Pakistan news July 1, 2013

Misbah critical of Pakistan batting failure

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Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan Test and ODI captain, has demanded that his underperforming batsmen step up and take responsibility after his team crashed out of the Champions Trophy in England following three successive defeats.

"I think our batsmen must understand their game, the conditions which they are facing and then apply themselves," Misbah said on his return from England. "It's the responsibility of the batsmen. It's not that we were short on practice. We did prepare well for the tour but conditions in England were tough and our batsmen couldn't handle them. I suppose that's been the one area where we've lacked - scoring consistent runs. We had these same batting problems on the South Africa tour so we now have to try to sort them."

Pakistan were sorely let down by their batsmen in the Champions Trophy. They failed to cross 200 - bowled out for 170 against West Indies, 167 against South Africa and 165 in a rain-affected match against India to get eliminated from the group stage. Only Misbah, the fifth-leading run-getter in ODIs this year with 548 runs, hit two half-centuries. The other senior batsmen Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal performed poorly. Pakistan's batting was also found wanting on their tour of South Africa earlier this year, where they lost all three Tests and the one-day series 3-2.

Misbah insisted batting is a serious weakness Pakistan have to overcome as they look to build for the 2015 World Cup. "The simple thing is that batsmen aren't able to handle themselves. There are technical faults and we need to address them. Whenever we go abroad we will face such problems so we have to address them sooner or later. If we don't improve, don't learn, then such things will go on.

"We will have meetings in the next two-three days to finalise the team (for the West Indies tour). Changes are necessary and we have to sit down and discuss, make changes and plan who are the players to be groomed for the future. We can rebuild the team in the next two years by grooming players who are good enough.

"It's not like we are picking the wrong players. We always try to select players who are good for the team, players who can win us games. These are the same set of players who have won us games. But now that they have not performed, you are saying they were sifarshi [unmerited recommendation] players. This is not the issue, they have done well in the past as well."

Pakistan play five ODIs against West Indies starting July 14, the first two in Guyana and the remaining three in St Lucia. The ODIs will be followed by two Twenty20 internationals in St Vincent. Misbah was wary about the challenge in West Indies and believed the onus would be on his batsmen again.

"We will face slow pitches on the West Indies tour and need to graft our innings," Misbah said. "If the batsmen give the bowlers a total of more than 250 then they can win us matches. I think it will again be a test of our batting in the West Indies."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Meety on July 2, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    I'll put my 2 cents in - the problem as (the new head of Pak cricket is trying to fix), is plainly bad selection processes. There have been numerous unwarranted selections(& droppings) in the past. How a bloke like Fawad Alam can't get into the National team in 3 years is way beyond me. This is a classic example, he averages 55 in FC, averages 42 in Tests & 38 in ODIs. I took one look at him when he toured Oz about 3yrs ago & thought he would be a star. He was not out of place against the Ozzy quicks in Oz - unlike the rest of the team on that ill-fated tour. When batting is the biggest weakness - how do you not play a bloke like Alam?

  • RodStark on July 1, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    As an outside observer (English) I would make two suggestions. First, Misbah is an absolute treasure, and Pakistan should do their best to keep him playing and captaining as long as possible. Just think about the captains who preceded him. Second, the rest of the test-playing countries really do have to do more to help Pakistan in their current impossible situation. I don't know what this could be. Perhaps setting up more A tours, perhaps setting up scholarships for younger Pakistani players to play in the county champoinship, Sheffield Shield, etc. But do something!

  • Harmony111 on July 1, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Pak should desperately find one cracking opener. That is their biggest problem right now. They don't have a batsman who can rattle the other side. If they have an opener who is feared by the other side such as Gilly, Viru, Sanath or Anwar then many of the problems of Pak will disappear like smoke through the ventilation ducts. Even as an Indian fan, it hurt a lot to see Pak perform so badly in the CT13. It is very imp that Pak do well as a cricketing nation. With Sri Lanka falling lower and lower month by month, we can't afford another decline there. Best wishes from an Indian fan.

  • bohurupi on July 1, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Enough said than done! Get at least 4-5 new batsmen in the team. There are talented players out there, you need to groom, season and chisel them. Make your turf close to those of England and Australia. Once the team is filled with new blood, Pakistan will find itself rejuvenated and reinvigorated. May be they'won't perform instantaneously, but the trick would be stick to them, give them plenty of time and eventually success will be flowing in. Also, Pakistan should need to appoint the best batting coach around.

    Imran farhat and Shoaib malik should not only be dropped from the team but at the same their incessant inclusion must be investigated by an independent committee. Also, they should be investigated for any foul play.

  • BillyBoi on July 5, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    100% agree with "Avicenna", "Meety" that FAWAD ALAM is very talented cricketer. he reeds the situation & conditions in match very well and scores some crucial runs consistently. With regards to Imran Farhat- I think PCB wouldn't drop him from the team until he reach to his retirement age ( So peeps don't waste your energy-only waiting is the option). I don't know if you agree with me but I have seen Hammad Azam in couple of matches where he got a chance of facing only few balls but smashed them clearly and in my personal opinion he can be a promising allrounder in shorter form of Cricket. Good Luck Pak Cricket.

  • on July 3, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Batting has been a long term concern for the team now, the bowling has been making up for their short comings and therefore masked the extent of the problem as well as the issue of dubious selection practices. Unfortunately it has taken a failure of massive proportions to really bring the selection issues to the fore. Let's hope some concrete steps are taken to fix the problem and move to merit based selection.

    Our neighbours are a prime example of this, selection is now based on merit rather than reputation or anything else and they reaping the rewards. IPL has also had a role in this where it has showcased the talent, how come it took Dhawan so long to make his debut?

  • huhohuhohuho on July 3, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    @nawaz ahmed your team has players who have retired and those who have not performed in the last 2year. We should include youngsters who can serve pakistan for 6-10 years. We should include players like sohaib maqsood,haris sohail and m. Rizwan

  • Sports4Youth on July 2, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    Posted by Avicenna on (July 2, 2013, 20:23 GMT) :- Totally agreed with you.

    Fawad Alam definately deserved to be selected ahead of Farhat & S.Malik.

    .

  • on July 2, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    For successful team pak needs mix of talent as well as experienced and young talented players otherwise its not going to be good experience more importantly needs to see if there;s already talent being ignored for example Abdul Razzaq , Azhar Mahmood and so forth these are Good All-rounders and can easily play till WC2015 and young players can learn very much from these tested and proved performing players on any day. Dream Team in current crises would be in the playing batting order : 1)Afridi 2) Umar Amin 3) Fawad Alam 4) Mohammad Yusuf 5) Misbah 6) Abdul Razzaq (Captain) 7) Sarfraz/Umar 8) Hammad Azam 9)Sohail Tanvir 10)Saeed Ajmal 11) Mohammad Irfan

    Player;s Part of the Squad Should be : Sharjeel Khan-Future Saeed Anwar , Nasir Jamshed, Asad, Wahab , Junaid, Ahmed Shahzad , Mohammad Hafeez , Azhar Mehmood, Younis Khan , Gul ,Azhar Ali

    This is called TEAM Selection , this team is mixture of new & old talent and have both good batting line-up and six good bowlers.

  • on July 2, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    If Misbah ul Haq had big say in CT team selection process, then he should be dearly blamed for poor performance and should be looking to stepping down or at least keeping himself quiet as solely Team selection process lead to such failure. He has done well in past but his insecurity of talented senior players is his weak point. Abdul Razzaq is 100 times better player and proven talented performing player then Mohammad Hafiz who can only bat ion Asian pitches. Misbah ul Haq shouldn't have a say in selection process and Hafeez shouldn't be captain of T20 he doesnt deserve the place and i agree with most comments on this website .

  • Meety on July 2, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    I'll put my 2 cents in - the problem as (the new head of Pak cricket is trying to fix), is plainly bad selection processes. There have been numerous unwarranted selections(& droppings) in the past. How a bloke like Fawad Alam can't get into the National team in 3 years is way beyond me. This is a classic example, he averages 55 in FC, averages 42 in Tests & 38 in ODIs. I took one look at him when he toured Oz about 3yrs ago & thought he would be a star. He was not out of place against the Ozzy quicks in Oz - unlike the rest of the team on that ill-fated tour. When batting is the biggest weakness - how do you not play a bloke like Alam?

  • RodStark on July 1, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    As an outside observer (English) I would make two suggestions. First, Misbah is an absolute treasure, and Pakistan should do their best to keep him playing and captaining as long as possible. Just think about the captains who preceded him. Second, the rest of the test-playing countries really do have to do more to help Pakistan in their current impossible situation. I don't know what this could be. Perhaps setting up more A tours, perhaps setting up scholarships for younger Pakistani players to play in the county champoinship, Sheffield Shield, etc. But do something!

  • Harmony111 on July 1, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Pak should desperately find one cracking opener. That is their biggest problem right now. They don't have a batsman who can rattle the other side. If they have an opener who is feared by the other side such as Gilly, Viru, Sanath or Anwar then many of the problems of Pak will disappear like smoke through the ventilation ducts. Even as an Indian fan, it hurt a lot to see Pak perform so badly in the CT13. It is very imp that Pak do well as a cricketing nation. With Sri Lanka falling lower and lower month by month, we can't afford another decline there. Best wishes from an Indian fan.

  • bohurupi on July 1, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Enough said than done! Get at least 4-5 new batsmen in the team. There are talented players out there, you need to groom, season and chisel them. Make your turf close to those of England and Australia. Once the team is filled with new blood, Pakistan will find itself rejuvenated and reinvigorated. May be they'won't perform instantaneously, but the trick would be stick to them, give them plenty of time and eventually success will be flowing in. Also, Pakistan should need to appoint the best batting coach around.

    Imran farhat and Shoaib malik should not only be dropped from the team but at the same their incessant inclusion must be investigated by an independent committee. Also, they should be investigated for any foul play.

  • BillyBoi on July 5, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    100% agree with "Avicenna", "Meety" that FAWAD ALAM is very talented cricketer. he reeds the situation & conditions in match very well and scores some crucial runs consistently. With regards to Imran Farhat- I think PCB wouldn't drop him from the team until he reach to his retirement age ( So peeps don't waste your energy-only waiting is the option). I don't know if you agree with me but I have seen Hammad Azam in couple of matches where he got a chance of facing only few balls but smashed them clearly and in my personal opinion he can be a promising allrounder in shorter form of Cricket. Good Luck Pak Cricket.

  • on July 3, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Batting has been a long term concern for the team now, the bowling has been making up for their short comings and therefore masked the extent of the problem as well as the issue of dubious selection practices. Unfortunately it has taken a failure of massive proportions to really bring the selection issues to the fore. Let's hope some concrete steps are taken to fix the problem and move to merit based selection.

    Our neighbours are a prime example of this, selection is now based on merit rather than reputation or anything else and they reaping the rewards. IPL has also had a role in this where it has showcased the talent, how come it took Dhawan so long to make his debut?

  • huhohuhohuho on July 3, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    @nawaz ahmed your team has players who have retired and those who have not performed in the last 2year. We should include youngsters who can serve pakistan for 6-10 years. We should include players like sohaib maqsood,haris sohail and m. Rizwan

  • Sports4Youth on July 2, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    Posted by Avicenna on (July 2, 2013, 20:23 GMT) :- Totally agreed with you.

    Fawad Alam definately deserved to be selected ahead of Farhat & S.Malik.

    .

  • on July 2, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    For successful team pak needs mix of talent as well as experienced and young talented players otherwise its not going to be good experience more importantly needs to see if there;s already talent being ignored for example Abdul Razzaq , Azhar Mahmood and so forth these are Good All-rounders and can easily play till WC2015 and young players can learn very much from these tested and proved performing players on any day. Dream Team in current crises would be in the playing batting order : 1)Afridi 2) Umar Amin 3) Fawad Alam 4) Mohammad Yusuf 5) Misbah 6) Abdul Razzaq (Captain) 7) Sarfraz/Umar 8) Hammad Azam 9)Sohail Tanvir 10)Saeed Ajmal 11) Mohammad Irfan

    Player;s Part of the Squad Should be : Sharjeel Khan-Future Saeed Anwar , Nasir Jamshed, Asad, Wahab , Junaid, Ahmed Shahzad , Mohammad Hafeez , Azhar Mehmood, Younis Khan , Gul ,Azhar Ali

    This is called TEAM Selection , this team is mixture of new & old talent and have both good batting line-up and six good bowlers.

  • on July 2, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    If Misbah ul Haq had big say in CT team selection process, then he should be dearly blamed for poor performance and should be looking to stepping down or at least keeping himself quiet as solely Team selection process lead to such failure. He has done well in past but his insecurity of talented senior players is his weak point. Abdul Razzaq is 100 times better player and proven talented performing player then Mohammad Hafiz who can only bat ion Asian pitches. Misbah ul Haq shouldn't have a say in selection process and Hafeez shouldn't be captain of T20 he doesnt deserve the place and i agree with most comments on this website .

  • Avicenna on July 2, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    Here is the performance of Pakistani batsmen in their last eleven ODI innings:

    F. Alam (63, 39, 20*, 64, 29, 1, 9, 48, 59*, 6, 1 Total= 339 runs @ 37.66),

    I. Farhat (10, 47, 9, 56, 93, 13, 46, 9, 5, 2, 2 Total= 298 runs @ 27.00),

    M. Hafeez (25, 31, 57, 0, 5, 18, 122*, 2, 4, 7, 27 Total= 292 runs @ 26.54),

    A. Shehzad (6, 1, 13, 12, 10, 8, 22, 102, 0, 6, 9 Total= 189 runs @ 17.18),

    S. Afridi (32, 2*, 17, 0, 9, 0, 7, 34, 88, 4, 0 Total= 193 runs @ 19.3),

    S. Malik (5, 19, 35*, 4, 19*, 28, 1*, 43, 0, 8, 17 Total= 179 runs @ 22.3)

    Isn't it funny that Fawad never got selected after 2010!!

  • on July 2, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    @ Harmony111 a fine lad called Ahmad Shehzad has been making a strong case but has been often over looked. hes the type who can be a fire cracker and if given time maye develop a reputation that makes him feared

  • t20cric on July 2, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    @Nasar Pathan: Abdul razzaq got in an argument with Hafeez and sadly the better all rounder lost his spot. Mohammad Amir is currently serving his 5 year ban which will be finished by 2015 but I agree these two guys deserve a spot in the team. But for Afridi and Nazir I don't agree because there is younger and more talented players who fit better in the spots that these two would get. Also I'm pretty sure Misbah has a say in the selection so poor selection is partially his fault too.

  • on July 2, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Misbah-ul-haq is a good captian, But the problem is in the selection commitee. Despite Pakistan has very talented players they were not included in the team.

    I request them to include ABDUL RAZZAQ,IMRAN NAZIR,MOHAMMED AAMIR along with Afridi into the team.

    Team For ODI/T20

    1.Imran Nazir 2.Shahed Khan Afridi 3.Asad Shafiq 4.Misbah-ul-haq 5.Umer Akmal 6.Abdul Razzaq 7.Mohammed Aamir 8.Umer gul 9. Junaid Khan 10.Saeed Ajmal 11. Kamran Akmal/Ahmad Shahzad

  • Unconstitutional_PCB_Chief on July 2, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Misbah is very diplomatically defending proven failed players; failed is a mild term here. Can someone please, please ... tell Misbah we are sick and tired of watching Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik. According to Pakistan's rich cricketing history we are witnessing the lowest level of Pakistani cricket today and Misbah is still saying: "These are the same set of players who have won us games. But now that they have not performed, you are saying they were sifarshi [unmerited recommendation] players."?

  • t20cric on July 2, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    I think Misbah is wrong to say that the selections weren't unmerited sure farhat, hafeez, kamran and malik have had match winning innings but without much consistency and they have done this match winning batting a few years ago. Pakistan needs to drop all these 4 players and replace them with younger and more talented players. I think Misbah is a great batsman but as a captain he is very defensive and we need more of an aggressive captain (afridi is too aggressive and doesnt deserve to be on the team). My team would be 1.Nasir Jamshed,2. Ahmed Shehzad, 3. Umar Akmal, 4. Misbah-ul-haq (he needs to bat at 4 to get a century), 5. Asad Shafiq, 6. Fawad Alam, 7. Mohammed Rizwan, 8. Umar Gul(if he recovered), 9. Saeed Ajmal, 10. Junaid Khan, 11. Mohammad Irfan and the rest of the squad is Umar Amin, Asad Ali, Abdul Razzaq, Hammad Azam. Notice that this whole squad doesn't have failures like Kamran, Hafeez, Malik, Farhat, Afridi and Younis.

  • huhohuhohuho on July 2, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    @kashifmuneer you r wrong kamran akmal should not open he should not even be in the team. He averages 30 in tests and 26 in odis is that really the type of player we need in our inconsistent team(excluding misbah) dropped over 85 catches lost us over 40 matches please think about what your writing.

  • japper on July 2, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    @Harmony111 - You hit the nail on the head. Pakistan desperately needs an opener like Saeed Anwar. Pakistan in the last 10 years have just not produced any worthy opening batsmen. We see musical chairs being played for the opening slot these days and perhaps they are paying for not grooming any batsman when he was around. I remember Ali Naqvi as a youngster score a magnificent century against the South African's on Debut in 1997, but what ever happened to him no one knows. They kept persisting with Shahid Afridi who was just not an opener and when Saeed Anwar retired there was no senior opening batsmen to look up to for the youngsters coming in. Hope the Pakistan Selectors find a couple of young opening batsman and give them a long run at least a couple of years. There is no way Mohammad Hafeez and Faisal Iqbal making the grade against the better attacks and with their technical deficiencies they are always going to come up short.

  • on July 2, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    While Misbah has been great with managing the players, his weakness has been that he is not willing to admit that selection is the core issue with the current team. Pretenders like Farhat and Malik can't perform consistently in anything but the flattest conditions. Guys like Kamran and Hafeez are not good against the moving ball, and at least Kamran doesn't have the best of temperaments.

    For Pakistan, the answer is clear - they need to invest in a set of players who have the attitude and aptitude to be winners. In my opinion, this side is the need of the times:

    Starting XI Jamshed, Shahzad, Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal (wk),Haris Sohail, Misbah, Hafeez, Anwar Ali Khan, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Irfan

    Bench Sohaib Maqsood, Asad Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan (wk)

    Reserves Umar Amin, Fawad Alam, Shan Masood, Khurram Manzoor, Babar Azam, Jamal Anwar (wk), Shahid Afridi, Hammad Azam, Ehsan Adil, Raza Hasan, Ali Khan

  • on July 2, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Is it all so desparate and hopeless to get new blood, hang on to Misbah, call back Afridi and Younus.... is this the confidence new blood has on why they were selected! if so then continue seeing the repeats of Pak performance in Champions trophy for a while.

  • chitti_cricket on July 2, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Pakistan great in bowling department very bad in batting and worst in fielding. I very strongly believe there is no dearth of talent in Pakistan. The selection of cricket team is based on patronage and vendetta, that has been Pakistan culture. All remember 1999 world cup where Waquar was in team and never played a game under Wasim Akram. Waquar as a bowler at that time can walk in into any team, Even great Australian team that beat Pakistan in the 1999 final. That speaks volumes of how players are selected by Captain into playing eleven. For current rut that Pakistan is in, to an extent Mibah is also responsible. Why the hell he choose to play Shoib, Afiz and Akmal after that many failures they have produced every time after they are selected. Can he answer that? until those questions answered there is no glowing Pakistani cricket team we will be able to see in neat future. Don't expect ripe fruits from bad and destroyed tree.

  • on July 2, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    @ Cricket_is_Unpopular: Mr u have some mis conception about Pakistan Cricket Team. There is a lot of talent but the main weak point is weak structure so lets see this time will come back and will perform perfectly . .

  • dmqi on July 2, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Hundreds of cricket lovers from all over the world would like a to see young prospective players to be included and Malik, Akmal and Farhat to be excluded. Will that happen? God and selector know only. Old Misbah must understand that he did not plan to build a team for the future in last 3 years. It is better to be late then never. Drop 4-5 from current failed team, and bring fresh blood. Please do not bring old cricketers to replace nonperforming old ones. May God give good sense to all.

  • uzairamir on July 2, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    why doesnt misbah and pcb get it.batting isnt the problem at all but it is the selection.you have batsmen averaging over 50 in first class and list a and bowlers averaging below 20 in first class yet you pick bowlers having average of 30 and batsmen like shoiab malik,imran farhat and hafeez who have nothing to give to the team.despite their failures they are being constantly picked in the team again and again.when you have a wicketkeeper batsmen like mohammad rizvan why pick kamran akmal.even i can understand this than why not the pcb.the pcb needs to be brave and drop players even if they have been performing before or not what counts is their current form

  • KashifMuneer on July 2, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    A lot of comments make great sense. Although rash and not possesing a perfect temprament, you cannot drop someone like Umar Akmal who was our only batsman in ICC Top 10 ODI rankings at the time. Even now, after missing from the ODI team for 6 months, Umar Akmal is the 2nd highest ranked Pakistani batsman in ICC player rankings. The only Pakistani batsman above him is Misba-ul-Haq. I agree with the comment about Fawad Alam who should be permanent fixture in tests and ODIs. Asad Shafiq should not be dropped from test or ODI squad and should be given a pro-longed slot in the team. In conditions that aid the moving ball, Misbah needs to bat higher and Hafeez needs to bat lower. Steyn exposed him badly on SA tour. Kamran Akmal should bat higher (potentially open) to make use of field restrictions. He seems to be wasted in the lower order.

    In short, the immediate changes should be to let Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik go and Fawad Alam and Umar Akmal should come back on WI tour.

  • on July 2, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    If Misbah wants to score a century than he needs to change his batting order.He can bat at no 4. cause he does not get a partner to support him for scoring a century.the tall ender always fail to support him at last.

  • on July 2, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Misbah is the critical point in Pakistan's failure in the Champions Trophy............................

  • Captainman on July 2, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Pakistan I'm sorry to say are an old pathetic declining Cricket team. Times are indeed changing lol sorry but as long as they are facts, we must all hear them. I remember Pakistani fans talking about ICC Trophy so much 6 months prior probably more than any other team and team preparing so hard for it i.e. training camps, associates etc and still badly humiliated hahahaha...so funny. Team is a simple disgrace sorry but true.

  • wrenx on July 2, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    @RodStark Well said, it's disheartening how much fellow Pakistan fans run down Misbah, he's been a fine captain and an admirable batsman through very tough times for the team. Anyone other country would praise him as a humble hero, yet we seem to be impatient to get shot of him. It's typical of our mentality, that somehow getting rid of the best part of our team will somehow make everything better. Misbah deserves much better than he is getting

  • huhohuhohuho on July 2, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    My solution to the batting problem would be to send the performing domestic players to play county,the big bash,bpl.spl,wipl and other foriegn competitions so that they can get a taste of the conditions in other countries.

  • on July 2, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    pakistan is only good at one thing dats dissappointing us when it matters what has happened they will never learn for god sake misbah ul must retire his defenisve nature is proving to be a letdown these players have to run there houses they dont care abt the sentimenet of nation

  • huhohuhohuho on July 2, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    If i was the chairman i would have seen Misbah's captaincy record which is good only because he wins from bangaldesh,ireland,scotland he has lost 4-1 against srilanka,3-2 vs sa,2-1 vs australia,5-0 vs england, he should let go of the captaincy in odis and retire from it. he is a good test captain and should play only in them. Afridi was a better captain he lost semi final because of bad fielding by misbah, kamran and younis. My squad will be jamshed,shehzad,sohaib,haris,shafiq,u akmal, rizwan(wk), razzaq(captain), ajmal, junaid and irfan.Bachups would be azhar,amin,wahab,anwar

  • eastkwekwe on July 2, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    If all the fans can see that Shoaib malik , Kamran Akmal, and Imraan farhat have not been performing for so long how is it that the selectors can't see this.

  • on July 2, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    1- sohaib maqsood scored 427 runs ave 71.00, 2- rafatullah Mohmand scored 425 runs ave 85.00, 3- azhar Ali scored 356 runs ave 89.00, 4- Khurram manzoor scored 349 runs ave 87.25, 5- sharjeel khan scored 319 runs ave 79.75, 6- asad shafiq scored 279 ave 139.00, 7- 17 yr old Hussain talat scored 272 runs ave 90.67, 8- ahmad shahzad scored 259 ave 52.00 This is what they averaged and scored iin the Presidents One Day Championship 2013 played in may. we also have Haris Sohail, babar Azam, Fawad Alam, Usman Salahuddin, Naved Yasin, Rameez Raja Jr, Shahzaib Hasan Khan, Awais Zia.

    We need batsmen who are not afraid to play their shots, who have the guts, it seemed in the champions trophy, every body was afraid to play.

  • Sports4Youth on July 2, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Farhat, Malik, Kamran need to be dumped urgently and for good.

    Hafeez's time also seems to be near.

    Harris Sohail has been kept waiting for far too long, Afridi is definately better than than Malik and Hafeez so he can definately comeback in place of Malik. AND PAKISTAN NEED TO STICK TO A NEW SET OF YOUGSTERS AND STOP GOING BACK TO THE LIKES OF FARHAT, MALIK & KAMRAN.

    .

  • huhohuhohuho on July 2, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    @amir229 kamran akmal has lost us over 40 matches because of his bad keeping. His batting has lost us 20 more. He has dropped over 85 catches how are you even calling him a keeper. I will tell you some of the matches we lost because of him. The sydney test dropped 4 catches of Kanerias bowling, The wc semifinal he dropped the catch of tendulkar of afridis bowling,Misbah dropped his catch of ajmal's bowling had he caught it we could have won. The third odi pak vs sa series 2013 dropped two catches of amla of wahabs bowling,Pak vs wi ct dropped pollards catch of ajmals bowling,Pakistan in England Test Series - 3rd Test England v Pakistan 2006,South Africa in Pakistan Test Series - 1st Test Pakistan v South Africa 2007 ,Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series - 1st Test Sri Lanka v Pakistan 2009 ,Pakistan in New Zealand Test Series - 1st Test 2009,Pakistan in England Test Series - 1st Test England v Pakistan2010,Pakistan in England Test Series - 4th Test 2010.

  • on July 2, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    misba is a good sensible baltsman but after reading his article i can gurantee you he is the worst captain pak has ever had.he only belives in exprince so he brings back players like farhat malik haffez kamran gul afridi.he only belives in practice and knowing the condition so pak was the 1st team u reach england they got so many matches before ct they were totally prapred but what happen loosing 3-0 against better teams.if the captain is so afraid then what u expect from the team.teres a saying if "sachin scores 100 then india will lose i will prefer saying misba scores a 50 pak will definatly lose."we need captain like imran khan agrasaive nad fearless not like misba whos afraid of giving oppurtunity to younsters. if africa jamsed failed in couple of match insted of rectifing his mistake he just kicked him out of the team and jamshed is the only batsman pak hav right now.i requst pcb 2 change the whole team just for a couple of seris make ajmal the captain and sent only youngster.

  • on July 2, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Pakistan need a new faces and give them as equal chance and time to perform not just 1 or 2 one day or t20 .look at the stats of domestic .shoiab malik Imran farhat they have live there cricketing life we just forgot them all

  • on July 2, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    People with scant knowledge of cricket giving their opinion and even selecting their own team. When they do not want Shoab Malik, they want Affridi. God help Pakistan cricket. Some even mentioned to bring back Mohd Yusof who has not played for Pakistan for some time. Let Pakistani cricket officials do what is good for the team and people with limited knowledge should do what they can do, just watch and comment appropriately rather than becoming selectors

  • TexanBlue on July 2, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    The one big problem is the "denial" of both the captain and the selection committee that they are wrong. Only if both simply admit that they have made mistakes and picked wrong teams in the recent past then they can find a way to get out of their self created mess. Qasim said that his selection commitee picked the "best available" players and now Mibah said the same thing that they didn't pick "wrong players", instead picked those who could "win" matches, who were "good" for the team, and who "had" won games for Pak. Now can the captain explain us if they had actually picked the right guys then why did they not perform at all? Do you call players like Malik, Farhat and Akmal the right guys? The trio is way past their primes. They can no longer justify their place in the team nor can they win us any more games. They aren't good for the team. They're in the team only because of political backings and nepotism. You destroyed the career of Razzaq. Have mercy on team and pick on merit only.

  • on July 2, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    The PCB need to allow are batsmen to play county cricket abroad in England, Australia and South Africa etc. They need to emphasis alot more on 4 day cricket and not just 20twenty. This will help develop the batsmens techniques in foreign conditions and will be better for Pakistan.

  • on July 2, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    For successful team pak needs mix of talent as well as experienced and young talented players otherwise its not going to be good experience more importantly needs to see if there;s already talent being ignored for example Abdul Razzaq , Azhar Mahmood and so forth these are Good All-rounders and can easily play till WC2015 and young players can learn very much from these tested and proved performing players on any day. Dream Team in current crises would be in the playing batting order : 1)Afridi 2) Umar Amin 3) Fawad Alam 4) Mohammad Yusuf 5) Misbah 6) Abdul Razzaq (Captain) 7) Sarfraz/Umar 8) Hammad Azam 9)Sohail Tanvir 10)Saeed Ajmal 11) Mohammad Irfan

    Player;s Part of the Squad Should be : Sharjeel Khan -talented batsman, Nasir Jamshed, Asad, Wahab , Junaid, Ahmed Shahzad , Mohammad Hafeez , Azhar Mehmood, Younis Khan , Gul ,Azhar Ali

    This is called TEAM Selection , this team is mixture of new & old talent and have both good batting line-up and good bowling unit and Six Bowlers

  • on July 2, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    hello i am a sri lanka fan but i love pakistan cricket team only .Not for pakistan country so pcb must select the younges playes for the west indies tour so my should be 1.nasir jamshed 2.hafeez 3.sohaib maqsood 4.haris sohail 5.misbah ul haq 6.umar amin .7. umar akmal ( wk for just now) 8.junaid khan 9.irfan 10.asad ali. 11.ajmal. ( asad shafiq ,wahab raiz ,umar gul if he is not ingerd . sarjeel khan , shazad ,). sohaib maqsood is like virat kholi he is the cerrt 3 douner and haris sohail also. if wekt go bello 50/2 also maqsood and haris sohail can conitve from this score maqsood and haris sohail is the key for pakisan plz selcet this people . if mibah is ritud you can go for asad shafiq.............. so this is the good team for pakistan plz select this team .. so i am sri lanka but i love pakistan team only

  • on July 2, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    i want misbah to act like leader not just captain... he should step forward and groom some youngster for future, enough with farhat, akmal, malik younis... though younis was a great player but his time is over now same like razzaq... afridi individual performance is not up to mark but his presence in team is important, he can turn around things from nowhere... and he is an inspiration for many youngsters... now is the time to bring Haris sohail, Ahmed Shahzad, Fawad Alam, and make umar amin, nasir jamshed and asad shafiq regular, whether they perform in next couple of years or not, but they should be in team, so they can groom themselves... the time will come when they will be ready to take responsibility... and from bowling point of view, saaed ajmal is growing old, so we should make raza hasan ready to replace him... and we definitely needs a genuine fast bowler...

  • hotcric01 on July 2, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Get Umar Akmal back in to the team.He is a match winner.A team need more match winners in their batting line up.Give Jamshid more chances.He is a good opener.And include a good fast bowling allrounder in the team.(like Razzaq)

  • on July 2, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    I wonder why Pakistan has opted for Umar Akmal as wicket keeper batsman. Why not they picking regular keeper. There are good keepers like Mohammad Rizwan and Sarfaraz. I doubt that its the same like shoaib malik was kept in the team as allrounder

  • on July 2, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    guys !! why are we talking about Afridi here, when you check his batting average, you will know what he had done throughout, he gets one big score in 30 odi's. that doesn't make any sense or we never call him a batsmen.Pakistan need some talented guys in their batting line up with consistency, like mohammed yusuf, younis khan etc..Nasir Jamshid is a good batsmen he should be given with more matches to play, shoiab malik has to be promoted in the batting line up to get some batting practice. Bowling side - they are the best, if they could clear the batting side they are one of the best team. about captaincy misbah is not the one who can lead the side, younis khan or saeed ajmal will be a bette option.. posted by an Indian

  • Solitaryprince on July 2, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    I wonder why Pakistan has opted for Umar Akmal as wicket keeper batsman. Why not they picking regular keeper. There are good keepers like Mohammad Rizwan and Sarfaraz. I doubt that its the same like shoaib malik was kept in the team as allrounder.

  • on July 2, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    Cricket is simple incomplete without afridi.No matter he is in form or out of form. But in presence of Shahid afridi in team Opposition Must feel some threart. Everybody know he is Out-class bowler & Dangerous hitter. Shahid Afirdi is full of aggressive nature. Even selectors took very bad decision befor ICC champ,s start. They even ignored the Afiridi batting which he performed during South Africa Series.

  • on July 2, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    Misbah says " it isn't that we were picking the wrong players ' when complaining that the Team was let down by very poor batting . This is where he is totally wrong . What was the basis for selecting Imran Farhat , Shoaib Malik , Kamran Akmal . They have not performed in the last three years at all . Once again now the moves are being made to re select Afridi , Umar Akmal . Both of them have been consistent non performers . What is needed is genuine re building of the Team , their training and grooming .

    As for the Selectors , don't they need to be sacked ?

  • on July 2, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    Misbah is completely correct when is says that the batsmen lack technical skills....no batsmen had the skills required from an international team, even Jamshedpur is technically flawed. What are the coaches doing.....we have Whatmore and even a specialist batting coach! Yet these technical flaws are not corrected. Surely there must be better technically equipped players around?

  • PAKisTANeee786 on July 2, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    Surprising to see people including Kamran Akmal in their line-ups again and again, maybe they are his relatives!! This guy is completely useless, and has ended many talented players careers with his poor performances behind the stumps. Honestly, i'd rather have my 10 year old nephew replace him, because i know he wouldn't do any worse. Also, at Indiaruleseverybody, plz don't defame Shahid Afridi, his talent apart, he is a wonderful human being and very sincere to his team, and that's why he was dropped for several political reasons. He is not as flexible as the sifarishi (unmerited) players currently in our team, hence he pays the price everytime, and occasionally has to threat with his retirement to get his point across. After all, he is the face of the Pakistan team. On a lighter note, can't wait to see "Main hoon Shahid Afridi"..."I am Shahid Afridi" moive which highlights these facts.

  • on July 2, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    where is umar akmal. Misbah should bat at no 3. What happened to Azar ali - he should be opening instead of imran farhat.

  • Sinhaya on July 2, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    I think that Misbah seems good enough to play international cricket for at least another 2 years. His defensiveness may be a weak point but still worth having him. Jamshed has no doubt impressed in ODIs all over, but still to impress in tests. I think Pakistan's best ever opening pair was Aamir Sohail and Saeed Anwar. Hafeez is a good bowler but never deserves to open outside of Asia.

  • Gowza on July 1, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    For starters umar akmal should be in all teams they should also bring in haris sohail. hammad azam can be used as a bowling allrounder in the shorter formats, ahmed shehzad should be opening in all formats with nasir jamshed. babar azam and shoaib ahmed should be there as well. then have misbah, younis, azhar and shafiq as the more experienced guys. as far as bowlers you've got ajmal, junaid, rehman, wahab, irfan. jamshed has been doing great, keep him but need to give more opportuntities to youngsters like umar akmal, haris sohail, hammad and babar azam, shehzad and shoaib ahmed.

  • mazdonal on July 1, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    Misbah has only himself to blame for having his own favourites and "sifarishies" in the team. Time and again we have heard that Shoaib Malik is being included at the recommendation of Misbah-ul-Haque. No one knows what magic the individual wields over our worthy Captain. We should banish him to Hyderabad Deccan not to be seen or heard of again. Abdurrazaque and Mohammed Yusuf havealso been resolutely removed from consideration through his insistence for a long period of time.

  • on July 1, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    my team cap misbah/younus khan/nasir jumshad/umer akmal/fawad alam/razzak most need/afridi/saeed ajmal/irfan/umer gul/ahmed shyzad/ azar ali/

  • on July 1, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    1.Mohammad Yousuf 2.Nasir Jamshed 3..Umar Akma(Wk) 4.Misbah 5.Ahmed Shahzad 6. Abdul Razzaq or Mohammad Hafeez 7.Afridi 8.Wahab Riaz 9.Saeed Ajmal 10.Junaid Khan 11.Muhammad Irfan more Sohail Tanvir, Raza Hasan ,Shafiq,umer gul OR

    1. Imran Nazir 2.Nasir Jamshed 3..Umar Akma(Wk) 4.Misbah 5.Ahmed Shahzad 6. Abdul Razzaq or Mohammad Hafeez 7.Afridi 8.Wahab Riaz 9.Saeed Ajmal 10.Junaid Khan 11.Muhammad Irfan more Sohail Tanvir, Raza Hasan ,Shafiq,umer gul,Mohammad Yousuf

  • on July 1, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    1st batting 1.Imran Nazir 2.Nasir Jamshed 3.Shafiq 4. Misbah 5.Umar Akma(Wk)l 6.Ahmed Shahzad7.Shahid Afridi 8.Wahab Riaz 9.Saeed Ajmal 10.Junaid Khan 11.Muhammad Irfan 12.AbdulRazzaq 13.Sohail Tanvir 14.umer gul 15.Raza Hasan16. Mohammad Yousuf 17.Mohammad Hafeez

    or batting 1. Mohammad Yousuf 2.Nasir Jamshed 3.Umar Akma(Wk) 4. Misbah 5.Ahmed Shahzad 6.AbdulRazzaq or Mohammad Hafeez 7.Shahid Afridi 8.Wahab Riaz 9.Saeed Ajmal 10.Junaid Khan 11.Muhammad Irfan

  • on July 1, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    According to Misbah, the pitches will be slow in the West Indies. I think he should confirm this with someone first hand. Because, unless it rains a lot more than usual, I would think the sun baked pitches will be fast and bouncy.

  • on July 1, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    Misbah is a great batsman but not a great leader. In his captaincy the Pakistani team is going down day by day. He can't build a team. Look at Dhonbi, give any 10 decent players and he will get the best out of them. Misbah is no where close to that. This is the main issue. Secondly Kamran Akmal has been handled very badly and this has brought his downfall. He is a top order batsman. He is one of few match winners we have in the team. Hafeez is a good player but he cannot perform under pressure. He looks like just a club player. I dont know how he has survived at this level for so long. Afridi is the best captain we can have at the moment. He knows how to build the team, and get the best out of players. Hopefully selectors wake up and take the right decision.

  • AamirAbuOzair on July 1, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Just pick up Abdul Razzaq, he is a true match winner --- for the first time prefer Razzaq to Afridi -- please !

  • Jda123 on July 1, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    Pakistan batting was horrible throughout the whole UK tour, Ireland, Scotland, and CT.

    No consistency at all, Hafeez, Akmal, Malik, Amin, Farhat and even Shafiq didn't play well.

    You cant play 1 good game and poor for the rest.

    It will be interesting if Umar Akmal is to wicket keep in WI tour, a poor move if yeah, you cant expect him to become AB De Villiers... They should get an actual wicket keeper and leave Umar Akmal to concentrate on batting and his role as a middle orders batman.

    If Kamran Akmal is left out, his international career will be over, time for new faces to come in, Malik and Farhat both should be out.

  • India_Rules_Everybody on July 1, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    As an independent observer (yes independent even though I am Indian), I have a couple of things to say. First, it just baffles me when I read people asking Misbah to be dropped. He was practically the only reason why Pakistan was able to have some total to defend if nothing at all. I don't know if he should continue as the Captain but there is no way he can be dropped as a Batsman! Secondly, from my perspective, the mess that Pakistan is facing today is more due to lack of confidence and discipline rather than lack of talent. Pakistan cricket management has just been on a downward spiral for a long time and not it is showing on the field. Getting Shahid Afridi back will not do any good. A person known for taking rash retirements and unretirements, biting balls, damaging pitches with his boots is not fit to be in any team. You need more Younis Khans, Misbahs and Inzamams rather than Afridis and least of all Akhtars.

  • Shantul on July 1, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    It is IMPOSSIBLE to move forward with no young legs in the team! IF Harris Sohail, Raza Hasan, Hammad Azam, Umar Akmal, and Ahmed Shehzad are not part of the squad means that Pakistan is not moving forward. This is pure SHAME on behalf of selector, coach, captain and PCB. If these youngsters are not included in PAK team. I would hope Pak lose 5-0 to WI, So Pak selectors can take the decision. Because the same old will not do it! More than half of the team is in their 30's plus.. If the youngster are not picked now, then it would be too late, because they grow with time too!!! GL PAK!

  • somethingdifferent on July 1, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    With regards to the sifarshi [unmerited recommended] players, what Misbah ignored is that players like Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal & Wahab Riaz won matches for Pakistan years ago and have failed constantly for last 2/3 years. Thus their present selection is not on merit but only on recommendations and connections. If present form and performance is not considered and past performances are the criteria for selection then why not select Muhammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan and Abdul Razzaq.

  • on July 1, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    odi team shehzad jamshed azhar shafiq misbah umar afridi junaid gul ajmal irfan with umar akmal keeping

  • on July 1, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    my Team is Ahmed shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Haris shoail, Misbah ul haq, Umer Akmal, Shahid Afridi,hammad azam,shoil Taanveer, saeed ajmal ,umer gul, junaid khan

  • rivernile on July 1, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    For all the Misbah haters- please allow me to remind you that Pakistan went to the WC semi's (in large part) because of Misbah. If you think that he lost you the match, can you please tell me which batsman actually stood up and took the challenge of scoring? He is one man, there are 10 others. NO ONE stood up in that match. I think that Misbah is the BEST captain in the world right now (this from a non-Pakistani).

  • umairaslum on July 1, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Ahmad Shehzad with NJ. Then Shafiq, misbah, new comer, new wicketkeeper ( Umer akmal ) AbdulRazzaq, W Riaz, JKhan, Lefti spinner Hassan Raza, Saeed ajmal and the..tallman. Try this one.. but please ...tell A Shehzad n NJ n Shafiq to take score to 100 for one or at least 50 for one. We are sick n tired of 30 for 3 and 40 for 4 in 15 covers and then watching rebuilding in the form of tuk tuk....

  • bingster on July 1, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    1.Shahzad 2.Jamshed 3.Shafiq 4.Misbah 5.Umar Akma(Wk)l 6.Haris Sohail 7.Hammad Azam 8.Wahab Riaz 9.Saeed Ajmal 10.Junaid Khan 11.Muhammad Irfan

  • asim229 on July 1, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Afridi may not be a good batsmen but he signlehandedly took pakistan to the WC semifinal by his bowling, good fielding and aggressive captaincy but we rewarded Misbah for loosing us the match we should have won by giving captaincy till he retire and drop all future prospects like Ahmad Shehzad etc.For all Kamran Akmal bashers I still remembers his few innings due to which pak won e.g Karachi test against india in which pak was 4 down for 15 and his quick century won pak the match and similarly in 2005 against india in which he and razzak made centuries in a similar situation and recently the match aganist ireland with his quickfire 90. Can anyone recall a single innings from Misbah like that when misbah and so called professor hafeez are the main batsmen, captains and the backbone of the team. It is their responsibilty to score, and encourage youngsters and other players etc and dont expect everything from allrounders like Kamran, Afridi, and Razzaq.

  • SwaggyPaki on July 1, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    They should play Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Misbah ul-haq, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Umar Gul, and Saeed Ajmal. (In no specific order)

  • on July 1, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Kamran Akmak , Ahmed shahzad , Nasir jamsheed , Mohammad hafeez , Asad shafiq , umer akmal , shahid afridi, abduRazzaq , Irfan , junaid , ajmal will be perfect

  • umairaslum on July 1, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Misbah failed to learn from the miserable batting failures in SA and CT. If Pakistan goes with new look team with Ahmed Shehzad and other under 19 players, its affordable to loose series with 3 nil or 4 - 1, by scoring less than 200 runs but... There's no point in failing again again with Hafeez, farhat, akmal, Younus, malik etc.. Afridi is a continuous flop. The most bitter fact is that Pakistan cricket has no batting talent. Batsmen in national circuit have flawed techniques. They play across the line due to T20 popularity. Ahmad Shehzad won a under19 WC for Pakistan. He needs to play offside game along the carpet. Without four world class batsmen averaging above 40, nothings gonna change for Pakistan.

  • huhohuhohuho on July 1, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    The captaincy should be taken from misbah he has not won series against big teams he lost 5-0 against england,3-2 against south africa,4-1 against sri lanka,2-1 against australia the only reason why he has a good record is because he won series against weak teams like bangladesh,ireland and scotland. He is a good test captain and i think he should retire from odis. In the asia cup pakistan won the final because of a 46 run knock by sarfaraz who is a wicketkeeper. Afridi was a better odi captain he took us to the world cup semifinal which we lost because of misbah younis and kamran akmal who dropped catches of tendulkar. We should bring in players like sohaib maqsood, haris sohail,M. Rizwan,Razzaq,Ahmaed Shehzad and umar akmal. We should remove players like hafeez,malik,kamran akmal,imran farhat. And why was razzaq removed from the squad even though he was a good player. He could make a good captain

  • huhohuhohuho on July 1, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    I completely disagree with @ahmed jawad sabi and@mohd sajjad kamran akmal should not be selected in the team he has disappointed on many occasions. Since 2006 he has missed over 85 dismissals costing over 2500 runs. He has lost us the world cup 2011 by dropping the catch of tendulkar. He lost us the sydney test. He has dropped 14 catches of kanerias bowling.9 catches of umar guls bowling,15 catches of afridis bowling,8 catches of abdur rahman's bowling, 9 catches of akhtars bowling and also other catches. I beg the pcb to please stop selecting k akmal and give a chance to muhammad rizwan

  • Stark62 on July 1, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Misbah has to share 50% of the blame because he played a part in selection. Who remembers Nasir Jamshed being constantly ignored by the selectors because Taufeeq and Farhat?

    Malik, hasn't done anything of worth since the dark ages but still gets selected.

    Farhat, Shoiab Akhtar said it best when he said "His technique is still the same, as it was in 2001".

    Younis Khan, his highest ODI score was against Hong Kong and that pretty much sums up his ODI career (although an exceptional Test player), which is similar to Laxman but India were quick to recognise that and dropped him from ODI's.

    Kamran Akmal, seems to play politics or he really is that rubbish.

    Umar Amin, he has a FC average of 38.07 and a One Day average of 32.79. Someone please, hand a list of names containing: Harris Sohail, Naved Yasin, Usman Salahuddin (Tests and maybe ODI's), Fawad Alam (Tests and ODI's only), Sohaib Maqsood and even Umar Akmal to the one and only, Mr. Tuk Tuk.

  • honestpakistani on July 1, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Enough is enough - We have given lot of time to our seniors like Younus, Malik, Kamran, afridi and one way to Misbah as well... no doubt Misbah is currently in better shape but how long .. we should bring young blood to Pakistan cricket and give them free hand until next worldcup.

  • am5786 on July 1, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Our batting has failed and I see mostly people are still suggesting same team. I think we need to give chances to the domestic first class players, make a criteria that leading run scorer, wicket taker and all rounder should be selected to the national team. This will not only make a healthy competition among the players but also they will perform knowing their performances could lead them to national team. Right now domestic players are only playing for the sake of their jobs because they know regardless of their performances selectors will select same team i.e. drop few players from current tour and bring them back for next tour etc.

  • Mukramhussain on July 1, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed Kamran Akmal (wk) Shoaib Malik Younis Khan Mohammad Hafeez Misbah-ul-Haq Abdul Razzaq Shahid Afridi © Saeed Ajmal Umar Gul Mohammad Irfan Junaid Khan Mohammad Irfan Umar Akmal Imran Nazir

  • on July 1, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    excuses and excuses like they never knew the conditions in England gonna be so the basic thing is, no moral,no team work,no winning spirit.i think these things are missing in our current team so why not kick out those who just play for just traveling free with their wives lolz but seriously there are names still playing as long as i remember so isn't its time to pass the torch to some hungry for fame like youngters and who cares if they are not big names who just make excuses after the mess atleast their will be spirit of winning in the team.

  • wrenx on July 1, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    It's extraordinary that a team that practices by batting against the likes of Junaid,Wahab, Irfan, Gul, Rehman and Ajmal are so clueless when it comes to facing pace or spin. Real head-scratcher, that one

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    well, for the start we need to get rid of Kamran Akmal the continuous failure, Shoaib Malik another individual who has not performed for ages and Imran Farhat.. Replace them with promising talents like Ahmed Shehzad, Hammad Azam and Harris Sohail respectively. Try to work on the fielding, and let everyone play their natural game. We have an arsenal of talents that need some polishing to do. I am very critical of Afridi's inclusion as well, he is considered more as a bowling all rounder rather than batting all rounder, and he has failed miserably with both in the past. He has never shown his consistency in any department. why not replace him with a solid middle order batsman, like asad Shafiq? My X1 for WI would be, Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq/Mohammed Hafeez, Harris Sohail, Misbah-ul-haq, Hammad Azam, Rizwan (wk), Wahab Riaz/Raza Hassan, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammed Irfan

  • Ali_86xz on July 1, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    I think it's an excellent chance for WI to raise their Ranking, first beating India and Sri Lanka (in 1st two ODI's) and have an awesome chance here. If Pakistan want to keep away from embarrasment, they should have te following line-up: 1) Nasir Jamshed 2) Mohammad Hafeez 3) Younis Khan 4) Umar Akmal(wk) 5) Misbah ul-Haq(c) 6) Shahid Afridi 7) Abdul Razzaq 8) Umar Gul 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Junaid Khan 11) Mohammad Irfan, The reason why I added Younus Khan is because of his experience, he may be able to do something like how Jaya and Sanga are doing now, or else maybe Umar Amin or Asad Shafiq. Good luck to both. But my money is on WI.

  • SamRoy on July 1, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    All batsman above the age of 30 except Misbah and Hafeez should be dropped and never selected again. Hafeez can play in the middle order at 4 or 5. Play youngsters Pakistan not tried and tested long term failures.

  • bingster on July 1, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    The first person that should be dropped is M.hafeez because he is just not good enough to play internationals cricket and he is batting at number 3 and not letting better players like asad shafiq bat up the order..Hafeez if in the team should play a jadeja like role for pakistan batting at number 6 and bowling some over..Becaause he is a waste batting up the order

  • Solid_Snake on July 1, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Pick the players on merit & then let them play their natural game.Let Misbah stay in the team,bring in an Aggressive Captain..Not talking about Hafeez. He himself is not worthy of becoming a captain.Not in his whole upcoming career..Bring someone else as a Captain other than Hafeez.. There you go...Batting Issue Solved :)

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Technically It's all due to the absence of Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi ...Remember the Asia Cup when these two were the only ones who lifted Pak to an impressive total with the exclusion of the match against India where the openers did a good job . ..

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Misbah - the onus of picking the playing 11 from the squad is on you. This is just another pathetic attempt to justify selecting your friends, whilst those with talent and a thing or two to prove are constantly left on the bench by you!!!

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Whats new in this? this has been long known but so far we dont see any solutions. there are already media talks about afridi and younas back in team. so pcb is moving in circles and not doing anything to rectify problem. Afridi & younas were dropped for poor last year or 2. and they havent done anything in domestic after being dropped. so on what basis afridi will be in? simply " others failed so we should get him in." this kind of system where you replaced failed batsman with more failed ones. you can not make it better. We will see kamran, farhat, and malik back in team after 2-3 months like they have been doing for past 10 years.

    its time to give more chances to players like ahmed, haris, rizwan, hammad, fawad, nasir, and even azhar and umar akmal. and anyother player who performed in domestic events.

    they surely can not do any worse than these experienced did in CT.

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Pakistan need to select players on merit. They need to youngsters a long run like Jamshed, A. Shezad, U. Akmal, U. Ameen, B. Azam etc. My squad for ODI.. A. Shezad,B. Azam, N. JAMSHED, M. HAFEEZ, U. Akmal, Misbah, Afridi, k. Akmal, U. Gul, Ajmal, A. Razak, J. Khan, M. IRFAN

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Please Bring back SHAHID AFRIDI. because he is the man to lift Pakistan team. he can bat, bowl and field very well. Actually I am an Indian, but afridi is one of my favourite Pakistan player....

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    My squad for WI tour, Nasir Jamshaid, Ahmad Shahzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Misbah Ul Haq, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Muhammad Irfan

  • salman.ali.rai on July 1, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    "Its not like we are picking the wrong players" ?? Seriously? Please justify the inclusion of Farhat, Malik and Kamran. What laurels has Farhat borught to the team? None! Malik and Kamran can boast of some cracking innings in the past but they have been highly out of form, not just in the CT but for the last one year or so. If still you believe that the team selection was on merit, than nothing would ever improve in our team. Misbah has been the best Pakistani batsman in recent times, but his stubborn attitude towards the team selection has been the main reason for our downfall as a team.

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    unfortunately most of our batsmen are technically very poor & the other problem is that Misbah is not suited to ODIs as most often he needs 20/24 balls to open his account and does not rotate the strike with other batsman. G.Khan

  • Engr_Haider on July 1, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    We've got batsmen in the team for the last 8-10 years & more and they all looked like school kids against grown ups. Except for the bowlers all the top 7 should be changed....The new guys won't be much worse than the current lot. A few from the 7 should be shot so as to permanently put an end to "one more chance".

  • rsiddiqi on July 1, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    No one speaks to what the solution is. The same batsmen that score a plethora of runs in domestic cricket fail consistently in foreign conditions (outside subcontinent/middle east). I remember Hafeez once again scored a century in a domestic game immediately following his miserable form in South Africa.

    Pakistan has always produced quality international standard bowlers to challenge in the domestic arena...... it has got to be the domestic PITCHES then.

    Until Pakistan gets bouncier pitches with grass (or whatever technicality is required), this batting conundrum will continue....simple as that. Lets start talking about what PCB can do for this.

  • MianMoosa on July 1, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    i want this squad Nasir jamshed Ahmad shehzad Muhammad hafeez Asad shafiqe Misbah ul haq Umar akmal Umar amin Shahid afridi Junaid khan Saeed ajmal Muhammad irfan Asad ali wahab riaz adnan akmal hammad azam

  • MianMoosa on July 1, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    i want this squad Nasir jamshed Ahmad shehzad Muhammad hafeez Asad shafiqe Misbah ul haq Umar akmal Umar amin Shahid afridi Junaid khan Saeed ajmal Muhammad irfan Asad ali wahab riaz adnan akmal hammad azam

  • rsiddiqi on July 1, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    No one speaks to what the solution is. The same batsmen that score a plethora of runs in domestic cricket fail consistently in foreign conditions (outside subcontinent/middle east). I remember Hafeez once again scored a century in a domestic game immediately following his miserable form in South Africa.

    Pakistan has always produced quality international standard bowlers to challenge in the domestic arena...... it has got to be the domestic PITCHES then.

    Until Pakistan gets bouncier pitches with grass (or whatever technicality is required), this batting conundrum will continue....simple as that. Lets start talking about what PCB can do for this.

  • Engr_Haider on July 1, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    We've got batsmen in the team for the last 8-10 years & more and they all looked like school kids against grown ups. Except for the bowlers all the top 7 should be changed....The new guys won't be much worse than the current lot. A few from the 7 should be shot so as to permanently put an end to "one more chance".

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    unfortunately most of our batsmen are technically very poor & the other problem is that Misbah is not suited to ODIs as most often he needs 20/24 balls to open his account and does not rotate the strike with other batsman. G.Khan

  • salman.ali.rai on July 1, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    "Its not like we are picking the wrong players" ?? Seriously? Please justify the inclusion of Farhat, Malik and Kamran. What laurels has Farhat borught to the team? None! Malik and Kamran can boast of some cracking innings in the past but they have been highly out of form, not just in the CT but for the last one year or so. If still you believe that the team selection was on merit, than nothing would ever improve in our team. Misbah has been the best Pakistani batsman in recent times, but his stubborn attitude towards the team selection has been the main reason for our downfall as a team.

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    My squad for WI tour, Nasir Jamshaid, Ahmad Shahzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Misbah Ul Haq, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Muhammad Irfan

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Please Bring back SHAHID AFRIDI. because he is the man to lift Pakistan team. he can bat, bowl and field very well. Actually I am an Indian, but afridi is one of my favourite Pakistan player....

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Pakistan need to select players on merit. They need to youngsters a long run like Jamshed, A. Shezad, U. Akmal, U. Ameen, B. Azam etc. My squad for ODI.. A. Shezad,B. Azam, N. JAMSHED, M. HAFEEZ, U. Akmal, Misbah, Afridi, k. Akmal, U. Gul, Ajmal, A. Razak, J. Khan, M. IRFAN

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Whats new in this? this has been long known but so far we dont see any solutions. there are already media talks about afridi and younas back in team. so pcb is moving in circles and not doing anything to rectify problem. Afridi & younas were dropped for poor last year or 2. and they havent done anything in domestic after being dropped. so on what basis afridi will be in? simply " others failed so we should get him in." this kind of system where you replaced failed batsman with more failed ones. you can not make it better. We will see kamran, farhat, and malik back in team after 2-3 months like they have been doing for past 10 years.

    its time to give more chances to players like ahmed, haris, rizwan, hammad, fawad, nasir, and even azhar and umar akmal. and anyother player who performed in domestic events.

    they surely can not do any worse than these experienced did in CT.

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Misbah - the onus of picking the playing 11 from the squad is on you. This is just another pathetic attempt to justify selecting your friends, whilst those with talent and a thing or two to prove are constantly left on the bench by you!!!