Pakistan v South Africa 2013-14 October 5, 2013

Hafeez axed for South Africa Tests

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Mohammad Hafeez has been dropped for Pakistan's Test series against South Africa in the UAE. Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has made a return in the 12-man squad named by the PCB. The board will expand the squad to 15 following Pakistan A's match against the touring South Africans, between October 8 and 10, in Sharjah.

Hafeez was expected to miss out, given his poor form in Test cricket this year. He has aggregated 102 runs in 10 Test innings this year, and was particularly exposed against the moving ball by Dale Steyn on Pakistan's tour to South Africa in February. Pakistan have not played top-level opposition in Test cricket since, but Hafeez's struggles in the long format continued against Zimbabwe in September - he scored 59 in four Test innings on that tour, despite being the Man of the Series in the ODIs.

Pacer Wahab Riaz also misses out from the squad that played the Zimbabwe Tests. Pakistan had drawn that series 1-1, with Zimbabwe recording their first win against Pakistan in 15 years in the second Test. Against South Africa in February, Pakistan had lost the Tests 0-3. Irfan had featured in that series, but missed out in Zimbabwe; now he returns.

Batsmen Asad Shafiq, Faisal Iqbal and Shan Masood, and seamer Eshan Adil, also miss out from the squad that played Zimbabwe, but unlike Riaz and Hafeez, they were named in the Pakistan A squad for game against the South Africans, so they could still feature in the final Test 15 if they impress in that match. Shafiq is most likely to be one of the three players added to the squad.

The only new face in the squad is left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar. Babar, 34, has been part of the domestic circuit for more than ten years and featured in T20s previously, but is yet to debut in Test cricket for Pakistan. The team management is mulling playing three spinners in the line-up, and so Babar could fit in alongside Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman.

Fast bowler Umar Gul, who was targetting a comeback against South Africa after being sidelined by a knee injury since March, is yet to return.

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  • ihaq1 on October 9, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    Umar Amin is a surprise in teh test selection as his performance with the bat has not been upto par...however Asad Shafik who was selected initially due to a good domestic record is failing repeatedly...so on current form they might pick an additional spinner/seamer and probably ahmed shezad and shan masood...UAe pitches are expected tobe batting wickets so going in with four spinners who could be rotated might be teh way to go as u can at best play one or two pacemen with umar amin as backup...at best one can play two seamers and three seamers...the addition of a legspinner salman qadir would give teh captain all teh options

  • on October 8, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Late but good decision. Shoaib Maqsood must be given opportunity. He has got the potential to play in any form of the game. Ideally suited for one day and T20, but i believe he can prove his talent in test cricket as well. He, sometimes, reminds me of my all times favorite Inzi...:)

  • Morfi on October 8, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    In my opinion, if AB de Villiers can keep in tests, so should Umar Akmal. He ill give the depth to batting and Pak can play 7 bats and 4 bowlers. He will be the all rounder. Bring Taufiq back and play Taufiq / Khurram / Azher / Younis / Misbah / Asad or Umar Amin / U Akmal / Rehman / Ajmal / Junaid / Rahat.

    Get Azher Ali to bowl a little leg spin. He shd be handy.

  • on October 8, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    Huge relief ,i must say this is such magnificent decision ,that will ensure speedy recovery of pak team from chaos InshAllaha . Such medicore players have no place in long verssion of game ,he is simply skilless player and can be club level player at best ,at last sense has prevailed and he has been kicked out„„ i,e belessed in all facets "". But Asad shafiq should have been retained.

  • on October 8, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    Hafeez is so overrated. Finally they realized that he has no use in being on the test squad.

  • on October 8, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    No new face in the squad. They are giving chance to 34 year old Zulfiqar babar instead of grooming Young talented guy Raza Hassan. Also One more thing that is pretty missing from the squad is solid and natural stroke playing batsman. In my thinking Shan Masood should be given chance, and Sohaib maqsood should also be introduced in the middle order to make it strong.

  • on October 7, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    Weak Batting line up against the SA bowling attack! - We need some more experience in the middle order bring back Mohammed Yousuf....

  • short_cover on October 7, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    It is good to drop Hafeez due to poor performance, however, it was the moving ball at pace that does him. The conditons are different in UAE and he would have played much better. But in the larger scheme of things, he should perform in all conditions in order to justify his spot. Asad Shafiq has becomoe a victim of poor PCB policy. He was pretty good when he was part of both Test and ODI squad. Sure he was struggeling in the shorter format, but still did better than many. Now that he is pulled out of ODIs and selection for Test has become patchy... he has lost his confidence and a good prospect may end up in the history books now. Also good to see Irfan back... otherwise, he would have also gone mis-utilized and mis-aligned with the team.

  • on October 7, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    its true Pakistan is over relying on spin bowling for everything and every tournament to get them some special result while for winning World Cup the essentials are to have good Fast Bowling Bunch and Injection of All-rounders And Good Opening Partnership Players and lastly a Smart Coach while Pakistan has none of these at this time thus haven't prepared anything for the World Cup maybe they are relying on some miracles to save their face when on the ground.

  • likeintcricket on October 7, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    SA is a methodical team and they should have already made plans to tackle Ajmal and company. They need some surprises though to make them off their approach. I would say to bring some new but talented faces. Despite my disliking of Hafeez as an opener, I have a feeling he still be useful as a bowler and # six batsman. He is also an excellent fielder and someone who knows SA a bit. I would give him one more chance against SA but not as an opener. Against Steyn every opener will struggle unless he is very agressive. However, after looking at Pak showing against Zimbabwae I am not very excited about Pak team and instead I am worried they might get another drubbing from them in all formats.

  • ihaq1 on October 9, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    Umar Amin is a surprise in teh test selection as his performance with the bat has not been upto par...however Asad Shafik who was selected initially due to a good domestic record is failing repeatedly...so on current form they might pick an additional spinner/seamer and probably ahmed shezad and shan masood...UAe pitches are expected tobe batting wickets so going in with four spinners who could be rotated might be teh way to go as u can at best play one or two pacemen with umar amin as backup...at best one can play two seamers and three seamers...the addition of a legspinner salman qadir would give teh captain all teh options

  • on October 8, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Late but good decision. Shoaib Maqsood must be given opportunity. He has got the potential to play in any form of the game. Ideally suited for one day and T20, but i believe he can prove his talent in test cricket as well. He, sometimes, reminds me of my all times favorite Inzi...:)

  • Morfi on October 8, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    In my opinion, if AB de Villiers can keep in tests, so should Umar Akmal. He ill give the depth to batting and Pak can play 7 bats and 4 bowlers. He will be the all rounder. Bring Taufiq back and play Taufiq / Khurram / Azher / Younis / Misbah / Asad or Umar Amin / U Akmal / Rehman / Ajmal / Junaid / Rahat.

    Get Azher Ali to bowl a little leg spin. He shd be handy.

  • on October 8, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    Huge relief ,i must say this is such magnificent decision ,that will ensure speedy recovery of pak team from chaos InshAllaha . Such medicore players have no place in long verssion of game ,he is simply skilless player and can be club level player at best ,at last sense has prevailed and he has been kicked out„„ i,e belessed in all facets "". But Asad shafiq should have been retained.

  • on October 8, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    Hafeez is so overrated. Finally they realized that he has no use in being on the test squad.

  • on October 8, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    No new face in the squad. They are giving chance to 34 year old Zulfiqar babar instead of grooming Young talented guy Raza Hassan. Also One more thing that is pretty missing from the squad is solid and natural stroke playing batsman. In my thinking Shan Masood should be given chance, and Sohaib maqsood should also be introduced in the middle order to make it strong.

  • on October 7, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    Weak Batting line up against the SA bowling attack! - We need some more experience in the middle order bring back Mohammed Yousuf....

  • short_cover on October 7, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    It is good to drop Hafeez due to poor performance, however, it was the moving ball at pace that does him. The conditons are different in UAE and he would have played much better. But in the larger scheme of things, he should perform in all conditions in order to justify his spot. Asad Shafiq has becomoe a victim of poor PCB policy. He was pretty good when he was part of both Test and ODI squad. Sure he was struggeling in the shorter format, but still did better than many. Now that he is pulled out of ODIs and selection for Test has become patchy... he has lost his confidence and a good prospect may end up in the history books now. Also good to see Irfan back... otherwise, he would have also gone mis-utilized and mis-aligned with the team.

  • on October 7, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    its true Pakistan is over relying on spin bowling for everything and every tournament to get them some special result while for winning World Cup the essentials are to have good Fast Bowling Bunch and Injection of All-rounders And Good Opening Partnership Players and lastly a Smart Coach while Pakistan has none of these at this time thus haven't prepared anything for the World Cup maybe they are relying on some miracles to save their face when on the ground.

  • likeintcricket on October 7, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    SA is a methodical team and they should have already made plans to tackle Ajmal and company. They need some surprises though to make them off their approach. I would say to bring some new but talented faces. Despite my disliking of Hafeez as an opener, I have a feeling he still be useful as a bowler and # six batsman. He is also an excellent fielder and someone who knows SA a bit. I would give him one more chance against SA but not as an opener. Against Steyn every opener will struggle unless he is very agressive. However, after looking at Pak showing against Zimbabwae I am not very excited about Pak team and instead I am worried they might get another drubbing from them in all formats.

  • on October 7, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    pak missed the chance here, in past we always have debut aganst safs it was paid off (azhar mahmood, naqvi, asim kamal etc etc), i dont know what happened to selectors, they should inject the new blood in the team, they are just relying on thier spin department, if it will not work these series might be in favor of africa

  • on October 7, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Umar Akmal shuld be there rather than Asad Shafiq ...

  • on October 7, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Umar Akmal left out again ? I mean if you are giving so many chances to Shafiq please give half of them to Umar Akmal too. I like Shafiq and I think he should be kept with the team but when he is not scoring , I think he should be treated like others are being treated too. Why didn't Taufeeq and Nasir Jamdhaid get this chance ? Why didn't Sohaib or Harris Sohail got these chances ? Why do they always drop Umar Akmal as soon as he fail in one or 2 matches. Now Shafiq has scored around 250 runs in his last 10 Test innings and has been POOR in ODI YET he is given a chance to play the A team match on dead UAE pitch where he comes in to bat as low in the order as possible so ge gets the easiest time to bat on. I think he is Misbah's special one that is the only reason I can think of him being selected in the ODI. He was in the ODI side that played SA,WI and Zim so he has been consistently selected for ODIs with a career average of 26 and strike rate less than 70 which is POOR for tat format

  • on October 7, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    The selectors should feel shy on this selection. It is not a Pakistan team, it is a mockery. The selectors always say that our target is World Cup. Will this team do something in World Cup? If Mr. Tuk Tuk and Budha Shair are part of the team then why not Shoaib, Razzaq, Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal, who have earned good reputation in Pakistan cricket. The selectors should be unbiased and realistic and selection, if truly they are Pakistani.

  • on October 6, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    12 man squad is weak batting line-up you need atleast one more batsman in there you need to be aiming atleast making of 600 runs from one test, so dont just hope for successful bowling but also have plan for batting . Good luck god willing to pak team :)

  • on October 6, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    its true asad shafiq is potential good long term player for pakistan cricket if only one can see god willing and its time captaincy is shifted to someone else as what has pakistan won under misbah captaincy other then failure? open eyes and pick someone younger then misbah for captaincy and misbah can still play as a batsman in the team and May sense prevails

  • on October 6, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    pakistan cricket board?????????what about taufeeq umar?

  • harrdstone on October 6, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Its a team of aging players. What happened to the Pakistani reputation of bringing in young players in their teens. Perhaps it is due to the Captain who discourages youth by constantly saying what have the youngsters done?instead of giving them frequent chances. Good to drop Hafeez but it is mind boggling to drop Nasir Jamshed who scored back to back hundreds in a pressure series against the old enemy in India. That requires exceptional talent and courage and he should have been given repeated chances. Nice to see the non selection of usual suspects Imran Farhat,Kamran,Razzaq , Shoaib Malik etc

  • Love-Pak on October 6, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    I still don't understand why Misbah is still captain. Due to his defensive captaincy and favoritism Pakistan team lost 3-0 tests in South Africa and lost test match against weak team Zimbabwe.Yunis Khan is much better choice for captaincy. Second thing is why Asad Shafiq was not selected?? !!! Asad have been performing well in test matches since last couple years, he was the best batsmen from pakistan team in South Africa tour where on fast and bouncy pitch he was the leading scorer in Pakistani team. And just he did not perform well in two test matches in Zambabwe and he is dropped?? !!!!What about Hafeez who continue to get chances again and agin in whole year 2013 without any performance.On what basis Azhar Ali is selcted? He also did not perform well in Zambabwe and he was total failure in South Africa. On what basis Umer Amin is given preference over Asad shafiq? just on the basis of couple of average innings? What about Asad Shafiq lat couple years solid test matches performance?

  • t20cric on October 6, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    This selection is far too much emphasizing bowling and not enough batsmen. They have 6 bowlers who all cant bat so well, a wicketkeeper who also can't bat, only one opener who might do good and 4 middle order batsmen. Anwar Ali should have been selected instead of Rahat or Irfan cuz of Anwar's batting. Yasir Shah could have got a spot in the squad instead of Abdur Rehman cuz Yasir can bat as well. Mohammad Rizwan should have been there instead of Adnan cuz his fc stats show Rizwan can bat. I'm not sure what the selectors see about Umar Amin, instead of him Fawad Alam should have gotten a spot. The other opener should have been Taufeeq. Haris Sohail and Umar Akmal should have been in the A team so that they could be selected in the squad. Over all the 15-man squad should be: Khurram Manzoor, Taufeeq Umar, Fawad Alam, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Misbah-ul-haq, Mohammad Rizwan, Saeed Ajmal, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Junaid Khan, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan/Rahat Ali

  • on October 6, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Who is going to BAT and STAY at the CREASE for long time? View to my point Shoaib Maqsood or Shan Maqsood included in the TEAM!

  • on October 6, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    This Pakistani team has players picked and dropped and then reselected.This team has no young new exciting player to look forward for.Another one sided ,once again Misbah lead team towards more or less kind of humiliation.Younis Khan is selected for a double 100s he scored against made to look "The Zimbabawe". Soon he will also realize about his limited potential.As always being senior ,the time spent in team with highly inconsistent performance is more imp in Pak cricket team than being a senior consistent performer. Definition of a senior player in Pakistani team is the time you could manage to survive ,3-4 years ,in Pakistani team irrespective of being dropped and reselected for very obvious and valid reasons. Long live our short and tunnel visioned selectors with players more connected to political figures than their actual cricketing figures.

  • Desihungama on October 6, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Didn't Taufeeq score a double last time he played a Test match in UAE? Good riddance in the minds of PCB. We don't want our batsmen scoring too heavily. It doesn't suit the temperament of rest of the batsmen. They try also score centuries and in process cannot play their natural game and lose wicket. And then you read interviews like Ashar Zaidi's who says senior batsmen in domestic cricket orders groundsmen to prepare flat track so they can get their fifties as a selection criteria, tell bowlers no bouncers in nets and then questions how they the heck you are going to face the likes of Steyn and Morkel in SA?

  • on October 6, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    TexanBlue is so right, seriously! When they aren't willing to find replacement of a 39 year old snail-like captain, the future is faded and WC2015 is already lost. Taufeeq Umar was the right pick when there is no one to open with Khurram Manzoor.It hurts to see Pakistani team in such a condition when I compare it to the mammoth squad of WC 1999.

  • on October 6, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Rest of the team selection is not too bad but a person should be missing (Tufeeq Omer) one of the most temprament player in Pakistan team and atleast one right arm fast bowler should select . any way best of luck Pakistan Team ;)

  • on October 6, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Not a Good selection at any cost ... I don't see Pakistan Winning it !!! it will be a DEAD rubber ... where are all good player's ? Its 11 Member should be like this 1)Taufiq Umar.2)Khurram Manzoor.3)Younis Khan, 4)Misbah-ul-Haq.5)Faisal Iqbal,.6) Asad Shafiq,.7) Umar Akmal(Wk),.8)Saeed Ajma.9) Abdur Rehman,10)Junaid Khan,11)Mohammad Irfan,...12th)Azhar Ali(back up Opener) Long Batting Line Up..with 2 world class fast bowler and 2 World class spinner Now beat this TEAM !!...Anyone with something better ??? Not Possible

  • on October 6, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Rest of the team selection is not too bad but a person should be missing (Tufeeq Omer) one of the most temprament player in Pakistan team and atleast one right arm fast bowler should select . any way best of luck Pakistan Team ;)

  • asiacricket1234 on October 6, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Its bad idea. SA is poor against spin bpwling and Hafeez has a great record against left hand batsmen and SA has a lot of them in their batting order. Hafeez should have been in the team even if it was as a middle order batsmen

  • on October 6, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    poor selection from PCB..... y u always include azhar ali in the squad he playing for himself not playing for the team.... He has 37 strike rate.... is this is acceptable????? now umar amin include in the squad is He is better than umar akmal, ahmad shehzad or nasir jamshid......... thats why indian team is better than pak team bcz he always gives opportunity to young guyz to show his talent......

  • TexanBlue on October 6, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Hold your breath: we're not going to see the repeat of last year's series against England in the UAE. This is RSA who really mean business on any field. Pak's brittle batting, erratic fielding, and non-penetrating bowling make them an easy target. From top to bottom, Pak cricket is in shambles. The PCB acting chairman says he doesn't see any replacement for Misbah's captaincy. If you can't see even 1 player to take over from your 39 years old captain who will not last for too long then your future is surely bleak. With Moin Khan in the think tank, you only add fuel to Misbah's negative and slow approach. Talk of going in with 3 spinners is a prime example of pessimism. This not 80's cricket. A long tail following a weak opening and middle order is scary. Taufiq Umar will be badly missed as not only he's a left hander but he has the ability to occupy the crease as well. Then Umar Akmal's sharp fielding and positive batting will be missed too. Pick only 1 of A. Rehman or Z. Babar.

  • on October 6, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    good step from PCB. Hafeez is best player but our of form in some series, Hope he will come back by hard work.

  • on October 6, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Who ever said they should have Asad Shafiq must be kidding with themselves. He has been horrible through out his Test Career. Only was okay in the start. Please bring the young players that have 50 + Averages and that will solve Pakistan's batting easily.

  • on October 6, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    At the moment, pakistan are having two or three only young talented batsman,,,,and they are ahmed shahzad,, nasir jamshed and umar akmal,,,,and they are all missing,,,i dont know what the selectors are looking for,,,,,,especially not selecting umar akmal is so strange..

  • on October 6, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    ohhh!! itx mean umar amin is better than umar akmal both failed vs eng in 2010 both are then dropped from pak side so one perform in FC and get position in pak team other perform in ODI and don't even get position in A team this is called tuk tuk power palyers whom misbah wants get selected bcz he don't want other palyers to perform nasir jamshed was performing bst of life but suddely his perfomance gone special thanks to misbah umar akmal exclusion in zim is the bst example and now its time for asad shafiq too taufeeq umar was perfoming good he drooped special tanks to misbah

  • hellothereeveryone on October 6, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Neglecting talent like Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad etc shows even Moin Khan is a biased selector. By doing so the young players loose their confidence and their careers are destroyed like so many others have suffered in the past. Abdul Razzaq, Azhar Mehmood, Imran Nazir etc to name a few. The biased selection has been a major reason for the downfall of Pakistani cricket and it continues. No lessons learnt by these egoistic selectors. Are they answerable to anyone. Are they accountable for their actions. This can only happen in Pakistani cricket. I guess we need a captain like Imran Khan who can select his own team and disagree with the selectors if they are biased.

  • nzcricket174 on October 6, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Taufeeq Umar? Asad Shafiq? Umar Akmal??? These are guys who have shown the capabilities of playing long innings, with good to decent techniques against the swinging and seaming ball. They should be fixtures in every Pakistan test side picked, yet are constantly mistreated.

  • on October 6, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Perfect, i hope the three from the a team are full of potential, then we will have thhe perfect team

  • Syed_imran_abbas on October 6, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Absolutly poor selection.. How can you not Select Umar Akmal, Taufeeq Omar and Nasir Jamshed in this squad? so unfair to drop these guys.. even Haris Sohail deserves to be in 15 man squad. he hasn't got a fair chance yet. Hafeez should have been tried lower down the order.

  • on October 6, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    The Test XI should be Ahmed Shehzad, Taufeeq Umar, Umar Akmal (wk), Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Fawad Alam, Sohaib Maqsood, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Zulfiqar Babar and Sadaf Hussain.

    Irfan should not be over used. We need batsmen who are going to have strike rates of 55-60 not 40-45. Low strike rate are not our culture and neither are three spinners.

  • on October 6, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Let me tell you Nawaz, if it wasn't for Misbah, Pakistan would've lost a hell of a lot more test matches and probably won nothing.

  • OhPakistan on October 6, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Hafeez or No Hafeez - would not alter the outcome of series ! Due to recent persistent decline in batting resources, Pakistan chances of upsetting the well-oiled Proteas are bleak. Pakistan's best chance will arise only when Proteas will be chasing 270+ in 4th inning on a crumbling/turning pitch. From the looks of things in domestic scene, the batting problems are here to stay mainly due to lack of planning/facilities/coaching etc. For decades, bowling have been Pakistan's stronger dept, but the quicks & spinners both are declining and loosing edge. Lack of swing ( Junaid Khan ) and zip ( Saeed Ajmal ) is evident. Recent additions simply don't have it/ are ordinary. Good luck to Pakistan ( will need heaps of it ).

  • on October 6, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    no umar akmal!!!!!! i don't know wt this guy need to do to get place in test team he was the bst batsmen in wi series far better than umar ami but still he don't even get place in A team his record in FC in far better than asad shafiq and umar akmal...very sad too see a talent guy wasting

  • on October 6, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    It is about time Misbah and Younus retired! We also need to save Irfan and not play him in the five-day-format and bring in youngsters like Saddaf Hussain and Bilawal Bhatti. Fawad Alam, Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, Haris Sohail, Umar Amin and Mohammad Rizwan (wk) should be in the squad who all deserve it.

  • zs32 on October 6, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Pakistan selecting batsmen is very much like India selecting seamers. No matter who they pick Vinay Kumar or Ishant, Mithun or Praveen Kumar, Dinda or Shami - ALL of them are ordinary. Period.

  • on October 6, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    its a good decession to drop M.Hafeez...against southafrica ,pakistan need some time consuming batsman like Misbah and Younis khan..

  • Ray24 on October 6, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    How can you drop Asad Shafiq? Where is Taufiq Umar? Please try the players who have shown good technique and temperament rather than those who have yet to prove themselves - domestic is one thing, but test is another and these two have proven themselves as competent batsmen.

  • on October 6, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    bowlers have been finalized. now they are looking for 3 batsmen (including another opener)

  • Shazzada on October 6, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    poor selection...........

    Test XI should be Tofiq omer/Azhar Ali/Younas Khan/Misbah ul Haq/Omer Amin/Asad Shafiq/Adnan Akmal/Abdul Rehman/Saeed Ajmal/Omer Gul/Junaid Khan with resrves (M. Irfan/Rahat Ali/Ahmad Shehzad/Haris Sohail

  • on October 6, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    I don't understand what has Umer Amin done to be considered in the side already?

    His domestic track record is just decent (nothing spectacular like Fawad Alam, Umer Akmal and Shoaib Maqsood). His performance in the three day practice match was all right (I am saying all right since he only got to bat once and was run out).

    I understand that they are grooming him to be future captain and he has done well in the recent domestic tournaments but I really believe that the below players are more deserving of this position:

    1) Umer Akmal: He is the best we have right now. He can score runs quickly which is one of Pakistan's worry in test. Test matches will also give him enough time to improve his technique and temperament.

    2) Fawad Alam: What has this lad done wrong. His domestic average is above 50 and he has the right temperament for this type of cricket.

    3) Ahmed Shahzad: The most improved Pakistani player in the last two years.

    4) Nasir Jamshed

  • balajik1968 on October 6, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    I hope Umar Akmal has recovered from whatever ailed him.

  • on October 6, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    Why is everyone complaining??? hafeez is just not test match material... he has had his chances...I am glad khurram manzoor is included...the rest were just automatic choices...n selecting a 12 man squad is also a wise decision... as it gives the youngsters in the A squad to enter the squad if they can score in the side game... gr8 chance for guys like shaan masood, ahmed shehzad & Akbar Ur Rehman... I also hope Shafiq scores big and makes it back into the test team... He made a hundred in SA against SA which Inzi n yousaf couldn't do... Means he can handle himself against quality bowling...

  • sal80 on October 6, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    I feel here Faisal iqbal deserve more chance as he was not given opportunity to play in zim series i dnt know why team management is ignoring him.

  • on October 5, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    What has Pakistan team won under Misbah Captaincy its time things move on ? he's always batting as if himself is the last batsman in the team and his batting style is very slow in start that others just give up hope on winning and loose their batting way straight into the dressing rooms. Though he played really well against Zimbabwe in the last test innings however that was one-off performance and his track record proves he's just not captaincy material , don't Pakistan have any younger captains to select from the team?

  • on October 5, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    guys this is not the final squad. three more players are going to join them to make the final 15 after the tour match between Pak A and SA. most likely an opener a middle order batsman (most likely Asad Shafique) and a fast bowler will join the Squad most likely Ehsan Adil

  • on October 5, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    oh Lord finally ......... Hafeez was a complete mess on the top of the order. He made his debut in Pakistan, I dont exactly remember it was against which team. but all I remember this guy was not willing to come on to full front foot and kept on playing the good length deliveries to gully or third man region producing knicks on regular basis. I was like how would this guy survive on bouncy or seaming tracks. Guess what I was right. If a person like me who never played a first class circket can see the deficinces in a batsman how come the selectors cant see it in so many years. on top of that in so many he never rectified his mistakes. He is a good person, wholly comitted to the cause but unfortunaltly he doesnt has the skills. The decision to drop him is spot on. Will only produce better results for Pakistan.

  • Morfi on October 5, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    The playing 11 will be 1. Khurram Manzoor; 2. TBC; 3. Azher Ali; 4. Younus Khan; 5. Misbah-ul-Haq; 6. Asad Shafiq; 7. Adnan Akmal; 8. Abdul Rehman; 9. Saeed Ajmal; 10. Junaid Khan; 11. Rahat Ali. No change except Hafeez replaced by Shehzad or Sohaib. Pretty bad selection I think

  • Morfi on October 5, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    What has been selected is done. There is no Umar Akmal in the squad, sadly. But what is worse - there is no opener alongside Khurram. Ahmed Shehzad is not test match material - No Nasir jamshed, No Taufiq. The team is very weak on batting and there is no all rounder. can field one pacer and 3 spinners unless there is an allrounder.

  • amumtaz on October 5, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    It is good that Hafeez has been dropped to sort out his problems with the bat. I think it is high time more talented youth be given a chance to prove themselves at the highest level.

  • ameen786 on October 5, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    Good selection by Team Management rest of the 3 players will be Nasir Jamshed,Umar Akmal, and please give Asad Shafiq a last chance we need to get this players on board.

    I hope umar gull recover fast and get place in team he is the best swing bowler in the world.

  • on October 5, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    No Sohaib Maqsood. Very weak batting. We never learn from our mistakes.

  • zzby on October 5, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    Why no leg spinner? fawad is playing in Australia, Imran Tahir for South Africa. The standard of team selection and planning is too low in Pakistan.

    If you donot have any leg spinner prepare him for the future....

  • IT13 on October 5, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    why rahat ali is still in the team, what about taufeeq umer, and why umer amin is consider as a good batsman? Nasir Jamshed should be picked instead

  • fjedai on October 5, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    Watch out for Ahmed Sehzad. He will hit some runs in Pakistan A match. will be picked in final 15.

  • ssantanu on October 5, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    I am big fan of Pak cricket, i dont know what is going on with pak cricket..why they cant produce quality batsman? If present Pak squad have few batsman like Misba or Younis then they will give hard time to any opponent. If you want to make dependent and consistent batsman then PCB has to rely on few player like Hafeez, Asad Safiq, Nasir Jamshed etc. They may turns into pak cricket asset in future. I humbly request to all my PAK friends and cricketing supporters to keep their faith on young brigade.

  • on October 5, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    Foreign coaches have wasted so much of the Pakistani time while coaches/People like Mohsin Khan who are Pakistanis with foreign understandings and global intelligence sit on the side. Through Woolmer we wasted years and players while grooming a mediocre player like Shoaib Malik for Captaincy. Foreign coaches are just not a good option when we as Pakistanis are going through a whole different mindset which any foreigner wont even understand. (the politics , the psychology , the ethical moral system , the behaviors , the discipline , the attitude etc. etc. ) Foreign coaches wont make you win they will only try to make u better, which is not enough.

  • on October 5, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    can't understand what is going on here pakistan with 1 batsmen short why only 5 batsmen and no opening batsmen so adnan akmal will be coming on to bat at 6 instead of 7 so we will have a huge tail its a shame if abdur rehman and saeed jamal came out to bat at no.7 we already know how disastrous our batting is why there is still no umar akmal and taufeeq umar???..

  • on October 5, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    well, since when pak has lost so much talent that selectors have eventually picked 12 men squad?? suprising!!well 3 spinner What r u kidding me? i think pak lacked bating..but selectors might be thinking that having trio will bold out SA for 100?? dream on..i m of the favour to give full bating lineup 2 test to prove themselves..and no preasure of getting droped, and i request selectors to please go out hunting for new good young fast bowler i think this pak attack is the weekest in pak cricket history...junaid is good but just not pak standard...i doubt a good fast bowler is playing in domestic circuit n please send ehsan and 2 other guys to either waqar or wasim rather than carry them n waste them!!

  • on October 5, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Ahmed shehzad, Umar akmal, Asad shafiq and zulfiqar baber should be selected in playing 11.. My line up would be- 1-Ahmed shahzad, 2-Azhar ali, 3-Younis khan, 4-Umar aknal, 5-Misbah, 6- Asad shafiq, 7- Adnan akmal, 8- Zulfiqar baber, 9-Saeed ajmal, 10- Junaid khan, 11-Irfan/rehman

  • bbnn on October 5, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    It is wrong time to drop Hafees loosing the balance of the eleven Mohamed Nawas should get an early opportunity in the test eleven

  • on October 5, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Asad Shafiq seems to have been dropped as well I feel this is a wrong decision Shafiq scored a hundred in SA a feat not even achieved by Inzimam and Yousuf he definitely has potential Pakistan should have been given him another chance.

  • on October 5, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    drop stayn out of SA side of this tour and next day u will see hafeez,s name back in pak side :-D

  • SaadRocx on October 5, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Finally sense prevails...This was bound to happen..Hafeez can't bat at Test Level..

  • on October 5, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Hahn yes it will much difference with Hafeez. Look at the world beating batsmen we have got. Question is who is going to open for Pakistan.

  • Izzmail55 on October 5, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    I think next 3 people in the Pakistan team should be Nasir Jamshed. Umar Akmal. And maybe Asad Shafiq. Nasir jamshed is a young batsmen he can make a lot of runs for the team he has the talent and he can time the ball really good.

  • Beertjie on October 5, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Pakistan is my second favourite team, so I wish them well. Given the composition of the A-team, one can only hope for the addition of 3 decent batsmen and that they be given a chance if not in the first test then in the second. It's pick and hope as usual. My picks would be Shafiq, Maqsood and Akbar (based on a mixture of last season's stats and, in Shafiq's case, proven test record. My XI would then be Khurram Manzoor, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah, Umar Amin, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Abdur Rehman, Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Irfan. If an opener needs to be replaced Maqsood could play. If Shafiq fails a chance can be given to Akbar. The lefty quicks can help Ajmal use the rough to spin his web around Amla, Kallis, AB, Faf, etc. Catching will be key, too, as will be proper use of DRS. With no early season form to go on it will be vital to strike first and SA are slow starters and have a new coach. Come on, boys, release the hidden tigers in yourselves!

  • on October 5, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    Pakistan needs Umer Akmal, Umer Akmal and Umer Akmal for SA!

  • on October 5, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    can someone please tell me why pakistan selectors dont select Umar Akmal.

  • wrenx on October 5, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    I missed Rhayader in the squad... Shame no U. Akmal, after the inevitable top order collapse and rebuilding by Misbah, we'd need some adhesion lower down. Younis will, as usual, find one moment to show heavily and rescue the team from trouble, but the other 3 innings are worrisome

  • wrenx on October 5, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    This doesn't look like a squad picked with winning in mind. Only 2 fast bowlers in the whole squad? Younis Khan must be expecting overtime.

  • wrenx on October 5, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    This doesn't look like a squad picked with winning in mind. Only 2 fast bowlers in the whole squad? Younis Khan must be expecting overtime.

  • Captainman on October 5, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Such an old team. Good luck once without the likes Misbah, Younis and Ajmal. Pakistan Cricket is on the decline in my view :)

  • stariq on October 5, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Why selectors don't go for Umar Akmal? He is not only the most talented of all but also adds a flavour to current docile batting lineup. Khuram M & Asad S are medicores so they don't provide any hope for future!!

  • on October 5, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Playing 3 spinners and 1 fast bowler will be a real bad idea. Whatever the condition 2 pacers are must. We can't play 5 bowlers either because we don't have any all rounder and none of our bowlers can bat and Adnan Akmal isn't that good either.

  • Sachit1979 on October 5, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    I was suffering with leg pain and I went to doctor. He cut my leg to eliminate the pain, now I have throat pain and I am scared to go to doctor again.

    This is the saga with Pak selectors. Their team was suffering with poor batting show and how they did fix the problem is by selecting a team with no choice of batsmen. If you leave apart Younis and Misbah, can someone claim that this team would be able to face lethal Steyn, Morkel and Philander? Sorry but sometimes it is difficult to decide whether Pak's team performs more poorly or their selectors.

  • on October 5, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    very defensive test team again its batting mediocrity will be exposed. Umar akmal should have been in and taufeeq umar too. This time lets see how spinning track would help pakistan. Considering their recent form and attitude success is unlikely. However axing hafeez is a big relief I am so happy ....

  • on October 5, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    pakistani team desperately needs for a brave and confident captain , who led the team bravely and attack on opponent aggressively ......captain should play for country rather than self records .........we have good pacers ..very good spinners and average batsmen ......but our team needs and depend on captain performance .......vital performance ......not defending ......in my opinion ....saeed ajmal is a best option for captaincy for all three dimensions at this time ....and saeed ajmal can led the team at least 3 years in future .....in between ....3 years we can establish a new and young captain......against S A ...we don't have any new one for future ......so we can pray for pakistani team for better result.

  • on October 5, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Faisal Iqbal in the squad again. ....seriously????

  • mensan on October 5, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Playing 3 spinners is not a bad idea. The wickets must support spinners.

  • Milan31 on October 5, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    this is kinda weird selection.....

    the pitches in U.A.E. will be less bouncy. He should have been batting in lower order so that he will not face the new ball from Steyn / Philander / Morkel.

    He's a experienced player and Pakistan will need his bowling in dusty pitches against S. African lefties with the likes of Smith, Duminy etc..

    if you look at current selected 12, there are only 03 batsmen - Ajhar, Younus & Misbah. Is Pakistan day dreaming to bit S.A. with 03 batsmen?

  • on October 5, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Why are people against Khurram Manzoor? He fights hard for 3 years in the domestic circuit and comes back with 2 fifties in 2 matches and people want him out? Also Fawad Alam, Asad Shafiq and Haris Sohail should play tests first and Umer Amin, Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood should play ODIs. This will better utilize all the youngsters. Then in a year, depending on who establishes himself can get a chance in the other format. SIMPLE Glad to see Zulfi babar in test squad. He is a clever bowler with lots of control. Though his place in the 11 isn't available. Taufeeq wasn't in form up til his injury but maybe this series against his favorite opponents can be his test cricket make-or-break. Hafeez lost his place on his poor performances. Pleased with this brave decision by the selectors.

  • on October 5, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Of course the selectors had no choice but to axe him. He squandered opportunity after opportunity. There was almost a sense of arrogance as he refused to apply himself. Failure to axe him would have brought the Committee under scrutiny and sent the wrong message to the other hard working players.

  • bouncer709 on October 5, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Fawad Alam, Taufeeq Umar, and Umer Akmal should have been included, Khurram Manzoor, Umer Amin both mediocre players.

  • on October 5, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Hafees the waste in test great dicesion to drop him

  • on October 5, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Pakistan's trace record is impressive in subcontinents, I dnt think south Africa can produce the same magic here as well. Tough series expected if opener give some base.

    Dropping hafeez is a good decision not to discourage him but to gain his form back. He is becoming a good T20 player, but he do not have good technique to survive in test for a session or two.

  • on October 5, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    they will lose again they need new player and new coach I wish Amir come back and Umar Gul come back they depend all on spinners they need good pacers for next world up

  • on October 5, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Where the HELL is Taufeeq Umar?.....and even if PCB has some issues with him then at least they got to select his replacement.....WHO IS THE SECOND OPENER?....God bless Pakistan Cricket Board!

  • SyedAreYouDumb on October 5, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    I know he has failed recently but those were in conditions where the ball will always move about . Surely he would have been picked as his off spinners are quite good as well as his average in subcontinent.

  • on October 5, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Balanced Team.. just need faith, belief and confidence to perform against the tough opposition. Facebook/Real Assignment Services

  • on October 5, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    People against Khuramm Manzoor baffle me, how can you count him out, when he the only other batsman other than Misbah to score runs on the Zimbabwean series, after being given wrongly out two times he made his other two outings count. Where is Umar Akmal, and Fawad Alam, we need this guy in the middle order as he is a lefty, and knows how to rotate the strike.Selectors make one good move, and 3 bad moves in a combo.

  • mzm149 on October 5, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    A very brave and positive decision to drop Hafeez. But why Khurram Manzoor???? I hope he becomes next bunny of Steyn.

  • Gregg22 on October 5, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    SurlyCynic as a south african supporter i'm also unhappy that they dropped Hafeez, now we actually have to work for our first wicket .*sigh* and yes you Pakistani supporters he IS Steyn's white fluffy BUNNY!

  • on October 5, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    great team

  • on October 5, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    why hafeez droped from test only one test match bad progers umer is big pleyer but droped frm test matches

  • on October 5, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    They should include Taufeeq Umar, his record vs RSA is amazing with avg of 60+

  • dmqi on October 5, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Finally, after a long delay, the non-performer is out. Good decision. Asad Shafiq got fair share, but could be useful in slow wicket? New players must get their chances.

    It will nit be that easy as last time, for sure. SA will figure out how to play spin. Pak fast bowlers will get hammar from SA batsmen but Pak batsmen may not have good time from SA bowlers.

  • ansh85 on October 5, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Predictions: Test Series: 1-0 in favour of South Africa One Day Series: 4-1 Winner South Africa T20 Series: Series level 1-1 Pakistan needs someone who can stand up with Misbah and save their ship from sinking...!!!

  • keptalittlelow on October 5, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    PCB will have to take some tough decisions to reverse the trend of winless Test serieses. Azhar Ali and Asda Shafiq were given plenty of chances but they never showed winning performances. Shan Masood and Haris Sohail should have been in the squad.

  • imranmujtaba on October 5, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Mr. Sethi promised when appointed that selection team, captain and coach will be accountable. After first defeat in last 15 years, how can he justify "NO CHANGE". At least change a captain, even Zimbabwe can crack his one dimensional strategy. Poor selection again, no aggression in batting means again a lot of work for bowlers in test, expecting big show from 3 spinners. Pakistan is digging deep hole and it is getting worse. Hope, they will make positive change in ODI.

  • on October 5, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Khurram Manzoor is a fail player. Dont know why they picked him and Adnan Akmal while Umar Akmal is cleared from medical and he can wkt keep as well

  • hamza893 on October 5, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    I want Sohaib Maqsppd in the test squad ,the way he played in the only T20 against Zim, I find that guy talented. One serious mistake is to drop Asad from squad,he was the only batsman in SA ,who played sensibaly,if we can give hafeez so much chances then why not him ,Umar Akmal should also have been included ,anyways 2 players are yet to be selected ,so hope for the best.Happy with Irfan's inclusion.

  • SurlyCynic on October 5, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    As a South African supporter I'm really unhappy that Hafeez has been dropped. I hope they change their minds.

  • cricket_craze234 on October 5, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    i would love to see ahmad shahzad and khurram as the opening pair plus the 12 man squad is an opener short and requires a middle order batsman sohaib would be a good option. we really dont have another option for the 15th so asad shafiq will eventually end up in the squad

  • cricket_craze234 on October 5, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    @ICCexpert.... ahmed jamal doesnt ball 90mph consistently, infact his speed gradually decreases to about 81!! Plus his bowling is very wayward even wasim akram said that he has a long way to go if he is to play for pakistan.

  • on October 5, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Umar Amin is really a talented guy. Hope he will do good for the team.

  • Jda123 on October 5, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    No Umar Akmal? Bad move.

    Umar Amin should not be in it, and he will have a poor tour, Sohail and Masqsood should be in the Test Squad and even Jamshed.

    Khurram Manzoor is a bad choice, I can tell you how his innings will be right now - 23, 9

    And then 2nd match 0 ,23

  • on October 5, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    OMG:: they didn't pick Umar Akmal AGAIN!! and he is not in A team, so he can't even prove that he is MILES ahead of others, I really like to know on what bases Amin got picked in the early squad and that is ahead of Asad and Umer Akmal,,Ialso noticed that U.Akmal didn't even got a chance to bat in warm up match, I really think that U.Amin has got some really powerful packer to become such a automatic choice, I haven't seen anything from him so far to think he is ready yet. So there we go again, players gets picked at the back of who they know rather then their class and standard.. rotten apples,,,

  • on October 5, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    On what basis is Umar Amin in, and Asad Shafiq out? Shafiq is experienced, and outplayed Amin in the three-day practice game. Pakistani selectors baffle me.

  • ICCexpert.... on October 5, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    time to include Harris Sohail and Sohaib Maqood into playing eleven.

  • ICCexpert.... on October 5, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Pakistan have only left handed fast bowlers, they should select the express bowler Ahmad Jamal. He bowls more than 90 miles an hour.

  • 4_Best_Cricket on October 5, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Does it say in ICC rules and regulations that test cricket has to be boring? I think it says it has to be 90 overs per day and a game should last 5 days. Since it doesn't have to be boring, bring on Afridi, Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Akmal and some other aggressive players in Pakistan's squad. You will note Pakistan's run rate will improve significantly while wickets may fall the same way as they are currently falling now.

    By the way, what are Pakistani selectors thinking by adding 6 bowlers in the squad? Pakistan needs 5 batsmen, 1 all rounder (Abdul Razzaq), 2 spinners and 2 fast bowlers to be competitive. They really really need to put on scores and they need to learn how to take singles when hitting boundaries is not an option or they need to learn how to hit boundaries if taking single is not an option

  • Jadejafan on October 5, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Pakistan will win now with ease.

  • on October 5, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Where is Fawad Alam ? what has he done wrong? average of 46+ in Test cricket. He should play the test matches. Umar Akmal should be given more chances, he has done well in recent tests !

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    I think Asad Sahfiq's performance in last two or three series have been mediocre and, rather, Shan Masood should be give chance, even if Asad plays well in the PAK A match.

  • m.tauqir on October 5, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Great news of Hafeez is out. Want to see U Akmal in tests.

  • Sports4Youth on October 5, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Any clues whether Taufeeq Umar is injured or dumped?

    I am not too worried about Nasir Jamshed becuase eventully he will get into the team through his ODI permformance. He is a talented guy. Once again unlucky have been Harris Sohail & Sadaf Hussain.

  • Naveed on October 5, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    So Hafeez very cleverly able to save his neck by not playing in this series and if, God forbids, his replacement did not perform against possibly the best bowling line of today's world cricket, he will come back again for few more years without actually performing. Poor decision by the PCB, give him this series and let him prove that he belongs to the test world, if he does not, then get rid of him once for all.

  • Stark62 on October 5, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Shafiq has a FC average of 37.94 but is replaced by Amin, who has a FC average of 38.07, what's the difference?

    Also, Hafeez's is off-spin would have been handy in the UAE.

    On another note, Fawad and Harris have the two highest averages in FC (even more than Misbah and Younis), plus are both left handers but none of the two are selected even for the A side and where is U. Akmal?

    The FC system which has produced the likes of Miandad, Inzi, Yousuf, Younis and Misbah, is being disregarded and mocked by the selectors.

    My question is, why have a FC structure if your not going to select based on FC performances?

  • KhalidGorsi on October 5, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    I think something is going wrong with selection, why are you playing with careers of umar akmal, muhammad yousaf, fawad alam? I would suggest: K manzoor, ahmed shezad, nasir jamshed, azhar, younis, misbah (captain), umar akmal (vice captain), umar amin, fawad alam, junaid, adnan akmal (wk), ajmal, rehman, irfan, zulfiqar babar, wahab.

  • Sports4Youth on October 5, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Urgently I can still think of one improtant mistake of omission - HARRIS SOHAIL.

    Like SADAF HUSSAIN he is also being ignored for fat too long. A guy with a first class batting average of 50+ is being continuesly ignored and guys with averages as low as 30, 32, 35 etc get selected in the team. This does not auger well for the future of the team. We can see why the Pakistani team has not progessed in the last several years.

    .

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    I think umar akmal should be given a chance

  • THOR7 on October 5, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Zulfiqar Babar..... Look at this guys FC record.. its way better than Saeed Ajmal or Abdur Rehman's. He will have a dream debut tour against the SA.

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    3 spinners? i dont think its a good idea . uae pitches do support fast bowlers early on . unless pcb decide to make some extra turning pitches which will turn from 1 st ball, playing 3 spinners a bad idea. specially if that 3 rd spinner isnt an allrounder. could have picked fawad alam for that .

    people calling for nasir and toufeeq should understand that they were not part of 30 man list so no matter how much we want toufeeq or nasir, they are out of it. remaining 3 will be from A team which will play SA in tour game

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    I think selectors done well to drop hafeez from the squad but still I think that batting is so weak against the brilliance of Steyn and phalinder and also Merkel·····

  • Captainman on October 5, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Old team and lack of young talent. SA should streamroll Pakistan.

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    asad shafiq though struggling with form needs to be in the squad and we need a right arm fast bowler ( not mediocre 120kph )

  • Sports4Youth on October 5, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Many centuries ago some wise man had said "Good is good and Bad is equally good."

    This now I believe. I mean that now I can see the good side of the loss to Zimbabwe. Had the pakistan team managed to save the match with a draw then the selectors & team management & captain would have continued the same old status quo and would be still living in complete denial thus showing their arrogance to the urgency of the situation.

    So now I understand why such events are neccessary to awaken the selectgors and the authorities in charge and so that infuential selections like Farhat, Faisal etc can be stopped. So finally somethng good has come out of the loss of Zimbabwe Tour.

    GOOD IS GOOD AND BAD IS EQUALLY GOOD.

    .

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Abdur Rehman, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan will reap through South African batting. Misbah,Younis & Umar Amin need to play their best in the batting. 2-0 is achievable for PAK. They just need to implement applications.

  • MianMoosa on October 5, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Well this selection was on the card,,,,Hafeez decision to drop is a fair one..With already having 6 bowlers in 12 member squad i don,t think there will be another bowler as we are relying heavily on spinners,,,,i am a bit surprise that Asad shafiqe is not in squad...PCB should have made it of 13 with including him,,,, I don,t Pakistan is going to play with regular opener with khurram manzoor as only regular opener in squad,,,They may open with Azhar ali & play umar amin at No 3 or in middle order OR also Opening with sohaib maqsood....the remaining 3 plaers may be asad shafiqe,umar akmal & sohaib maqsood

  • 4_Best_Cricket on October 5, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Great decision to drop Hafeez. Instead of playing, he should now watch videos of some of the great test cricketers and how they played against top quality bowling so he can also gain some valuable lessons.

    I am not saying add Afridi but even if Afridi is added to the test squad, he will put on some scores than what Hafeez has done in recent tests. Umar Akmal would make a great addition to test squad as he has some great abilities to run scores with the exception of few bad shot selection

    Though I also don't Misbah's over defensive approach sometimes, that's what he has to do when his team wickets fall like leaves from the tree. Good luck to SA as they will be tested in the UAE wickets, weather, and Pakistani bowlers.

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Taufiq Umar has the best record against SA i.e. 730 runs in 6 Matches at 60.83avg having 2 centuries and four half centuries. He should be selected in the team.

    Only U. Akmal is the stroke player in current Pakistan team. He should also be selected as well.

  • CricketChat on October 5, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Well done Pak selectors! The best thing was they pushed out non-performers irrespective of their seniority. Doesn't matter if Pak wins or loses. They are going in the right direction and hope will continue to do so.

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    I think Umer Akmal should be given chance, as he was the one who batted well in ODI series against Westindies. Still batting is a major concern for Pakistan and will be struglling against Steyn, Phillander and Morkel.

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    thanks God, Hafeez is out, he should be sent for all formats....

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Poor selection. God bless Pakistani team.

  • tanweeralam on October 5, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    5 batsmen 1 wkt keeper(not a decent batsman by any mean) and 6 bowlers, I thought bowling is there strength and batting is weakness. Maybe a wrong perception. Let us see how much Misbah and Yunus can muster together. Best of luck .

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    I think N jamshad is good option as a second oppener in the test because he has the abality to stay in the wicket and in the absence of M hafeez he is the good option but I am serperise by not seen w raiz in the squad he bat also and can bol a execllent spell.I think the next three player should be N jamshad,Asad Shafiq,and W raiz and the playing eleven should be this khurram Manzoor Nasir Jamshed Azhar Ali Younis khan Misbah ul haq Asad shafiq /Umar Amin Adnan Akmal Wahab Raiz Zulfiqur babar Saeed Ajmal Junaid Khan

  • fayyaz03 on October 5, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    fielding was always poor, bowling line up lacks experience and there is actually no batting line up. How long we are going to play on the virtue of Ajmal. Even he will be less effective against Kallis, Amla and develliers. Now please show some maturity by fitting Umer akmal, fawad alam and Nasir Jamshed in the rest of three empty seats.

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    No variety in either batting or bowling. All the batsmen are block or blast type except Younis & Umar Amin. All pace bowlers are left armers. 1 off spinner & 2 left arm slow bowlers. Should have leg spinner & right arm fast bowler :'(

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    so d pakistans t20 captains gets axed hafeez has been poor in test cricket but i think his alternatives i.e their young generation is worst then a zimbawean team . may b dropping him will see pak getting all out for 70-75 instead of 100-125 bcs theres steyn power in lions. may be he should be reprieved in middle order or lower middle order

    may b to reprieve pak india may send a few 18 yr olds like chand or sampson . they are better than paks a team batsmen hahahahaha INDIA RULES

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    good news, glad to hear .

  • romirom on October 5, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    umar akmal, sohaib maqsood and shafiq should be next 3.

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    this pakistani squad looks so weak.... i dont think we have any chance against SA.

  • TeamSelector on October 5, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Hafeez was the only all rounder in the team, so will he be replaced with another all rounder? The above 12 seems to be missing one if not two opening batsmen, which will leave room for only one more player (the all rounder)? What's the point of picking Babbar, if you already have Ajmal & Rehman? Why not replace Babbar with a like for like replacement for Hafeez? (say Fawad Alam or Shoaib Malik). & can someone please tell me why Mohammed Yousuf is not being selected? This should have been the squad of 15:- Taufeeq, Manzoor, Jamshed, Younis, Misbah, Azhar, Shafiq, Amin, Akmal, Fawad, Ajmal, Rehman, Junaid, Irfan, Rahat.

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    yes spinners are very helpfull but batting line is no good

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Umar Akmal should include, instead of Khurram Manzoor. otherwise i am 100 agreed with selection team.

  • hamza1982 on October 5, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    No jamshed, no Harris, no Taufeeq. Hopefully these will b the three to be added to the squad.somehow I doubt it.

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    i would love to see Umer Akmal in test squad .. he is real talent and we are gonaa waist him for sure

  • muza25 on October 5, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    How come Asad shafiq is dropped. He is the best among the lot. Though, he is running through bad times but he is certainly future. He has got good technique, temperament and patience. He mad hundred against SA in SA. In my opinion, Asad, Toufeeq umar and Fawad Alam must be in the test team.

  • class9ryan on October 5, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Impressed with the selection, because it is important to put numbers into the matches column for likes Manzoor, U Amin, A Akmal before Misbah and Younis retire. The thing is Pakistan will have to be ready to lose if they are looking at any sort of future. But due to strength of Pakistan's spin department I still would rate Pakistan slight favorites into the 1st Test.

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Good decision to drop Hafeez in tests and Taufeeq Ummar should be the other opener in place of Hafeez.

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Good to know. At last some right direction. Performance should be the only criterion. It was totally unacceptable when non performing players kept on getting number of chances. If players like Hafeez and Afridi want to continue playing, they should see the last few matches of Imran Khan and Javed Miandad. Even if they were not performing but their role was there for the team. I am sorry to say for some of our senior players that they don't take cricket as National sport on which we commoners built our nationalism but they take the game as their profession. If you want to earn money, you have hundreds of other opportunities. Please don't spoil the sport for which we are ready to die.

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    khurram should not selected

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    should be a 15-man squad. the batting line is very thin!

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    I am not satisfy khurram should be dropped he has not experience to play tests.

  • golgo_85 on October 5, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Assuming that Azhar Ali will be opening with Khurram manzoor, this 12 man squad only has 9 of the starting 11 - Manzoor, Azhar, Younis, Misbah, Adnan, Ajmal, Junaid, Irfan and Rahat. One of the other 2 slots should definitely go to Umar Akmal who can either come in after one down or swap batting order with Younis. Umar Amin is Hafeez 2 in the making, I do not see him in the playing 11, ever. That 11th player in should be either Taufeeq or Jamshed or a seam bowlling allrounder if not Babar/Rehman

  • landl47 on October 5, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    What is this 'add three players after the A game' stuff? Is the deal that if anybody happens to score a few runs in that game they get a spot in the squad?

    Seems a very haphazard way to select a test squad.

    I see Adnan is the winner of the 'Akmal of the week' contest.

  • Abbas_G on October 5, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    No doubt M. Hafeez is a world class all rounder, but for the last some times he is not performing well in Tests particularly, so giving his a rest to get his form back again it is a good move by PCB. Some new players must be tested without the fear of losing the games. it will be a good preparation for the coming away series and T20 world cup.

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    the batting line up is really week even in subcontinental conditions cant see this team posting 250-300 runs now the opening khuram manzoor is making a comeback azhar ali i take it is going to open as he has played at 3 most of his career younis and misbah have the experience umar amin how many tests has he played adnan akmal is 20/30 run player no 100 or enough 50 for him the days have gone when pak relied on pace since when did we played more then one spinner in tests spin heavy attack is no good

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    Best Team..!! (y) We will beat South Africa in both matches..!! INSHA-ALLAH

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Good decision to drop hafeez

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    it good that there is no hafeez and finally the right decision being made for tests.

    ideally toufeeq should have been selected but he was not in the 30 player list so they might not consider him.

    it was not only hafeez who was poor vs zimb. asad, azahar and more importantly keeper adnan were poor as well. adnan again selected but hia batting skills are really bad. umar amin only new inclusion in the squad. 3 left to select will be interesting to see

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Nice nice and nice. Plz Put Taufeeq and Nasir in for Test

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    It should´ve been done earlier , but it is good that they realized that Hafeez is not Test Class batsman.

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    finally....want him to be dropped from every format!!!

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  • on October 5, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    finally....want him to be dropped from every format!!!

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    It should´ve been done earlier , but it is good that they realized that Hafeez is not Test Class batsman.

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Nice nice and nice. Plz Put Taufeeq and Nasir in for Test

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    it good that there is no hafeez and finally the right decision being made for tests.

    ideally toufeeq should have been selected but he was not in the 30 player list so they might not consider him.

    it was not only hafeez who was poor vs zimb. asad, azahar and more importantly keeper adnan were poor as well. adnan again selected but hia batting skills are really bad. umar amin only new inclusion in the squad. 3 left to select will be interesting to see

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Good decision to drop hafeez

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    Best Team..!! (y) We will beat South Africa in both matches..!! INSHA-ALLAH

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    the batting line up is really week even in subcontinental conditions cant see this team posting 250-300 runs now the opening khuram manzoor is making a comeback azhar ali i take it is going to open as he has played at 3 most of his career younis and misbah have the experience umar amin how many tests has he played adnan akmal is 20/30 run player no 100 or enough 50 for him the days have gone when pak relied on pace since when did we played more then one spinner in tests spin heavy attack is no good

  • Abbas_G on October 5, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    No doubt M. Hafeez is a world class all rounder, but for the last some times he is not performing well in Tests particularly, so giving his a rest to get his form back again it is a good move by PCB. Some new players must be tested without the fear of losing the games. it will be a good preparation for the coming away series and T20 world cup.

  • landl47 on October 5, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    What is this 'add three players after the A game' stuff? Is the deal that if anybody happens to score a few runs in that game they get a spot in the squad?

    Seems a very haphazard way to select a test squad.

    I see Adnan is the winner of the 'Akmal of the week' contest.

  • golgo_85 on October 5, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Assuming that Azhar Ali will be opening with Khurram manzoor, this 12 man squad only has 9 of the starting 11 - Manzoor, Azhar, Younis, Misbah, Adnan, Ajmal, Junaid, Irfan and Rahat. One of the other 2 slots should definitely go to Umar Akmal who can either come in after one down or swap batting order with Younis. Umar Amin is Hafeez 2 in the making, I do not see him in the playing 11, ever. That 11th player in should be either Taufeeq or Jamshed or a seam bowlling allrounder if not Babar/Rehman