Pakistan v South Africa in UAE

Misbah returns, no captain named

Osman Samiuddin

October 7, 2010

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Misbah-ul-Haq cuts loose, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Colombo, August 9, 2009
Misbah-ul-Haq's success in List A cricket has won him a return to the national side © Associated Press
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Pakistan have announced a 15-man squad to take on South Africa in two T20s and five ODIs later this month in the UAE, but surprisingly not named a captain.

Shahid Afridi has been - bans, punishments and Test retirements notwithstanding - the limited-overs captain since June this year and is in the squad but not yet as leader. No selector was available to comment on the decision. The chairman Ijaz Butt, selectors and management were involved in a day-long meeting at Gaddafi Stadium and the issue of naming a captain is thought to have been discussed only briefly. One official who attended that meeting told ESPNcricinfo that Butt insisted a captain would be announced later.

Predictably, the non-announcement has already sparked speculation of possible disharmony. One TV channel reported that a negative report against Afridi's leadership during the England tour from the team management has led to the decision to not name a captain yet. Afridi was outside the country on a commercial assignment and only returned on Thursday.

The other surprise is the return, yet again, of Misbah-ul-Haq to bolster the middle order. Misbah was dropped from the set-up after the winless tour of Australia earlier in the year - he had only gone on that tour after the original decision to axe him was reversed - as the selectors looked to move towards younger options. But an impressive Man-of-the-Tournament performance in the RBS ODI cup earlier this year - where he top-scored with 490 runs at 163.33 - won him a return to the national team. Azhar Ali and Umar Amin, who have both been part of at least one ODI squad since June and were loudly trumpeted as the future, have been left out.

The team will also be without Kamran Akmal who has just undergone an appendicitis operation. Zulqarnain Haider, who replaced Akmal for one Test in the summer against England and scored a valiant 88, has been given an opportunity to build on that first impression.

Pakistan will already be without two key ODI players in Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir, both of whom are provisionally suspended by the ICC for their alleged involvement in a spot-fixing scandal during the England tour. Mohammad Asif, the third suspended player, would not have been eligible for selection in any case as he is barred from entering the UAE. There continues to be no place in the side for a pair of former captains, Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik.

There have been key changes in the management as well, the most significant being the return of Intikhab Alam as manager of the side. Intikhab, a veteran manager, takes over from Yawar Saeed. He was also coach of the side until earlier this year and in an inquiry committee after the Australia tour in January called his players "mentally retarded", as well as suspecting the motives of some of them in the now infamous Sydney Test loss.

Ijaz Ahmed, the batting and fielding coach on recent tours, has not been re-appointed. David Dwyer, the popular trainer who arrived with former coach Geoff Lawson, has also not been retained after the series in England.

Pakistan squad: Imran Farhat, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Shoaib Akhtar, Tanvir Ahmed, Zulqarnain Haider (wk).

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by   on (October 12, 2010, 15:31 GMT)

As long as Pakistan Have Chairmen like Ijaz Butt, Pakistan team is never going to get better. I sometimes wish imran khan would not have gone into politics and just helped the pakistan cricket instead but who am i to say whatever..

Posted by   on (October 10, 2010, 8:51 GMT)

ir really nice to see akmal out of the team even if it for appendix operation. his main job is keeping i don't think so he is doing justification to it. he should not come back without proving himself

Posted by Selwyn1975 on (October 10, 2010, 7:11 GMT)

Now PCB is waiting for the players list on the desk.How many players not yet named as captain.They are all eligible for the captaincy for SA series.but that would be decided by draw or musical chair contest.New captain for the next series will be decided after SA series with new method.PCB always do the things differently...common ijaz butt ......you are rocking..ball is in your court..play as much as you wish..

Posted by   on (October 10, 2010, 5:20 GMT)

I don't understand why selectors don't bring Imran Nazir for Pakistan T20 as well as Odi.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2010, 3:31 GMT)

I would like to see Shahid Afridi as captain and Kamran Akmal is back , because shahid afridi is best and both akmal is need in pakistan team , they are asome player , so i think that kamran akmal is back soon , becuse old is gold,,,,,,,,

Posted by Jishal on (October 10, 2010, 2:40 GMT)

PCB has an agenda that, All A Class players will get a chance to lead the Pak National team for an indefinite term. Cricket Australia has introduced player rotation system and PCB adapted skipper rotation system as well. Wait and see!!!

Posted by known_stranger on (October 9, 2010, 23:58 GMT)

i strongly support Misbah's selection as a Captain, he has a positive body language, physically fit and the best among the lot in the absence of younis khan.

Yousuf is a Gem,he needs a bit confidence in getting his rhythm. he is the only complete batsman in this lot who is mentally tough to handle pressure situations. we should support him like the way india does with tendulkar. Yousuf is still world class. I miss Inziman as his place is not yet filled.

body language of fawad alam is negative, he is not mentally tough enough to cope pressure, same is the case with umer akmal who does not know how to bring the game till the end. i mean both play at most important positions in the team. they should be replaced by misbah and faisal iqbal.

sohail tanveer is excellent in t20 but i dont think he could do good in one day and test. sami is a moderate choice, he can bowl fast in uae conditions.Kaneria's body language remained negative in england series, hope he can do well in uae.

Posted by fmpak on (October 9, 2010, 21:53 GMT)

Ijaz butt will allways be remembered for destroying the cricket in Pakistan. At least now people will not waste time, money and their precious sentiments on cricket. You will see gradually that cricinfo followers from Pakistan will start to decline. And to tell you the truth there are thousands of Ijaz bjutts sitting at important posts in Pakistan.

Posted by dhee31 on (October 9, 2010, 14:41 GMT)

Imran Farhat does not seem to have what it takes at this level. Misbah being made a captain for the first time at the age of 36?? strange. Also where is sohail tanveer? Is he injured? They should have brought back younis khan. He did a good job as captain. He was consistent with his batting too and along with his fielding skills was an absolute asset to this side. He would have been the perfect man for the job.

Posted by   on (October 9, 2010, 12:27 GMT)

I disagree since the PCB has not served justice to Younis Khan who has led the team well from day one. One cannot underestimate his brilliance specially after lifting the T20 world cup. He is the only captain to have achieved such a feat after the legend Imran Khan. Also, he is a terrific performer in one day as well as test format.

Ironicallly, the PCB has only penalized him in return for mystifying reasons yet to be disclosed to the media and general public which exibits a total chaos in the cricket board.

Finally, i do pray that the thinktank can work collectively to supplement the national objectives over their personal gains so that cricket pakistan can restore its lost image. Some still agree, the great Imran Khan was a wise man to step down after achieving glory.

Posted by   on (October 9, 2010, 10:41 GMT)

what you think, Imran Farhat is time wasting option all the time. he has not even simple technique to play test cricket, they can play only club cricket, why there is no new talent, only the rubbish we collect again for UAE tour.

Posted by shushi on (October 9, 2010, 9:17 GMT)

Where is IMRAN NAZIR?????? How come he is always excluded and overlooked for all formats!!! he is an explosive opening batsman....

Posted by   on (October 9, 2010, 7:51 GMT)

Younis Khan would be a better choice then Misbah as he is the one who captained the Pakistani Side before and produced some adorable performances for Pakistan. !! Misbah isn't a good choice but it will be interesting to see his capabilities in tests. Younis khan should return as Pakistan needs him badly right now.!! PCB should keep there disputes aside and should work for the progress of the team. Younis Khan is a class and should be in the side to strength the batting order. Team with Younis and Yousaf isnt a easy team to defeat.

Posted by nlambda on (October 9, 2010, 2:45 GMT)

I would like to see Shoaib Akhtar as captain... maybe after the first two tests?

Posted by katandthat3 on (October 8, 2010, 20:47 GMT)

I'd just like to see Pakistan stick with their young talent for longer. Shafiq, Alam and Hafeez look pretty promising and the side has a reasonable balance of youth and experience. Just hope the selectors make sure Ali and Amin are not far away and are the next ones in line to get more exposure in international cricket, particularly Amin - he's a real talent and need opportunities. Also wouldn't hurt if Ijaz Butt resigned, he's a jibberer.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2010, 19:40 GMT)

Younis Khan must be given an opportunity, but I will not say that this selection is not good. Imran Farhat must be axed from all formats.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2010, 19:18 GMT)

the dropping of kamran akmal after being selected is significant..barring imran farhat it is a stronger side...younis khan has not put on a show and has thus missed out...many say he has not shared the spoils with the board...while others say he is finished as a batsman...misbah ul haq initially a good batsman has failed recently but probably his experience in domestic cricket has earned a recall...tanvir ahmed and asad shafiq are both domestic over achievers and the selectors have avoided trying to bring in a few new talented batsmen...selectors should test new talent in 20-20's.....a varied pace and spin attack...umar akmal remains the talented under achiever...many suggest the coaches should study his style and suggest improvements...many say kamran akmal was forced out finally by the team as everybody agreed that he played badly deliberately...avoiding naming a captain shows that the choices are not unanimous...afridis failures in england probably lost him the test captaincy

Posted by FazilCRICET on (October 8, 2010, 14:50 GMT)

Another new caption? very good....i think selectors dont have brain.. Even Imran farhat is not good player he is waste fellow he is not achieved in single game..younis khan must be replace instead of farhat...sohail tanvir could be included in ODI also.. so totally we can expect another white wash(Dear fans sorry to say this) !!!!!!

Posted by Ahmed88 on (October 8, 2010, 14:23 GMT)

Sami should have been included in the one day squad

Posted by MyComments on (October 8, 2010, 12:40 GMT)

I fully agree with the selection, in the absence of Younis, Misbah is the best choice for test match. Very mature and has a good head over his shoulders. Much better than S. But or Malik. I appreciate selectors for this.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2010, 12:20 GMT)

where is sohail tanvir......why he is not given a chance in past years.... thanks Kamran akmal is out...

Posted by   on (October 8, 2010, 11:53 GMT)

misbah captaiN?????? now that is dumb!

Posted by   on (October 8, 2010, 10:50 GMT)

Pakistan cricket board is full of surprises, Now when it was a right time to recall younis khan, Pakistan board took that player who was out from all the formats t 20, test & odis, they hate younis therefore Welcome back misbah ul haq, u r an educated person best of luck

Posted by Sheeerazz on (October 8, 2010, 10:32 GMT)

<QUESTION MARKS???> Nothing makes sense.......

PCB should think of Country interest rather personal interests.....

1)No one thinking of Younis.????????????

2) Intikhab Alam as manager now... who has the problem in Australia with players as coach why he has appointed manager?????

3) Abdur Rehman wow... WHERE IS RAZA HASSAN???? selectors are just outof mind. why RAZA HASSAN was sent for England tour when Kaneria was left for county.?????????? injustice to Abdur Rehman or RAZA HASSAN????????

In short the decisions being made by PCB are simply beyond understanding. They do not understand everything (decision) is interlinked.

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (October 8, 2010, 10:23 GMT)

Misbah a T20 player captaining the TEST team...should be greatest shame to cricket. Ijaz Butt could captain instead ...lol

Posted by   on (October 8, 2010, 10:14 GMT)

Younus Khan should be brought back in test cricket. He deserves to be picked for the test team. Misbah has been named because Afridi does not really want to play test cricket and may not be available again after 1 series. I agree on not naming him for the test captain. My gut tells me that they put a few names in a hat and pulled out the paper with Misbah's name on it. Personally I would have preffered Younus to be the captain or if our board was forward thinking and had a long term strategy I would have picked Razzaqe a long time ago.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2010, 10:13 GMT)

The mess of the mess-doers..... The time is to put a strong line-up for the Proteas... Yunus needs to betaken for the tests...............

Posted by SettingSun on (October 8, 2010, 10:07 GMT)

What has happened to Sohail Tanvir? I liked him - he was unorthodox and really entertaining to watch bowl and bat, Pakistan could do with his all round talents, I reckon.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2010, 9:56 GMT)

Afridi captain for ODIs and T20 Misbah captain for Test

Posted by   on (October 8, 2010, 9:52 GMT)

It is all mess for gods sake get rid of this blody ijaz butt,so many people get killed in pakistan each day yy noy ijaz butt plsss. He is destroying the very basis of pakistan cricket, pakistan cannot get a better captain then afridi , where is younis khan???? This old man sucks.........

Posted by arslanqureshi on (October 8, 2010, 9:45 GMT)

Oh what no-sense I cant believe Afridi not confirmed as captain... In current era there s only 1 man who can lead Pakistan and he is Afridi... I hope PCB will retain him as the captain of T20 and ODI.... i suggest to make Younis as captain of test, he is not really needed in ODI or T20! Pakistan ZIndabad

Posted by Sunman81 on (October 8, 2010, 9:39 GMT)

Still no place for Younis? When will the Paks Selector realize that they are missing a classy player.... Recalling Younis and Rana Naved would have been a wise decision...

Posted by ZiPp0 on (October 8, 2010, 9:29 GMT)

Lol , the first comment in this thread by "Nadir Daman Khan" was SOPT-ON .... Misbah ul Haq has been named Pakistan's test captain :P but even for him there is a surprise , Afridi retained LO captain ;)

Posted by   on (October 8, 2010, 9:11 GMT)

Damn you Ijaz butt. Easily the wost PCB chairmen ever to run a cricket board. Hope to god he goes asap so some one can come and atleast try to clean up the mess he has left. It won't be easy but slowly but surely they must get rid of corrupt and incompitent people who have run this board into the ground. If not then I do not see Pakistan cricket ever rising to its true capabilities.

Posted by fidohsn on (October 8, 2010, 9:04 GMT)

where is imran nazir and tanvir? I think they shd be given a chance. Everyone is getting a chance so why not them??

Posted by   on (October 8, 2010, 8:29 GMT)

Why on Earth they announce the team and don't announce the Captain. This will lead to more speculations. Afridi should be retained as Captain and anyone who has problem should be sent home, even if you have to pick new XI. We have already destroyed several great player's careers over this captain's postion (waqar, Miandad, Yousaf, Younis, shoaib malik, etc). Pak cricket is not destroyed but it is being BRUTALLY MURDERED by PCB.

Posted by amit_kol on (October 8, 2010, 8:21 GMT)

hahaha...may be all 11 player will become captain in the match..1 player for every 10 over..and the last player for match/spot fixing dealing....it happens only in pakistan.....hahahahaha...pakistan rocksssssssss

Posted by   on (October 8, 2010, 8:15 GMT)

i like the misbah selection, because our team need a strong match turner and inshallah misbah will prove this thing. But imran farhat selection is out of mind

Posted by zubi007 on (October 8, 2010, 8:13 GMT)

WOrld cup is at the corner and they r doing useless experiments,,,,,,,,,, How could they left Malik in limited over game,,,,,, he is the best odi player .........May God save pak team !!!!!!!!

Posted by Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on (October 8, 2010, 7:48 GMT)

Abdul Razzaq Doesn;t desive to be caption bcoz of leading Qualitiy he is such a Talented , Experince Player but Not a Leade. we need leader like Afridi & Younis Khan. Misbah should not to given chance if we have Shahzaib HAssan and others..

Posted by   on (October 8, 2010, 7:18 GMT)

i think u guys r underestimating our greatest all-rounder n senior player as well abdul razzaq he also deserve to to be da captain.........

Posted by   on (October 8, 2010, 7:11 GMT)

I am happy that they retained Asad becuase i think this man has talent and patience needed in a batsmen. Angry about Misbah selection though. What is the reason for having him as it makes no future prospects for Pakistan. Also the talk about imran nazeer. He has not proved any thing whenever given chance so dont need him in the team. Also about Farhat, how many chances we want to give him

Posted by rizzz86 on (October 8, 2010, 7:07 GMT)

Imran nazir should play only in T20. He doesn't have temperament to play ODI's. Also it is a good move to pick Misbah for the tour because there is a need to strengthen the middle order - but he should not be captaining the side. Afridi must be captaining the side. one another good move is to include Zulqarnain Haider instead of Sarfaraz or injured Akmal. Oue team also need experience of Younis khan, don't know why he is neglected so much.

Posted by iftikhar93 on (October 8, 2010, 6:32 GMT)

It's good to know that Misbah comes back into the squad. And if he perform well then he can be the test captain as well. In these circumstances he is the only choice to take the place of butt's captaincy. I wish that he'll perform well in the odi's and t20's and will make his place in test's also. best wishes for misbah.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2010, 4:26 GMT)

In ODI & T-20 Pakistan perfom well under Shahid Afridi .So PCB must continue Afridi as a Captain till his retirement.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2010, 3:37 GMT)

where is Imran nazir and Shoaib malik. we need them both for limited over matches

Posted by NayabZafar on (October 8, 2010, 2:36 GMT)

It is painful to watch Fawad Alam bat. Granted he is a decent fielder, we cant find a single batsman who can take that middle order slot. I am sure there are plenty of batsmen on deomestic circuit capable of scoring thirty to fifty odd runs at a quicker pace and with less agonizing effort than one Mr Alam !!

Posted by raghu86 on (October 8, 2010, 2:24 GMT)

3) now, for the team, the biggest problem for pak is to find a couple of decent openers. Hafeez, farhat, hameed or nazir have been given enough chances, and i would now have youngsters rather. For me, manzoor and fawad alam are the best bets to open in tests and odis, with hasan as an alternative. Younis should return to both formats at 3. Yousuf at 4. Including misbah is taking a huge backward step. Have shafiq and malik as other middle order options. Afridi and razzak, but only for odis. Tanvir and sami should return too. They can go with similar team in t20 without alam and two y's. 4) afridi be odi and t20 captain and younis be the test captain.

Posted by raghu86 on (October 8, 2010, 2:23 GMT)

The selection is just baffling to say the least. Here is what pcb should do: 1) get rid of izaz butt, and appoint a former player( i would love to have either imran khan or inzi) as chairman. Delink pcb from president of country and thereby politics. Delink pcb chairman from the selection committee, which should make decisions with captain and coach. All should have a fixed tenure of not more than 2 years. 2)appoint miandad as batting coach, waqar as bowling and head coach and a foreign coach for fielding.

Posted by hamqad on (October 8, 2010, 0:18 GMT)

I am ok with the rest of the squad except for Tanvir Ahmed. Now here we have a bowler in his thirties; a fast bowler at that. This is the age at which fast bowlers start declining. Why do we have him in the squad? He certainly does not have international experience which is perhaps the only thing fast bowlers in their thirties are counting on! And, aren't there any other young fast bowlers in the country who might have more potential than Tanvir Ahmed? Sohail Tanvir, Azhar Ali, Jamshed Ahmed and Talha?

Saeed Ajmal was brought in at a later age? He was a spinner! Spinners hit their peaks at a later age. And they generally have a longer playing life. But picking Tavir Ahmed clearly does not make sense. He has been in the squad for gazillion series now, has he ever played? No! coz he does not have a long term future. What about Sami? He made a blazing come back and was discarded again. I mean he is much better than Tanvir. He has experience, is quick, and needed since we do not have Amir

Posted by Guduji71 on (October 7, 2010, 23:19 GMT)

I agree Shahid Afridi has done well as captain. He should be our one day & 20/20 Captain in Dubai and during the world cup, atleast. What happened to Rana Naveed and Sohail Tanveer? we need them in limited over matches. Younus Khan should come back to our test squad without wasting any more time. Imran Nazir should be given another chance for 20/20 atleast. Where is Khurram Manzoor, we need him as test opener. Faisal Iqbal NO NO NO.

Posted by bobagorof on (October 7, 2010, 23:01 GMT)

Pakistan seem to be going back to their 'tried and tested' players, even though it goes against their stated policy of wanting to bring new players in. Pakistan's selection policy has always been a bit dubious (particularly in recent years), with players in and out of the side. I think they need to come up with a plan to manage their transition better - Yousuf and Younis are not going to be around forever, and Misbah is also in the latter stages of his career. It is the perfect time to bring in one or two younger batsmen, with an old had there for stability and guidance. But chopping and changing will only harm the younger players. Azhar Ali and Umar Amin looked to be good players deserving of a chance, who could be vital members of the side in 2-3 years. Dropping them now won't do their development any good.

Posted by straight6 on (October 7, 2010, 22:41 GMT)

Good news to hear that Misbah ul Haq is back, this boy needs to be in the set up and it's only Pakistans loss if he wasn't to be there. I met him recently in the late English summer and he was out of sorts and low in confidence and I gave him lots of encouragement and told him that he must work hard at his fitness and just make himself ready to board the flight to Dubai for the SA series. He has always come accross to be a very well speaking person, who now really needs to cement his place in the middle order, because he plays with a lot of maturity and can bring stabilty in the batting order. So well done to Pak selectors and lets just get behind our team and encourage them to do well against SA. Asad Shafiq played well in England and should be given a good run, he seems to be full of potential and with simular conditions to home, he should do well. Nice also to see Zulqarnain back as keeper, he did well in England and deserves to get another crack behind the stumps. Pak Zind!

Posted by khadirmanjoor on (October 7, 2010, 22:34 GMT)

How can they drop Azhar Ali after he did so well in England. Why not try him in ODI? He's a good stoke maker and can work with yousuf to hold paki middle order together. Whyyy don't they pick Younis Khan. He has a great record as a batsman. Was in the top 10 quite a number of times. I'm very disappointed not to see him there!!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 21:49 GMT)

where is awesome imran nazir?

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 21:48 GMT)

where is awesome imran nazir ?

Posted by Mudassir_Iqbal on (October 7, 2010, 21:46 GMT)

May Allah help us. Misbah.. what will happen to Pakistan cricket? Why the board is trying the used machines again and again. AlhumdolilAllah Kamran Akmal is not in squad. It seemed that whatever happens he will stay in team.

Not sure, Have we tried Shaib Akhtar as captian. I mean why not his name should also come as captain of Pakistan cricket team in the history books.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 21:46 GMT)

where is awesome imran nazir ?

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 21:41 GMT)

My heart is warmed, part of the damage has been repaired, now for Younis, and Ali, felt they deserve a spot. I <3 ZULQARNAIN HAIDER!

Posted by tahir on (October 7, 2010, 21:36 GMT)

where is imran nazir and sohail tanvir. we need them both for limited over matches

Posted by Omarrz on (October 7, 2010, 21:28 GMT)

AFridi has to be the captain of limited overs. Yonis should be back in all the formats minus T20 since he has retired from that. He should also be the Test captain. Ijaz butt name has butt in it. What else do you expect from this kind of a guy?

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (October 7, 2010, 21:25 GMT)

Misbah is one of the great T20I players so should be in the side for that if nothing else. Missing Younis Khan is a bit of a surprise but hopefully at least they will consider him when next Pakistan plays tests. Who will be the captain if not Shoaib Akhtar? Does anyone want it? Umar Gul? Give it back to Mohammad Yousuf? Umar Akmal even? Or they could do what New Zealand did 20-odd years ago and pick someone for their debut - and give them captaincy!

Posted by usmankhan001 on (October 7, 2010, 21:00 GMT)

all the guys who are asking why misbah is in the squad , be ready for more shocking news because misbah will be leading pakistan in the test series

Posted by shaanidesi on (October 7, 2010, 20:46 GMT)

What happened to Sohail Tanveer and Imran Nazeer. As long as Mr. Butt is presiding over, these rational issues would surface. They still play those people with some sort of status. Poor still left behind. Shame, real shame on Pakistan cricket.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 20:30 GMT)

This is quite ridiculuos ..i thought afridi's captaincy was one of the v. few positives for pakistan over the last year...

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 20:18 GMT)

why Abdur Rehman it you have 3 spinner already in the side why Younus Khan us not is the side that's the butt fulish policy a Punjabi like Phatan and no captain announcement why i thing Shahid Afridi is direct choice for the captain

Posted by Adeel-17 on (October 7, 2010, 20:13 GMT)

Good Squad but no captain.

Posted by Shafaaqat on (October 7, 2010, 19:50 GMT)

They should have persisted with Umar Amin and Azhar Ali rather than trying Misbah again. Nothing against him but his days are over. May they could have given Junaid Khan a go along with likes with Umar Gul and Shoaib. I wonder why we can't try Hammad Azam along with Razzaq who's gentle pace would be a real worry on Sub continental wickets if we are going with two all rounders in the WC.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 18:58 GMT)

Oh God nOOO.....Kamran Akmal droppped He should b backed up..... T20 is a test match wid out him!!!

Posted by MFNadeem on (October 7, 2010, 18:56 GMT)

When will this CURSE (IJAZ BUTT) leave Pakistan cricket? Not before destroying it.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 18:55 GMT)

MISBAH IS GUD CRICKETER nd UMAR AKMAL IS BIG FIGHTER........

Posted by dr_salman on (October 7, 2010, 18:53 GMT)

more confusion..more controversy !! wen will this circus end... n can nebody tel me...y in hell does imran farhat still have a place in the side ??

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 18:32 GMT)

i lov shobby as he iz the fastest bowler of this UNUVERSE

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 18:31 GMT)

Is there some LOttery sysytem by which they pick the players for Pakistan Cricket Team .... all the logics put here always goes wrong. Afridi not the Captain is baffling.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 18:30 GMT)

As Pakistan Cricket Fans we need to find out why Younis is being ignored? Has he retired or is he banned? Why isn't Younis speaking up? What is the mystery. Would Osman Samiuddin venture to comment on it?

Posted by India30 on (October 7, 2010, 18:23 GMT)

Here come the PCB with one more surprise....PCB management has totally gone mad...not announcing a captain for a team??.....what a shame on u??....i pity u PCB....

Posted by Aatzaz on (October 7, 2010, 18:20 GMT)

@ Osman samiiddin belive me misbah will be pakistan next caption . again ijaz butt playing with pakistan cricket can any body tells me IMRAN FARHAT roll in the team? he is there because Muhammad Ilyas.shame on ijaz butt pleasee leave pakistan cricket pleeeeeeeeeeease

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 18:16 GMT)

if I remember correctly, during the days of eight ball overs, Australia used to pick the team first and then the captian. It was much later when Kerry Packer took away the team, they first recalled Bobby Simpson as captain and then picked the rest of the team.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 18:15 GMT)

hahaha...... and the musical chair continues!!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 18:11 GMT)

Excellent job Mr.Butttt what Pakistan dearly needs is Butt to be rested for good. Because of his size he can hardly move and to Pakistans bad luck he mismanages the cricketing credentials of an entire nation!!! how unfortunate they are.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 17:54 GMT)

Shoaib Akhtar is going to be named captain I can see it now !!! Controversy what controversy!!!

Posted by fanonfire on (October 7, 2010, 17:54 GMT)

intikhaab alam the manager what a joke? for godsake mr zardari please remove ejaz butt. 37 years old misbah has been given chance and much younger younis and malik left out. this is musical chair. there is no one to lead the side but afridi he is the best option available. looks like ejaz butt is dtermined to ruin pakistan cricket. god help pak cricket

Posted by myaqoob on (October 7, 2010, 17:29 GMT)

Why are players like hazeef,imran farhat in the team .Sami,younis and shoiab malik should be back . kamran akmal Shahid afrdi umer akmal abdul racack younis khan misbah shoiab malik mohd sami umer gul saeed ajmal shoaib akther mohd yousuf imran nazir

Posted by BoonBoom on (October 7, 2010, 17:15 GMT)

Among the available players this does not seem to be the best selection. Why Imran Farhat still around? Imran Nazeer should replace him. Intikhab is another problematic choice. Mudassar Nazar would have been a better option. Younis must be included in place of useless Fawad Alam.

Nevertheless, this team has no quality to match SA. I guess SA has a good chance to win 5-0.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 16:58 GMT)

perfect team just missing Younis khan and Inshallah i pray he be the part of it and i will make complete 16 man

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 16:50 GMT)

Thank God, Kamran Akmal has dropped, i dunno why Misbah included once again,

Posted by ali.majaz on (October 7, 2010, 16:42 GMT)

Great News..MISBAH is Back..Inshallah He will Rock ...Hoping for the best ...BEST OF LUCK to MISBAH UL HAQ

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 16:40 GMT)

wow!! another Blineder frm Mr butt!!! What the hell is his target!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 16:27 GMT)

I would consider Imran Farhat's inclusion as the height of stupidity, the guys was fully out of sorts in england series - no comments on Misbah's inclusion as one loser replaces another loser is the case with Pakistan Cricket Team's selection. I would like to see Sohail Tanvir as must've recovered from his injury.

Posted by Wasif_Minhas on (October 7, 2010, 16:24 GMT)

Intikhab's appointment has surprised me, he was national coach last year and didnt enjoy good relations with the players. Also if we take into account the type of problems Pak team is facing there should be a professional and influential manager in place, i think he will further mess up the things by getting involved in coach's job. Abdur Rehman and Zulqurnain's inclusion is good.

Posted by Hasso29 on (October 7, 2010, 16:19 GMT)

pcb is making a mockery of themselves. How the hell is misbah and farhat are in the team. Younis and malik should be in the team in place of them

Posted by LUISITO on (October 7, 2010, 16:13 GMT)

HAH, PAKISTAN TEAM AND THEIR MYSTERIES. GOD KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE UPTO THIS TIME.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 16:11 GMT)

What the hell is going on. On what basis this old horse Misbah is selected? Ijaz Butt is a CURSE on Pakistan cricket.

Posted by poderdubdubdub on (October 7, 2010, 16:09 GMT)

How bizzare!Intikhab Alam the man widely known as 'the bad news' for Pakistan cricket has been reinstated after that infamous tour of Australia, how bizzare! There is no place in the side for Younis Khan and this man Intikhab who called Pakistani players "mentally retarded" is back? There is definitely something very very odd about this PCB, its not only the chairman that needs replacing its the whole current PCB crowd that needs shunted, else Pakistan cricket will be totally DOOMED.

Posted by LUISITO on (October 7, 2010, 16:07 GMT)

HAH, PAKISTAN TEAM AND THEIR MYSTERIES. GOD KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE UPTO THIS TIME.

Posted by LeftBrain on (October 7, 2010, 16:02 GMT)

and why is Imran Farhat back? what exactly he did during last month, after being dropped from the team, that forced his return?

Posted by Nuur on (October 7, 2010, 16:00 GMT)

Misbah was in better form then Malik and Younis when dropped. He deserves this chance.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 15:52 GMT)

HONEST TO SAY BASICALEY PAKISTAN TEAM MANAGEMENT IS DON,T HAVE ANY CONCERN ABOUT THERE COUNTRY ,THEY DON,T GIVE DAME TO COUNTRY ,ALL THEY THINK ABOUT HOW TO HOLD EACH OTHER TO MAKE MONEY. IF ANY COACH IS CALLING THERE PLAYER,S MENTALLEY RETARED,HOW HE CAN MANAGE THEM,HOW PLAYER,S GOING TO ACCEPT THE PERSON ABUSING THEM ON FRONT OF ALL CAMERA,S,AND NEW,S PAPER,S. FOR GOD SEEK STOP PLAYING GAME ,TIME TO SET TEAM FOR WORLD CUP NOW,KHAN BABA I SUGGEST YOU DON,T ACCEPT THE CAPTAINCY,

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 15:52 GMT)

why they always over look Yonis Khan ??????

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 15:50 GMT)

First of all Misbah is not a t20 player..He is the sort of guy Pakistan needs in tests.His recent performance in the domestic competiton shows that he should be given a chance.However it is a shame that the PCB has not announced Shahid Afridi as captain.He really gives his best in all games he leads.He is certainly the best and ONLY option to lead Pakistan at this crucial time!

Posted by Hoggy_1989 on (October 7, 2010, 15:41 GMT)

What a pathetic looking Pakistani side. I predict yet another series clean sweep by the South African side, and more controversy over the Pakistani's willingness to play non-corrupt cricket. A plus I suppose, Kamran Akmal is out, so the Pakistanis have the opportunity to field an actual wicketkeeper for the first time in 'I don't know how long'!

Posted by sohaib600 on (October 7, 2010, 15:40 GMT)

Pak will win no tests no younis

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 15:38 GMT)

better not to change the captain,keep afridi as a captain. every captain should get time. otherwise another series loss and also world cup indeed. afridi has little bit experience rather than other. so thing thrice before taking the decision-

Posted by LeftBrain on (October 7, 2010, 15:33 GMT)

Only one good news in this announcement, Kamran is dropped. I know it is not a good thing to say, but if his illness and hospitalization can let a "real" keeper to play for Pakistan, I wish Kamran atleast ten-year stay in hospital.

Misbah is back, but Younis is not!!! What else can one expect from a BUTT!

Not naming captain, because.............?? the only reason I can think of is BUTT had another mental-fart!!

Posted by   on (October 7, 2010, 15:21 GMT)

yet another surprise .... that means no surprise in Pakistan cricket board affairs :P

had there been smooth naming of 15 member squad with a leader named :p we might have thought may be there are some level headed decisions coming out finally :P

but no :P ijaz butt has not named a captain and dont be surprised if he names Misbah-ul-haq as captain of both test and ODi teams and then says we wanted one captain for all formats :P Lol

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