South Africa tour of United Arab Emirates 2013 September 26, 2013

Amin named Pakistan A captain

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Batsman Umar Amin was named captain of the Pakistan A side for the three-day match against South Africans in Sharjah on October 8. The announcement of the national Test squad has been deferred until next week though a 28-man squad for a conditional camp has been named. The Pakistan Cricket Board, however, confirmed that Misbah-ul-Haq would remain Test captain despite their first loss to Zimbabwe in 15 years.

Misbah's captaincy came under severe criticism for Pakistan falling short in the first ODI before their loss in the second Test. In addition, Pakistan have won only one of five Tests this year - against the No. 9 ranked Zimbabwe - and are looking to remedy a 0-3 defeat in South Africa earlier this year.

Amin has not played a Test in three years after he was axed during the 2010 tour of England that was marred by a spot-fixing scandal but is widely regarded as a future captain. He was the leading run-scorer, with 767 in nine matches at 45.11 in the President's Trophy last season. He was subsequently called up to the limited over squad and has been in national contention for last eight months.

The 15-man squad comprises mainly of young batsmen - Shan Masood, Ahmed Shehzad while last season's top run-getter in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Akber-ur-Rehman, also found a place in the squad. With 986 runs in ten games, Rehman hit three centuries and three half-centuries, including highest score of 225. Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali who have been in the national side since 2010 have also been included in the squad, along with middle-order batsman Faisal Iqbal.

Shafiq is battling a dip in form over the last year, scoring 242 runs at 24.20. Although his promotion into the Test squad looks imminent, the selectors have picked him in the A side to find some touch along with Azhar, who apart from one innings in the first Test against Zimbabwe has been found wanting with the bat.

Iqbal, 31, has played 26 Test matches since making his debut in 12 years ago and was the captain of the previous A team that toured West Indies in 2010. They drew both unofficial Test, lost T20 series and managed to secure unofficial three-match ODI series by 2-0. Though Iqbal's last appearance for Pakistan was in 2010, he has been part of the Test squad for past one year.

Umar Gul, Mohammad Irfan and Taufeeq Umar are the major absentees from the probables for the preparatory camp. Gul, who suffered a knee injury earlier this year is not fit for the longer format and Irfan, also fielding questions regarding his fitness in Test match cricket, is seen as a limited-overs specialist.

Pakistan A squad: Shan Masood, Ahmed Shehzad , Azhar Ali, Umar Amin (capt), Faisal Iqbal, Asad Shafiq, Ehsan Adil, Ahmed Jamal, Akber-ur-Rehman, Usman Qadir, Yasir Shah, Sohaib Maqsood, Aizaz Cheema, Imran Khan, Muoammad Rizwan (wk).

Probables for camp: Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Adnan Akmal (wk), Abdur Rehman, Shan Masood, Khurram Manzoor, Ahmed Shehzad , Azhar Ali, Umar Amin (capt), Faisal Iqbal, Asad Shafiq, Ehsan Adil, Ahmed Jamal, Akber-ur-Rehman, Usman Qadir, Yasir Shah, Sohaib Maqsood, Aizaz Cheema, Imran Khan, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Junaid Khan, Rahat Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Zulfiqar Babar, Yasir Shah.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on October 2, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    Well Umar Amin is young and i like this move as it will boost his confidence but please dont make too many young captains in one team as then no unity remains in such team and it becomes a ground of politics on the cricket ground rather then a game of cricket as one captain tries to play down the other one in team!

  • on October 2, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Kindly check you are trying to make Umar Amin capt of Pakistan Test squad also.

  • on October 2, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Kindly check you are trying to make Umar Amin capt of Pakistan Test squad also.

  • TMuhammad on October 2, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    After the playing 11 Haris Sohail, Fawad Alam, Akber ur Rehman, Anwar Ali, Zulfiqar Babar and Irfan may be added to make the team. The one day team could be 1- Ahmed Shahzad, 2 Nasir Jamshed 3 Hafeez 4 Azhar Ali 5 Khurram Manzoor 6 Fawad 7 Umar Akmal 8 Akber urRehman 9 Anwar Ali 10 Janaid 11 Ajmal 12 Irfan, 13 Asad Shafiq 14 Haris, 15 Sharjeel Khan 16 Umar Gul

  • TMuhammad on October 2, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    its very strange that some people preferring Umar Amin who have test average of 12 with no fifty or 100 over the one Azhar Ali who has best batting average after Misbah and Younus. (40.58/ 44.76/ 51.89) and also are criticizing Khurram Manzoor who has batting average of 29.58 with 5 fifties in only 9 matches. Also Asad Shafiq has also an average of 36.64 in test, besides these have a very good track in ODIs with Azhar having average of 41 and Khurram Manzoor have 33.71 and Asad Shafiq 27.76 better then many even Umar Amin in 9 matches and average of 21.62 so comparison is very obvious. I think the best 11 will be 1 Taufeeq, 2 Khurram, 3 Azhar, 4 Misbah, 5 Asad Shafiq, 6 Umar Akmal, 7 Hafeez 8 Sarfraz 9 Ajmal 10 Junaid 11 Umar Gul ( With Gul, Junaid, Ajmal, Hafeez, Azhar and Younus be used as bowlers)

  • Pak-to-win on October 1, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Umar Akmal and Haris Sohail should be in the squad.

  • on October 1, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Haris Sohail should be in the squad.

  • on October 1, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    We should have had Haris Sohail in the squad and Mohammad Rizwan should be selected the first choice keeper.

  • on September 30, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    I can't figure out a single reason why they didn't picked Taufeeq??

  • on September 30, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    i think that a very bad seliction plz give chance to youngstr not combacker s my test squad is 1. tufiq 2. manzoor 3. ali 4 younis 5 misbah . 6 u amin 7 rizwan 8 ajmal 9. rehman 10 gul / ahmad jamal 11 juniad/irfan

  • on October 2, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    Well Umar Amin is young and i like this move as it will boost his confidence but please dont make too many young captains in one team as then no unity remains in such team and it becomes a ground of politics on the cricket ground rather then a game of cricket as one captain tries to play down the other one in team!

  • on October 2, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Kindly check you are trying to make Umar Amin capt of Pakistan Test squad also.

  • on October 2, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Kindly check you are trying to make Umar Amin capt of Pakistan Test squad also.

  • TMuhammad on October 2, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    After the playing 11 Haris Sohail, Fawad Alam, Akber ur Rehman, Anwar Ali, Zulfiqar Babar and Irfan may be added to make the team. The one day team could be 1- Ahmed Shahzad, 2 Nasir Jamshed 3 Hafeez 4 Azhar Ali 5 Khurram Manzoor 6 Fawad 7 Umar Akmal 8 Akber urRehman 9 Anwar Ali 10 Janaid 11 Ajmal 12 Irfan, 13 Asad Shafiq 14 Haris, 15 Sharjeel Khan 16 Umar Gul

  • TMuhammad on October 2, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    its very strange that some people preferring Umar Amin who have test average of 12 with no fifty or 100 over the one Azhar Ali who has best batting average after Misbah and Younus. (40.58/ 44.76/ 51.89) and also are criticizing Khurram Manzoor who has batting average of 29.58 with 5 fifties in only 9 matches. Also Asad Shafiq has also an average of 36.64 in test, besides these have a very good track in ODIs with Azhar having average of 41 and Khurram Manzoor have 33.71 and Asad Shafiq 27.76 better then many even Umar Amin in 9 matches and average of 21.62 so comparison is very obvious. I think the best 11 will be 1 Taufeeq, 2 Khurram, 3 Azhar, 4 Misbah, 5 Asad Shafiq, 6 Umar Akmal, 7 Hafeez 8 Sarfraz 9 Ajmal 10 Junaid 11 Umar Gul ( With Gul, Junaid, Ajmal, Hafeez, Azhar and Younus be used as bowlers)

  • Pak-to-win on October 1, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Umar Akmal and Haris Sohail should be in the squad.

  • on October 1, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Haris Sohail should be in the squad.

  • on October 1, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    We should have had Haris Sohail in the squad and Mohammad Rizwan should be selected the first choice keeper.

  • on September 30, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    I can't figure out a single reason why they didn't picked Taufeeq??

  • on September 30, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    i think that a very bad seliction plz give chance to youngstr not combacker s my test squad is 1. tufiq 2. manzoor 3. ali 4 younis 5 misbah . 6 u amin 7 rizwan 8 ajmal 9. rehman 10 gul / ahmad jamal 11 juniad/irfan

  • on September 30, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Umar Amin doesn't qualify to be the captain of the A team, its a stupid decision............

  • drshahidsiddique on September 30, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    I dont have idea to push Azhar for the test Squad and number 3 Position.What i know number 3 is very vital position in a test team.Number 3 is not just a follower of opener who has to defend every ball like Azhar do.Number 3 is vital because if opner gets out he is to fill in the position with good defence and give team a solidarity.After being bold few times in the series against Zimbabwe by ordinary club bowlers his defensive technique is really questionable.Number 3 position is also vital when openers give good start , it is the number 3 which keeps the momentum rather going into shell with good stroke play which Azhar lacking very much.For me he is just a mediacor and needs to be replaced with some good batting brain thx

  • I.F.Butt on September 29, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    There are some players that really deserve a place in the team but are constantly being ignored and other inconsistent players are kept given a chance. PCB of today is very good at ignoring and dropping in form players or talented players messing up there future career, especially the young players.

    Where is Taufeeq Umar, Fawad Alam, Hammad Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Nasir Jamshed, Shoaib Malik, Razzaq, Haris Sohail, Yasir Hameed. The players that I just mentioned are at least far more better then some of the names in the squad.

    South Africa Tour. My ODI Team: 1) Nasir Jamshed 2) Sharjeel Khan 3) Misbah-ul-haq 4) Umar Akmal+ 5) Shoaib Malik 6) Umar Amin 7) Shahid Afridi 8) Hammad Azam 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Junaid Khan 11) Mohammad Irfan/Umar Gul

    My Test Team: 1) Fawad Alam 2) Taufeeq Umar 3) Younis Khan 4) Misbah-ul-haq (c) 5) Umar Amin 6) Umar Akmal 7) Mohammad Rizwan+ 8) Umar Gul 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Junaid Khan 11) Mohammad Irfan

  • romirom on September 29, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    2 weeks to go for a vitel tour game against saf but still player are not mentally prepared who are gona part of pak team. Such things only happen in pak cricket. I think there might be some issue in team selection. So they are delaying it.

  • huhohuhohuho on September 29, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    For all those who say kamran akmal should be in the team let me tell u his average is 30 or less. he has lost many test matches for eg the sydney test. For those who say shoaib malik should be in the team he hasnt scored a fifty in 4 years and has always let us down. Faisal iqbal has a test average of 26 and that proves that he cant handle the test arena.mohammad hafeez has lesser runs than saeed ajmal in 2013 in test matches and thus should be dropped until he starts performing in the fc arena. Adnan and sarfaraz should not be selected in the team and m rizwan should be picked and umar akmal as back up wk. overall selection is below average could have been great if adnan, faisal, hafeez, cheema and sarfaraz had not been selected and instead they should have gone for jamshed, taufeeq, sadaf, haris and fawad. the 15 man squad should be ahmed,khurram,sohaib,younis,misbah,umar amin,m rizwan, umar,azhar, ajmal,junaid, ehsan, imran, akber and abdur rahman

  • TMuhammad on September 28, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Could not understand as how many chances Players like Wahab Riaz, Aizaz Cheema and Hafeez want? Where are Umar Gul, Haris Sohail, Taufeeq Umar, Anwar Ali and Fawad Alam? Anwar and Harris though selected previously but were not given fair chance to play. Also why some are against Players from Karachi? Its after a very long time that 4 players from Karachi have been selected in the probables and all have many times proved their selection. Last time Khurram Manzoor was selected and proved that he is capable to play long innings for Pakistan.

  • Rizwan16 on September 28, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    This is a great move by PCB to name Umar Amin has VC of the 'A' side. Umar has a wise head on young shoulders. He should be part of the Pakistan side in all three formats. For me, he is definitely captaincy material. He should be groomed for the job. Pakistan needs a skipper who can have a decent run for the national team. Technically correct at the crease, Umar Amin is an intelligent young man full of ideas and confidence in his own game. It was a travesty that he was ignored after the 2010 Test tour to England. Also, I am glad that Faisal Iqbal gets a look-in as does Ahmed Shahzad. For me, Umar Amin, Ahmed Shahdaz and Umar Akmal are the ones worth backing all the way. Throw in a feisty character like Faisal Iqbal and you have a decent mix of style and substance. Good luck, Umar Amin.

  • on September 28, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    future captain of Pakistan

  • romirom on September 28, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    what the hell the selectors are doing? hafeez, faisal iqbal, sarfaraz i dont believe how much chance does they required for a decent show. they are not even be the part of ireland or bangladesh test team with their performance in the recent year.

  • 96NotOut on September 28, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Misbah voted for Taufeeq Umar to be included in the squad, but the rest of the selectors voted for Hafeez because of his performance in limited overs cricket. Evidently, they thought T. Umar's average of 60.83 against SA wasn't enough to earn him a spot in the team. Obviously.

  • on September 28, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    where is taufeq umar haris sohail..sharjel khan.sadaf husain n muhamad talha.. n why again n again sarfraz ,faisal iqbal my team 1 shaun masod 2 taufeq umar 3 yonus khan 4 izahr ali 5m isbah 6 umer ameen 7 rizwan khan 8 zulfiqr babr 9 ahmad jamal 10 sadaf husain 11 talha

  • Syed_imran_abbas on September 28, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    How could they miss guys like Taufeeq Umar and Haris Sohail? test Team against SA should be (1) Taufeeq Umar (2) Nasir Jamshed (3) Younas Khan (4) Misbah (5) Umar Akmal (6) hafeez (7) M. Rizwan (8) Rehman (9) Ajmal (10) Junaid (11) Irfan

  • Crick_Expert on September 27, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    Kingsland Selection Board announced final 11 players for SA tour.

    1)Younis Khan(CAPT) 2)Shan Massood 3)Nasir Jamshed 4)Shoiab Maqsood 5)Haris Sohail 6)Umar Akmal(WKP) 7)AFRIDI(Vice-CAPT) 8)Ajmal/Rehman 9)Junaid 10)Irfan 11)Ahmed Shahzad

  • t20cric on September 27, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Some okay selection but still judging by the 28 man squad there are some negatives still. Fawad Alam and Haris Sohail still did not make the squad which is just as bad as hafeez and faisal iqbal still being in the squad. Umar Amin is not as an amazing player as the selection suggests. At least Umar AKmal and Sohaib Maqsood are in the squad. Wahab, Hafeez, Adnan, Faisal and Aizaz shouldn't have gotten picked. Instead it should have been Gul, Nasir, Taufeeq, Fawad and Haris. It'll be exciting to see Ahmed Jamal (winner of Wasim's pace competition) bowl. Keeping Saeed Ajmal out of the probables is a bold move and that means that the younger spinners will have to do the trick. As for other players Yasir Shah is definitely not good enough to be mentioned twice and which Imran Khan are these guys talking about there are 7 of them just from Pakistan in this site.

  • mzm149 on September 27, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    Here are some comments of Ramiz Raja on exclusion of Nasir Jamshed from the squad:

    "Nasir Jamshed had a strong case for selection."

    "Among all the recent openers, Nasir Jamshed is the most capable."

    "Dropping Nasir Jamshed is not justified."

    "Ahmed Shehzad is a talented player as well."

    "Ahmed Shehzad's inclusion is a positive step, but the first choice should have been Nasir Jamshed."

    "In the UAE, where batting is easy and the ball doesn't swing much, Nasir Jamshed could have been handy."

  • on September 27, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Bring back Umar Akmal in Tests. He is the most talented batsman in the country and has proved that in WI series although given the opportunity at number 6. and make him and Afridi captain for ODI & T20 respectively.

  • on September 27, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    These selectors were the cause of the defeat against Zimbabwe. They are very biased. They all belong to a particular city and favor the players from that city. Time and again selection of useless players like Sarfraz, Asad Shafiq, Faisal Iqbal, Shan Masood, Khurram Manzoor proves that. Hafeez is the only exception but he belongs to the same group.

  • on September 27, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    What a criteria of making captain of A side .future of pakistani captain no way .he did not desrve the place in the team how can he became future captain of pakistan .

  • on September 27, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Who cares they played good in domestic cricket. You swap one, two or three players for a tournament. Not 80% of your team. Pakistan will lose miserably. No one is saying that the old team was good. But it takes time to replace the old players. you just dont make a new team and hope to get lucky. Who comes up with these selections. No wonder our country is behind. They make crazy decisions and then play the blame game.

  • on September 27, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Pak cricket selection criteria. ================= Lahore Mafia Intikhab alam ,Abdul Qadi, Ilyasa, rameez and etc their player Akmal borthers , Hafeez Karachi Mafia Moeen Khan ,saleem jafer and All sports media from khi players Afridi , Sarfarz etc

    These people detroying talent Like Abdul Razzak Shaoib Malik Umber Gul

  • on September 27, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Who cares they played good in domestic cricket. You swap one, two or three players for a tournament. Not 80% of your team. Pakistan will lose miserably. No one is saying that the old team was good. But it takes time to replace the old players. you just dont make a new team and hope to get lucky. Who comes up with these selections. No wonder our country is behind. They make crazy decisions and then play the blame game.

  • Desihungama on September 27, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    What it tells us they have shunted M. Hafeez permanently and propping Umar Amin to be the next captain. I don't know did he exert leadership qualities somewhere that we are not aware of or just because he can speak better English? Personally I would have liked Azhar Ali given this responsibility or even Saeed Ajmal.

  • PAK_CricFan on September 27, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    i do not find much wrong in Probables for camp players i think they missed Junaid Khan by typing error and i am amazed to see that selectors have ignored taufeeq umar once again but interestingly taufeeq average more than 50 against S. Africans in test as he find SA pace attack to his liking. Pakistan team should open with taufeeq umar against them as he has got good record in U.A.E too.

  • on September 27, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    good to see Akbar , shoaib, rizwan in probables. but i dont think they will get chance as usual. Shaan might be good but on openers list his numbers are not that promising from domestic performances.

    Strange to see toufeeq umar out. he scored a 200 last year and then was injured vs SA.

    Good thing to send azhar and asad to play a tour game vs SA.

    Rizwan should get chance ahead of adnan. Shoaib/ akbar should be in as well as umar akmal.

    Hafeez should be dropped with adnan and may be asad .

    Umar amin as A team captain? ok if we want a young captain then why cant we select a doestic good performer in team and make him captain? anyway he is captain of A team so let us see what he has got in store

  • on September 27, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Guys, obviously there has been a typing error, that's why there has been no saeed ajmal or nasir jamshed. They will be must for probables, so i think they got that wrong. @mzm149, bro, what are you talking about, Khurram Manzoor was the only other batsman that scored runs other than Misbah. Talking about dropping Nasir, he was rightly dropped, however he should replace Hafeez now and open with Khurram in tests. Shafiq has been selected on the same criteria as Azhar Ali, they have been both out of form, but are an asset on sub-continental pitches. Talking about Faisal Iqbal, well he is one player that i can say has been favored not anyone else. Hence, you should change your statement to favoring a particular players, rather than a city. Thanks.

  • on September 27, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    very very good desision from the selectors.

  • Sweetssssssssss on September 27, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    This Squad Will Change . Hafeez, Ajmal & Gull Will Come in 15 Man Squad

  • mzm149 on September 27, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    It makes sense why Taufeeq Umar and Nasir Jamshed have been ignored. Actually any good opening batsman is detrimental to the position of wily crafty "Professor". Actually good players don't deserve to play in a team where there are politicians playing and where players are selected after continuous failures just because they have influence. Dropping Jamshed after 2 tests in South Africa, forcing him to run out twice in West Indies series by giving obvious bad calls and ignoring him and Taufeeq Umar in Zimbabwe and South African tour show the real face of Hafeez.

    This A team game with Pakistan team and selecting best squad from 28 players on the basis of performance is simply a window dressing. We will get to see the same playing XI in South Africa series as the one in Zimbabwe. Playing XI will be: Khurram Manzoor, Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younus Khan, Misbah, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Abdur Rahman, Saeed Ajmal, Rahat Ali and Ehsan Adil.

    South Afrcia will easily whitewash this team!!!!

  • laho111 on September 27, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Umer amin is an average player. make asad shafiq vice captain he is the only player performed against SA last series. Also give chance to serfaraz for test as well in ODI. Rizwan didnt perform in U19. Where is Tabish Khan and fawad alam? they deserve for a chance now. Give full chance to Akber Rehman highest scorer from last 3 domestic series. Remove ahmed shehzad and Umer akmal from test squad they are T20 players.

  • on September 27, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Taufeeq Umar never misses even my "EA Cricket 2007" team .. How can he miss real cricket team!!!! The other player who does not miss my team is Junaid Khan..

  • Stark62 on September 27, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    If the selectors believe Amin is the future of Pak, then Pak is doomed because Amin will turn out to be another Malik and the 28 man squad selected, is making me cringe because of the hammering it's going to receive from the Proteas.

    Also, Misbah is a coward and deserves to be humiliated because Harris Sohail was selected on more than several occasions but yet, was never given an opportunity to show off his skills and now, Misbah should be fretting over a defeat to SA in the UAE.

    Like the old saying goes "You reap, what you sow"!!

  • on September 27, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Selectors they do what they want to do, what ever you say had no effect on selectors and management. See the national selection would be the same. This is the reason they want Misbah to be the captain of national side as he accept what the management ask to do. He is a great servant of Pakistan cricket oh no great servant of managment.

  • rawjns on September 27, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    I am confused is QuaideAzam Trophy the premium tournament of our domestic structure or the Presidets Trophy. Umar Amin was no where near the top scorers of Quaid e azam Trophy... Akbar ur Rehman was, who hasnt evn been given a chance ... its the old politics against players from Karachi...e.g. Fawwad Alam, Shan Masood, Khalid Latif, these are the best batsmen Pakistan has but unfortunately they all come from karachi and thus wont get a chance... I wont be surprised if they will make umar amin national side captain even though he hardly justifies his place in any test side..

  • on September 27, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Ahmed Shahzad... lol He is Just t20 Player... He Even Dont Play Long innings in ODIs then how can u Slect him for test, Khurram Manzor Instead of T.Umar... lol idea... So finally Sir Imran Farhat is Out :) and Nasir Jamshed is also Out all this happend Just For Saving the Place of Hafeez.. God Pls Help Pakistani Cricket.. Its Going No where... :(

  • rawjns on September 27, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Where is Taufeeq Umar and Fawwad Alam Najam shetti you are nothing but a political puppet. Umar Amin to be the captain ...lol this person was selected as an allrounder like shoaib malik but doesnt even deserve to be in a Test side.... not atleast he has proven him self.. its good to see imran farhat is not there ...

  • on September 27, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    very disappointing by the selectors. They again favored nepotism and favoritism. I wonder why Taufique Umer, Nasir Jamshed, Ali Waqas and fast bowler Sami Ullah niazi is not in the squad of 280. Amazing that Miandad nephew Faisal is again there for pleasure tour. Asad shafique and Hafeez are also discarded players. When PCB will take a team of fair selectors. PCB is playing in the hands of Azhar Khan a notorious selector from lahore.

  • on September 27, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Very disappointing 28 superstars available to serve pakistan cricket team against South Africans in tests, same old failed horses like Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Adnan Akmal, Sarfaraz Ahmed, etc. Sone can see Faisal Iqbal for another pleasure tour. I bet Shoaib Malik is way better than all 28 probables. He can be a back bone of Pak Team in all formats of the game, We Pak supporters can foresee white wash by SA if 15 out of these 28 are selected for tests. 3 keepers including 2 flops and hopeless performers of the past series. For the sake of Pak cricket please include Malik in tests and ODIs atleast or face the worse in October. As far as razzak is concerned he can be tested in ODIs and t20 for the last time at No,3 not 7.

  • on September 27, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Just to clarify Ajmal and Misbah are not mentioned here as participants of training camp because they are offered rest by PCB as they went straight to india after Zimbabwe series for CL Twenty20...

  • huhohuhohuho on September 27, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    what they havent written is that there will be a match of pak A vs pak. Which will decide who gets to play in the first test. Secondly ajmal is in the list of probables. Good chance for youngsters to prove themselves vs sa. Hope pak a beats both sa and pakistan. The final side should be: ahmed shehzad,khurram manzoor, sohaib maqsood, younus, misbah,umar amin,m rizwan,ehsan adil,imran khan,junaid,ajmal,usman,abdur rahman,azhar,rahat ali,and umar akmal.

  • on September 27, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Why is everyone jumping the gun? It says probable for "CAMP" i.e. these guys will be going to a training camp. Relax and wait for the final team decision. Happy to see youngsters getting a chance but Khurram Manzoor should be no where in this list not to mention a few other people cough wahab riaz cough. Fawad Alam and Taufeeq Umar are being treating badly as usual. This board has absolutely zero direction and is keeping with its tradition of destroying promising players. Fingers crossed though.

  • on September 27, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    i think you missed ajmal in writing the list. he cannot be out!! who will win us the matches? abdur rehman? dont tell me!!

  • ICCexpert.... on September 27, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    If the selectors don't know who the best 15/16 Test players are in Pak, 2 weeks before a series v SA, then they shouldn't be doing the job.....

  • Sachit1979 on September 27, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    Umar Amin captain for A team understandable but why Amin is captain in list of probables? Is he going to lead the test side instead of Misbah?

  • Dadu786 on September 26, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    Where is Nasir Jamshed and Fawad Alam and what happened to Taufique Umar, Pakistan has to play with Left handers, because Dale and company work better to move the balls with right handers, Pak team has to mix the combination.

  • Jda123 on September 26, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed should be in here too... considering these pitches are the ones he can only play on.

  • on September 26, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    Where is Ajmal we can't win any match without Ajmal wtf is this u know that last year pakistan win 3-0 from England that was bcouz f Ajmal and Rehman so if u didn't play with Ajmal Pak will Probably Lose this series ......

  • AamirAbuOzair on September 26, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    Misbah is captaining Pakistan side not the A team....

    Where is Abdul Razzaq - why we are keep on ignoring him!

  • Izzmail55 on September 26, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    Where is Nasir Jamshed and Ajmal. You need jamshed he is such a class at player his timing is to perfection

  • Dannymania on September 26, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    I am very happy to see that Misbah is not playing in this Pakistan A line up.He doesnt leave any opportunity to take a spot in any pakistani team so its a relieve.I dont know why Hafeez isnt playing in this game though.It would have been nice to see him score some runs for a change, after all this time.THIS might have been the opportunity for Hafeez to get back into some kind of a batting form.BUT, Clearly Misbah has decided that Hafeez wont be playing in the test team.I see Shaan Masood's and Faisal Iqbal's names there.Thats nice to see.Asad shafiq has gotten more than enough opportunities and he is clearly not talented enough to keep playing in a pakistani test team.But well, MIsbah doesnt deserve to play in a test side either, on merit.All's ok when it comes to pakistani cricket,well,not only cricket.Anything in pakistan really.I am a heart broken cricket lover.Where's that Aussie team that i loved?!Where's that paki team that i loved?!How did we end up with players like Misbah?!!

  • on September 26, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    I cant find a man named Saeed Ajmal in the probables...

  • on September 26, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Evnthough asad shafiq and azahr ali are out of form .... those who want them out of pakistan cricket have no idea about cricket and should jst llay in thier garden ... they r the future of Pakistan middle order inshaAllah and ahmed shazad iin opening. All three players are technically the most sound and deserve a very long run looking at the current talent we have ( technically at sea ) form can come n go bt class remains n both proved it in england in english conditions when evryone collapsed. Umar amin deserved a chance cos he scored a lot this season bt observing his technique n temprament ( in england) i dnt think he is ready for the big league yet.....bt i pray he does well inshaAllah. Fawad alam and faisal iqbal unfortunately will nvr find real place in theside because they r used in evry odd test here n there n thus cnt adjust which leads to poor form n out of the team... they deserve a long run in test cricket. We need uamr akmal in the side for sme fire power .

  • Ali-Sajid on September 26, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Big Positive i see is that there in no Imran farhat in the probables. Negative part is i see no Taufeeq Umar and Saeed Ajmal.

  • on September 26, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    where is saeed ajmal

  • on September 26, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    we can play him instead of Asad who has been poor. Push Azhar to open with Hafeez/Khuram with Younus 3, misah 4, amin 5, umar akmal 6, adnan 7 and then rehman, ajmal, junaid and rahat/ifran/adil.

  • on September 26, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Question remain is highest ever domestic average is by Fawad Alam , and he is no where in the probables for the test cricket ... really strange...

  • on September 26, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    What the hell is Shan Masood,Faisal Iqbal, Asad Shafiq, and Aizaz Cheema.If were gonna make an Pakistan A team lets put in talent and the future of Pakistan not batsmen that cant score more then 15 with the bat or bowl 10 overs in a match. shahzaib hasan and sharjeel khan deserve a spot both young,smart,opening batsmen that play quick.They can replace Ahmed Shehzad and nasir jamshed in the future if they cant preform .We also need to put in talent from U-19 like batsmen Sami Aslam and Imam ul haq this can help them improve on their cricket and this will groom them,India did with unmukt chand hes the future of India now.We should have also included All-rounder mohammad nawaz he can be a Jadeja for us or something more.The other fast bowlers selected look pretty good

  • mzm149 on September 26, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Umar Amin just averages 12.71 from 4 games which do not reflect on his abilities as these games are too few to judge him. Even with such small number of games and poor record he has been made captain of Pakistan A team. I don't get it what grave sin has Nasir Jamshed committed.

    You are dropping Saeed Ajmal? Are you serious? Pakistan selectors should present the test trophy to South Africa even before playing.

  • saluu_dany on September 26, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    I would say it is the right decision made by PCB. He is the only guy who looks fit and mature for captaincy after Misbah. He should promote as a vice captain in the presence of Misbah, so he could get some experience. He is definitely a bright star for Pakistan Cricket. Good luck young star!

  • mzm149 on September 26, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Selecting useless players like Khurram Manzoor, Sarfraz Ahmed, Faisal Iqbal and out of form Asad Shafiq and dropping Nasir Jamshed and Taufiq Umar point towards a big controversy i.e. favoritism towards players of particular city.

    Even though there are non performers from other cities as well like Hafeez and Rahat Ali but still it's difficult to hide the obvious.

    Even though I support Pakistan, I would love to see Steyn and Philander pummel Pakistani openers Hafeez and Khurram Manzoor once again. Rahat Ali will also get good spanking from AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla. Sarfraz Ahmed will give them many chances to score double hundreds. We deserve that

  • Anwar-Lara on September 26, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    excellent decision.. he should be named as Pakistan's vice captain for Tests as well.

  • on September 26, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    Where is saeed ajmal? Pakista weak point is batting. Plz player n coach practice to baseball bat . Not cricket bat. Good practice baseball bat. And positive mind of all players. N plz include umar akmal in 15 member team. N where is saeed ajmal in probables. N hafiz also include team. N hafiz practice baseball bat. Because its good practice pakistani players of baseball bats.

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  • on September 26, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    Where is saeed ajmal? Pakista weak point is batting. Plz player n coach practice to baseball bat . Not cricket bat. Good practice baseball bat. And positive mind of all players. N plz include umar akmal in 15 member team. N where is saeed ajmal in probables. N hafiz also include team. N hafiz practice baseball bat. Because its good practice pakistani players of baseball bats.

  • Anwar-Lara on September 26, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    excellent decision.. he should be named as Pakistan's vice captain for Tests as well.

  • mzm149 on September 26, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Selecting useless players like Khurram Manzoor, Sarfraz Ahmed, Faisal Iqbal and out of form Asad Shafiq and dropping Nasir Jamshed and Taufiq Umar point towards a big controversy i.e. favoritism towards players of particular city.

    Even though there are non performers from other cities as well like Hafeez and Rahat Ali but still it's difficult to hide the obvious.

    Even though I support Pakistan, I would love to see Steyn and Philander pummel Pakistani openers Hafeez and Khurram Manzoor once again. Rahat Ali will also get good spanking from AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla. Sarfraz Ahmed will give them many chances to score double hundreds. We deserve that

  • saluu_dany on September 26, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    I would say it is the right decision made by PCB. He is the only guy who looks fit and mature for captaincy after Misbah. He should promote as a vice captain in the presence of Misbah, so he could get some experience. He is definitely a bright star for Pakistan Cricket. Good luck young star!

  • mzm149 on September 26, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Umar Amin just averages 12.71 from 4 games which do not reflect on his abilities as these games are too few to judge him. Even with such small number of games and poor record he has been made captain of Pakistan A team. I don't get it what grave sin has Nasir Jamshed committed.

    You are dropping Saeed Ajmal? Are you serious? Pakistan selectors should present the test trophy to South Africa even before playing.

  • on September 26, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    What the hell is Shan Masood,Faisal Iqbal, Asad Shafiq, and Aizaz Cheema.If were gonna make an Pakistan A team lets put in talent and the future of Pakistan not batsmen that cant score more then 15 with the bat or bowl 10 overs in a match. shahzaib hasan and sharjeel khan deserve a spot both young,smart,opening batsmen that play quick.They can replace Ahmed Shehzad and nasir jamshed in the future if they cant preform .We also need to put in talent from U-19 like batsmen Sami Aslam and Imam ul haq this can help them improve on their cricket and this will groom them,India did with unmukt chand hes the future of India now.We should have also included All-rounder mohammad nawaz he can be a Jadeja for us or something more.The other fast bowlers selected look pretty good

  • on September 26, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Question remain is highest ever domestic average is by Fawad Alam , and he is no where in the probables for the test cricket ... really strange...

  • on September 26, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    we can play him instead of Asad who has been poor. Push Azhar to open with Hafeez/Khuram with Younus 3, misah 4, amin 5, umar akmal 6, adnan 7 and then rehman, ajmal, junaid and rahat/ifran/adil.

  • on September 26, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    where is saeed ajmal

  • Ali-Sajid on September 26, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Big Positive i see is that there in no Imran farhat in the probables. Negative part is i see no Taufeeq Umar and Saeed Ajmal.