ICC World Twenty20 2010 April 18, 2010

Gul and Arafat out of World Twenty20

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Defending champions Pakistan suffered a major blow less than a fortnight from the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean when Umar Gul and Yasir Arafat were both officially ruled out of the tournament, having failed to recover sufficiently from injuries picked up in the ongoing training camp.

But the announcement of replacements was a typically muddled process, with a lack of communication between the team management and the chairman PCB, Ijaz Butt, resulting in the former naming two replacements and the latter hurriedly issuing a press release clarifying that "the decision for the replacement of two players in Pakistan Team for ICC T-20 World Cup has yet to be approved by the Chairman PCB. The Final decision will be released after approval. All statement made earlier in this regard are not correct."

The 'statement' the release referred to was made by Shahid Afridi, Waqar Younis and then chief selector Mohsin Khan, all of whom told reporters that fast bowlers Mohammad Sami and Mohammad Irfan would be the replacements. "In mutual agreement with captain and coach, we have decided that we will not take a chance with half-fit players," Mohsin said in Lahore. "We have approved the names of Mohammad Sami and Mohammad Irfan as replacements." The chief selector later confirmed to Cricinfo specifically that approval had been given.

But Cricinfo understands that the board chairman hadn't been informed of the names at that point; senior officials in the board were bewildered that the trio had announced the names without any consultation with the chairman. "There has been some miscommunication over this but the names have not been approved," Butt told Cricinfo. "They will be announced later today."

The confusion initially overshadowed the magnitude of Pakistan's loss. A calf injury had ruled Arafat out some time ago and it was only his departure from the tournament last year and Abdul Razzaq's arrival that settled Pakistan's line-up.

But Gul will be a significant blow, especially as he was thought to be recovering from a shoulder injury he picked up during a fielding drill. Medical assessments held over the weekend weren't bright. Gul had been their leading wicket-taker in both the 2007 and 2009 editions of the World Twenty20. His death bowling was a key component of the 2009 success in particular, a record spell of 5-6 against New Zealand, sparking a turnaround in the team's fortunes. He is currently the world's leading wicket-taker in the format.

Sami's name was widely being touted as a possible replacement in any case, so impressive has his comeback into the national eye been since he led Karachi to a Quaid-e-Azam trophy title last year and was called up to Australia. Afridi has always been a fan and at the ICC trophy unveiling earlier this week, informally spoke very highly of Sami's commitment and energy in the field.

If both replacements are approved by the chairman, Irfan's will be one of the stories of the tournament and not only because he will be the tallest bowler there: his official height, with typical confusion, is recorded as anywhere between 6'8" and 7'2". The left-arm paceman's rise to national selection is nothing short of remarkable.

He made his first-class debut this season, for Khan Research Laboratories, only after huge interest was created around him on the popular Pakistani fans' website, PakPassion.net. One of their writers was told of Irfan by a former first-class fast bowler Nadeem Iqbal, who was running an academy in Multan; Irfan hails from Gaggu Mandi, a nearby town which also produced former Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Zahid.

The writer, while subsequently interviewing Aaqib Javed - then with the National Cricket Academy in Lahore - mentioned Irfan's name to him and Aaqib immediately asked for Irfan to come to the academy. He was spotted by KRL captain Mohammad Wasim, the former Pakistan opener, and an impressive debut season brought him to the attention of the selectors.

Though he wasn't in the reserves of the 15-man squad announced by the PCB, his performances in the RBS Twenty20 Cup and the potential surprise value his height brings have thought to have persuaded the management to prompt for him.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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  • on April 23, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    god help pakistan cricket. this ijaz butt has ruind pak cricket. i hope pak doesnt loose its great players anymore. the guy who won the world t20 for them(yunis khan) is out of cricket. guy who took pak to final in 07 is also out of cricket. guy who bowled spells like 4 wkts for 6 odd runs is also out. how are they going to win? their best player afridi is eating cricket balls. who is left? i hope they give a tough fight.

  • swatians on April 21, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    I was really happy when i heard about Muhammad Irfan and Muhammad Sami, Although the absence of Umar Gul is a big blow, but we were hopeful that as last year Muhammad Aamir fullfill and grow up as a new fast bowler and showed his class, we were expecting that Muhammad Irfan will also do the same this year, But that Buttttttttt... just destroy everthing. We people outside from country really feel bad when see such stupid decisions from our countrymen at such top level. God Bless you Pakis......... we are still with you.

  • dibbu on April 21, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    Regarding Md. Irfan, "his official height, with typical confusion, is recorded as anywhere between 6'8" and 7'2!" Are you kidding me? Can't the PCB even record players heights now! With the IPL saga unfolding in India, and PCB being in its usual mess, it is quite disconcerting how unprofessionally cricket is being run in South-Asia. The people, the fans, deserve better, much better!

  • Arbab-Gondal on April 20, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    Abdur Rahman got in the team cos he is from Sialkot - place Ijaz Butt is from. how could u replace a fast bowler with a spinner? we already have 3 quality spinners in the squad -Ajmal, Afridi and Malik. I think Butt's lost the plot. Shameful decision.

  • ZAQS on April 20, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    Guys,

    This is Mohammad Irfan

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XKXKZXx4nQ and Ijaz Butt shame on you.

    Umair I totally agree with you what you said.. why we even have selectors, captain, coach if everything needs to be decided by this MR IJAZ BUTT... he needs to be replaced if pak cricket has to survive

  • oshekhani on April 20, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    Friends very sad day for Pakistan cricket and we can't do anything about it.I would say let's start the petition over the country and see how many people are in the favor to remove But.

    Cricinfo admin please setup up a survey question and help Pakistan cricket out and we just trying to save our country cricket here.

    Thanks..

  • Farooq78 on April 20, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    Mr. Ijaz Butt has lost it. He is out of his mind. Pakistan desperately need him out of PCB. My T20 WC 2010 winning Pakistan team combination is: 1. Imran Nazir 2. Kamran Akmal 3. Shahid Afridi 4. Umer Akmal 5. Shaoib Malik 6. Misbah ul Haq 7. Abdul Razzaq 8. Mohammad Aamer 9. Mohammad Irfan 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Mohammad Asif. Regards

  • oshekhani on April 20, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    Waqar Younus and Shahid Afridi both were very upset about taking out of Irfan from the list this young man have lot of talent. Ijaz Butt Jezzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!this guy think he is the god of PCB and he owns everything. This will be a disaster tournament for Pakistan and we will see a lot of drama after tournament will be over. Caribbean pitches may give out huge favor to the spinners and no doubt Rehman is one of thetop spinner for the country and on the other hand Mohammad Sami is not a right choice he always choke a give out so many runs.

    Good Luck Pakistan...

    Pakistan Zaindabad

  • khan864 on April 20, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    this is pakistan ,salman butt, khalid latif is in teem they should be out from teem this player muhammad irfan if he was in india are other country he must be in teem this why they are playing good cricket ,and look other teems ,and look pakistan cricket when teem lose they blame captan ,and players but ijaz butt is like mushraf

  • on April 20, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    I can see why they went for Mohammed Irfan . He should be fast tracked in the squad , a 7ft bowling giant is not only a spectacle but also brings real depth into the bowling squad , under Waqar's teachings he could be a force in cricket . He won't go to the t20s because he wasn't in the list of 30 and you can't pull rabbits out of hats with regards to the ICC

  • on April 23, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    god help pakistan cricket. this ijaz butt has ruind pak cricket. i hope pak doesnt loose its great players anymore. the guy who won the world t20 for them(yunis khan) is out of cricket. guy who took pak to final in 07 is also out of cricket. guy who bowled spells like 4 wkts for 6 odd runs is also out. how are they going to win? their best player afridi is eating cricket balls. who is left? i hope they give a tough fight.

  • swatians on April 21, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    I was really happy when i heard about Muhammad Irfan and Muhammad Sami, Although the absence of Umar Gul is a big blow, but we were hopeful that as last year Muhammad Aamir fullfill and grow up as a new fast bowler and showed his class, we were expecting that Muhammad Irfan will also do the same this year, But that Buttttttttt... just destroy everthing. We people outside from country really feel bad when see such stupid decisions from our countrymen at such top level. God Bless you Pakis......... we are still with you.

  • dibbu on April 21, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    Regarding Md. Irfan, "his official height, with typical confusion, is recorded as anywhere between 6'8" and 7'2!" Are you kidding me? Can't the PCB even record players heights now! With the IPL saga unfolding in India, and PCB being in its usual mess, it is quite disconcerting how unprofessionally cricket is being run in South-Asia. The people, the fans, deserve better, much better!

  • Arbab-Gondal on April 20, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    Abdur Rahman got in the team cos he is from Sialkot - place Ijaz Butt is from. how could u replace a fast bowler with a spinner? we already have 3 quality spinners in the squad -Ajmal, Afridi and Malik. I think Butt's lost the plot. Shameful decision.

  • ZAQS on April 20, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    Guys,

    This is Mohammad Irfan

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XKXKZXx4nQ and Ijaz Butt shame on you.

    Umair I totally agree with you what you said.. why we even have selectors, captain, coach if everything needs to be decided by this MR IJAZ BUTT... he needs to be replaced if pak cricket has to survive

  • oshekhani on April 20, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    Friends very sad day for Pakistan cricket and we can't do anything about it.I would say let's start the petition over the country and see how many people are in the favor to remove But.

    Cricinfo admin please setup up a survey question and help Pakistan cricket out and we just trying to save our country cricket here.

    Thanks..

  • Farooq78 on April 20, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    Mr. Ijaz Butt has lost it. He is out of his mind. Pakistan desperately need him out of PCB. My T20 WC 2010 winning Pakistan team combination is: 1. Imran Nazir 2. Kamran Akmal 3. Shahid Afridi 4. Umer Akmal 5. Shaoib Malik 6. Misbah ul Haq 7. Abdul Razzaq 8. Mohammad Aamer 9. Mohammad Irfan 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Mohammad Asif. Regards

  • oshekhani on April 20, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    Waqar Younus and Shahid Afridi both were very upset about taking out of Irfan from the list this young man have lot of talent. Ijaz Butt Jezzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!this guy think he is the god of PCB and he owns everything. This will be a disaster tournament for Pakistan and we will see a lot of drama after tournament will be over. Caribbean pitches may give out huge favor to the spinners and no doubt Rehman is one of thetop spinner for the country and on the other hand Mohammad Sami is not a right choice he always choke a give out so many runs.

    Good Luck Pakistan...

    Pakistan Zaindabad

  • khan864 on April 20, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    this is pakistan ,salman butt, khalid latif is in teem they should be out from teem this player muhammad irfan if he was in india are other country he must be in teem this why they are playing good cricket ,and look other teems ,and look pakistan cricket when teem lose they blame captan ,and players but ijaz butt is like mushraf

  • on April 20, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    I can see why they went for Mohammed Irfan . He should be fast tracked in the squad , a 7ft bowling giant is not only a spectacle but also brings real depth into the bowling squad , under Waqar's teachings he could be a force in cricket . He won't go to the t20s because he wasn't in the list of 30 and you can't pull rabbits out of hats with regards to the ICC

  • UmairTariq on April 20, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    This comment is related to next article posted where Ijaz Butt approves of Sami and Rehman for world T20:

    PCB is just pathetic Ijaz Butt has just lost it..... I think what we need to do give all roles to Ijaz Butt and fire the rest of PCB. We don't need selectors, coach, team managers and 11 players to play for Pakistan Cricket. What we need is 1 Ijaz Butt..... He can select the team with himself as the coach and manager as well himself individually representing the the 11 players. I think that what he wants - 1 man Pakistan Cricket.

  • WildAmigo on April 20, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Brainless and Senseless PCB done it again....We have already 4 spinner in the team so why would they send Abdul Rehman to join the squad.. Sorry to say that but PCB ke Budhe satya gaye hain...

  • ali.majaz on April 20, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    SHAME ON PCB !!! .. srrsly.. THIS BOY DESSERVES A CHANCE. HE IS A TALL LAD !! WITH GOOD LENGTH !

  • Itchy on April 19, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    Yawn! Another day, another "miscommunication" which the PCB is involved in.

  • on April 19, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    He's 7ft 1" tall... Mohammad Irfan that is.

  • asadkum on April 19, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA

    Pak already have 3 seamers....Irfan may be picked as reserve in the squad and Imran Nazir as an opener / batsman....Mohammad Sami would not be useful and Sohaib is good but he will pollute the team..it's a bit hard to control him.. So, I am not in favour of Sami and Sohaib... Anyway good luck for Pak................. Mohammad Asad; USA.

  • Just_Love_Cricket on April 19, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    We need Imran Nazir back in the team... he is a T20 player.

  • on April 19, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Strong Indian Line up:

    1. Gautam Gambhir 2. Virender Sehwag 3. Suresh Raina 4. Yuvraj Singh 5. MS Dhoni 6. Rohit Sharma/Ravindra Jadeja 7. Yousaf Pathan 8. Harbajan Singh 9. Praveen Kumar 10. Zaheer Khan 11. Ashish Nehra

  • on April 19, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    Plz Plz........... imran nazir should be back in team....

  • on April 19, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Its nothing new. PCB is always full of confusion

  • Ooops on April 19, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    Waqar, as coach cum player

  • osee_bhai on April 19, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    it's not a big deal, spin eats out atleast 8 overs of our attack, possibly more, so we have razzaq, aamer, and now asif can solidy his spot. So those 3 seamers are more than enough in my opinion.

  • Zahidsaltin on April 19, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    Choice of yasser was a mistake on first place as we needed a batsman instead. Now if the team management asks for two bowlers then I will like to choose Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Irfan. Shoaib can make a difference in 4 over game if he keeps it spot on. Sami is nothing exeptional. If not for a ask by the team management, I had rather chosen shoaib and Imran Nazir.

  • on April 18, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    how tall mohammad irfan is ?

  • on April 18, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    Well its looks they decide too early even they can wait until 20 April as by they saying they will take the fitness test on 20 April and now they take desicion without the permisson of PCB chairman and board now saying that there decision are wrong and confirmed we see lot misunderstanding recent times and now we have a another one Pakistan cricket keep their misunderstanding style alive.

  • Zahidsaltin on April 18, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    I feel, Pakistan has lost it before even starting the campaign. Gul was always on opponents mind and he was always going to deliver at crucial times. Mohammad Sami is a waste. His 3 wickets in the opening spell in Australia were due to situation of the wicket and as soon as wicket eased, he was no where in the wickettakers tally. I think Mohammad Irfan and Imran Nazir should have been picked. Imran Nazir might not play a long inning but then which one of the pakistan opners ever did, but on the other hand, he could have scored a quick fire 20-30 in a couple of overs to give a good start.

  • shahrukh619 on April 18, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    guys wat do u mean where is shazaib hasan. use commen snese. its umar gull whos out that guy is like pakistans nuclear bomb for t20. and hes out they will need 2 more bowlers. they cant take a batsman

  • on April 18, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    Nobody is talking about the big elephant sitting in the middle of the room. Why are the Akmals still in the team? what r we waiting for , them to fix more matches? Do we NOT have a replacement of Mr. Butter Fingers akmal?

  • Usmanpak55 on April 18, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Gul is a major below though he isn,t in good form but in t20 he is the main striker in the death overs can,t forget his heroics against south africa in semi final pak are not playing any cricket and still players unfit shocking

  • on April 18, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    Why not Waqar Younis sahib suggest the 'Rawalpindi Exprees' as a wild card...

  • MaarifSohail on April 18, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    Lets see if the Miracle in May can help Pakistan retain its hard earned title and its ever easily squandered honor and respect. If miracles still happen , Pakistan will win.But to be honest, the likes of Waqar Yunus and Mohsin Khan do not radiate an aura of confidence. Even though I would still back Waqar for his commitment to the team management, his past presence with all the Pakistan teams to world cup means early exit. Mohsin Khan has no clue whats happening, something which finds great support from another clueless person, Mr Ijaz Butt, who continues to enjoy being the "butt" of every controversy and joke surrounding Pakistan Cricket today. If the team does not sell out to bookies, and the nation plans to pray for the team, the world cup may return to Pakistan to the horror of Messrs. Haroon Logart and the Indian tycoons. As for Gul, let him rest and find his rhythm, Sami is more suited for West Indies Pitches, where Gul could not trouble the Irish in 2007. Play decently to win.

  • on April 18, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    as always messy pak.............................widout gul they will struggle

  • 5673303 on April 18, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    it should have been shahzaib hasan and mohammad irfan

  • on April 18, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    where is shahzaib i thought he would be in the team..he is the best hitter in pakistan right now..

  • gundabhai on April 18, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    irfan was in the 30 man squad

  • Deepfreezed on April 18, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Pak bowling is fine. Concentrate on batting....

  • on April 18, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    insha allah will see whats gonna happen.....afridi should boom boom his bat to come back again

  • on April 18, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Gul's form has dipped alarmingly in the last few months. I think they should give Irfan a chance or two. Specially against Bangladesh, since Bangladeshis are little short in height, they will have difficulty adjusting to the length and line of Irfan. Sami should play against Australia. He was very good against them and I hope he proves it again. Nevertheless, it's either Pakistan or Afghanistan winning this cup.

  • on April 18, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    Imran Nazir should be selected...

  • on April 18, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    just tell me why Imran Nazir is not selected? In T20 we can take risk of one player. He is suh type of player who can play a role which is enough to win the match. In T20, if we have a good start then we can make a good total. I request to higher authorities to think about this.

  • on April 18, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    its a good move....cos half fit player couldnt give their 100%. but in this case Shoaib Akther could be considered. Cos we know he is a match wining bowler on the other hand it needs to give a chance to him. I truly believe a chance can give him more aggressive in field which can be more benefited for Pakistan National Cricket Team.

  • on April 18, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    i dont think pakistan need umar gul so badly because the first main factor is that he is not in his prime form, second is that pakistani team wil go with 3 specialist bowlers (asif, aamer, saeed ajmal), and the remaining overs will be bowled by razzaq and afridi, asif can bowl these yorkers in last overs, he will replace gul this year, but anyways pakistan will defend its world title no doubts over that

  • on April 18, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    what a height....hahaha ...............hope he is gonna b a match winnng baller

  • on April 18, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    Oh come onnnnnnnnnn where is shahzeb hasan we needed a batsman instead of tons of bowlers sad guly is not playing but sami is avery good replacement but arafat replacement is definitely shahzeb what the heck is management is doing afridi also said in one of his interviews that shahzeb will be a handy batsman in t20

  • Jubair_Ghani on April 18, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    INSHALLAH pakistan will win.

  • on April 18, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    No issues, lets not focus what we have lost , lets focus on playing some good and logical cricket. Keep 1-2 big hitters up-front and 1-2 at the back-end of the innings. Cutting the twos will be important on smaller westindian grounds. Pakistan normally play their best cricket on smaller (in dimensions) venues. So hears hoping. Sami and Shazeb for me by the way.

  • on April 18, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    i think pcb chairman should have nothing to do with it after the selector, coach and captain want to go for irfan and sami. the culture of favoritism is destroying Pakistan cricket

  • ZainSattar on April 18, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    but the question that arises now is that who will be selcted in the 11 men team..... pakistan has got amir,ajmal,sami,irfan,asif........obviously all of them won't play! espescially, when u have the likes of afridi, razzaq,hafeez, and fawad (all of them would probably be in the team)

  • vinodkd99 on April 18, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    Good for Pakistan as Gul has been leaking runs like an open tap over the past 6 months.

  • on April 18, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    I think PCB should stick with the decision of keeping Gul in the squad,because earlier it was declared that his injury was not of serious nature.Since there is a lot of flexibility in the squad[because Sami would certainly make it into the bowling contingent],they could afford to take Gul.Though it's a gamble,yet it could come good if it works because Gul could well repeat the history of being the highest wicket-taker.

  • on April 18, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    we were heavily relieing on umar gul because he's been one of the best bowlers for pakistan in the past two t20 world cups...now sami and irfan have a huge responsibility on their shoulders...i think the are capable of doing the work and im really hoping for pakistan to defend this title....INSHALLAH..

  • on April 18, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    wat da keck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pak bowlimg iz nothin without gul??>?>?>>?/

  • BoomBoomAdnan on April 18, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    COME ONNNNNNNNNNNNN THIS SUX WE NEED GULLL HE IS THE BEST T20 BOWLER SHUD HAVE SELECTED SHOAIB AKHTAR HE STILL THE FASTEST BOWLER IF NOT IN THE WORLD ATLEAST IN PAKISTAN.

  • on April 18, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    During Every T20 world cup pakistan find themselves a good left hand bowler......Sohail Tanvir in first...Mohammad Aamir in 2nd and Now Mohd Irfan ................CoOoOoOoL...!!

  • greenydude on April 18, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    will be a bit premature to say pakistan will surely win the t20 world cup.. but with those bans n lift on some of the really good players will seriously affect the pakistani team... but one advantage pakistan has over the rest of the team is their unpredictability.. on their day they can be dreadful while if somethin goes wrong pakistan can collapse easily... the strong contenders are south africa n australia but i would love to see south africa win.....

  • on April 18, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    i dOnt knw why r they ignoring shoaib akhter.....??

  • on April 18, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    It is a significant blow to the pakistan ... but i am sure pakistan has enough bench strength ... Muhammad Irfan can certainly prove phenomenal for Pakistan

  • on April 18, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    sami is good, he deserves to in tea. but who is this irfan?? i was expecting shahzaib hasan, he proved himself quite well in last T20 WC and in RBS T20 as well

  • on April 18, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    i think mohammad sami is perfect including widout gul

  • on April 18, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    ooohhhhhhhhh noo we have a slim chance of winning i hope pakistan live go pakistan i do live in australia but go pakistan

  • akamaka on April 18, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! GULLLLLLYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!! DAMN IT!!!!!! We needed him badly. Hopefully Mohmd. Irfan will step up and bowl really well, he should be able to use his height really well. Have seen him bowl and he bowls quick and short, all the time!!!

  • ali.majaz on April 18, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    GOOD DECISIONS. UMAR GUL was suffering , his performances were down. MOHAMMAD IRFAN is a good choice .tall left armer with good yorker strength.I think he will become another success story for pakistan.HOPE FOR THE BEST

  • 0313 on April 18, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    Arafat is ok but Umer Gull I can't believe it although we have the potential to defend the World cup but still Gull was the best.

  • scw4 on April 18, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    pakistan will win the world cup because they have the best bowling attack in the world also mohamed irfan looks very dangerous because he will get extra bounce of normal deliverys as well as pakistan's batting is suited very well to twenty20 cricket.

  • scw4 on April 18, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Pakistan will win the world cup because they have the best bowling attack in the world and mahamed irfan is very tall which means he will get extra bounce of a normal delivery so he will be very dangerous also pakistan's batting is very well suited to twenty20.

  • scw4 on April 18, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    Pakistan will win the world cup and mohamed Irfan will be be dangerous also pakistan have the best bowling attack out of all the teams in the world

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  • scw4 on April 18, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    Pakistan will win the world cup and mohamed Irfan will be be dangerous also pakistan have the best bowling attack out of all the teams in the world

  • scw4 on April 18, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Pakistan will win the world cup because they have the best bowling attack in the world and mahamed irfan is very tall which means he will get extra bounce of a normal delivery so he will be very dangerous also pakistan's batting is very well suited to twenty20.

  • scw4 on April 18, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    pakistan will win the world cup because they have the best bowling attack in the world also mohamed irfan looks very dangerous because he will get extra bounce of normal deliverys as well as pakistan's batting is suited very well to twenty20 cricket.

  • 0313 on April 18, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    Arafat is ok but Umer Gull I can't believe it although we have the potential to defend the World cup but still Gull was the best.

  • ali.majaz on April 18, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    GOOD DECISIONS. UMAR GUL was suffering , his performances were down. MOHAMMAD IRFAN is a good choice .tall left armer with good yorker strength.I think he will become another success story for pakistan.HOPE FOR THE BEST

  • akamaka on April 18, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! GULLLLLLYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!! DAMN IT!!!!!! We needed him badly. Hopefully Mohmd. Irfan will step up and bowl really well, he should be able to use his height really well. Have seen him bowl and he bowls quick and short, all the time!!!

  • on April 18, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    ooohhhhhhhhh noo we have a slim chance of winning i hope pakistan live go pakistan i do live in australia but go pakistan

  • on April 18, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    i think mohammad sami is perfect including widout gul

  • on April 18, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    sami is good, he deserves to in tea. but who is this irfan?? i was expecting shahzaib hasan, he proved himself quite well in last T20 WC and in RBS T20 as well

  • on April 18, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    It is a significant blow to the pakistan ... but i am sure pakistan has enough bench strength ... Muhammad Irfan can certainly prove phenomenal for Pakistan