Pakistan v South Africa, 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi November 8, 2013

When Afridi turned captain

Plays of the day from the fourth ODI between Pakistan and South Africa in Abu Dhabi
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Drop of the day
Quinton de Kock has Mohammad Hafeez to thank for the part he played in helping the 20-year-old notch up his maiden international century. De Kock's old weakness outside the off stump combined with his youthful impatience was exposed by Sohail Tanvir at the beginning of the fourth over. Tanvir offered a good-length ball with a bit of width, de Kock flashed and edged but Hafeez at first slip, spilled the ball as he tried to take it with fingers pointing upwards. De Kock was on 2 at the time and made the most of his opportunity, going on to record his first ton on the biggest stage. 

Pushiness of the day
Shahid Afridi used to be Pakistan's captain but isn't any more and he seemed to forget that in a moment of excitement when he was convinced he had Faf du Plessis lbw. The slider rapped the No. 3 on the front pad but Afridi's exuberant appeal was turned down. Without waiting to see what anyone else thought, Afridi began signally for a review, making the T-shaped sign every which way he could. Misbah-ul-Haq was considering what to do as Afridi persisted with the gesture and eventually his hand was forced into sending the decision upstairs. Replays showed the ball clipping the outside of leg stump and the umpire's call standing. 

Shot of the day
Ryan McLaren's lower-order hitting does not get much recognition but he starred yet again, in a 52-run stand with JP Duminy to push South Africa over 250. His best shot came off the last ball when Tanvir missed the yorker and the length was McLaren's steering wheel to drive. He got underneath the ball and smacked it through extra cover with merciless timing to end South Africa's innings with force. 

Words of the day
Dale Steyn enjoys getting the better of Hafeez, perhaps partly because he has done so on so many occasions. He did not get the opportunity to get stuck into Hafeez in the previous match because Steyn was not given the new ball. So when he was this time, he took the chance to make the Pakistan opener feel uncomfortable, even though Hafeez did not face him at first. Steyn was "non-abusive", in the words of the commentator, with Hafeez immediately after the one ball Hafeez faced in Steyn's second over but before he could continue the conversation, the umpires stumped in and told Steyn to pipe down.

Wicketkeeper in fielder's clothing
One of the arguments against de Villiers keeping wickets is founded on his ability to contribute in the field and he showed why that was the case today. When Hafeez nudged the ball to him in the covers, de Villiers gathered quickly and threw almost as he picked it up to de Kock. Shehzad tried to beat the throw and almost did but his bat bounced in the air to find him short of his crease. Pakistan lost their first wicket through mere carelessness and one fielder's unmatched ability to anticipate.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on November 12, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    dear pak friends for god sake please spare the cricket lovers around the world of afridi torture how long will you guys bare with him for fastest hunderd made million yrs ago. pak has worst batting lineup of all major teams. minus ur fast bowling u guys would be worst than west indies and new zeland. which team plays with only 4 specialist batsmen. hafiz and afridi are worst than australian tail enders. they might bat more responsibly. someone said misbah is slow lol if he played fast and got out current pak team will nit get past 40 overs in most matches. and he is no great batsmen either. seems like there is no effort to improve and invest long term only quick fixes.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 11, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Pakistan is wasting time with tested and failed Afridi. Performing once in every 10 or 15 match is not a good for an international player (until the team can afford it).

  • on November 10, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    i have been dayiong hard fan of PAK team but it hurt aslot when u see so close to victory and ends in defeat..... if i am captn or slector my team wod be 1. Shahzad 2. jamshaid. 3 sohaib/haris 4. Misbah 5. fawad 6. umar akmal 7. razzaq/ hammad 8. gul/bilwal /anwar 9.ajmal 10 irfan 11 junaid , this team has impect player in top order thy can set the tempo then left right combination in middle oder and can fire power down the order and experince of razzaq i think no need of afridi and hafeez we dont need six bowler who can bowl 10 over fawad ,maqsood and razaq can make 5th bowler we need to devolp team for australian condition for worldcup 2015 not spin pack bowling attack.................

  • Amerpaki on November 10, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Be honest some body telll me ... mohammad haffez place in ODI as a opener who scored with an averge of 28 in 133 ODI's and still he is in team because,,,he can bowl... what rubbush exuse that is.. sack him from team and bring geniune opener and afridi once said that once i ll feel i donot have place in team i ll leave my self.. now he should realize that he should leave and give chance to a good all rounder... we now playing in our team with only 3-4 bastmens.. shahzad,misbah, asad and maqsood... rest of 4 bowlers,,, and 3 allrounders haffez,afridi and umer akmal also.. i donot know the rest of world,, regarding the meaning of allrounder but after seeing the pak all rounders their is only word comes.. a player who cant bat/bowl/feild is a geniune allrounder.. we have to change thinking that if haffez and afridi will go our bowlint attachk will weak... just realize the era of wasim or imran when we have only one spiner mushi/saqlain and 4 fast bowlers,,,so plz grow up yar....

  • GermanPlayer on November 10, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    How long will this Afridi+Hafeez joke continue?

  • mzm149 on November 10, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Pakistan lacks a quality finisher. Sohaib Maqsood can turn into one. Umar Amkal and Maqsood should swap places for next game i.e. Akmal at 3 and Maqsood at 6.

  • on November 10, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Afridi is upsetting the balance of the team. He is played as an all-rounder, which he is not. Granted he gets a few wickets, but the team looks up to him for his fast scoring. Due to his irresponsible behaviour and inability to read the game, he is proving to be a liability. It is better to drop him and find a genuine all-rounder. Unfortunately, we tend to call any bowler who can bat for one over or more, an all-rounder, like we do with Sohail Tanwir.

    Umar Akmal should also be dropped as he is not learning and definitely not world class. The selectors should look for some one like Kohli or Rohit Sharma.

    Lets not talk about bringing back Imran Nazir or Taufique Umar or any player who has been in and out of the Pakistan team. Look for and groom yougsters and for God,s sake forget the Akmal brothers and find a decent permanent wicketkeeper who can serve the team efficiently.

  • gatman11 on November 10, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Sohaib Maqsood has showed glimpses of courageous batting. This is how a number 3 batsman should bat in ODI. Positive approach is required. Afridi and Hafeez should counted as bowlers in the team. They both are assets for the team as bowlers and almost in every match they bowl full quota of 10 overs. At least one specialist batsmen should be added in the batting order. Our batting order looks funny with senior batsmen having batting averages of under 25. Our tail of so called all-rounders is costing us matches after matches.

  • gatman11 on November 10, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    People, please find a better excuse than cursing Misbah after the rest of the batsmen just come and go to and from the crease. Pakistan team has too many passengers in the name of so called talented batsmen who are not skilled enough to hit the ball properly. They try their best though but their skills are limited. If they try to force a shot they get out and unfortunately even if they do not go for shots, they still get out by playing few balls more than their normal stay at the wicket. Pakistan team plays with bowlers and Misbah.

  • on November 10, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Pak's chasing was always terrible but now it has reached new heights of awfulness!when you need 45 from 36 with 5 wickets in hand you think the match is in the bag.All you need is a couple of good overs which never come for Pakistan.Misbah should have provided those overs, but that is not to say Umar and Afridi are innocent.This is their role in the team all no6&7 have the same role to get the quick rus in the end to either give a strong finish to set a target or to complete a possibly nervous run chase.If Afridi's role does not include batting then the whole team balance is messed up,you have Ajmal,Tanvir,Junaid,Irfan and Afridi 5 players playing as only bowlers which is unimaginable in odis.If Afridi is to play only as a bowler then why not pick Zulfiqar a full time genuine and slightly better spinner in his place?You can blame Misbah but he did play out the middle overs which is his primary role and brought us close to the target, finishing the match by him would have been a bonus

  • on November 12, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    dear pak friends for god sake please spare the cricket lovers around the world of afridi torture how long will you guys bare with him for fastest hunderd made million yrs ago. pak has worst batting lineup of all major teams. minus ur fast bowling u guys would be worst than west indies and new zeland. which team plays with only 4 specialist batsmen. hafiz and afridi are worst than australian tail enders. they might bat more responsibly. someone said misbah is slow lol if he played fast and got out current pak team will nit get past 40 overs in most matches. and he is no great batsmen either. seems like there is no effort to improve and invest long term only quick fixes.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 11, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Pakistan is wasting time with tested and failed Afridi. Performing once in every 10 or 15 match is not a good for an international player (until the team can afford it).

  • on November 10, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    i have been dayiong hard fan of PAK team but it hurt aslot when u see so close to victory and ends in defeat..... if i am captn or slector my team wod be 1. Shahzad 2. jamshaid. 3 sohaib/haris 4. Misbah 5. fawad 6. umar akmal 7. razzaq/ hammad 8. gul/bilwal /anwar 9.ajmal 10 irfan 11 junaid , this team has impect player in top order thy can set the tempo then left right combination in middle oder and can fire power down the order and experince of razzaq i think no need of afridi and hafeez we dont need six bowler who can bowl 10 over fawad ,maqsood and razaq can make 5th bowler we need to devolp team for australian condition for worldcup 2015 not spin pack bowling attack.................

  • Amerpaki on November 10, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Be honest some body telll me ... mohammad haffez place in ODI as a opener who scored with an averge of 28 in 133 ODI's and still he is in team because,,,he can bowl... what rubbush exuse that is.. sack him from team and bring geniune opener and afridi once said that once i ll feel i donot have place in team i ll leave my self.. now he should realize that he should leave and give chance to a good all rounder... we now playing in our team with only 3-4 bastmens.. shahzad,misbah, asad and maqsood... rest of 4 bowlers,,, and 3 allrounders haffez,afridi and umer akmal also.. i donot know the rest of world,, regarding the meaning of allrounder but after seeing the pak all rounders their is only word comes.. a player who cant bat/bowl/feild is a geniune allrounder.. we have to change thinking that if haffez and afridi will go our bowlint attachk will weak... just realize the era of wasim or imran when we have only one spiner mushi/saqlain and 4 fast bowlers,,,so plz grow up yar....

  • GermanPlayer on November 10, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    How long will this Afridi+Hafeez joke continue?

  • mzm149 on November 10, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Pakistan lacks a quality finisher. Sohaib Maqsood can turn into one. Umar Amkal and Maqsood should swap places for next game i.e. Akmal at 3 and Maqsood at 6.

  • on November 10, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Afridi is upsetting the balance of the team. He is played as an all-rounder, which he is not. Granted he gets a few wickets, but the team looks up to him for his fast scoring. Due to his irresponsible behaviour and inability to read the game, he is proving to be a liability. It is better to drop him and find a genuine all-rounder. Unfortunately, we tend to call any bowler who can bat for one over or more, an all-rounder, like we do with Sohail Tanwir.

    Umar Akmal should also be dropped as he is not learning and definitely not world class. The selectors should look for some one like Kohli or Rohit Sharma.

    Lets not talk about bringing back Imran Nazir or Taufique Umar or any player who has been in and out of the Pakistan team. Look for and groom yougsters and for God,s sake forget the Akmal brothers and find a decent permanent wicketkeeper who can serve the team efficiently.

  • gatman11 on November 10, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Sohaib Maqsood has showed glimpses of courageous batting. This is how a number 3 batsman should bat in ODI. Positive approach is required. Afridi and Hafeez should counted as bowlers in the team. They both are assets for the team as bowlers and almost in every match they bowl full quota of 10 overs. At least one specialist batsmen should be added in the batting order. Our batting order looks funny with senior batsmen having batting averages of under 25. Our tail of so called all-rounders is costing us matches after matches.

  • gatman11 on November 10, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    People, please find a better excuse than cursing Misbah after the rest of the batsmen just come and go to and from the crease. Pakistan team has too many passengers in the name of so called talented batsmen who are not skilled enough to hit the ball properly. They try their best though but their skills are limited. If they try to force a shot they get out and unfortunately even if they do not go for shots, they still get out by playing few balls more than their normal stay at the wicket. Pakistan team plays with bowlers and Misbah.

  • on November 10, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Pak's chasing was always terrible but now it has reached new heights of awfulness!when you need 45 from 36 with 5 wickets in hand you think the match is in the bag.All you need is a couple of good overs which never come for Pakistan.Misbah should have provided those overs, but that is not to say Umar and Afridi are innocent.This is their role in the team all no6&7 have the same role to get the quick rus in the end to either give a strong finish to set a target or to complete a possibly nervous run chase.If Afridi's role does not include batting then the whole team balance is messed up,you have Ajmal,Tanvir,Junaid,Irfan and Afridi 5 players playing as only bowlers which is unimaginable in odis.If Afridi is to play only as a bowler then why not pick Zulfiqar a full time genuine and slightly better spinner in his place?You can blame Misbah but he did play out the middle overs which is his primary role and brought us close to the target, finishing the match by him would have been a bonus

  • on November 10, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    afridi should bat at no.2

  • alipk52 on November 10, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    Hafeez, Nasir, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Misbah, Shoaib Maqsood, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammed Irfan, Tanvir These are from punjab, and this is what I mentioned in my previous comments, even take a look at history, you'll find 9 out of 11 players are from Punjab, why? seeing that we will always believe its politics, even pcb management in most numbers belongs to this province, so pcb is basically punjab cricket board not Pakistan cricket board, now please don't reply me with the reasons such as other provinces don't have talent..I have a freedom to say what I think, and situation proves me right!

  • alipk52 on November 10, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Well slowly and gradually new good players coming up for Pakistan, only need to set combination right, like we saw Maqsood aggressive, Misbah did what he does well, still I am against Afridi's continous inclusion in the team despite consistent failures, we have great finishers in domestic levels, how could you keep expecting for Afridi to deliver eventhough he hasn't since several years, Politics is also involved in Pakistan cricket, thats why you'll always see punjab boys are only one who are giving chances, and if you see in Karachi, there are some brilliant young talent but unable to impress selectors or I could say selectors don't want to impress with them coz they aren't from Punjab, I am counting this as one major reason of demise in Pakistan's batting line-up, very very fewer players recalled from provinces other than Punjab just warm up benches, look around pcb or leave your job, otherwise nation will force you to leave with their own way.

  • on November 10, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    pak find a new bats man soahib maqsood amazing performance good luck

  • GoldenAsif on November 9, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Afridi is in the side as a bowling all-rounder but he's struggling with the bat. No. 7 is supposed to be a batsman's position! Every where in world cricket the no 7 spot is for a bowler who averages at least 30 with the bat and is a consistent performer (Like Faulkner, Jadeja, Parnell and Bopara). Playing both Hafeez and Afridi upsets the team balance as neither is consistent with the bat. If Afridi is only good enough as a bowler then he needs to bat at 8

  • GoldenAsif on November 9, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Chasing any reasonable target seems beyond this team. We are not even talking of huge 300+ targets here. Chasing 267 for victory, most sides would have won from 3/173 but not Pakistan. This is the most pathetic Pak batting line-up that I can remember for a long time. Apart from talent and quality, players lack patience (most of our batsmen are prone to brain fades), confidence and self-belief that they can actually win. Sohaib batted well on debut but after doing all the hard work he then threw it away. He played one shot too many when the need was to see off Steyn's middle overs.

  • on November 9, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    is it an afridi vs SA series?? i completely agree with bouncer....for the last few series..afridi is batting at number 7 and every time he comes to bat..required run rate is near about 10! how can you expect him to do that continuously! yes i should say continuously....the main culprit in this team is misbah..he only plays for himself..and he never tries( doesnt even try) to take responsibilities,to meet up the required run rate..yeah sure he has temperament, but whats his temperament doing to other players? while he is batting? he gave away the match when he left umar akmal the new batsman in the crease to take the strike instead of him ( the set one) ...they could manage only 6 runs in 12 balls...and at a very crucial time...45th nd 46th over....and this scenario repeats itself almost every match...when pakistan is chasing and that stupid misbah is playing a long innings...afridi should have been sent at the power plays..when tanvir was promoted. misbah doesnt know how to use afridi

  • bouncer709 on November 9, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    @Kumail_Asadi : well who gifted his wicket yesterday? It was Misbah not Afridi. and by the way what is use of scoring 50, 60 if at the end in every match you throw your wicket when the crucial time comes. It is clearly visible Misbah and Hafeez both are reluctant to change their batting position. but yesterday for Umer Akmal who deserve to bat at no 4. they made a poor move to send him after Sohail Tanveer. A drop catch by Hafeez cost Pakistan a century from oposition, then in batting he played 60 balls for 33 runs. Misbah being a captain is too weak to remove Hafeez from top order, or he is full supporting this useless player.

  • bbmm on November 9, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    give Imran Nazir a go he could be vital in world cup with shahzad..

  • Kumail_Asadi on November 9, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Really surprise to see comments against Misbah. Should he score and stay in every match and whole team is just for bringing water ??? What's his fault in this match. What Afridi is doing , gifting his wicket and putting Pakistan in trouble. Afridi dont deserve slot in Pak team. He must be dropped. Afridi, Asad, Umar Akmal should be dropped, they are completely failed.

  • tashichem on November 9, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    I think the batting order is an issue as well, when you have no one to bat quick and strike and you don't use U Akmal, its bad captaincy and management, umar should bat at 4 or 5 so that he can settle before striking and pushing for high required run rate. if we use umar akmal properly we can win matches and place of Hafeez in the stop spot is unjustified and its just to accommodate him in the time at the cost of loosing matches.

  • imranmujtaba on November 9, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Hafeez catch drop and poor Misbah captaincy cost us this game. Misbah must be out of the ODI team and hafeez is technically very week as compare to Nasir, Ahmed, Toufique and even compare to Imran nazir or Afridi. PCB has to get things right and invest and groom players like Ahmed, umar Akmal, Nasir, Shoaib maqsod, Hassan raza and Hamas Azam. They are very talented player but they are kis handled - PCB has to place a plan for next 3-4 years to replace greats like INZI, Yousuf or saeed anwar.

  • WC96QF on November 9, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Now that SA hv won the series, I hope ABD gives some thot to NOT keeping wicket. It is far better for SA as team to have De Villiers as captain, master batsman and electric fielder. Like Dravid, he mite hv taken up the gloves in an exigency, but there's no reason for him to stick with that.

  • Andlip on November 9, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Pakistan's batting problem is misbah. He is a good batsman but not a good captain. other batsmen are unable to play their natural game when playing with misbah. The "dekh kar khelo" attitude limits players from aggression. Also Afridi should open. If we are goin to be losing our first wicket with 5 runs,then its better Afridi opens, am sure he will give a better start.

  • bouncer709 on November 9, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    @Behind_the_Wicket: Do you think Afridi is used as a batman?

  • ihaq1 on November 9, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    hafeez as has misbah have been undone repeatedly by imran tahirs variations in legspin...missing an almost straight googly is not what we expect from pakistani batsmen...we like the way sohaib played teh legspinner although one of teh sixes might be considered a very difficult shot...duminy and mclaren showed how one must bat in the middle order...while teh pakistani bowlers restricted teh south africans to a run a ball...teh runout of shehzad and the lower middle order taking on steyn was obviously technically foolhardy...and one must praise abbie villiers in his field placings for a number of catches

  • Behind_the_Wicket on November 9, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Afridi does,t deserve place in the team If Afridi is used as a batsman. If he is bowler then why Misbah bring three fast bowlers with Ajmal if Hafeez finish his quota in every match. I don't understand his role actually.

  • bouncer709 on November 9, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    @Qazi Hassan: these people are naive about cricket. Matches can not be won by No. 7, 8 batsmen (and I believe player bating on no 7 and 8 are not batsmen). In the whole series Afridi got wickets when other bowlers failed, and he got very important wickets and broke the developing partnerships. Yesterday Afridi could not get any wicket, and SA scored the highest of this series. This is all about leadership and captain, he can not utilize his best player Umer Akmal and don't know where to use Afridi. To Afridi basher's my question is tell me any spinner whom you think can do better with bat than Afridi?

  • on November 9, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    "Quinton de Kock has Mohammad Hafeez to thank for the part he played in helping the 20-year-old notch up his maiden international century" if he was caught,SA would have probably been reduced under 200 and then it was easy game from Pakistan from there.Moral of the story, one mistake can cost you the entire game period.

  • on November 9, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    It is always funny reading anti-Afridi comments, going as far as calling him a burden on the team and demanding his ouster. Folks, have you ever heard of a leading wicket taker being considered a burden and dropped? Well Afridi was the leading wicket taker of the tournament until yesterday. He still share the second spot with Saeed Ajmal. Please do not post laughable comments out of intense hatred for Afridi.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 9, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    There are 3 basic problems with Pakistan batting (1) In ODs you need your tail to contribute too but in case of Pakistan, the tail is worth nothing and even the so called allrounders are part of that tail. (2) It has been the case in all Pakistan matches where they did the chasing that they always let the asking rate go shooting upwards all through to the 45th over and then they always expect their lower order and the tail to score 10 per over (3) It's strange that with this weak batting line they did not consider to go with 6 batsmen, specially against Worlds best bowling.

  • GMAU on November 9, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    You could have mentioned how Sohain came down the track and hit it for six on Tahir's ball. Reminded Inzi's elegance

  • gop_cricket on November 9, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    Pakistan is the worst fielding side in the world. Period, there is not other statement to their downfall than that. With the bowling attack they have and with some decent batsmen they can plum any side. But with their fielding in totters they are being plumed by every one. No team with such poor fielding can win cricket matches. Opposition batsmen are so comfortable in hitting the ball in air when they play against Pakistan that 6 out of 10 they would any way drop the catch. I have never seen a Pakistani cricket team in such despair. For last 8 years Pakistan team has been the worst cricket team when it gets compared to the teams of their past.Allah only save Pakistan cricket team and I pray for that.

  • PlayfromDallas on November 8, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    Afridi is burden on Pakistani team he has been careless, reckless character in the team, how many suicidal inning he has played for Pakistan and devastated the cricket fans?

  • SurlyCynic on November 8, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    I thought Afridi's actions were laughable, he clearly thinks he is bigger than the team. It is very difficult to overturn an umpire's decision on lbw, and teams only get one review in ODIs - need to save the review for an absolute howler, that's what it is for!

  • on November 8, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    at one time we were one of the best test teams then we fell and were one of the best one day teams now we are one of the best t20 team and in the near future we will only be sending a team of bowlers because we have forgotten how to bat or field. or maybe pak team will no longer be playing international cricket. they might go to different countries and play county cricket.

  • InnocentGuy on November 8, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    I'm sure Afridi's bowling can be replaced coz he adds no other value to the team.

  • on November 8, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Pakistan's history continued. Give a chance and they will hit a match winning 100. they will never learn. Can some one from near the grounds tell me what they practice with Fielding coach? SA save plenty of runs by fielding. alone FAF saved 15-16 runs today and we can not hot stumps, we can not collect ball, we can not catch.

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  • on November 8, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Pakistan's history continued. Give a chance and they will hit a match winning 100. they will never learn. Can some one from near the grounds tell me what they practice with Fielding coach? SA save plenty of runs by fielding. alone FAF saved 15-16 runs today and we can not hot stumps, we can not collect ball, we can not catch.

  • InnocentGuy on November 8, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    I'm sure Afridi's bowling can be replaced coz he adds no other value to the team.

  • on November 8, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    at one time we were one of the best test teams then we fell and were one of the best one day teams now we are one of the best t20 team and in the near future we will only be sending a team of bowlers because we have forgotten how to bat or field. or maybe pak team will no longer be playing international cricket. they might go to different countries and play county cricket.

  • SurlyCynic on November 8, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    I thought Afridi's actions were laughable, he clearly thinks he is bigger than the team. It is very difficult to overturn an umpire's decision on lbw, and teams only get one review in ODIs - need to save the review for an absolute howler, that's what it is for!

  • PlayfromDallas on November 8, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    Afridi is burden on Pakistani team he has been careless, reckless character in the team, how many suicidal inning he has played for Pakistan and devastated the cricket fans?

  • gop_cricket on November 9, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    Pakistan is the worst fielding side in the world. Period, there is not other statement to their downfall than that. With the bowling attack they have and with some decent batsmen they can plum any side. But with their fielding in totters they are being plumed by every one. No team with such poor fielding can win cricket matches. Opposition batsmen are so comfortable in hitting the ball in air when they play against Pakistan that 6 out of 10 they would any way drop the catch. I have never seen a Pakistani cricket team in such despair. For last 8 years Pakistan team has been the worst cricket team when it gets compared to the teams of their past.Allah only save Pakistan cricket team and I pray for that.

  • GMAU on November 9, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    You could have mentioned how Sohain came down the track and hit it for six on Tahir's ball. Reminded Inzi's elegance

  • Zahidsaltin on November 9, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    There are 3 basic problems with Pakistan batting (1) In ODs you need your tail to contribute too but in case of Pakistan, the tail is worth nothing and even the so called allrounders are part of that tail. (2) It has been the case in all Pakistan matches where they did the chasing that they always let the asking rate go shooting upwards all through to the 45th over and then they always expect their lower order and the tail to score 10 per over (3) It's strange that with this weak batting line they did not consider to go with 6 batsmen, specially against Worlds best bowling.

  • on November 9, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    It is always funny reading anti-Afridi comments, going as far as calling him a burden on the team and demanding his ouster. Folks, have you ever heard of a leading wicket taker being considered a burden and dropped? Well Afridi was the leading wicket taker of the tournament until yesterday. He still share the second spot with Saeed Ajmal. Please do not post laughable comments out of intense hatred for Afridi.

  • on November 9, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    "Quinton de Kock has Mohammad Hafeez to thank for the part he played in helping the 20-year-old notch up his maiden international century" if he was caught,SA would have probably been reduced under 200 and then it was easy game from Pakistan from there.Moral of the story, one mistake can cost you the entire game period.