Pakistan v England 2011-12 February 22, 2012

Former Pakistan players blame selection for loss in ODIs

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Mudassar Nazar, the former Pakistan batsman, has said Pakistan should not overreact to their 0-4 loss to England in the one-day series in the UAE as they have good enough players in the squad but just did not find the right team combination in the series. Apart from the selection of the XI, Nazar pointed to a lack of fitness as among the chief reasons for Pakistan's dismal series.

"The slump was the result of bad team selection," Nazar told ESPNcricinfo. "Pakistan never played with the right combination. Fitness is definitely a problem, especially with the fast bowlers, and the failure of the openers to put up substantial partnerships also has to be addressed. Overall the performance was a complete flop.

"These players are good enough to win matches but need to be played in the right combination. Though we lost this series, we have been winning ever since the tour to New Zealand [at the beginning of 2011]. Yes, there are problems but they need to be fixed rather than overreacting to the loss. We need to sit and analyse what the problem was; there is no need to press the panic button."

Abdul Qadir, the former Pakistan legspinner, said it was time Pakistan had separate squads for different formats. The squad for the ODI series against England was similar to the Test one, with Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik added, and Taufeeq Umar and Mohammad Talha making way. The uncapped Awais Zia is in the Twenty20 squad.

"I think the time has come to form specialised teams for each format of the game; we have enough players to carry out that plan," Qadir said. "We need to get the right man for the right format."

Rather than criticise Pakistan for their loss, Qadir chose to praise England for bouncing back after being whitewashed in the Test series. "England's bowlers were outstanding and consistent," he said. "They turned the tables on Pakistan after the Test series.

"I have always been impressed by the English players' mental toughness. Despite their worst ever showing in the Test series, they bounced back hard and I am afraid they could further dent Pakistan in the upcoming Twenty20 series. The onus is now on the Pakistan team management to motivate the team to bounce back, and they too have the ability to do so."

Qadir also criticised the team selection, saying Pakistan played too many spinners, expecting them to repeat the success of the Test series, despite the pitches being livelier for the ODIs. "I think Pakistan failed to take full advantage of the pitches for the one-dayers; we never changed our focus from the Tests to the ODIs as we kept on expecting spinners to play a key role."

Iqbal Qasim, the former Pakistan spinner, echoed Qadir's thoughts on picking a separate team for ODIs and also disagreed with the team selections during the ODI series, pointing to the fact that Pakistan played just one fast bowler in the fourth match.

"Like other teams we should also designate some players for Tests, some for one-dayers and some for Twenty20 because this has proved beneficial for other teams," Qasim said.

Qasim and Imran Khan, the former Pakistan captain, backed Misbah-ul-Haq to continue leading the side in all formats despite the drubbing. "Misbah needs to show more aggression but it's too early to write him off," Imran said. "Misbah must bat up the order to get good totals. If one captain is doing well in all three forms of the game then there is no use having separate captains."

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • on February 24, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    afridi use to say tym n tym again that "he dont know wat happens to him when he enters in to bat" ..................:D a man who can not take responsbility himself cannot b a gud captain and we want him as captain again its rediculas

  • on February 24, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    abdul qadir wants umar akmal as captain in t2o,s thats why he supports different teams for different formats..........its all about family relations

  • Rafelgibt on February 23, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    I think MR.QADIR is absolutely right to ask for different players for different formats of the game........Its really a necessary of current time....

  • Love-Pak on February 23, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    First thing to say is that if PCB don't have any sensible vision about cricket then they should look all around the world, they will clearrly see that all cricket playing countries have 3 differnt teams for 3 formats of the game.Mostly 4 to 5 players are common in all 3 formats sides but remaining are changed according to the different format.This is a BIG JOKE that Misbah is the capatin of all 3 formats. Can any one give any example about any other team in the world has 38 years old captain of ODI/ T20 ? And Misbah's pathetic and low scoring rate and defensive capatincy make it even more unbelieveable that some one like Misbah who even don't deserve to be in the limited over team as a player and he is the capatian !!!! In ODI and T20, team needs positive minded captain like Shahid Afridi who have already proven in last world cup and even before that he is the best choice for captaincy of Pakistan's team. Misbah, Malik, Farhat, Adnan, Azhar should be out of ODI and T2

  • on February 23, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    1-Hafeez 2- Azhar 3-Younis 4-Misbah 5- Asad ShafiQ 6- Akmal 7-afridi 8-Adnan 9-RAZAq 10-Ajmal 11-Gul perfect team with two SEamers anD 3 spiners and if u Wants A more bowler drop asad and adnan brought a real wkb and a fast bowler Simple Iz That !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on February 23, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Its about time Pakistan thought about separate Test and ODI squads. Would have to criticize Misbah on negative and over-defensive captaincy.

  • Papa_Tango on February 23, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    I find it fascinating how quickly the critics roll out: the ex-cricketers with their take on what Pakistan should do now with it's team, others expressing their expertise or claims thereof. I have been listening to Geoff Boycott and how he believes that one of the reasons of the Pakistani team's recent success is how the ex-cricketers have been ignored....well Boycs, spoke too soon, dindcha? Other than Imran Khan who was positive and Mudassar...the rest...well....GO AWAY. PLEASE leave this team alone they did very very well in one format -give them some time to sort out the ODI and let us get on with the T20. Bismillah....go get'em

  • on February 23, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Pls Dnt ask Kamran akmal to come back,Ppl normally have short memories(HE IS NOT COUNTRY LOVER)..Pls bring back Razzaque,Fawad,Shehzad,Nasir,Nazeer and introduce Sadaf Hussain...replace Imran Farrat,Shoeb malik,Misbah,Gul,cheema, and wahab....HOW mMuch we Suffer from favouritism,MERIT is the best solution.

  • on February 23, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    As a cricket Lover I suggest Managment to show that you are from talent rich country,this is the the matter of smart selection.Before Butt influenced the selection,now what?Why this Nation tolerate Imran farhat(His Father in law is selector).Shoeib malik influence politicaly& Misbah says you said me Haji so I will say you Haji(friendship),Afridi is entertainer we cant expact big innings from him.Mohsin is selfish and he is eating the waqar's friuts. All seniors done excellent job for pakistan,Now for the sake of Future please retire yourself as yousuf done.Simple solution is.... "MERIT" and honesty .I think Nazir, Razzaque,Jamshed,Shehzad,serfraz,Fawad alam,Sadaf Hussain,Yasir Arfat,Azhar Mehmood are talented and seems to be honest one's

  • euqirahs on February 23, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    I am flabergasted by the lack of common sense. We need to play just about the same bunch of players that reached the last worldcup semi finals with only a few changes. Pakistan needs a better wicker keeper. Pakistan needs some agression up the order. Some new talent like hammad azam should be played at 5 or 6. Does anybody remeber the promising leftarm under19 spinner Raza Hasan? He and Hammad Azam were instrumental in the u19 Worldcup campaign that reached the finals. He should be played in one dayers and Abdur Rehman should be played in test matches.

    Aizaz chemma is not getting any younger and he keeps bowling wide of the crease so no chance of LBW unless the batsman comitts suicide and I think England has had the measure of him so why play him despite his obvoius lack of improvement? Pakistan Desperately need a Professional Coach and not somebody who tells enthusiastic players to relax and take a break for a few days instead of team practice after their 3-0 test white wash.

  • on February 24, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    afridi use to say tym n tym again that "he dont know wat happens to him when he enters in to bat" ..................:D a man who can not take responsbility himself cannot b a gud captain and we want him as captain again its rediculas

  • on February 24, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    abdul qadir wants umar akmal as captain in t2o,s thats why he supports different teams for different formats..........its all about family relations

  • Rafelgibt on February 23, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    I think MR.QADIR is absolutely right to ask for different players for different formats of the game........Its really a necessary of current time....

  • Love-Pak on February 23, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    First thing to say is that if PCB don't have any sensible vision about cricket then they should look all around the world, they will clearrly see that all cricket playing countries have 3 differnt teams for 3 formats of the game.Mostly 4 to 5 players are common in all 3 formats sides but remaining are changed according to the different format.This is a BIG JOKE that Misbah is the capatin of all 3 formats. Can any one give any example about any other team in the world has 38 years old captain of ODI/ T20 ? And Misbah's pathetic and low scoring rate and defensive capatincy make it even more unbelieveable that some one like Misbah who even don't deserve to be in the limited over team as a player and he is the capatian !!!! In ODI and T20, team needs positive minded captain like Shahid Afridi who have already proven in last world cup and even before that he is the best choice for captaincy of Pakistan's team. Misbah, Malik, Farhat, Adnan, Azhar should be out of ODI and T2

  • on February 23, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    1-Hafeez 2- Azhar 3-Younis 4-Misbah 5- Asad ShafiQ 6- Akmal 7-afridi 8-Adnan 9-RAZAq 10-Ajmal 11-Gul perfect team with two SEamers anD 3 spiners and if u Wants A more bowler drop asad and adnan brought a real wkb and a fast bowler Simple Iz That !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on February 23, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Its about time Pakistan thought about separate Test and ODI squads. Would have to criticize Misbah on negative and over-defensive captaincy.

  • Papa_Tango on February 23, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    I find it fascinating how quickly the critics roll out: the ex-cricketers with their take on what Pakistan should do now with it's team, others expressing their expertise or claims thereof. I have been listening to Geoff Boycott and how he believes that one of the reasons of the Pakistani team's recent success is how the ex-cricketers have been ignored....well Boycs, spoke too soon, dindcha? Other than Imran Khan who was positive and Mudassar...the rest...well....GO AWAY. PLEASE leave this team alone they did very very well in one format -give them some time to sort out the ODI and let us get on with the T20. Bismillah....go get'em

  • on February 23, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Pls Dnt ask Kamran akmal to come back,Ppl normally have short memories(HE IS NOT COUNTRY LOVER)..Pls bring back Razzaque,Fawad,Shehzad,Nasir,Nazeer and introduce Sadaf Hussain...replace Imran Farrat,Shoeb malik,Misbah,Gul,cheema, and wahab....HOW mMuch we Suffer from favouritism,MERIT is the best solution.

  • on February 23, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    As a cricket Lover I suggest Managment to show that you are from talent rich country,this is the the matter of smart selection.Before Butt influenced the selection,now what?Why this Nation tolerate Imran farhat(His Father in law is selector).Shoeib malik influence politicaly& Misbah says you said me Haji so I will say you Haji(friendship),Afridi is entertainer we cant expact big innings from him.Mohsin is selfish and he is eating the waqar's friuts. All seniors done excellent job for pakistan,Now for the sake of Future please retire yourself as yousuf done.Simple solution is.... "MERIT" and honesty .I think Nazir, Razzaque,Jamshed,Shehzad,serfraz,Fawad alam,Sadaf Hussain,Yasir Arfat,Azhar Mehmood are talented and seems to be honest one's

  • euqirahs on February 23, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    I am flabergasted by the lack of common sense. We need to play just about the same bunch of players that reached the last worldcup semi finals with only a few changes. Pakistan needs a better wicker keeper. Pakistan needs some agression up the order. Some new talent like hammad azam should be played at 5 or 6. Does anybody remeber the promising leftarm under19 spinner Raza Hasan? He and Hammad Azam were instrumental in the u19 Worldcup campaign that reached the finals. He should be played in one dayers and Abdur Rehman should be played in test matches.

    Aizaz chemma is not getting any younger and he keeps bowling wide of the crease so no chance of LBW unless the batsman comitts suicide and I think England has had the measure of him so why play him despite his obvoius lack of improvement? Pakistan Desperately need a Professional Coach and not somebody who tells enthusiastic players to relax and take a break for a few days instead of team practice after their 3-0 test white wash.

  • on February 23, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    My Pak Team: 1. Mohd Hafeez 2. I Nazir 3. A Shehzad 4. U Akmal 5. A Shafiq 6. K Akmal 7. S Afridi (c) 8. A Razzaq 9. S Tanveer 10. U Gul 11. S Ajmal Rana Naved, A Mahmood, Shahzeb Hasan, Nasir Jamshed Asia cup 15 Men's Team. Pls select these player & enjoy winning.

  • on February 23, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Irrespective of dis series there should have been few changes in Pakistan's ODI & T20 Squad. Kamran Akmal should be given a chance if nt as a keeper u would consider him opening batsman... Afridi should b given commanf of t20 & ODI squad... Asad r Omar to b make his deputy to groom them for future....

  • alonetiger on February 23, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    this is very wrong that those who think that the people who comments here are less knowldgable.infact people now a day are more involve in cricket and most of these freinds who speaks here in comments are belong to cricket or cricketers theirseleve so it will b wrong if u keep them out of picture.infact these people knows more than the selectors and teams managment coz now a day every where is politics involved and the example is the presence of imran farhat in the squad only bkz of salim altaf who is his father in law.and the good players who desrve to b in the line up are still out like imran nazir.ahmad shehzad,nasir jamshed and once again azhar mehmood or razaq etc,,so who is wrong?these ppl who speaks the truth or those selectors who choose the political team and their beloved players....no doubt every person who speak here is a cricket lover and when u love some thing than u get involve in it deeply...

  • anver777 on February 23, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Pak is ok in tests.... but as ex-players said few short comings are there in ODI team. Misbah's negative approach is surely hurting Pak in limited overs format.... I think a young player like Umar Akmal should groomed as captain at least in T20's !!!!

  • JG2704 on February 23, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Guys - as an English fan I totally empathise with you. However one thing I will say is that our batsmen (esp 4-6) failed throughout the whole test series with none of them making a 50 in the tests or any of the warm up games and England did not make one solitary change in that dept. I'm not saying it would definitely have changed things but when your batsmen are that shoddy and shot of confidence then you have to look at the selectors for not making one change to try and change the course of the series. I don't know enough about Pak cricket to say what their best OD or T20 side would be but at least they did make changes to the OD side in each game - even if they were wrong and didn't work

  • Sports4Youth on February 23, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @ WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on (Feb 23 2012, 07:11 AM GMT) :-- You should watch some of the videos of Kamran Akmal on YouTube. His Wicket keeping had become a laughing stock in the world. During the NZ match of the World Cup 2011, Ian Chappel said that if Kamran Akmal's batting was better than Don Bradman still he would not make up for the loss that he causes with his wicket keeping. Every one in the wold agrees that he was right. The better way forward is to get in Sarfraz Ahmed and stop chanting Kamran's name.

  • Sports4Youth on February 23, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    In the Test Matches Pak persisted with Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq and it paid rich dividends. But in ODI cricket they are doing just the opposit. instead of persisting with players like Hammad Azam, Shahzaid Hassan, Nasir Jamshed etc they keep going back to repeated failures like Imran Farhat. At this rate their ODI team will never develope.

  • Sports4Youth on February 23, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    @ NomiPK on (Feb 22 2012, 22:00 PM GMT) :-- FULLY AGREE WITH ALL YOUR COMMENTS EXCEPT CHEEMA. CHEEMA WAS ATLEAST BETTE THAN GUL. But it would have been better if Pakistan played Sadaf Hussain. Also i agree that always giving the keeping to Akmals is not good for Pak. Sarfraz Ahmed was a better option. Why Pk dumped him? When Sarfraz was present with the team during the SL and Bangladesh series, Misbah kept dropping him, did not give him a fair opportunity. Now he is stuck with Adnan. Misbah's fault.

  • on February 23, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Just be patience with Misbah, it was just selection fault, there were lot of spinners in the team and lot of inefficient all rounders. Afridi should be dropped because he is very irresponsible cricketer, the whole series went due to him. If he had batted with some patience Pakistan cloud have leveled the series very easily.

  • Sports4Youth on February 23, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    @ Mohammad Khan on (Feb 22 2012, 22:09 PM GMT) :-- FULLY AGREED. Pak should look at the future. And at 37 Misbah is not the future. According to me Pak should get over Misbah, Younis, Gul and start making positive plans for the future. Give the younger players a fair chance and they will come out better than the old ones.

  • Sports4Youth on February 23, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    I am surprised at Imran Khan's comment that Misbah is doing well in all formats and that they can continue with one captain in all formats. To start with how long do you think Misbha will play one day cricket. He is 37 now. Do you think he can lead the team to the 2015 World Cup. If Not what is the planning for the future and the World cup. shouldnt they groom a new captain for the world cup. Afridi seems to be an obvios choice. After all he led the team well in 2011 WC. Had it not been for Kamran Akmals bad wicket keeping things could have been much better for Pak.

  • ihaq1 on February 23, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    pakistans main problem seems tobe their batting debacles.. couple of new batsmen like usman salahuddin should be tried...in one days take chances and play shezad and nasir jamshed as openers...obviously too many spinners make teh fast bowlers lose momentum...afridi 's batting is not that consistent...teh akmals are complete failures and u cant carry the kamran akmal baggage around just for fun...pakistan should be looking for new emerging young batsmen and obviously a wicketkeeper ..a young wicketkeeper who can improve...otherwise play sarfraz in one dayers and 2020...misbah should also realize the difference in formats and teh changes necessary in attitude...in one dayers it is necessary to score at 6 an over while in 2020 u have to score at 10 an over...u need different batsmen for different formats...if u dont find a new wicketkeeper than play kamaran akmal in odi's and asad shafik in 2020's...we should also look for a legspinner for test matches...adapt to shortcomings

  • Sports4Youth on February 23, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    There is not doubt that this team was horribly wrong. But the worst part of the team were the two senior pros. Their place in the side has always been questioned. two very slow players in the middle order hampers the scoring of the team. I think Azhar Ali at the top can be accepted since he is young and learning and can improve. But Younis and Misbah have shown that they cannot accelarate. Now at the end of their careers we cannot expect them to improve. But the worst part of this team selection is that the future is not being considered at all. They are only looking at the immediate present and even that is not being taken care of.

  • on February 23, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    hate on the player that has statistically given u the best season since 90's. good job just like aamir sohail says it seems as if the people that criticize misbah seem to know very little abut the game of cricket

  • on February 23, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Its always a laughing stock to see so many people giving their SELECTED ELEVEN when they have barely even played SERIOUS CRICKET of their own and only WATCHED IT ON TV. 52 comments right now, and 16 haf mentioned a PLAYING ELEVEN already. YOU GUYS DEMONSTRATE THE ABILITY OF IMPLUSIVE AND SELFISH CRICKET-WANNABIES

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on February 23, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    I think PAK should give another opportunity to KAMRAN AKMAL...He is far better w.k as compare to others PAK w.k...PAK provides enough opportunity for MOHD SALMAN,ADNAN AKMAL,ZULQARNAIN HAIDER & SARFARAZ AHMAD but none of them r impressive with the bat nor the gloves...I know KAMRAN is weak behind the stumps but a proper batsman who can bat at any no...if proper guidance & coaching is provided to KAMRAN,I think he should improve his keeping as well as his batting...the biggest weak point of PAK team is his tail coz his tail start after 5 wickets down...pak tail r world worst tail thats why we cant add enough & quick run in last ten overs...our top order r so defensive & lower order is needless...thats why the inclusion of KAMRAN,RAZZAK & SAMI in place of ADNAN,MALIK & GUL/CHEEMA in lower order will provide strenght to lower order & in top order PAK should replace JAMSHED/SHEHZAD to FARHAT as opener & RAMEEZ RAJA jnr to YOUNUS KHAN...I hope this changes will definately works,agree...??

  • on February 23, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    One day team should be special that include like s of imran nazir , abduk razzaq, nasir jamshed kamran akmal,

  • Busie1979 on February 23, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    It's interesting how quickly recriminations emerge when a team loses a few games. Pakistan were sky high and seemingly untouchable a few weeks ago in the test arena. Now all of a sudden their ODI team is supposedly in tatters. This is not a swipe at Pakistan. It is the same everywhere - including Australia. What matters is performance over the long term, not a few games here or there. What I find hard to understand is why there are no specialised teams already - it seems a bit behind the times.

  • alonetiger on February 23, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    right now there are only two players in pakistan that can play in all three formate and the whole cricket world beleieve in their talent. the first one is muhammad hafeez and the second one is shoaib malik.although shoaib is out of form but u cant keep him out he can come bck any time in any colour of game batting or bowling or fielding etc. so it is on selectors and team managment now that how they use them in the batting orders but both players are dynamic and every team would love to keep such players in the side. i think shoaib malik should open the innigs with hafeez coz this will give him extra confidence and much time and pakistan will have a solid and aggresive top order and also batting line will get much long.

  • Toescrusher on February 23, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Sir, Pakistan has only one problem, that problem is the regional bias!! In the 70s we had the strongest batting line out in the world. As a matter of fact five of Pakistani batsmen made to the Kerry Packer World Series the reason was only one i.e. we did not have regional bias back than! At present vast majority of the players are included from this particular region that has mainly produced bowlers not batsmen of Hanif Mohammed, Miandad, Zaheer, and Asif Iqbal likes on top of that lobby is designed not to provide support to the batsmen of other regions the result is in front of us i.e. below average batting line? Not only that there is no sign it is getting better any soon!! So keep on making your teams on this forum bottom line is these batsmen are like sprinter they don't know how to run marathons??

  • jentra on February 23, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    @ProdigyB .. This is the joke of the century....@Amani Imran ...This is unresonable criticism...baseless.

  • on February 23, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Pakistan was awesome during test matches and i think during the ODI they have changed the team for all four mathces and specially for last to important ODIs they didn't have much fast bowlers. And for last match only one seamer..As Afridi can play as 4th batsman on top of the order as he can manage to up the runrate with a regular middle order batsman...And a middle order bats young batsman can play with Umar in last 10 overs which could be effective for Pakistan team In Limited over formats.....All the best Pakistan...Pakistan Zindabaadh

  • Cricket_Master_Mind on February 23, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    My Opinion: There should only be two teams one for test and One for ODI & T20 Test Cricket : Cap Misbah ODI Cricket: Afridi

    Grooming young player to become a captine is not a culture of Pakistan cricket. Other young players will never let him flourish because they will jealous and try to get captincey from him. And That's Bottom line YEp

  • Zahidsaltin on February 23, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    Imran is right. Best players to play up the order

  • zaf100 on February 22, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    My 20/20 team against England would have been 1.Muhammad Hafeez, 2. Imran Nazir, 3. Ahmed Shazad, 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Misbah-ul-haq, 6. Kamran Akmal, 7. Shahid Afridi, 8. Abdul Razzaq, 9. Wahab Riaz, 10. Umar Gul, 11. Saeed Ajmal. Reserves Hammad Azam. Fawad Alam, Junaid Khan.

  • pintu01 on February 22, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    Agree with Qasim and Imran Khan, Misbah should lead all forms of the games. But there should be some specialized players for tests, ODI and T20. Pakistan team really misses Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif.

  • on February 22, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    I think they should ask Younis and Misbah, to play the test matches only . Afridi can lead the limited overs side for two years to groom a new captain , who can take over after this time. Separate sides for the three formats are a must if Pakistan wants to progress any further.

  • NomiPK on February 22, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    PK just needs honest team selection, both PK openers don't deserve their position, especially Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik's presence in team is illogical, even Misbah himself, he should play in 1912 not in 2012 with his idiotic approach.....as a Wicket keeper, PK is high jacked by another AKMAL. PK is known to have best fast bowlers but this team is playing with the bowler like cheema.......with such team, i must say, PK has not won test series but England has lost it

  • on February 22, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    my team for asia cup-mohd hafeez-ahmad shahzad-kamran akmal-younis khan-umar akmal,misbah ulhaq-shahid afridi-abdul razzaq-umar gul-saeed ajmal.junaid khan... thats my opinion wa do u think >? ?

  • m3in_h00n_k0un on February 22, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    100% agree with Usman Aziz.... Adding more to your comments. We don't need another Afridi. But Surley another Misbah in team will do according to circumstances.

  • on February 22, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    How bringing in Afridi as captain would lead to any betterment of the team? Look at his performance in the series; he failed miserably both with bat and bowl. His captaincy is too capricious just like his character and I just fail to understand why do people support him? Anyone who knows even basics of Cricket would opine that captain needs to have a cool and calm head over his shoulders and should be a role model for the team whereas Afridi is just a "Marasi" who plays to entertain a few of his "Madari" Supporters.... Afridi hitting a few boundaries and getting out is what they look for; regardless of whether we win or lose. Did England kick out their Test Captain after losing 3-0 in test series against us? Did they kick out ODI Captain when they lost to India 5-0? All these were huge humiliations than us losing in ODI 'cuz we are not ranked as No.1 team and expectations were not that high anyways. Cricket is game of specialists and should stick with current lot and they'll deliver

  • bohurupi on February 22, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Pakistan need a few more genuine all rounders to shorten its long tail. Except Afridi, none of the bowlers can bat dependably. Also, Pakistan need to groom a genuine wicketkeeper/batsaman who can play one or two down. I fully agree with Qadir that Pakistan have sufficient players to make specialist teams for all the formats.

  • on February 22, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    LOL @ ProdigyB and @AmaniImran

  • Imad_K on February 22, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    People talking about cricket being a funny game but all was predictable. I said long before the series against Eng and Aus that India would get thrashed. Why? Because India have a poor bowling attack and cannot bat on quick bouncy tracks against decent bowlers. Then when Eng lost the one day series in India - well firstly I don't think Eng had bowlers like Broad and Tremlett playing. But India have a very good batting side when batting on the wickets in the sub continent so that wasn't a huge surprise. Then Eng vs Pak. The only reason Eng lost the one day series was primarily because of S Ajmal. What did the Pak batting do except for just batting slightly better than Eng. The Pak batting even in these friendly conditions normally get a target of around 200-250 unless a couple of their batsmen produce big runs. Then the one days - well S Ajmal can only bowl 10 overs and the can't have 5 fielders around the bat so a completely different game.

  • on February 22, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    pakistan should different team in every formate .test team1.nasir jamshed.ba.2.asad safiq.ba.3.azhar ali.ba.4.younus khan.ba.5.mohammed hafiz.all.6.misbaul haq.ba.c.7.kamran akmal.wk.8.sheed ajmal.bw.9.mohammed sami.bw.10.abdur rahman.bw.11.umur gul.bw. Odi team.1.ahamed shazad.all.2.nasir jamshad.ba.3.azhar ali/asad safiq.ba.4.mohammed hafiz.all.5.misbaul haq.ba.c.6.umur akmal.ba.7.kamran akmal.wk.8.shaid afridi.all.9.azhar mahmood.all.10.mohammed sami.bw.11.sheed ajmal.bw. Mohammed amir coming .mansoor amjad most talent all rounder

  • on February 22, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    misbah and russian winter is same..........so there is no chance of agression

  • on February 22, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    misbah is not the right captain i never supported him from the beginning specially for odi and t20 we should bring back afridi as a captain for t20 and odi..misbah thinks odi works on the same level as the test some reason he lets to many singles and doubles go by as if its ok to do so..he is not even aggressive at all countless times i heard the broadcasters suggesting misbah to have a aggressive fieldl placement but never he never does..he is an idiot..imran farhat malik younis should be out of the team they aint good..i dont know about hafeez he is really inconsistent...also we should send afridi in the earlier positions like at least 3 or 4 max...PCB PLEASE CHANGE THE TEAM AROUND FOR THE ODI AND T20 WE WILL NEVER BEAT ANYONE WITH THIS CURRENT TEAMMM

  • Mappi on February 22, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    Pak needs to learn lesson from this Harsh defeat rather a timely reminder that Cricket is a game of right selection & execution. Its time to fix a problem then critizing it, everyone knows they badly failed to switch over their success in test to 1 Day matches and england team & Managemnt came hard on them. I think the PCB needs to think for Future and plan it for 2015 WC , exactly 3 years to go they can bring in new players and keep some seniors along with them, play them with right combination, Desperately need their top order 12345 batsman, Wicket keeper plus they must play 2 Fast Bowlers & two All Rounders who can bat, Pak tale failed to score enough runs, balnce of the team is the core of 1 Days International, they can analysize Australia / South Africa & England how they compose their team, first they need to short list around 25-30 players, get rid off waste like Imran Farhat & Shoaib Malik these players played enought after 10-12 years if they cant deliver Pls say thank you

  • donda on February 22, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    No comments against Pakistan, england just played better and professionally and won the series.

  • on February 22, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    'Pak need to find genuine fast bowler like Umesh Yadav!' Hahahahah this has to be the best joke! You just made my day ProdigyB :D

  • Emmaye on February 22, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Hakoonj - I agree with you 100% those guys are being wasted over there, as is Gale by the WI !!!

  • Rage468 on February 22, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    @ ProdigyB: lol.. too hilarious

  • Ifty_Khan on February 22, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    @Imad_K. I totally agree with you we don't need dasher but players who can occupy the crease and we need to run hard and take more twos. If you see the Aussies they always run the first hard and make room for the second. Pakistan have sloppy running and even sloppier fielding, Mudassar Nazar is right fitness is the key.

  • ayazahmedsk on February 22, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    Shoaib Malik should be immideiately dropped from all forms of cricket.... He has been given so many chances...U can groom younger players in his place. Younis khan shud continue 2 play ODIs n tests

  • mansoorJ on February 22, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Comments of former Pakistrani crickters are worth for sure but never the less to keep MISBAH as captain for ODI / T-20 will be mismanagment, am affraid". MISBAH is a good Captain but hesnt an aggressive captain tahts wot counts in the ODI/T-20. I am dead sure if he learns to show his tooth sharply he will be an excellent Captain e.g he should dare to change the batting orders, he should learn to trust the youngsters sitting outside in the squad n enjoying the holidays, if hes playing with the tailenders he should try ( mostly ) to keep the strokes ( in the recent serries he totally failed to do that OR HE WAS AFFRAID TO LOOSE HIS OWN WICKET...??? when the middle orders were in crictical situation he could bravely hold Umer Akmal and Adnan Akmal for the 9th 10th wicket n let come Umer gul / saeed Ajmal after 5th wicket fall with the guiedness to stroke hard for the boundries without fear i mean to take risk is the real cricket. The main issue is offcourse the right combination.

  • on February 22, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    @Prodigy B, Are you kidding me?!!? Dude, there are thousands of bowlers out there in the streets of Pakistan who are capable of bowling at much better line and length than Umesh Yadav. Everyone asks the same question that why does team Pakistan generate amazing fast bowlers? The answer is simple, people of Pakistan take honour in bowling at mind boggling pace, line and length and not everyone gets selected because they face some serious competitions when they go out to play at domestic level.

  • Sports4Youth on February 22, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    This present English team which was crightly described as world XI by Sunil Gavaskar does consist of good players. Their fitness is one of the best in the world. In this team most of the batsmen and wicket keeper are South Africans except Morgan who is Irish. So after selecting players if the English team has done well in the ODI's it is ok.

  • on February 22, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    It was cruel joke to include Azhar Ali in ODI making fifty is not a big deal point is how many balls batsman faced ? he is ideal for test match only. Asad Shafiq is ..OK...because he is a brilliant fielder too. The way Misbah refused to take second runs in 4th ODI was highly objectinable act...it is cruel fact that at 38 years Misbah can not run like Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal and Hafeez....we all know every run counts in ODI and T20. Misbah hits couple of sixes in last overs.. after long...TUK..TUK.. This is what he did in Semi Final of World Cup against India. We lost 2nd ODI because of rusty batting by Abdul Rehman who faced 12 balls for making 1 run only at vital stage and we lost match by 20 runs. I agree Kamran Akmal was not doing well as keeper but he played wonderful innings as opener in ODI and T20..he is doing very well in BPL along with Ahmad Shahzad so..Ask Mohd Ilyas to resign.. include Shahzad and Kamran as openers and say good bye to I. Farhat.

  • on February 22, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Misbah captaincy is poor - mishbah does NOT know 1- how to use bowlers? 2- how to field place? 3- how to utilise his batsmen ..... poor all around .... bad team selection didn't help him either ...... field placing is so poor that bowlers have to get lbw or bowled ........ totally agree with qadir - ODI & T20 must be different to test team ..... Afiridi took this team to WC semi, i am sure he will take Pak into the net WC final ...... PLEASE change the team before T20!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rakim on February 22, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    In my humble and noob opinion. only reason we lost this series was because we were bad in our fielding. Misbah should be more aggressive while Saeed Ajmal/Afridi bowl. Eng were taking easy singles all the time. And we don't need Farhat, bring some good opener

  • hakoonj on February 22, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Also currently Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad and Shazeb Hasan are rocking it in the BPL, they should seriously be considered for the World T20 over the likes of Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik

  • hakoonj on February 22, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Definitley agree that there should be separate squads. I think its about time for Younis to retire from one-days, as he's been very ordinary and he can still wreck havoc in tests so he should focus squarely on tests now. Misbah should definitley not be playing 20/20's, he can probably sitll play ODI's for another year as he has been very consistent, but I agree that just like england, I think it's about time they look for another captain in limited overs cricket. Professor Hafeez anyone?

  • Munkeymomo on February 22, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    I don't think Pakistan's team is weak, the only area they are really lacking in is a good wicketkeeper who can bat aggressively too. Most other teams have this position and is pretty much a prerequisite for an ODI team these days. The quicks in Gul and Junaid are very fine limited overs bowlers and they have an array of quality spinners. Couple that with Afridi, Umar Akmal, Shafiq, Hafeez in the batting department and that is a good side. Misbah can be a good anchor throughout the innings, he is a fine player (and a very nice chap). With a better opener that Farhat (I heard Rameez Raja Jr was good) and maybe one more reliable batsmen that is a potent side. Surprised they lost 4-0 to England.

  • ProdigyA on February 22, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Pak needs a genuine fast bolwer like Umesh Yadav

  • on February 22, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    why this fuss!! every 1 thought england going to win test they were whitewashed! every 1 thought pakisthan going to win 1days they were washed away! hey tahts why we watch cricket for the fun!

  • RoshanDgreat on February 22, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    It's seems to be season of whitewash....first england whitewashed india in test and one-day, then india did same in ODI's with england... India again on receiving end from Australia while England got drubbing in Tests from Pakistan and now same England team whitewashed Pakistan in ODI. I can't find any logic of England suddenly looking superior than Pakistan Team. Rightly said...Cricket is very funny and unpredictable.

  • on February 22, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Fully Agreed With Abdul-Qadir !!

  • Imad_K on February 22, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Amy-rd-Pak need batsmen like Misbah, A Ali, Y Khan otherwise this Pakistani batting will not even last 30 overs in a one day match. Yes we see dashers like U Akmal, Afridi - how much dashing do they do? Yes if Pakistan had 6/7 Pontings then fair enough. I have hardly ever watched a match where Pak have lost because of their run rate. Tell me to be 80 off 20 overs, 130 off 30 overs, 190 off 40 overs how much dashing do you need to do? Getting to around 190/200 off 40 overs with wickets in hand is that a poor score? Then with wickets in hand Pak can do the dashing. The problem with Pak is that it's the dashing that loses them games. They need to learn to occupy the crease, rotating the strike - look at the way the Aussies bat when they need to build a partnership. They need to learn to play low risk shots, not give their wickets away, not try and hit every ball for a boundary - the runs will come. How many times have the dashers lost their wickets and games from winning positions?

  • drnaveed on February 22, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    it is now time we should have separate teams for all three formats of the game.we have players of test format that are not suited for one day games. and 20-20 is a different format game altogether.some senior players should think for the sake of the Country and should retire from one day and 20-20 cricket,they should realize that it is time for youngsters to come forward and take their places in one day and 20-20 cricket.we also need an aggressive captain for one day and 20-20 cricket.misbah is only suited to test cricket and is somewhat a defensive captain.hard hitters should be selected for 20-20 cricket.

  • on February 22, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    I am absolutely very downhearted with the Pakistan's recent one day series against England.I think the selector of Pakistan cricket board has got some mental problem.How they think to play one day as like as test series with bunches of spin bowlers and a fast bowler,specially in 4th ODI.After testing the ability of all most every players Hammad Azam should have tested in the last ODI.But they didn't do so.Why didn't they choose Afridi as a opening batsman?.We have been seeing over the last 3-4 years Afridi was not doing better in lower-middle order rather than opening.As he is not doing good in the later stage of match should unleash him to open the match in anywhere against any team as before.If he will click or not because he is all rounder.As a consequent the opposition bowlers fill some trouble with Afridi.Never back Imran Farhat,instead him Imran Nazeer or Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shejad Should be int he Pakistan team both in t20 and ODI.Razzak should be played all the time.

  • on February 22, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    I totally agree. A little reshuffling of the team is required. Australia has dropped the legendary Ricky Ponting from their ODI squad to make room for fresh faces. Pakistan shouldn't feel stuck with the current squad and experiment various combination. One thing that most people tend to overlook is the performance of Hafeez. I have yet to see him play a convincing innings against a top team. He has scored against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Ireland, etc. but he never plays well against a top team. He needs to justify his spot as an opening batsman. IMO, Imran Farhat has been scoring more runs than Hafeez as of late. Nasir Jamshed should be tried as opening batsmen for ODI/T20. There are others like Imran Nazir, Usman Salahuddin, and Yasir Arafat. Bowling department needs special attention. A mediocre bowler like Umar Gull is leading the bowling attack. What a shame for Pakistan cricket. The guy can't even keep a consistent line and length. Cheema is a better bowler than Gul IMO.

  • on February 22, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    i think paksitan lost it because of combination. & yes agree with many here that in odi many players should b diffrent from tests. this side is mostly packed with same style of batsman.also pak need to brought up medium pace allrounders instead of all spin allrounders.odis cant be won all the time by only spinners.bangladesh use to do this but did they ever won all the time?even against the teams who are not reputed to play spin.in odi u need atleast 2 striking seamers. if batting is worry they can add allrounders but medium pace. we have spiner allrounders afridi & hafez so strengthen tail.

  • on February 22, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    I agree with imran Khan....

  • on February 22, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Pak played negative cricket throughout the ODI series.When we talk about winning since NZ series we forget the fact that Afridi was the captain until WI series. We only won against Ireland,Zim,SL and BD in the captaincy of Misbah. SL series won was very much because of the Brilliant performance from Afridi. This was real test for Misbah as he was up against a quality side and he failed. When you play with 8 batsmen against Afghans and don't give chance to youngster like Hammd and when you play with 5 spinners and 1 fast bowler, you really don't deserve to win. I still beleive we have good fast bowlers but Misbah never gave any chance to fast bowler to bowl in rthym. You don't get talent like Aamer everyday, most of the time you have to groom your talent you have got. You have bowlers like Talha, Cheema, Junaid and Riaz which will only perform when they will play regular cricket but if you keep replacing them after 2 overs with new ball then that wont help their confidence.

  • on February 22, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    simple question, like Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali maintaining the strike rate of 5 runs per over till 23 overs,and from 23 to 35 overs( 12 overs) why they put just 40 runs @ 3 runs per over, why they stoped to play, atleast I saw Azhar Ali started to play test match, so there was no plan, and team was playing without any plan, It was management duty any batsman come to play, they should maintain their run rates.

  • K-amps on February 22, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    The Pakistani strategy of saving wickets then trying to launch at the end is so 80's... Team now have specialized bowlers that can make it hard to launch, thus the focus now needs to be to get a run a ball from the beginning. Stop the tuk tuk and try and take singles every ball... a consistent approach is what the better teams do... Forget the 80's... it's long gone!

  • on February 22, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    I'm not sure of two things in this team: 1) Why was Misbah the captain of ODI team? He was not even there in the final XI the way he plays. 2) What was Shoaib Malik doing in the team? Seriously, what he really does? I'm pretty sure, Pakistan would have won the final game, had they got extra 20-25 runs contribution by any batsman. Yes, batting is for sure the problem, but there is nothing in the world unresolvable especially when you have ton of potential and talent sitting out there. Its just a big shame on selectors.

  • on February 22, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    i agree with the suggestion of ex captain abdul qadir time has come to make separate team for thre formats young players like ahmad shahzad,nasir jamsheed,awais zia,umar akmal,hammad azam they should give chances in every format

  • Imad_K on February 22, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Pakistan simply don't have the right mentality. Yesterday they were around 130 overs off 30 overs and you could see they were itching to do something stupid and get themselves out. Why don't they understand forget the boundaries, forget the strike rates at least occupy the crease - the runs will come. 130 off 30 overs is perfect because even a run a ball can get you to something like 190/200 off 40 overs and with wickets in hand. You don't even need to hit any big shots to get there. Then with wickets in hand you can really launch yourselves in the last 10/12 overs. But Pakistan will never ever learn.

  • Imad_K on February 22, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Look forget fitness, selection or any other excuse. The problem with Pakistan is with their batting and has been the case for the last 10-15 years. Pakistan's victory in the test series against Eng means nothing and won't make any difference to Pak until they sort their batting out. Pak normally give their wickets away playing stupid shots, chasing wide balls, get run out, hit balls needlessly in the air and get caught, lose their wickets at the wrong time, 20/3 or 30/3 and then rely on 2/3 batsmen to score runs for them.

  • on February 22, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Misbah's field placement was simply aweful and horrible when compared to field placement of Cook. Each english player played to its full capacity and the result is infront of everyone. On the whole it was poor captaincy by Misbah. He is not fit enough to be captain of ODIs & T20s.

  • Ammy_rd on February 22, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Misbah is not suited to be an ODI batter. His tuk tuk approach mounts up pressure on his partners usually resulting in a solid foundation being wasted. Pakistan are in desparate need of a dasher who can utilise the powerplay overs and get quick runs. Misbah doesn't seem to have any long term plan to build the team; a fact reflected by the inclusion of 6 to 7 players on the wrong side of 30. His reluctance in giving chance to youngsters is also hampering the progress of our team. No one wants a whitewash series win at the expense of their team's future!

  • on February 22, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    All three formats should be played by different team

  • on February 22, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Do not need to panic for pakistan cricket fans they will bounce back in T/20

  • Stark62 on February 22, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Misbah's captaincy has been the real down fall of Pak. He thinks it's "okay" to give singles to a new batsmen and have only four men inside the circle.

    Also, when one bowler is doing well and the other not so well then, he'll take slips out for both and that proved to be costly when Cheema was bowling.

    But overall, I think it's time for Afridi to be back as captain in both ODI's and T20's because under him, a similar squad managed to reach the semi-finals of the WC and for more youngsters to be included like: Jamshed, Sadaf, Shezhad, N. Yasin, H. Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan (wkt), Rahat Ali, Nayyer Abbas and Junaid Nadir.

  • on February 22, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    I am not agree to Great Imran Khan that Misbah should retain as captain in ODI/T20, even his place in both formats is also debateable. He should give chance to youngsters like Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Umar Amin, Usman Salahuddin, Naveed Yasin, Khalid Latif, Fahad Iqbal and all other upcoming talented youngsters. I give an important suggestion here to thinktank of PCB that the legend Mohammad Yousuf should be hire as player cum Batting Coach to groom new talent of National team.

  • on February 22, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Pak should not panic, just by loosing one series, does not make them a bad team, they were tired and the wrong team was selected. I truely belive in pak winning the T20 series 2-1.

  • johnstone on February 22, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Why is Yasir Arafat consistantly ignored ?. In all forms of the game he is top class but he is even more impressive in the shortened version of the game. I know of no reason why he should not be given an oppurtunity in both 50 and 20 over cricket.

  • on February 22, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Misbah should stay at 5 it is time for youngsters to be tested up the order and they need an opportunity to build a big score and play a long innings, misbah holds the team together in the middle overs. Main problems are the wicket keeper position, the opening partnership and the 6th bowler and how do u fit in a 6th bowler?? Only suggestion I have for pakistan is to swap Farhat for Nasir Jamshed becuz Jamshed is better player!! He can open with Hafees, and need to stick with players like umar ackmal and develop them

  • smjr on February 22, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    I entirely agree with Imran khan and Mudassr Nazar views. There is no need to panic. Not every thing is lost or this is not the last ODI series. Misbah should continue as captain as no one else is capable to lead the team. PCB to please learn from earlier mistake when they appoint Shoaib Malik for tour of India where we lost the test series as well as ODI series.

  • cricket_pak419 on February 22, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Everything said here is true, but I know what some are thinking. First of all who ever says to drop Imran Farhat is extremly stupid. Like come on he did great job on that close fifty in the other match. When I heard that Azhar Ali was being picked for odi's I said no for sure but then when he went and teamed up with asad shafiq just prooved that if he plays some more matches he can becom a odi batsmen. The wicket keeping has also became a problem the 22 akmals are dropping the catches. In 20twenty Kamran Akmal has scored extremly well, so I don't know if anybody wants him.The only other problem is that everybody has too much dependence on afridi. When I was mwatching the match Aameer Sohail said that inn the final overs that afridi can do some boom boom and make Pakistan reach up to 300. That's not possiblei every match and everybody has play differently. Some times u score and sometimes not. Know the test team is perfect, but not odi and twenty 20. Plaease ffeel free to comment on me

  • on February 22, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Team Selection was the main reason of loss. team required new openers. If u like Muhammad hafeez than play him as a all rounder who will play at no 6 or 7. Selectors should search for a genuine fast bowler. (Wahan, aizaz, Junaid not well enough) A Wicket Keeper aggressive Batsman is badly needed..

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  • on February 22, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Team Selection was the main reason of loss. team required new openers. If u like Muhammad hafeez than play him as a all rounder who will play at no 6 or 7. Selectors should search for a genuine fast bowler. (Wahan, aizaz, Junaid not well enough) A Wicket Keeper aggressive Batsman is badly needed..

  • cricket_pak419 on February 22, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Everything said here is true, but I know what some are thinking. First of all who ever says to drop Imran Farhat is extremly stupid. Like come on he did great job on that close fifty in the other match. When I heard that Azhar Ali was being picked for odi's I said no for sure but then when he went and teamed up with asad shafiq just prooved that if he plays some more matches he can becom a odi batsmen. The wicket keeping has also became a problem the 22 akmals are dropping the catches. In 20twenty Kamran Akmal has scored extremly well, so I don't know if anybody wants him.The only other problem is that everybody has too much dependence on afridi. When I was mwatching the match Aameer Sohail said that inn the final overs that afridi can do some boom boom and make Pakistan reach up to 300. That's not possiblei every match and everybody has play differently. Some times u score and sometimes not. Know the test team is perfect, but not odi and twenty 20. Plaease ffeel free to comment on me

  • smjr on February 22, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    I entirely agree with Imran khan and Mudassr Nazar views. There is no need to panic. Not every thing is lost or this is not the last ODI series. Misbah should continue as captain as no one else is capable to lead the team. PCB to please learn from earlier mistake when they appoint Shoaib Malik for tour of India where we lost the test series as well as ODI series.

  • on February 22, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Misbah should stay at 5 it is time for youngsters to be tested up the order and they need an opportunity to build a big score and play a long innings, misbah holds the team together in the middle overs. Main problems are the wicket keeper position, the opening partnership and the 6th bowler and how do u fit in a 6th bowler?? Only suggestion I have for pakistan is to swap Farhat for Nasir Jamshed becuz Jamshed is better player!! He can open with Hafees, and need to stick with players like umar ackmal and develop them

  • johnstone on February 22, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Why is Yasir Arafat consistantly ignored ?. In all forms of the game he is top class but he is even more impressive in the shortened version of the game. I know of no reason why he should not be given an oppurtunity in both 50 and 20 over cricket.

  • on February 22, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Pak should not panic, just by loosing one series, does not make them a bad team, they were tired and the wrong team was selected. I truely belive in pak winning the T20 series 2-1.

  • on February 22, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    I am not agree to Great Imran Khan that Misbah should retain as captain in ODI/T20, even his place in both formats is also debateable. He should give chance to youngsters like Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Umar Amin, Usman Salahuddin, Naveed Yasin, Khalid Latif, Fahad Iqbal and all other upcoming talented youngsters. I give an important suggestion here to thinktank of PCB that the legend Mohammad Yousuf should be hire as player cum Batting Coach to groom new talent of National team.

  • Stark62 on February 22, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Misbah's captaincy has been the real down fall of Pak. He thinks it's "okay" to give singles to a new batsmen and have only four men inside the circle.

    Also, when one bowler is doing well and the other not so well then, he'll take slips out for both and that proved to be costly when Cheema was bowling.

    But overall, I think it's time for Afridi to be back as captain in both ODI's and T20's because under him, a similar squad managed to reach the semi-finals of the WC and for more youngsters to be included like: Jamshed, Sadaf, Shezhad, N. Yasin, H. Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan (wkt), Rahat Ali, Nayyer Abbas and Junaid Nadir.

  • on February 22, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Do not need to panic for pakistan cricket fans they will bounce back in T/20

  • on February 22, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    All three formats should be played by different team