Pakistan news: March 2, 2012

Junaid Khan out of Asia Cup


Junaid Khan, the Pakistan fast bowler, who sustained a knee injury during the recently-concluded England series, will not be available for the Asia Cup when the new selection committee chaired by Iqbal Qasim sits tomorrow to pick the squad. PCB sources have indicated that Junaid is likely to be out of action for three weeks.

ESPNcricinfo understands that Junaid picked up the injury during training ahead of the second Twenty20 in Dubai. MRI scans revealed a fracture of the patella. Junaid had played a total of three matches on the tour - one Test, one ODI and one Twenty20 - and accounted for just one wicket.

Junaid, 21, who graduated from the same Under-19 batch that Mohammad Amir came from, is also a left-arm fast bowler but his fledgling career has been hurt by injuries in the last few months. Incidentally Junaid was picked for the England series after he had freshly recovered from the abdominal tear he picked during the ODI series against Sri Lanka last year, which ruled him out for six weeks.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Cricket on March 5, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    If Pak selectors will not get over Younis & Misball, they will continue to languish at the bottom of the table in the ODI format. Now the T20 format is also becoming very important. That is why all teams have started picking different players and different captains in different formats. Only Pak, India & WI teams have same captain in all formats. Since Dhoni is young and good batsman-keeper he is ok. But the others viz Pak & WI are languishing at the bottom of the table.

  • Cricket on March 5, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    @ Amire Khan :- Shoeb Akhtar's retirement was hastened by Kamran Akmal and Waqar Younis. In the NZ game when Kami dropped Ross Taylor twice in two deliveries. Akhtar was furious. Any fast bowler will be. After all the fast bowlers put in so much effort in their deliveries. Unconfimed news is that he had a serious scuffle with Kami in the dressing room. Now here Waqar played the villain. He sided with Kamran and banned Akhter from playing the remaining matches. At that time Afridi did not understand how to react and kept quite instead of supporting Akhtar. Afridi further wanted to drop Kamran in the next match, but Waqar got in the way. Afridi still wanted to persist with this decision and wanted to give the gloves to Umar Akmal. But Umar feigned injury. And Afridi was left cornered. Then, in the next series of WI he decided that he will not tolerate the arrogant Waqar any more. And what followed was the spat between Afridi-Waqar. Waqar had to resign.

  • Cricket on March 5, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Far too many injuries at this stage of his career are not doing any good to his career. Like this his career may be over without really taking off. I think he is not looking after his fitness. He will repent later in his life when other younsters will seal the spot and he will be forgotten.

  • Dummy4 on March 4, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Sami needs to be back in team Fast bowling art of Pakistan is dying especially after shoaib Akhtar,s departure PCB needs to find some bowlers with good pace and line

  • Irfan on March 3, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Junaid, I am sure is a good bowler but his performance was less than stellar in UAE. The list of fast bowlers to play for Pakistan since the 1980's is long and impressive. There were a number of fine fast bowlers who never got the opportunity to play because competition was so tough. Looking at the quality of our pacers as of late it appears that the factory is not longer able to produce the same quality of fast bowlers. This shows short sightedness on the part of PCB for not have groomed young players and not doing enough to help cricket at the grass root level. Australia, England and South Africa (not necessarily in that order) have fantastic fast bowling departments. Dare I say that India despite their poor showing in Australia have discovered some good quick bowlers to finally have some bragging rights. The debacle of Asif and Amir is not longer a valid excuse and it truly needs to be in the rearview mirror. Pakistan needs to move on and instead of living on our past laurels P

  • Haneef on March 3, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Nazir deserves the position in the squad. How come Misbah can play when he was/is responsible for losses. Nazir was runout in the finals against India while as Misbah was responsible foe the loss. Believers never fell in the same ditch twice. Does pak cricket depend on Misbah? It will be a crime to play Misbah in ODIs or T20 s. Wake up please? He is a looser and will be a looser. He is no better than ponting who was droped from odi squad. It is better to lose the match in 10 overs than loosing in the last over by playing the foolish shots and breaking the hearts of billions of fans. Select the squad per merit i,e players in form. Whats wrong in playing Mahmood and razzak. If kalis can play why cant they? Not a fair selection.

  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    BRING SAMI and TALHA back in squad.Azhar mahmood is a British passport holder so he cant play in Pak until he cancels his british nationality

  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    PCB so flexible in Shoib Malik Selection? the performances of Shoib Malik are one innings out of ten innings so I leave this for you............

  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    I was never in favor of hafeez opening batting, as he is not a class player. Bring back Shahzad along with Azhar Mahmood and Razzaq. Pak should focus on bringing back either tall Irfan Or riaz so it can boost there bowling attack too. Unluckily Gul is out of form and has always been expensive against India.

  • Ammy on March 3, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    There is no dearth of talent in Pakistan, Alhamodolillah with youngsters like Mohammad Talha, Sadaf Hussain, Bilawal Bhatti and even veterans such as Mohammad Sami. Even batsmen like Afaq Raheem, Haris Sohail and Fawad Alam; all have 40+ averages at first class level, and are good options to build team around. Having a 40+ average at domestic level isn't a mean feat; a fact reflected by Younis Khan's stats with similar averages at both levels. M Sami is a wonderful talent, his strike rate in this year's pentangular cup was the lowest and he took 17 wickets in 2 matches. He is also very fit and has genuine pace which is always an asset. Unfortunately no other youngster has that kind of pace in Pakistan so he needs to be given regular chances at international level.

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