Pakistan v South Africa 2013-14 October 10, 2013

Shehzad and Masood added to Test squad

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Ahmed Shehzad and Shan Masood, both yet to play a Test, have been added to the Pakistan squad for the Test series against South Africa in the UAE. Asad Shafiq, who has been a regular in the Test side for a while, was also named.

The PCB had announced a 12-man squad earlier this month that was to be expanded to 15 following the tour game between Pakistan A and South Africans, which ended in a draw in Sharjah. Masood and Shehzad opened for Pakistan A and made fifties while Shafiq scored 42.

While Shehzad has represented Pakistan in 27 ODIs and 15 T20s, 23-year old Masood is yet to debut for his country. Shehzad averages 41.04 in 50 first-class games while Masood's average in the format is 34.82 in 56 matches.

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  • Dummy4 on October 13, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    Pak team shud be like this. - Ahmed Shahzad deserves a chance. Apart from that - Khurram/Umar Amin (Umar Amin in case Adnan is opening) - Misbah - Younis, - Azhar, - Asad, - Adnan, - Irfan, - Junaid, - Saeed, - Babar

  • Muhammad on October 12, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    @Faizan Khan (Cont'd) If you bring in ODI matches, he was given first game in South Africa where he made just 10 runs. That was after a complete failure in the previous test even though he made a century in the game before. He was given complete Scotland and Ireland tours where he had just one big innings of 84. He made 0 against West Indies in Champions Trophy. Even then he was brought in India game where he scored 41. Right after that he was given first two games on West Indies tour. Now he was supposedly in good form. Even there he made 0 and 10. How many more chances does he need?

    He has been given so many chances yet he is inconsistent. I don't say that Shafiq is the worst of all the batsmen but he isn't the best either. I just say selectors should maintain the same criterion of selection for every player. Thee should be no distinction between Shafiq and Akmal.

  • Muhammad on October 12, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    @Faizan Khan - You say Asad Shafiq made century in South Africa when everyone else failed. Please correct your stats. In the same innings Younus Khan made a century as well. If he was in good form, why didn't he maintain his form in the very next innings when Pakistan needed someone with good form badly. He completely in both the of the next game too. He was not different from other players in the first test match as well when Pakistan failed badly in first innings. He was given complete Zimbabwe series where he failed again. How can you say selectors have been volatile to him. I don't remember a single test where he was dropped since he joined international cricket.


  • Immi on October 12, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Dissapointed with Shan Masood's selection should have been Sohaib Maqsood. Could have given Mohammad Rizwan a chance, would have loved to see him bat.

  • Md Risalat on October 12, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    And again, they think they can afford to not have someone like Umar Akmal in the team. Name one player barring Younis who might want to take the attack to SA when it requires??? Hope they get the final XI right somehow which should include both Irfan and Junaid.

  • Android on October 12, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    @mzm149, I wouldn't call Khuram Manzoor and Asad Shafiq's selection favoritism, otherwise they wouldn't have been so volatile to Shafiq when he was in good form after the century in SA where everyone else failed. The in and out procedure made him inconsistent. Secondly, I would definitely judge Khuram Manzoor after the series, because I think he has talent, just wasn't utilized enough on sub continental pitches, always tried overseas where he wasn't the worst batsman comparatively to the rest of the team. I would call Favouritsm on players like Faisal Iqbal and Mohd. Hafeez, who I know will be back no matter what happens unfortunately.

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    What did Taufiq Umar do wrong?

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    I am amazed at the consistent barrage of comments asking for Asad Shafiq's removal. No one can perform in each and every match. He was our most successful batsman in the series against South Africa. After that series he was in and out of the team for most other tours. How was he expected to retain, or regain form? People want him to be replaced by Umer Amin, who failed in both practice games, while Shafiq batted fairly well. He is one of our more experienced players now. It is Misbah's lack of judgement if indeed he is the one who doesn't like Shafiq. It would be a loss like that of Asim Kamal, who apparently wasn't liked by Inzamam. PCB needs to get out of their selection misdeeds if they want to see Pakistan prosper in the sport. Otherwise, I am afraid we'll be counted among the minnows in the very near future.

  • Muhammad on October 11, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    @Faizan Khan: Umar Amin is in the squad for just the same reason as Khurram Manzoor and Asad Shafiq are i.e. FAVORITISM.

    Umar Akmal and Asad Shafiq are almost similar. One big performance in 10 games and then complete failure. In fact Umar Akmal has better stats. Yet Asad Shafiq gets many more chances. I don't know what complexes selectors have against Umar Akmal. They didn't give him chance to play in practice game in Pakistan. They also didn't include him in practice game in UAE.

    Khurram Manzoor made just 1 run in practice match in UAE. He was made part of 12 man squad before that game just to cement his place. Basically one good innings in three practice innings (other two being 0 and 1) and he is sure to play.


  • ahmed on October 11, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    @ Muhammad Taha Naseer Ansari: if not umar akmal. I would like to see umar amin as the new captain for Pakistan. indeed he showed he had plans which worked out. How can you say he had plans which worked out? he made a blunder by not choosing to bat first when Pakistan won the toss. We had to pick 3 batsmans not bowlers and if he had choose batting first, every batsman would've had the chance to bat twice.

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