Pakistan v South Africa 2013-14

Umar Akmal, Riaz recalled for South Africa ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 19, 2013

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Pakistan ODI squad

  • Misbah-ul-Haq (capt) Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Sohaib Maqsood, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed
  • In - Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz
  • Out - Anwar Ali, Asad Ali, Haris Sohail

Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal and seamer Wahab Riaz have been recalled to the ODI squad for the five-match series against South Africa in the UAE. Sohaib Maqsood, the right-handed batsman who played two T20s in Zimbabwe recently, was also named in the 16-member squad.

The selectors left out three players who featured in the Zimbabwe ODIs, including seamers Anwar Ali and Asad Ali and batsman Haris Sohail.

Akmal was not considered for the limited-overs leg of the Zimbabwe tour after suffering a seizure on a flight to Jamaica during the Caribbean Premier League in August. The PCB had asked him to return to Pakistan immediately and consult a neurologist. He was subsequently cleared by the neurologist in early September and declared fit for national selection. He was not considered for the Test squad in Zimbabwe and for the ongoing two-match series against South Africa.

Sohail was part of Pakistan's two recent tours to the West Indies and Zimbabwe. He played just one ODI in Zimbabwe, scoring 2. Riaz, the left-arm seamer, toured the West Indies but was left out of the limited-overs leg in Zimbabwe.

Sohail Tanvir, a regular in the T20 squad, was also recalled, having last played an ODI in August 2012. With the right-armers Asad and Anwar dropped, the selectors have opted for an one-dimensional seam attack, picking four left-armers.

Sarfraz Ahmed, who was named as Akmal's replacement in Zimbabwe, was retained in the squad, giving the team two wicketkeeping options.

The ODI series begins on October 30 in Sharjah.

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Posted by roook on (October 26, 2013, 23:36 GMT)

Do not waste more time on Afridi he will not last till 2015 Groom hammad azam. We need to groom medium pace allrounder afridi, ajmal will be ineffective on austriallian pitches umar amin can deliver medium pace too test him.

Posted by cricketgame1 on (October 25, 2013, 5:00 GMT)

Why Asad Ali and Kmaran Akmal is out. Both is good player. From Sachinder Sharma Julana

Posted by   on (October 22, 2013, 20:58 GMT)

I think the 15 should have been, Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Khurram Manzoor, Shan Masood, Shoaib Maqsood, Asad Shafiq, Misbah-Ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar. and a new keeper.

We have world cup in probably less than 2 years we need to be trying out new guys to make them set and find their spot in the team instead of dragging tested and proven old failures like Hafeez (performs against weaker teams only) / Wahab (wasted talent i would say) / S. Tanvir (nothing special about him) / Sarfaraz Ahmed (i dont know who told him he could play international cricket).

Posted by PAKisTANeee786 on (October 22, 2013, 19:32 GMT)

Additionally, people that think U.Akmal can be our keeper for the future or has done well in the past are really kidding themselves. He is our specialist batsman, and should stick to that. His keeping is below-par like his siblings, it is in the blood i guess. How can you forget the match he made us loose due to his keeping in WI, would have sweeped them otherwise. I admire him as a batsman, and i want him to stick to that. Hence, it is essential to select a proper Wicket keeper in preparations for WC, the only possible option i can see is Mohammad Rizwan. We always say we don't have wicket keeping batsman, well how would you know unless you tried someone? PCB i hope you somehow read this.

Posted by PAKisTANeee786 on (October 22, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

According to me Sarfaraz has only been selected to fill the place of the squad. I have a feeling the selectors have their top 11 to be selected for ODI's decided pre-hand. So chill with all the commenting, as U.Akmal will be the keeper. Would have liked M.Rizwan as a specialist keeper though.Personally, I would play the following team in the mentioned order: 1) Ahmed Shahzad 2) Nasir Jamshed 3) Umar Akmal 4) Shoaib Maqsood 5) Misbah-ul-Haq 6) Shahid Afridi 7) Sohail Tanvir 8) Mohammad Irfan 9) Junaid Khan 10) Saeed Ajmal. Only selecting Sohail Tanvir, because he is at least better than Wahab Riaz. Anwar Ali would have been a better choice, he needs more chances. The kid can bat and swing the ball miles...just need coaching from the greats.

Posted by I.F.Butt on (October 22, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

Hammad Azam instead of Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Rizwan instead of Sarfraz Ahmed, Sharjeel Khan instead of Ahmed Shehzad. Really want to see those 3 in the squad!

Great selection of Sohaib Maqsood!

Playing XI: 1. Mohammad Hafeez 2. Nasir Jamshed 3. Umar Amin 4. Misbah-ul-haq 5. Umar Akmal 6. Sohaib Maqsood 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Sohail Tanvir 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Junaid Khan 11. Mohammad Irfan

Posted by   on (October 22, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

Why is Sarfraz Ahmed in the ODI squad ???His batting is Pathetic and i guess the selectors were drunk or either influenced by Moin khan or some one else to include this guy....!!!look at his stats and records as a batsman !!!Pathetic and Shocking !!!As for Haris Sohail he might be out due to his off field activities Zimbabwe,Bangladesh,Ireland & Even Afghanistan's team all Have better Wicket Keeping Batsmen in ODI's than Sarfraz Ahmed..I guess PCB should advertise for this Vacant Post As England have too Many Proper Cricketing Wicket keeping Batsmen..They may Consider coming and Playing for Pakistan.....

Posted by KashifMuneer on (October 22, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

I agree that Pakistan need to invest in a pace bowling all rounder like Razzaq. For UAE Umar Amin could do the job if needed as pitches do not suit seam bowling all rounders. I think Hammad Azam is the best option going forward and should be picked for every series if he performs well is domestic cricket. I don't understand why we need 2 keepers along with Umar Akmal. My playing XI in the correct batting order would be:

1. Nasir Jamshed 2. Ahmed Shehzad 3. Umar Akmal 4. Mohammed Hafeez 5. Umar Amin 5. Misbah-ul-Haq 6. Shoaib Maqsood 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Abdur Rehman 9.Saeed Ajmal 10. Mohammad Irfan 1.. Junaid Khan

Posted by   on (October 22, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

Misbah-ul-Haq (capt) Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan

Posted by balajik1968 on (October 22, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

Good to see Umar Akmal back. What happened to him when he got sick. Good luck to him and hope he stays healthy.

Posted by   on (October 22, 2013, 2:07 GMT)

Last but not least thanks to Cricinfo for all the beautiful articles by Firdose Moonda & others.

Posted by   on (October 22, 2013, 1:58 GMT)

This pakistan ODI team lacks specialist Batsman and Fast-bowling All-rounders. Yes bringing back Sohail Tanvir is a good decision insha allah but he is not really an all-rounder but can prove crucial with the bowling perhaps. Serious consideration is needed here for batting line-up for the odi;s if the pakistan team really wants to win it. Maybe Pakistan for sometime should also try Seven Batsman approach of SA for their selection of ODI team this may just be all what pakistan requires for in future to win big tournaments with their Batsman clicking in with the bat for ODI's insha allah. For Test Series pakistan selection made bold decisions as people suggested on cricinfo after loss of zimbabwe and that really paved the way for success against NO1 side and i hope this time again for odi's pakistan dont take things lightly and do their hard work by making good decisions that will be good result insha allah in UAE or in other parts of world.

Posted by Lets_Bash_Indians on (October 21, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

Where is Shoib Malik. LOL Since the day he got married to Flop Star Sania Mirza, he never been Consistent. Maybe It was A Plan of BCCI.

Posted by Obaid2002 on (October 21, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

As we could see the success of Umar Akmal in the position of wicketkeeper batsman, I do not think Sarfaraz Ahmed Should be in. He is not better than Umar Akmal as wicket keeper neither he is a good batsman. Else I only have a little objection to Wahab Riaz, But nevertheless I think he should be Given a try. My team would be 1. Ahmed Shahzad 2. Mohammad Hafeez 3. Umar Akmal 4. Umar Amin 5. Misbah ul Haq 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Wahab Riaz/Sohail Tanvir 8. Saeed Ajmal 9. Junaid Khan 10. Abdur rahman 11. Mohammad Irfan

Posted by siddhartha87 on (October 21, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

I think they should have included Younis.Pakistan batting line up has failed miserably in recent past and there is too much pressure for Misbah.

Posted by rawjns on (October 21, 2013, 11:36 GMT)

I see too many Shafiq and Sarfaraz haters here, either you people are very biased of Karachi player or you don't follow Pakistans domestic season. Sarfaraz has been the top scorer as a keeper for consecutive four seasons. Asad Shafique is the only technically sound youngster in the team for long term who also scored the only 100 in South Africa. I think Anwer Ali is much better choice than Sohail Tanvir, and he also gives a right hand bowler option. Riaz, a good choice as pace could be the only difference on dead UAE pitches. Haris Sohail shouldnt have been dropped and is a better choice than Umar Amin. Shoaib Maqsood showed promise and is rightly selected. If Jamshed and Shehzad open 3 Umar Akmal, 4 Misbah, 5 Hafeez, 6 Shafique/Maqsood,7 Afridi, 8 sarfaraz, 9 Ajmal/ Rehman, 10Junaid/Riaz and 11 Irfan ..... It looks a very formidable side...

Posted by   on (October 21, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

Hi, I will comment on Umar Akmal,he is full of talent there is only need to take advantage of it.If he is sent up the order at no.3 for almost 20 odi's then you can see the results....if you look at kohli he was also such kind of batsman but the difference is that our cricket board is not keen to groom there batsman...Umar akmal should be in as a wicketkeeper batsman... Sohaib Maqsood is also a good batsman....I request to PCB that only bring those batsman which can hit big sixesas well...just look at our team there is only 2 or 3 batsman who can easily hit sixes and others just hesitate in hitting big and if they do so they misquide..shame for PCB board Abdul razzar should be there for almost 2015 world cup and along with train the big hitter Hammad azam... I hope PCB should do something deserving.

Posted by   on (October 21, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

People that bash Karachi players, don't follow domestic cricket, they want players on their useless T20 performances. I feel pity for Harris Sohail as well for being part of this one in a while merit selection. People like Harris Sohail, Fawad Alam, Sharjeel Khan and Akbar ur Rehman need some quality time in the middle to prove their worth. We should also decide upon selection of players until a series is over, to reward the players who perform. I don't understand why PCB kicks out a player and than selects them again after doing nothing different. We also want a proper wicket keeping batsman, not a part timer in Umar Akmal, he is our specialist batsman and should focus on that. We need to include Mohd. Rizwan for once and get rid of these Akmal bros behind the stump for a change.

Posted by RANA1610 on (October 21, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

Oh no! Not again Wahab, whose eco. rate is over 5 (5.55), very much expensive in each and every match. In addition he was always take the last over, which turns the match towards the opposition every time.

Posted by Haidery on (October 21, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

Seriously, Even a dumb person can see who has selected a team. It's Moin khan. What Moin Khan is up to I have no idea. They haven't selected Asad on first place for tests and take him in the ODI squad head of Haris Sohail:). Its all come to make all cricket associations happy. No one think for Pak cricket which is a shame.

Posted by rawjns on (October 21, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

I see too many shafiq and sarfaraz haters here, either you people are very biased of Karachi player or you dont follow Pakistans domestic season. Sarfaraz has been the top scorer as a keeper for consecutive four seasons. Asad Shafique is the only techinically sound youngster in the team for long term who also scored the only 100 in South Africa. I think Anwer Ali is much better choice than Sohail Tanvir, and he also gives a right hand bowler option. Riaz a good choice as pace could be the only difference on dead UAE pitches. Haris Sohail shouldnt have been dropped and is a better choice than Umar Amin. Shoaib Maqsood showed promise and is rightly selected. If Jamshed and Shehzad open 3 Umar Akmal, 4 Misbah, 5 Hafeez, 6 Shafique/Maqsood,7 Afridi, 8 sarfaraz, 9 Ajmal/ Rehman, 10Junaid/Riaz and 11 Irfan ..... It looks a very formidable side...

Posted by Samee0324 on (October 21, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

My team 11 will be 1. Ahmed Shahzad 2. Nasir Jamshed 3. Umar Akmal (keeper) 4. Misbah ul haq 5. Asad Shafiq/Shan masood 6. Muhammad Hafeez/Umar Amin 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Saeed Ajmal 9. Wahab Riaz 10. Junaid Khan 11. Muhammad Irfan

Posted by   on (October 21, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

haris sohail is a future player of pakistan he must be included no need for sarfraz, sohail tanvir . we have not right arm bowler in the squad .They are including karachi players i dont know why they are doing this.they must include kamran akmal without kamran the team does not look like pakistan team

Posted by Samee0324 on (October 21, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

Very bad selection i would say.. Once again talent is out from the squad.. Haris sohail must be in as well as Razzaq... PCB selectors should plan for ICC WC from now. Why Sarfraz again? Why Sohail Tanvir is in? Why zulfiqar Babar is out? He is 34 and doing good in test and T20 then why not in ODIs? if not now then when he will be called in the age of 36???

Posted by Pak_Guru on (October 21, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

Hi, Why is Rehman in the side, don't know really, instead Hammad Azam would have been a more practical option. Umar Gul, i think needs more time and we will definitely see him in SL series. Now if Wahab and Tanvir if given an opportunity perform well then surely Gul is out for long. Still cannot understand Rehman's inclusion when we all know he will not be used. It will be a tough series, but firstly, you have the one remaining Test match to focus on. Best wishes to Team Pak.

Posted by   on (October 21, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

why moin khan is helping sarfaraz ahmad,de even did not know how to bat,and yet he is in the team,very bad decision

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 21, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

@Qazi Hassan:I think Pak is trying to create a separate team for Tests & limited overs game.Shan masood & Khurram manzoor place in Test matches is confirmed.I am glad to see Shoaib Maqsood another youngster making his way into the team.To be honest i think we should go with Shahzad & Hafeez as openers in ODI..Nasir has dissapointed us all.He started so well & went down faster than he climbed up.Also One man has to go.Either Nasir or Hafeez.Because there cannot be more than 2 genuine opernes in any team.It simply disturbs the whole balance

Posted by   on (October 21, 2013, 4:46 GMT)

The boys who got Pakistan victory against world #1 after defeat from world #last ie openers Khurram Manzoor & Shan Masood got axed. A warning message to all players who outperform Farhat & Hafeez. Pathetic.

Posted by   on (October 21, 2013, 1:49 GMT)

Asad Shafiq again ? seriously ? with an average of 27 and strike rate less than 70 ?? really ?? and Sarfraz again too ? How many times does he have to fail and how many times does Rizwan has to show his performance in domestic circuit to be given a chance ? 4 left arm seemers ? Zulfiur babar left out ? are you kidding me ? Harris sohail dropped ?? what ?? WHY ???

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

Parchi player Sarfraz and Asad Shafiq included again.

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

Where is umer gull best attacking bowler?

Posted by umairaslum on (October 20, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

Here Abdurazzaq scored the century of his carrier. No replacement is found as yet. Hammad Azam is not required. If W Riaz can bowl well, its a big plus for now and for WC 2015 plz remember his batting?? We have Hafeez and Afridi as all rounders... that's enough. I think if A Shehzad can mature himself here, Pakistan can go ahead. Scores from top 5 excluding Misbah is the need of the hour. and Misbah will be 41 in 2015. He's not completing two years in our ICCexpert's one year.

Posted by Omar-Briganto on (October 20, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

Not a bad idea to play Hafeez at number 6 and promote Umar Akmal at 3 same as like India did and gave confidence to Kohli. Umar Akmal is the best batsman from current lot, he has all the shots in the book courage and a heart of tiger.

My playing eleven for ODI`S will be

1-Ahmed Shehzad 2-Nasir Jamshed 3-Umar akmal 4-Umar Amin/Asad shafiq 5-Misbah 6-Hafeez 7-Sohaib Maqsood 8-Afridi 9-Ajmal 10- Junaid 11-Irfan.

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

good decision he is a good player lets see i think Pak can beat south africa in ODI series!

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

Abdul Razzaq havent performed in any domestic competition neither in county matches so its right not to select him. U can not just select players on basis of their big names

Posted by Desihungama on (October 20, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

It sounds to me Pakistan Management is trying to keep every player occupied from their pool across the three formats.

Posted by Priyavrat96 on (October 20, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

Abdul razzaq should also get at least one chance

Posted by mzm149 on (October 20, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

Some people are surprised at non selection of Zulfiqar Baber. He should have been added to the squad. But in the presence of Hafeez, Ajmal and Afridi, he will never get a chance to play in the XI. Pakistan will go with 3 seamers and 3 spinners as they always do. Even if they add another batsman and reduce one bowler, Afridi will play in bottom four instead of at number 7.

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

It's good selection by PCB but I want to know why Umar Akmal is not in all three formats. He is a better batsman than adman and sarfaraz and is a good wicket keeper. ASAD Shafiq should be replaced with Razzaq as he can bowl some good decent spells.

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

razaq should be given atlst one chance.............

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

very good and balanced team.......

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 10:23 GMT)

nowadays cricket fans are dying to see a talent like umer akmal my best wishes are with him can play and adjust any situation very well

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (October 20, 2013, 10:11 GMT)

where is Harris Sohail ? will Sohaib Maqsood get a chance to play ? why is Asad Shafiq given so many chances ? Why only left hand bowlers ? why is Ahmad Jamal a genuine express fast bowler not selected ? why dont the pak sleectors keep an eys on 2015 world cup and grrom an alrounder like Hammad Azam who can be ann asset in Australia as he proved in under 19 world cup ? why is Misbah still the captain ? he will be 43 in 2015. I need answers PCB ?

Posted by NinnyMouseHaiHai on (October 20, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

Like Maximillion and many others, I am soooooo sad to see that Razzak is again not selected for this serier ..)) I do not know what has he done wrong? What is his fault that selectors do not consdier him anymore?

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

What pathetic selection. Khurrum Manzoor and Shan Masood played brilliantly in the first test against SA, scoring at about 3.5 runs per over in a test match, and here they get the reward by getting dropped. It seems selectors don't want to get them cement their place, so that they might not need to drop crap like Hafeez. No place of Hafeez in the team as an opener. Yes, you can use him as bits and pieces player at no 6 as an all rounder and a few overs here and here. That all. Khurrm Manzoor is specially an attacking batsman, there is no sense dropping him from ODI side.

Posted by ilililililililililililililx on (October 20, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

Why should we get rid of hafeez? He is economical with his bowling and averages 41 in ODI's this year. Misbah is the only batsmen with a higher average this year with 60. Hafeez in a player Pakistan needs. If not open bat at number 6

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

This is not right we dont need two wicket keepers if it is unavoidable then there should be inclusion of Kamran Akmal instead of Sarfaraz, because he is a good batting option also and what are the selectors doing with Younis Khan he has done good enough in tests and showed that he is as in form as Misbah and is a reliable batsman. He can play in W/C 2015.

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

good selection pakistan team but my bating order is should be : ahmed shezad.hafeez.shoaib maqsood.misbah ul haq.umar amin .umar akmal.no sarfaraz ahmed.afridi.ajmal.junaid.irfan.sohiltanvir. this should be pakistan odi teams hafeez should be come as a opener . nasir or hafeez ?

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

Haris Sohail should be in instead of Sohail Tanveer.

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

no khuraam or razzaq or zulfiqar babar.haris sohail and anwar ali left out without a chance.they are totaly wrong with wahab and sohail tanvir in the squad

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

i think Umer akmal is most talented batsman in Pakistan. but some of own mistakes and some very poor management he not deleverd as mach as he capable of.. if he bat at no: 3 he had same records like kohli. plz plz plz made use of his talent sent him at no: 3.. any logic you can send player like Azhar Ali at no:3 why not him. he can play any bowler he had every shot. you people agree or no Pakistani batsman play shot like him.. plz plz plz give him chance at no: 3.. i 100% sure that only give him 10 matchs at that possession you will see result..

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

I think there is no need of sarfaraz as a wicketkeeper if umar akmal can do than you can replace umar amin with sarfaraz.. Where is razzaq? I am from lahore but i am in favour of shahzaib hassan he is a best hitter. I don't understand what the pcb is doing...

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

No place for Asad Shafiqin the ODI side. And Younus is important for 2015 WC. Whats the point replacing him with someone whose even dead like Shafiq?

Posted by Meximillion on (October 20, 2013, 5:22 GMT)

ok but replace Hafeez with abdul Razaq. It is no convenient to select hafeez in place of Razaq.

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

Abdul Razzaq should be included in the one-day and T20s. In Test he can also proved to be handy player.

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

Where is Umer Amin? He has done a good job recently...he deserve a chance..I am from Karachi but I think this lot of Karachiites can not hit big shots like Asad, Khurram, Sarfaraz and Faisal Iqbal. These guys can not hit the ball at all. Saeed Anwar was a great talent from Karachi and we miss him so much. We need hitters in T20 like Aaron Finch, Maxwell, Watson, Bailey etc. England also have great hitters like Morgan, KP and so many in their line up. We also need a genuine all-rounder like Razzaq. I dont see any youngster of Razzaq's caliber. Hamad Azam is below average all-rounder who lacks the wicket taking ability he is not as good of a hitter either.

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 2:09 GMT)

Ok so asad shafiq is a permanent member of Pakistan odi squad? Seriously? With an average of 26 and strike rate less than 70. They have left out harris sohail and kept him in the side. His selection is as poor as selecting imran farhat maybe even worse. Sarfraz again? ? What does rizwan have to do and how many times does sarfraz have to fail for rizwan's selection. Zulfiqar babar out. What! ! The man of the match in t20 and successful test match start and they have left him out. This is Pakistan's worst selecTion committee and moin is the one baking the shots from the back end which is ridiculous! !!

Posted by hamqad on (October 20, 2013, 1:01 GMT)

Why was Harris Sohail dropped? He has so much promise.

Posted by   on (October 20, 2013, 0:44 GMT)

Very happy with the team. Only one question mark over the selection of Sohail tanveer. Then again he will only play when irfan needs a rest. So can't complain. Best possible team they could have selected.

Posted by somethingdifferent on (October 20, 2013, 0:15 GMT)

Relatively sensible selection, however instead of having a uni dimensional pace attack, Amwar Ali would have been a better chose than Wahab. It would have given some variety in the attack plus Anwar Ali is a better batsman than Wahab. Asad Shafiq, although technically sound, is a run accumulator and not a dashing stroke maker whereas Haris Sohail could have taken up the role of the finisher with Umar Akmal. Lastly Zulfiqar Babar instead of Abdul Rehman would have provided more bite as he is a wicket taker unlike Abdul Rehman who can bottle up one end but is far less aggressive.

Posted by imran_naqvi on (October 19, 2013, 23:52 GMT)

sarfaraz is a waste of space. Pakistan should play (1) Ahmad shahzad (2) Nasir Jamshed (3) Asad Shafeeq/umer amin (4) Misbah (5) Umar Akmal (6) Hafeez (7) Afridi (8) Sohail Tanvir (9) Ajmal (10) Junaid (11) Irfan

Posted by Chaudry_Cricket on (October 19, 2013, 22:24 GMT)

What !!!! How did Asad Shafiq, Tanvir, Wahab and Rehman make it back into the odi squad ... Asad is a test player and a not suited for odi or t20 ... Tanvir is only good for t20s ... Wahab should be dropped forever ... Rehman should stick to tests.

The squad should have been ;

Openers - Jamshed, Shehzad, Sharjeel W.k - Rizwan Middle order - Misbah, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Haris Lower order - Afridi/Hafeez, Hammad/Anwar and Sohaib Fast bowlers - Junaid, Irfan, Mohammad Talha, Sadaf, Bilawal Spinners - Ajmal, Babar, Raza, Qadir

Not saying all these players should be selected but this should be our pool of players for odi.

But the selectors after doing a good job in test selection have messed up the odi team!!!!!!!...

Posted by Cric_fever_forever on (October 19, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

Its an Ok team..... maybe they could have inculded right arm fast bowler maybe people are forgetting about mohammed talha bowles quick . i want to see him.other then that people who wants anwer ali let me tell u wahab or sohail is much better then him. Sombody said below wahab is ishant. i dont agree he is way quicker then ishant.wahab is more like mithcle johnson aus fast bowler. when he gets it right its wicket but if not he looks ugly

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

They should give chance to awais zia .no need to take 2 wicket keepers.also include hammad azam who can be a good all rounder.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

strange strategy as usual .. PCB seem to share the unpredictability with the team. Zulfiqar Babar played in T20's in W-Indies where he became man of the series. And more than justified his place in the test side. Now left out for Rehman. Zulfi is a genuine wicket taker, whereas A. Rehman is a run stopper. And he has that something extra in terms of flight and guile which Rehman lacks. And he can bat! Strange, Strange

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

Hafeez and Abdul Razzaq are of same age. Abdul Razzaq has delivered for pakistan as all-rounder with bat and ball and match winning performances while Hafeez has mostly performed as a spin bowler. Pakistan need a Fast/Medium fast bowling all-rounder in the team whom is experienced and this is opportunity to avail we have a player the like of Abdul Razzaq insha allah i see three different pakistan teams for three different formats which shows pakistan selection committee are now learning fast then other teams so these are good signs for pakistan team cricket future insha allah .

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

where is umer gul....he is fit now

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

Happy for Akmal and Maqsood but I would replace Rehman with Zulfiqar, and Asad with Haris Sohail.

With Ajmal, Afridi and Hafeez in the XI, no additional spinners were needed in the squad. If they must have one more, I would have Zulfiqar, or even invest into young Raza Hasan. Why Rehman? He averages 36 in ODIs and only got famous because of one test since England batted poorly against spin.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

hafeez should not be in the squad

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

why is hafeez in the squad????

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 19:19 GMT)

Selection seemed ok except ommision of Abdul Razaq, Hamad Azam, fawad Alam dropping of Harris Sohail and inclusion of Sarfraz as second keeper.Unfortunately Pakistan does not have talented players in the bench to pick for final eleven and we have to rely on these pool of players, which is v unfortunate.

Posted by syedahmed91 on (October 19, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

What.... 4 left arm pacers? this is real crazy. Why bring back sohail tanveer and wahab riaz to add already to the 2 perfectly fine left armers in junaid and irfan? why not invest some time on eshan adil or asad ali who are fully capable right arm seamers? Pakistan selectors are very short sighted with no future planning just throwing darts randomly...

Posted by Mannan.81.pk on (October 19, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

Pathetic team selection again. Why our selectors do not understand that we should include players based on their recent form rather than stereotyping some players for tests only. Khurram Manzoor should have been in squad in place of ahmad shahzad. Ahmad shahzad have clearly been playing just to stay in the team and his technique have gone from reasonable to worst.

Why on earth Wahab Riaz and Sohail Tanveer are back in place of Asad ali and Anwar ali? we already have two brilliant left arm fast bowlers and both asad ali and anwar ali would have been a solid backup.

Cant see the logic of dropping haris sohail as well.

And people plz get off the back of Asad and sarfaraz . you were the same people moaning about why Khurram is in test side and now eating ur own words

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

razzaq must have been in.

Posted by Mel-waas on (October 19, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

'One-dimensional seam attack, picking four left-armers' What a rubbish statement, most bowling attacks don't have a single left armer but no one calls them one dimensional. It does not matter weather you bowl from right hand or from left hand it is the quality of the bowling that matters.

Posted by mzm149 on (October 19, 2013, 18:53 GMT)

@Faizan Khan: Nasir Jamshed had his test debut on South African pitches tailor-made for their pace attack. Even there he was not given full chances. He is our established opener in ODIs. Why should we drop him. Look at his records in Asia Cup, World t20, Indian tour, Australia's tour of UAE. He was our second highest scorer in Champions Trophy. Shan Masood was lucky to debut in UAE. I would rate Nasir Jamshed better than Manzoor and Masood until they perform on South African pitches. They both are going to become Steyn and Philander's bunnies.

We all saw how pathetic Anwar Ali was on Zimbabwe tour. Look at his economy of 9.14. As far as Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed in ODIs are concerned, the less said the better.

The fact is whatever you say Manzoor, Masood and Anwar Ali are not in the squad. Sarfraz and Asad are not going to be selected anyway. So relax.

Posted by mzm149 on (October 19, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

@Faizan Khan: You better mind your language before calling my behavior immature and my comments silly. I have an opinion and I have every right to hold it. I never directly addressed you in the first place.

Shan Masood and Khurram Manzoor performed in the first innings on flat track when South African bowlers had difficulty in finding their line and length. In the second innings when Philander and Steyn understood the pitch well by bowling full length deliveries, both of them were exposed badly. They were no better than Hafeez. Still two full test innings are left. Let them prove themselves.

Posted by Umms on (October 19, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

and the guy who was man of the match and scored a hundred at reasonable rate rather than turtle rate of Azhar Ali, he is being ignored. Really!!!

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

Abul Razzaq Miss u again.....

Posted by Wajahatt on (October 19, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

Umar Akmal should be playing test matches for Pakistan. He is the only genuine aggressive batsman Pakistan has after Muhammad Yousaf. Whatever is wrong with his attitude, please PCB sort it out and have him play test matches. He was playing absolutely gem of cricket before that Sydney altercation.

Posted by Desihungama on (October 19, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

Wahab Riaz can best be described as Ishant Sharma of Pakistan. His inclusion ensures pathetic bowling along with all weather pathetic batting.

Posted by Desihungama on (October 19, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

Simply mind boggling. We should be investing in Sohail Tanveer and Wahab Riaz in particular. We should be investing in Anwar Ali and Harris.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

Wondering why Zulfiqar Babar would not get a chance despite bowling exceptionally in the last two T20s and the recent test match he played? Abdul Rahman has hardly played any international ODIs for some time.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

@mzm149, very immature behavior from you. I would understand to the extent of Sarfaraz Ahmed and Asad Shafique, that they shouldn't be part of ODI's. But, common now..players that won you the test match are being thrashed by ur silly comments. Anwer Ali needs some time, seems like no one wants to help him after his miracle bowling in U19 WC final. Talking of Shan Masood and Khuram Manzoor I don't know what you have against them? I Would have definitely loved seeing one of them open with Ahmed Shahzad, instead of Jamshed who is slow and rusty of recent.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

i miss Razzaq in pakistan squad for odi

Posted by bouncer709 on (October 19, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

Razzaq and Keeper Muhammad Rizwan should be added in team, about Wahab Riaz, I wonder what the coaches are doing, there is something wrong with how he deliver the ball, he have got good pace, but I am sure he bend his wrist before delivering the ball, who will teach him, also he need to run a bit fast, but it seems he is another Muhammad Sami, who don't know to rectify the things going wrong with him and coach don't bother to find what's going wrong.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

anwerali should have been in for umar amin...probably sharjeel khan for mohammed hafeez and zulfikar for wahab riaz...two seamers are enough with anwer ali as backup...team should be shezad, sharjeel, misbah, umar akmal, maqsood,sarfraz, afridi, anwer ali, irfan, saeed, zulfikar

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

WHERE IS RAZZAQ ? HE IS A SPECIALIST ONE DAY AND T20 BATSMAN AS WELL AS A BOWLER . HE CAN GIVE PAKISTAN BREAKTHROUGHS . WITH BAT , HE HE IS ALSO VERY GOOD . I STILL REMEMBER HIS BATTING VS. RSA IN UAE . I WAS ABOUT TO SWITCH OFF THE T.V WHEN HE CAME IN AND THE MATCH STARTED GOING IN FAVOUR OF PAKISTAN . I ALSO CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY HARIS SOHAIL IS OUT OF THE SQUAD . WHY ??????

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

where is razzaq

Posted by thE_baCk_beNcHer on (October 19, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

WAHAB RIAZ & SOHAIL TANVIR ?? AGAIN?? You gotta be kiddin me mate !!

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

i think it is a very stupid selection because haris sohail should have been picked and should have been groomed he did not get lots of chances and asad shafiq is getting much much of chances but is not doing anything special.Wahab riaz,sohail tanvir shouldnt have been picked zulfiqar babar is showing a good sort form so he should have been picked

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

I don't understand why Hammad Azam is never included. He's our next Razzaq , needs to be given a chance. Haris Sohail shouldn't have been dropped he's one of our future stars.

Posted by aarifboy on (October 19, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

Adnan Akmal dropped three dollys to deny Pak an innings victory in last test.I hope his mistakes don't cost Pak a defeat in a close contest with SA

Posted by mzm149 on (October 19, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

Anwar Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shan Masood, Khurram Manzoor and Asad Shafiq should play in Karachi XI instead of international XI.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (October 19, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

Very few will agree that Umar Amin is better than Haris. They played Haris in a couple of matches, sent him in where a few balls were left and h was asked to slog. That was it before they dumped him.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

are all people commenting about shan and khurram they performed well in test and people want to select them for odi strange? team is good but we need right handed bowler like gul to give dimension no need to select babar b coz no place in playing 11. Razzak nt playing any cricket so y he shud be selected

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

Why No Razzaq! Poor Selection lot of un-merited guys selected again. Good to see U.Akmak and Sohaib Maqsood.

Posted by deconstruct on (October 19, 2013, 15:51 GMT)

Saad Alam: Couldn't agree with you more. Those who say Misbah should not play in ODI's either live on some other planet or they don't even know the basics of cricket. Without Misbah, Pakistan batting would not even last 50 overs in most matches.

Posted by Saadcricketlover on (October 19, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

what a stupid squad overrated sifarshi wahab riaz, sarfraz ahmed , sohail tanvir , asad shafiq out. umar gul , mohammad rizwan , rahat ali/ raza hasan, abdul razzaq, sherjeel khan in. Wahab riaz is a looser he deserves no chance cause of terrible records and many chances. Sarfaraz is another kamran akmal who can't bat at all and drops catches. sohail is a t20 bowler and also expensive. Asad shafiq is another test player who clicks sometimes in tests and a looser in odis. it's to give these younsters a deserved chance with these two talented and sensible seniors especially razzaq.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

In my ipinion, team should be 1:shehzad 2:jamshed 3:hafeez 4:Amin 5:misbah 6: maqsood 7:akmal (w/k) 8:afridi 9:Ajmal 10:Junaid 11:irfan

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

what the hell is going on in team selection, why they have not selected zulifqar babar instead of abdur rehman who never proved any thing in ODI.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

I like the team proposed by Aahad Khan for ODIs. Junaid could replace Umar Gul if later is not fit yet.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

no razzaq again... how could the selectors sideline him again... i still remember his knock agains S.A's in which he scored a big hundred... cmon Pkistan... u need a batting allrounder ..!!

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

---one very good change would have been HARIS SOHAIL in place of ASAD SHAFIQ

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

I'm surprised why the select S. Tanveer over and again ! What is special about him !

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

Imtan Mujtaba@ if Pak team win atleast one match in five ODI's against SA without Misbah... i will leave to watch cricket...Misbah is the backbone of the team whether in ODI or Test.. Captain should perform consistantly and Misbah doing it very well... may be you amazed to know that Misbah is the highest scorer in ODI's in 2013... you should know first these stats then critise others!!!

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

Contd... My Ideal eleven would've been: Ahmed Shahzad Shan Masood (Both are very young, and quick runners) Umar Akmal (He is should only play at one-down) Shoaib Maqsood (Inzi in making..Inshallah) Harris Sohail (needs time to show his talent) Mohammad Rizwan (should be the specialist keeper) Misbah-ul-haq (Mr.EVER-GREEN) Anwar Ali (Only good bowling all-rounder available, somehow Razzaq is not even in the picture:( Mohammad Irfan Junaid Khan Saeed Ajmal Lastly, Babar should be immediate replacement for any bowler not performing, or try him in place of Anwar Ali, on gripping wickets. But priority should be strengthening the batting, don't know why we always play one-batsman short. AND YES, i left Afridi out, only because this is a series to groom the younsters against the mighty SA for the coming WC. Good luck Pakistan.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

There is my concern, Rizwan should be the second keeper replacing Sarfaraz, both Wahab and Tanvir should be thrown out for Anwar Ali and Zulfiqar Babar. We need one of Shan Masood and Khurram Manzoor in the opening. I would have loved the combination of Ahmed Shahzad and Shan Masood. I know Jamshed is good, but what has he done to be recalled? They should give encouragements to people who perform. Lastly, Harris Sohail in for Asad Shafiq as he is only a proper test batsman. Some bright spots were the inclusion of Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, and Shoaib Maqsood. I think if Pakistan select their playing eleven right, they can still be affective even after some pathetic selections i have mentioned above. Ahmed Shahzad, Nasir Jmashed, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Maqsood, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan, Junaid Khan, Mohd.Irfan Saeed Ajmal, Sohail Tanvir (no other option) (contd...)

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

Aahad Kahn@ i think Zulfiqar Babar is not included in ODI Squad ...

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

its a good team! but cant see any reason for including Wahab Riaz in. instead of him Umar gul is much better option! and why sarfaraz ahmed he just cant bat! Either get umar akmal to workout on his wicket keeping or either get Mohammed Rizwan from NWFP as he has healthy average in domestic cricket 40+ and he is only 21 years old.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

glad to see umar akmal in this list ^_^

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

I am glad that umar Akmal is back because every team except Pakistan have a wicket keeper who can bat really well umar Akmal can definetly play some good shots but I think Pakistan should move Umar Akmal up the batting order he should come in at number 5.

My team would be

1.Nasir Jamshed

2.Ahmed Shezad

3.Mohammad Hafeez

4.Unar Amin

5. Misbah Ul Haq

6.Umar Akmal

7.Shahid Afridi

8.Saeed Ajmal

9.Zulfiqar Babar

10.Umar Gul

11.Mohammad Irfan

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (October 19, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

Sohaib Maqsood is an aggressive batsman and a useful bowler also, look at Dhoni how he uses Raina, Jadeja and Yuvraj ? but Misbah is not that level of captain. So he will be wasted

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (October 19, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

Pakistan selectors are taking short term measures, they are not looking at the 2015 world cup. They are persisting with Misbah as captain, he will be almost 43 by 2015. they are not grooming a proper al-rounder like Hammad Azam who can be handy on bouncy tracks. They are not giving proper chance to talented batsmen like Harris Sohail,Sohaib Maqsood and Sharjeel Khan. They only select left hand fast bowlers, where is Ahmad Jamal who can be handy with his express pace. They should really appoint a captain who is aggressive and is not short sighted.

Posted by ArhamCricketLover on (October 19, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

Jadejafan you will say that as u are a fan of India. Fawad Ur Rehman I agree with u. I don't think M.Hafeez hould be in because of his poor performance. I hope Afridi would play well. I am not considered for the rest of the team Pakistan Zindabad ! :)

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

where is umer gull and razzaq

Posted by DataQue on (October 19, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

Why is Abdul Razzaq not part of the selection???

Posted by ehsanrockss on (October 19, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

even though i'm a big admirer of misbah's batting but he is poor one when it's come to handling youngsters & the chance he gives them & also he is very inclined towards seniors, he do not used youngsters to their prefered positions

Posted by ranaswinning11 on (October 19, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

how on the earth people says asad shafiq is future of pakistani batting...how come u can drop haris sohail without giving him a proper run...asad shafiq is nothing more than a average domestic player..they keep giving him chances and chances untill he scores a 40 or 50 plus score and then again he can get 5 matches ..really strange to see what they looking in asad..he is another muhammad sami type player...they should give haris sohail proper chance before dropping him...

Posted by Izzmail55 on (October 19, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

They should have dropped wahab riaz he bowls worse then Zimbabwe bowlers. They also should have dropped asad shafiq and added shan masood or khurram manzoor.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (October 19, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

Sohaib Maqsood is there, thats excellent. He is the new Inzi. But where is the new Sehwag, I mean Sharjeel Khan ???

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

Worst selection because of :

1. including of Sarfraz Ahmed & Wahab Riaz 2. absence of Abdul Razzaq, & Zulfiqar Babar

my team would have been

1 Ahmed Shahzad 2 Nasir Jamshed 3 Sohaib Maqsood 4 Misbah-ul-Haq 5 Umar Akmal 6 Shahid Afridi 7 Abdu Razzaq 8 Zulfiqar Babar 9 Abdul Rahman 10 Junaid Khan 11 Muhammad Irfan

remaining 4 would have been 12 Umar Gul 13 Saeed Ajmal 14 Umar Amin 15 Haris Sohail

reserve players would be 16 Anwar Ali 17 Shoaib Malik 18 Muhammad Hafeez

this 18 man squad should made permanent til WC-2015

Posted by Jda123 on (October 19, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

Glad Maqsood is in, he should play in the first 3 games depending on his performance

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (October 19, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

Sohaib Maqsood has to play all five one dayers......

Posted by Jadejafan on (October 19, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

Pakistan team is old, lacks young quality talent and fielding poor as ever.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (October 19, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

what baffles everyone is how come Harris Sohail is left out and why Asad Shafiq is in the one day team ?

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 13:07 GMT)

It is unfortunate that Misbah is being criticised for non-performance of other players in the team. If there is one player in Pakistan who merits automatic selection in all three formats, it is MISBAH. A player like Misbah in any other country would have been someone like M S Dhoni but he (Misbah) could not have chosen where to be born!

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 13:07 GMT)

Haris sohail must be in replace of asad shafiq and with out Abdul Razzaq Pakistani Team is nothing :/

Posted by mensan on (October 19, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

We need the aggression of Umar Akmal.

Posted by RaadQ on (October 19, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

Pakistan can only have 1 spinning allrounder between Hafeez and Afridi for WC15. The other should be replaced by Anwar Ali. Asad Shafiq should be replaced with Haris Sohail. Dont know why Sohail 'Always Failing' Tanvir has been reintroduced into the squad, he is too erratic for WC15. Looks like Pak selectors not looking towards WC15.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

How on earth you are selecting wahab RIAZ? Ehsan adil should be given an extended chance instead of this guy.

Posted by Kapeel on (October 19, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

Pakistan XI should be 1. Jamshed 2. Shehzad 3. Hafeez 4. Misbah 5. Amin / Maqsood 6. Akmal 7. Afridi 8. Tanvir 9. Ajmal 10. Junaid 11. Irfan

Posted by malepas on (October 19, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

I'm sick and tired of seeing Sarfraz selection in the team time and time again,what he has done "Ever" to be selected?? This is the "Karachi quota" element which is plaguing the selection on merit, no matter what anybody says, the fact is that Kamran is the best keeper batsman in the country by miles and he has actually started keeping well in his last couple of series and he deserved place in the team if Umer is not keeping. The other fact which most of other friends are mentioning again and again that we really needs a seam bowling all rounder especially in world cup and Wahab is not the one, 3 spin all-rounders are not required there, can't understand why selectors not even giving any chance to poor Hammad azam?? why they keep selecting people who wouldn't be able to balance the side in Aus/Kiwi conditions? the rest of the squad is OK.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

Including Umar Akmal, umar amin and sohaibd maqsood is good interm of promoting youngsters. but excluding anwar ali is the worst decision in selection because he is the only pacer allround in the current youngsters of pakistan. paksitan can find a good allrounder if they give chance to anwar ali. We should take india as an example as they have promoted their youngsters and now they are the best team in the world even they have to exclude thier senior batsman like sehwag and gambir. novertheless, the youngsters like sohaib maqsood and umar amin should be given chances in these ODIs against Southafrica.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

Where is Abdul Razaq and Zulfiqar Babar? Please prefer sohaib Maqsood over Amin.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

So they will not use Ahmed Shahzad again ? Why ??

Posted by mzm149 on (October 19, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

I am pleased with Nasir Jamshed's selection. They have chosen the perfect squad apart from exclusion of Harris Sohail and inclusion of Sarfraz Ahmed. Playing XI in my opinion will be:

1. Ahmed Shehzad 2. Nasir Jamshed 3. M. Hafeez 4. Umar Amin 5. Misbah ul Haq 6. Umar Akmal (wk) 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Sohail Tanvir / Abdur Rehman 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Junaid Khan 11. M. Irfan

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

I think in this side we should include Zulfiqar Babar in place of Sarfraz Ahmed. If we are preparing for world cup then Anwar Ali should have been selected in place of Wahab Riaz.

Posted by CricketChat on (October 19, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

Umar Akmal should be in the team for all formats if fit, even if that mean he plays purely as a batsman. He has that 'X' factor. If he clicks, he is worth 2 batsmen at least. My other concern is one dimensional pace attack as they may lose the odd surprise factor. Otherwise, a very good selection. Good luck Pak!

Posted by SaadRocx on (October 19, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

This is pathetic! simply pathetic No Zulfiqar Babar,No Harris Sohail,No Fawad Alam,and not so good a keeper? and Wahab Riaz? are you kidding me? Pakistan to lose 5-0 something similar to what England done to us in UAE..

Posted by imranmujtaba on (October 19, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

What Misbah is doing in ODI? Pak has to change captain and strategy for next WC. PAK should look for medium peace all rounders for next WC and develop new aggressive captain to lead in next WC.

Posted by imranmujtaba on (October 19, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

PCB carried away again. Pak won test because of opening batsmen - Pakistan won test matches recently when first 3 batsmen and bowling (mostly performed) have performed. However, there is no place for Misbah in ODI - he has destroyed ODI team thinking and with his one dimensional cricket lost to Zimbabwe, who is acoountable for that poor display? Why PCB is not looking to build for WC? Why PCB is trying to teach crawling when PAK team is fully capable of running? Are we in league of Afghanistan and want to compete with associate teams or Zimbabwe or Bangladesh or we are in league of aus, England, SA and India? Misbah should stay in test and PCB must develop team for next WC.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

Apart from asad , sarfraz and tanvir squad is pretty good

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 11:36 GMT)

na i would have preffered anwar ali on wahab riaz

they should have replaced asad shafiq with khurram shehzad

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

Why is Nasir jamshaid out of the team why can't get an allronder like Anwar Ali or Tanvir Ahmad who are enough to finish Pakistan's innings with some boundries and are also useful in their bowling so i don't think this is a good team

Posted by Karnain on (October 19, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

Why not Adnan Akmal in ODIs as a wicket keeper?

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

some coments here are confusing and mixing things up. how will baber get in playing 11 when you have hafeez, afridi and ajmal in team?

and yes shan or khurram will be good but with nasir and ahmed in how will they make it in playing 11? some one mentioned instead of asad/sarfraz. but point is that we already have openers and i think most people will agree to go with nasir & ahmed.

in bowling i dont think there will be any 1 else than junaid & irfan . only 1 place uncertain & that is 3rd fast bowler ( only if pak decide to go with 3 fast bowlers )

to me it will be ( not in order )

nasir - ahmed- umar - hafeez - misbah - Afridi - ajmal - Junaid - Irfan

maqsoon - amin / sohail / wahab

but i think they will pick amin ahead of maqsood.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

an ok selection but haris sohail has missed out. he has not got full chances yet. also anwar ali or any other medium pace batting allrounder like hammad or any 1 missing. Pak badly need 1 medium pace batting allrounder to balance the side.

I dont think sarfraz will be in playing 11. they will go with umar akmal as keeper. Sarfraz needs to show something with bat really. Otherwise Rizwan is a good option to groom.

and seeing it with playing 11, i think very much good selection. they have to use amin as bowling option to strengthen batting

misbah, hafeez, ahmed, nasir, umar akmal, afridi, ajmal, junaid, irfan/sohail, shoaib, amin

or may be 3rd seamer instead of shoaib or amin.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

So now we'll have to compromise on another squad that doesn't meet the requirement to produce and promote young blood in green shirts. I'm amazed why selectors kept their eyes closed in case of at least Shan Masood who played well in his debut match, Khurram Manzoor has been ignored. And what have they seen in Asad Shafique, Sarfaraz Ahmad, Wahab Riaz and Sohail Tanvir. I'm definitely amazed with their presence (while they are ZERO IN PERFORMANCE) :/

Posted by Chona on (October 19, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

Some apparent oversight in selection . Really sad to see no mention of Haris Sohail. He is one of the few batsmen having above 50 average in both First class and Twenty20s and even in List-A he has healthy average of 36. He must have been given chance. On the other hand I do not see any Medium Pace all rounder, Anwar Ali, Yasir Arafat or even Razzaq....!!!! We need medium pace all rounder, just think of it in this way that due to continuous inclusion of Sarfraz who is barely a batsman, our batting line is severely shortened....while ODI format needs all-rounders...!!!!

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

why they dropped haris sohail........ abdul razzaq is also good bowler. they recalled wahab y

Posted by mzm149 on (October 19, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

Very good squad. Thank God Khurram Manzoor is not there. But why Sarfraz Ahmed? Kamran Akmal is better keeper than him. They should use Umar Akmal as a keeper.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

where is Abdul Razzaq n umar gul

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

In place of Asad Shafiq or Sohaib Maqsood, Younis Khan should be thr n the squad

Posted by Sammi48 on (October 19, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

i cant understand it y iz dre wahab riaz??? on which basis he iz back cant understand why haris sohail is out and abdul razzaq or hammad should be in the team instead of wahab riaz sohaib maqsood gud call but what a luck wahab riaz is having

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

No Umar Gul? He said he would make a comeback in this series

Posted by AMUSMANI on (October 19, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

Very bad shan masood and khurram manzoor must get chance to play ODI

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

I would say that this is the best pak team I have ever seen because it includes all of the hard hitters, good spinners and good all-rounders. But only they could have added a good fast-medium bowler in for back up like maybe gul....

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

Well balanced Squad hope they perform up to the mark!

Posted by zzby on (October 19, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

Pathetic team, no medium pacer who cant bat. Same old openers and old medium pacers who are tried and tested and failed miserably(Tanvir & Riaz).

Posted by 96NotOut on (October 19, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

Noooo! I would have loved to seen Asad Ali ahead of Vicky, and Haris Sohail given a chance. And are we really going to try Afridi AGAIN? Plus, I don't see why Sarfraz Ahmed is needed, we could give Zulfiqar Babar a debut or something.

Posted by ilililililililililililililx on (October 19, 2013, 10:23 GMT)

Harris sohail is a tank, why leave him out? Wahab is useless because he bowls to short and gives the batsmen too much width outside the off stump. Anwer Ali has so much potential as an all rounder. Sohail Tanvir can only play T20s and Asad Shafiq is only test batsmen, very slow S/R. On the bright side, Shoaib Maqsood is very talented and deserves this spot in the squad.

Posted by Stark62 on (October 19, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

Great to see Maqsood in the squad but where is Gul?!?!

We need him for the death overs because both Tanvir and Riaz have proved to be huge failures, plus Shafiq over Harris is a farce.

Also, Rizwan is head and shoulders above Sarfraz, in addition where is Babar in ODI's?

Playing 11 should be: Nasir, Shezhad, U. Akmal (wkt), Misbah, Maqsood, Hafeez, Afridi, Tanvir/Riaz (no other choice), Junaid, Ajmal and Irfan.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

Younis Khan is out, This is not fair what they are doing with our hero, He should have been selected.

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