Pakistan v South Africa 2013-14 November 5, 2013

Malik, Razzaq return in Pakistan T20 squad

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Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq have been recalled in Pakistan's Twenty20 squad for the two-match series against South Africa in the UAE. The selectors left out Asad Ali, Anwar Ali, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed and Zulfiqar Babar from the squad that featured in the T20s against Zimbabwe.

Malik was part of the squad that played the solitary T20 match during the South Africa tour and played the Champions Trophy in England, but he was dropped from the team for the tours of West Indies and Zimbabwe. In August, he played in the inaugural edition of the Caribbean Premier League and finished as the leading run-getter.

Razzaq, 33, has been out of favour since the 2012 T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka following his outburst against captain Mohammad Hafeez after which he was fined Rs. 1 lakh and sidelined from the squad. Overall, Razzaq has played 30 T20s during which he has scored 383 runs at a strike rate of 119.68 and has taken 20 wickets.

Saleem Jaffar, the PCB selector, told reporters: "Both Razzaq and Malik have the ability to strengthen team before the World T20 because of their experience and ability in this version and that is why they have been selected.

"Razzaq is a useful cricketer and we felt he can play a good role in upcoming matches against the tough South African side. Although he is not in the same touch with his bowling, his batting can be very useful especially in Twenty20 and in conditions such as in UAE."

With the return of the two experienced allrounders, the younger players, who had been given chances over the last five months, have been pushed out, with only Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Amin left in the team from the group.

Umar Akmal, who was added to the one-day squad in the UAE after missing out on the tour to Zimbabwe, has been added to the T20 squad and will take up the role of the wicketkeeper. Zulfiqar Babar was ruled out of selection because of the hand-injury he suffered during the recently concluded Test series.

Jaffar said there were no concerns about Akmal's glovework and believes he can be a long-term option. "We don't feel he is a part-time wicketkeeper particularly in Twenty20. He is looking comfortable and happy in this role. Our experience with him in ODIs is also positive. He can get a permanent role as a wicketkeeper in T20s."

Squad Mohammad Hafeez (capt), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal (wk), Umar Amin, Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Abdul Razzaq, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Malik, Abdur Rehman

In: Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Akmal, Abdur Rehman

Out: Asad Ali, Anwar Ali, Haris Sohail, Zulfiqar Babar, Sarfraz Ahmed

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

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  • on November 12, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Pakistan should look to open with good solid openers in the T20 internationals. i think for T20's pakistan should oph Ahmad Shahzad and Shahid Afridi. these 2 can give a good start and then solid batting throuhout the innings. From the squad chosen for the 2 t20's against South Africa, the playing Xi I would have is: (going in order) Ahmad Shahzad Shahid Afridi Sohaib Maqsood Umar Akmal (WK) Shoaib Malik Abdul Razzaq Mohammad Hafeez (C) Abdur Rehaman Saeed Ajmal Junaid Khan Mohammad Irfan

  • immy25 on November 12, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Just dont understand the concept of making Hafeez captain of t20 team.He is definitely a good bowler but he is of no use as a batsman.Pak need to select him only as a bowler. Making Ajmal t20 captain would be good idea.

  • Sachit1979 on November 12, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    I agree with the idea of opening with Abdul Razzaq. Pakistan is going to play 4 T20 matches against SA now. If this idea clicks then Razzaq could take up regular opening role in ODI format also. Pakistan desperately needs firepower in batting departments. Only consistent Misbah or one two odd performances from Shehzad aur Maqsood may not help. It's time for Pakistan to look all rounder options beyond Hafeez and Afridi. Both are as good as bowling all rounders.

  • Naqash123 on November 11, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    i think that shahid afrdi must open with abdul razzaq in both t20's then the runs will come quickly for pakistan in the first 6 overs.

  • on November 11, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Abdul Razzak is best allrounder

  • saeedia on November 11, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Misbah- Should be out from Pak team. He is not reliable cricketer or niter good captain

  • on November 10, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    the two legends are come back now the whole world of cricket will see Pakistan team becomes a new winning squad just see.......

  • alizafar_1108 on November 10, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    what the hell , why to include two veterans in the t-20 format ? These two Razzaq and Malik has passed their prime time , Razzaq is pathetic with his fielding and when he come for bat game is almost over he just have to hit no matter what .

    Malik have lost his touch with the bat many chances were given to him but he seems like completely out of touch. PCB should try fresh legs in this kind of formate pick boys from domestic circuit who are not over 22 years of age so they could be handy for 50 over formate in the future, forget about winning t-20 games , these games are damaging our cricket big time we should focus on Test and 50 overs formate , we need some one who could think for the future these short term solutions cannot help us .

  • on November 10, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    i dont know why Umer Amin is always there what r u looking to get from him in my views he is nothing............

  • on November 9, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    Pakistan Should have picked Sohaib Maqsood, Shoib Malik and Abdur Razaq from the first ODI, and also for the T20's. It is very necessary for them to have such experience players like Younus Khan in ODI's as well. I would like to recommend the below team for T20's. 1- Mohammad Hafeez 2-Mohammad Shahzad 3- Sohaib Mazsood 4- Nasir Jamshed- 5- Shoib Malik 6- Umar Akmal 7- Shahed Afridi 8- Abdur Razaq 9- Saeed Ajmal 10- Mohammad Irfan/ Sohail Tanvir 11- Junaid Khan.

    Note: onething to remind you all that Imran Nazeer is very important for Pakistan T20's.

    Thanks everybody,

  • on November 12, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Pakistan should look to open with good solid openers in the T20 internationals. i think for T20's pakistan should oph Ahmad Shahzad and Shahid Afridi. these 2 can give a good start and then solid batting throuhout the innings. From the squad chosen for the 2 t20's against South Africa, the playing Xi I would have is: (going in order) Ahmad Shahzad Shahid Afridi Sohaib Maqsood Umar Akmal (WK) Shoaib Malik Abdul Razzaq Mohammad Hafeez (C) Abdur Rehaman Saeed Ajmal Junaid Khan Mohammad Irfan

  • immy25 on November 12, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Just dont understand the concept of making Hafeez captain of t20 team.He is definitely a good bowler but he is of no use as a batsman.Pak need to select him only as a bowler. Making Ajmal t20 captain would be good idea.

  • Sachit1979 on November 12, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    I agree with the idea of opening with Abdul Razzaq. Pakistan is going to play 4 T20 matches against SA now. If this idea clicks then Razzaq could take up regular opening role in ODI format also. Pakistan desperately needs firepower in batting departments. Only consistent Misbah or one two odd performances from Shehzad aur Maqsood may not help. It's time for Pakistan to look all rounder options beyond Hafeez and Afridi. Both are as good as bowling all rounders.

  • Naqash123 on November 11, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    i think that shahid afrdi must open with abdul razzaq in both t20's then the runs will come quickly for pakistan in the first 6 overs.

  • on November 11, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Abdul Razzak is best allrounder

  • saeedia on November 11, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Misbah- Should be out from Pak team. He is not reliable cricketer or niter good captain

  • on November 10, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    the two legends are come back now the whole world of cricket will see Pakistan team becomes a new winning squad just see.......

  • alizafar_1108 on November 10, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    what the hell , why to include two veterans in the t-20 format ? These two Razzaq and Malik has passed their prime time , Razzaq is pathetic with his fielding and when he come for bat game is almost over he just have to hit no matter what .

    Malik have lost his touch with the bat many chances were given to him but he seems like completely out of touch. PCB should try fresh legs in this kind of formate pick boys from domestic circuit who are not over 22 years of age so they could be handy for 50 over formate in the future, forget about winning t-20 games , these games are damaging our cricket big time we should focus on Test and 50 overs formate , we need some one who could think for the future these short term solutions cannot help us .

  • on November 10, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    i dont know why Umer Amin is always there what r u looking to get from him in my views he is nothing............

  • on November 9, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    Pakistan Should have picked Sohaib Maqsood, Shoib Malik and Abdur Razaq from the first ODI, and also for the T20's. It is very necessary for them to have such experience players like Younus Khan in ODI's as well. I would like to recommend the below team for T20's. 1- Mohammad Hafeez 2-Mohammad Shahzad 3- Sohaib Mazsood 4- Nasir Jamshed- 5- Shoib Malik 6- Umar Akmal 7- Shahed Afridi 8- Abdur Razaq 9- Saeed Ajmal 10- Mohammad Irfan/ Sohail Tanvir 11- Junaid Khan.

    Note: onething to remind you all that Imran Nazeer is very important for Pakistan T20's.

    Thanks everybody,

  • ameerquadir on November 9, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    I think pakistan management can try with three different captains for three types of international format. Misbah for test Younis or sohaib malik for ODI Hafeez for T20

  • on November 9, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    razzaq is good finisher nd he knw how to make runs nd sixes he is better frm afridi my wishes dat he afridi dsnt deserve in one day game

  • roook on November 8, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Hammad Azam should be given opportunity it is the only platform to test young players

  • on November 8, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    pak need rzaaq and malik they have ablity to score runs for his team theybowl well and good finishers

  • on November 7, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    Razzak and Malik are rejected and tried players what's the point can't the selectors get some new talent from domestic cricket!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tansar on November 7, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    You guys and all selectors, are scared to even talk about Shoib Malik? Give me one good reason, ok, even a reason why he should be in the T20. I think as long as he is in the team, it is obvious that the selection is not on merit and we cannot make a winning team.

    That's it.

  • bouncer709 on November 7, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Imran Nazir's 189 (83 balls) charged Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited to a comprehensive 109-run win by posting 367 in 41.2 overs against Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited in Islamabad. In reply, SNGPL were all out in 36 overs and Azhar Ali's hundred took them only to 258.........PCB should think about him too. As an opener he won't do worse than Hafeez and Nasir.

  • bouncer709 on November 7, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    For T20 world-cup they should make Afridi captain. after World Cup, Ahmed Shehzad should be selected as captain for T20,. Also Wktkeeper Muhammad Rizwan should be given chance and prepare him for WC2015. He is a complete batsman. He should be included in Tests too.

  • on November 7, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Hammad azam ? he got few chances, and wasted them... and those who are saying that razzaq is out of match practice, then i dont think you follow cricket.. Razzaq in his last 4 matches has made 4 fifties in a premier league ..

  • on November 7, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    No use, they are out of match practice, T20 team should be composed from the same touring team.

  • ume4 on November 7, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    i think dont shld look back, shld a step forward now misbah is gud batsman no doubt bt a defnsive captain and even he didnt preparing any youngster as next captain.and i think youngester shld be promoted rather looking razaq r shoaib nw i think umer akmal shld b promoted at no.3 and gave him free hand to play his natural game.same advice for nasir jamshed and ahmed shehzad to play their natural games rather in start just defnsng and at crucial time waste ur wicket

  • AltafPatel on November 7, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    good move by selectors. hope they completely get out of politics and make decision in favor of Pakistan cricket and their fans.

  • Crick_Expert on November 7, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    Good decision by PCB at last. PAK TEAM really needed little boom Razzak in backup to boom AFRIDI.

  • gr8-cricket on November 6, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    What a joke. Despite their poor performance, these players are being brought back.

    Congratulations selectors, keep it up. You have done a great job.

  • Pindia on November 6, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Pakistan like India need a fast bowling all rounder for the longterm. I believe this could be Wahab Riaz. He should take James Faulkner's example and take his batting to the next level. Abul Rehman should not be considered for limited overs because he cannot bat, Barbar would be a better reserve spinner. Think Razaq and Afridi have a couple of good years left, certainly up until the T20 world cup and maybe even as far as world cup 2015...

  • taslu613 on November 6, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Everyone deserve a last chance.Its good to that both of them have given a chance here.if they could prove themselves better,they could be selected in other format as well.Above all they have to play very well.

  • Pak_Guru on November 6, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Where is Hammad Azam, PCB please do not waist this talent. He need more chances, Malik is a big plus, but he can be more useful in ODI's. Razzaq should be given the new ball in T20's. All in all a good move. Still the question remains answered. Why is Hammad Azam not in the team, especially when the team badly needs an all rounder in ODI's.

  • on November 6, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    yes Mr Nauman Akthar wht you said is very much correct. Hafeez he will not give chance to Razaq, if misbha is there in team he will not chance to afridi Team should be like that for one day and T20. imran Nazir, Shazad, Hafeez, Umar Akmal,Afridi, Razaq,junaid, anwar ali,ajmal,

  • SyedArbabAhmed on November 6, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    what greats Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq did in domestic for their return?

  • on November 6, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    Nair jamshed ,mohammad Hafeez ,umar akmal ,shahid afridi ,Abdul razzaq , asad shafiq, shoaib maqsood ,junaid khan ,mohammad irfan ,wahab riaz ,shoaib Malik .

  • on November 6, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    i think pak is needed proper opening jodi nasir jamshed cant do it on fast pitches

  • on November 6, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Raza Hasan and Haris Sohail should be included instead of Abdur Rehamn and Umar Amin. Some poor decisions.. umar amin is not suited for T20 and if he did does contribute in ODI or tests either we should look somewhere else.

    Abdur rehman is economical but is not a taking wicket taker. I don't know why Raza Hasan is being ignored and why they considered a aged zulfiqar babar over him is beyond me.

    Wahab Riaz should also be forgotten for all formats, he is useless and controversial.

    Moreover if Shoaib Malik doesn't do anything useful this should be his last series.

  • SNUBB on November 6, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    Its ok to give Razzaq the chance to perform as he did well during his last outing but Shoaib malik has been tested time and again. We should mix the fresh blood with experienced players if they are performing for better results. In bowling we need to try some right arm fast bowler like Muhammad Talha or spinner who can bat as well like Hasan Raza.

  • on November 6, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Automatic Choice Batting: Hafeez, Ahmed Shahzad, U Akmal, Automatic Choice Bowling:Irfan, Junaid, Ajmal Automatic Choice Allrounders: Afridi, Razzaq

    Automatic Drop: Tanvir Now u have to play 3 out of Malik, Rehman, U Amin, Sohaib Maqsood, Jamshed

    I recommend Jamshed, Malik and Amin to strengthen batting as we will have 7 world class bowlers and 8 batsmen.

    Batting order should be: Ahmed Shahzad, Jamshed, Hafeez,U Akmal, Razzaq, U Amin, Malik, Afridi, Ajmal, Junaid, Irfan

  • on November 6, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Happy to see Malik and Razzaq back in the Pakistan team. Hope they can deliver like they used to. If they show good form, their experience would be valuable for the next ODI world cup for Pakistan. As we have seen from Misbah, experience does help. Good luck both!!

  • siabbasi on November 6, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    Nice to see politics put to rest for the sake of team and sports and nation.

    Welcome Sir Abdul Razzaq. Fire some big ones.....

  • on November 6, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    I am pretty sure that Hafeez is not going to give Razzaq a chance to play, we have less players and more politics in the team. The system needs to be evaluated first, you can't go in with players accusing each other. I am a great fan of Razzaq, and I love to watch him play.

  • Cric_bhai on November 6, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    Wow. Now this is some fire hitting squad and appropriate for this version of game. I really feel sorry for Haris Sohail but can't pin-point anybody in this squad whom he could replace. Good luck and Looking forward to fire crackers!!

  • Zeroplus on November 6, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    When they are not able to do anything in there young age what they'l do now. I think they don't have any other options therefore the selectors have think of placing old donkeys in to play as they have nothing to loss now.

  • on November 6, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    MESSAGE TO PCB, Why the hell is Mr.Malik in the squad he is a fail if Pakistan cricket ever wants to get somewhere they need too ban Shoaib Malik,Imran Farhat,Kamran Akmal,and maybe even Wahab riaz all these players just get a spot on the team with out even working hard.You should never have something just given to you and even after that they don't preform .

  • on November 6, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    Best Of Luck to Pakistan for their T20 match against South Africa,today.I am going to watch it.

  • on November 6, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    Very very balanced side. Although I would like harris sohail around too. I think harris should also be given proper chance in odi and tests as well. After a long time I like the look of a Pakistan side. I think we should stick with this group of players adding babar, rizwan and harris. Sohaib should also be given s chance in odi

  • D-Ascendant on November 6, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    Wait... So what has Azhar Mahmood done wrong that he didn't get picked?

  • Chaudry_Cricket on November 5, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    On what basis do Abdul Razzaq and Shoaib Malik merit their selections. Razzaq recently in an interview blasted Hafeez and Misbah so how can we expect team harmony if things get ugly. Abdur Rehman should be left in the test squad and not chosen for any other format.

    Raza Hasan, Hammad Azam, Haris Sohail would have been the better choices. Tabish Khan should have been tested out. Junaid and Irfan should be kept away from the t20 format let them focus on test and odi. Overall a dissapointing selection.

  • 14.08.1947 on November 5, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    Best playing 11: 1) Shezad 2) Razzaq 3) Malik 4) Akmal+ 5)Shoaib Maqsood 6)Afridi 7)JAMSHED 8)Hafeez 9)Tanvir 10)Irfan 11) Ajmal...... Jamshed is strugglin at the moment, but it doesnt mean he should be dropped. He need to gain more confidence so he might be useful in the end of the innings, because he can play good strokes. Hafeez should be also in the ODI Format play at the No.7!!! Razzaq and Malik should show their potential.....

  • on November 5, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    Thankfully you guys put Abdul Razzaq

  • Haz95 on November 5, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    I think this is good for a one last hurrah. Razzaq and Malik need to prove that they are world class, not perform one day, get out for less than 5 the next 5 or so. To be honest, I for one am seeing Hammad Azam as our future fast bowler all rounder. It's sad what they are doing with Haris Sohail and Shoaib Maqsood. The highly overrated Umar Amin is being given a lot of chance, make sure it isn't 1 too many. Maqsood on his debut smashed 1 four and 2 sixes, it's just a minute cameo of what's to come in his, what seems to be, brigt future. 1.Ahmed Shehzad, 2.Nasir Jamshed, 2. Muhammad Hafeez, 4.Umar Akmal,5. Shoaib Maqsood, 6.Abdul Razzaq 7. Hammad Azam 8,Shahid Afridi(just for bowling),.9. Saeed ajmal 9.Junaid Khan, 10. MOHAMMED AMIR(but for now Mohammed Irfan, who's good too.)

  • on November 5, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    Not impressed with this, Asad, Anwar and Haris have done nothing wrong, in fact they haven't even been given a chance!!!! Why does Pakistan continue to persist with players who have failed time and time again? Nasir is out of touch and Umar Amin has not proved himself. Pakistani select need to stop teasing the youngsters by taking them on tour and not playing them because when the time comes we are gonna find that when they do come in they will not have been groomed properly.

  • t20cric on November 5, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    A few mistakes in this selection. Zulfiqar should have been in the squad instead of Rehman but Zulfiqar is injured so it makes sense. Anwar Ali deserved a spot far more then U. Amin. Anwar playing under the wing of Razzaq may have been groomed by this oppurtunity. As for Haris Sohail I dont know what PCB are doing with him he often makes it to a squad then is given 1 or no chance and then is dropped regardless of how good he played. BY doing this PCB are making sure that every last bit of his confidence is shattered and they are destroying a great talent.

    On the other hand happy to see Razzaq, Malik and U. Akmal in and Sarfraz out. Razzaq and Malik seem like they may only be good for t20s now so might as well keep playing t20s until retirement.

    My XI: 1.Nasir Jamshed, 2.Ahmed Shehzad, 3.Mohammad Hafeez, 4.Umar Akmal, 5.Sohaib Maqsood, 6.Shoaib Malik, 7.Abdul Razzaq, 8.Shahid Afridi, 9.Sohail Tanvir/JUnaid Khan, 10.Saeed Ajmal, 11.Mohammad Irfan. I just hope Hafeez can forgive Razzaq

  • on November 5, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    I think its a very good decision to include abdul razzaq in the team, At this stage Pakistani team definitely needs a fast bowling all rounder in t20 and ODI both...This will create a good depth in Pakistan batting which is failing these days!!

  • on November 5, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Haris Sohail got the raw deal, should have been persisted with. He is a good prospect for Pakistan in the future

  • on November 5, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    very difficult to pick a starting 11 anyway here goes nothing.... 1) Nasir Jamshed 2) Ahmed Shehzad 3) Mohammad Hafeez 4) Shoaib Malik 5) Umar Akmal 6) Abdul Razzaq 7) Shahid Afridi 8) Saeed Ajmal 9) Sohail Tanveer 10) Junaid Khan 11) Mohammad Irfan If anyone fails one game they should be replaced straight away with youngsters to give them a chance. Atleast one of the games they should play new youngsters! Go team Green, Go Pak!!!!!!

  • on November 5, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    guys zulfiqar Baber aha injured hand that y he is not included in the team. I m disappointed not to see either Hammad Azam nor Anwar Ali in the squad.One of them must be in the side to replace A.Razzaq in future. Pakistan fails to find. replacement of A.Razzaq that's y he is once again included in the squad Azam & Anwar may replace him if groomed properly.

  • on November 5, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    i never understand our Pakistani fans. only 11 players can play in a team keep razaq keep shoaib keep ahmed keep keep keep keep.. give a chance to young blood. Razaq was good shoaib was good i respect all the players. somehow they did something somewhere for pakistan. but see indian team ghambir sehwaq everyone out not chance for them now...

  • on November 5, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Bad decision letting go of Zulfiqar Babar - I think he did really well in the last two series.

    My playing X:

    1) Ahmed Shahzad 2) Nasir Jamshed 3) Muhammad Hafeez 4) Shoaib Maqsood 5) Umer Akmal 6) Abdul Razzaq 7) Boom Boom 8) The Magician 9) Sohail Tanvir 10) Junaid Khan 11) Muhammad Irfan

  • on November 5, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Very balance and talented side has been selected by selectors although some name are still debate able but on the paper it looks a strong and balance T20 team. Good to see "Finisher" Abdur Razzaq back In the side as he will give some stability to Pakistan fragile batting lineup especially towards the end of inning.He is not a self motivator so it is captain responsibility to give confidence and proper backing to extract best out of his bowling & batting.If Hafeez do so than I believe A.Razzaq would display his best performance in upcoming T20. Inclusion of Malik in the side maybe the fruit of his strong performance in Caribbean league but it is very difficult to him to claim his place in playing 11 as Green shirts have already to many spinning allrounders in the side. Shuaib Maqsood must be the part of the team as he showed his talent and potential in Zimbabwe tour. So it is a tough ask to select final eleven for the tour selection comitee.

  • on November 5, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Extremely happy to see razaq back in team. My favorite player

  • s381769 on November 5, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    My playing XI: Nasir Jamshed, Ahmad Shahzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Abdul Razzak, Umar Amin, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan. Bunch of Batsmen and Allrounders.

  • on November 5, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    Whats the point of doing this? Younger players should be groomed and given chances. These guys are yesterdays news. Can they play in the 2015 world cup?

  • Omarrz on November 5, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    thank God to see Razzaq back in the squad. But will he be included in the XI? A big question mark. Just what we saw in the last T20, Yasir was constantly given precedence over Razzaq.

    Please include Razzaq in the ODI team as well. Pak need a fast/medium bowling allrounder.

  • tiger_fahad on November 5, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    @ Uzaur Yousuf: your team combination is not that good as you think it is, you have played too many bowlers in this, there is no need of zulfiqar in the presence of afridi, ajmal, and M.Hafeez, instead a batsman should be included as our batting is the weaker link, secondly sohaib maqsood is not an opner instead nasir should be there with ahmad shahzad or even imran nazir can be included in the t20 format, sohaib maqsood should be there but in the middle order

  • on November 5, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Cant wait to see Razzaq play again , hope they let Soqaib play!!

  • on November 5, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Razzaq one of the best players in Pakistan

  • on November 5, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    wow its great decsion to pick A razzaq ,he is real match winner and hope he get setteled with hafeez now..also i am very hopefull that razzaq perfroms and find the place in the ODI as well that will be great adavantage in upcoming world cup..pakistani team really need a match finisher these days and A razzaq know how to finish the match..Goog luck A razzaq.

  • on November 5, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    well I feel PCB should learn from bcci . give youngsters ample chance . look forward PCB. look at the examples of bcci . they are thinking about future by not including sehwag gambhir bcoz u have to back younsters doesnt matter if they win or loose. well t20 is young blood game not for 34 yr oldies. surprised by pcb

  • bouncer709 on November 5, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    @hamaadqureshi: the youngsters who were given chance what they did? I think they should have dropped Umer Amin too, you are right soon we will see Imran farhat and Kamran Akmal too, though I don't want them to be back in the team, but yet I think they are better than their young replacement, Shan Masood and Sarfraz Ahmed. Razzaq is better than Wahab Riaz, and Shoib Malik is better than Umer Amin. If youngster is deserving no one can block his way, whenever he get chance he will prove, but so far I don't see any youngster proving too good to replace seniors.

  • ispaewbi on November 5, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    Awesome News. Abdul Razzaq needs to be in the team; not only for T20 format but ODIs as well. I'm glad they resolved their differences.

    We've got T20 covered but we desperately need full-time all-rounders in ODI. I still can't understand the mediocre players like Wahab and Sohail selection in the team while players like Junaid, Anwar and Adul Razzaq are available. Pakistan needs to play an extra batsmen, ideally an all-rounder in ODI squad. Don't know when will they learn to select a balanced team.

    I am all for giving new players a chance and not entirely sure about Malik but with young players not taking any responsibility out in the field, he could be a good fit and mentor.

  • on November 5, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    its great pak bring back razaq, he is a match winner.. not sure about Mr Malik hit and miss.. would like to see amar back in pak set up.. hopefully very soon .

  • shoeb1 on November 5, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Good to see razzak in the team Pakistan .

  • on November 5, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    I really appreciate this positive step from Pakistan cricket, after a long a time i ll see a balance team an of-course wish to see Abdul Razaq going in Action................. one more senior player Mr Muhammad Yosaf the legend

  • on November 5, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Very happy on the selection of Malik & Razzaq hope both of them perform well and find a permanent place in the Pakistan side, specially for the forthcoming T20 World Cup and Sri Lanka series.

    All the best Malik & Razzaq

  • Baba_Sehgal on November 5, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Even though he's only a shadow of his former self, Shoaib Malik is still 10x better than Hafeez as an all-rounder. Abdul Razzaq is a legend and Pakistan will have a very difficult time finding a replacement for him. Anwar Ali is the only prospect that could be groomed into taking up the fast bowling all-rounder role eventually. Please keep Hafeez limited to T20's only, and replace him with Shoaib Malik in ODIs. When Raza Hassan is fit to play, PCB should drop Afridi from ODIs for good and bring Raza Hassan in.

  • am5786 on November 5, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    They should have kept Zulfiqar as he bowled well in T20I he has played, a very positive sign in a return of Razzaq though I am not sure about Malik it is so so, Hafeez has no place as a batsman but he is captain so Malik may not find a place in team. I still don't get it how come Amin is not even part of every team without any significance performance but he is included in the team, Sohaib deserves a place instead of him in the middle order.

  • SwingReverse on November 5, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Malik & Razzaq in for Zulfiqar & Haris Sohail!?!?! Are we preparing for a tournament in the past? This has got to stop...I see no meaningful titles coming to Pakistan with such team selection.

  • on November 5, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    this has been the worst selection by far in recent times. Razzaq and Malik have had their good days but now Pakistan needs some new energetic blood. Bangladesh should have served as a good example of trying out youngsters. Old players like these are the major hindrance towards the development of Pakistan team. A very ppor decision by the selectors. I thought Mr.Najam Sethi would have revolutionised Pakistan cricket instead its just goes worse by every decision. Time for a compete over haul of the PCB. Its a complete disgrace

  • on November 5, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Finally PCB takes a step to make things right! Both players NEED the team and the team NEEDS them (Their BEST)! Its time for them to Prove their worth. to payback the team for which they have been trained for since long. You train PLAYERS for years. and when its time for them to train the youth, discard them? Both the players are Needed for T20 WC and ODI WC. A new team is never formulated 1 year before the WC or a Mega event. Mega events always demand EXPERIENCE. Formulate the team with youngsters from the next month of WC. Don't care for win or loss! but need to be sensible in selection. Unbiased! 1 or 2 youngsters are included to give them experience, not 5 or 6. Ahmed Shahzad, Nasir Jamshed, Umar Akmal are sheer talent and bright prospects of the game for PAK. LOOK at how they started and what we have made them today? COACH must Guide their flight. NOT Restrict them! Polish their Natural game. Not force them. Its not the GUN its the MAN behind the GUN.

  • hamaadqureshi on November 5, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    It is a circus going on. First they select them for T20s and they will 20 odd runs and take 1 or 2 wickets, and get in the ODI team as well, thus blocking deserving youngsters. They have done nothing to get selected. Now get ready to watch kamran and imran farhat playing in next series.

  • on November 5, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    positive step taken by Pakistan best of luck for both of you

  • on November 5, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Finally some positive decision by PCB selectors but I don't get why Sohaib Malik needs to be in team. his previous performance reflects his fitness and form. Does he needs to be in team seriously selectors? In my opinion the best T.20 line up is (1) Ahmed Shezad (2) Shoaib Maqsood (3) Muhammad Hafeez (4) Umar Akmal (5) Asad Shafiq (6) Abdul Razzaq (7) Shahid Afridi (8) Saeed Ajmal (9) Junaid Khan (10) Zulfiqar Babar (11) Muhammad Irfan

    The proposed team has perfect combination with batting depth and sloggers, at the same time various bowling options. I hope these PCB selectors get some sense in them and start preparing team for T 20 world cup without favoritism. Correct if I'm wrong and criticisms will be highly appreciated.

  • Ibrarhunzai on November 5, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    These T20's should have been played before the ODI series so that performers of t20's could be inducted the ODI squad.

  • likeintcricket on November 5, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    I am not really sure of Razzak. He used to be a wonderful allrounder but due to ill treatment by the selectors he has become a spent force. I don't expect him to perform any miracle. His bowling could become a burdon on Pakistan. Afridi, Malik, Ajmal, hafiz and a fast bowler are enough to subdue South Africans.

  • on November 5, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Congrats Razzaq & Shoaib bhai...:)

  • on November 5, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Anyone who's criticizing the move to bring back Abdul Razzaq into T20's is ignorant of the fact that pakistan had won T20 due to Performances of Abdul Razzaq as an all-rounder and Afridi as a bowler(more then a batsman) and Younis khan's tailored captainship and the reason Abdul Razzaq was left out of team is because of his statement and NOT based on his performances, so very blind statements of critics whom not understanding the move is out of their biased rational and not able to understand cricket.

  • on November 5, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    shoaib is a good batsman.his avg is also good.so alway take him on squad

  • on November 5, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    WOW thanks to PCB for bringing back Abdul Razzaq though the discrimination he's faced after his comment in regards to Mr hafeez wasnt the right thing to pakistan cricket itself and to Mr Abdul Razzaq and Hope so he will be back into ODI's too insha allah as pakistan has never had any all-rounder of his calibre and he seems the only one standing out as a all-rounder from pakistan cricket from more then a decade Allah willing good move by pcb THANKS.

  • on November 5, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    it is a good move.we need shoaib and razzaq like match winners even imran nazir 2.b/c we see the result of including of young players in Zimbabwe series .world t20 cup is near and we need our best eleven.

  • Wacky_Cric_Lover on November 5, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    These T20s are perfect opportunity to build our team for World T20 next year and we are ruining by including the old used and failed players. Abdul Razzaq is good but why Malik? We should give chance to youngsters. In fact PCB should have selected Misbah if they want experience and composure in the team rather than Malik.

  • on November 5, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Razzaq should be in ODI and T20, Shoaib Malik hasn't done anything since 2008, and should be left out.

  • on November 5, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Unbiased Positive thinking from selectors Abdul Razzak & Shoeb Malik to prove now,otherwise leave the room for other youngsters.A Rauf

  • Javzy on November 5, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Finally Abdul Razzaq is Back!!! In my opinion he has never had a fair chance in Pakistan cricket. Anyways Gr8 News and i hope he becomes a permanent member of the side. Malik selection is good although for last few years im not his gr8st fan however he seems to be in good form and gives options as a bowler. Go Team Pakistan. Please Retain ABDUL RAZZAQ in the Team PCB!!

  • haq33 on November 5, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Lach ferrach and others....the backward step was excluding him on the basis of a dressing room bust up in the first place. Razzaq is a true servant of Pak cricket who comes here not to politic but to play cricket and has on numerous occasions grasped victory from the jaws of defeat for Pakistan. what else do these heroes need to do to show their worth? Look at the likes of players like Katich in Aus, who has finally received some sort of acknowledgement/apology that he no doubt deserves ....too little too late of course. Just like him, it was petty politics that kept Razzaq out. And now in the twilight of his career he gets back but surely Hafeez and the board should apologise to him at the very least? It is a true reflection of Pakistani cricket that we leave quality players out to dry because of other people's egos and then cry for them when the chips are down.

  • GermanPlayer on November 5, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Nice move to bring in Abdul Razzaq. But till when are we going to go through the same old procedure of brining a dozen young players in team, not giving anyone an extended chance and then switsching back to the old ones?

  • binu.emiliya on November 5, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    PAK should use Sami Aslam and Mohammed Nawaz and Hazan Raza is anothe good spinner pair with Saeed Ajmal

  • gr8-cricket on November 5, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Pakistan will keep giving chances to the non performing players like Shoaib Malik and they will keep on facing the same results.

    These players are done with their career and youngsters need to be given chance.

  • I_amMirza on November 5, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Now Please Play Abdul Razzaq permanently. Give hi chance he will worth it.

  • keptalittlelow on November 5, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    Welcome back Abdul Razzaq good positive move by selectors ahead of T20 World Cup.

  • on November 5, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    First time ever I am happy with Selection Committee for including Abdul Razzaq; Congratulations !!!! Looking at Misbah's current T20 form, he should have been included as well to provide extra stability to vatting line up.

  • on November 5, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    This is definitely backward step. There are far too many tried and tested players who have had their days. I am afraid having players like Malik, Razzaq, Rehman, Hafeez and even Afridi is not a good sign for the future of Pakistan cricket. Why are we not giving youngsters the opportunity to play for Pakistan? Where is Hammad Azam?

  • on November 5, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    pak xi should be best with thiis... 1. Ahmad shehzad 2. Mohammad Hafeez 3. Shahid Afridi 4. Shoaib malik 5. Umar Amin 6. Umar Akmal 7. Abdul Razzaq 8. Shoaib maqsood 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Junaid Khan 11. Mohammad Irfan... No need for sohail or Abdul Rehman bcz there is Already 3 seamers and 4 spinners in the side

  • Lach-Ferragh on November 5, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    What an absolute disgrace. The world moves forward with new young talent without turning back to the constant failures, and Pakistan move backwards to the constant failures while leaving aside the young talent. ONLY IN PAKISTAN. As for those applauding this move, then either they are ignorant of how poorly these two have done in the past despite the many chances, as well as their recent mediocre first class performance, or these applauders have very little realism and vision similar to the PCB. Sad days.

  • on November 5, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Welcome back Shoaib Malik and razzaq good positive move by selectors ahead of T20 World Cup,, Haris Sohail and Zulfiqar Babar should also be included!!!

  • on November 5, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    great job, pak XI:Ahmed shehzad,muhamed hafeez(c),umar akmal(wk),umar amin,shoib malik,abdur razzaq,shahid afridi,junaid khan,abdul rehman,sayed ajmal,sohail tanvir.

    this is my opinion squad.....

  • Rashed10 on November 5, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Where is Imran Nazir? An Ideal batsman for modern T-20 cricket

  • on November 5, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    RazzaQ < I Just Luv You Bro >

  • on November 5, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Hello PCB PAKISTAN CRICKET BOARD READ THIS Malik and Razak should be in test and in all 3 venue as they are experience and dependable and i am sure they will do their best to keep their place in all the games so please keep them permanantly as your middle order batting is lacking experience players get amin and akmal out and bring experience players back thank you

  • Riz000 on November 5, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    PCb and all u Fans please answer my question why are you destroying young talent like Harris sohail?? Im happy with Abdur razzaq's return but shoiab malik will cause politics in the team i hope this is Mohmaad haffez's last t20 game and last time he is a captain i cant believe flops like hafeez are in the team unbelievable stuff

  • on November 5, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Fresh blood needed, 30 year old shouldn't be the criteria for selection

  • avmd on November 5, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Disapponited with Razzaq's inclusion. He is old, unfit, a liability in the field and has not performed at even at domestic level. No international T20 team is hiring him now. He can't bowl more than 1-2 overs and his batting has deteriorated.

  • CricketChat on November 5, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Malik is a good choice, with an excellent showing in CPL recently. Probably, the T20 is the only format he can represent Pak from now on. Not sure why Razzaq is selected now after his fallout with captain. Dropping so many youngsters at the same time doesn't seem right.

  • on November 5, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Good move to bring back Razzaq as Pak lacks power hitters down the order..His presence will be an added advantage

  • on November 5, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Ironically, the T20 team was the only of our three teams that was consistently winning - while playing with young players. Appalling and un-explainable move to bring back spent forces like Shoaib, Razzaq, A Rehman. If the selectors were forward looking at all, they should have even rested Irfan and Junaid, in acticipation of their participation in the upcoming SA series and the SL series after that. I expect this bunch of old guys to loose at least one T20 game now. Pathetic PCB and its selection committee. These guys should be kicked out a.s.a.p. Bravo IHC...

  • laho111 on November 5, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Where are Fawad alam, tabish khan, Akber rehman, anwer ali etc ... No need for Shoib malik, razzaq, umer amin, etc....

  • on November 5, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    good additions. they still have 2-3 years of cricket left in them. hopefully malik will play and not give up his wicket

  • on November 5, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    very happy for Abdur Razzaq.. Good decision to select Abdur Razzaq for T20 Series. I hope he get select for ODIs as well.. All the Best Abdur Razzaq

  • atta-ul-hai on November 5, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Hmm! Gr8 selection of squad. this t20 team looks very gd on paper. hoping that they will perform gd too.

  • on November 5, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    @kassery: you are comparing 1 st class avg of sharjeel . for odi and t20 you have to look list A stats

  • CricketFever11 on November 5, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Pakistan should target T20 world cup and future. This is a really bad move. Youngsters should have been given chance. No other options than Razzak and Malik means that Pakistan cricket is stagnating at the same position. Are not there any youngsters to carry Pakistan forward? Negative thinking will not do any good for the team. Selectors should be brave and should have a long term vision. Temporary plasters wont do any good for the team. Give Youngsters a chance this series. Al least they will perform in the next. What you would do If these guys don not perform in this series. Drop and bring youngsters in the nest series? Right. I dont know why the selectors do not have average cricket brain.

  • Kassery on November 5, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    ICCExpert, Not comparing Malik to Sharjeel Khan. Quite different roles in a T20 team. Someone commented S Khan was the best opener in Pakistan and I just made the point that with an average of 35 in first class cricket, (strike rate 79, which I admit is very good for first class cricket), that can hardly be the case. If it is, sad for Pakistan. Just have to look across the border and look at young Indian batting talent and their averages.

  • sapnil2000 on November 5, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    they need misbah in every format to win

  • xylofon on November 5, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    WE NEED NEW BATTERS! Its wonderful to see Abdur Razzaq back because he takes his inconsistency seriously (unlike Umar Akmal) and is good when it matters, just see the youtube videos, the proof is in the pudding.

    However, if PCB do not groom new batters (not just new players but specifically batters) Pak will not be able to perform for the big cups later, no matter how many series they play. Simple equation.

    For example Hammad Azam shouldnt be treated so he makes a comeback 100 times like pakistani batters usually do during a career. Instead clear the case immediately; try him PROPERLY many times to see if he has it or not and then keep him or drop him. This will allow you to move on with other players as well and find the solution for Pakistans biggest weeknes for 15 years - batting.

    Its not just the fans who deserve it, so do the bowlers! ; )

  • harrdstone on November 5, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Razzaq is of no use. He is past his prime.Gul should have been selected in his place and if Gul is unfit then a young all rounder from domestic cricketi.Surprised to see Abdul Rehman because the young left arm spinner from Sialkot Stallions,Raza Hassan had done exceptionally well for Pakistan when given a chance.

  • on November 5, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Good decision to bring back Razzaq and Malik. Both can be useful in the ODI and T20 format, especially the underrated Razzaq who due to mismanagement, did not get the backing he should have.

  • on November 5, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    a big NO on Malik's selection! If he is in, he should know that this his LAST chance! Razzaq is T20 material, he should play this format forever!

  • GoGoMastar on November 5, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Why was Babar dropped??? Read the articles more closely boys...he is injured it says!

  • Stark62 on November 5, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    @ Kassery That average of 35 by Sharjeel Khan is better than Shan Masood's and Hafeez's, plus he averages 52.81 in in one days and 29.89 in T20's.

    His one day and T20 averages are outstanding considering he is a dasher and likes to get on with the game, plus I believe his one day average is the highest currently and that to as an opener.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 5, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    @Kassery.... Shoaib Maliks avg, FC 36 and list A. 37, Sharjeel Khan FC 35 and List A. 53 with a strike rate of above 100 in all departments. Get your stats right buddy.

  • on November 5, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    most of the comments were posted before full article was published that is why many of us were not sure about zulfiqar baber.

    Over all good selection. but interesting to see playing 11. Are they going with 4 spinners as they have 3 spinning all rounders.

    Malik has always been a good domestic performer. but in last couple of years he has been poor. let us see if he makes it count this time.

    Will be hard to get in Maqsood in playing 11. They will go as usual with umar amin and senior guys.

    tough on haris sohail and anwar ali as they have not played many games but left out.

  • on November 5, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    why rehman in t20? where is raza hassan? i think selectors think about 2014 t20 world cup and picking up old faces. pakistan need new blood, like hammad azam or make uamr amin a good all rounder. (please no more spin all-rounder like malik).

  • Kassery on November 5, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Short memory! Babar split the webbing in his left hand during the Test and is not fit. Sharjeel Khan has an average of around 35 in domestic cricket. Is this the best Pakistan can do? Razzak is a good inclusion and Shoaib Malik has a calm head which also makes him a good inclusion but he must be given a chance to bowl as well. Nasir Jamshed is potentially world class but has completely lost confidence. He must be invested in for the future and dropping him will not help him or Pakistan.

  • sehgalzeeshan on November 5, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    zulfiqar babar is injured

  • TheProfPak on November 5, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    @cornered_again & Danish Shakeel: Did you read the article? It states that ZB is out due to injury. However, I would prefer Reza Hassan over AB Rehman. He was brilliant against Aussies in UAE in his debut series.

  • on November 5, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    It's outstanding to see Abdul Razzaq in the squad. He should also be pick for upcoming ODI matches & for 2015 World Cup.

  • on November 5, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    It seems PAKISTANI FANS do not follow cricket. Firstly stop murmering about Zulfiqar Babar he is out due to hand injury. Secondly, you should know the amout of talent MALIK have which was wasted by management and yet you are not producing any such talent to replace him xept Umar Akmal (who is being wasted by giving Wicket Keeping). Plus MALIK is brilliant in every domestic tournament far above any other young talent.

  • on November 5, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    For all "analysts" debating how can they drop Zulfiqar babar, please read the whole article once before commenting; It is clearly written that: "Zulfiqar Babar was ruled out of selection because of the hand-injury he suffered during the recently concluded Test series."

    All in all a good selection, from available pool of players..!!

  • Stark62 on November 5, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Zulfiqar Babar was sensational against the Windies and was great against Zimb too, so why is he dropped?

    Also, where is Gul?!?!

    Just when I thought Malik would never return, he gets his one millionth chance and Hammad is the future of Pak, plus a viable replacement for Razzaq but unfortunately, he is not being given a chance.

  • on November 5, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    Not a fan of Malik -- At this stage though, it is a sound decision. I think Pakistan will win t20 series.

  • on November 5, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    good selection only i would zulfiqar should have been in , but no problem with the squad bcoz abdur rehman is also a good player

  • somethingdifferent on November 5, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Wait till we see Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal back in the next couple of series.

  • alipk52 on November 5, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Ohh here comes my Pakistan's most favorite player Abdul Razzaq, without any doubt we are in serious need of him since this year...Heartiest welcome to you...finally something good happened for Pakistan cricket, even if he don't score big, i can say he's still remain big asset of Pakistan cricket right now, though i am not happy with the re inclusion of Malik, Need to throw in some deserving new talent from domestic, there are plenty if you believe me, despite poor performances by current batting line (excluding Misbah and Umar akmal) our selectors from past 3 years keep on choosing same players in different series, this is the reason of serious demise of our batting line, Razzaq at least should be included in all 3 forms of the games. He is only clean hitter in the team! no Afridi no amin ever again.

  • somethingdifferent on November 5, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Shoaib Malik is back ! Boy he must be very well connected.

  • on November 5, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    A great Selection ! hats off to the selector ! Marvelous Abdul Razzak is Back !! I BET !!1 TEAM PAKISTAN WINNING THIS T20 !

  • on November 5, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    that will not prove a best team. i would go with hafeez, nasir,ahmed, umar akmal, afridi, maqsood, razaq, tanvir, junaid, irfan, ajmal, ahmed, baber, raza hassan

  • ICCexpert.... on November 5, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    why is Jamsheed and Amin been given so many chances ? We have Sharjeel Khan and he is the best opener in Pakistan(i think one of the best on the world), hwere is Hammad Azam and Raza Hassan ? when will we give preference to talent?

  • cornered_again on November 5, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    why is zulifiqar Babar out?

  • on November 5, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    malik should not be a part of team .and how come zulfiqar baber out? he was man of series in his t20 series .even misbah is better than malik. and haris is also a very talented batsman. i ask why they not slect raza.

  • binu.emiliya on November 5, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Welcome Abdul Razzak , he is my favourit cricketer in PAK team , good job PAK selectors

  • Z.Saleem on November 5, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Happy for Razzaq to ba back but Malik should be kept out as he is worthless.

  • on November 5, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    I simply don't understand why Zulfiqar Babar is dropped from the squad.He gave good performance in Zimbabwe tour both with the ball and with the bat.I must say poor selection

  • mzm149 on November 5, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    No Anwar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed.

    @Faizan Khan must be sad. Where are you?

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on November 5, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Interesting to see how they make playing 11 from this squad. 4 all-rounders including captain himself will be part of the squad I think, Hafeez, Afridi, Razzaq, Malik. I want to see Shoaib Masood in playing 11 and Nasir Jamshed shouldn't be part of squad let alone making it to playing 11 and last but not the least its injustice with Zulifqar Babar he should be in the squad and Umar Ameen should have been dropped.

  • on November 5, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Raza Hasan could have been a good choice instead of Abdur Rehman. Good to see Razzaq is back in the team but playing under the captaincy of Hafeez is the main problem for Razzaq. And i must say i really feel for poor Haris Shail, this young lad hasn't given many chances to prove himself yet.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 5, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    why Malik is back ? why not Sharjeel Khan ? And Raza Hassan instead of Rehman.

  • on November 5, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    I dnt know on what basis, selector select these two players, Pakistan's T20 squad is very impressive and improving the team ranking, youngsters are feeling secure and confident my sealing the victory on some very good teams but now again they want to change the squad to disturb the batting order. And the result will be they start losing their ranking. Shoib Malik never improved his blowing and batting is only agaist weak teams or in leagure and domastic while Razak play good knocks occasionally. May God give some sense to selectors who never look to polish their youngsters.

  • huhohuhohuho on November 5, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    firstly not good selection. i can understand razzaq but y shoaib malik he has failed many times and always gives the same excuses his career shows this. i dont understan what haris sohail has done to get dropped from both t 20 and odi side. Secondly zulfiqar was not selected because of his hand injury. the team should be jamshed,ahmed,hafeez,sohaib,amin,umar,afridi,razzaq,tanvir,irfan,ajmal

  • Muddassar_Baig on November 5, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    It is really good to see that Abdul Razzaq is finally selected for t20s.... Hope he will perform good and approve his right selection for this format...Wish to see him in final 11...

  • Hassan_U on November 5, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    THE T20 STAR ABDUL RAZZAZ IS BACK ....hope to see him in the ODI side too.

  • on November 5, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Oh Thank God!!!They are back.They are the most senior players of the pakistani side they should be regularly a part of t20 odi and test side !!!

  • qaaaaasiiiiimmmmmmm on November 5, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    shoaib malik should be out.If u want to give youngster a chance,then haris sohail is the man,not umar amin.What nonsence is it not to put zulfiqar babar.Where is Raza Hassan?i think raza hassan better than rehman

  • on November 5, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Finally Abdul Razzaq is back. One of the best finishers Masha Allah. Can't wait to see him in action.

  • on November 5, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Also select Razzaq for the remaining ODIs.

  • Shahbaz_Alam on November 5, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    thank you selectors for selection of Abdul Razzaq Plz give them proper chance i.e. all four T20s i.e. in UAE and in SA too. Mr. Hafeez plz utlize the best out of Razzaq and Malik Thank you

  • on November 5, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Looks like Pakistan team is now looking to go with experience rather than giving youngsters more chances, All those who are left are youngsters and those who are in are the experienced campaigners , looks like they are building a very experienced team for next years WORLD T20.

  • Rahul_78 on November 5, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    And the Pak selection circus rattles along. How many chances did the dropped guys get? Particularly Haris and Babar. If you dont give chances to youngsters even to fail at the job how do you expect them to learn and grow in the role. I am a neutral but it pains me to see Pakistan with all its mercurial talents and passionate supporters fail to evolve into a world class team and have to leave with the tag of mercurial and inconsistent. Malik has had ample opportunities in the past but hasnt lived up to his potential. His record is ordinary. Wouldn't it be wise to groom youngsters in his spot for future. Tomorrow with new board chief and new selection committee even few more of the current lot will be shown the door. MSD is an admired skipper in Pakistan but you should remember he has a habit of backing the youngsters to the hilt and to give them chance to learn on the job. With the ocean of talent in Pak if selection priorities are set right some new world beaters will surely emerge.

  • on November 5, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Shaun Pollock correctly predicted that Malik and Razzaq will return to the T20 side against SA last week on a TV show.

  • on November 5, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Abdul Razzk is Assets of Pakistan. final 11 should be 1-Hafeez 2-Shehzad 3-Maqsood 4-Akmal 5-Malik 6-Afridi 7-Razzak 8-Ajmal 9-Junaid 10-Irfan 11-Rehman.

  • on November 5, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    i think raza hassan beter than rehman in this format of cricket

  • on November 5, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    These 2 players should also play regularly in ODIs and Tests to take some burden out of Misbah's shoulders

  • on November 5, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    The Pakistani team is definitely complete now but I don't get on what basis were these players selected? The "recent matches" performance is pretty modest for both these players. And I would like to Haris Sohail come in instead of Malik or Umar Amin.

  • romirom on November 5, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    same old story for selection. Malik is good only for domestic cricket. Razak is to old for cum back. Should give proper chance to young player.

  • Ghazanfarr on November 5, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    hi, its pleasure for pakistani fans for come back of Razzaq, he is great all rounder but Pakistan could not use his ability. we hop he wil perform and create his permanent place in Pakistan squad. May Allah help him.

  • Rabiulhasan on November 5, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Zulfiqar Babar out ! why ?

  • on November 5, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    What utter nonsense to include Malik!!! He is the biggest HAS BEEN of the cricketing world along with Imran Farhat. Can't stand this!!! He is no allrounder, because he never bowls, because he is not needed to. Better to include a specialist batsman or bowler. Where is to logic of excluding Babar...!!!

  • on November 5, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Finally Razzaq is back,, Thank God .. Hope he does his best to return to ODI Squad as well . .

  • karny1 on November 5, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    why Shoaib Malik again???

    Why cant the Pakistan selectors move on and try different players instead of returning back to the same old individuals who have failed time and time again.

  • on November 5, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    realy gud to see raaza bhai back in da team... hope he wil perform well in t20 to retain his place :)

  • on November 5, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    I hope they play Razzaq and Malik now, they can play an essential part in the upcoming T20 WC.

  • Z.Saleem on November 5, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    why to leave Babar out, after good performances they should have retained him instead of the ever non-performing Malik or Rehman

  • on November 5, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    the "Dhoom Dhoom" abddul razaq back into green shirts.. good to see..

  • on November 5, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    razaq is back which is good but malik? malik is always a good domestic performer but he has failed on intl level in recent past. any way hope he makes it count this time.

    harsh on likes of haris sohail, anwar ali.

    and how come zulfiqar baber out? he was man of series in his t20 series . i guess with ajmal, afridi, hafeez, malik in , baber would have not made in playing 11.

    i would go with hafeez, nasir,ahmed, umar akmal, afridi, maqsood, razaq, tanvir/malik, junaid, irfan, ajmal

  • on November 5, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Proteas! get ready for sweep in T20s.

  • on November 5, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    No need to bring Malik, Misbah Should be included

  • rise_of_the_ashes on November 5, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Good to see Razzaq & Malik back... Now Mr.Hafeez please select them in final 11 or else they will be dropped in next series without a chance...

  • on November 5, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    abdul razzaq now its perfect team

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  • on November 5, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    abdul razzaq now its perfect team

  • rise_of_the_ashes on November 5, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Good to see Razzaq & Malik back... Now Mr.Hafeez please select them in final 11 or else they will be dropped in next series without a chance...

  • on November 5, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    No need to bring Malik, Misbah Should be included

  • on November 5, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Proteas! get ready for sweep in T20s.

  • on November 5, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    razaq is back which is good but malik? malik is always a good domestic performer but he has failed on intl level in recent past. any way hope he makes it count this time.

    harsh on likes of haris sohail, anwar ali.

    and how come zulfiqar baber out? he was man of series in his t20 series . i guess with ajmal, afridi, hafeez, malik in , baber would have not made in playing 11.

    i would go with hafeez, nasir,ahmed, umar akmal, afridi, maqsood, razaq, tanvir/malik, junaid, irfan, ajmal

  • on November 5, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    the "Dhoom Dhoom" abddul razaq back into green shirts.. good to see..

  • Z.Saleem on November 5, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    why to leave Babar out, after good performances they should have retained him instead of the ever non-performing Malik or Rehman

  • on November 5, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    I hope they play Razzaq and Malik now, they can play an essential part in the upcoming T20 WC.

  • on November 5, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    realy gud to see raaza bhai back in da team... hope he wil perform well in t20 to retain his place :)

  • karny1 on November 5, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    why Shoaib Malik again???

    Why cant the Pakistan selectors move on and try different players instead of returning back to the same old individuals who have failed time and time again.