Pakistan v South Africa, 1st Twenty20, Dubai November 12, 2013

World T20 prep begins for South Africa, Pakistan

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Match facts

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Start time 2000 local (1600 GMT)

Big Picture

In the space of 10 days, Pakistan and South Africa will play four Twenty20s, in what can be seen as the one of the longest mini-series the format has seen to date. In reality, these are two separate contests.

The first one was planned months ago, as the dessert to South Africa's ongoing UAE tour. The second was hastily arranged as a snack for South African cricket supporters who will see less of India than was originally scheduled. Together, they will script an intriguing narrative across continents that will rigorously examine the skill of both sides four months ahead of the World Twenty20.

For both teams this is the first of seven matches before the global event. Pakistan will play Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, while South Africa have three matches against Australia to fine tune.

There is still time to find combinations but they will both want to settle on them quickly and allow players time to adjust to their roles. For South Africa, the main decisions will be with the top order and the seam-bowling trio, while Pakistan will look to settle on a middle order and find an allrounder. They will be considered favourites, especially on current form, and have the added incentive of becoming the top-ranked team in Twenty20 cricket should they sweep the series. South Africa, though, have all the confidence having won the ODIs.

Form guide


Pakistan WWWWW (completed games, most recent first)
South Africa LWWLW

In the spotlight

Sohaib Maqsood had a moderate start to his international career with 26 runs from two T20s matches against Zimbabwe but erased that from memory with the way he began his ODI run. Back-to-back half-centuries against South Africa showed him to be a clean hitter of the ball who is able to find good placement. He is aggressive and unafraid to show it. If Pakistan hope to turn around the indifferent batting performances from their one-day showings, they will need him to come good in the shortest format.

After a lean run, not dissimilar to the one he has had in the UAE, Faf du Plessis scored 85 in a T20 in Sri Lanka to boost his confidence. At the time he said he really needed those runs and he needs them again. In the format in which he captains, du Plessis will want to lead by example. He will need to find a way to keep the scoreboard moving against a slew of spinners who have thus far kept him quiet.

Team news

Although Mohammad Hafeez has batted lower down the order in this format, he may choose to open to keep the same top order as Pakistan had in the ODIs. Sohaib Maqsood has been successful at No. 3 in the fifty-over format and may stay there. Shoaib Malik could make his return in the middle order with Abdul Razzaq also in line for a comeback. Pakistan may overlook him if they opt for an extra spinner in Abdur Rehman. It may also be time to rest Mohammad Irfan, who has played every match on the tour so far.

Pakistan: (likely) 1 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Sohaib Maqsood 4 Umar Amin, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Umar Akmal (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Abdul Razzaq/Abdur Rehman 9 Sohail Tanvir, 10 Junaid Khan/Mohammad Irfan, 11 Saeed Ajmal

South Africa are spoilt for choice at the top with Quinton de Kock having found form, Hashim Amla back in the T20 squad and Henry Davids, the incumbent, in good nick in domestic cricket. Amla may find himself missing out. Dale Steyn has also made himself available for the shortest format and will likely slot back in. That will mean South Africa may have to choose two out of Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Wayne Parnell. With Imran Tahir enjoying these conditions, he will likely be selected ahead of Aaron Phangiso.

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

Stats and trivia

  • This is the only format in which Pakistan have dominance over South Africa. Of the eight matches the two teams have contested, Pakistan have won four and lost three with one abandoned. But, two of South Africa's three victories over Pakistan have come in the UAE, both in Abu Dhabi, on the 2010 tour
  • Ahmed Shehzad is one run behind Aaron Finch in this year's Twenty20 batting charts, with 261 runs

Quotes

"They have the potential to beat us 2-0 but we also have the potential to do that. It's going to be a fight out there. We are not going to give an inch and I am sure they will do the same."
AB de Villiers expects a tense affair as both teams go all out for victory

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Khans_word on November 12, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Its going to be tough for Pakistan as 90% of the T20 team is the same as the demoralised ODI squad. The only chance they have is if they had infused it with young talent. Shoaib Maqsood should play at 3, as he is in blinding form at the moment. Seeing as we are aiming for the T20 World Cup, the team is best served with all-rounders - Abdul Razzaq and Shoaib Malik should both come inas they offer fresh energy. Umar Amin is poor choice in the team. Umar Akmal needs his confidence boosting but we know he can be devastating. Its a shame that Misbah is not in the team as his form is awesome this year. With Hafeez controlling the T20 team, he may begrudge Razaaq a shot at redemption. As its UAE, I would go with 5 spinners, with Razzaq and Tanvir as pacers, and open with Jamshed. My team : Shezad, Jamshed, Maqsood, U Akmal, S Malik, Hafeez, Razaq, S Afridi, Tanvir, A Rehman, Ajmal. This way we will bat deep and have 7 bowling options. Good luck PK

  • on November 13, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    pak will win with having razak in team

  • on November 13, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    if pakistan score 150+they will win..

  • on November 13, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    What's team news????

  • on November 13, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    is keeping tanvir in side is necessary?

  • on November 13, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    after 10 overs pakistan will be either 55-3 after 15 they will be 97-7 and they will finish at 136-8 this has been the story for pakistan always

  • on November 13, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    South Africa is much more better team than pakistan. the pressure they have on the opposition is phenomenal their presence is felt greatly amongst the great teams. Their batting, fielding bowling attack their confidence form winning 4-1 their batsmen on foam, their tactics, adapting the game situation and delivering accordingly, more organised clever the only advantage they have is their spinners ajmal and he doesn't deliver on every game So South Africa has more chance.

  • on November 13, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Good Luck Pakistan <3

  • on November 13, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Pakistan Squad

    1.Jamshed 2.Shehzad 3.Maqsood 4.U.Akmal 5.Malik 6.K.Akmal 7.Razzaq 8.Wahab 9.Ajmal 10.Junaid 11.Irfan

  • on November 13, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Pakistan should exclude players like Afridi, Hafeez, Amin.

  • Khans_word on November 12, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Its going to be tough for Pakistan as 90% of the T20 team is the same as the demoralised ODI squad. The only chance they have is if they had infused it with young talent. Shoaib Maqsood should play at 3, as he is in blinding form at the moment. Seeing as we are aiming for the T20 World Cup, the team is best served with all-rounders - Abdul Razzaq and Shoaib Malik should both come inas they offer fresh energy. Umar Amin is poor choice in the team. Umar Akmal needs his confidence boosting but we know he can be devastating. Its a shame that Misbah is not in the team as his form is awesome this year. With Hafeez controlling the T20 team, he may begrudge Razaaq a shot at redemption. As its UAE, I would go with 5 spinners, with Razzaq and Tanvir as pacers, and open with Jamshed. My team : Shezad, Jamshed, Maqsood, U Akmal, S Malik, Hafeez, Razaq, S Afridi, Tanvir, A Rehman, Ajmal. This way we will bat deep and have 7 bowling options. Good luck PK

  • on November 13, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    pak will win with having razak in team

  • on November 13, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    if pakistan score 150+they will win..

  • on November 13, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    What's team news????

  • on November 13, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    is keeping tanvir in side is necessary?

  • on November 13, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    after 10 overs pakistan will be either 55-3 after 15 they will be 97-7 and they will finish at 136-8 this has been the story for pakistan always

  • on November 13, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    South Africa is much more better team than pakistan. the pressure they have on the opposition is phenomenal their presence is felt greatly amongst the great teams. Their batting, fielding bowling attack their confidence form winning 4-1 their batsmen on foam, their tactics, adapting the game situation and delivering accordingly, more organised clever the only advantage they have is their spinners ajmal and he doesn't deliver on every game So South Africa has more chance.

  • on November 13, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Good Luck Pakistan <3

  • on November 13, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Pakistan Squad

    1.Jamshed 2.Shehzad 3.Maqsood 4.U.Akmal 5.Malik 6.K.Akmal 7.Razzaq 8.Wahab 9.Ajmal 10.Junaid 11.Irfan

  • on November 13, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Pakistan should exclude players like Afridi, Hafeez, Amin.

  • on November 13, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    Pakistan should comfortably win

  • on November 13, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Ma playing 11 Pakistan hafeez shehzad maqsood akmal malik razzak afridi tanvir ajmal junaid irfan

    south africa davids de cock ab duplesis duminy miller weise mclaren morkel steyn phangiso

  • on November 13, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    I think pakistan well be win if they play like this opner shehzad afridi shoib.umar .and razzaq.and then jamshid

  • TeamSelector on November 13, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    Razzak & Malik should both play, & Hafeez needs to open the batting. 1-Shehzad, 2-Hafeez, 3-Maqsood, 4-Amin, 5-Malik, 6-Razzak, 7-U.Akmal, 8-Afridi, 9-Tanvir, 10-Ajmal, 11-Junaid.

  • Morfi on November 12, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    i would play the following 11:

    Shehzad, Jamshed, Maqsood, Akmal, Hafeez, Malik, Razzaq, Afridi, Ajmal, Tanveer, Junaid

  • on November 12, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    I think Looking Pakistani team on paper,we have a fair chance of taking this T20 series2-0. Everything depend upon our bowling performance. I think in this format planning is most important. Our bowlers have to set their field keeping opponent batsman in mind. Second most important factor is our fielding. Our captain should alter the batting order as per situation of match. We have many match winner if captain can utilize them smartly. My T20 side is shehzad, Hafiz, Shoaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik, Umer Akmal, A. Razzaq, Afridi, Junaid khan, A. Rehman, M. Irfan. Saeed Ajmal.

  • syedmnaqvi on November 12, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    1 Nasir Jamshed, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Sohaib Maqsood, 4 Mohammad Hafeez (capt) ( 4 Overs ), 5 Umar Amin, 6 Umar Akmal (wk), 7 Abdul Razzaq ( 4 Overs ), 8 Shoaib Malik , 9 Shahid Afridi, 10 Junaid Khan ( 4 overs ), 11 Saeed Ajmal ( 4 Overs )

    Please comment back.

  • Omarrz on November 12, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    no point of playing Sohail if Razzaq is playing

    1. Ahmed 2. Nasir 3. Hafeez 4. Sohaib 5. Akmal 6. Shoaib 7. Amin 8. Razzaq 9. Afridi 10. Saeed 11. Irfan/Junaid

    T20 eleven has a short tail, thank God!

    2 fast bowlers, 4 spinners, 1 part timer (Amin) that is 7 bowlers for a T20.. more than enough

  • on November 12, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    My team. Jamshed, shahzad, hafeez, sohaib, Malik, akmal, afridi, Razzaq, ajmal, Junaid, irfan. 7 bowlers to put pressure on any opposition chasing. And batting till number 8 if batting clicks. Please no room for Amin. Good luck

  • on November 12, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    Players Like Afridi and Abdul Razzaq have been very handy for winning matches during Big tournaments , so ruling these two out of the team permanently will be a loss for pakistan cricket from this perspective.

  • xylofon on November 12, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    @mohsinazhar. if you read my post you can see I dont necesserily want afridi. But average in the pak domestic league does NOT prove everything. Azhar Ali is 110% flop mostly when faced against proper bowlers in the intl arena but his league avg is really good. and Im not sure who you mean when you say little boy imran...it better not be nazir. we have idiotic inconsistency in team in the face of afridi/hafeez/akmal and even razzaq. even getting these players to mature is tough enough, no need for kamikaze batsmen. haris sohail has proven he belongs in the international arena because he has performed in that context. not everyone who is good in domestic league will work out in the international team/stage. the final test comes when they are given the chance in the intl arena. of course this is a golden opportunity for pcb to try out youngsters and certainly the players who play well in domestic must be given the nod.

  • on November 12, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    drop jamshaid in upcoming series against s.africa and giva a chance sami aslam drop hafeez take in babar azam drop afridi - hamad azam,usman qadir or anwar ali is even better all rounder then afridi and razaq is also there drop u.akmal as punishment take jamal anwar or m.rizwan u.gul should made comeback and play as a allrounder plz dont take younis again

  • sgbaloch on November 12, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    My 11: 1. Jamshed 2. Shehzad 3. Hafeez 4. Maqsood 5. Malik 6. Akmal 7. Razzak 8. Afridi 9 Tanvir 10. Ajmal 11. Irfan/junaid Hope u guyz agree

  • AB_DeVilliers on November 12, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    I like how Pakistan fans are saying they will win easily. I think I heard the same before the test series, and then the one day series, where they were frankly humiliated. I expect a similar result - go SA.

  • PAKisTANeee786 on November 12, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    This should be Pakistan's playing XI: Ahmed Shahzad, Nasir Jmashed, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Harris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Saeed Ajmal Batting up to number 9, with 6 bowlers, of which Hafeez and Razzaq can share their quota of 10 overs. Perfect combo for any format really, particularly ODI and T20, Misbah should seriously retire from ODI's!! No leadership qualities at all, would rather prefer Hafeez or Afridi as a leader.

  • Albert_cambell on November 12, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    Great team selection. We should play both Morkel and Parnell for their pinch hitting ability.

  • t20cric on November 12, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    It's bad to see that Tanvir is in the t20 squad. Umar Gul is 10x better bowler than Tanvir in every format. Ahmaed Shehzad and Nasir Jamsehd should open(or at 3), Sohaib Maqsood should come at 3, Umar Akmal should come at 4, Shoaib Malik at 5, Mohammad Hafeez at 6, Abdul Razzaq at 7, Shahid Afrdi at 8. To bad there is no Hammad Azam or Anwar Ali in this squad.

    My XI: 1.Ahmed Shehzad, 2. and 3.Nasir Jamshed and Sohaib Maqsood, 4.Umar Akmal, 5.Shoaib Malik, 6.Mohammad Hafeez, 7.Abdul Razzaq, 8.Shahid Afridi, 9.Junaid Khan, 10.Abdul Rehman/Sohail Tanvir, 11.Saeed Ajmal

    Shoaib Malik should only be used as a batsman. Junaid can open bowling with Razzaq or Hafeez or even Tanvir(if he plays). This team has 6 bowling options and everyone upto 8 can bat. We should be able to beat SA easily with this team.

  • on November 12, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    I really like the luk of the Pakistan team but I would give jamshed another chance maybe 4 amin and defo include both irfan and junaid maybe leave tanvir out

  • on November 12, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    @xylofon.. lil boy imran has more average as compared to haris sohail and shahid afridi... atleast he had given pak a great start everytime ..

  • on November 12, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    List A Batting Averages of Some Players of Pakistan Domestic: Sharjeel Khan 52 , Fawad Alam 44, Khurram Manzoor 47, Sohaib Maqsood 52 , Faisal Iqbal 42, Azhar Ali 50, , Asif Zakir 41, Afaq Raheem 44, Akbar-ur-Rehman 45, Khalid Latif 46, Babar Azam 49 , Zain Abbas 54(few match).

    Current Pakistan Players List A Batting Averages: Mohammad Hafeez 33, Shahid Afridi 24 , Misbah-ul-Haq 48 , Asad Shafiq 36, Ahmad Shehzad 34 , Shan Masood 32, Shoaib Malik 37, Abdul Razzaq 30 (he's also all-rounder), Umar Akmal 36, Kamran Akmal 28, Wahab Riaz 15, Sohail Tanvir 15, Salman Butt 44, Younis Khan 34, Mohammad Yousaf 40, Imran Farhat 36, Haris Sohail 36, Sarfraz Ahmad 29 (wk), Nasir Jamshed 33, Anwar Ali 20, Taufeez Umar 39.56, Awais Zia 27, Imran Nazir 28, Azhar Mahmood 22, Hasan Raza 39.35

    Interesting Thing is the averages are almost same to international Odi Averages of these players .More interestingly Not even one player has average above his List A averages in international ODI's career.

  • t20cric on November 12, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    I hope Pakistan win this series to give us fans something to be happy about other then the 1st test. Please Pakistan give Mohammad Irfan some rest cuz he has played all matches this tour and we need him fit for the SL tour. The information about Sohaib Maqsood on this preview is wrong. It makes it look like Sohaib had a bad t20 debut. He played in 2 t20s but only had to bat in one and when he batted he made 26 off 16 (whereas Afridi made 23 off 16 as well). Sohaib should play in t20s but there was an article on cricinfo about how injury prone this guy is so better to save him for ODIs then. I'm happy to see Razzaq in the team and Malik will be good in t20s as well(not in ODIs). Umar Amin should not play in t20s maybe not even international cricket yet cuz his domestic stats are poor. Amin became a regular in Pak team during CT and I think its cuz of this overrated guy that Pakistan were considered as favorites in CT. Amin should return to domestic curcuit and play 2-3 good seasons.

  • strikeforce2003 on November 12, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Pak should cruise thru to win...in both matches. They are fast in adapting to 4 overs per bowler while batting, easier facing 4 than 10 over spells. Pak too have depth in Abdul Razak.

  • xylofon on November 12, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed HAS to play. Haris Sohail as well. Nice to see razzmatazz back but Id rather see youngsters. Shahid Afridi should OPEN! Absolutely. Imran Nazir no thank you, he failed miserably in the pak team. Skip Hafeez if you are going to play Afridi. Id love to see a new pacer instead of Irfan if he is to be rested as it says above. Junaid Khan please. Wheres Umar Gul, hes a monster bowler in T20´s! Sharjeel Khan shouldve been given the nod, no doubt. Khurram Manzoor as well? Ahmed Shehzad could be really good too. Decent lineup if PCB wants to.

    Shehzad/Afridi/Jamshed/H Sohail/Maqsood/Razmatazz/U Akmal/ J Khan/Gul/Ajmal/Fawad Ahmed (new pacer who won THAT contest)

    Raz couldve made way for Sharjeel and even Afridi making way for a young guy.

    Shoaib Malik? No thanks. Hes a great guy, past glory and all, but we want new motivated people - his performance in CT was manic depressive at best.

  • on November 12, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Umar Amin has been given repeated chances and not done anything. Pakistan don't have a professional wicket keeper. And Shahid Afridi should not be allowed to bat.

  • 14.08.1947 on November 12, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    My playing XI would be: 1. Shezad 2. Afridi 3. Malik 4. Razzaq 5. Maqsood 6. Akmal 7. Hafeez 8. Jamshed 9. Rehman 10. Tanvir 11. Irfan ...... Pakistan need to give AJMAL a rest, because of the upcoming series in SA and Rehman deserves a place in playing 11. Rehman is also one of the best Spin Bowlers of the world. Afridi is usefull just if he can open an inning either in ODI or T'20 Format. Malik and Razzaq have to bat up the order. Jamshed is a player, who obviously has to be a part of the playing XI even he is not perfoming. But his fielding abilities is quite strong and he can gain some confidence, when he doesnt have to open the inning. HAFEEZ is a no GO for TOP ORDER LINE UP. He is just a burden. Just because he scored 88 runs in the last T20 match against SA doesnt justify his place up the order. NEW FORMAT NEW SPIRIT. GO PAKISTAN GO!!!!!!

  • imranmujtaba on November 12, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Thank God! Misbah is not in the team - I can bet Pak will look much more positive and will give tough time to SA. I think Nasir & Abdul Razzaq should be in and Amin out. batting order should be: Nasir, Ahmed, Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Hafeez, Malik, Ajmal, Irfan, Junaid. Hafeez is worse than Imran Nazir - Imran should be in if Hafeez is not scoring. Using Afridi, Razzaq and Akmal with maximum exposure in the middle is very important. lets Hafeez an think outside the box or not!!! Pak has to get rid of Misbah and Hafeez from ODI and T20.

  • on November 12, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Don't know why T20 specialist Haris Sohail's been neglected. He's got massive stats backing him up but umer amin's been preferred over him. Sohaib finally got his chance lucky that selectors felt some mercy for him...and he proved every1 right. Now its Haris Sohail's turn!

  • Shazy777 on November 12, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    My Playing xi...

    Quinton de Kock,

    Hashim Amla,

    AB de Villiers,

    JP Duminy,

    Faf du Plessis (capt),

    David Miller,

    David Wiese

    Ryan McLaren,

    Wayne Parnell

    Dale Steyn,

    Imran Tahir,

  • on November 12, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    Should bring in Sharjeel Khan and Rehan Afridi into the T20 Squad

  • Omarrz on November 12, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Firdose - Sohaib did play 2 T20s but batted only in one game. So 26 off 16 balls in one innings is not a moderate start.

  • on November 12, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Hafeez should bat at no.3 he is used to it. nasir should not play and sohaib maqsood should open.

    My playing eleven for both t20s; 1.sohaib maqsood 2.ahmed shehzad 3.hafeez 4.umar akmal 5.umar amin 6.abdulrazzaq 7.shahid afridi 8.malik 9.irfan 10.ajmal 11.junaid khan

    Pakistan please win 2-0 best of luck please win the series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on November 12, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    plz bring imran nazir in t20s pakistan

  • on November 12, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Don't want to see Umer Amin again and again,,this guy is not ready to play international cricket, so I'll play Nasir Jamshed and Hafiz to play at no 3. A.Shehzad,2-N.Jamshed,3-Hafeez,4-S.Maqsood, 5-U.Akmal,6-Shoib,7-Razzaq,8-Afridi,9-Ajmal,10-S.Tanvir,11-Irfan/Junaid

  • on November 12, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Why Shaib Malik ? Each time he has played for Pakistan in the last three years in ODIs and T 20s he has been a complete failure . Abdul Razaq is the player who can make a big difference for aPakistan

  • on November 12, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    hi Pakistani cricket team... plz give us chance to cheer up in this format...........I haven't heard clapping for the team since long........

    fan and player of Cricket.........

  • -tanZeeEeel- on November 12, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Wow ..!! Look at the "Form Guide" in the above article. Amazing to see: All five W's : W W W W W for Pakistan. All last matches are on Wining Note... tHAT SHOW's how deadly ... they are in the t20's.

  • on November 12, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Although Pakistan's batting have always been a let down but this time bowling not up to old standard either. Happy times for SA batsmen! Lets see if pakistan's T20 standard is still there!

  • on November 12, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Good luck Pakistan!

  • on November 12, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Lets see if Pakistan have still got their t20 standard!

  • on November 12, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Love to se pakistan winning in T-20, against SA.

  • on November 12, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    I accidently missed maqsood. I hope he can open otherwise I guess hafeez has to open :(

  • alizafar_1108 on November 12, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    What if Paksitan lose both t-20 games over here ? PCB has to think about fresh people in this formate , old guns cannot help pakistan in this kind of formate, Razzaq Malik or Afridi they are waste on this level . Why Shahid Afridi still in the team , he should be replaced by young spinner like Raza Hassan or any other young player who could bowl 4 to 10 overs , we DO NOT NEED AFRIDI , in any formate of the game he is just a ordinary spinner in ODI and t-20 formate , we have bunch of new players who are young and more talented than afridi , we should get rid of Afridi and Malik as soon as possible so we can get strong team for WC 2015 , This is the best time to get rid of these players and pump new blood in Pak. team.

  • on November 12, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Same eleven for SA like last ODI except one change Tahir comes in for peterson

  • on November 12, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    I dont like hafeez opening the innings. shehzad opener no.2 hafeez umar akmal shoaib malik afridi razaq tanvir ajmal junaid irfan

  • on November 12, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Hafeez shahzad maqsood akmal amin maik razzaq afridi tanvir ajmal irfan

  • on November 12, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Nasir jamshed deserve a last chance, he should play this 2 T20, if he fails, throw him away, there is a lot of player for the opening spot in domestik, like sharjeel khan. Then amin is a total failure, giv a 2nd chance to hammad azam. Razak has to play this match, and malik either, becose they are only experience batsman in the team!

  • on November 12, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    The current one day team that played south africa is well suited as t20 team Let's see how they go about

  • Zahidsaltin on November 12, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    What is Umar amin doing in every format even when he should be in non

  • nitinsachdeva on November 12, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Chances for pakistan are much better than africa, all the five odi pakistan is much better upto 20-25 overs than africa

  • Behind_the_Wicket on November 12, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Tomorrow you will see Pakistan will make same score that they made in 50 overs most of time. I am quite sure Pakistan is going to win this.

  • on November 12, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Pakistan Playing 11: 1-Ahmed Shehzad, 2-Mohammad Hafeez, 3-Sohaib Maqsood, 4-Umar Akmal, 5- Shoaib Malik, 6-Abdul RazzaQ, 7-Umar Amin, 8-Shahid Afridi, 9-Sohail Tanvir, 10- Junaid Khan, 11- Saeed Ajmal....!!!! Best Of Luck Team Pakistan

  • roook on November 12, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    What Pakistan got is short temperament players which work for them in 20-20 cricket west indies are on the same level. T-20 performances are not the benchmark for ODI and test cricket only good First class performance can be a benchmark.

  • on November 12, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Real two-in-one series. (1) Preparation for the next World T-20; and (2) Can cover up a lot of financial loss suffered by both boards,suffered for reasons beyond the control (in both cases). Good luck to both.

  • on November 12, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Let me guess, like the ODI series Pakistan will win this one easily as well...

  • Ahmcheema on November 12, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Why Umar Amin? I would rather want Misbah in the team especially after his performance in Champions league.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on November 12, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Wow!!! Pakistan winning all of there last 5 T20i thats great stat, I know Hafeez is better captain than Misbah but with these stats he should be captaining ODI side as well. My playing 11 will be,

    1 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Sohaib Maqsood, 4. UmarAmin 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Umar Akmal (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Abdul Razzaq 9 Junaid Khan, 10 Mohammad Irfan, 11 Saeed Ajmal

    This is what we'll see tomorrow but I really want to see Nasir Jamshed in place of Amin so we can get rid of him for good.

  • on November 12, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    If pak wins both of t20..they will bee the no.1 t20 team!

  • GermanPlayer on November 12, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    For Pakistan's great allrounders afridi and hafeez, this format should be ideal!

  • on November 12, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Correction: Shoaib Maqsood score 26 run in one T20 outing. He didn't get a chance to bat in second T20. He scored 26 of just 16 balls hitting two 6s and one 4. By no mean it was a moderate start.

  • on November 12, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    This will be total different contest. Because most of pakistan players like Akmal, Afridi, hafeez,are best suited to this format. any 20-30 in this format makes good difference.

    and balance of the team will be good as razak will be coming back as 3rd fast bowler so it gives a little bit of depth to batting.

    and you will see same hafeez playing fast bowlers well because he is selfish player and now it will be his own captaincy.

    to me this should be the line up

    No umar amin. and Razak over Rehman as in article.

    1- Nasir 2- Ahmed 3-Hafeez 4-Maqsood 5- umar akmal 6- Razak 7- Malik 8-Afridi 9-Ajmal 10- Irfan 11-Junaid

  • Taha_Farrukh on November 12, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Best of luck Pakistanis to become a no 1 in ICC T20....

  • Stark62 on November 12, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Pak should win 2-0, comfortably!! The selectors tried to destroy the team by including Malik and Razzaq but unfortunately for them, these two are really handy in T20's, in fact every Pak batsman is great in this format.

    Playing 11: Nasir, Shezhad, Hafeez (good position for him in T20's), Maqsood, U. Akmal (wkt), Amin (I know Malik will play instead), Razzaq, Afridi, Tanvir/Rehman, Ajmal, Irfan/Junaid.

    It's a shame Zulfiqar isn't here because he would have certainly made the playing 11, plus Amin is a fine T20 player and should play this format only.

  • mzm149 on November 12, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    I think Pakistan will go with the team mentioned in the article. But possibility is that Hafeez will not play Razzaq and he himself will not open. He is settled at no. 3 in t20s for a while. He will not change his position. He might take risk with Sohaib Maqsood or Nasir Jamshed as opener.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 12, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Jamshed should be included and Amin should be dropped. Malik doesnt deserve to be in the playing 11.

  • on November 12, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    how on earth Umar Amin and Sohail tanvir again......... don't need S Malik either. get Umar Akmal on higher Numbers than leaving him when underpressure due to top order failure

  • on November 12, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    how on earth Umar Amin and Sohail tanvir again......... don't need S Malik either. get Umar Akmal on higher Numbers than leaving him when underpressure due to top order failure

  • ICCexpert.... on November 12, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Jamshed should be included and Amin should be dropped. Malik doesnt deserve to be in the playing 11.

  • mzm149 on November 12, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    I think Pakistan will go with the team mentioned in the article. But possibility is that Hafeez will not play Razzaq and he himself will not open. He is settled at no. 3 in t20s for a while. He will not change his position. He might take risk with Sohaib Maqsood or Nasir Jamshed as opener.

  • Stark62 on November 12, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Pak should win 2-0, comfortably!! The selectors tried to destroy the team by including Malik and Razzaq but unfortunately for them, these two are really handy in T20's, in fact every Pak batsman is great in this format.

    Playing 11: Nasir, Shezhad, Hafeez (good position for him in T20's), Maqsood, U. Akmal (wkt), Amin (I know Malik will play instead), Razzaq, Afridi, Tanvir/Rehman, Ajmal, Irfan/Junaid.

    It's a shame Zulfiqar isn't here because he would have certainly made the playing 11, plus Amin is a fine T20 player and should play this format only.

  • Taha_Farrukh on November 12, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Best of luck Pakistanis to become a no 1 in ICC T20....

  • on November 12, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    This will be total different contest. Because most of pakistan players like Akmal, Afridi, hafeez,are best suited to this format. any 20-30 in this format makes good difference.

    and balance of the team will be good as razak will be coming back as 3rd fast bowler so it gives a little bit of depth to batting.

    and you will see same hafeez playing fast bowlers well because he is selfish player and now it will be his own captaincy.

    to me this should be the line up

    No umar amin. and Razak over Rehman as in article.

    1- Nasir 2- Ahmed 3-Hafeez 4-Maqsood 5- umar akmal 6- Razak 7- Malik 8-Afridi 9-Ajmal 10- Irfan 11-Junaid

  • on November 12, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Correction: Shoaib Maqsood score 26 run in one T20 outing. He didn't get a chance to bat in second T20. He scored 26 of just 16 balls hitting two 6s and one 4. By no mean it was a moderate start.

  • GermanPlayer on November 12, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    For Pakistan's great allrounders afridi and hafeez, this format should be ideal!

  • on November 12, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    If pak wins both of t20..they will bee the no.1 t20 team!

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on November 12, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Wow!!! Pakistan winning all of there last 5 T20i thats great stat, I know Hafeez is better captain than Misbah but with these stats he should be captaining ODI side as well. My playing 11 will be,

    1 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Sohaib Maqsood, 4. UmarAmin 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Umar Akmal (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Abdul Razzaq 9 Junaid Khan, 10 Mohammad Irfan, 11 Saeed Ajmal

    This is what we'll see tomorrow but I really want to see Nasir Jamshed in place of Amin so we can get rid of him for good.