Pakistan v South Africa, 5th ODI, Sharjah November 10, 2013

Pakistan's chance to solve batting problems

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Match facts

Monday, November 11, 2013
Start time 1500 local (1100GMT)

Big Picture

With the result of the series already determined, the fifth ODI could fade into obscurity. However, it serves as the precursor to the return series in South Africa, which will begin later this month. If South Africa manage to win, they will take bragging rights into the three-match affair at home, but if Pakistan can pull one back, it could give them some much-needed buoyancy.

The conditions, of course, will be completely different to Cape Town, Port Elizabeth or Centurion, but it could still act as some sort of prologue. The Sharjah strip was the most spinner friendly and will be more testing for the batsmen than Abu Dhabi's pitch was. It should favour Pakistan, but with the slew of problems facing them, they will go into the fixture needing motivation.

On the eve of the game, news broke that Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore's contract will not be renewed. While that may not be unexpected, it has left him with something to prove in the time he has left in charge. If he can fix Pakistan's weak batting line-up, it will be the best parting gift he can give them.

South Africa have made incremental improvements, which is promising for their coach Russell Domingo. He still has work to do with the top order and will want to use this game to start fine tuning as South Africa look to find a settled combination as they build towards the World Cup.

Form guide

(last five completed games, most recent first)

Pakistan LLWLW
South Africa WWLWL

In the spotlight

AB de Villiers said South Africa always felt they were in with a chance against Pakistan's middle-order batsmen, who will feel obliged to end the series on a positive note. Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq and Shahid Afridi have scored a combined total of 168 runs in 12 innings against South Africa, and not a single half-century between them.

He could end up being the overall leading wicket-taker in the series, so Imran Tahir will want to put in a strong final effort to cap a period during which he has impressed beyond expectation. He has proved wily with variations, and has done a good job of cleaning up the tail, but he has threatened to go for more runs in every game. He's still brimming with confidence, but will need to add more control to his bowling to end on a high.

Team news

Changes to the XI haven't helped Pakistan much and they will hope their current crop make quick improvements. They could change the wicketkeeper or bring in Umar Amin in place of the misfiring Asad Shafiq. The bowling unit is likely to stay the same, unless they choose to give Abdur Rehman a game.

Pakistan: (likely) 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Sohaib Maqsood, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Asad Shafiq/Umar Amin, 6 Umar Akmal/Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Sohail Tanvir, 9 Junaid Khan, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Mohammad Irfan

With the series wrapped up, South Africa may experiment, although they will limit it to the bowling department. Vernon Philander, who was included after much public pressure, is yet to get a game and may come in along with either Wayne Parnell or even Robin Peterson, who has also carried drinks since being dropped after the Abu Dhabi Test. Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobe may get a rest.

South Africa: (likely)1 Hashim Amla, 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 JP Duminy, 5 AB de Villiers (capt), 6 David Miller, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8, 9 and 10 Wayne Parnell/Vernon Philander/Morne Morkel/Dale Steyn/Lonwabo Tsotsobe/Dale Steyn, 11 Imran Tahir

Stats and trivia

  • Pakistan have been bowled out in all four matches in this series, while South Africa have been dismissed just twice. South Africa also have the only centurion of the series - Quinton de Kock.

  • The top three wicket-takers in this series so far have been spinners, with Imran Tahir leading the charts. He has nine scalps, while Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi have eight each.

Quotes

"At the moment we have tried different players in our order but the problem is that the guys who are good batsmen can't bowl as a fully-fledged bowling option, and if we pick the bowlers who are really good in bowling then we lack batting. We are really missing a quality allrounder who can deliver in bowling and batting in pressure situations.
Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain

"I really felt like we were 11 guys out there, which sometimes you don't feel, especially when a team is not doing well. It's very difficult when the guys drift off to the boundary to keep the attention and the focus of the guys directed to the middle. I felt that right throughout the 50 overs tonight and that made a big difference."
South Africa captain, AB de Villiers

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Pak_Guru on November 11, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Mr. Whatmore you deserved it. Best wishes for your future. Honestly, dont see improvement in team in near future as well. Basically, the team lacks unity and its obvious for the TV viewers. Sad future ahead for Team Pak.

  • Pak_Guru on November 11, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Umar Amin back - Gosh, never mind, he should atleast be used in bowling. Misbah should try a few overs from Maqsood as well. If you dont test them, then how would you come to know. I still feel Wahab is a better option than Junaid in ODI's, because he has an advantage with his batting. Pak will definately lose this as well.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 11, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    wow, Umar Amin plays again, he was dropped, how has he changed in 5 days ? This happens only in Pakistan that failed people get chance after chance. Sick of it

  • TheHasan on November 11, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Misbah please win the toss today and plz plz plzzz choose to bowl and let your batting department to have some more experience of chasing, else AB will surely choose to bowl. A loss here won't make any such difference. Moreover, drop some key bowlers like Ajmal and Irfan for today. I am a big fan of you and would like to see you taking object oriented decisions like MSD....

  • on November 11, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    i would like to see Umar Akmal as open the innings with Ahmed Shehzad.Asad Shafiq no.3 , Misbah no.4 , Hafeez no.5 Sohaib Maqsood is like hard hitter so he should play at no.6 , BoOm BoOm at 7 , Abdur Rehman at no.8 in place of Sohail Tanvir & in the end at no.9,10,11 should be Saeed, Irfan & junaid respectively.

  • on November 11, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Pak should look to bat first today after winning the toss and go for the kill. fight for the pride !!

  • faisal90000 on November 11, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    first of all if a batsmen cannot understand his reponsibilty after 366 one day matches.He should nt allowed to waste talented guys of team.For allah sake stop playing with shahid afridi ...give chances to new guys like shoiab maqsood....if pakistan wants to win matches

  • on November 11, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    some one please inform misbah that hafeez, afridi, riaz, tanveer are all bowling all rounders! play one of them (may be hafeez bcz he is better batsman and we have a spinning track) and play 4 genuine bowlers i dont understand why we keep playing with 6 bowlers? we only have 50 overs. Even the great 90s team had only 4 bowlers usually and sohail and malik used to bowl the remaining 10 overs. how many options does misbah need!

  • pakfanfromnepal on November 11, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    It will be very good for PAK to bring back Kamran Akmal for SA tour. He Brings lots of flexibility at the batting order.He can play as opener, at No 3 or as finisher and obviously he is a WK. In addition, he is a attacking batsman and is technically sound then Hafeez. PAK FAN SOULD REALIZE thatTHOUGH K. AKMAL IS NOT A GOOD WK THAN M KHAN OR LATIF BUT FAR BETTER BATSMAN THEN THEM. Pak have never producer better WK batsman than him..look at his records..Thus bring him in all formats. He has played lots of match winning knocks for pakistan as batsman. Good WK batsman is a big time problem for pakistan once he has been left out....he needs to work hard on his WK role but for me he is a good batsman n should play for PAk as soon as possible...... Pakistan team fan from NEPAL......

  • on November 11, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Misbah was NOT selecting the team, Iqbal Qasim along with the selection committee was!

    So quit blaming Misbah who along with Shahzad are the only two sound batsman.

    Younis, Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Rzzak, all all-rounders were dead failures.

    The blame on Misbah because the selection committee relied on "old players" is total non-sense and misplaced.

    I agree Pakistan will not lose much by giving a chance to Umar Amin and Harris Sohail.

    Pakistani team needs batting depth and there are plenty of people who can fill the viod. Moin Khan, the current selector, has to give them a chance.

    But, continuous reliance on dead weights can only bring failures and Moin is smart enough to know that!

    Let us see he selects whom for the final ODI: the dead weights or the fresh legs with proven track record.

  • Pak_Guru on November 11, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Mr. Whatmore you deserved it. Best wishes for your future. Honestly, dont see improvement in team in near future as well. Basically, the team lacks unity and its obvious for the TV viewers. Sad future ahead for Team Pak.

  • Pak_Guru on November 11, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Umar Amin back - Gosh, never mind, he should atleast be used in bowling. Misbah should try a few overs from Maqsood as well. If you dont test them, then how would you come to know. I still feel Wahab is a better option than Junaid in ODI's, because he has an advantage with his batting. Pak will definately lose this as well.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 11, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    wow, Umar Amin plays again, he was dropped, how has he changed in 5 days ? This happens only in Pakistan that failed people get chance after chance. Sick of it

  • TheHasan on November 11, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Misbah please win the toss today and plz plz plzzz choose to bowl and let your batting department to have some more experience of chasing, else AB will surely choose to bowl. A loss here won't make any such difference. Moreover, drop some key bowlers like Ajmal and Irfan for today. I am a big fan of you and would like to see you taking object oriented decisions like MSD....

  • on November 11, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    i would like to see Umar Akmal as open the innings with Ahmed Shehzad.Asad Shafiq no.3 , Misbah no.4 , Hafeez no.5 Sohaib Maqsood is like hard hitter so he should play at no.6 , BoOm BoOm at 7 , Abdur Rehman at no.8 in place of Sohail Tanvir & in the end at no.9,10,11 should be Saeed, Irfan & junaid respectively.

  • on November 11, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Pak should look to bat first today after winning the toss and go for the kill. fight for the pride !!

  • faisal90000 on November 11, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    first of all if a batsmen cannot understand his reponsibilty after 366 one day matches.He should nt allowed to waste talented guys of team.For allah sake stop playing with shahid afridi ...give chances to new guys like shoiab maqsood....if pakistan wants to win matches

  • on November 11, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    some one please inform misbah that hafeez, afridi, riaz, tanveer are all bowling all rounders! play one of them (may be hafeez bcz he is better batsman and we have a spinning track) and play 4 genuine bowlers i dont understand why we keep playing with 6 bowlers? we only have 50 overs. Even the great 90s team had only 4 bowlers usually and sohail and malik used to bowl the remaining 10 overs. how many options does misbah need!

  • pakfanfromnepal on November 11, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    It will be very good for PAK to bring back Kamran Akmal for SA tour. He Brings lots of flexibility at the batting order.He can play as opener, at No 3 or as finisher and obviously he is a WK. In addition, he is a attacking batsman and is technically sound then Hafeez. PAK FAN SOULD REALIZE thatTHOUGH K. AKMAL IS NOT A GOOD WK THAN M KHAN OR LATIF BUT FAR BETTER BATSMAN THEN THEM. Pak have never producer better WK batsman than him..look at his records..Thus bring him in all formats. He has played lots of match winning knocks for pakistan as batsman. Good WK batsman is a big time problem for pakistan once he has been left out....he needs to work hard on his WK role but for me he is a good batsman n should play for PAk as soon as possible...... Pakistan team fan from NEPAL......

  • on November 11, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Misbah was NOT selecting the team, Iqbal Qasim along with the selection committee was!

    So quit blaming Misbah who along with Shahzad are the only two sound batsman.

    Younis, Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Rzzak, all all-rounders were dead failures.

    The blame on Misbah because the selection committee relied on "old players" is total non-sense and misplaced.

    I agree Pakistan will not lose much by giving a chance to Umar Amin and Harris Sohail.

    Pakistani team needs batting depth and there are plenty of people who can fill the viod. Moin Khan, the current selector, has to give them a chance.

    But, continuous reliance on dead weights can only bring failures and Moin is smart enough to know that!

    Let us see he selects whom for the final ODI: the dead weights or the fresh legs with proven track record.

  • niazfatehpur on November 11, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    i want to see afridi and umar up the order.becouse afridi always make big score when he is opner.

  • gatman11 on November 11, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Why they have to completely replace the batsmen in ODI and test matches. Shaan Masood, Khurram Manzur, Sohaib Maqsood, Ahmed Shazad, Umar Akmal should play all formats of cricket if we want them to become world class bastmen. Throwing them out of either of the formats is quite strange.

  • arunmp3 on November 11, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Please dont just blame afridi fr all wrong which is happening in pak cricket, When Afridi came at crease required run rate was 12+ , fault lies in misbah and the top order who didnt accelerate even with wickets in hand.........

  • on November 11, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    well guys they showed in Tv that Kamran Akmal is in line for SA tour... We are really moving in circles. They dropped farhat, malik, kamran after CT but farhat was selected vs ZIM, malik in this t20 series and now kamran in line.

  • on November 11, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    It is Misbah's own fault. He took on as Pakistan Captain late in 2010, since then he's appreciating Hafeez, Afridi and Shoaib Malik to play part as all-rounder, but all three are biggest failures. Misbah sacrificed Abdul Razzaq and Hammad Azam and may be a couple of other genuine all rounders (even I would name Azhar Mahmood as he's in top form in leagues irrespective of his age), now after three years, he is issuing a statement he doesn't have all rounders. As you sow shall you reap.

  • mzm149 on November 11, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    I fear Nasir Jamshed will be left out of this game, t20 series and ultimately return tour to South Africa. Favoritism, regionalism and over emphasis on slow batting will destroy so many talents. Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Amin will be next in line.

  • on November 11, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Hi friends whether dale steyn and amla will play today?

  • on November 11, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    @Posted by Kmk Khan on (November 11, 2013, 6:36 GMT): writer meant 12 innings played by Umar Akmal, UMar amin, Afridi, Asad during this series not year. 4 games for umar & Afridi, 2 for amin and asad.

  • on November 11, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    There are only two technically sound batsman in Pakistani team: Misbah and Shahzad. I do NOT understand what is the fuss about Misbah!

    You can't teach batting by shifting the batting order!

    My Pakistani ODI team: Shahzad, Shan, Khurram, Maqsood, Hammad Azam, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Sarfaraz, Umar Gul, Tanvir, and Wahab Riaz

    Sorry, if you lack fundamentals of batting you should NOT be in the Pakistani cricket team.

    You need to exert pressure on bowlers to learn sound batting like SA players.

    My hats off to Waqar as a Pakistani coach. He is a real gem! He keeps Stats! Just listen to him!

  • on November 11, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Frankly we made the guy in-charge of the team - who selfishly made the Pakistan lose the world-cup semi final .... what else is expected of him, right now all senior batsmen are not playing for the team they are only playing for their spot in the team and thats where the issue is, not playing to the situation rather playing timidly for personal milestones ....

    biggest example is MISBAH, himself, can anyone tell me that how many matches he had won for Pakistan against top sides,

  • ICCexpert.... on November 11, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Make Yunis captain for South Africa tour, give Misbah, Afridi, Hafeez, Ajmal rest. Include players lik Sharjeel Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Harris Sohail, Hammad Azam, Raza Hasan and M. Talha. Create a team for future.

  • AJS007 on November 11, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Any combination without Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Akmals & Co is a winning combination for Pakistan.

  • on November 11, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Just changing the batting order will not teach players how to bat. Afridi, Ajmal, Irfan, and Junaid do NOT know the basic fundamentals of batting. We need to have bowlers who know how to bat.

    I am wondering why Umar Gul is missing?

    There is a fundamental flaw in technical skills of Pakistani players. Even Mr. Professor, Hafeez, lacks batting skills. They must all be let go.

    We need fresh legs with good technical skills. And there are plenty of very qualified people waiting for an opportunity. No wonder, except for Misbah and Shahzad, the three best batsman were all fresh faces. You need to give more opportunities to them. You need to look at stats!

    Pakistan needs fresh air and should get rid of the dead weights!

  • ehsanrockss on November 11, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    first of all misba should be remove from the captaincy but he should continue as a player only, & guys for the all rounder hammad azam is not gud enuf, he has his chances but he could not impress anwar ali or to some extent ehsan adil better than azam, plz team management play umar akmal @ number four & give him a proper rum if he is not able to perform then drop him. Last thing is that give a try to young opener sami aslam, he is scoring centuries in domestic circuit. My team for next series is 1- Sami Aslam 2- Shahzad 3- Sohaib 4- U Akmal 5- Misbah 6- Hafeez 7- Afridi 8- Ehsan Adil/Anwar Ali 9- Ajmal 10- Junaid 11- Irfan

  • on November 11, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    Pak game strategy : Play 6 spinners- With an attacking field (Attacking) Play 2 seamers to step off the gas- with defensive field to control run rate (Defensive)

  • on November 11, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    de kock, amla, peterson, ab, duminy, miller, parnell, mclaren, steyn, morkel, tahir

  • Sports4Youth on November 11, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    @ ICCexpert :

    I agree with ICCexpert that it is Misbah who is the problem and not Whatmore. Replacing whatmore will not cure the desease because the desease is continuing to lead the team.

    Pakistan's batting has hit the lowest possible ebbs of cricket under Misbah. But you can trust Misbah to cause more downfall if he continues. He is so capable. AFRIDI AND THE TEAM WERE DOING JUST FINE UNTILL WAQAR TRIED TO IMPOSS HIMSELF OF AFRIDI. Now the selectors want to just keep Afridi out of the Captaincy and possibly even the team. and they are willing to pay any price for that.

  • on November 11, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Pakistan should know if a bowler lacks fundamentals of batting he should not be in the team. Goodbye to Irfan, Ajmal, Afridi, and welcome aboard Wahab Riaz and Hammad Azam, who know how to bat. Batting depth is important when will Pakistan learn!

    Why in the world would you consider Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzak, who have proved to be dead weights! Is somebody keeping batting statistics?

  • on November 11, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Pak should play with 6 spinners and 2 seamers in this match..they should bowl aggressive spin with an attacking field set..if they have to step off the gas and be defenaive the 2 seamers should come on and set a defensive fiels to control south africas run rate. As far as batting goes..its already weak so better to strengthen their bowling attack..batting they should just shuffle the order to get past 250 atleast : Misbah Shehzad Hafeez Maqsood Umer akmal Afridi Sohail tanvir Saeed ajmal Abdur rehman zulfiqar babar mohammd irfan

  • on November 11, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Let Pakistan gamble today & send Afridi as opener :) .... though he is not doing much with bat coming later, so try him in the top slot. Play Hafeez around 30-35 offers near 2nd powerplay.

    I agree, they need a genuine all rounder. If Razzak clicks in the T20's, they can give him chance in ODI as well. Hamad Azam is another option. These 2 should be there in SA tour.

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on November 11, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Hi SA fans....Pak will try to play free of mind game. I think they add one more batsman .And SA still need to do something extra if they have to chase over 225 or 250 runs ..so this game will be a 52/48 towards PAK......so good luck SA .....lets hope a good game from D.KOCK (too)

  • on November 11, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    As Misbah requires an all rounder why dont they bring Hammad Azam he is strong candidate after Abdul Razzak

  • on November 11, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    shoaib malik instead of hafeez n afridi should be kept off

  • on November 11, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Pakistan must find a good batsman who can bat not all rounders who are jack of all traits master of none this is there problem they need good finishers and batsman who can hold the batting at the top order for 40 overs they need stability if they keep playing like this they are not going to even bat out the 50 overs

  • Abdul-Jabbar on November 11, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Pakistan should add a batsman dropping Sohail tanvir as they already have 5 quality bowlers to complete 50 overs.

  • on November 11, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    its written that middle order does not have fifty , i guess afridi made 86 or 88 in SA during their last tour and i guess that will be within the given range of 12 Matches

  • shahnbej on November 11, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    I think Pakistan must changed the Captain. It does not matter where he young or old but must have following qualities. 1. Must be in form and he is selected by merit. 2. Must be a fighter, who can initiates fight from himself and set an positive example for rest of the team.

  • on November 11, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    dear friends, again a nail biter is waiting for u, pak team has got a lot of criticism in the last match so they will be on their heels to win this and make some sort of prestige. Africans have already won the series so they will try some changes and give their few players a rest. looking in to all the aspect i would suggest u to be careful, pak bats first will definitely will give them the game, so u should put your maximum on pak if they bats first, and if again they lose the toss and field first, they can again be in trouble in chasing, so what should we do, we should go for hedging , may be two times or three times and should not be on the losing side of pak, but africa wins, u should be at no lose no win. if pak bats first, pak is 80-20 to win the match, n if africa bats first , i would say pak 55-45.

  • on November 11, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    The pak team problem is their batting order, Their batting order should be : 1) Shehzad 2) jamshed 3) maqsood 4) Afridi 5) Misbah 6) Hafeez 7) U akmal 8) tanvir 9) ajmal 10) Mohd Irfaan 11) Junaid.

    keep afridi floating if pak lost early wkts then Misbah should play 4 & at 5 Hafeez. But their 1st 3 batsmen should try to play one of them till 30-35 overs. Pak team bowling is very good at any wkt they can defend their 290-300 runs.

    The afridi and U akmal are good hitters but their temprament is weak so misbah and hafeez responsibiliy to ask only 25-40 each odd runs from them.

  • shahnbej on November 11, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Just after Misbah promoted to captain, Pakistan's batting started down sliding. Almost same players are in team but Now scoring 250 is impossible. To whom we blamed for such a shameful performance.......

  • on November 11, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    I wonder why people criticize Shahid Afridi for batting..? He himself say that i am playing as bowler..While particularly in this series he is the leading wicket taker from Pakistan side, so what else do you want him to do..?

  • on November 11, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Firdose Moonda, How do you think replacing Umar Akmal with Sarfaraz will help Pakistan. Umar has kept well and is a better batsman than Sarfaraz. I tried hard but couldnt understand your point..

  • on November 11, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Also consider bringing in Shan and dropping a bowler. Shan is technically a very sound batsman, a trait Pakistan desperately needs! Pakistanis are too heavily invested in bowlers who do NOT know the fundamentals of batting. They need to know both or should exit the team!

  • on November 11, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    Pak needs to get rid of extra baggage players like Afridi,,, ,, he needs to perform or vacate place for someone else,,,,Same goes for Hafeez,, Shoaib Malik,,

  • on November 11, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    I don't really understand the folks' hatred toward their captain misbah. W/o him the fragility of the team would further expose. Look at the amount of runs he's scoring and look at the situation when he comes in to bat every single time. One cannot be irresponsible like Afridi, who just gifts a ball to the fielder, and yes it is coming from a die hard boom boom fan. Yes, misbah can hit a big boundary but he cannot do that when the wicket on other side is falling like a deck of cards. Been following Pak's cricket for over a decade now and the fragility of the team is now touching the Mount Everest. They said, cricket is a bat & ball game. Cricket is totally a bat dominated game. No matter how good the bowling is, if the batsmen fails, there's nothing the best bowlers can do. All I'm gona say his, drop all the players who are not performing, regardless of their name, fame, and experience, and bring in the fresh players who are consistently performing in the domestic circuit.

  • on November 11, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Pakistan have to blame themselves if they loose. Misbah have to learn how to win the toss.Bring new blood like Sohail Masood. Get rid the the Afridi,Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali etc. Where is Shan Masood.Give him another chance.

  • amumtaz on November 11, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    It's funny to read the comments here. While Misbah is the leading run scorer this year of all the batsmen and not just Pakistan, the supporters are clamoring to drop him! That's Pakistan for you.

    What we need is a different captain who can think positively and motivate the batsmen to perform to their potential. Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan are three alternatives. All of them will be in prime form (if given regular spots in the team) for the 2015 world cup while Misbah will probably be 42 and too old to compete at that level.

    Therefore, we should play Misbah as a batsmen till he wants to play, but replace him with a captain that can lead inspirationally in 2015 world cup. Afridi and Younis Khan have done a wonderful job in the past, and they can certainly do the same in the future.

  • greenluv on November 11, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    too many Cap z plying for green there is no way that this unit will bring many games home however tomorrow they will win just to save their @s5 . watch hafeez afridi how they will have a big go ...

  • on November 11, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    Isn't bilawal bhatti a decent all rounder? Sohaib Maqsood is also an allrounder, who bowls a doosra too, but I am sure Misbah will not utilize his bowling at all. He never gives the ball to the part-timers

  • shahnbej on November 11, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    Misbah creates more pressure on our batsmen than opponent's bowler and Fielding. He is good only for test cricket, because in test cricket he can play tuck tuck all day and we don't mind but in ODI if you can hit FOUR atleast you can rotates the strike.

  • shahnbej on November 11, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    Captain of a team is role model, who can set an example how to bat on given condition but misbah is totally different. He always plays under required average and ask others batsmen compensate the ran rate so other's batsman must play above their abilities and I think that is a major reason of our batsmen failure.

  • armuuu on November 11, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    misbah is just test material very good at test cricket same with asad shafiq This shud be the xi afirdi/sharjeel khan , shehzad , maqsood , umar akmal , fawad alam/malik , haris sohail , hammad azam/hafeez , anwar ali , junaid , ajmal , irfan depending on the conditions choose whether to play spin all rounder or the medium fast all rounder afridi should open and captain the team u will see immediate results

  • nitinsachdeva on November 11, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    Once again the match will go in favour of team batting first in the last. More chances of pakistan to win atleast the final dead rubber.

  • Shazzada on November 10, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    considering WC 2015 Pak ODI squad should be ..... Nasir Jamshed/Ahmed Shehzad/Younis Khan/Shoaib Maqsood/Omer Akmal/M. Hafeez/Abdul Razzak/Shahid Afridi/Omer Gul/Saeed Ajmal/Junaid Khan/Sohail tanvir/M. Irfan/Kamran Akmal/Shoab Malik

    Younis Khan should be named test & ODI captain till WC 2015.

    considering test championship Pak TEST squad should be .....Taufiq Omer/Ahmed Shehzad/Younis Khan/Haris Sohail/Asad Shafiq/Azhar Ali/Omer Akmal/M. Hafeez/Abdul Rehman/Omer Gul/Saeed Ajmal/Junaid Khan/Rahat Ali/M. Irfan/Adnan Akmal

  • on November 10, 2013, 23:13 GMT

    Change the keeper? ? Are you kidding me? Umar akmal was the reason Pakistan won in west Indies. He was given a bonus for his performance in the previous series and I believe was deliberately sidelined to give sarfraz yet another chance which ofcourse he flunked. I would however like mohammad rizwan, harris sohail shoaib malik/razzak and zulfi/raza hasan in the side in place of shafiq, wahab and sarfraz for the next series. I think harris sohail had been really hard done and its ridiculous that shafiq is getting chances in odi. For the last match of this series I would like umar smin given anothrr chance in places of shafiq and abdul rehman replacing sohail and umar akmal batting at 4 where shafiq gets that opportunity when he is not even half the player umar akmal is.

  • syedmnaqvi on November 10, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    Pakistan should play this team in the future is the are smart enough 1) Shehzad, 2) Afridi, 3) Maqsood, 4) Umar Akmal, 5) Misbah, 6) Azam, 7) Razzak, 8) Sarfraz, 9) Ajmal, 10)Junaid, 11) Irfan. Now then have bat and ball well. If any one reads this comment please reply.

  • on November 10, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    Lol i love some of comments posted here Afridi an opner i think hes batted as opner in 200+odis and rest 180 odis his batted evry pos from no3 to 8.If a person cant bat wen a bowl has lost its shine and dont swing,how the hell will he play 90mph swinging balls from mr Steyn? yep u got it like usual swing from hips wid eyes closed and wish for best..Av seen him open on flat pitches and do ok against medium pacers not fsst ballers..All he needs is a deep squre leg on fence a couple of bouncers and he plays it down ther thtoat,if i can see that am sure int quality player bowlers are more intelligent than me.!!!our legend Wasim Akram recently said to bat him at no11 he got a point he will b a gud no11...

  • Behind_the_Wicket on November 10, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Pakistan has talent but unfortunatily our Mr Tuk Tuk couldn't utilize it We all know our batting is weak link in our team then why we go with 4 bowlers when we have Hafeez & Afridi in the team Misbah never try Umar Amin , Ahmad Shehzad & Sohaib Maqsood can bowl also. Mr Tuk Tuk has habbit of discourging the players.

  • ranaswinning11 on November 10, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    if they drop mishbah or atleast don't play with him as a captain...u will see this team winning soon..but with the captaincy of misbah u can never win many matches...he is a poor captain and he made all new guys very very defensive. ..if maqsood will play more games under him...u will see him soon trolling on the strike rate of 50 or 60 like misbah...maqsood looks very good and aggressive...and why they dropped harish sohail...he cud have done much much much better than asad shafiq...asad shafiq is only test player...he can't be in odis but seems like they gona select him for t20 even..lol..

  • on November 10, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Please for the Sake of Entertainment! For the sake of Pakistan Cricket! Say Good bye to Misbah Style of Cricket! World is moving at top gear for 300+ and PAKISTAN in reverse to make 150. Why we go to survive 50 overs in every game(and fail). Play positive cricket to score runs and show ur talent and play to your potentials. Till 2015 WC keep Afridi or S Malik as ODI captain with immidiate effect. Then give chance to youngster. I would like to try Umar Akmal as Captain. I feel He could be transformed to a more responsible individual! Teams like South Africa(Smith), England(Strauss), Australia(Ponting) New-Zealand(Fleming) and India(Dhoni) have been successful due to young and long term captain!

  • Shantul on November 10, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Problem is with our captain!! Why play 6 bowlers when our batting is clearly struggling. Why not drop tanvir and bring in a batsman?? If Pak got 7 batsman and 4 bowlers + hafeez be very handy against Africa!. Plus top order will bat bit freely knowing there is long batting lineup!! Good Luck Team Green!!

  • Shazy777 on November 10, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    My Playing X1 1) Hashim Amla 2) Quinton De Kock 3) Faf du Plessis 4) Ab de villiers 5) JP Duminy 6) David Miller 7) Wayne Parnell 8) Vernon Philander 9) Robin Petersen 10) Dale Steyn 11) Imran Tahir.

  • Cric_fever_forever on November 10, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    team balance is not great to many half chickens and half ducks in the team.for the return series they either should keep hafeez in the team or afridi coz both hav turned into bowling allrounder and who ever is selected must bat down the order. No2 throw tanvir and riaz out they lack intensity in the field.No3 bring in right arm fast bowler who can bat also and give him proper chance at 7. No4 they should promot akmal at 4 and demote misbah at 5.No5 play with proper opning batsmen. As far as team for the next match is concern they should rest big guy irfan and bring in rehman as wicket would be slow. dont expect batsman coming in form in that sort of wicket. would be low scoring affair with team batting first winning the match

  • on November 10, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    my team shahzad.afridi.maqsood.uakmal.misbah.hafeez.amin.ajmal.irfan.jkhan.tanveer

  • on November 10, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Dropping Misbah is ultimate solution. He has played more than required. Umar Akmal needs to bat at 4 Make a team now with reserves. and give them chance till 2015 WC. Let them settle and have some team chemistry going. Which presently is seen nowhere! I would like to see Hafeez batting down the order. Nasir Jamshed is a good player. Just needs to have some Backing. Openers Needs to play positive cricket and shots at merit. Confidence and Runs will only come by playing shots. Need to be positive. Very glad at the inclusion of Abdur Razzaq and Shoaib Malik in team! Would like to see Shoaib Malik or Afridi as ODI captain till 2015 WC Ideal Pak team for me in ODI is 1-Ahmed Shahzad,2-Nasir Jamshed , 3-Sohaib Maqsood, 4-Umar Akmal, 5-Shoaib Malik/ M Hafeez, 6-Abdur Razzaq , 7-Shahid Afridi, 8-Saeed Ajmal, 9-Umar Gul, 10-Junaid Khan, 11-M Irfan All rounders need to be utilized. Not like done in recent past to A Razzaq. Even Hafeez is Under utilized Most of times.

  • on November 10, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    my 11 pakistan team isplz do this misbah i difinetly give wrighting in bondpaper plz try my team shahzad,kamranakmal,youniskhan,malik,misbah,hafeez,afridi,ajmal,jkhan,irfan,rana naveedulhasan plz try this once dudes

  • BaigSaqib on November 10, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    PAK needs to find 1 batting and 1 bowling all-rounder (both medium fast) and give them 12 months to develop for 2015 WC in AUS. Currently, we are playing for the next series which is going to hurt in the long-run. If WKT is suitable for spin you have Hafeez as all-rounder and if suited to fast bowling then you would have a fast bowling all-rounder..... You need 7 solid batsmen, no matter what...

  • Shahzadhussan on November 10, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Get rid of Misbah and see the big improvement in the same team that completely lacks confidence due to captain's strategy. If you change the team but donot solve the actual problem, the captain, then whatever you select that would fail as has been last 2 years, see against Ireland, Zimbabwe, Championstrophy and SA. They had some success against WI only because of some match wining innings of Umar Akmal otherwise I would consder those matches as lost ones. For God sack get rid of Mr Tuck Tuck

  • on November 10, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    afridi should opening innings with shehzad this is the best solution please try it .....

  • on November 10, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    hello mister misbah or coach watmore ....please give a chance to afridi to opening batsmen then defnitely u will see how to solve your batting problems....

  • on November 10, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Prepare for the world cup 2014 mate. Give captaincy to hafeez (though i don like him) bring atleast 2 bowling all rounders. So many spinners are going to backfire in australia. Say good bye to misbah in ODIs. Bring hammad and use umar amin for bowling. No dearth of fast bowlers a big plus in australian conditions. May Keep Afridi for his experience.

  • on November 10, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    1)Shehzed, 2)Afridi, 3)Maqsood, 4)Umar Akmal, 5)Hafeez, 6) Misbah, 7)Safraz, 8) Sohail Tanvir, 9) Ajmal, 10)Junaid, 11) Irfan. Hafeez should come down order because he putting pressure on the bottom order by his strike rate not been high. Misbah relax and till your players to play the natural game don't put pressure on them!!

  • on November 10, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    ABD Villiers said during press conference "SA are making two changes for Monday's Dead rubber. Morne Morkel and Ryan Mclaren will make way for Vernon Philander and Wayne Parnell."

    So playing XI should look like this. 1) Hashim Amla 2) Quinton De Kock 3) Faf du Plessis 4) Ab de villiers 5) JP Duminy 6) David Miller 7) Wayne Parnell 8) Vernon Philander 9) Dale Steyn 10) Lonwabo Tsotsobe 11) Imran Tahir.

  • on November 10, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Rubic i agree with you 100 % there must be players in pak domestic who can perform better if not worse then the ones you have named

  • siabbasi on November 10, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    I was just re thining the ODI # 4 between SA & PAK.

    Drawing a similar scenarios but with different teams:

    What it was AUSSIES batting with 8 down and 40 to win on almost 36 balls? Who's more likely to win? Plus, if there is an AUSSIE Batsman with 300+ match experience. I bet you're money will be on Aussies.

    Same if it was Dhoni or any other experienced Indian batsman, target was smaller than their talent, technique and experience.

    Now, I saw Afridi. If remove the name tag on his shirt, I thought there is a guy who maybe is in his 15th or 20th match, with experience he will learn how to come out as winner in such exciting cricket situtation.

    But he ended up getting run out and played like he had no idea, no experience and liability as batsman.

    PAK fans, let's find PLAYERs for the team and not only PEPSI AD Models.

    Cheers,

    Afridi, when he is on the pitch Pak need somewhere around 35-40 runs and only tail enders to support th BOOM BOOM.

  • hasanjawaid on November 10, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    As ever, unfortunately the root cause problem is once again diagnosed incorrectly. Instead of selecting the deserving players and getting rid of poor performers like Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Umar Ameen, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz and Shaihid Afridi team's dismal performance is linked with coach Dave Whatmore and his extension is not renewed. With current Pakistani team, even Imran Khan would fail if he was to lead or coach the team .... Can someone please help me understand when would PCB learn?

  • Rubic on November 10, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    I'd love to see a Pak ODI team without Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Ameen, any Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanweer, Asad Shafiq and Mr. Boom Boom…

  • on November 10, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    I am an Indian n speaking in pakistan's point of view,after umar akmal their batting line up is so week.. Their tail is no where compared to India's tail... They need to bring malik back and play either afridi/rassak at n08 to strengthen batting... My ideal pak xi is 1.ahmed shehzad 2. hafeez 3. malik 4.mibbah 5.maqsoob 6.Fawad alam 7.umar akmal 8 afridi/rassak 9. junaid 10.ajmal 11.irfan/riaz... This is the best XI i dont know y pak selectors keep ignoring fawaad alam....

  • 2nd_Slip on November 10, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    This is the team that I would like to see take on the field tomorrow:1 Henry Davids , 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Hashim Amla, 4 JP Duminy, 5 AB de Villiers (capt), 6 David Miller, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8 Wayne Parnell, 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Lonwabo Tsotsobe, 11 Imran Tahir. Resting Morne since the series is already won and replacing Faf because of the string of inconstant performances he is displaying.

  • SurlyCynic on November 10, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    Bring in Parnell and Philander for this dead rubber, give Morkel and Lopsy a rest. That would also improve the batting a lot as Parnell and Vern are both decent bats - could be useful if the pitch is difficult.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on November 10, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    In T20 its easier to 'hide' weaker batting line ups as the batsmen are not tested as much than the longer forms of the game...

    PAK will win this series. Drop Misbah, make Hafeez captain. They have explosive batsmen for this form of the game (Akmal, Afridi, etc)

  • AhmadSaeed on November 10, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Loss in the first match has cost Pakistan the series , tow matches in Abu Dehbi were tough for batting 2nd , with good pace bowlers bowling under lights and good total on the board. in Sharjah , SA can't win. good spin track and pitch totally unsuitable for on the up shots. That suits Pakistan more.

  • on November 10, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Look, Misbah wants a guy who could bowl and bat, well just ask anyone and they'll give you this, RAZZAQ!!! I don't know they (the selctors) don't choose for ODI's. He hasn't played one for 2 YEARS!!! He is finally chosen for the T20's but that does not mean that's all okay.

  • iamvarun on November 10, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Afridi should open along with shahzad... He has been most effective there. Com'on Misbah try it tomm.

  • on November 10, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    we shud choose b/w hafeez & afridi as both batng z pathetic brng specialst batter my line up 1. nasir 2. shehzad 3. maqsood 4. u akmal 5. misbah 6. shafiq 7. afridi 8. a rehman 9. ajmal 10. junaid 11. irfan

  • Amol_Gh on November 10, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    The World Cup is nearer than it seems. I hope SA try to match/break their own record of maximum unbeaten streak of matches they set in 2005-06. That's the only way they can improve. If they try to achieve 100% then they can match 80%. Now's the time starts for gambling and to do a 150%. The World-Cup is just a few months away...

  • Desihungama on November 10, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    We are missing an All Rounder. Yeah we get that. Fans are not stupid. But what we doing about grooming one? If you've given up on Razzaq, that's fine. Why are you not giving match time/games to Hammad Azam with a consistent run in ODI's? Why have you not yet specified who the All Rounders could potentially be? What about Bilawal Bhatti? He says he an all rounder. Why about Afridi batting at top? What happened to innovation in Pakistan Cricket? How else do you groom? At a wedding ceremony?

  • on November 10, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    i think they should still go with asad . not because he is good, because it will settle that he is not an odi material but a good test player.

    this series should clear few things: 1- sohail tanveer is not an allrounder. pick geniune all rounders not forced ones. 2- wahab riaz is not an all rounder. he can hit few but not dependable all rounder. 3- wahab as a bowler is a disappointment again. needs to work in domestic. 4- umar amin is not that good at international level like many board officials or media say. may be 1 for future but after some season of good domestic performances. 5- hafeez still has problems at top of the order no matter which ground he plays. 6- afridis days as a hitter or batsman gone. he is a bowler . the sooner we understand it the better. 7- selection was wrong. a weak batting side cant go with 6 bowlers who can bowl 10 overs but cant bat much. 8- maqsod showed: good domestic record matters. stop ignoring top domestic performers for 30avg players

  • on November 10, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    pak needs all rounder like razzaq or azhar who can bat and ball medium pace. it will also help pak in WC 2015 on such conditions, pak will find the balance. Now in sharjha if pak brings rehman instead of fast bowler then pak may win bcoz sharjha pitch offers spin a lot. And pak can restrict SA well under 220.

  • circ on November 10, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Pakistan best XI Shehzad,Maqsood,U Akmal,Younis,Misbah,Hafeez,Afridi,Ajmal,Riaz/Tanvir,Irfan,Junaid. Let them try with this line up. Surely they can produce Inzi,Saeed Anwar,Kohli. Reserves Malik,Razaq. Give younsters at the top more responsibility and make them secured.

  • on November 10, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    most man of thre man of the match awrds in 203 5+ palyer of d series + two time plyer of the series 2 time + most runz bu any player & by 1st pakistani caption to score 1000 runs in a calender year ....but this is pakistan they dont like him don't know y .... misbah is the man who bring saeed ajaml in pakistan team when he was 30 ...........

  • mzm149 on November 10, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Pakistan should play with the following XI in the next game:

    1. Shehzad 2. Maqsood 3. Jamshed 4. Akmal 5. Misbah 6. Hafeez 7. Afridi 8. Tanvir 9. Rehman 10. Ajmal 11. Junaid

    Bringing Hafeez down the order might solve our problem of a good finisher which we have been searching for quite a long time. It will be useful for Hafeez as well in upcoming series in South Africa where new swinging and seaming ball will cause problems for him.

  • on November 10, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    @icc expert: agree with you. i think its time to move on from never ending and never retiring debate of misbah, afridi & hafeez. misbah has question marks on captaincy and hafeez and afridi's selection is questionable at times. so why not make a young captain for 1 format and give couple of series to him and new guys. they will not do worse than these.

    thats where A team comes in but in pak our A team is not regular. they assemble it for 1 off game and then nothing. we are moving in circles . they dropped farhat, malik and kamran. but farhat again selected for ZIM, now malik back in . and the way umar going on . it looks like kamran is just weeks away from selection . more importantly they are ignoring top domestic performers for guys with 30 avg.

  • on November 10, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    uae wicket was batting friendly . even 2nd game played on same surface and in pakistans innings , pitch was still good for batting. this wicket is slow. and in 1 st game it was difficult to score. there is no need for 3 fast bowlers.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 10, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Pakistan selectors a saying we are making team for future, giving the players a chance to start winning, but till the time they start winning they will be near there retirement (Misbah, Hafeez, Afridi, Malik) so why not bring in youth and even if they lose a few series, which the current team is doing( losing every series ) Atleast with youth we can make a team for future. Why dont the Pak selectors use there brain?

  • on November 10, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    i think problem is not coach not captain not batting. problem is politics going on in dressing room. many times media has reported some thing going on. and some ex players also naned senior players of groupings. you will see as soon as same hafeez will be captain in t20 s he willbe smacking new ball all over the park. obviously there must be something fishy thats why these rumors exists. some time ago hafeez and misbah have to do a joint press conference that we are good friends ...

  • on November 10, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    One think i pretty sure that Misbah is not a talent. He can't make a single and he played at number 5, make some score and team is losing still and all said that he is performing well. But his performance is not helpful for the team either, not match winning player and also has not captain skill. PCB should take some steps change the senior players with new players, change their coaches with the local coaches like inzamam and shoab akhtar could be best. Make young and new players better so that they can handle pressure, bat and plan well. By this, may they lose one or two serious which is we are already losing but Pakistan will get good team at the end.

  • Stark62 on November 10, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    First and foremost, please demote Hafeez to no. 6!! Bring in Nasir for Shafiq and promote U. Akmal to no. 4, then tell Nasir to play his natural game (aggressive).

    Also, I would tell the curator to prepare a flat track and if Misbah wins the toss, then he should elect to field first because we have to start chasing down totals and there is no better opportunity than now with a dead rubber.

  • agent001 on November 10, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    The Sharjah tracks helped spinners in the 1st ODI. No need for Pak to play 3 seamers. Go with Rehman in place of Tanvir. That one run loss Pak suffered could have made this series a 2-2 tie going in for the 5th ODI. Pak cricket needs some wholesome cleaning.

  • agent001 on November 10, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Sorry Pakistan coach and a sorry captain with his defensive techniques that only puts pressure on the other playing batsman. No one here has a winning attitude. Misbah had a chance to finish off the 1st and 4th ODI and Pak would have been alive in this series. Hafeez has a plot to run out his partner to make himself look good, knows which end the stumps would be aimed at when he calls his partner. Check how many times he has run out Jamshed and Shahzad He cost Pakistan the 4th ODI, dump him. Umar Akmal is under utilized at 6 or 7 position. He should come in at no.4.

  • on November 10, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    they should still go with asad . not because he is good, because it will settle that he is not an odi material but a good test player. this series should clear few things: 1- sohail tanveer is not an allrounder. pick geniune all rounders not forced ones. 2- wahab riaz is not an all rounder. he can hit few but not dependable all rounder. 3- wahab as a bowler is a disappointment again. needs to work in domestic. 4- umar amin is not that good at international level like many board officials or media say. may be 1 for future but after some season of good domestic performances. 5- hafeez still has problems at top of the order no matter which ground he plays. 6- afridis days as a hitter or batsman gone. he is a bowler . the sooner we understand it the better. 7- selection was wrong. a weak batting side cant go with 6 bowlers who can bowl 10 overs but cant bat much. 8- maqsod showed: good domestic record matters. stop ignoring top domestic performers for 30avg players.

  • imranmujtaba on November 10, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Pak Problem in Misbah - get rid of him team will win. He says: Pak needs good quality all rounders then why not Razzaq in the team or develop Hamad Azam? Lack batting then y not give Umar Akmal a batting chance? Afridi play spinner well why dont give him chance in middle order to see I Tahir off? Nasir is good player and Pak has got 5 bowlers then what Hafeez is still doing in the team? Poor captaincy is a biggest problem! get rid of him - problem resolve.

    Afridi can put this team back on winning path as he took unexperience team to last WC semi final, only lost becuase of current captain. Afridi should be made responsible till next WC with responsibility to train 2 people for future captaincy to take over after WC. No one else deserve enough respect in current team. it could be only Shahid or Abdul Razzaq.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 10, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Now they are saying they might bring in Amin again in place of Shafiq, whats the logic, Amin failed in first 2 one days, they changed him, now Asad failed in 2, they will change with with the same failed player Amin. What logic is this? Why dont they carry fresh players with them. Look at the debutant Maqsood how he massacared the South African bowlers by playing fearlessly, why didnt they take Sharjeel khan and Hammad Azam with them, they are aggressive players and deserve a chance

  • ICCexpert.... on November 10, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Majority of the people think its Misbah who is to blame for lack of aggression, its not Whatmore, and its true, so change Misbah also.

  • DaDaL0G on November 10, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Pakistan Should also do some experiments sent Afridi in mandatory power play he is not doing anything down the order so plz save our hopes, we always hope Afridi is there and he always let us down :d so plz plz free him earlier

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  • DaDaL0G on November 10, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Pakistan Should also do some experiments sent Afridi in mandatory power play he is not doing anything down the order so plz save our hopes, we always hope Afridi is there and he always let us down :d so plz plz free him earlier

  • ICCexpert.... on November 10, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Majority of the people think its Misbah who is to blame for lack of aggression, its not Whatmore, and its true, so change Misbah also.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 10, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Now they are saying they might bring in Amin again in place of Shafiq, whats the logic, Amin failed in first 2 one days, they changed him, now Asad failed in 2, they will change with with the same failed player Amin. What logic is this? Why dont they carry fresh players with them. Look at the debutant Maqsood how he massacared the South African bowlers by playing fearlessly, why didnt they take Sharjeel khan and Hammad Azam with them, they are aggressive players and deserve a chance

  • imranmujtaba on November 10, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Pak Problem in Misbah - get rid of him team will win. He says: Pak needs good quality all rounders then why not Razzaq in the team or develop Hamad Azam? Lack batting then y not give Umar Akmal a batting chance? Afridi play spinner well why dont give him chance in middle order to see I Tahir off? Nasir is good player and Pak has got 5 bowlers then what Hafeez is still doing in the team? Poor captaincy is a biggest problem! get rid of him - problem resolve.

    Afridi can put this team back on winning path as he took unexperience team to last WC semi final, only lost becuase of current captain. Afridi should be made responsible till next WC with responsibility to train 2 people for future captaincy to take over after WC. No one else deserve enough respect in current team. it could be only Shahid or Abdul Razzaq.

  • on November 10, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    they should still go with asad . not because he is good, because it will settle that he is not an odi material but a good test player. this series should clear few things: 1- sohail tanveer is not an allrounder. pick geniune all rounders not forced ones. 2- wahab riaz is not an all rounder. he can hit few but not dependable all rounder. 3- wahab as a bowler is a disappointment again. needs to work in domestic. 4- umar amin is not that good at international level like many board officials or media say. may be 1 for future but after some season of good domestic performances. 5- hafeez still has problems at top of the order no matter which ground he plays. 6- afridis days as a hitter or batsman gone. he is a bowler . the sooner we understand it the better. 7- selection was wrong. a weak batting side cant go with 6 bowlers who can bowl 10 overs but cant bat much. 8- maqsod showed: good domestic record matters. stop ignoring top domestic performers for 30avg players.

  • agent001 on November 10, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Sorry Pakistan coach and a sorry captain with his defensive techniques that only puts pressure on the other playing batsman. No one here has a winning attitude. Misbah had a chance to finish off the 1st and 4th ODI and Pak would have been alive in this series. Hafeez has a plot to run out his partner to make himself look good, knows which end the stumps would be aimed at when he calls his partner. Check how many times he has run out Jamshed and Shahzad He cost Pakistan the 4th ODI, dump him. Umar Akmal is under utilized at 6 or 7 position. He should come in at no.4.

  • agent001 on November 10, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    The Sharjah tracks helped spinners in the 1st ODI. No need for Pak to play 3 seamers. Go with Rehman in place of Tanvir. That one run loss Pak suffered could have made this series a 2-2 tie going in for the 5th ODI. Pak cricket needs some wholesome cleaning.

  • Stark62 on November 10, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    First and foremost, please demote Hafeez to no. 6!! Bring in Nasir for Shafiq and promote U. Akmal to no. 4, then tell Nasir to play his natural game (aggressive).

    Also, I would tell the curator to prepare a flat track and if Misbah wins the toss, then he should elect to field first because we have to start chasing down totals and there is no better opportunity than now with a dead rubber.

  • on November 10, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    One think i pretty sure that Misbah is not a talent. He can't make a single and he played at number 5, make some score and team is losing still and all said that he is performing well. But his performance is not helpful for the team either, not match winning player and also has not captain skill. PCB should take some steps change the senior players with new players, change their coaches with the local coaches like inzamam and shoab akhtar could be best. Make young and new players better so that they can handle pressure, bat and plan well. By this, may they lose one or two serious which is we are already losing but Pakistan will get good team at the end.

  • on November 10, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    i think problem is not coach not captain not batting. problem is politics going on in dressing room. many times media has reported some thing going on. and some ex players also naned senior players of groupings. you will see as soon as same hafeez will be captain in t20 s he willbe smacking new ball all over the park. obviously there must be something fishy thats why these rumors exists. some time ago hafeez and misbah have to do a joint press conference that we are good friends ...