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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  • 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

  • mzm149 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.

  • mzm149 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.

    (Cont'd)

  • I.F.Butt 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.

  • golgo_85 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.

  • 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.

  • on October 11, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    What did Taufiq Umar do wrong?

  • 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.

  • mzm149 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.

    Sohaib Maqsood and Muhammad Rizwan performed well against Steyn, Morkel and Philander with new ball. UNFORTUNATELY THEY BELONG TO THE CATEGORY OF NASIR JAMSHED, UMAR AKMAL AND TAUFIQ UMAR INSTEAD OF ASAD SHAFIQ, KHURRAM MANZOOR AND UMAR AMIN

  • Ahmedpakistan6 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.

  • 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

  • mzm149 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.

  • mzm149 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.

    (Cont'd)

  • I.F.Butt 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.

  • golgo_85 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.

  • 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.

  • on October 11, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    What did Taufiq Umar do wrong?

  • 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.

  • mzm149 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.

    Sohaib Maqsood and Muhammad Rizwan performed well against Steyn, Morkel and Philander with new ball. UNFORTUNATELY THEY BELONG TO THE CATEGORY OF NASIR JAMSHED, UMAR AKMAL AND TAUFIQ UMAR INSTEAD OF ASAD SHAFIQ, KHURRAM MANZOOR AND UMAR AMIN

  • Ahmedpakistan6 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.

  • on October 11, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    pakistan selctor is good . i dont no why they miss sohaib maqsood i think pcb is angrey with sohaib maqsood and haris sohail give them a chace give them a one tour dont drop if they not score wll . give them a chance in odi and test and t20 this two players are the key for pakistan after misbah out from the cricket. plz pcb give one tour chace for sohaib maqsood in odi s . so my team sould be for odi s is . ahmed shazad . hafeez .maqsood .misbah .umar amin .umar akmal .afridi .irfan .zulficar babr.ajmal.junaid

  • on October 11, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    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

  • on October 11, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    I fail to understand why Umer Amin is in the squad, I mean on that basis why not Haris Sohail, Fawad Alan, Shoaib Maqsood, and Akber ur Rehman. Mind you he is talented, but he has some serious backing in PCB. Would have loved to see Mohammad Rizwan and Shoaib Maqsood get a chance. instead of Akmal and Amin.

  • Saadcricketlover on October 10, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    Bad decision selecting Shan , Maqsood is not only more talented but can also be a part time spinner, perfect replacement for hafeez disappointed by Masood's selection.

  • on October 10, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    Well the Final side is already selected by Moin Khan, Umer Amin is playing , though he is technically not a competent batsman but he has support of Moin Khan and Misbahul Haq. Misbah definitely want to play as much as more, now his time is starting to groom a new Captain and he has recommended Umer amin , so more 2-3 years Misbah can be Captain due to technical reasons. Asad Shafiq is most competent batsman of current side but he has no support at all , even Moin Khan does not like him. Pakistan Legend batsman Mohd Yousuf has expressed many times about the ability of Asad Shafiq, he is big fan of Asad Shafiq The Final Side will be 1.Khurram Manzoor 2.Ahmed Shahzad 3.Azhar Ali 4.Younus Khan 5.Misbahul Haq 6. Umer Amin 7.Adnan Akmal 8.Zulfiqar babar 9.Saeed Ajmal 10. Abdul Rehman 11. Junaid Khan , Irfan will not be suitable in UAE Hot and Humid atmosphere

  • Izzmail55 on October 10, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    Pakistani selectors are so stupid they should have picked jamshed or umar akmal instead of asad shafiq whenever i have seen Pakistan play a match I see him walking out for 10runs and he is 28 years old jamshed and umar akmal are younger than him too so they should have gotten the chance

  • Zahidsaltin on October 10, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    Shoaib Maqsood looks to be a better bat with command our a lot of shots and confidence to execute them but need of the hour is Shan with his mediocre fast bowling.

  • Zahidsaltin on October 10, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    With the given squad, they will possibly open with Shan who also bowls medium fast. If they have to play 3 spinners then they need Shan's mediocre medium pace to out shine the ball.

  • Zahidsaltin on October 10, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Asad Shafiq is another Hafeez who is hanging on to the team only because some one in the board wants him to be there. It is unbelieveable to see Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail and Fawad sitting out while failed bats like Asad Shafiq and Umar Amin being perefered. Case of Umar Amin is very similar to a guy called Ghuman being selected in all young teams only because he belongs to some specific family. Umar Amin has played a few matches but not shown any promise. Only an insane person can prefer him to Umar Akmal.

  • mzm149 on October 10, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    We want Sohaib Maqsood and Mohammad Rizwan in and Khurram Manzoor and Umar Amin out of test squad.

  • t20cric on October 10, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    The selections was ok but not the best. What did Sohaib and Rizwan do wrong to not get selected and what did Amin do right to get selected? Umar Amin has really disappointed, on a pitch as flat as they get, against bowlers who aren't good on such pitches and weren't trying he still had the slowest strike rate as well as only scoring 12. His performance was even worse then Faisal's cuz even Faisal was scoring freely. I was seriously hoping they could drop Amin to make space for Sohaib. Ahmed is the most deserving of his selection and I hope he opens in both tests and puts up a good performance. I'm not satisfied much by Shan and I think Sohaib could have been selected to bat at 6 and speed up the run rate. Asad batted reasonably well and not as slow as he usually is although he couldn't get to 50. To make this squad perfect (from given players): Sohaib instead of Shan, Rizwan instead of Adnan and possibly Akbar instead of Amin (although Akbar didn't play so I don't know).

  • Desihungama on October 10, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Wow, The criteria for Test selection was to score fifty on a dead-flat, dusty wicket. How does that help when you play in Eng, Aus or SA? And what did Harris Sohail and Fawad Alam do or did not do to be not even looked at? And why was Harris Sohail picked and then played in recent SA tour if he was to discard now without a reason?

  • AQ13 on October 10, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    sohaib maqsood seems a lot talented and confident than umar amin or shafiq.he should have been given a chance

  • on October 10, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Where is Shoaib Maqsood???? He is the Most talented along with Umar akmal. and i think Not allowing him to bat more was a bad decision

  • on October 10, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Any batsmen with an iota of aggression is ignored by the Misbah Regime. First U.Akmal, then Nasir Jamshed, and now Sohaib Maqsood. How many slow grinders does a team need? Surely not every last one to the keeper? Misbah tries to make himself look good by sticking with slow and slower batsmen, just like how Dravid chose Jaffer, Chanderpaul, Kallis etc. for his RCB team in the inaugural IPL so he does not stand out as the misfit in the format. Funnily enough, Misbah was brought in by Vijay Malya because he was a gun player then, but Dravid kept Misbah out for as long as he could fearing Misbah would make Dravid look bad. With time, Misbah has now turned out to be even slower than Dravid. Now he plays the same selection game and picks snail batsmen so he doesn't look like the granda he is who cant rotate the strike. Can't wait till he's gone and we have our aggression and flair back with the likes of U.Akmal, Jamshed, Sohaib, Haris etc.

  • wrenx on October 10, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    I'm just glad that Pakistan are trying something different, while still retaining whatever strengths they have. Shame Umar Gul isn't fit enough to be named in the squad - on flat pitches, you can't put a price on experience when it comes to fast bowling. Irfan and Junaid are good (Junaid especially, he's eked out a 5 wicket haul on the flattest of pitches versus Sri Lanka), but we need some experience there, otherwise all the pressure will be on the spinners who are 1 man down without Hafeez

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    great additions to the squad. now out of 3 openers lets see what pak plans. khurram shehzad nd masood all of them are good. I would prefer shehzad as he can be aggressive nd can lift the run rate upfront

  • Shan.z on October 10, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    they should of drop Adnan Akmal and give chance to M-Rizwan. Adnan Akmal is another player like Hafeez keep getting chances for some reason. They need wicket keeper batsman not tail end batsman.

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Shoaib maqsood should given chance

  • KashifMuneer on October 10, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Overall decent choices although I feel Asad Shafiq is out of form and another batsman like Shoaib Maqsood is more deserving of a place. Our batting looked weak base on the first 12 players named in the squad so definitely the right decision to pick 3 batsmen. My playing XI for first test would be: 1. Ahmed Shehzad 2. Khurram Manzoor 3. Azhar Ali 4. Younis Khan 5. Misbah-ul-Haq 6. Shan Masood/Asad Shafiq 7. Adnan Akmal 8. Saeed Ajmal 9. Abdur Rehman 10. Junaid Khan 11. Irfan/Umar Amin

    The only reason I say Irfan/Umar Amin is that in UAE even 1 pace bowler is enough as spinners do almost all the bowling. It could work in favour of Pakistan to have an extra batsman as Ajmal and Rehman are going to be bowling all the overs. This is a very daring decision, one which the management will probably not go for and they will end up picking Irfan who is also a good choice on such tracks because of his height.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    @syed Muhammad Ali: Ahmed's 1st class record is more impressive than his list A and odi. As well as Shan masood's. ahmed has good 1st class stats than Shan. instead of shan ( as i think he will not be part of playing 11 ) they should have selected shoaib maqsood to be in middle order. Rizwan also deserve a place.

    It will be more or less same playing 11 as previous test. Only Ahmed comes in for Hafeez. they will go with asad in 1st match instead of umar amin.

    Limited choices are available with only shan & Amin extra batsmen.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    If I had to choose three players, I would choose Ahmed Shehzad, Shan Masood, & Sohaib Maqsood. Sohaib is a very good player & averages more than any newbie. He should have given a chance. Just because he didn't score 50 doesn't mean he can't, he couldn't because the limit to play 100 overs was finished. What a shame!!! Sorry Sohaib. Hopefully you'll get a chance soon to perform.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Good to see Ahmed in test matches he is a good plyear i think........

  • a.syed81 on October 10, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Good Decision. Now if Asad doesn't do good then he can be replaced with Masood.

    Certainly we need Shehzad because naturally he is attacking batter. Even in test matched these days run rates matters the most. He can play positive cricket by attacking SA pacers since he has already seen them in practice game.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    I think instead of Ahmed Shehzad Pakistan should focus on their middle order and for that purpose Sohaib Maqsood is perfect choice. I appreciate the decision of including Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq. Because they deserved to be in the squad as well as in the playing 11. Asad Shafiq should be given confidence by coach so he can restore his form. But if i was performing as a selector i should exclude Adnan Akmal and should give chance to emerging Mohammad Rizwan.

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  • on October 10, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    I think instead of Ahmed Shehzad Pakistan should focus on their middle order and for that purpose Sohaib Maqsood is perfect choice. I appreciate the decision of including Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq. Because they deserved to be in the squad as well as in the playing 11. Asad Shafiq should be given confidence by coach so he can restore his form. But if i was performing as a selector i should exclude Adnan Akmal and should give chance to emerging Mohammad Rizwan.

  • a.syed81 on October 10, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Good Decision. Now if Asad doesn't do good then he can be replaced with Masood.

    Certainly we need Shehzad because naturally he is attacking batter. Even in test matched these days run rates matters the most. He can play positive cricket by attacking SA pacers since he has already seen them in practice game.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Good to see Ahmed in test matches he is a good plyear i think........

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    If I had to choose three players, I would choose Ahmed Shehzad, Shan Masood, & Sohaib Maqsood. Sohaib is a very good player & averages more than any newbie. He should have given a chance. Just because he didn't score 50 doesn't mean he can't, he couldn't because the limit to play 100 overs was finished. What a shame!!! Sorry Sohaib. Hopefully you'll get a chance soon to perform.

  • on October 10, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    @syed Muhammad Ali: Ahmed's 1st class record is more impressive than his list A and odi. As well as Shan masood's. ahmed has good 1st class stats than Shan. instead of shan ( as i think he will not be part of playing 11 ) they should have selected shoaib maqsood to be in middle order. Rizwan also deserve a place.

    It will be more or less same playing 11 as previous test. Only Ahmed comes in for Hafeez. they will go with asad in 1st match instead of umar amin.

    Limited choices are available with only shan & Amin extra batsmen.

  • KashifMuneer on October 10, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Overall decent choices although I feel Asad Shafiq is out of form and another batsman like Shoaib Maqsood is more deserving of a place. Our batting looked weak base on the first 12 players named in the squad so definitely the right decision to pick 3 batsmen. My playing XI for first test would be: 1. Ahmed Shehzad 2. Khurram Manzoor 3. Azhar Ali 4. Younis Khan 5. Misbah-ul-Haq 6. Shan Masood/Asad Shafiq 7. Adnan Akmal 8. Saeed Ajmal 9. Abdur Rehman 10. Junaid Khan 11. Irfan/Umar Amin

    The only reason I say Irfan/Umar Amin is that in UAE even 1 pace bowler is enough as spinners do almost all the bowling. It could work in favour of Pakistan to have an extra batsman as Ajmal and Rehman are going to be bowling all the overs. This is a very daring decision, one which the management will probably not go for and they will end up picking Irfan who is also a good choice on such tracks because of his height.

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Shoaib maqsood should given chance

  • Shan.z on October 10, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    they should of drop Adnan Akmal and give chance to M-Rizwan. Adnan Akmal is another player like Hafeez keep getting chances for some reason. They need wicket keeper batsman not tail end batsman.

  • on October 10, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    great additions to the squad. now out of 3 openers lets see what pak plans. khurram shehzad nd masood all of them are good. I would prefer shehzad as he can be aggressive nd can lift the run rate upfront

  • wrenx on October 10, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    I'm just glad that Pakistan are trying something different, while still retaining whatever strengths they have. Shame Umar Gul isn't fit enough to be named in the squad - on flat pitches, you can't put a price on experience when it comes to fast bowling. Irfan and Junaid are good (Junaid especially, he's eked out a 5 wicket haul on the flattest of pitches versus Sri Lanka), but we need some experience there, otherwise all the pressure will be on the spinners who are 1 man down without Hafeez