Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2013-14 December 26, 2013

Pakistan pick Mohammad Talha for Tests

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Pakistan have picked fast bowler Mohammad Talha for the Tests against Sri Lanka more than four years after he played his only match, in March 2009. They have also recalled fast bowler Umar Gul, who is fit again, and allrounder Mohammad Hafeez, who who scored three hundreds in the first four ODIs against Sri Lanka in the UAE.

The players missing from the squad that played the Tests against South Africa in the UAE were: the injured fast bowler Mohammad Irfan, batsman Umar Amin and spinner Zulfiqar Babar.

Talha's debut was in the Lahore Test in 2009, which had to be abandoned after the bus transporting the Sri Lankan team was attacked by terrorists. He was part of the squad for the tour of Bangladesh in 2011-12 but did not play, and an injury ruled him out of that season's series against England in the UAE. He recently took 11 wickets for Port Qasim Authority in the President's Trophy.

Talha was 20 when he made his debut and since then Pakistan have introduced as many as nine fast bowlers, making it hard to find a place in the squad. He has taken 143 first-class wickets since 2010, and 33 in the ongoing season. "It has been a tough time since I played my only Test," Talha had told ESPNcricinfo before the start of the 2013-14 season. "Injuries have been a concern for while but I always tried to keep myself in the best shape amid tough competition and waited for the opportunity."

"Competition has always been there and I did manage to win a place in 2009 and was selected after that too. But lack of opportunity and some random injuries hindered my growth. No international cricket in Pakistan was also a blow to my career. I always felt empty since that incomplete Test match [in Lahore] …"

Gul's last Test for Pakistan was in South Africa in February this year, after which he was sidelined by injury until his recall to the ODI squad ahead of the third match of the ongoing series against Sri Lanka.

Hafeez had been dropped for the Tests against South Africa in the UAE because he had scored 102 runs in 10 innings this year, struggling primarily against Dale Steyn. His return to this squad was largely due to his match-winning performances with the bat in the ODIs against Sri Lanka.

Babar, 35, had injured his hand during the second Test against South Africa in the UAE. He needed stitches, but completed his three-week rehabilitation and returned to domestic cricket. Babar was picked for the only T20 against Afghanistan in Sharjah but was overlooked for the Tests against Sri Lanka because the selectors preferred Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal, and Hafeez's return provided an additional spin option. Babar had played only one first-class game this season, taking three wickets for Water and Power Development Authority against Habib Bank Limited.

Test squad: Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Khurram Manzoor, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Adnan Akmal, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Umar Gul, Rahat ali, Mohammad Talha.

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  • pakfanfromnepal on December 26, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    I think this is the safe selection based on recent performances. Khurram Manzoor and Shan Masood done well against SA in one test hence deserves another chance. However, I personally feel A Shazhad should play as opener in all 3 formats. This has to be the last series for A. Shafiq and A Ali if they fails because S maqsood, F Alam and H. Sohil are waiting. But im not sure about M hafeez, his selection has to be based on current ODI performance. M Ul Huk and Younis khan has done well in the past and are key players in the test but PAK should seek their replacement soon....coz they dont have long career due to their age. As far as bowling is concerned, I dont know about Talha, if he is bowling well in domestic then its good to give him go. However, Once M Irfan arrives, with J Khan, U Gul, Ajmal PAK bowling looks very strong... So best of luck PAK.

  • q4Qasim on December 26, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    It's a good news that Younis Khan is playing against SL in test series. Pak selectors should consider him for one day squad also for future tournaments because his experience can give more strength to the team. Young and old mix combination can boost the team moral and Inshullah team will go forward with more victories. We want to win WC 2015, because I was a school boy when we won WC 92 so let's repeat that history for our young and old generation by winning WC 2015. Today it's a dream for our teens to watch Pakistan a world champion they are waiting.This is only possible if the team is united , seniors and Juniors play for the country and bring happiness for Pakistani cricket loving nation Inshullah. Good luck Pakistan team.

  • on December 31, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    very bad decision to debute bhatti in the first test..its injustice with talha

  • qadir_khan on December 30, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    good thinking for Pakistan selectors selected Mohammad Talha

  • on December 29, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Selectors, Please Include Sadaf Hussain and sami aslam in the side. Sadaf Hussain (age 24) has performed so many times in domestic with an Avg. of 18 in Test and 20 in domestic ODIs.

    If we can pick brighter players then why do not you ? !!

  • Crick_Expert on December 29, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    Adnan Akmal, Azhar Ali and Asad Safiq continue failed in Test, and done nothing since the past 10 years; so PCB should give chance to new talented players. Hafeez, Ahmed Shahzad and Sohaib Maqsood should be all 3 formats. 1)Kurum Manzoor 2) Shan Masood 3) Ahmed Shahzad 4)Sohaib Maqsood 5)Younis Khan 6)Misbah 8)Hafeez 9)U. Akmal 10)Ajmal 11)Junaid

  • F-shahzi on December 28, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    I disagree with this tem selection. some peoples don,t like hafeez, but he is better then any player in this squad. he bats well bowls well good fielder such a valuable player to have. secondly the selection of shan,manzoor,shafiq makes no sense. they can try fawad alam,haris sohail, anwar ali as an all-rounder.i feel shoab maqsood should only play ODI and t20 his fitness is a issue. First test probables 1.manzoor 2.shehzad 3.Hafeez 4.azhar/shafiq 5.younus 6.misbah 7.adnan 8.gul 9.ajmal 10.junaid 11.Rahat junaid was little scratchy so they might go with Talha, two spinners hafeez ajmal 3 fast bowlers. looks ok Hafeez balancing the team. ..............thank you please publish

  • on December 28, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Last four innings of Asad Shafiq are as 54, DNB, 10, 130 that averages to 65 per inning and averages 40 in 23 matches with 4 100's and still i c people calling his removal from the test squad. I just wonder what else has he do to be a permanent fixture in the team.

  • U.A.1985 on December 28, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Lot of people here are speaking against the selection of Asad Shafiq without even realizing that the Guy was a lone fighter against Saffers in the last test where hè scored 130 odd and remained unbeaten against the likes of Steyn and Philander.

  • YSleo on December 28, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Pakistani management should give chance to Umer Akmal for test also they are spoiling his career and talent by not giving Chance in Test cricket.

  • pakfanfromnepal on December 26, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    I think this is the safe selection based on recent performances. Khurram Manzoor and Shan Masood done well against SA in one test hence deserves another chance. However, I personally feel A Shazhad should play as opener in all 3 formats. This has to be the last series for A. Shafiq and A Ali if they fails because S maqsood, F Alam and H. Sohil are waiting. But im not sure about M hafeez, his selection has to be based on current ODI performance. M Ul Huk and Younis khan has done well in the past and are key players in the test but PAK should seek their replacement soon....coz they dont have long career due to their age. As far as bowling is concerned, I dont know about Talha, if he is bowling well in domestic then its good to give him go. However, Once M Irfan arrives, with J Khan, U Gul, Ajmal PAK bowling looks very strong... So best of luck PAK.

  • q4Qasim on December 26, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    It's a good news that Younis Khan is playing against SL in test series. Pak selectors should consider him for one day squad also for future tournaments because his experience can give more strength to the team. Young and old mix combination can boost the team moral and Inshullah team will go forward with more victories. We want to win WC 2015, because I was a school boy when we won WC 92 so let's repeat that history for our young and old generation by winning WC 2015. Today it's a dream for our teens to watch Pakistan a world champion they are waiting.This is only possible if the team is united , seniors and Juniors play for the country and bring happiness for Pakistani cricket loving nation Inshullah. Good luck Pakistan team.

  • on December 31, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    very bad decision to debute bhatti in the first test..its injustice with talha

  • qadir_khan on December 30, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    good thinking for Pakistan selectors selected Mohammad Talha

  • on December 29, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Selectors, Please Include Sadaf Hussain and sami aslam in the side. Sadaf Hussain (age 24) has performed so many times in domestic with an Avg. of 18 in Test and 20 in domestic ODIs.

    If we can pick brighter players then why do not you ? !!

  • Crick_Expert on December 29, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    Adnan Akmal, Azhar Ali and Asad Safiq continue failed in Test, and done nothing since the past 10 years; so PCB should give chance to new talented players. Hafeez, Ahmed Shahzad and Sohaib Maqsood should be all 3 formats. 1)Kurum Manzoor 2) Shan Masood 3) Ahmed Shahzad 4)Sohaib Maqsood 5)Younis Khan 6)Misbah 8)Hafeez 9)U. Akmal 10)Ajmal 11)Junaid

  • F-shahzi on December 28, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    I disagree with this tem selection. some peoples don,t like hafeez, but he is better then any player in this squad. he bats well bowls well good fielder such a valuable player to have. secondly the selection of shan,manzoor,shafiq makes no sense. they can try fawad alam,haris sohail, anwar ali as an all-rounder.i feel shoab maqsood should only play ODI and t20 his fitness is a issue. First test probables 1.manzoor 2.shehzad 3.Hafeez 4.azhar/shafiq 5.younus 6.misbah 7.adnan 8.gul 9.ajmal 10.junaid 11.Rahat junaid was little scratchy so they might go with Talha, two spinners hafeez ajmal 3 fast bowlers. looks ok Hafeez balancing the team. ..............thank you please publish

  • on December 28, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Last four innings of Asad Shafiq are as 54, DNB, 10, 130 that averages to 65 per inning and averages 40 in 23 matches with 4 100's and still i c people calling his removal from the test squad. I just wonder what else has he do to be a permanent fixture in the team.

  • U.A.1985 on December 28, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Lot of people here are speaking against the selection of Asad Shafiq without even realizing that the Guy was a lone fighter against Saffers in the last test where hè scored 130 odd and remained unbeaten against the likes of Steyn and Philander.

  • YSleo on December 28, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Pakistani management should give chance to Umer Akmal for test also they are spoiling his career and talent by not giving Chance in Test cricket.

  • on December 28, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    Misbah has brought a sense of consistency in Pakistani squads. It is nice to see the squad isn't chopped and changed constantly. Young players are fed confidence by continuous selection. Ahmed Shezad is a talent. He still has more to learn before he is ready for test cricket but it is good to see that Pakistan is carrying him around the test squad, same should be done to Umar Akmal. I still don't think Hafeez is a good test player and he only scores against weak bowling attacks but given the fact he scored three centuries, it is understandable that he has been picked. Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq should be persisted with, they are averaging close to 40

  • Asif_Iqbal on December 28, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    Pakistan selector and fan accept the fact that Younis Khan,Asad Shafiq,Azhar Ali & Khuram Manzoor are the best for test While Hafeez,Shazadl,Sharjeel,Maqsood are beeter chioce for one dayers and T20 All our major blowers good enough for all 3 formats Adana for text and Omer for One day and T20 Only batsman Misbah suited all 3 formats.

  • rezauk on December 28, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    Based in the UK I'm unfamiliar with several of the players but Umar Gul needs to be replaced by a young fast bowler and given time to appreciate the higher level of consistency which will be needed. Hafeez is a major mistake - we need young agressive openers who can rotate the strike but most importantly can get behind the ball and keep it down. No need for Yoiunis Khan who's had his time - Yes we do need quality in the middle order but we need players who can bat well in both innings especially when under pressure. let's find a WICKETKEEPER - there must be a few in the country !!. Finally the tail must bat !! - Wickets are meant to be earnt in Test Cricket and it's about time that was drilled into every individual irrespective of their bowling feats.

  • ilililililililililililililx on December 27, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Harris Sohail is a quality player and I fail to comprehend why he is not at least included in the squad.

  • on December 27, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Why not babar?

  • on December 27, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    tired of players like Azhar Ali getting a chance over and over again, who can take 300 balls to score his fifty and then throw his wicket away like he just got on the wicket. Same goes for Asad Shafiq. Although it is good to see Ahmad Shehzad in the squad. he should replace Azhar Ali.

  • on December 27, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Why Pakistan is not focusing to find a lower middle order all rounder who can bowl well. Pakistan must try Anwar Ali, Hamad Azam or anyone else if they have in pipeline.

  • on December 27, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    The non selection of Anwer Ali and Suhaib Maqsood, in the team for the Tests, is not only mind boggling but a baffling decision of the collective wisdom of the PCB, as well.

    Anwer Ali is miles ahead of Rahat Ali and Muhammad Talha, in batting, fielding and swing bowling combined. In fact, at the moment, he is the best all rounder, available for selection. Last night the TV commentators were calling him by the name of "super sub" for his excellent fielding performances in the ODI matches.

    Similarly, the non selection of Suhaib Maqsood is also a most stupid decision. He is a much better and accomplished batsman than Khurram Manzoor, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, who have been selected ahead of him.

    Any future Test match is a very serious matter, because of the applicability of the ranking system, for the Test matches Championship, to be played in the year 2017.

  • Yousafahmed11 on December 27, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    @ Herath-UK . It is funny that your not convinced by Pak performance! dear, look at the way SL lost matches - without a fight! if you are a true fan, you must be ashamed!. Please do not hype over T20 rankings as it is not the real cricket. Even Afgan is above ZIM and at par with BD. Most of the team not giving importance to it other than the T20 WC.

  • icekoolman on December 27, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Where is SOHAIB MAQSOOD. On dead pitches you play Azhar Ali to make us feel bored...(I can bet, N.kuluserkera will take his wicket through out). and why we need 4 openers for this series???

  • on December 27, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Line up for the first test should be

    Shan Masood, Khurram Manzoor, Azhar Ali, Younis khan, Misbah Ul haq, Asad Shafique, Adnan Akmal, Umar Gul, Talha, ajmal, junaid

    Shan Masood and Khurram Manzoor have done good job against SAFERS so they safely deserve to be in the line up for the first test while knowing that Hafeez and Shehzad are in the squad. Asad's century against safers was the key and so is Azhar Ali as he is a premier test batsman for Pakistan and his return to form will be key to us after our post younis-misbah era.

    Lankans play spinners well so only Saeed Ajmal should be given a go with 3 seemers. If the pitch is a turning one, Abdul Rehman can be included at the cost of Umar Gul/talha.

  • on December 27, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Masud, Mansoor, Yunus, Shezhad, Misbah, Maqsood, Adnan, Gul, Rehman, Juniad and Ajmal. This team should have been there instead of that failed guys like Azhar Ali and Asad Sahfiq are there.

  • on December 27, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Haris Suhail, should have been selected instead of azhar ali, but these bogus selector give different preferential treatment to different player based on their regions and cities, My only concern is for Asad Shafiq who has 2 test centuries against south africa in this year will eventually get the AXE :(( , but still centuries against Zimbabwe and mediocore attack of sri lanka will make hafeez legend in the misbah(not pakistan) team

  • Yousafahmed11 on December 27, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    I am feared. Pakistan has very good fast bowlers. We may end up in another double digit score.Pakistan can whitewash us for sure.

  • Danish-h on December 27, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    I don't understand why they pick 4 openers.... and i totally disagree going with part timers in test cricket (Akmal Keeping the wickets) Sarfarze should given chances in test cricket.

  • on December 27, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    4 Openers, 4 Middle Order, 4 Fast Bowlers, 2 spinners and 1 WK.

    No backup or replacement for middle order. Azhar, Asad, Younas and Misbah. Probably all will play. What if anyone got injured.

  • on December 27, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Its high time the should recall Umar akmal in the test squad, as of hafeez he shouldnt be playing test cricket at all. If one players deservers the drop from test squad it should be Azhar Ali, who plays slower than turtle pace, the score dosent move at all, he is not a very confident player .Replace him wither Sohaib Maqsood or Ahmed Ahehzad!!

  • aitham on December 27, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    Hafeez shouldn't pick for Test Squad .PCB should look for a new face for the opening pair and maqsood should deserve a chance to play test cricket .he is very capable.

  • on December 27, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    Sometimes I think PCB selectors are out of their mind. Why include Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq when Sohaib Maqsood and Sharjeel Khan is on form. No wonder Pakistan always fail at some point. It's not the team but the selection

  • on December 27, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    i am impelled to think how the failiure misleading is been doing all selecters with new generations. they dont wana give chance at least.all the time they utilize the same dump players like Asad shafiq ,azhar ali etc they are nothing to do with cricket anymore.instead of them selecters should hunt the new talent and let them be introduced and i will say why they are spoiling the players by getting them indulge in test cricket if they dont have had the caliber example is hafeez he has his class in ODI's if they are thinking they can deploy him in test then regretfully they are wrong he do not suppose to be a test player

  • hotcric01 on December 27, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    pakistan test batting line up is more settled in these conditions. There is no point of changing it and bringing ODI batsmen to it.This squad looks very good.But I think Babar would have been selected.Gul has done very well against SL in tests last time.

  • on December 27, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    umer is keeping as good as adnan and definitely a better batsman.umer should be in instead of adnan.I agree sohaib looks like a test batsman.should be in too.azhar ali and fawad should be back up if other do not perform.Rahat has not impressed at all and sadaf should be in.Hafeez justified is coming back.

  • on December 27, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    i would like to see sohaib maqsood ,umar akmal and anwar ali in this squad...these youngsters are the future of pakistan team...they should be given a run against an easier opponent..

  • on December 27, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    it makes absolute sense to continue the winning combination and the in-form players, Sohaib Maqsood and Sharjeel deserve the chance to build their confidence, If Younas khan is in poor form in domestics cricket why bring him into test squad, if we have Azhar Ali and Asad Shaif they help increase the bench strength of team, but players who are performing must be given priority and they are young talent, if they fail Azhar or Asad can replace them. I fail to understand the thought process for picking a test squad, Look at Australia George Baily was performing in ODIs and they gave him a test cap, why cant we do the same.

  • Desihungama on December 27, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    @Alixt King - A squad is monopolized by usually 3 to 4 players so when they know of a player who is for certain going to cement his place is convenient ignored. If he gets picked he won't get a game. Fawad Alam is tailor made for Test cricket and yet continue to get ignored. Before him was Asim Kamal, Qasim Umar, Shoaib Mohammed and Wasti to name a few but Wasti had few chances.

  • on December 26, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    Dont know what Sohaib or Umar Akmal have to do to get the Test call. Both of them have basically done most things right and should be called. Plus the poor chap Harris Sohail. Pakistan's official 14th man. He is either the 14th man or not in the squad. Yes Azhar and Asad are really good but honestly this was a time to try these new folks who have the ability to attack. World's leading Tests batsmen have really good techniques but they also know how to attck with Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Yonus and Misbah lack big time. Against a regulation bowling lineup on batting friendly pitches these boring players will fix their places in the side and the talent would be left wondering again !!

  • roook on December 26, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    Donot waste gul in test just as we wasted Irfan in test cricket he has just recover from knee injury and if he breakdown we have more to lose than a win

  • Stark62 on December 26, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    @ Muhammad Omair He averages 34.06 in Tests, which is worse than most Indian and Sri Lankan fast bowlers and especially, if you consider Pak are meant to be a fast bowling haven and produce world class fast bowlers.

  • on December 26, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Very good squad. Great to see Talha back. Such a talented pace bowler. Hafeez has found some form. And Gul was bowling nicely in the ODI's. Wish Umar Akmal would get a deserved chance. Give the guy some responsibility and allow him a place in the squad at least!

  • on December 26, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    I might be wrong but it makes no sense to me why a team in form is broken up . Is it to give other players a chance or is it to bring in form 15-20 players all at once . I think to tinker with players in form is a huge misjustice to the talent and to the country. Look at the form and state Sohaib , Ahamd and even Sharjeel are in why would you want to drop them and bring in Azhar Ali , Asad Shafiq , Shan and even Khurram Manzoor . A working producing combination of players should not be changed unless absoloutely imperative.

  • on December 26, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    @Sports4Youth u have ans to gul's performance?coz his first bowling avg worse then junaid khan,bhatti,talha and every talented guy in domestic

  • on December 26, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    why selectors ignored fawad alam......?????????? his first class average is 55.

  • SaajithShahid on December 26, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    However, they, PCB selectors should consider Umar Akmal and Shoib Maqsood because these youngsters have more potential and talent. If they are got regular place in Test matches they become master class batsmen in the Cricket arena In Sha Allah. Very important thing is to consider that Umar Akmal should play at number 3 or 4 or 5 to show his talent and potential he has as Shoib Maqsoos got a place. PCB also should pay an attention to find an extremely good batsman for open the bat along with Ahamed Shehzad.

  • on December 26, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    oh Adnan Akmal selected again a shocking decision he can't take catches and he also don't know how to bat. selectors please open your eyes and do justice with Pakistan cricket team

  • on December 26, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    team for 1st test must be... khurram, shan masood, azhar ali, younis, misbah, asad, adnan akmal,saeed, abdur rehman,junaid and mohd talha.. gul and hafeez doesnt justify at tests.. if khurram aur shan fails in 1st test den u may think of ahmed shahzaad

  • on December 26, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    nic squad but shoaib maqsood or umar akmal should play in test in place of azhar ali

  • azurecharms on December 26, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Some deserving, talented and entertaining players are not part of Test squad. but only eleven can play anyway. I would like to see Umar and Sohaib, but unfortunately they dont find a sopt in current line up. Azhar and Shafiq cannot be dropped because they have past test performances to backup them up for. Asad had 100 against Safr in SAF and UAE and Azhar has good scores against Eng in UAE. Hafeez selection not justified. If he is in the eleven, one deserving batter, Azhar or Shafiq would had to be dropped. Hafeez inclusion is a bad selection decision taken under pressure! He has spot in ODI and T20 and that should satisfy him. He does not have good technique against quality fast bowling. He will fail on Eng/Aus/Safr condititions!

  • Sports4Youth on December 26, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Posted by Haz95 on (December 26, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

    Like unfairness for Misbah...the batsmen who is suffering the most currently is Fawad Alam in domestic and the bolwer is Sadaf Hussain... Then others like Imran Ali, Haris Sohaill, Sohaib Maqsood and etc are also being treated unfairly. Hafeez is another farhat in tests

    ABSOLUTELY AGREED.

  • Sports4Youth on December 26, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Posted by Stark62 on (December 26, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

    Most fans are making very sensible comments, regarding selection but I also want to point out, Sadaf Hussain just picked up 5 wickets in today's one day match and he recently picked up 8 wickets in an innings 2 or 3 games back, plus his FC average is 18.18 after 41 matches and a one day average of 20.75, which are Philander-esque numbers and he has been the best bowler for 2-3 seasons now.

    I JUST COULD NOT AGREE MORE. Absolutely spot-on. But somehow SADAF HUSSAIN is invisible to the selectors. They think if Gul has bolwed well in the two ODI's he will suddenly become a good Test Match Bowler !!!

  • mensan on December 26, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Pakistan do need right-arm fast bowlers.

  • Sports4Youth on December 26, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    SADAF HUSSAIN. This one name that I have been asking for since the last 2 years. and also so many comments here being surprised at the non-inclusion of Sadaf Hussain. I agree with all you guys here that SADAF should have been a part of the team the only thing that I want to add is that He should have been a part of the team since the last more than a year alteast. I dont know what else he must do to get noticed by the selectors.

  • on December 26, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    I think pcb give the chance to sharjeel khan and sohaib maqsood in first test against sri lanka

  • 3ddy on December 26, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    this is just bad selection , where is haris sohail , fawad alam , sohaib maqsood? these are currently best batsman in pakistan atm after misbah and younis. Bad selection in bowling department too , what is rahat ali doing there? he is not good enough and why not sadaf hussain or ehsan adil selected?

  • Sports4Youth on December 26, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Posted by laho111 on (December 26, 2013, 9:59 GMT) :

    Absolutely agreed with you on all points. AHMED SHEHZAD may be left on the bench in all the games, hence no point in picking him. Also I completely Agree about FAWAD ALAM, He is only unlucky chap. Inspite of having such great numbers in the first class matches he is simply ignored and players like Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali keep getting selected. But most importantly I am dissapointed with the Non-Selection of HARIS SOHAIL. Also I am of the firm belief that UMAR GUL is a T20 bowler and he should NOT have been selected in the TEST SERIES.

  • pintu01 on December 26, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Why Mohammad Yusuf is not picked? Pakistan selection team intentionally doesn't wish the team to succeed so they will have control over them.

  • Lashari.1 on December 26, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    why selectors are not giving chance to fawad alam... he has scored century against Srilanka in test on debut and he is fine player for test cricket so why consistently selectors are ignoring him???????? why Haris sohail is not in Test squad????? he has not been given chance in T20's and ODI's 11 and now dropped from the test squad???? what a joke

  • zarasochozarasamjho on December 26, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Fawad Alam is not in the team because he is from Karachi. He is better than all the batsmen currently playing, barring Misbah. He has been a success batting against Australia IN AUSTRALIA (the only real test of a batsman from the sub-continent) where all our batsmen have been failing since the 1990's including the likes of Inzimam, Yousuf, and Younus. The only other exception is of course Salman Butt. To add to this, Fawad has a test average of over 40, a rarity amongst the CURRENT crop of Pakistani batsmen.

  • BlueJayBanter on December 26, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Haris Sohail should be in for one of azhar ali or asad shafiq. And seriously? PCB couldnt find space for a dude that bowls his heart out and statistically the best bowler in Pakistan? Sadaf Hussain? Gotta be kidding me. Mohd Talha is fine but Sadaf deserved it. Dont like this squad at all.

  • on December 26, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    I hope InshaALLAH Pak Team is going to win this test series and i would like to see something like that 1. Ahmed Shehzad 2. Khurram Manzoor 3. Muhammad Hafeez 4. Younis Khan 5. Misbah-ul-Haq 6. Azhar Ali (Been good in Domestic Season 7. Adnan Akmal (Just bcoz we dont have another Keeper) 8. Umar Gul 9. Junaid Khan 10. Abdur Rehman 11. Saeed Ajmal

    This is just mine point of view but i hope we are gonna dominate this series as well.

  • on December 26, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Our test squad should have been: Khurram Manzoor, Shan Masood, Shoaib Maqsood, Harris Sohail, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Misbah-Ul-Haq, Sadaf Hussein, Mohammad Talha, Mir Hamza/Abdul Rehman, Saeed Ajmal. Both Maqsood and Alam can roll their arms. Reserves should be: Ahmed Shahzad (In good form), Abdur Rehman (back-up spinner, can be used in a combo with Ajmal as well depending on the pitch), Junaid Khan (switch between him and Talha), and Asad Shafiq (centurion last time he played)

  • on December 26, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Fawad Alam is our best batsman. He has a domestic average over 55! Wake up Pakistan!

  • Stark62 on December 26, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Most fans are making very sensible comments, regarding selection but I also want to point out, Sadaf Hussain just picked up 5 wickets in today's one day match and he recently picked up 8 wickets in an innings 2 or 3 games back, plus his FC average is 18.18 after 41 matches and a one day average of 20.75, which are Philander-esque numbers and he has been the best bowler for 2-3 seasons now.

    Also, Ehsan has also been a top performer for the last 2 seasons and still can't make the team with a FC average of 19.13.

  • shahnbej on December 26, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Why always one of Akmal for wicketkeeper in any format of games. WE didn't have any young good wicketkeeper?

  • Mr.bhatti on December 26, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    why the Adnan akmal is in the team,is there no one who can keeping ,very very sad news,SARFRAZ AHMED is lot of better keeper thn akmal,and also has good ghlouz,shmful selection of AKMAL brotheran,when will comeout with liberty,and with great decision

  • on December 26, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    i cant understand why p.c.b. again ignore mohammad yousuf . he iz a world class batsman

  • on December 26, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Not a good decision to included Umar Gul to the Test squad. The reason he left out last time, was he didn't performed well in Tests. He was always a good ODI and T20 bowler and yet again on his comeback he has showed that, but Pakistan again making a big mistake in including him in Tests. It seems that don't study their players well. I fear that Gul will not perform well in upcoming tests, resulting in dropping him again.

  • on December 26, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    FAWAD Alam should be in test squad Fawad Alam has higest batting average in first class cricket and he become a first batsman to score century in debute outside the Pakistan

  • SJRN on December 26, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Is it a must to have at least one AKMAL in the team all the time? Adnan made horrible wicket keeping mistakes against South Africa, batting was a flop for the whole team anyway so can't blame him for that. Sarfaraz was a top scorer in domestics Haris Sohail and Fawad alam's exclusion is also a big mystery. I don't think Pakistan's selectors even bother to look at domestic performances!

  • Solid_Snake on December 26, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    There is a pattern that i am noticing here.. Why is that every time Geo super promotes some player and that player suddenly makes his way into Pak team...Examples are Irfan,Zulfiqar,Usman Shinwari,Talha and many more..It's a good thing in a sense that deserving players get a chance after performing well in domestic.

  • pakfanfromnepal on December 26, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    By looking at the comments, it seems like many fans are not convinced with the selection of players like A Akmal, A Ali, A Shafiq, S Masood and even M hafeez . and non selection of players like F Alam, H Sohil, S Maqsood, Saddaf Hussain and U Akmal. Even i m with the same feeling but what im sensing is that selectors are giving last chance to players who performed relatively good in past and want to give them a fair run. However, if they fail then selectors must go for players like F Alam, H Sohil, S Maqsood and U Akmal because these are the nucleus of players for the batting is concerned for PAK in future. So instead of criticizing the selection, its better to watch the performance....mind you PAK selectors recently has made good selection as they have not opted for tested failures like Farhat, malik, Riaz etc. ....so frens have patience.....at least at this moment when PAK team is performing very well..........

  • nzcricket174 on December 26, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    How has Fawad Alam only played 3 test matches? He is the best batsman going around Pakistan domestic cricket. Just look at his first class career - average of 55, with 21 hundreds and a high score of 296* - how can he not be picked? Some of the people picked over him don't even average 40.

    Also, what happened to Tafeeq Umar? I remember he was doing really well opening the batting.

    There are some very strange selection policies in Pakistani cricket.

  • Fullcover on December 26, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Good luck to Pak from an Indian fan. However they need Umar Akmal in test squad as a specialist batsman at 5/6. Time for Younis and Misbah to hang their boots. Middle order should be Azhar,Umars(Amin & Akmal) and Hafeez. Bowling looks good with Gul,Junaid,Ajmal and Rehman.

  • Arrow011 on December 26, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    The world is moving fast with 1 explosive opener in test cricket but Pakistan is still lagging behind. India has Shikar Dhawan, Australia has Warner, it is time to give Umar Akmal a chance to open in tests as he is a quick run getter. Test cricket should also be played in aggressive fashion.

  • safwan_tauseef on December 26, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Try the new tailent and young crop of new generation because we need to next years reserve players who replace the younas hafeez asad and adnan etc. Pakistan have a little bit slow in their test future players. Good Luck team pakistan

  • Cricket_Only on December 26, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Please, Please, Please, Can someone please tell me why is Fawad Alam not in the Team. Come on Mr. Sethi, you can help this kid.. Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Tests 3 6 0 250 168 41.66 1 0 ODIs 27 25 9 603 64 37.68 0 4 F-C 102 171 30 7856 296* 55.71 21 39 List A 106 94 22 3277 127 45.51 4 21

  • huhohuhohuho on December 26, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    even after seeing that the new guys r the reason why we won against sa still we went with adnan akmal. Who is the reason y we lost against sa test when he dropped ab devilliers. he is not great with the bat and muhammad rizwan would have been a better option. secondly no doubt hafeez played well but he should have been selected on the test performance not odis. Instead rahat ali and a batsman like maqsood should have been chosen who has played well in the domestic arena

  • Solid_Snake on December 26, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    There is a pattern that i am noticing here.. Why is that every time Geo super promotes some player and that player suddenly makes his way into Pak team...Examples are Irfan,Zulfiqar,Usman Shinwari,Talha and many more..It's a good thing in a sense that deserving players get a chance after performing well in domestic.

  • on December 26, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    maqsood and shehzad should open,hafeez at one down,talha and umargull can open the bowling with junaid first change.

  • Solid_Snake on December 26, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    This is really strange selection.. We Got openers and 2 specialist players for 3rd slot..Lol Hafeez is simply destroying the combination.His inclusion is injustice to other young players.I wonder what would be the slot for Hafeez.If he opens,then good bye for Shan masood and Khurram manzoor..Because Ahmed Shahzad and Hafeez might open.Then comes Azhar Ali and Younis khan.If i was Captain of Pak team,i would have been really worried due to this abnormal team selection..If a fan like me can see this thing,why not experienced selectors see this thing. Also what is the point of giving chance one after another to Adnan akmal and Sarfaraz.Both are tried and tested..Both never performed as batsmen..Give chance to some other young keeper like Rizwan. Disapointed by this selection..

  • on December 26, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    sohaib maqsood.Haris sohail .both r deserving and talented player as compare to Azher Ali and Khurram manzoor and Adnan akmal is pathetic batsman and keeper also

  • on December 26, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Good to see Khurram Manzoor back for another test series after his magnificent performance against South Africa in UAE. I think Mohammed Hafeez deserves another chance after his master class batting display in ODIs against Sri Lanka and will be nice to see Umar Gul bowling in test as well. Pakistan's batting also looks really good a swell with the likes of Khurram Manzoor, Asad Shafiq who made 111* against SA and Younus Khan and of course the captain Misbah ul Haq. Bowling of course has no problems, Umar Gul's return should definetly strengthen the pace attack alongside Junaid Khan and Mohammed Talha. We all know what the Pakistani Spin bowlers can do especially when Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal completely tore through the England batting line up in UAE 2012.

  • on December 26, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    The one person definitely missing from the Test squad is Umar Akmal. I am of the view he should play for Pakistan in all form of the games as he is simply the BEST batsman in Pakistan. I am also disappointed that he bats too low for Pakistan in ODIs. He should always bat at number 4 for Pakistan. The team management is also ruining his game by burdening him with wicket keeping. As for wicket keeping in the test I would have selected Sarfraz Ahmed instead of Adnan Akmal because in my opinion he has the potential to become an excellent wicket keeper / batsman and may also have a place in ODIs, otherwise for ODIs they should revert back to Kamran Akmal. I suppose selectors had to include Hafeez in the squad after scoring three hundreds so far in the ODI series and he may go on to make some runs in the tests. However, there is still doubt whether he is good enough to succeed against teams possessing world class fast bowlers. I wish Pakistan well in the test series.

  • Sports4Youth on December 26, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Picking up ADNAN AKMAL and not picking up HARIS SOHAIL is not good. After Adnan's failiures in Zimbabwe he should have been replaced by SARFRAZ AHMED, more specialy because he had just scored a magnifincient century against PIA.

    Also HARIS SOHAIL should not be delayed any further. Players of his class and caliblre dont come by regularly. It is a shame that he is being wasted like this and that too for players like ASAD SHAFIQ and AZHAR ALI.

  • on December 26, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Can anybody explain to me why adnan akmal is in the team ? even his Fc average is just 23 hes not good with the gloves as well ! Pointless selection by pcb

  • Haz95 on December 26, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Like unfairness for Misbah...the batsmen who is suffering the most currently is Fawad Alam in domestic and the bolwer is Sadaf Hussain... Then others like Imran Ali, Haris Sohaill, Sohaib Maqsood and etc are also being treated unfairly. Hafeez is another farhat in tests

  • on December 26, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Very very bad selection!! First Adnan Akmal dn,t deserve to play he is a terrible batsman and keeper!! Time for M.Rizwan now. M.Shafiq and Khurram manzoor realy bad choice they proved it with their performance. Manzoor got lucky and scored a hundred vs S.A and in next 3 innings he didn,t even reached double figure. Umar Akmal, Shoaid Maqsood and sharjeel Khan are supposed to b in the squad. Again terrible terrible selection....

  • PakPacer on December 26, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Uh guys i agree with your comments on every one except Asad Shafiq. I agree Asad has been bad in ODI's but he has been excellent in Tests and in case you guys dont know technique wise he is the most correct batsman we have and he has performed as well so his exclusion would be a horrible thing. He hit centuries in both series' against SA this year and i believe has an average of 40 or something in tests.

  • Herath-UK on December 26, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Well Sri Lanka have done good in the one day series considering the fact that they dismissed away Pak who came with the high hopes of gaining the T20 top mantle . In this competitive international scenario retaining a top spot in one of the three formats is more than good enough whereas Pak has none. You cannot win each game each series but Sri Lanka unearthed a possible star in Priyaranjan who should solve their only batting headache in T20 which was occupied by Thrimanne. A good show in the Tests is a possibility with all the proven stars in the team.

  • BlueJayBanter on December 26, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Terrible squad. Where is Sadaf Hussain? And fawad alam should be in as well. Gul is not good enough for tests but right now we need his experience. We have four potential openers in the squad. Doesn't male sense. And I'm not convinced shan Masood is the answer. Good odi squad, terrible test squad.

  • golgo_85 on December 26, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    The inclusion of Hafeez, Azhar and Adnan Akmal create pointless imbalance in the team. Even if they justifiably persist with the current opening pair, then no. 3 slot should definitely go to Ahmed Shehzad as he is more technically sound than both Hafeez and Azhar but I'm guessing it will be Shehzad who misses out. Younis and Misbah coming in at 4 and 5 no matter what. Not sure for how long Asad Shafiq will be carrying on with his cat and mouse form but that position at 6 belongs to Haris/Maqsood. Slots 8-11 will go to Ajmal, Gul, Junaid and Rahat Ali. So, we are left with no. 7 where Umar Akmal could easily been drafted in but Adnan Akmal gets the vote of confidence for some reason.

    Basically, when one of these new openers fail to perform, he will be replaced by Shehzad meanwhile losing precious time. No.3 will then open up which should go to Umar Akmal at this stage of his career. 4&5 are still solid. 6&7 will be spots to watch out for. Umar,Haris,Maqsood belong at any of 3,6,7.Pity.

  • omarsabir93 on December 26, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    i dun knw why nt taufeeq umar!! :/

  • on December 26, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    srilanka will win test seris vs pakistan i think sl can strongly come back after odi

  • Tal_Botvinnik on December 26, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Having comprehensively winning the ODI series and putting SL on the backfoot in terms of psychological state, this is a nothing squad, Winning or losing you can't take any positives from this sort of squad. Best part is there will be no malinga or perera and Pak batsmen will have to face the music in the form of herath the best Test spinner in the world currently (ranked above AJmal)., Mahela's return will bolster the otherwise weak middle order which has been the cause of SL's disintegration in the ODIs. ANyway hope ppl like Pradeep,Viswa,Sachitra get chances. G Luck to all the sides.

  • on December 26, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    PCB has done great job by picking Fast bowler M.Talha.I hope Pakistan will win the test series After winning the ODI series.

  • Cricket_Man on December 26, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    I would have replaced two players in this squad by picking Fawad Alam in place of Hafeez and Sadaf Hussain in place of Rahat Ali.

  • on December 26, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Decent squad for test, rahat , and hafeez have been selected just because they are from punjab, otherwise a good squad..

  • Stark62 on December 26, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    That has to be the worst Test squad picked to date!!

    The only players in that line up good enough to challenge a top side are Misbah, Younis, Ajmal, Junaid, Shezhad and maybe, Rahat and Manzoor.

    Shafiq was very fortunate to survive a stumping in his last game and pile on a 100 but his average of 39.11 after 23 matches is abysmal, whilst Azhar may have a good temperament but he averages 38.53 after 31 matches, in the all important position of 3 and I don't even want to talk about Masood (finance secretaries nephew).

    Lastly, Talha is a useful bowler in limited overs cricket but way out of his depth in Tests, whilst Gul is a spent force in this format and not good enough.

  • on December 26, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    dont know why they are selecting adnan akmal again and again he has 0 century in domestic where youngster M.Rizwan making centuries one after another in domestic ,,, learn how to waste a talent from pakistan

  • on December 26, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Where is Shoaib Maqsood? He is a talented batsmen and he definitely deserves a chance in Test cricket!

  • Cric_fever_forever on December 26, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    not surprised at all with talha inclusion. he is quick speedy and effective so far in domestic. good luck to him. however i must say including GUl in test is not a good idea. the guy just only recovered frm broken leg and they are putting him in pressure of test match that to at UAE. We should save him for upcoming events. 2ndly im confused over hafeez inclusion. confuse in a sense that should i be happy or sad coz we certainly need an 5th bolwer in at least in test match and hafeez can be perfect for that role however sad by thinking who he gonna replace? Azher whos average is around 40 something. if i was hafeez i would have opted for big bash as this was not a good time to be in the test squad.

  • SohailMirza on December 26, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Sadaf Hussain should seek another country residence visa.. otherwise he will never get chance in such a political environment.. he is highest wicket takes in every season and since being neglected. Pitty

  • BoonBoom on December 26, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    not findng shoaib maqsood in the test team is very very surprising... he is the next imzimam in the making!!

  • syed.r.karim on December 26, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Talha is very ordinary bowler, his first class bowling Avg 27.22 and Econ 3.75. These records unlike any Pakistani fast bowler, he will be just like another wahab riaz. Again Hafeez selection will cast his odi performance, he should concentrate in shorter format. Test match is not for the mediocre like hafeez, he can't bat with confidence nor bowled well in test match. so really poor selection..

  • on December 26, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    PCB has done great job by picking nice well balanced side for the TEST series against Sri Lanka. I hope that we will win this series against Sri Lanka.

  • naeemhussain on December 26, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    To, Sports4Youth What is good about Sarfraz Ahmed have not you seen him against SA? His performance at international level is mediocre. He comes under consideration only because he is from Karachi. There is nothing good about him. I am disappointed not to see Haris Sohail in the squad and Sadaf Hussain.

  • on December 26, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    where is shohaib Maqsood,young talented player with a potential nor is there Bhatti, again a player you need to groom as a alrounder for all formats of game. umer again did not do a bad job as WK and ihas a better potential as a batsman than Adnan.is this not the right time to say good bye to Youns and try shohaib Maqsood in his place.

  • Haz95 on December 26, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Rahat Ali is not even near the top of Domestic performers, unlike Talha who is good. Rahat hasn't even got a single 10wicketer whilst the best-Sadaf Hussain as countless...Umar Gul and Rahat weren't required since one is barely playing in limited and is specialist in limited and one simply is a Tanvir, nowhere near international standards. Sadaf and Talha should be the other two apart from Junaid as they are consistently good as one took 11 haul and one took 8 in one innings. Similarly, Haris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood and Fawad Alam deserve the same justice

  • Haz95 on December 26, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Ok, since there isn't much good lets start with it first..Inclusion of Ahmed Shehzad and M Talha are good, thats it. Now, this is exactly what I feared when Hafeez scored 3 centurys, he will be recalled...I'm sorry professor saab but your bowling will not help you in tests and these flat dubai tracks won't help you bat either so its useless, even for #6 or so position. Hafeez is good for limited overs. Inclusion of Adnan Akmal amazes me, he is the single most worst keeper out of the Akmals and can't bat to save his life. Umar is far better than him and can get in the team alone with his batting 48+FC avg(very high in pak standards) even Sarfraz Ahmed is better since he can actually keep I don't understand why neither Haris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood let alone Fawad Alam were chosen. Haris didn't get to play vs SL but he is the top performer out of the youngsters in FC cricket with a 51avg showing he's consistent. Sohaib performed well in this series. Fawad is fawad, he'll never get chosen

  • on December 26, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Playing XI for the first Test should be:- 1)Khurram Manzoor 2)Muhammad Hafeez 3)Younis Khan 4)Azhar Ali 5)Misbahul Haq 6)Asad Shafiq 7)Adnan Akmal 8)Abdul Rehman 9)Saeed Ajmal 10)Umar Gul 11)Junaid Khan

  • Tornado1 on December 26, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Bowling looks good, but batting looks interesting with so many openers. Infact Considering Azhar as an opener, we have shehzad, hafeez, khurram , shan as 5 openers and 3 middle order players as Younis, Misbah and Shafiq :)Adnan Akmal is a nothing player but this is the best chance for him to establish himself in familiar and easy conditions

  • Orangetable on December 26, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Adnan is the weakest wk in international cricket. A guy that can't wk or bat. Just a stupid selection.

  • hamza1982 on December 26, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Pakistan regressing with this squad selection, considering how good a squad was selected for the ODIs. Why select Adnan, Umar has kept better than all the other "specialist" keepers? Shan and Kurram dont have a technique for international cricket, and picking Hafeez is unnecessary. And as always, I am shocked by the constant ignoring of Harris.And Sadaf Hussain has again been ignored, he should be in the team ahead of Rahat. However I like that they have selected Shezad, who has shown maturity in the ODIs. I would play Azhar as an opener, and would go with the following 11 that is available to us: Azhar,Shaz,Younis,Harris,Misbah,Asad,Umar WK,Gul,Ajmal,Junaid,Talah/Sadaf.

  • laho111 on December 26, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Agree with @Sports4Youth about selection of Adnan Akmal. Rizwan is not performing well in domestic as well, so Sarfaraz is automatic choice. Also Ahmed Shazad as a fourth opener will never get any chance and I think Fawad alam or Aamir Sajjad should be better choice than Ahmed Shehzad.

  • on December 26, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    I don't know why anwar ali is not included in the test squad he is better than rahat ali.

  • on December 26, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Rizwan should be picked for keeper/batsman role

  • on December 26, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Haris sohail or Fawad Alam should be there. Gul should not be in tests. He is mediocre. A new fast bowler like Mir Hamza could have been a better choice. Shan Masood is a good prospect but am not sure about khurram. Maqsood could be in the squad in place of azhar Haris or Fawad Alam in place of hafeez. Pakistan is still unsure of test squad and they are unsettled

  • Sports4Youth on December 26, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Except ADNAN AKMAL the rest of the selection is good. SARFRAZ AHMED would have been a better choice, especially that he had just hit a fantastic 165 against PIA. Somehow this has something to do with the selectors that Adnan gets all the easier series, he even got Zimbabwe and failed miserably and yet gets selected for the next. Whereas SARFRAZ got the most difficult series of South Africa where did not not fare very bad and even scored a 40 , yet he is the one who ended up being left out. SOMETHING SERIOUSLY WRONG.

  • loostalker on December 26, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Better to keep the ODI squad, performing well,only needs to include 1 or 2 fast bowler and wicketkeeper.

  • on December 26, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    I can't understand what PCB wana get from Rahat Ali. He's not a test bowler at all...Measuring his performance against Zimbabwe is not a good scale to include him in future matches. PCB should bring young bowlers from doemstic cricket. Same thing is with Zulfiqar Babar. When Ajmal and Abdur Rehman are there, why Zulfi is included? Sohaib Maqsood should be given chance instead of Azhar Ali. Other's are Okay..

  • Ahmedmati on December 26, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Can't understand why they don't bring in a leg spinner with a brilliant domestic record like Yasir shah. We should have backup rather than relieng on old players. Seems to me the selectors doesn't think of Pakistan team future.

  • hamaadqureshi on December 26, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Selecting hafeez for tests is the wrost thing selectors have done. Four openers in the squad. Hafeez will be an automatic selection in playing XI. Ahmed and Shan will not get even a single match. Droping Zulfiqar is good as Abdur Rehman bowls well with Ajmal. Umer Amin was always a bad selection and he was rightly dropped. I was expecting a new WK other than akmals and sarfaraz. Pak should try to get rid of Akmals asap.

  • Zahidsaltin on December 26, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Akmal, both should have been included. Wicketkeeper spot will be a matter of discussion as Adnan has been very poor in batting, even in the domestic matches. Keep an eye on Rehan Afridi of Abbotabad.

  • FurqanKhan on December 26, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    I hope this is the last series of hafeez's test career or he shud bat at 6...he has nevr been a test opener. Tht red cocobora is extremly different...!!!

  • Cricket_Man on December 26, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Although Hafeez has played really well in the ODIs, I firmly believe that he should not have been picked for this Test Series. The first reason for this is that a player's good performances in ODIs should not be used to judge whether he should make a comeback in Tests or not. Secondly, Pakistan is playing in the UAE where the bowl doesn't swing and seam much so Hafeez still has to prove himself in the ODI format in foreign conditions. Thirdly if Hafeez is picked I don't see him warming the benches, he will play. But that would be great injustice to the players already playing in the team. Who would be dropped Manzoor, Masood or Azhar Ali? All of them are young budding cricketers with loads of potential. My test team is as follows: 1) Manzoor 2) Masood 3) A.Ali 4) Younus Khan 5) Misbah 6) Shafiq 7) A.Akmal 8) Gul 9) Ajmal 10) Talha/Babar 11) Junaid

  • on December 26, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    it means Hafeez will miss Big Bash League 2013-14 and renegades will miss him very much, because he is prime form....

  • on December 26, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    On what grounds Zulfiqar Babar has been dropped? He looked threatening in the series against South Africa. Why would you retain Adnan Akmal, despite the fact that he had a poor series against South Africa. Sarfraz Ahmed recently scored 160 in the President's Trophy and he could have been a better choice. One fast bowler too many in the squad. Four openers in the squad. A disappointing selection. The only positive is the selection of Mohammad Talha.

  • on December 26, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Not very pleased actually, Umar Gul is not a test bowler, and Rahat Ali does not have the skills to represent Pakistan unfortunately. Should have been replaced by Sadaf Hussein and some like Mir Hamza. In the batting why are Shoaib Maqsood and Harris Sohail missing they should be in for Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali. Also, I am not a fan of Adnan Akmal for the keeping role, why can't we give chance to someone like Mohd. Rizwan who is more deserving. All in all an average selection as compared to the selection in the One days.

  • on December 26, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    talha selection is v good but instead of hafeez taufiq umar should have been tried as an opener alongwith khurram manzoor . but over all v good selection .

  • on December 26, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    4 openers in squad. Rest of squad is ok. Asad has to be in as he is very good in tests. i think they will go with hafeez and khurram manzoor as openers and rest of squad for batting is very much settled.

    Umar Gul should not be playing tests as there is still a concern about his fitness. With t20 WC coming, last thing we need is an unfit umar gul.

    1-3 Ahmed/Khurram/Azhar/Hafeez ( i think it will be Hafeez & Khurram ) 4- Younas, 5- Misbah 6-Asad 7-Adnan

    8-Ajmal 9-Rehman 10- Junaid -11 Talha/Rahat

  • on December 26, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    No Sohaib Maqsood?? Are they serious. Can't b they see the talent? They want to give their favorite batsmen chances against ordinary bowling lineup under perfect batting conditions. Can't think of anything else. CouldN't have they dropped any one of the openers? Or rahat ali

  • on December 26, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    what azhar ali in, sohaib maqsood should have been there

  • on December 26, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Why PCB did not chance Left Arm Waqar Ahmad ???Muhammad

  • YSleo on December 26, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    I think they shuld give chance to umer akmal and shoaib maqsood.umer akmal is brilliant talent but our management is wasting him.in ODI he should send on number 4.

  • abdubaba on December 26, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    I agree with all other commenters that why is Maqsood not in the squad? Also, why is Rahat Ali in the squad? He didn't do anything exceptional so why's he there?

  • on December 26, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Thank you Inam Khan for your Brilliant idea's ..... NOT

  • laho111 on December 26, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Nice to see talha he is leading wicket taker in domestic cricket but Imran ali and tabish khan also deserve for a chance. Again Adnan akmal???dropped many catches in last series and didnt cross double figure. Serfraz top scorer in T20 and in his great form in President trophy. Also where is fawad alam? Highest average in domestic test (51.0) and one day tournaments (106).

  • on December 26, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Finally Talha got another chance. He should play ahead of Gul and Rahat with Junaid and if Pakistan decide to play three pacers and Ajmal and Hafeez as spinners then Gul can also play. Hafeez should play as opener with Shaan Masood.

  • on December 26, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Rahat Ali in past doesnt even look threatening..... i dont know how much he has improved in his delivery stride.

    Gul i think is bit early to call him for test ... his length is not suitable for test matches and apart from that how much fit he is to bowl here.

  • on December 26, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Sohaib Maqsood? If you finally have a player who reminds you of Inzamam on occasion, give him a chance. He's done pretty well so far in his limited overs opportunities.

  • on December 26, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Talha has been impressive in the last two or three seasons. He has got a very good pace so its a good decision. But I cant understand the logic of selecting four openers in the team, Manzoor though hasn't got a very good technique but he scored a century against a top opposition so they had to select him. But Haris Sohail should have been a better choice along with three other openers. Gul's inclusion has strengthen the pace attack a lot. So all in all its a well balanced team.

  • on December 26, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Hafeez is going to play big bash in AUSTRALIA. He should have been informed earlier

  • on December 26, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    why is maqsood not there he should be there instead of shafiq

  • on December 26, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Hafeez shouldn't be picked in the squad as Azhar ali is our specialist top order batsman and hafeez will be replacing his spot in the playing 11. Hafeez should go for big bash as WC is coming and being T20 captain he will get good experience from Big bash. Umar gul should also be rested as he is not fully recovered and may get injured again.

  • on December 26, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Hafeez shouldn't be picked in the squad as Azhar ali is our specialist top order batsman and hafeez will be replacing his spot in the playing 11. Hafeez should go for big bash as WC is coming and being T20 captain he will get good experience from Big bash. Umar gul should also be rested as he is not fully recovered and may get injured again.

  • on December 26, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    why is maqsood not there he should be there instead of shafiq

  • on December 26, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Hafeez is going to play big bash in AUSTRALIA. He should have been informed earlier

  • on December 26, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Talha has been impressive in the last two or three seasons. He has got a very good pace so its a good decision. But I cant understand the logic of selecting four openers in the team, Manzoor though hasn't got a very good technique but he scored a century against a top opposition so they had to select him. But Haris Sohail should have been a better choice along with three other openers. Gul's inclusion has strengthen the pace attack a lot. So all in all its a well balanced team.

  • on December 26, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Sohaib Maqsood? If you finally have a player who reminds you of Inzamam on occasion, give him a chance. He's done pretty well so far in his limited overs opportunities.

  • on December 26, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Rahat Ali in past doesnt even look threatening..... i dont know how much he has improved in his delivery stride.

    Gul i think is bit early to call him for test ... his length is not suitable for test matches and apart from that how much fit he is to bowl here.

  • on December 26, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Finally Talha got another chance. He should play ahead of Gul and Rahat with Junaid and if Pakistan decide to play three pacers and Ajmal and Hafeez as spinners then Gul can also play. Hafeez should play as opener with Shaan Masood.

  • laho111 on December 26, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Nice to see talha he is leading wicket taker in domestic cricket but Imran ali and tabish khan also deserve for a chance. Again Adnan akmal???dropped many catches in last series and didnt cross double figure. Serfraz top scorer in T20 and in his great form in President trophy. Also where is fawad alam? Highest average in domestic test (51.0) and one day tournaments (106).

  • on December 26, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Thank you Inam Khan for your Brilliant idea's ..... NOT

  • abdubaba on December 26, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    I agree with all other commenters that why is Maqsood not in the squad? Also, why is Rahat Ali in the squad? He didn't do anything exceptional so why's he there?