Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2011 September 29, 2011

Selectors look to experience for Sri Lanka

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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.hasan on October 2, 2011, 3:32 GMT

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

  • on October 2, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    I hope farhat is in there with umar and havers

  • on October 1, 2011, 14:10 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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,

  • SaudAliPk 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.

  • atiftarar 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.

  • on September 30, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    How about Nasir Jamshed?

  • KarachiKid 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.

  • 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

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

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

  • on October 2, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    I hope farhat is in there with umar and havers

  • on October 1, 2011, 14:10 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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,

  • SaudAliPk 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.

  • atiftarar 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.

  • on September 30, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    How about Nasir Jamshed?

  • KarachiKid 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.

  • 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

  • on September 30, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    ODI TEAM: 1. hafeez, 2. k. akmal 3. U. akmal, 4. asad shafiq,5. ramiz jnr. 6. Misbah 7.Razzaq 8. Afridi, 9. wahab riaz, 10. umer gul, 11. ajmal.

    T-20 TEAM: 1. hafeez, 2. k. akmal 3. U. akmal, 4. shoaib malik,5. ramiz jnr. 6. Iran nazir 7.Razzaq 8. Afridi, 9. wahab riaz, 10. umer gul, 11. ajmal.

    Test TEAM: 1-MOHAMMED HAFEEZ,2-YASEER HAMEED,3-ASAD SHAFEEQ,4-AZHAR ALI,5-YOUNUS KHAN,6-MISBAH UL HAQ,7-ADNAN AKMAL,8-UMAR GUL,9-WAHAB RIAZ,10-ABDUR REHMAN,11-SAEED AJMAL

  • on September 30, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    M.Rameez frm Rawalpindi must be include in all formats in t20 you must put H.Azam in one day and T20 K.Akmal is best in Test M.Yousaf is best

  • on September 30, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    for oneday lineup..hafeez,imran nazir,suhaib malik,yonus khan,misba,umar akmal{wiket keepar},shaid afridi,razzak,ajmal,whab riyaz,umar gul.......good 4 one day cricket team

  • SaudAliPk on September 30, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Fast Bowling for Test cricket should be: Aizaz cheema, Umer Gul & wahab/tanvir ahmed.Spinners for Test team: Danish kineria/saeed ajmal. Batsmen should be Hafiz,Toufeeq/Yasir Hameed, Azhar Ali, Younas, asad ali,Mishbah ,Adnan Akmal (WK).

    This is best test combination. that can challenge any opposition in world.

  • Morfi on September 30, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    @ Zaids - I love your ODI team - but where is Abdul Razzaq?? we need him for ODIs and T20s!! And for tests, I would say bring back M. Yousuf. I agree with everyone that we need to make Umar Akmal a keeper to get some balance in the team - or Asad Shafiq for that matter. Otherwise, teach Adnand and Sulaiman etc to bat.

  • TeamSelector on September 30, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    I think Pakistan should bring back Fawad Alam to open with Hafeez. This would maintain the left/right combo & they are both useful backup spinners. Another man who needs to be recalled is Mohamed Sami. Rumor had it that he was the next fastest bowler in Pakistan after Shoaib Akhtar. We need a genuine quickie in the side. As for the keeper, I would take a gamble & go with Umar Akmal. (I would also tell him that if he scores a century from #7, then he will be promoted higher up the order).Besides, Shafiq will be there to back him up with the keeping if needed.

    1-Hafeez, 2-Fawad Alam, 3-Azhar Ali, 4-Younis, 5-Misbah, 6-Asad Shafiq, 7-Umar Akmal, 8-Umar Gul, 9-Wahab Riaz, 10-Mohamed Sami, 11-Saeed Ajmal.

  • codegreen on September 30, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    iN tests they shud only chge the bowling line up from zimbabwe' but in t20s nd odis kamran akmal definitely because no other pakistani keeper can bat like him

  • TeamSelector on September 30, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    I think Pakistan should bring back Fawad Alam to open with Hafeez. This would maintain the left/right combo & they are both useful backup spinners. Another man who needs to be recalled is Mohamed Sami. Rumor had it that he was the next fastest bowler in Pakistan after Shoaib Akhtar. We need a genuine quickie in the side. As for the keeper, I would take a gamble & go with Umar Akmal. (I would also tell him that if he scores a century from #7, then he will be promoted higher up the order).Besides, Shafiq will be there to back him up with the keeping if needed.

    1-Hafeez, 2-Fawad Alam, 3-Azhar Ali, 4-Younis, 5-Misbah, 6-Asad Shafiq, 7-Umar Akmal, 8-Umar Gul, 9-Wahab Riaz, 10-Mohamed Sami, 11-Saeed Ajmal.

  • zaids on September 30, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    ODI TEAM..........1-ABDUL RAZZAQ,2-YASEER HAMEED,3-ASAD SHAFEEQ,4-YOUNUS KHAN,5-MOHAMMAD HAFEEZ,6-MISBAH UL HAQ,7-UMAR AKMAL,8-SHAHID AFRIDI,9-UMAR GUL,10-WAHAB RIAZ,11-TANVIR AHMED.............................................THIS IS THE BEST TEAM FOR PAKISTAN ODI...........THINK ABT IT SELECTORS AND GOOD LINE UP..................

  • zaids on September 30, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    HI FRIENDS THIS WILL BE THE BEST TEAM FOR TESTS..........................................1-MOHAMMED HAFEEZ,2-YASEER HAMEED,3-ASAD SHAFEEQ,4-AZHAR ALI,5-YOUNUS KHAN,6-MISBAH UL HAQ,7-UMAR AKMAL,8-UMAR GUL,9-WAHAB RIAZ,10-TANVIR AHMED,11-SAEED AJMAL..................THIS IS THE GOOD TEAM AND BEST PAIR WITH GOOD LINE UP.......EVERY ONE CAN BAT.....PAKISTAN AND SELECTORS THINK ABT THIS TEAM.....

  • likeintcricket on September 30, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Selectors are doing pretty decent job here but three players deserve their attention. Addul Razaq for One dayers, Shahid Afridi for T20 and Mohd Yousuf for the Test. Yousuf is in great form after playing in the English county cricket, Abdul Razaq is playing great too and Shahid Afridi is a must in T20 and probably One day too. Akhter Sarfraz is a better keeper batsman than most in Pakistan.

  • innocent_gikian on September 30, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    yar plz dont become chief selector of PCB by selecting their own team.what wrong with us pakistanis? we always does not accept the squad choosen by our selection comittee.after all they are all professionals and well known to cricket minimum more than us.so plz we have to change our habbit and also have to accept the selected team .then u people c we will conquer all the battles.INSHALLAH

  • saadfarrukh1 on September 30, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    in my opinion this should be the 11 1) hafeez 2)umar akmal 3)younis khan 4)asadsafiq 5) misbah 6)hammad azam 6)adnan 8)afrid i 9)umargul 10)wahab riaz 11)saeed ajmal

  • sark on September 30, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Why dont the selectors understand that afridi is necessity of the team. He should be included in the tests and one days. Afridi has the capability to perform in tests and one days both, and he has proved it time in time out. he should be considered as a player who can give usfel contribution in batting and great contribution in bowling. If he is recalled for the tests, i am sure he would reply positively. He is one of those players who pla for the country with heart and even as a cricketer he has a big heart. Mohsin hasan khan himself is not a good enough cricketer to realise Afridi's value. On average he can contribute 30 runs and take 2 wickets easily which is match winning contribution, obviously depending on contributions from others as well.

  • on September 30, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    i request mohisan to check rana azhar mehmood and imran nazir in one days and t 20 imran nazir is a match winner on his day we would have won t20 wc if he would have not been run out in finals against india i ll say that even he is better than sehwagg whom i consider a true replica of imran nazir and the performance of azhar in england is in front of every one pls utilize all these crickters they r the crowd pullers

  • on September 30, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    look at dis lineup ......hafeez,kamran,khan,misbah,umar,afridi,rzzk,wahab,gul,ajmal...grt odi team

  • on September 30, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Bleeding obvious. If they don't look for experience, they lose from powerful Sri Lanka, its as simple as that.

  • poderdubdubdub on September 30, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    Test matches are the real thing, Afridi does not play test cricket so we should not worry too much about him. Misbah has proved himself with his performance and a wise head to be the best choice for captaincy. Yunus Khan is the best batsman we have at the moment, so leave him just batting please. In the pace bowling department we have no match winner ( our match winners are trying to win court cases in UK...how sad..)

  • on September 30, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    Mr. Waqar Khan picked team based on emotional and pathan sentiments but dear while you pick side you preffer performance not the personal liking or race, caz Having afridi as captain means yet another division and set back for side, Younus Khan is brilliant as captain and street smart when setting fields and making decision and never forget it was Younus and Misbah who were behind most decision during world cup and Afridi regime.

  • sirvivfan on September 30, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    to indianZen..... agree Sri Lanka have a good pace and spin attack soemthing which India do not.... as result whitewash in England!

    Sir Viv

  • Happy_AusBang on September 30, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    There should be no more talk about Afridi I think. It is not a selection matter any more I believe. The man thinks he is bigger than life. He could have easily made it into the team as a bowler in the ODI team but indiscipline is something that should not be tolerated; the same goes for Mohammed Yousuf even though he could have easily made it into the test team as a batsman.

  • on September 30, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    i think Hafeez will be given captaincy for limited overs leg of the tour

  • Stark62 on September 30, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    If Pakistan want to be a successful side in Tests then, they must make Younis captain and drop Misbah because he is way too defensive and that tactic may have worked against Nz and Zimb but a quality side like SL will pulverise Pak.

    Did anyone see Clarke's captaining against SL? The guy was attacking from the first ball and didn't allow the batsmen any breathing space.

    Also, they must play Naved Yasin and Alam in both Tests as well as ODI's.

  • on September 30, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    This should be the playing XI against SL in Test series

    1) Mohammad Hafeez, 2)Azhar Ali (Better open with him instead of Walking wicket ie Imran FARThat), 3) Asad Shafiq 4) Younis Khan, 5) Umar Akmal, 6) Misbah-ul-Haq (He has tendency to play with tail), 7) Adnan Akmal, 8) Umar Gul, 9) Wahab Riaz, 10) Tanvir Ahmed/Aizaz Cheema/Spinner 2, 11) Saeed Ajmal

  • khurramsch on September 30, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    for test yes they should continue with the playing 11 they used recently with experinced bowlers. but for odi & t20 i think they should give chance to hamad azam. & also razak should be brought back. in zimbabwe odis & t20 we have seen that pak midle & lower order failed to convert good starts in big scores in bating pp. even misbah failed to do & that will effcet they need razak in playing 11.

  • on September 30, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    Gul wanted..... also a Pakistani coach....

  • on September 30, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Afridi should be brought back. Abdur Razzak should be given more chance but the youngsters should be an integral part of the team.

  • aslamPK on September 30, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Hammad Azam must be included in playing 11. Recently he has been selected in one or two tour but not selected in matches.

  • ejsiddiqui on September 30, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    @indianzen I can understand your pain that why you are not forgetting the word "whitewash".

  • indianzen on September 30, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Srilanka will whitewash, right now they have a good stable pace and spin attack, except their middle order, SL are a good side now...

  • on September 30, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    @waqar khan, thats a very bad team you selected. Why would u not have Misbah in the side?? He's the countries best ODI batsman, he holds the team together and without his runs the team would go nowhere. Even his scoring rate is ok, its no worse then say Clarke from australia or Sangakarra from SL, even Younis Khan is scoring at a slower rate then Misbah at the moment. Also Nazir is not good, Farhat is in good form and he should be picked. Shahid Afridi has 'retired' so forget about him.... i wouldnt have sohail tanvir either, id prefer Aizaz Cheema, but that is a close call because tanvir is pretty good. The selectors are not going to pick ahmed shahzad at 5 because he is an opener by trade and he hasnt been consistent, tho i know he is a good player but he has a bit of a way to go before he can come pack to ODI's. I'd drop Malik too, but selectors will probs want him in the side. MY side: Hafees, Farhat, Khan, Misbah, Umar Ackmal, Asad Shafique, Adnan, Ajmal, riaz, gul, cheema.

  • WildAmigo on September 30, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    Nice to hear that but it will be good that coaches in Academy and with the Team is keep this pool of fast bowlers fresh and fit. Play them along side together is another exercise to encourage competition and learn from each other. Hope that it would happen. We need a good Allrounder like Hammad Azam in the Team.

    And for the ODI's its better to have Umar Akmal as keeper as he does a very good job in Zimbabwe. But in Test it should be a regular keeper.

  • on September 30, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    InsaAllah Pakistani tigers beat Srilanka, England and Bangladesh in upcoming series.

  • on September 30, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    Bring back Afiridi and Razzak

  • on September 30, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Good luck Team Pakistan, Sri Lanka are a very good side but you have the prayers and well wishes of the entire nation behind you, as well as a great team , u can do it :D

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!!

  • on September 30, 2011, 1:08 GMT

    1) Imran Nazir 2) Mohammad Hafiz 3) Umer Akmal 4) Younis Khan 5) Ahmed Shahzad 6) Shahid Afridi 7) Adnan Akmal 8) Sohail Tanvir 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Wahab Riaz 11) Umer Gull and Misbah Ul Haq 12th man.... Afridi captain and Younis Khan Vice Cap......

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  • on September 30, 2011, 1:08 GMT

    1) Imran Nazir 2) Mohammad Hafiz 3) Umer Akmal 4) Younis Khan 5) Ahmed Shahzad 6) Shahid Afridi 7) Adnan Akmal 8) Sohail Tanvir 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Wahab Riaz 11) Umer Gull and Misbah Ul Haq 12th man.... Afridi captain and Younis Khan Vice Cap......

  • on September 30, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Good luck Team Pakistan, Sri Lanka are a very good side but you have the prayers and well wishes of the entire nation behind you, as well as a great team , u can do it :D

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!!

  • on September 30, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    Bring back Afiridi and Razzak

  • on September 30, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    InsaAllah Pakistani tigers beat Srilanka, England and Bangladesh in upcoming series.

  • WildAmigo on September 30, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    Nice to hear that but it will be good that coaches in Academy and with the Team is keep this pool of fast bowlers fresh and fit. Play them along side together is another exercise to encourage competition and learn from each other. Hope that it would happen. We need a good Allrounder like Hammad Azam in the Team.

    And for the ODI's its better to have Umar Akmal as keeper as he does a very good job in Zimbabwe. But in Test it should be a regular keeper.

  • on September 30, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    @waqar khan, thats a very bad team you selected. Why would u not have Misbah in the side?? He's the countries best ODI batsman, he holds the team together and without his runs the team would go nowhere. Even his scoring rate is ok, its no worse then say Clarke from australia or Sangakarra from SL, even Younis Khan is scoring at a slower rate then Misbah at the moment. Also Nazir is not good, Farhat is in good form and he should be picked. Shahid Afridi has 'retired' so forget about him.... i wouldnt have sohail tanvir either, id prefer Aizaz Cheema, but that is a close call because tanvir is pretty good. The selectors are not going to pick ahmed shahzad at 5 because he is an opener by trade and he hasnt been consistent, tho i know he is a good player but he has a bit of a way to go before he can come pack to ODI's. I'd drop Malik too, but selectors will probs want him in the side. MY side: Hafees, Farhat, Khan, Misbah, Umar Ackmal, Asad Shafique, Adnan, Ajmal, riaz, gul, cheema.

  • indianzen on September 30, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Srilanka will whitewash, right now they have a good stable pace and spin attack, except their middle order, SL are a good side now...

  • ejsiddiqui on September 30, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    @indianzen I can understand your pain that why you are not forgetting the word "whitewash".

  • aslamPK on September 30, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Hammad Azam must be included in playing 11. Recently he has been selected in one or two tour but not selected in matches.

  • on September 30, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Afridi should be brought back. Abdur Razzak should be given more chance but the youngsters should be an integral part of the team.