Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2011 September 29, 2011

Selectors look to experience for Sri Lanka


Pakistan may shift their focus back to experience to take on Sri Lanka in the home series in the United Arab Emirates, chief selector Mohsin Khan has said. Khan hinted the bowling attack was likely to be strengthened after testing new players against Zimbabwe.

"We can't just go out [to play Sri Lanka] with the similar combination as it [ the Zimbabwe tour] was just a test for our back-up lot for future prospects," Khan told ESPNcricinfo. "It was a successful experiment but at the same time we are wary of the opposition as Sri Lanka are a tough side to play.

"[Finding talent] is an ongoing process and the emphasis is currently on finding players with good fielding ability."

The Pakistan squad for the recent series against Zimbabwe was an experimental one, with the bowling attack in particular featuring several new names and missing some senior players.

Seasoned fast-bowlers Umar Gul, Tanvir Ahmed and Wahab Riaz, who have been Pakistan's three premier bowlers in recent times, were rested, with Sohail Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Aizaz Cheema and Junaid Khan making up the pace attack.

There were changes in the spin department as well: left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman was rested while legspinner Yasir Shah was called up.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq also said the bowling combination needed some changes before the series.

"Senior players have their own importance and we have to go with the [them] when playing Sri Lanka," Misbah told reporters on the sidelines of ongoing Twenty20 Championship in Karachi. "The major goal was to induct youngsters in the side [for the Zimbabwe series] to have a tested lot in the back-up, since we are in the transition process.

"The experimentation actually served the purpose and now we have a tested lot, particularly in fast bowling."

The selection committee will name the squad for the Sri Lanka series in the first week of October.

Pakistan will play three back-to-back Tests against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. The first Test begins on October 18 and Pakistan are scheduled to depart for the UEA on October 15.

The Test series will be followed by five ODIs and one Twenty20 game.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Zohair.ul. on October 2, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    Who ever therer is there must be SHAHID AFRIDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on October 2, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    I hope farhat is in there with umar and havers

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    imran nazir and shahid afridi should be included for odis and t20s..

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket Board should call all the senior players like Md. Yusuf, Shahid Afidi, Abdur Razzak Etc to make the team more challenging to other world class teams. To develope the Pakistan Cricket Team PCB should bring up the most experienced cricket players on the field to show that Pakistan team is still the best team in the world of cricket.

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    great oneday squad ..hafeez,imran nazir,suhaib malik,yonus khan,misba,umar akmal{wiket keepar},shaid afridi,razzak,ajmal,wahab riyaz,umar gul,

  • Saud on October 1, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    I didn't understand why lahore lions team didn't played Nasir Jamshed as opener.Where as , he was man of series of recently concluded ramzan DHA tournament played in karachi.Then, Rawalpindi team is not playing Sadaf Hussian who is most prominent young rising fast bowler who recently played for Pak A team. Poor captaincy by Afridi coming as opener. Why distrubing wining opening combination of shahzab and asad shafique??

    There have been very poor decision making in this tournament by teams.

  • atif on October 1, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    Razzaq shud open in T20 atleast..shud maximum use of him in his last days.he has outstanding in county as an opener.

  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    How about Nasir Jamshed?

  • Owais on September 30, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    Those who still want to have Kamran Akmal on the team, I really doubt their understanding of the game and the fact that this guy single handedly inflicted so many defeats to Pakisatn in all formats of the game accross several years. His days should be considered numbered.

  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    @TeamSelector Fawad Alam is not a Opener and one of the slowest paced player in the team, he is more suited to tests then odi...his strk rate is less then 75...and we don't need 3 fast bowlers....spin is pakistan best thing atm and we should use it both ajmal and rehman have been good no need to remove one from tests.....and Riaz is a quicky

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