and the T20s 3-0 GUARANTEEEEED!

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Why imran farhat is in all format???? because his father in law is chief selector thats really bias

  • Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on February 7, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Well Balance Squad But Wahab should to Play and Hammad Azam also Desirve any how its Depends on COnditions and Team Management, But Abdul Razzaq??? Its Shoking, He is not the Part of the Team??? Good Luck to Pak Team Once Again :)!!! Razzaq will be seen in BD League :D