Pakistan v England, 1st Twenty20, Dubai February 22, 2012

Tough to call Twenty20s on unpredictable tour

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Match facts


Thursday February 23, Dubai
Start time 2000 (1600 GMT)

Big Picture


It would be a mistake to dismiss the three-match Twenty20 series at the end of this unpredictable tour involving Pakistan and England as inconsequential. It is nothing of the sort. Twenty20 might be anathema to some but the size of its audience is undeniable. There is a World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September to plan for and these matches will be vital preparation for both sides.

There has been little logic in what we have seen so far in the other two formats. England, ranked as the No. 1 Test side in the world, were trounced 3-0 in the Test series; with little reputation in the 50-over game they responded by returning the favour with a whitewash in the ODIs. Add the fact that T20, if not the lottery many claim, is more unpredictable to call, and only a fool would be confident of the outcome.

England turn to their third captain of the tour with Stuart Broad stepping up for T20. It is testimony to their unity that they can make the transition between captains with no sense of discord. Pakistan will soon be considering a replacement for Misbah-ul-Haq and a young T20 captain would be one way to begin their rebuilding process, but the captaincy triumvirate might be one English export that never takes hold.

Form guide (most recent first)


Pakistan: WWWWL
England: WLWWL

Players to watch ...


Awais Zia, a dashing left-hander, gets an opportunity as Younis Khan and Azhar Ali return home. Zia, 25, from Chakwal in the Punjab, has even been called "the new Boom Boom." No pressure there then.

The player the English media wants to watch is Alastair Cook, whose flowering as an ODI batsman has been followed by his addition to the T20 squad. "Injury cover only," insist England nervously, whether because they are frightened of undermining Broad, have no intention of playing Cook, or are being strangely playful, who can tell?

Team news


Team news is patchy. Broad admitted that England had injuries and then refused to say what injuries they were, encouraging more Cook Fever. Ravi Bopara's bad back may rule him out although he trained on Wednesday. Pakistan will play Awais Zia but the presence of Hammad Azam, overlooked for the ODIs, ahead of Imran Farhat is less certain especially as Misbah has expressed the wish for those who failed in the one-day series to make amends.

Pakistan (possible) 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Hammad Azam, 3 Asad Shafiq, 4 Umar Akmal (wk), 5 Awais Zia, 6 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Shoaib Malik, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Aizaz Cheema

England (possible) 1 Alex Hales, 2 Craig Kieswetter (wk) 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Samit Patel 6 Jonny Bairstow, 7 Jos Buttler, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Graeme Swann, 10 Steven Finn

Pitch and conditions


Pitches in Dubai have offered enough pace to encourage strokeplay so the odds are on a high-scoring match.

Stats and trivia


  • Temperatures in parts of the UAE fell as low as 9C in mountainous areas, 12C on the coast, on Tuesday with storm-force winds, sandstorms and rough seas.

  • Awais Zia is uncapped and the only new face in Pakistan's T20 squad.

  • Broad has missed three of the six Twenty20 matches since he was named captain due to injury.

  • Mushtaq Mohammad, the former Pakistan captain, has called for Pakistan's one-day side to be dismantled.

Quotes


"No reassurances needed to be given. We've worked closely as three captains, as we have done for nearly a year now, and that doesn't change overnight."
Stuart Broad, England's Twenty20 captain, less concerned than the media about the addition of Alastair Cook to the squad.

"Sometime you feel home sickness. It is not that I'm giving an excuse on this matter but it happens when you are not playing at home."
Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan's captain, reflecting after the 4-0 defeat in the one-day series upon a home series that is nothing of the sort.

Edited by Andrew McGlashan

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | February 23, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Pakistan, watch out for JOS BUTTLER and JONNY BAIRSTOW.. They are gonna blow you away...

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | February 23, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Absolutely no pressure on Awais Zia when he is called Boom Boom. he just has to last 6-7 balls and score 10-15. Thats it. It Boom enough.

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | February 23, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    England are World Champions n England will win 3-0....

  • POSTED BY Hayes.Adam on | February 23, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    @keptalittlelow, Before the ODI series begin I said same about Pakistan and England seemed in no good position to win more then 1 match, but to my surprise it was the other way round, I will not write-off Pakistan at all.

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | February 23, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    England are in top form right now, it will not be less than a miracle if Pakistan won any of the games, unless Afridi and co play out of their skins.

  • POSTED BY bexleylion on | February 23, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    And so to the football supporters version of test match cricket, T20. Don't get me wrong, I understand the need for T20 even if only for the indirect support and promotion of the game it produces for our beleaguered counties? But at international level who remembers today's result in a few weeks time? As for Hales vs Cook, a 'no-brainer', ODI captain or not. Who is most likely to still be at the crease after 19.5 overs with 75 or 80 runs scored and an asterisk against their name? Surely this has to be the role of one of the openers in T20, whilst the other opener and the engine room to follow, attack with gusto?

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | February 23, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    @Asadullah Qureshi. I think its about a choice of 15 players and then you pick the best 11 considering the opposition bowling and batting weaknesses and strengths. I think Awais Zia will be better suited to open the innings as in later overs being a left hander playing his first match, wouldnt be easy facing Swann. Just as Abdul Razaq is a excellent hitter of faster balls than spin, its always tour managements job to find those 11 and their batting order which suit on the day. One more thing, People should not pick their team by looking at BPL scorecards only because the competition in BPL is not strong enough due to lack of strength. When I consider Mohammad Sami, its because of his excellent form in Pakistan domestic too.

  • POSTED BY mohammedshuja on | February 23, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    My Squads for T 20, ODI and Tests will be:-

    TEST: 1) Taufeeq Umer 2) Yasir Hameed 3) Younis Khan 4) Mohammad Hafeez 5) Azhar Al 6) Misbah ul Haq ( Cpt)7) Zulqarnain Hyder (Wk) 8) Abdul Rehman 9) Umer Gul 10) Saeed Ajmal 11) Sadaf Hussain 12) Asim Kamal 13) Asad Shafiq 14) Junaid Khan 15) Mohammad Talha

    ODI: 1) Ahmed Shehzad 2) Imran Nazir 3) Asad Shafiq 4) Umer Akmal 5) Hammad Azam 6) Shahid Afridi (Cpt) 7) Kamran Akmal (WK) 8) Abdul Razzaq 9) Rana Naveed 10) Saeed Ajmal 11) Umer Gul 12) Abdul Rehman 13) Sadaf Hussain 14) Awais Zia 15) Shahzaib Hussain

    T20: 1) Ahmed Shehzad 2) Imran Nazir 3) Nasir Jamshed 4) Umer Akmal(Wk) 5) Awaiz Zia 6) Hammaz Azam 7) Shahid Afridi(Cpt) 8) Abdul Razzaq 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Umer Gul 11) Sadaf Hussain 12) Shahzaib Hussain 13) Asad Shafiq 14) Junaid Khan 15) Rana Naveed

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding: "In the end this format matters the least and really shouldnt be played at international level." This is the format cricket gets most of its money from. If you don't like, don't watch it.

  • POSTED BY eyballfallenout on | February 23, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    it doesn't matter who wins when you shut your eyes and swing..... luck plays to bigger part in 20/20

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | February 23, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Pakistan, watch out for JOS BUTTLER and JONNY BAIRSTOW.. They are gonna blow you away...

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | February 23, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Absolutely no pressure on Awais Zia when he is called Boom Boom. he just has to last 6-7 balls and score 10-15. Thats it. It Boom enough.

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | February 23, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    England are World Champions n England will win 3-0....

  • POSTED BY Hayes.Adam on | February 23, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    @keptalittlelow, Before the ODI series begin I said same about Pakistan and England seemed in no good position to win more then 1 match, but to my surprise it was the other way round, I will not write-off Pakistan at all.

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | February 23, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    England are in top form right now, it will not be less than a miracle if Pakistan won any of the games, unless Afridi and co play out of their skins.

  • POSTED BY bexleylion on | February 23, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    And so to the football supporters version of test match cricket, T20. Don't get me wrong, I understand the need for T20 even if only for the indirect support and promotion of the game it produces for our beleaguered counties? But at international level who remembers today's result in a few weeks time? As for Hales vs Cook, a 'no-brainer', ODI captain or not. Who is most likely to still be at the crease after 19.5 overs with 75 or 80 runs scored and an asterisk against their name? Surely this has to be the role of one of the openers in T20, whilst the other opener and the engine room to follow, attack with gusto?

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | February 23, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    @Asadullah Qureshi. I think its about a choice of 15 players and then you pick the best 11 considering the opposition bowling and batting weaknesses and strengths. I think Awais Zia will be better suited to open the innings as in later overs being a left hander playing his first match, wouldnt be easy facing Swann. Just as Abdul Razaq is a excellent hitter of faster balls than spin, its always tour managements job to find those 11 and their batting order which suit on the day. One more thing, People should not pick their team by looking at BPL scorecards only because the competition in BPL is not strong enough due to lack of strength. When I consider Mohammad Sami, its because of his excellent form in Pakistan domestic too.

  • POSTED BY mohammedshuja on | February 23, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    My Squads for T 20, ODI and Tests will be:-

    TEST: 1) Taufeeq Umer 2) Yasir Hameed 3) Younis Khan 4) Mohammad Hafeez 5) Azhar Al 6) Misbah ul Haq ( Cpt)7) Zulqarnain Hyder (Wk) 8) Abdul Rehman 9) Umer Gul 10) Saeed Ajmal 11) Sadaf Hussain 12) Asim Kamal 13) Asad Shafiq 14) Junaid Khan 15) Mohammad Talha

    ODI: 1) Ahmed Shehzad 2) Imran Nazir 3) Asad Shafiq 4) Umer Akmal 5) Hammad Azam 6) Shahid Afridi (Cpt) 7) Kamran Akmal (WK) 8) Abdul Razzaq 9) Rana Naveed 10) Saeed Ajmal 11) Umer Gul 12) Abdul Rehman 13) Sadaf Hussain 14) Awais Zia 15) Shahzaib Hussain

    T20: 1) Ahmed Shehzad 2) Imran Nazir 3) Nasir Jamshed 4) Umer Akmal(Wk) 5) Awaiz Zia 6) Hammaz Azam 7) Shahid Afridi(Cpt) 8) Abdul Razzaq 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Umer Gul 11) Sadaf Hussain 12) Shahzaib Hussain 13) Asad Shafiq 14) Junaid Khan 15) Rana Naveed

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding: "In the end this format matters the least and really shouldnt be played at international level." This is the format cricket gets most of its money from. If you don't like, don't watch it.

  • POSTED BY eyballfallenout on | February 23, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    it doesn't matter who wins when you shut your eyes and swing..... luck plays to bigger part in 20/20

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    England watch out 4 the Unpredictable Pakistanis!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    there is no more space for Imran Farhat in Pak team (any Formate)......

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    make chakwal proud , good luck awais zia

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    @Yorkshire Pudding - I agree totally. As an England fan (T20 Champs and ranked No1 T20) I think it's ok to say this. If we were rubbish at T20 then saying thisd would seem like sour grapes, but as chapions and number 1 ranked team it carries gravitas. The game is a coin flip most of the time, and runs to a more predictible and dull formula than any other form of cricket I know. 6's used to be exciting..I hardly look up from my newspaper now when a "Sponsor's name maximum" is hit. I don't care at all for T20, and I shan't be watching it, I have better things to do with my time.

  • POSTED BY sallo.rajput on | February 23, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    pakistan badly need an energetic match winning fast bowler

  • POSTED BY Narkovian on | February 23, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    PLEASE WAKE ME UP WHEN ITS ALL OVER. CAN'T BEAR THIS TRIPE. 3 MATCHES ! HOW MANY WILL THERE BE IN 5 YEARS TIME ? 5 ?, 7 ? , 9 ? , *** HELP US ALL.

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    My playing 11 : 1.hafeez 2.awais 3.shafiq 4.u.akmal(WK) 5.hammad azam 6.misbah 7.afridi 8.u.gul 9.wahab 10.ajmal 11.junaid i think raza hassan should be in the team a clever operator with the ball where are kamran akmal,nasir jamshed,ahmed shehzad,shahzaib hassan,rameez raja they should be in the team

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    my team for pakistan 1. hafeez 2. awais zia 3.asad shafique 4.umar akmal 5. misbah 6. hammad hazam 7. shahid afridi 8. w. riaz 9. ajmal 10. gul 11.junaid khan.

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Awais zia should open the innings bcz pak team needs his services to get out from batting crsis... cric info plz post my coment

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    It's always not happen what we think..let's see what happens now!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    awais zia is good choice to open he may take place of imran farhat in ODI as well good team no other option we have best of lucj team green

  • POSTED BY Munkeymomo on | February 23, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    @JG I agree, Buttler should be in at 5, Patel at 7. Would like to see Cook opening the innings with Hales, though I fear one or both may play too aggressively for their style without Kiesy opening, if he comes of he gets a rapid start.

  • POSTED BY alonetiger on | February 23, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    if pakistan wana win this series i think they should open with shoaib malik and hafeez and and make the batting lineup longer . they have to adopt the habit of playing attacking and agressive and to remove the bad habit of slow batting like misba always do by playing selfish cricket .misbah should kick out of t20 and one day formate or should change his game style and converting agressive .not like he always miss too many balls and the poor team fails bkz of his slowness.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | February 23, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    @simon_w Seconded - excellent idea. @Muhammad Ahsan Shehzad is too much of a hot-head. There's no place in an international side for player like him who needs to mature and adjust his attitude. Pakistan don't need their own version of Sreesanth in the team. And please switch off your caps lock key.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 23, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    Pakistan will never make any progress in the shorter format if they persist with Msbah.

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    If Hammad Azam is not picked, and Imran Farhat or Shoaib Malik are picked---i ll stop watching Pakistan cricket, which i m following when i was 6 in 1986. Full Stop!

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    please get rid off farhat and malik and misbah younis and bring in younger people please these guys are not great keep misbah for test match also younis...there are so many player out there right now who can bat and who bowl i dont know WHAT THE HELL PCB doing...we just got beaten and slapped around silly by england wake uppp pcb time for a real change that was a huge sign...

  • POSTED BY Dannymania on | February 23, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    yeah.that sounded like an excuse from misbah.Fortunately,i can counter that..See Mr.Misbah,there are many reasons that you guys shouldn't say that its home sickness.One,you guys are professionals,and its a job that everyone else does well.why cant you then?secondly,you yourself are 37,many others are over 30 and you guys have your families with you most of the times.thirdly,you guys won the test series damn well and there wasnt any home sickness then.its a very lame excuse,please come with anything better big brother,or father actually.you lose,you lose.there isnt anything that you can do to change that and its ok too.teams win and lose,its the part of the game.its just that you guys white washed the english side in test matches,and were dead in the odis.there should've been some fight atleast.for example,afridi's side in the world cup went down fighting,and so i personally had nothing that i wanted more from them.this is the team the afridi built anyways,he should be the odi captain.

  • POSTED BY AsadCricFan on | February 23, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Hoping to see a bunch of youngsters from the Pakistan side. Hammad Azam seems a great prospects, was quiet disappointed that he wasn't given a go in the ODIs, but hopefully he will prove himself today.

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    no hope for England today,,,,,,,,,,,,,shame..............

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 23, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    It'll be interesting to see who is in our T20 line up. Something tells me that they'll open with Cook and KP which is perhaps a little harsh on Hales and Kieswetter. Not sure how many changes I'd make to the bowling line up. Possibly Bresnan for Anderson or even go for 3 spinners with Briggs for Anderson? Re batting , it's a bit of a conundrum. I like Kieswetter but opening the inns and I'm not sure he's as effective at 5,6 or 7 - in which case I feel they should either have KP coming in at 3 or maybe have Bairstow or Buttler keeping wicket. I do hope KP doesn't try to become too responsible in this format - I'd like to see him coming down the pitch alot more and playing those extravagent switch hits again. I don't see this as a decider. Pak won the main series , Eng won the OD series and this one could go either way - as can just about any T20 game. BTW Don't like the idea of Buttler coming in at 7 - should swap in order with Patel

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | February 23, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    T20 is the most unpredictable of the International formats with any team able to beat the other regardless of rankings. In the end this format matters the least and really shouldnt be played at international level.

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    AHMAD SHEHZAD SHOULD BE PERMANENT IN THE ODI AND T20 TEAMS ALTHOUGH HE FAILED TO PERFORM LAST TIME WHEN HE WAS SELECTED, HE IS AN IMMENSE TALENT. MALIK SHOULD BE PERMANENT AT NO 3, I KNOW MANY OF YOU WILL DISAGREE WITH ME BUTT HE IS ALSO A NICE BATSMAN AND THE NEED OF THE HOUR IS JUST TO IMPROVE HIS CONFIDENCE AND HE WILL PERFORM AGAIN AS HE DID IN THE PAST. FARHAT SHOULD BE DROPPED PERMANENTLY AND HAFEEZ MAY ALSO BE RESTED TO GAIN HIS FORM. THERE IS ANOTHER NICE OPENER SHARJEED KHAN, WHO PERFORMED REALLY WELL IN THE DOMESTIC CIRCLE, HE SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE IN ASIA CUP. IN FAST BOWLING BOTH CHEEMA AND KHAN SHOULD BE REPLACED BY GOOD YOUNG LEFT ARM FAST BOWLERS WHO CAN SWING THE BALL INTO THE RIGHT HANDERS.

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    WHITEWASH COMING IN 20-20 BY ENGLAND..

  • POSTED BY simon_w on | February 23, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    suggestion, if I may: the form guide on these previews is nice enough, but it could be a lot more useful -- at the very least the results could be linked to the relevant cricinfo match page, don't you think? perhaps they could have mouse-over popups, so that we can quickly and easily see who those games were against, how long ago, where, and what the result was? Should be simple to implement, I think. Just a thought! Thanks :)

  • POSTED BY gulraiz680 on | February 23, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    PAKISTAN IS GOING TO WIN THIS MATCH AND SERIES AS WELL. ITS MY WISH AND CHILDISH AS WELL

  • POSTED BY Umair24 on | February 23, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Awais Zia should open with hafeez...I think he will be the best choice opening with hafeez.

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    My team ( Same as Zahid, but differant order) (1) Imran Nazir (2) Afridi (needs to spend as much time in the middle as is possible, should open in t20 like he did in the county cricket Friend Life t20) (3) AHMAD SHEHZAD (4) AWAIS ZIA (5) UMAR AKMAL (6) HAMMAD AZAM (7) HAFIZ (can be promoted up when in crisis to stabilize the innings) (8) ABDUL RAZAQ (9) RANA NAVED (used to come one-down for Surrey in t20, so he is an all-rder) (10) MOHAMMAD SAMI/UMAR GUL (11) AJMAL

    Reserves: Usman Salahuddin, nasir jamshed, azhar mehmood, Sohail Tanvir, Rehman

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    @Zahidsaltin, excellent team really !! @Aly Shah, I would also have Sohail Tanvir and Rehman on the bench. Tanvir can be really difficult to hit if he keeps good line and length (like in a game in BPL last week, he started off with double wicket maiden striking out in-form Gibbs and Chanderpaul) Rehman also can choke the opposition if he keeps it tight, remember he was originally a limited overs cricketer with the job of containing while Kaneria was the preferred test bowler ...

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    farhat sholud b replaced by ahmed shehzad but malik hav alot of cricket remains in him he must come up in the order at 3 he is a real match winner

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    unpredictable? hardly....after seeing the ODIs its easy to see that Pakistan have no serious batsmen,....average at best...I smell another white wash...

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq and Imran Nazir have not played any good cricket in recent past. But I hope Nasir Jamshed is selected for T20 WC along with the leading wicket taker of Big Bash Rana Naveed.

    Ramiz Raja and Shahzaib Hasan are is also good players. They can be included in WC squad. We must find at least one express pace (150+ kph) fast bowler, otherwise our fast bowlers are looking mediocre.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | February 23, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Ahmed Shehzad who doing well in on going BPL should have been in T20 squad... failures after failures Shoaib is still in the T20 squad ???????????????

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    @ zahidsaltin i would make possibly two cahnges only

    1. kamran in for hammad(keep hammad in 15) because although kamran was dropped for his keeping but now he is doing ok and also a good slasher with the bat

    2. play one of nasir jamshed or awais zia and keep the other one in the squad of 15

    wat u say guys???

  • POSTED BY WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on | February 23, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    I dont know what a perfect XI combination for this series coz PAK r missing of some deserving specialist t20 players such as RAZZAK,SHEHZAD,NAZIR,MAHMOOD,SAMI etc...I hope this will be a last limited over series of MISBAH as captain & last coaching assignment for MOHSIN sir...PAK need AFRIDI as captain & WHATMORE as head coach coz both r attacking mindset...ZAKA ASHRAF also need to appoint perfect & professional BATTING & BOWLING coach as far as FIELDING coach is concern J.FOUNTAIN is perfect option...My SQUAD for ASIA cup...1. HAFEEZ 2. JAMSHED 3.SHEHZAD 4. AZHAR ALI 5.SHAFIQ 6. UMAR AKMAL 7. RAMEEZ RAJA jnr 8. KAMRAN AKMAL (w.k) 9. AFRIDI (cap.) 10. RAZZAK 11. AJMAL 12. SAMI 13. REHMAN 14. WAHAB 15. JUNAID 16. CHEEMA and My SQUAD for WORLD T20...1. HAFEEZ 2. JAMSHED 3.SHEHZAD 4. NAZIR 5.SHAFIQ 6. UMAR AKMAL 7. RAMEEZ RAJA jnr 8. KAMRAN AKMAL (w.k) 9. AFRIDI (cap.) 10. RAZZAK 11. AJMAL 12. SAMI 13. REHMAN 14. GUL 15. AZHAR MAHMOOD 16. RANA NAVED...GUYS r u agree with my SQUAD...???

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    why shoaib malik is in the team man?????????????????????

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    No proper numbering in England team list two times written 10 slot

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    @Asad Haroon Qureshi : hammad azam is also medium pace bowler i guess

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    even if the sky falls down the earth shatters, Shoaib Malik will still get to play ...

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Good team but it will be dificult To perform for malik at n8 but i expect that awais zia Will open and hammad at n5 overall good team and inshallah we Will win this T20 series

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Game On now now t20 series begin& every one knows pakistani players are fav for t20 format.so beware english team we r coming with new team, new style, new strength, owais zia is the man player i think in this series he could play great role in this series.

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    Pakistan inshallah will win

  • POSTED BY Rauf_khan on | February 23, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    They should have a better side in t20, because Misbahulhaq had very defensive strategy in test and Odi that will never be beneficial in t20. I think in t20 Misbaulhaq has no place that's it.For World t20 they should develop a young and energetic side rather it will be no chance for Pakistan to win the upcoming World t20 in September 2012.thanks....

  • POSTED BY SHAHBABA103 on | February 23, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    why are they doing all this thing i dont understand in t 20 format imran farhat and aizaz cheema both are unable to do something great so they should not to play in t 20 and i think kamran akmal have a great potention to play in t 20 and also give a chance to umar akmal that he will be a opening batsman in T 20 format and also wahab should be there to play for pakistan because he is a good bowler and last but not least the amazing cricketer guess who is this ??????????????? ya you think right our great batsman shoaib malik who is out of performance after his marriage and he is still playing for pakistan he have no role in pakistan team now so he should be retire now.

  • POSTED BY drshahidsiddique on | February 23, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    good morning everybody, i think as a nation we have some defects to sort out,we are always in a haste to make decisions and sometimes we are just too slow and scared to make any correct decision and most of the times if you see liking and disliking take upper hand over the name, honour and respect of Pakistan and we as individuals always think with no sincerity to pakistan but to ourselves and that is why we dont think collectively what is needed like Shoaib Malik who is just imposing himself to Pakistan when he is not needed at all,he has done good for Pakistan in the past but now he should give a chance to someone better than him to make Pakistan cricket go forward on the shoulders of young crickters with better talent than him and help Pakistan cause and Pakistani selectors who just put forward their own relatives and friends should think Pakistan will progress on a day when we will all be frineds to each other and tied as a unit of brotherhood where no one will take any advantage

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    The only reason Malik is in the team because When Malik was the captain he brought Misbah in the squad. Now Misbah is returning the favor simple as that fellas.

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    misbah shouldnt be playing he always waits till the last minute to start playing aggresive

  • POSTED BY Saad.Navaid on | February 23, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    i think Asad is a much better opener than Hamad... the only problem in this team is Malik... switch him with Rehman or Wahab both of them can bat and bowl much much better... and the batting order should change... guys who want umar gul out should know that umar has been the only fast bowling spearhead for Pakistan among disasters... he should be given a bit more than a chance...

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    this is t20, where are the specialists?? shahzeb, shehzad, jamshed, nazir, even kamran akmal can be considered as he is an attacking batsman, regarding bowler, Pakistan is again missing the trick of playing with 2 fast bowlers only, razaq can fill in the position of a bowling all-rounder .. the selection committee has to think. as for English side they have a very balanced side.

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    @Zahidsaltin Excellent T20 team selection mate. These are all real t20 experts. I would even have nasir jamshed / wahab riaz / azhar mehmood on the bench for replacing if someone is underperforming. We should stick with players who play a lot of t20 throughout the year. There is no reason of having shoab in the squad. Misbah needs to be attacking and get out of the test phase, he never got out of it throughout ODI series.

  • POSTED BY touqeer777 on | February 23, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    My team for T20 is Hafeez,Zia,Umer,Asad,Malik,Misbah,Afridi,Hammad,Ajmal,Gul,Junaid/Wahab.

  • POSTED BY touqeer777 on | February 23, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    Misbah is very defensive captain.His strategy is good for test matches but totally flopped in ODI and T20.Another thing he avoid to gave chances to new players because he scares that may be he will lost.I think stability is good for test matches but in ODI and T20 u need new and excited players which we have lot but our coward captains like Afridi and Misbah always opposed this, thats why lot of new players come back from tours without playing even single games like it happened with Sadaf Hussain,Usman Salahuddin and now with Hammad Azam.Usman is very young and talented batsman and I m sure the way he is consistently performing in domestic he will be next Muhammad Yousuf.

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    lovely team zahid@ i fully agree with u brother

  • POSTED BY kevinpp24 on | February 23, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    1 Alex Hales, 2 Craig Kieswetter (wk) 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Jos Buttler, 7 Samit Patel, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Graeme Swann, 11 Steven Finn. This looks a good team for WC. Samit coming after Butler is the better option in lively pitches, though Patel is a good player of spin. Eng fans, is there any other options available in county? We need a few hard-hitting left-handed middle order batsmen.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 23, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    Should be a good game, momentum now fully with England, but Pakistan don't know the meaning of the word, & can win any place any time!

  • POSTED BY m3in_h00n_k0un on | February 23, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Playing XI for 1st t20 : Awais Zia, Hafeez, Farhat, U. Akmal (wk), Asad, Misbah, Malik, Afridi, Hammad, Ajmal, Gul .

    5 batsman, 4 allrounders, and 2 bowlers.

    Wouldn't include Farhat or Asad, if there was any other batsman in squad. Wish to see Fawad comming bak in squad for Farhat and Muhammad Sami for Gul.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | February 23, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    Pakistan has got their combination all wrong. You just can't insert new players like Zia or Hammad to a Twenty20 format where the pressure is tremendous and game moves on quickly. An ODI would have been an ideal choice for these two. And, it is atrocious to see Shoaib in making the playing 11. You mean to tell me Nasir Jamshed, Shahzaib, Imran Nazir or Ahmed Shahzad is not good enough to replace Malik?

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    I don't get it why is hammad azam opening and awaits Xi'an I coming 5 down it should be the other way around from what I have heard awaits zia opens the batting in domestic t20 well n ok selection in the end would have been better if wahab riaz was selected in place of malik

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    for god sake, no more cheema, wahab these days is ever more potent than gul when it comes to the death bowling, and boy dont pakistan need him in t 20

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | February 22, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    Hasa Raza is coming up fast but he need to learn a bit of batting.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | February 22, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Pakistan should play with Razaq, Rana Naved and Ahar Mahmood instead of Gul and Chema. Get rid of Shoaib at least. For me the ideal Pakistan team is as fllows. Let me have comments. 1) HAFIZ 2) IMRAN NAZIR 3)AHMAD SHEHZAD 4) UMAR AKMAL 5) AWAIS ZIA 6) AFRIDI 7) HAMMAD AZAM 8) ABDUL RAZAQ 9) RANA NAVED 10) MOHAMMAD SAMI/UMAR GUL 11) SAID AJMAL

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    is pietersen playing??? in this match ?

  • POSTED BY RANA1610 on | February 22, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    hafeez & cheema should be off, younis should be in.

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  • POSTED BY RANA1610 on | February 22, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    hafeez & cheema should be off, younis should be in.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    is pietersen playing??? in this match ?

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | February 22, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Pakistan should play with Razaq, Rana Naved and Ahar Mahmood instead of Gul and Chema. Get rid of Shoaib at least. For me the ideal Pakistan team is as fllows. Let me have comments. 1) HAFIZ 2) IMRAN NAZIR 3)AHMAD SHEHZAD 4) UMAR AKMAL 5) AWAIS ZIA 6) AFRIDI 7) HAMMAD AZAM 8) ABDUL RAZAQ 9) RANA NAVED 10) MOHAMMAD SAMI/UMAR GUL 11) SAID AJMAL

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | February 22, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    Hasa Raza is coming up fast but he need to learn a bit of batting.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    for god sake, no more cheema, wahab these days is ever more potent than gul when it comes to the death bowling, and boy dont pakistan need him in t 20

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    I don't get it why is hammad azam opening and awaits Xi'an I coming 5 down it should be the other way around from what I have heard awaits zia opens the batting in domestic t20 well n ok selection in the end would have been better if wahab riaz was selected in place of malik

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | February 23, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    Pakistan has got their combination all wrong. You just can't insert new players like Zia or Hammad to a Twenty20 format where the pressure is tremendous and game moves on quickly. An ODI would have been an ideal choice for these two. And, it is atrocious to see Shoaib in making the playing 11. You mean to tell me Nasir Jamshed, Shahzaib, Imran Nazir or Ahmed Shahzad is not good enough to replace Malik?

  • POSTED BY m3in_h00n_k0un on | February 23, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Playing XI for 1st t20 : Awais Zia, Hafeez, Farhat, U. Akmal (wk), Asad, Misbah, Malik, Afridi, Hammad, Ajmal, Gul .

    5 batsman, 4 allrounders, and 2 bowlers.

    Wouldn't include Farhat or Asad, if there was any other batsman in squad. Wish to see Fawad comming bak in squad for Farhat and Muhammad Sami for Gul.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 23, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    Should be a good game, momentum now fully with England, but Pakistan don't know the meaning of the word, & can win any place any time!

  • POSTED BY kevinpp24 on | February 23, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    1 Alex Hales, 2 Craig Kieswetter (wk) 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Jos Buttler, 7 Samit Patel, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Graeme Swann, 11 Steven Finn. This looks a good team for WC. Samit coming after Butler is the better option in lively pitches, though Patel is a good player of spin. Eng fans, is there any other options available in county? We need a few hard-hitting left-handed middle order batsmen.