Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Dubai December 19, 2013

Sharjeel, Maqsood impress Whatmore

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Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore has affirmed the promise of batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Sohaib Maqsood ahead of the second ODI against Sri Lanka. Sharjeel stroked a run-a-ball 61 in Sharjah to set Pakistan's commanding total in motion, before Maqsood consolidated his team's advantage alongside Mohammad Hafeez in the middle overs, hitting 73 from 68.

They were impressive hands from Sharjeel, on debut, and Maqsood, in his sixth ODI, and although Whatmore was careful not to overstate their potential, he lauded their hunger, as well as their intent at the crease.

"It was a very good innings by Maqsood. He's somebody that's shown the selectors and myself that he wants to play," Whatmore said. "When you lose eight to ten kilos in a relatively short space of time, that's a big effort. Just on that alone I reckon it was worth selecting him. He's rewarded us with some terrific performances.

"Sharjeel debuted yesterday, but in my pre-match talk at the ground, I completely forgot it was his debut because I got the feeling he's been around so much recently in the T20s. We eventually all congratulated him and he showed the sort of potential that he has. I'm not going to say he's going to be a great player, but he's got the potential to be a very good contributor. I'm pleased with that.

"Sohaib Maqsood happens to tell me Sharjeel is his childhood friend. During Sharjeel's innings, Maqsood sat next to me and gave some useful predictions about this kid. They were both very true - on the money. It's good that each of these guys know each other's games."

Whatmore also praised Hafeez for his 122, which held the Pakistan's innings together. Hafeez struggled for batting form in home and away series against South Africa, and had not crossed 35 in his eight previous ODI innings.

"Hafeez was really keen yesterday to get back amongst the runs," Whatmore said. "He's been a very good contributor in some ways. He had a lean patch against South Africa and was very keen to get back into runs - you might have seen his celebration after the hundred. To me, Hafeez is an automatic selection because he is a multi-dimensional player - the sort we need more of in Pakistan."

Whatmore said the option of batting Hafeez lower down his customary No. 3 had been brought up within the team but he expressed confidence that Hafeez could contribute from anywhere in the side.

"There has been some discussion about dropping him down the order, particularly when he wasn't getting runs against South Africa, which was a disappointment for him, more than anything else. But he knows what I think and I speak to him directly. I think he's got many, many more years to serve the country and whether he does it successfully at number three or whether he does it successfully lower in the order is something somebody else will have to agree on, because I finish in the next few weeks. He's certainly a valuable player for Pakistan."

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY xylofon on | December 20, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Its a disaster that Pakistan cannot identify the people which are supposed to do the job for them. I do not see that good quality in Sharjeel or Maqsood but I could be wrong in their case. What will happen is they will perform well for awhile as they are better than those who are VERY inconsistent but in the end they will fail to be good over many years which is the actual requirement. Then the chance will be given to the superinconsistent who will peform well for an even shorter amount of time and then these so-so players will get the chance yet again. But we will win some things because of supergreat bowling so the problem gets swept under the rug when we should be winning a LOT more. Im finding it harder and harder to root for Pak as its sad to see insane administration destroy the foundations of our cricket and incompetent people in PCB can continue to sit on their posts forever.

    With risk of sounding arrogant, its clear everyone here does not appreciate this type of thinking.

  • POSTED BY Pak_Guru on | December 20, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Yes they both are good, infact I repeat once again Sharjeel's stance reminds me of Mark Taylor. Also agree on Hammad Azam not being selected, cannot understand the reason to have Abdur Rehman in the side when already a spinning option is available in Maqsood. Hammad, Bhatti and Anwar Ali should fight for the 2 spots in the ODI team.

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | December 20, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Pakistan is having a very good time. It's going to be very tough for Sri Lanka. If we need to win, I think we have to rest the passenger batsmen, and let the hitters come bit early. But it depends on the situation. It seems the pitch is very good for batting. So, need to be very positive. All the best for both teams.

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    we hope that both will do good job today

  • POSTED BY nssmac on | December 20, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Well..well.., this guys sharjeel and maqsood, both of them has shown how much talented there are but I generally think it also so early to say that they will become good players unless they understand the situations the game demands and play accordingly, seniors should talk to them regularly and ask them to take match by match and please keep these media away from them, it is here players get spoilt. I feel Junaid is not performing because of the hype given to him, please send sohail tanvir back to domestic circuit, let him perform there and come back with his peformance. select anwar ali as he is only option left for tanvir as a alrounder and someone tell bilawal batti not to bowl many bouncers in an over. all the best Pakistan, InshaAllah they will win.

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    i think Whatmore must continue atleast for T20 world cup ... After that we can see step by step for 50 our wc.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 20, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Both are promising but I like sharjeel more.

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | December 20, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Pak fans can enjoy as their batsmen will improve averages and bowlers will get more wickets to show. Our team make the below par Afridi as extra ordinary! Hope Misbha will score a hundred too. No hope in my team.

  • POSTED BY Rightreason on | December 20, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    Srilanka and Pakistan play cricket in a similar fashion. Pakistan has a slight advantage in the bowling department. When the Srilanka batting fires up, Even the best teams find it hard to beat them. Shark eel and Sohaib seems like good finds. But they are largely untried and relatively new. If they are selected to play more ODI's and T-20 matches for Pakistan, we will be able to determine their consistency. Umar Akmal should be dropped and replaced by Another performing batsman. Pakistan needs replacements for Razzak and Afridi. Hammad Azam should be given an extended chance

  • POSTED BY K_Jan on | December 20, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    Sharjeel and Maqsood excellient players for pak team.Hope they continue performance like this need a quick pace bowler for pak team.

  • POSTED BY xylofon on | December 20, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Its a disaster that Pakistan cannot identify the people which are supposed to do the job for them. I do not see that good quality in Sharjeel or Maqsood but I could be wrong in their case. What will happen is they will perform well for awhile as they are better than those who are VERY inconsistent but in the end they will fail to be good over many years which is the actual requirement. Then the chance will be given to the superinconsistent who will peform well for an even shorter amount of time and then these so-so players will get the chance yet again. But we will win some things because of supergreat bowling so the problem gets swept under the rug when we should be winning a LOT more. Im finding it harder and harder to root for Pak as its sad to see insane administration destroy the foundations of our cricket and incompetent people in PCB can continue to sit on their posts forever.

    With risk of sounding arrogant, its clear everyone here does not appreciate this type of thinking.

  • POSTED BY Pak_Guru on | December 20, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Yes they both are good, infact I repeat once again Sharjeel's stance reminds me of Mark Taylor. Also agree on Hammad Azam not being selected, cannot understand the reason to have Abdur Rehman in the side when already a spinning option is available in Maqsood. Hammad, Bhatti and Anwar Ali should fight for the 2 spots in the ODI team.

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | December 20, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Pakistan is having a very good time. It's going to be very tough for Sri Lanka. If we need to win, I think we have to rest the passenger batsmen, and let the hitters come bit early. But it depends on the situation. It seems the pitch is very good for batting. So, need to be very positive. All the best for both teams.

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    we hope that both will do good job today

  • POSTED BY nssmac on | December 20, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Well..well.., this guys sharjeel and maqsood, both of them has shown how much talented there are but I generally think it also so early to say that they will become good players unless they understand the situations the game demands and play accordingly, seniors should talk to them regularly and ask them to take match by match and please keep these media away from them, it is here players get spoilt. I feel Junaid is not performing because of the hype given to him, please send sohail tanvir back to domestic circuit, let him perform there and come back with his peformance. select anwar ali as he is only option left for tanvir as a alrounder and someone tell bilawal batti not to bowl many bouncers in an over. all the best Pakistan, InshaAllah they will win.

  • POSTED BY on | December 20, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    i think Whatmore must continue atleast for T20 world cup ... After that we can see step by step for 50 our wc.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 20, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Both are promising but I like sharjeel more.

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | December 20, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Pak fans can enjoy as their batsmen will improve averages and bowlers will get more wickets to show. Our team make the below par Afridi as extra ordinary! Hope Misbha will score a hundred too. No hope in my team.

  • POSTED BY Rightreason on | December 20, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    Srilanka and Pakistan play cricket in a similar fashion. Pakistan has a slight advantage in the bowling department. When the Srilanka batting fires up, Even the best teams find it hard to beat them. Shark eel and Sohaib seems like good finds. But they are largely untried and relatively new. If they are selected to play more ODI's and T-20 matches for Pakistan, we will be able to determine their consistency. Umar Akmal should be dropped and replaced by Another performing batsman. Pakistan needs replacements for Razzak and Afridi. Hammad Azam should be given an extended chance

  • POSTED BY K_Jan on | December 20, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    Sharjeel and Maqsood excellient players for pak team.Hope they continue performance like this need a quick pace bowler for pak team.

  • POSTED BY Tazzpak on | December 20, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    Haammad azam is the next razzaq and needs to be in the odi side. For some reason he has not done anything wrong not to be considered. Maybe he just don't know the right people.....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 19, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    Its sad to see that once our batting starts firing, our bowlers let us down. If we do a proper balance in both departments nobody can stop us. And team management should try new faces more often unless suitable team gets line up. I can't understand why they were waiting so long after under performance of Asad, Umars, and Azhar. Look at new experiment done in case of Shajeel and Masood. I would say with new talent our so called senior players like Hazeef, Umar Akmal, even Shahzad will feel the pressure to perform.

  • POSTED BY zarasochozarasamjho on | December 19, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    Starts are irrelevent. It is the consistency which is a requirement for any to play at international level. Hafeez should be kicked out as he fails in 9 innings and succeeds in the 1oth. Give good youngsters a chance and don't select players based on provincialism, such as Umar Amin who is a constant failure. He is only club-standard.

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    We had brilliant starts from nasir jamshed, asad shafique, imran nazir, umer akmal. But they couldn't keep up with the expectations. It has been the case with Pakistan batting, maybe they are not prepared to handle the international pressures or their is something in the dressing room which eventually takes its toll on the players. or maybe they are exposed by high quality bowling line ups and there is no one in the setup to guide them to get their confidence back and rectify their mistakes. Whatever it is, PCB should get it right so that young crop is nurtured.

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | December 19, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Sharjeel & Maqsood's performance was the most important. Sure Hafeez got a century but he lacks consistency & will have a tougher time against teams like SA, England, Australia who have a really good pace attack. If Maqsood got a century it would have been a really good sign. I agree with Khurram that all debutants (except Usman) have done really good & that proves everyone wrong who say that Pakistan have no talent. I hope Pakistan give a few debuts in the test series against SL cuz everyone wants guys like Sadaf Hussain, Mohammad Talha & Ehsan Adil to get a chance in tests. Also Pakistan should remember that Fawad Alam debuted against SL in tests & scored 168 against them so maybe it's his chance for a come back in the middle order to replace the misfiring Azhar Ali.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 19, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    in last month or so some of pak debutants really performed well at the time when nothing much was happening for batsmen.

    bhatti and anwar won us a game vs SA with batting and bowling. with these 2 pak has got depth in batting which was much needed.

    then maqsood scoring 50 on debut. now sharjeel doing the same.

    i think its time for ahmed shahzad and especially umar akmal to take more responsibilty. they have played good nos of games and need to make their starts count. 20s 30s here and there will not do much for Pakistan.

    apart from usman, i think all the youngsters tried in last few months have done something for team. which is good sign for pak cricket.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | December 19, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Yeah now HAFEEZ can get back in the runs as Styen is not there anymore to torment him.

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  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | December 19, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Yeah now HAFEEZ can get back in the runs as Styen is not there anymore to torment him.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 19, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    in last month or so some of pak debutants really performed well at the time when nothing much was happening for batsmen.

    bhatti and anwar won us a game vs SA with batting and bowling. with these 2 pak has got depth in batting which was much needed.

    then maqsood scoring 50 on debut. now sharjeel doing the same.

    i think its time for ahmed shahzad and especially umar akmal to take more responsibilty. they have played good nos of games and need to make their starts count. 20s 30s here and there will not do much for Pakistan.

    apart from usman, i think all the youngsters tried in last few months have done something for team. which is good sign for pak cricket.

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | December 19, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Sharjeel & Maqsood's performance was the most important. Sure Hafeez got a century but he lacks consistency & will have a tougher time against teams like SA, England, Australia who have a really good pace attack. If Maqsood got a century it would have been a really good sign. I agree with Khurram that all debutants (except Usman) have done really good & that proves everyone wrong who say that Pakistan have no talent. I hope Pakistan give a few debuts in the test series against SL cuz everyone wants guys like Sadaf Hussain, Mohammad Talha & Ehsan Adil to get a chance in tests. Also Pakistan should remember that Fawad Alam debuted against SL in tests & scored 168 against them so maybe it's his chance for a come back in the middle order to replace the misfiring Azhar Ali.

  • POSTED BY on | December 19, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    We had brilliant starts from nasir jamshed, asad shafique, imran nazir, umer akmal. But they couldn't keep up with the expectations. It has been the case with Pakistan batting, maybe they are not prepared to handle the international pressures or their is something in the dressing room which eventually takes its toll on the players. or maybe they are exposed by high quality bowling line ups and there is no one in the setup to guide them to get their confidence back and rectify their mistakes. Whatever it is, PCB should get it right so that young crop is nurtured.

  • POSTED BY zarasochozarasamjho on | December 19, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    Starts are irrelevent. It is the consistency which is a requirement for any to play at international level. Hafeez should be kicked out as he fails in 9 innings and succeeds in the 1oth. Give good youngsters a chance and don't select players based on provincialism, such as Umar Amin who is a constant failure. He is only club-standard.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 19, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    Its sad to see that once our batting starts firing, our bowlers let us down. If we do a proper balance in both departments nobody can stop us. And team management should try new faces more often unless suitable team gets line up. I can't understand why they were waiting so long after under performance of Asad, Umars, and Azhar. Look at new experiment done in case of Shajeel and Masood. I would say with new talent our so called senior players like Hazeef, Umar Akmal, even Shahzad will feel the pressure to perform.

  • POSTED BY Tazzpak on | December 20, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    Haammad azam is the next razzaq and needs to be in the odi side. For some reason he has not done anything wrong not to be considered. Maybe he just don't know the right people.....

  • POSTED BY K_Jan on | December 20, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    Sharjeel and Maqsood excellient players for pak team.Hope they continue performance like this need a quick pace bowler for pak team.

  • POSTED BY Rightreason on | December 20, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    Srilanka and Pakistan play cricket in a similar fashion. Pakistan has a slight advantage in the bowling department. When the Srilanka batting fires up, Even the best teams find it hard to beat them. Shark eel and Sohaib seems like good finds. But they are largely untried and relatively new. If they are selected to play more ODI's and T-20 matches for Pakistan, we will be able to determine their consistency. Umar Akmal should be dropped and replaced by Another performing batsman. Pakistan needs replacements for Razzak and Afridi. Hammad Azam should be given an extended chance

  • POSTED BY Yousafahmed11 on | December 20, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Pak fans can enjoy as their batsmen will improve averages and bowlers will get more wickets to show. Our team make the below par Afridi as extra ordinary! Hope Misbha will score a hundred too. No hope in my team.