Pakistan v England, 3rd T20, Abu Dhabi February 27, 2012

Wash 'n go for Afridi

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the third T20 between Pakistan and England in Abu Dhabi
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Run out of the day
Eoin Morgan was given little chance when his partner, Kevin Pietersen, called him for a run and then, having seen him commit, sent him back. It was, by any measures, an unfortunate end. But in truth, this was almost a mercy killing. Morgan looked horribly out of sorts. He was lucky to survive on five, when he mishit a ball just short of mid off, and again on seven, when Umar Akmal made such a mess of a stumping that it could have been an outtake of a Laurel and Hardy film. Pietersen has shown on this tour how quickly form can swing but, with Morgan clinging by his fingertips to a place in the Test squad, it was not an ideal time to produce such a wretched innings.

Catch of the day
For all the good things that Pakistan have done over the course of this tour, their fielding has remained poor. So it was a welcome surprise when Shoaib Malik produced a fine catch to end Craig Kieswetter's impressive innings. Running around the boundary from long on, Malik judged a tricky catch perfectly and finally took the ball diving on his knees. It was an important contribution in a low scoring game and an encouraging moment for a side with some work to do on that aspect of their game.

Redemption of the day
Moments after an out-of-character fielding error on the boundary cost England two runs, Jonny Bairstow made amends with an outstanding throw that brought the key wicket of Shahid Afridi. Perhaps Afridi, labouring for a second run in the final over of the innings, did not expect Bairstow, at long on, to throw to the keeper's end. But Bairstow, again showing the cool temperament that promises so much, spotted the opportunity and produced a remarkable throw - fast, flat and accurate - that proved too good for Afridi. The dismissal drove a nail into the coffin of Pakistan's hopes.

Odd sight of the day
Shahid Afridi having his hair washed on the playing area before the start of the game as a marketing gimmick for a brand of shampoo. It's hard to imagine Misbah-ul-Haq or, for that matter, Andrew Strauss, agreeing to undergo a similar experience. Quite where this might lead is anyone's guess: will Umar Gul have a dental examination at the break between innings? Will Graeme Swann see a chiropodist? Might Jade Dernbach have a tattoo? But bearing in mind the way the game finished, it was hard to avoid the impression that Afridi might do well to worry a little less about style and a little more about substance.

Decision of the day
Awais Zia may have had a shocker in the second T20 but he has twice helped Pakistan off to brisk starts. On this occasion his bright start was ended by an unfortunate umpiring decision. Shozab Raza, an inexperienced official standing in just his third international match, adjudged Zia out to a delivery from Graeme Swann that replays showed was pitching outside leg stump. The call ended what had been a controlled innings from Zia, devoid of the wild swinging that were a feature of ugly innings in the first two matches of the series.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on March 1, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    when there is a good bowling our playars never perform thats the case against england our bowling was good but some lose shots we cant blame any perticular player for loss misbahs record as captain is very good as compare to shahis afridi he only win one series dont forget he played more than 300 hundred matches in his career & more than half we loses because of him i dont know why his lobby always start blaming misbah

  • on February 28, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Its more than painful ,shamful,n pathetic to learn comments frm some die hard Misball,s haq fans who are still putting nonsense n ridicolos excuses to shield him.Nobody has logic behind criticisng akmal,afridi.MISBA z one and the only culprit found behind any batng nightmare displayd by pak for last 4 yrs or so and even then if some dn't realize this then thy must turn to somethng than commentng on crickt here

  • on February 28, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Same old story ,Pak lost Bt Misbah won out of his total inablity to play at this level and his shear stubborness to not to change his static mindset as a captain as well as batsman ,"THE GREAT MISBAL HAQ". Great and expectd reply to his followrs.I MUST THANK HIM AS HE KEPT MY WORDS. Also i want to tel evrybody from now on that situatn z going to b worst in long run as long as these below average and a minor club levl playrs in the team(reffring to misbah,farhat, hafeez).SO PAK FANS READY 4 WORST

  • imranmujtaba on February 28, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Who asked misbah to bat at number 4? when umar akmal, afridi, hammad & Malik were suppose to play????

  • on February 28, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    The third T20 was lost by Pakistan because of the inept batting of Misbah.He yielded too many dot balls to enable England to regroup and launch a counter attack that hampered Pakistan's progress towards the target.It is time for Misbah to leave the limited overs arena for Mohamed Hafeez to take over.Pakistan need to build up a sound T20 Team to assert themselves at the next T20 World Cup scheduled to be played in September in Sri Lanka.I am convinced that Whatmore will relish this challenge and will have the distinction of leading Pakistan to win this Trophy for the second time ,thereby justify his appointment as the coach of Pakistan Team.

  • on February 28, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    I dont understand what the selectors doing with persisting with PARCHI player like Shoaib Malik. He is good for nothing at this level and never was worth his selection in the team. Look at players like Shahzad and others who are doing wonders in Bangladesh League If only criterion for selection in the team is that you have to be in the Constituency of Information Minister then there are hundreds of ministers in Pakistan, lets get one from each of there constituency. As long as the team is not selected on merit these defeats will continue to haunt us.

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on February 28, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    @ - Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad @ - legaleagle @ - Jairam Amrith @ - nurdleoffpads... - guys what do yau want from AFRIDI,He is a simple human being not a sixer machine,I think yours & MISBAH thinking is that you have a SIXER MACHINE whenever you want that machine delivered sixes & win a match...you simply want that AFRIDI always win matches for PAK...is PAK has a substitute of AFRIDI at present i think no coz he is still perfect ODI player & speciallised leg spinner in the world...In this series AFRIDI performances is average but tell me what about other players such as MISBAH,FARHAT,HAFEEZ,YOUNUS,ADNAN,GUL,CHEEMA etc...they all r failures in ODIs & some of them r failures in t20 as well...AFRIDI still has lot of cricket to offer & he is presently a perfect choice for captain in limited overs games... @ - Ray24... - buddy m totally agree wid u,only our captain is responsible for this defeat,he batted more than half of the inning but cant win match for PAK...

  • keptalittlelow on February 28, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    This was another Misbah classic where he managed to lose almost a won match. He still does not realise that it is extremely difficult to make up for the duff balls in the earlier overs of the innings. It was so unfortunate that Asad Shafiq who was playing with good technique ran himself out once again.

  • on February 28, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    It is not the fault of Misbah ul Haq, People should realize that it was a preplanned drama byAfridi and Umer Akmal both are playing for them selves ,ofcourse commmitment of Afridi is visible from his washing of hairs to promote shampoo products, both of them have ensured that Pakstan should loose these ODI and T20 series, Afridi wants to be the captain again thats why he played below par and Umar wants his elder catch dropper match fixer brother back , so intentionally both series have been lost , just remember the speculations and stupid questions by journalists during post match conferences thrown at Misbah Ul Haq, these questions were asked delebrately in order to put the captain under stress and bring rift in the team

  • xylofon on February 28, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Pakistan did not lose because England were great but they didnt execute what was needed at the right time. FOR ONCE what was needed and what Pakistan could afford was risky shots (to some extent) but at the hour of need U Akmal couldnt provide.

    TV Commentators said he was told off in the dressing room after his performances in especially 2nd t20 but he should have the brain to change gear into max if that is what was needed at a particular momment. I have been following Pakistan cricket again now for the last three years and wanted them to play tuk-tuk (meaning singles) and leaving the attack to the bowlers but the one time they shouldnt do that they played too slow instead, very unsettling factor to live with. But this defeat is not a world cup defeat. Lessons must be learned and we all agree PCB mut take action to kick misbah out of limited overs cricket as a player as well, DOES ANYONE REMEMBER WHAT THE DID IN THE FIRST T20 FINAL AGAINST INDIA? AND THE ODI final against india?

  • on March 1, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    when there is a good bowling our playars never perform thats the case against england our bowling was good but some lose shots we cant blame any perticular player for loss misbahs record as captain is very good as compare to shahis afridi he only win one series dont forget he played more than 300 hundred matches in his career & more than half we loses because of him i dont know why his lobby always start blaming misbah

  • on February 28, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Its more than painful ,shamful,n pathetic to learn comments frm some die hard Misball,s haq fans who are still putting nonsense n ridicolos excuses to shield him.Nobody has logic behind criticisng akmal,afridi.MISBA z one and the only culprit found behind any batng nightmare displayd by pak for last 4 yrs or so and even then if some dn't realize this then thy must turn to somethng than commentng on crickt here

  • on February 28, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Same old story ,Pak lost Bt Misbah won out of his total inablity to play at this level and his shear stubborness to not to change his static mindset as a captain as well as batsman ,"THE GREAT MISBAL HAQ". Great and expectd reply to his followrs.I MUST THANK HIM AS HE KEPT MY WORDS. Also i want to tel evrybody from now on that situatn z going to b worst in long run as long as these below average and a minor club levl playrs in the team(reffring to misbah,farhat, hafeez).SO PAK FANS READY 4 WORST

  • imranmujtaba on February 28, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Who asked misbah to bat at number 4? when umar akmal, afridi, hammad & Malik were suppose to play????

  • on February 28, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    The third T20 was lost by Pakistan because of the inept batting of Misbah.He yielded too many dot balls to enable England to regroup and launch a counter attack that hampered Pakistan's progress towards the target.It is time for Misbah to leave the limited overs arena for Mohamed Hafeez to take over.Pakistan need to build up a sound T20 Team to assert themselves at the next T20 World Cup scheduled to be played in September in Sri Lanka.I am convinced that Whatmore will relish this challenge and will have the distinction of leading Pakistan to win this Trophy for the second time ,thereby justify his appointment as the coach of Pakistan Team.

  • on February 28, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    I dont understand what the selectors doing with persisting with PARCHI player like Shoaib Malik. He is good for nothing at this level and never was worth his selection in the team. Look at players like Shahzad and others who are doing wonders in Bangladesh League If only criterion for selection in the team is that you have to be in the Constituency of Information Minister then there are hundreds of ministers in Pakistan, lets get one from each of there constituency. As long as the team is not selected on merit these defeats will continue to haunt us.

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on February 28, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    @ - Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad @ - legaleagle @ - Jairam Amrith @ - nurdleoffpads... - guys what do yau want from AFRIDI,He is a simple human being not a sixer machine,I think yours & MISBAH thinking is that you have a SIXER MACHINE whenever you want that machine delivered sixes & win a match...you simply want that AFRIDI always win matches for PAK...is PAK has a substitute of AFRIDI at present i think no coz he is still perfect ODI player & speciallised leg spinner in the world...In this series AFRIDI performances is average but tell me what about other players such as MISBAH,FARHAT,HAFEEZ,YOUNUS,ADNAN,GUL,CHEEMA etc...they all r failures in ODIs & some of them r failures in t20 as well...AFRIDI still has lot of cricket to offer & he is presently a perfect choice for captain in limited overs games... @ - Ray24... - buddy m totally agree wid u,only our captain is responsible for this defeat,he batted more than half of the inning but cant win match for PAK...

  • keptalittlelow on February 28, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    This was another Misbah classic where he managed to lose almost a won match. He still does not realise that it is extremely difficult to make up for the duff balls in the earlier overs of the innings. It was so unfortunate that Asad Shafiq who was playing with good technique ran himself out once again.

  • on February 28, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    It is not the fault of Misbah ul Haq, People should realize that it was a preplanned drama byAfridi and Umer Akmal both are playing for them selves ,ofcourse commmitment of Afridi is visible from his washing of hairs to promote shampoo products, both of them have ensured that Pakstan should loose these ODI and T20 series, Afridi wants to be the captain again thats why he played below par and Umar wants his elder catch dropper match fixer brother back , so intentionally both series have been lost , just remember the speculations and stupid questions by journalists during post match conferences thrown at Misbah Ul Haq, these questions were asked delebrately in order to put the captain under stress and bring rift in the team

  • xylofon on February 28, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Pakistan did not lose because England were great but they didnt execute what was needed at the right time. FOR ONCE what was needed and what Pakistan could afford was risky shots (to some extent) but at the hour of need U Akmal couldnt provide.

    TV Commentators said he was told off in the dressing room after his performances in especially 2nd t20 but he should have the brain to change gear into max if that is what was needed at a particular momment. I have been following Pakistan cricket again now for the last three years and wanted them to play tuk-tuk (meaning singles) and leaving the attack to the bowlers but the one time they shouldnt do that they played too slow instead, very unsettling factor to live with. But this defeat is not a world cup defeat. Lessons must be learned and we all agree PCB mut take action to kick misbah out of limited overs cricket as a player as well, DOES ANYONE REMEMBER WHAT THE DID IN THE FIRST T20 FINAL AGAINST INDIA? AND THE ODI final against india?

  • on February 28, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Enough for Misbah he must only lead and play test and leave other things to Afridi or someone more suitable ! Sarfraz should be included as wicket keeper for all formats enough of Akmal,s phobia

  • on February 28, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Misbah made sure that Pakistan dont win the match as he did in World cup semi final.....

  • on February 28, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Misbah is a good player but only for test cricket. Misbah plzz leave the captincy for our pakistan and take retirement from odi & t20 plzz requested to u.

  • on February 28, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    @ Jairam Amrith : Sir, with due respect Mishabh having spent a long time at the crease should have done better and the problem with this guy is that he could not manufacture good shots and the reason is that he doest have the techniques. I am coming at this conclusion not only watching his inability at last match, but time and time again he is proving his case weak. Misbah is not a good batsman and i do not know why he is still preferred over other talents.

  • Zoomzoom on February 28, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Ordinary performance by Pakistanis. The one day and T20 series should be an eye opener for Pak selctors. Batting was the problem through out the series and still selectors are chosing proven failure players. Players like Imran Farhat, Taufiq, Shoaib Malik etc. are only good against Bangladesh Zimbabwe, etc. and not against world class team. Bring down Mohammad Hafeez as he is no more a reliable opener and get rid of Misbah for one days and T20. He is extremely defensive not only in his batting but also in his approach. My squad for Asia cup would be Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Asad Shafiq, Younus Khan, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Hamad Azam, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Aizaz Cheema, Umar Gul. Reserves - Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal, Umar Amin, Abdulrahman, Wahab Riaz

  • Usman86_Pak on February 28, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    Misbah is a good batsman he has played good cricket for pakistan but seriously how many times he has been declared a man of the match in ODI cricket, his approach suits the cricket when it comes to test cricket but in ODI we need a PROACTIVE captain rather than just wait and see tactics.

  • Ray24 on February 28, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Whya re people blaming Afridi for this mess?? He bowled well, batted when it was almost lost, got run out. Why not blame Misbah, why not the overrated Umar Akmal. Umar was well set and he missed two crucial balls and then got out on the 3rd. That was horrible. I wish they learn to play from Asad Shafiq- as long as he was there, Pakistan was cruising. Bring in showman Umar and it was all lost. His strike rate was lower then 100 as well. Why hold Afridi adn Hamad - Misbah should have gone for a few lusty Afridi blows to bring down thr RR and then controlled the game if Afridi got oot. Plus Afridi plays the spinners better then any other Pk batsman.

  • revolution72 on February 28, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    1. Zia 2. Babar Azam 3. Shahzad. 4. Shafiq 5. U-Akmal 6. Afridi 7. Azam 8. Hafeez 9. Ajmal 10. Gul 11. Junaid/Riaz 12. Misbah

  • ark40 on February 28, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    There is a distinct lack of a game plan when Pakistan chases. Misbah should have introduced Afridi as a pinch hitter when Asad Shafiq got out. Swan had one more over and Patel two, Afridi would have been lethal against Patel. But he brings in Umar Akmal and then shackles him. As a result Afridi and Hammad Azam had only one over to work with and they are expected to deliver a miracle. This is the exact same approach Misbah took against India in the one day world cup. Kept accumulating till the end and then tried to go all out in the last 2 overs, never works. He obviously didn't learn anything from that loss. This is where the lack of a game plan comes in. Look at how England bowled at Zia and Misbah at the end, everything was outside the off because both of them hoick it over mid wicket or long on. If you have to take a chance do it early, don't leave a double digit score for the last over, at least go down fighting. A loss is a loss, doesn't matter whether it is by 5 runs or 50 runs.

  • GreenCrazy on February 28, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Misbah should be only the Test captain. He is not suitable for T20Is. Limited over captaincy must be handed over to Shahid Afridi. MISBAH AND MALIK SHOULD BE OUT AND HAMMAD AND KAMRAN AKMAL SHOULD BE IN FOR LIMITED OVER CRICKET. Very bad performance of Pakistan team.

  • on February 28, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    We lost the match because England was better team on that day, in this format Afridi is there to be utilised ahead of Misbah. I think it was captain error to keep Afridi in the dressing room till last moment.

  • Wali83 on February 28, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    Misbah should play ony test. There is no place for Shoaib Malik

  • on February 28, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    Can't imagine exactly how Pakistan is generally putting up a poor fielding show, while Ahmad Shahzad and Fawad Alam are pulling of brilliant catches in BPL!

  • nurdleoffpads on February 28, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    All you Pakistani fans calling for Misbahs head are a disgrace, you had a great 2011 and beat the No1 test side 3-0 and after a few ODIs and T20s you want him out!?!? Ungrateful to say the least. As Jairam Amrith said - why not blame the other batsman such as Umar who never go on to play the match winning innings rather than the best captain you've had since Inzy...?

  • afy147 on February 28, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    reply to OhhhMattyMatty Test matches = 15 days pakistan won ODI's + T20's =5/6 days england won

  • Z_Ali on February 27, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    Misbah should go out now. Shoaib has no place also. Shahzad should get a call back. how about kamran akmal...

  • hamqad on February 27, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    3) Why is there so much ad hoc-ism? Why can't the management make decisions based on a long term view, and talent, rather then a short term view based on 2 performances? Impatience with the youth and the lack of it with useless seniors is such a big problem with us. It sickens me. Players like Ahmed Shehzad, Hammad Azam, Nasir Jamshed, Sarfraz Ahmad should be part of the Pakistan squad for every series. People like shoaib malk and imran farhat are way past their primes (a mediocre prime it indeed was), cannot possibly be expected to move up from mediocrity now, have no future, and will only produce a performance in 15 games. Are these the kind of 30 year olds we need in the team? isn't it better to have a young player who will perform once in 10 innings right now, but has a future to look forward to ? has room to learn and grow?

    I just fail to understand this myopic, senseless, and ill planned system currently in place.

  • hamqad on February 27, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    While I am not going to recommend sweeping changes, like most others, but there are a couple of selection enigmas and other decisions that i have failed to get my head around: 1) why don't we bowl Hammad Azam? Not to say it would have made a lot of difference to the result, the fact is he is in as an al lrounder and is a more than decent bowler. Why are we so Myopic? This is the perfect time to groom him before the t20 word cup. . When Flintoff came to the scene first, he was neither an accomplished bowler or an accomplished batsman. But ECB has a plan for him. I see no plan for Hammad in place which just saddens me a lot. i wont't be surprised if the mangement goes back to Razzak (as always), instead of looking to the future. 2) Why have we discarded Ahmed Shehzad? Not to say he is perfect, but who is? I thought he did well enough during the world cup, showed enough talent, to tell us he could be one for the future. Why can't we give people time to develop?

  • on February 27, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    @RUQ169 come on, Misbah is the chief architect of Pakistan's revival and has batted as well as he can, why not blame Afridi, Umar Akmal and all the poster boys who have hardly done anything.

  • OhhhMattyMatty on February 27, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    Total Match Score: England 6 - 4 Pakistan. Total Series Score: England 2 - 1 Pakistan.

  • on February 27, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    mishab is awesome... great batting brah... your defensive everything really is worldclass... losing a match like that is a nice smack on your face if you think your defensive tactics are justified in the one day format....

  • on February 27, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    Match was lost by no other than the great Misbah......... Go Misbah go..............

  • on February 27, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Please Misbah leave our team ... you always MISS MISS MISS ball ... we will never ever miss you if you miss 100 matches. Very bad captaincy,, Keep afridi in showcase and use it when you need 36 in 1 ball.

  • SRT_GENIUS on February 27, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    @RUQ169 : this match didn't need any fireworks, so your comment is a tab unfair. But obviously he is not suited for limited overs game anymore.

  • voyager on February 27, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    Regardless, it was a very good tour overall for Pakistan, much more consistent in performance and results and more so as a team. Team played well without any bad incidence. They need to keep on this improvement path and keep improving their skills and fine tune their excecution. There should be no major change at this time. Misbah should stay captain of all formats until T20 WC in september.

  • on February 27, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    MISBAH doesnt want to his Captaincy criticized and yet he :

    Keeps picking Mr. butter fingers-akmal as keeper Keeps sending Hammad Azam down the order and seriously out of form players before him? It seems to me the older players are afraid that the young guns might perform. Fielding hasnt improved at all, so where are his leadership abilities. Please reserve Misbah for tests...he cant handle the shorter version of the game as CAPTAIN.

    The biggest reason for our loss though, in both ODI and T20 was our main opener,Hafeez in poor form.He had been in great form before this tour but throughout this tour he struggled and put pressure right at the start of the innings.His bowling is still good enough to keep him there, but we need to bring back Nasir Jashed up the order, create some pressure and competition in the opening as well.

  • on February 27, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    No comment,,, this is all due to Misbah, He is not one day or T20 player at all, He should play test cricket cause when it comes to decider he is flop, i.e. T20 final against India, WC semi Final against India and now against England.

    Still Afridi and Shoaib Malik can contribute in Pakistan cricket, Call back Sami who is doing in domestic and BPL now.

  • on February 27, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    i must say problem with pakistani batting and with pace attack..

  • on February 27, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Misbah.......huh! should be captain for test only. PCB should try Ahmad Shehzad, Shahzaib Hassan, Imran Nazir and Nasir Jamshed once again for t20. Awais Zia, a good player but still need some guide line and i think batting coach is there for that. Don't want to see misbah in t20 n Odi any more. Also want to see hammad azam doing some action in bowling

  • on February 27, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Its time to send all the senior players back home! What we need are fresh legs, new faces and new enthusiasm. T20 should be played like its a new generation game and Misbah should learn that is not the 90's when you just block and wait for the game to get in the last over to finish it off. Pakistan should have won today if Afridi or Hammad Azam came at number 4. Its back to the drawing board for now, but the question is "When will we learn"?

  • on February 27, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    The 3rd T20I was very entertaining and close, similar to 1st T20I which TEAM PAKISTAN won. Everybody is pointing fingers at Misbah but it is not his fault. It is because of him the game was so close. He has to play cautiously as TEAM PAKISTAN's batting is VERY UNRELIABLE. If Misbah was to attack from the beginning and was to get out TEAM PAKISTAN would have lost heavily. The real reason TEAM PAKISTAN lost the match was due to Cheema balling a full toss to Pieterson on the last ball of the 20th over which was dispatched for 6 as TEAM PAKISTAN only lost by 5 runs. Furthermore, Hafeez is now becoming a liability as his batting continues to flop. If TEAM PAKISTAN want to have any chance of winning T20 World Cup they will have to improve their batting and bring in players such as Shehzad, Shazaib, Imran Nazir and Kamran (w/k batsman) into the team.

  • on February 27, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    why afridi man he still is one of the finest spinners in the game?

  • Legaleagle on February 27, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    Shahid Afridi should be axed from all the formats. He is concerned about style and appearance only. He is past his prime!

  • RUQQ on February 27, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Batsmanship of the Match.... I would like to congratulate Mr Misbah-ul Haq on his brilliant innings again. He proved that win or loose doesn't matter until and unless I will get my batting average right.

  • on February 27, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    Now it's a golden opportunity for the PCB to purge ODI and T20 national teams with players like Misbah ul Haq, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik. These players have past their prime and are now a load on the team.

    There is no need to carry on with spent cartridges. They can't even chase an easy total of 129. Look what fresh legs like Ahmad Shahzad are doing in BPL?

    Selectors owe an answer for their incompetencies in neglecting the importance of gradually inducting young blood and keeping on with players in T20 team, who are not fit to play test or even ODI's.

    Since the T20 world cup is due to be played in just about six months time, the chairman PCB must immediately revamp the whole setup of old players and even older selectors. He should go for the trusted and tried method of "Horses for courses."

    Mr. Chairman, this set up is now stenching, you must stem the rot immediately, without caring about any lobby or pressure group.

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  • on February 27, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    Now it's a golden opportunity for the PCB to purge ODI and T20 national teams with players like Misbah ul Haq, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik. These players have past their prime and are now a load on the team.

    There is no need to carry on with spent cartridges. They can't even chase an easy total of 129. Look what fresh legs like Ahmad Shahzad are doing in BPL?

    Selectors owe an answer for their incompetencies in neglecting the importance of gradually inducting young blood and keeping on with players in T20 team, who are not fit to play test or even ODI's.

    Since the T20 world cup is due to be played in just about six months time, the chairman PCB must immediately revamp the whole setup of old players and even older selectors. He should go for the trusted and tried method of "Horses for courses."

    Mr. Chairman, this set up is now stenching, you must stem the rot immediately, without caring about any lobby or pressure group.

  • RUQQ on February 27, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Batsmanship of the Match.... I would like to congratulate Mr Misbah-ul Haq on his brilliant innings again. He proved that win or loose doesn't matter until and unless I will get my batting average right.

  • Legaleagle on February 27, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    Shahid Afridi should be axed from all the formats. He is concerned about style and appearance only. He is past his prime!

  • on February 27, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    why afridi man he still is one of the finest spinners in the game?

  • on February 27, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    The 3rd T20I was very entertaining and close, similar to 1st T20I which TEAM PAKISTAN won. Everybody is pointing fingers at Misbah but it is not his fault. It is because of him the game was so close. He has to play cautiously as TEAM PAKISTAN's batting is VERY UNRELIABLE. If Misbah was to attack from the beginning and was to get out TEAM PAKISTAN would have lost heavily. The real reason TEAM PAKISTAN lost the match was due to Cheema balling a full toss to Pieterson on the last ball of the 20th over which was dispatched for 6 as TEAM PAKISTAN only lost by 5 runs. Furthermore, Hafeez is now becoming a liability as his batting continues to flop. If TEAM PAKISTAN want to have any chance of winning T20 World Cup they will have to improve their batting and bring in players such as Shehzad, Shazaib, Imran Nazir and Kamran (w/k batsman) into the team.

  • on February 27, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Its time to send all the senior players back home! What we need are fresh legs, new faces and new enthusiasm. T20 should be played like its a new generation game and Misbah should learn that is not the 90's when you just block and wait for the game to get in the last over to finish it off. Pakistan should have won today if Afridi or Hammad Azam came at number 4. Its back to the drawing board for now, but the question is "When will we learn"?

  • on February 27, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Misbah.......huh! should be captain for test only. PCB should try Ahmad Shehzad, Shahzaib Hassan, Imran Nazir and Nasir Jamshed once again for t20. Awais Zia, a good player but still need some guide line and i think batting coach is there for that. Don't want to see misbah in t20 n Odi any more. Also want to see hammad azam doing some action in bowling

  • on February 27, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    i must say problem with pakistani batting and with pace attack..

  • on February 27, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    No comment,,, this is all due to Misbah, He is not one day or T20 player at all, He should play test cricket cause when it comes to decider he is flop, i.e. T20 final against India, WC semi Final against India and now against England.

    Still Afridi and Shoaib Malik can contribute in Pakistan cricket, Call back Sami who is doing in domestic and BPL now.

  • on February 27, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    MISBAH doesnt want to his Captaincy criticized and yet he :

    Keeps picking Mr. butter fingers-akmal as keeper Keeps sending Hammad Azam down the order and seriously out of form players before him? It seems to me the older players are afraid that the young guns might perform. Fielding hasnt improved at all, so where are his leadership abilities. Please reserve Misbah for tests...he cant handle the shorter version of the game as CAPTAIN.

    The biggest reason for our loss though, in both ODI and T20 was our main opener,Hafeez in poor form.He had been in great form before this tour but throughout this tour he struggled and put pressure right at the start of the innings.His bowling is still good enough to keep him there, but we need to bring back Nasir Jashed up the order, create some pressure and competition in the opening as well.