Asia Cup 2010 June 3, 2010

Shoaib Akhtar recalled for Asia Cup

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The two Shoaibs, Akhtar and Malik, made comebacks which would rightly be considered remarkable anywhere else but in Pakistan, as the PCB announced a 15-man squad for the Asia Cup, due to begin in Sri Lanka from June 15. There are a few new faces in the squad as well, but much of the attention will fall on the returning pair.

The fast-bowling Shoaib, nearing 35, last played for Pakistan over a year ago and had been off the selection radar since. But a sudden, impressive comeback in the domestic Pentangular limited-overs tournament and some weight-loss put him back in the frame. Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan captain, was keen to have him in the squad and he underwent a rigorous fitness test yesterday, bowling as many as 12 overs. Though some management officials weren't entirely convinced of his general fitness initially, he seems to have passed approval.

"We got an okay from the medical team and Shoaib [Akhtar] was given a good report so he has been picked," Mohsin Khan, chief selector, told Cricinfo. "We took the both of them to nets yesterday and gave them an extensive playing and fitness test, for nearly five hours and I'm happy to say both of them passed it."

Fitness, of course, was never an issue with Malik. Only a few months ago he had been banned by this very board for a year from playing for Pakistan for being, vaguely, a poor disciplinary influence on the side. But after a frankly farcical judgment, in which the board said they monitored him over three months of no cricket and found him to be rehabilitated, he is also back in the squad.

Ijaz Butt, PCB chairman, had said last week that Malik was free to return for Pakistan though the board of governors had to ratify the decision first; whether or not that is the case could not be confirmed by the board. Mohsin did say, however, that all the selected players had been granted approval by Butt. There was speculation prior to the announcement that Afridi wasn't keen on selecting Malik because of their fairly-publicised differences; the issue will no doubt rear its head in coming weeks.

There is a first call-up to the ODI format for Shahzaib Hasan, the no-nonsense opener, who played a quiet yet key role in Pakistan's 2009 World Twenty20 triumph. Space has also been found for some new faces in the middle order. Both Umar Amin and Asad Shafiq have impressed domestically for some time and have hovered on the fringes of national selection. Both are rewarded with call-ups to bolster an order that will be missing Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf. "The pair has been on the selectors' radars for some time now," Mohsin said. "We've been very impressed by them and we all thought this is a good time to give them a go."

The arrival of this pair and the return of Malik means there is no place for Fawad Alam in the squad; given that he was one of the very few bright lights in Pakistan's last ODI assignment, the 5-0 whitewash in Australia where he averaged nearly 40 in three ODIs, it seems strange to reward him with a place among the stand-bys. "Fawad has a very bright future ahead of him we all know that," Mohsin said. "There is a lot of cricket coming up, in England, against South Africa, so there will be more opportunities later."

With the return of the two Shoaibs, the touring party is a potentially volatile one, threatening to keep Yawar Saeed, the team manager, busy. Kamran Akmal is the first-choice and only wicketkeeper in the squad and travelling with him will be Aaqib Javed, the assistant coach who made allegations against Akmal of deliberately underperforming in a PCB inquiry.

After various selectorial run-ins in his short stint, Mohsin was keen to stress that the composition of the squad left no stakeholder unhappy. "This is a balanced side and it has been selected with the approval of everyone - the captain, coach and selection committee - so there is no question of any disagreement."

Squad: Shahid Afridi (capt), Salman Butt (vice-capt), Imran Farhat, Shahzaib Hasan, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Umar Amin, Kamran Akmal (wk), Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamer, Shoaib Akhtar, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman.

Reserves: Fawad Alam, Azhar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Zulfiqar Babar.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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  • Anaz905 on June 7, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    It's good to see Shoaib back cuz i think the team was missing quick pace especially in the 20/20 format. i also think he has aggression that the team needs. Us Pakistani's have to start playing with our strengths cuz dats what all the other teams do. Ezpecially Australia they have talent but IMO i think Pakistan is way talented even India and Sri Lanka has more raw players then the Aussies so they have to utilize what they have in this series coming up (Asia Cup) otherwise the English tour will be for the whole team.

  • fanonfire on June 7, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    if every one else is comig back to the team then why cant rana naved this shows how strong is ijaz butt with his decisions and prove he is not man of his words

  • TeAm_InDiA_Harsh on June 7, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    What i think is that, PAKISTAN have an amazing side this time around...

    You see.

    Afridi Butt Malik U Akmal K Akmal Farhat amin Akhtar Aameer Razzak Ajmal

    Asif . bla bla

  • on June 7, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    @Arshad Mahmood

    Its an Indian squad with 8 regular players rested..... Mind it...... And coming to Shoaib Akhtar..... he is no more the man he used to be..... Its way too easy for even the youngest of the Indian ranji players to score off......!!!!!

  • on June 7, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Pakistan still need a steady batsmen like Younis Khan. Malik, Afridi, Razzak and Akmal brothers are not consistent performers

  • Nrao786 on June 7, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    The squad selection (minus the exclusion of Fawad) could be a master stroke or go up in smoke (Ash cloud equivalent to anything heading from Iceland)....Afridi will be key bcoz he cant afford to show the dignity of Y Khan - he needs to be ruthless and to a point a dictator when it comes to handling the Pak psychology......

    He needs to be aggressive, as the team doesn't understand playing placid or percentage cricket and hope the talent and luck support this approach. Success in the upcoming tours will shape the team and its cohesion.....plus Afridi's own form with either the ball or the bat - like Imran,has to command respect through his words and performances........

    Also, will help if he doesn't get peckish on the ball ;)

  • on June 7, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Powerful Bowling Attack:

    Shoaib Akhtar Mohammad Amir Shahid Afridi Umar Gul Saeed Ajmal Abdul Razzak

    The show begins now ! :)

  • Aura123 on June 7, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Its seems that Osman Samiuddin is always ready & quick to write somthing spicy about pak cricket. There are two ways of lookinng on something. Glass half full or empty and Osman always see it has half empty :-). Good to see Shoaib Akthar back again

  • fareedmangi on June 7, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    The Cricket lovers in Pakistan are very happy to see Rawalpinid Express back, an hope Shoaib Malik will show his talent in Batting at no Three position in the team but no body wants to see again the dirty politics in the team. Hope tis time they will be successful in making a real team combination. Wish Pakistan Good Luck in Asia Cup.

  • yasoor97 on June 7, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    this should be the pakistani team in the right oder salman butt shazaib hassan kamran akmal yonas khan umar akmal shaib malik shahid afridi abdurazzaq mohammad amir shoiab akhtar / yasir arafat / umar gul saeed ajmal PLZZZ i hope this is the team, all these players are perfect for all formats of the game maybe they should try it in this order

  • Anaz905 on June 7, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    It's good to see Shoaib back cuz i think the team was missing quick pace especially in the 20/20 format. i also think he has aggression that the team needs. Us Pakistani's have to start playing with our strengths cuz dats what all the other teams do. Ezpecially Australia they have talent but IMO i think Pakistan is way talented even India and Sri Lanka has more raw players then the Aussies so they have to utilize what they have in this series coming up (Asia Cup) otherwise the English tour will be for the whole team.

  • fanonfire on June 7, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    if every one else is comig back to the team then why cant rana naved this shows how strong is ijaz butt with his decisions and prove he is not man of his words

  • TeAm_InDiA_Harsh on June 7, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    What i think is that, PAKISTAN have an amazing side this time around...

    You see.

    Afridi Butt Malik U Akmal K Akmal Farhat amin Akhtar Aameer Razzak Ajmal

    Asif . bla bla

  • on June 7, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    @Arshad Mahmood

    Its an Indian squad with 8 regular players rested..... Mind it...... And coming to Shoaib Akhtar..... he is no more the man he used to be..... Its way too easy for even the youngest of the Indian ranji players to score off......!!!!!

  • on June 7, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Pakistan still need a steady batsmen like Younis Khan. Malik, Afridi, Razzak and Akmal brothers are not consistent performers

  • Nrao786 on June 7, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    The squad selection (minus the exclusion of Fawad) could be a master stroke or go up in smoke (Ash cloud equivalent to anything heading from Iceland)....Afridi will be key bcoz he cant afford to show the dignity of Y Khan - he needs to be ruthless and to a point a dictator when it comes to handling the Pak psychology......

    He needs to be aggressive, as the team doesn't understand playing placid or percentage cricket and hope the talent and luck support this approach. Success in the upcoming tours will shape the team and its cohesion.....plus Afridi's own form with either the ball or the bat - like Imran,has to command respect through his words and performances........

    Also, will help if he doesn't get peckish on the ball ;)

  • on June 7, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Powerful Bowling Attack:

    Shoaib Akhtar Mohammad Amir Shahid Afridi Umar Gul Saeed Ajmal Abdul Razzak

    The show begins now ! :)

  • Aura123 on June 7, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Its seems that Osman Samiuddin is always ready & quick to write somthing spicy about pak cricket. There are two ways of lookinng on something. Glass half full or empty and Osman always see it has half empty :-). Good to see Shoaib Akthar back again

  • fareedmangi on June 7, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    The Cricket lovers in Pakistan are very happy to see Rawalpinid Express back, an hope Shoaib Malik will show his talent in Batting at no Three position in the team but no body wants to see again the dirty politics in the team. Hope tis time they will be successful in making a real team combination. Wish Pakistan Good Luck in Asia Cup.

  • yasoor97 on June 7, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    this should be the pakistani team in the right oder salman butt shazaib hassan kamran akmal yonas khan umar akmal shaib malik shahid afridi abdurazzaq mohammad amir shoiab akhtar / yasir arafat / umar gul saeed ajmal PLZZZ i hope this is the team, all these players are perfect for all formats of the game maybe they should try it in this order

  • on June 7, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    look @ indians cant beat bangladesh,lost against zimbabway & talking about thrashing shoaib akhtar.lol.

  • bramville on June 7, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is plauged by in-team fighting. there are already 2 factions inside the team and its the same two factions that toured Australia that are being picked for the Asia cup. Players that had indifferences yesterday cannot just brush it aside over night. And coming to Shoaib Aktar, his being in the team is not going to make any difference. His life span in the team is almost over and over the past few seasons, whenever he represented Pakistan, he has had no sting in his bowling and has been belted by the oposition all around the field.

  • on June 7, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    It would be awsome to watch Shoaib and Aamir in attack together.

  • rayhan_cricinfo on June 6, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    People, i'm not a Pakistan cricket fan, but i follow the country's cricket closely. What is the general answer to the inclusion of Shoaib Malik???

    Afridi, Younis and Yousuf all had their concerns about him, and now he returns to the side??? Does it help for the cause of RE-UNITING the side that Afridi has done well to do in the World T20 tournament? Certainly not, history might repeat itself if Shoaib Malik decides to form another group against current captain Shahid Afridi.

    I wont be surprised if that happens.

  • Raviss on June 6, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    Shoaib Malik back! ha..gr8 reward for all the differences he created within the team.. PCB has made a mockery of itself all over again... of all the players n administrators, Ijaz Butt shud b banned for life! please spare our cricket!! wat wrong did Khalid Latif do 2 not b included in 35 probables even..ridiculous! atleast he justified his selection.. gud 2 c Shoaib Akhtar though.. n dat 2 on the back of impressive domestic performance.. this team may do well, but i really doubt whether they will last the distance especially wid malik n his gang around! n one request to PCB, pls stop playing wid the careers of Khalid Latif n evn Fawad Alam (though am not really impressed wid his batting, but he is an honest trier) ..all the best guys!

  • sathishvaiju on June 6, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Welcome Shoaib, Sachin n sehwag r waiting for u.c in the asia cup.they will thrash u.

  • on June 6, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    I am happy with the team but i don't understand the exlution of Fawad Alam specialy not been given a proper chance. Sent into bat at 6, 7 or 8 and not given the bowl. I think he has talent should be given a proper chance.

  • on June 6, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    shoaib akther is the guy who can give the opposition a hard time from the very beginning. no doubt, he is the one of all time bests.

    shoiab malik will also be proved handy, he is the best choice in number 3. hope he will contribute with her spin also.

  • on June 5, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    Hi, let me you guys one thing, fawad alam is not a good player, he needs alot of time to learn how to play short deliveries, he is like a little kid, please dont rate him very high, same thing goes for fasial iqbal he shouldnt be playing for pakistan, he is not a good batsman, he didnt score that many runs and still he gets selected only because of his uncle, Pakistan need to bring good players in, i think imran nazir should be given a chance here, also yousef and younis should playing test matches, we need these two, they are good test batsman.

    I will tell you why Pakistan is not playing well, the reason is they playing wrong format players, yousef and younis should be playing in test cricket not ODI or even t20, where nazir, razzaq should be playing in ODI, they didnt got chance. player like shaziab hasan should playing in t20 only not in ODI. Danish can play good in t20 or odi, he should be considered.And to be honest fawad and fasial shouldnt be playing at all... :D

  • EkThaSharu on June 5, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    @zhrkhan

    Are you seriously saying, Fawad Alam is good for nothing? The player that got the 8th highest score on debut, and first Pakistani player to get a debut century outside of Pakistan?

    He hasn't even been given a consistent run in the team, and your righting him off already?

    Guess you should stick to your proven failures like Hafeez, Misbah and Co, :)

  • zhrkhan on June 5, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket Board is full of peoples who only known how to make money, players like fawad alam who is good for nothing is always in the team and salman butt who have done well only in T20 world cup 2010 is been given the post of vice captain, and what about players like Imran Nazir who himself make an impact on the opposition and very found to be very fatal during the power plays and Mohammed Asif who have lost more than than 3 years only because the this baord

  • M_H_K on June 5, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    Few lines from this coloumn. "There was speculation prior to the announcement that Afridi wasn't keen on selecting Malik because of their fairly-publicised differences; the issue will no doubt rear its head in coming weeks." "With the return of the two Shoaibs, the touring party is a potentially volatile one, threatening to keep Yawar Saeed, the team manager, busy." It seems to me that author is very keen to see some in-fighting because it will give him some more spice to write few more columns. And its looks strange that people are more willing to write on speculations than on the facts.

  • M_H_K on June 5, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    Taking four openers on the tour does not make sense. The chances are that Kamran and Butt will be opening the innings.What will be the utility of the remaining two openers (Shahzaib and Imran)? We could have inducted one middle order batsman in place of these two openers.

  • on June 5, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    we need younas khan back in the sqaud he is a senior all the fans need to show him respect. 2009 t20 he is the 1 who won us the world cup his out of all the games he scored the runs. imran khan should be in charge of pakistan cricket board and the joker ejaz butt should walk away and never show face again. pakistan need to find an opening pair and i bet they can find a better pair in a village that will play better than our salman butt, if salman doest perform then he should be a test player only.

  • on June 5, 2010, 1:36 GMT

    I hope shoaib akhter, plays well in this Asia Cup, he should be in the squad for all the games, Pakistan need him...

    Hope Asif and Shoiab get along with each other!!

    I think this is good team, 3 pace men, Asif, Shoaib, and Amer and then you got two brothers and razzaq in batting, What a team!!, I wish they play more games to show their talent to this world...

  • bharath74 on June 5, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    Hani Jamil wrote" We have : 2 Maliks 2 Akmals 2 Khans This team can now be considered a tough one to beat" what pakistan players need in not similar surnames, but the desire to win, the feeling of greatness in playing for their country and country first attitude. " which i am sure a player like shoaib malik doesnt have, but then its good to see shoaib akthar back

  • on June 4, 2010, 23:27 GMT

    wellcome back Shoib Akhtar Bhai wanna see you the best of all world bowlers

  • Jakhtar on June 4, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    We are so called a good cricket team in the world; but we never miss any opportunity to let down our nation over and over again by leaving few talented players out there for any reason.. This new selection commitee don't have any new agenda.I rate this selection just mediocre.

  • Wasif_Minhas on June 4, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    Two things, first: there is no sense in replacing Fawad Alam with shoaib Malik, Fawad is youngster and has performed consistently in ODIs. Second: We need an attack bowler in tests so if Akhtar is not fully fit to feature in test series then there is no point in including him in T20 or ODI in place of youngsters. Wishing our team all the best for Asia cup.

  • on June 4, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Why don't they give Mohd. Irfan a chance... That guy is 7 feet tall and bowls with great line and length.....

  • on June 4, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    I am excited to see shoaib akthar back to bowling. Could not wait to see him bowl in his whites.

  • on June 4, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    imran nazir should in the team .

  • on June 4, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    welcome to two shoaibs, they came back in good time. also pakistan team need goods batsmans, now they bowling well. I hope the teams will be: Shahid Afridi, Salman Batt, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Abdur Razzak, Mohamed Aamer, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Aktar, Mohamed Asif, Umar Amin or Asad Shafiq they should start the winning way.

  • Waqas_Javaid on June 4, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    its great to se Akhter back in action and it is also a test for him that if fe is still alive in cricket. But PCB has made a huge blunder by not a very talented player Hammad Azam. Ijaz butt is making so many deceition on selection which is not his job and these kinds of steps affect the selectors and coach which is not good for PCB because we have one of our great heroes in that pocitions. We must not lose them.

  • bharath74 on June 4, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    Shoaib Malik in the team: lol. PCB is unbelievably funny. Its great news to see Akthar back i the team, hope they will use him with care. I think Akthar should play only t20 and ODI, definitely cant afford to play tests as he is injury prone.

  • on June 4, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    and where da hell is YASIR HAMEED...hez supposed to be our best opener sitting out...bloody discrimination going on all da time in selection... Imran farhat is da worst choice ever...n this team is packed wid da bowlers...

  • on June 4, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    We have : 2 Maliks 2 Akmals 2 Khans

    This team can now be considered a tough one to beat !

  • on June 4, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    They should give irfan a go because i know shoaib is vey good we need to look ahead instead of going in to the past. Same with malik fawad is alot better.

  • ice643 on June 4, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    they should have Imran nazir in the team also Younis, kickout the trouble causer which is malik.

  • on June 4, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    I appreciate the decision of PCB who dropped Misbah ul Haq. He is a poor performer, he didn't any during the recent world cup. I am happy to see both Shoaibs in action.

  • on June 4, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    wellcome back rawalpindi express and mr malik

  • jokistan on June 4, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    hang on to your seat folks...Mohammad Asif and Shoaib Akhtar....Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Mali....Kamran Akmal and Aqib Javed....Mohsin Khan has used his Bollywood experience to pick the perfect cast for a new drama. can't get better than this

  • M_Faraz_Ansari on June 4, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    Fawad Alam should be in the ODI team because he played well in the ODI series against Ausssies but why they are judging him on the T20 Performance. And once again Sami has been ignored even after a fine performance recently. But rest of the selection is very fair among the available players. And i am waiting to see Shoaib Akhter on fire..!

  • VenkatesanIyengar on June 4, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    "The two Shoaibs, Akhtar and Malik, made comebacks which would rightly be considered remarkable anywhere else but in Pakistan..."

    ROFL! Well said!

  • on June 4, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    Where is umar gul without umar we cant succed and we have seen it in twenty twenty worldcup10

  • tanvir1974 on June 4, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    All fine but if you will give chance to new batsmans.In team only Umer akmal has average above 40.Pak team has only problem of batting if they focus on this then no problem.in bowling super pair of aamer and shoaib then asif,a.rehman,afridi,razzaq.shoaib malik all bowlers u need 5 steady batsman otherwise you cant win any game.Butt+Shaazeb+umer Ak+asad shaf+shoaib M/umer amin+afridi+kamran+aamer+shoaib A+asif+A rehman. for austrailia u need left arm M irfan in place of Asif and saeed ajmal is not much affective as a.rehman.DONT comment of SHOAIB AKHTAR just wait his performance in ground then say something.i back this team only need to give chance to youngster instead of shoaib malik.98% of pakistani against shoaib malik selection and he is not able to change result.

  • on June 4, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    WELCOME BACK akhter i have been waitin to see you and smash the hell out of india an d in particular australia so focus man and show australia wat u r made out of?

  • on June 4, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    brnging back Shoib's great .. Imran frhat already givn engh chnces ....malik dsn't deserv a plce ... left out of Fawad n Imrn nazir is bad ... nice 2 c such gud bwling line up - shoib, asif, ammer, ajmal ..

  • on June 4, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    Shohaib Malik out, Hammad Azam in. Imran Farhat out, Mohammad Irfan in. Why doesn't the PCB give equal attention to batting, bowling and especially FIELDING! If our fielding was as good as our (batting in T20's or bowling in Tests), we could have been in the top 3 in all formats of the game. Umar Akmal is the only one who focuses equally on his playing role (batsmen) AND on his fielding, and the results have already been shown (EG: New Zealand tour-T20 2010)

  • on June 4, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    this is good for pakistan ASI AMIR AKHTAR AFRIDI ABDUL RAZZAQ what a attaq for pakistan

  • on June 4, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    why did they even include hammad azam in the world t20 if he wasnt gonna get regular chances ...ridicluous selection policies for the youngsters

  • on June 4, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar recalled for Asia Cup

  • SUNDOS on June 4, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Heres a prediction..4 overs form Shoaib Akhtar before he breaks down,Shoaib Malik is again the focus of all non performances,an off the field row erupts in the Paskistan dressing room,Waqar Younis quits in disgust,and the bbest..match fixing murmurs lead to an enquiry and more bans and fines till the next tournament

  • asghar316 on June 4, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    I guess the decision to include shoaib Akhtar is right provided he is ready to play for the team n use a bit of his brain.look at the team composition, everybody looks a player to me except imran farhat. the problem among these players is that no body is ready to play as a unit n for pakistan. how many times they almost kissed a victory but due to lack of unity n ego of proving me is better than u have made them surrender.N a suggestion to PCB make some sensible decsions n stand by your decisions . u r running Pakistan Cricket Board NOT a circus where 1 show is over n people start lookin for new show.... I guess whoever is playing should play for a team n for PAKISTAN...Afridi n Co best ov luck for Asia Cup .hope u can bring the passion and winning spirit back in the pakistan team:)

  • Proteas_Supporter on June 4, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    there is nothing to get surprised because its PCB, all but one i can say "EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED" from them. please don't comment on PAK cricket. its just simply waste of time....

  • on June 4, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Good to see that Soaib akhtar back in squad along with soaib malik and couple of young stars. It's a well balanced team. Hope & wish they would fight and snatch victory against Aussie this time..All the best..

  • on June 4, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Good to see speed akhatr in the team again . I hope his hard work and love for the country pays off .

  • on June 4, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    Best Of Luck...........Rawal Pindi Express

  • Vindaliew on June 4, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    "After various selectorial run-ins in his short stint, Mohsin was keen to stress that the composition of the squad left no stakeholder unhappy." Does that mean because he selected a few people from every camp? Such a volatile cocktail!!!

  • Sonoual on June 4, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    PCB is thinking in positive manner to build up a back up. But they should combine youth with experience. In this selection I'm not seeing any experienced batsman like Mohammad Yusuf & Younus Khan. These two batsmen are backbone of Pakistan batting order. They served a sacrificed a lot for Pakistan but PCB is ignoring these main national heroes & putting their cases in hold intentionally. If they would have a thinking brain they would have resolved their issues & cleared them before Shoib Malik, he deserves not be picked for betterment of the team. Malik needs a captain like Imran Khan. He does not focus on game but he concentrate hard in politics and pulling the players leg & destroying the unity of team. I'm glad to know that Shoib Akhtar has been given one more chance to perform & have a go. PCB committed a blunder error to keep Yusuf & Younus out of the squad for Asia Cup. They would have been picked at least one of them. Please bring both senior & star batsmen in upcoming series.

  • on June 4, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    I think Shoaib Akhtar deserves another chance. His attitude is been quite impressive over the last couple of years and has repeatedly said wants to end on a high. I think he means it this time, considering the amount of offort he has put to lose weight and played domestic cricket as well which is quite uncommon in pakistan cricket. Normally senior players get re-selected either on their past or political recommendations. Everyone seemed to be against this man so looks like he has done a real hard work to get a recall.

  • on June 4, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    why no hammad azam the kid wasnt even given a chance in the world cup ..... he has yet to show his talent :O

  • ice643 on June 4, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    malik and sania in the team she will keep the team amused.

  • usman123456 on June 4, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    good team,but sad that younis is not in the team,afridi is the beat choice for captain in all the three formats of the game ,best of luck to pakistan cricket team

  • on June 4, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    why is hammad azam not in the team?

  • dwblurb on June 4, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    Do the Pakistan selectors ever consider the aspect of team unity? It doesn't look like it. It's clear Shoaib Malik is a disruptive influence within the team, and whatever his cricketing talents, I'm not sure they make up for the negative impact he will have on the team. As for Shoaib Akhtar, his selection is a joke on both disciplinary and cricketing grounds. Watching him against Australia in the UAE last year he could barely finish ineffective two-over spells. I'd be amazed if he had shaped himself up sufficently since then to be anything other than a passenger.

  • SIREN6800 on June 4, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    No qualms ? Its Pakistan,s cricket, selection committe & board. No need to surprise their every action is contrary to norms. They believe in scratching each others back, as long as they get their due share and if not believe me they never hesitate in blasting each other just to protect their own skin. Nepotism .... who says its bad, because presdient of board is brother in law of defence minister. Oh by the way defence minister is a democratically elected person, therefore he has to serve people of Pakistan, if not in defense ministry than why not cricket field.

    Ok shoaib Akhtar after long controversy you are back ........ Now its in your hands to perform and prove it. Remember you would be bowling against indians and you die hard fans are eagerly waiting to see that you still have some current left in your arms. In my opinion you will perform much better if you concentrate on your length & expertise rather than speed.

    Shoaib Malik you are also on the grill, fans are watching.

  • ruester on June 4, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    oh my Shoaib and Malik back, all is forgiven and forgotten. How will Pakistan ever progress if this is the attitude? Pakistan cricket....you are officially a joke!

  • on June 4, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    It is outrageous. Shoaib Malik in the Team and Younis Khan is not! Why is PCB favoring Shoaib Malik? Why is the public and Media Silent? What is wrong with Pakistanis? Why do they then complain about the team's match Fixing and poor performance. When the Cricket Board is unanswerable to anyone? What the public should try to find out what is Ijaz Butt paying to the Politicians, including the presidency to keep his position? It is a disgrace. It is a disaster in the making. I bet you that Shoaib Akhtar will not deliver 10 good overs in a Fifty/Fifty Match.

  • NY-NY on June 4, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    I happen to be Pak fan. All I can say after hearing both Shoaib's will be representing the country alongwith Kamran Akmal and Aqib Javed is ... PCB is like a Japanese game show-nobody knows whats going on.

  • on June 4, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    Best of luck Rawal Pindi Express.

  • Woody111 on June 4, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    I love Pakistan as a cricketing nation but it's administration, player behaviour and general decision making is a joke. And I mean joke because it's laughable. Even Zimbabwe with a dictatorial tyrannical leader in Mugabe is more stable and sound than Pakistan. I pity players like Yousuf who just seems to be a pawn. I hope the Pakistanis can get some semblance of unity before the tests against Aus otherwise it's going to be a 6 day series.

  • AleemLatif on June 4, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    Great news to see Shoab Akhtar back in the squad - get ready OZs ...although Shoab Malik and Imran Farhat are just relying on their contacts with big fishes in Pak Govt. I would not include these 2 - even in my local team in Sydney. Nice to see Shazaib Hasan, Asad Shafiq and Umar Amin in the squad. Afrid, Waqar and Mohsin seems like at least have some brain to understand the importance of young blood for the team at this stage - Good on you guys, keep up the good work. But Mohsin - search for the new blood in batting from all over Pakistan - conduct hunt for talent trial sessions all through the country - especially in small towns/villages. Make a back-up of 10-12 good batsmen - we always have surplus talent in the country in every department but it has always been ironic that the talent never gets the right opportunities/resources to reach to the right levels/authorities.

  • Geraldine on June 4, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    @wanderer1

    Shane Warne served his time. Shoaib Akhtar didn't. And Asif with his 3 offenses should never play again. Every time he appears on the cricket field shows that politics is more important than rules.

  • boris6491 on June 4, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    Unbelievable. That was my first reaction to this news piece. I just cannot believe that Shoaib Akhtar is being given ANOTHER chance. He was a great bowler, but hanging on to him like this is just ludicrous and another reason why Pakistan are not progressing. Surely at 35 you would think most fast bowlers would be done, let alone those whose fitness is never at a reasonable mark a la Shoaib. If he doesn't perform, the selection committee will have a lot to answer for. I think this is a terrible decision made by them. It seems they are also showing preference to some players. Shoaib Malik was banned, had his ban mysteriously and magnificently overturned and suddenly gains selection. Again, this is just proving to these cricketers that they are bigger than the game. I cannot understand the inclusion of Imran Farhat either, he is certainly more of a steady player suitable for tests. Fawad Alam deserved his spot undoubtedly. Just goes to show that Pakistan cricket seems to be in shambles.

  • SaqlainHK on June 4, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    shoaib Actor and Malik should not be pick up, Shoaib is totaly unfit his cricket on the edge Malik is trouble maker his perosnlty is jelousy type and he is very avrage cricketer should be stay out of squad. Imran Frahat his selction is unjustice he should not be in team at all. New Blower Irfan should be pickup he is tall and good advantage in england. shoaib should be drop and Fawad Alam should be pick up .

    we should stop blaming PCB when our goverment is croupt and unjustice to public PCB is just one department the whole country is suffring, we need the change our whole system then PCB wil also perform well.

  • riz103 on June 4, 2010, 0:34 GMT

    Bravo! they dropped Fawad Alam when he actually started performing. He's one of the few players in the team who can hold on to catches. If they wanted to give youngsters a chance then that should have happened at the expense of Farhat or some other long-time-no-performance person. I would love to see Akhtar bowl but 34 sounds too old for a fast bowler.

  • P44njv on June 4, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    I am an Indian soo india is my favorite team but GOOD NEWS SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT RAWALPINDI EXPRESS BACK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i hope the akthar play with out injury all asia cup and much more cant wait to see SACHIN VS AKTHAR

    Good luck akthar and team India

  • on June 3, 2010, 23:58 GMT

    rehman should be out zulfiqar babar in(reasons=recent form) fawad alam in and imran farhat out(reasons=excellent fielder and inconsistency of farhat in international stage) good to see asad shafiq in the side he looks promising malik out mansoor amjad in(malik's negative influence n pak's need for an spinner all-rounder)

  • on June 3, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    I am looking forward to seeing the 'Rawalpindi Express' back in action. Finally we will again hopefully see Shoiab Akhtar and Asif bowling in partnership. Insha'Allah we will not see Pakistan Cricket Team fight among each other, instead work and play as a proper professional team to win all four matches for 'Boom Boom Afridi' to lift the Asia Cup..

  • naeem-butt on June 3, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    Good to see some new young talent in the team but there is still some things we need to consider before selecting the squad.For example Akhtar he is 35 now but we have to be honest that he is a match winner but his attitude on the field with is very negative this might be his last tour. we understand that he is our national hero but he need to act like one.he should consider retirement now.Farhat needs to thank his father in law as much as he can.Malik good brain but wrong use of the brain most of the time.I believe we still need Younis,Khurram and Fawad in the test and ODI team.Anyways good try Mohsin,Afridi and Waqar i hope you guys will make a difference one day" GOOD LUCK TEAM PAKISTAN" i hope you can make your nation proud again like you guys did in the past.No matter how you guys play we all always love you and support you .PAKISTAN ZINDA ABAD

  • ather_aziz on June 3, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    I cannot belive how they can drop fawad alam the guy si averaging 40 in ODI's eventought hes new he will take time and he has the potential to be one of the best middle order batsmen pakistan will ever have he is also a great fielder a very fast runner between the wickets and he can occasionally bowl slow left arm spina s well which is always nice to have, very disappointed not to see his name there other than that very happy with ther side and i hope and pray that this time sround there are no behavoiur issues (specailly mailk) nyways gud luk guys cant wait to see PAK team be Asia cup champions 2010 !!!!! GO PAKISTAN !!

  • on June 3, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    gud to see akthar back in action

  • on June 3, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    i am not against shoaib akhtar, but i watched him bowl in the RBS cup and he started tiring out after some overs in some the matches and started bowling with a shorter run-up. and the worse thing is that we dont have any fast bowler in the squad that can replace him if he gets injured.

  • ishtiaq_ahmad on June 3, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    This is a good squad though i'd like to see a few more new people i like hafeez in the T20 cup and i hope he is back for england and the should have considered someone else instead of malik but i like that akhtar is back. Inshallah we will win the asia cup with this team!!

  • NikhilNair on June 3, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    At last shoaib is back!! pak selectors realize his worth... I hope he does well.. he's my fav pak bowler.. he still has lot to offer to the game of cricket.. n this is coming from an indian :P

  • Sangakkara1 on June 3, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    Well im still im not satisfacory with the Team Selection 1st Reason Why selectors opted to have 4 openers why wont middle order and All Rounder like M.Rameez & Hammad Azam of u-19 as remaining players from reserves should also be selected for the Asia Cup excluding F.Alam instead of M.Asif too coz hez also off colour these days as i really doubt that Cheif Selector is seems help less regarding this matter and Chairman PCBs involment looking clear in Team Selection

  • nsidd75 on June 3, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    Yawwwwwnnnnn. pak cricket is becoming too predictable. Shoaib will breakdown during the Asia Cup, Afridi will be removed from captaincy and Malik will become captain again.

  • on June 3, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    there is so many players on the bench better than imran farhat . how thet ve selected him ? i can't understand. i m happy with the selection of umer amin and other youngsters. but imran farhat did not deserve a placeeven in 30 men squad. mr ilyas is in selection cometee and he is father in law of imran farhat. that's why he is in team nothing else

  • Uomur on June 3, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    Well I am not all against the selection of the squad. Its good to see Malik and Akhtar back. But I wonder how come Imran Farhat has been selected yet again. This guy hasn't produced a single match winning performance in years.The squad has 4 seamers including Razzaq however I feel there could have been a place for one more. But since Gul and Sohail Tanvir are yet to recover I think its fine. Also, its finally good to see Fawad Alam out of the team. I wonder what was his purpose in the team in the first place. I hope to see some spark from the new lads

  • Pak-cricket on June 3, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    Good to see Akhtar back,,,, Malik you can play as long as there good governance in pak ,,,,like today..... Sami Not selected good he is very expensive.. But Why we see Farhat there,,,, the two new guys will see themselve in the captaincy row in the near future if Afridi fails... Good luck Amin and asad.. The stupid Coach Waqar and other selecter say to pick more and more youngster why not to make the undder 19s team as Pak national team all of them will be youngster .... No one talks about talent...you cant beat Aus with youngster,,, In Australian team only 1 guy is under 25,,,they believe in talent we believe in power of MNA and MPA or relation with power full men in the country..

  • on June 3, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    oh what the hell, just one the team was about to be ok, fawad alam is dropped, and shoaib again, nooo

  • on June 3, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    Cricket is not gona be boring now............a real bowler wl be in action shortly.....luv u Shoaib bhai !!!!

  • on June 3, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    best of luck( asad shafiq, umer amin and shazaib hasan) really hope k u people will play 4 pakistan not 4 urself make us proud plzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Desihungama on June 3, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    That is aweosme to see Shoaib Akhtar back. He's lost tremendous weight and he was definately iching for the last two years to make a comeback. With this new resolve and chip on the shoulder..Guys! Get ready and start your engines!! Not so much keen to see other Shoaib back. I wonder what behaviour PCB must be referring to he had been on his honeymoon eversince?

  • on June 3, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    PCB should respect Shoaib Akhter, he is a match winner, and he is still world fastest bowler, they should see how Indian respect their match winners like S.Tendulkar, V.Sehwag or any other team like Australia, they do to R.Ponting, B.Lee. He is far better bowler than Asif, Sami, or even Amer. I still believe if he was selected for Australia tour, Pakistan could won few games...

    PCB should understand that good player win matches, not everyone and I dont think they can find player like akhter, they never will... I am great fan of em, I cant forget his bouncers against lara and sachin what a fun !! I hope those days come back soon...

  • amanroy on June 3, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    Welcome back Mr. Rawalpindi Express! I was waiting for you to come! I knew it is going to be happened! Indian Fan respect you!

  • Hassan.Farooqi on June 3, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    News Flash: The engine of Rawalpindi Express seized after four overs. He was panting and limping and was clearly unfit even for T20. With the exception of the first four balls of the first over, he did not bowl full speed. Let us see if his lobby is as strong as Imran Farhat, the holder of world record of four dropped catches in a day by a non wicket-keeper.

  • CrickFans007 on June 3, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    What the hell this Men Imran Farhat is doing in this squad, I think He have strong political force,plenty of time he came in the team and did not performed, he got many chances but always did not bat well, What this so called Chairman(without brain) All Pak media make fun this Mr.Ijazz Butt bc his this kind of decision. Malik and Imran Farhat very bad choice Afridi should give fair chance to youngster instead of Malik and Farhat

  • faforce on June 3, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    PCB: Malik has been monitored, and has been behaving well, and will be allowed to play.

    Malik: Happy to be proven not guilty.

    This doesn't make sense. If PCB think it has thought Malik some sort of lesson, Malik Disagrees.

  • on June 3, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    Would love to see Shoaib bowl again ..he is an asset to cricket..everybody in India wants him to play..Go Shoaib go!

  • razorhedge on June 3, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    This is big news for true cricket fans. We'll finally get to relive some of the great matchups of our times... Sehwag/Sachin vs Shoaib/Asif. Can't wait!!

  • mahmood on June 3, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    oh nooo, not imran farhat again, he is not a good playerr which PCB doesn't understand..and they should have included fawad alam because he's already nearly 25 yrs old and he is the first choice no matter what, look at his averages u crazy selectors! Imran nazir who is atleast better than imran farhat and shahzib hasan and good fielder should have been included in the team and also younis khan instead of shoaib malik who is a trouble maker, younis khan did nothing but still kept him out and who did all the stupid things(malik), he's still in the team..nonsence!! open your eyes and think before making decisions PCB!!

  • on June 3, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar is Best

  • on June 3, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    Hammad azam was selected for worldT20 he hasn't played a game and now he is dropped, what the hell is going on in PCB and what the hell is wrong with mohsin hasan khan ?

  • AAcif on June 3, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    fawad Alam should be the part of 15 man squad.......Best OF luck Abdul Razzak i AM ur big fan..U r best player in this squad.....once again shoaib malik back biter selected by PCB

  • on June 3, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    rawalpindi exp on thr track again

  • wanderer1 on June 3, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    @Geraldine, were you also embarrassed at Warne playing after his doping offences?

  • maddy20 on June 3, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    You gotta be kidding me! Shoaib Malik is back? Being an indian cricket fan I would have loved to see an excitin Ind vs Pak match but it was not to be. If Malik is in the team he will do the same thing he had done before. And I thought bcci is the worst politically motivated organisation( for pcking vijay instead of Pandey, Mishra instead of Ashwin and Yusuf instead of Irfan)! Now it's confirmed that Pakistan will be out of contention within the first round..

  • ananda99 on June 3, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Fawad Alam should be 1n 15....

  • on June 3, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Team packed with bowlers, but no sensible person who can bat. average Imran farhat will always be there as his average father in law in the PCB. PCB owned by political pathetics Butt, ill'yas, Bari, Zardari.

  • on June 3, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    It is always good to have Akhtar back in the team. But I don't see any reason for Shoaib Malil to be in. What he has done before and after being drop to be selected. I think Fawad Alam should be in place of Malik. He has never get a right opportunity to prove him self better. Maik was the main reason for indesepline in the team and couse a white wash against Australia.

    This is a sign that politics was there and will be there in PCB ever.

  • Iftekharul_Hasan_Siam on June 3, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    selectors can be excused for selecting shoaib akhtar as they can give a good 'excuse' that he has performed well in domestic cricket.but why younis khan is not in the squad ??? their are no substitute of younis khan.younis khan was in bangladesh few months ago & he played some matches for a top-class club in dhaka. in the most important match for the club,against their derby,younis khan scored 180 (not out) runs for his team in a low-scoring pitch.

  • AAJS on June 3, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    I see Mr Teflon has kept his place again... he must be well in with the management.. why else would you keep this buffoon as a keeper.. he is a 'stopper' not a keeper.. bad keepers lower the moral of the team by dropping catches, giving away runs.. this guy can't even catch a cold in the English winter what chance does he have of catching a ball..

  • AAJS on June 3, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    The merry go around continues... here we are again with an overweight, over-stated, over-hyped, self proclaimed, self cantered fast bowler who is going to be hammered to all corners in his first 8 overs.. he will then go off complaining of some kind of pain or ache and these idiots who select the team will be left with medium pace trundlers .. and Indian and SL are going to have fun..

  • Junaid_Yasin on June 3, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    Again bad politics against younis khan all bc of shoaib malik .. futhter Dont know y Fawad Alam is out ... u never give him opportunity to perform and then drop him

  • on June 3, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    where is hammad azam :| ???

  • Mohammad_Imran on June 3, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    Awesome Squad... Good to see Shoaib Akhtar back, hopefully he gets back to terrorizing Indian batsman right away! Can't wait to see Aamir and Akhtar bowling together!!!

    I would have liked to see Hafeez get another chance in place of Malik...

    @ Ubaid Ullah: C'mon man, r u kidding! YK is not a one-day player!

    My team:

    Salman Butt, Shahzaib Hasan, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik/ Mohammad Asif, Umar Amin, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal (wk), Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Aamer, Saeed Ajmal

    Asif in place of Malik, if extra bowler is req'd...

  • lazyleopard on June 3, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    This squad is a sign of administrative failure of PCB and a recipe for disaster.

    Failure because The Captain and coach's plea for youngsters went almost unheaded. No other young all rounder or fast bowler is included. With Imran Farhat's father in law in the selection committee, nepotism can never be ruled out. Shoaib Malik ,who is not anymore an all rounder or a specialist batsman is in, while Fawad Alam and Hamad Azam have been dropped for any opportunities to note of.

    A recipe for disaster because the persons mainly held responsible for indiscipline are back. Tensions will be on the high and the guy we hope to control the situation hasn't got the reputation of controlling himself.

    This squad is a representative of everything that is wrong with Pakistan cricket, and makes it very clear that this administration has to go.

  • Quiency on June 3, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    Brave and intelligent decession taken by Afridi:)

  • Gulli_Danda on June 3, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    Pakistan........It never ceases to amaze me! From Sublime to utterly ridiculous.

    Btw, I have a question. Don't the people sitting at the top posts in PCB feel an iota of embarrassment over decisions like this when they need to take their words back again and again,yet again?

  • on June 3, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Cant understand the team selection...hammad azam nt given importance not even in a 35 men preliminary squad.. and you have taken him to carribean..you regard fawad alam as a future prospect and you make him a reserve..cant understand how a 12 months break from international circuit can be compromised in just 12 overs which he bowled to impress the selectors and to prove his fitness test..politics are involved in the selection of shoaib malik...but on the other hand the selection of shahzaib hassan and asad shafiq paves a limelight as they both are composed in their shot selection..on the whole team selection for asia cup is a mixture of some positives and some thoght provoking decisions.. but we expect the team to fire as on the given day team can break the shackles of any opposition..we r the unpredictables...

  • pakspin on June 3, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    The squad looks good. I don't mind shoaib akhtar coming back at all. He will be useful on England's bouncy pitches. As for Shoaib Malik, he needs to be banned from international cricket for life. He is going to come to the Pakistani team now and cause problems for Afridi and make players go against him. Unacceptable.

  • on June 3, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    Ohhh God nooo Not Imran Frahat again, I wana snatch his bat from him and whack it on his back side out of the cricket team, And the most sensible guy in our team is Afridi now??? Is that how bad things are?

  • on June 3, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    The decision to bring akhtar back might not be a bad one at all, if he uses even a little of his brain (which u never know if he will or won't) he could pass on the legacy wasim and waqar passed on to him to amir and the younger guys. Atleast we'll be seeing some good aggression in the bowling department and the team. However, malik's inclusion is ofcourse a political one and none of us can do much about it, but if he (by some miracle) concentrates on his game and nothing else it could again be a good thing for the team. The younger players I think we all want to see play and overall it actually is a nicely balanced squad, the only thing missing is a solid experienced middle order batsman, but what the heck, time to shine for someone new :)

  • on June 3, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    I would always think that pakistan team should consider Imran Nazir. He is good twenty20 and one day player. Give proper guidance can make bigger impact. He is a wonderful fielder.

  • Geraldine on June 3, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    As a cricket fan, I feel very embarrassed watching Shoaib Akhtar play. And that embarrassed is magnified 10 times over when I see Mohammed Asif playing. It really makes a mockery of cricket.

  • on June 3, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    I dnt mind giving shoaib akhtar a chance, but if he doesn't perform he should be out. Afridi should make shoib malik sit out for the whole season, make him the 12th man throughout the season so he gets his mind at the rite place. 4 openers, no way.. select 2 give them a long run Butt is one of the two. middle order should get new fresh players, they have omer akmal in there.

  • on June 3, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    For the first time after ages I really like Pakistan's selection because of such great youngsters. I am still surprised why Asad Shafiq was not given a chance earlier on because 40 odd average in list A is better than any other wicket keeper's average in Pakistan.. He should have replaced Kamran soon afer Australia's tour... Shoaib Malik however should not have been included because Misbah is much stronger and brave player than Malik.

  • howizzat on June 3, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    Its unfortunate that Mohd Hafeez is being shown the door to accomodate Shoeb Malik.

  • on June 3, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    After departure of Yousaf, Younas khan is the only proven Senior Batsman in the side and he has not been picked up. That's really a shame.

    I still have to figure out the reason for inclusion of Shaoib Malik, would it be as a Bowler, Batsman, Fielder or perhaps just for on-field advises for Afridi. I think some club level cricketers are better than him, such a debt for the cricket team he is.

    And finally Akhtar, now about 35 years old, and can't bowl 5 overs in one go. Are you serious we are picking up a fast bowler ?, or he is going to start something like OFF-SPIN and we could benefit from his experience then ?.

    Very chaiotic .... don't know what to say.

    I like Afridi ... such a talent he is ... but just on something to read and laugh, "A player who hasn't played a test for years, is coming back into a team, not as a bowler, not as a batsman ... well to become a Captain". Now tell me would you find such series of miracles anywhere in the world ?

  • Pacman123 on June 3, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    Awsum!!!! rawalpindi xpress iz gonna bowl.......its gonna be exhilarating.....

  • on June 3, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    dnt knew where we going everyone talk about shoaibs but wht about yawer saeed n aaqib javeid thinks its big blunder or more than blundeer

  • muhmmad7676 on June 3, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    where is naveed yasin? atleast they should have picked him as a reserve instead of zulfiqar babir?

  • on June 3, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    Wow, Good to see PINDI XPRESS back ! He is gonna rock this time ! !Good luck Pakistan !

  • on June 3, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    @ alpha _pak: Correct your information.Matches of Asia Cup are not in bangladesh...they are in Sri Lanka.

  • wanderer1 on June 3, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    Younis Khan is not in the squad because he's not had his hearing and clearance yet. He will be cleared, he was one of the unlucky guys who just got lumped with the bad guys. Umar Gul isn't selected because he's injured. Again Sami hasn't been selected because of Shoaib Akhtar.

  • hoodbu on June 3, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Even if they win the Asia Cup, they have lost on principle. Take a lesson at other boards. As was mentioned, Warne was dropped on the eve of the 2002 World Cup and not allowed to play until the ban was complete. Warne was in his prime then. McGill flourished in his absence.

    Take a look at WICB. They banned one of their most talented players, Marlon Samuels, for match-fixing, and went through with the full 2-year ban. Now they say he must prove his form before returning to the team. That's the way bans are implemented. They also dropped Suleiman Benn from the 5th ODI for indiscipline. There should be no tolerance for indiscipline.

    Pakistan has plenty of talented players and Shoaib Malik is not one of them.

    Likewise, Pakistan has plenty of fast bowlers and the 35-year old unfit Shoaib Akhtar is not one of them.

  • klobania on June 3, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    well well well wht the hell imran farhat and shoaib malik has done recently as they got a nod from selectors n where is fawad alam one of the best finds of pakistan recently

  • on June 3, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    yeah....a total mess it is...if u c shahid afridi disliking shoaib nd aqib has sum difrences with akmal...so duno how wil it all go...just can not understand how was shoaib malik cleared in that case...every one knows the reaility after that leaked video .... but still its absurd ... the same politician is in the team :S

  • DesiCricketfan on June 3, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    Guys me being an indian, i know how hard is this to digest the selected players. we have been questioning on indian board for a long time. at least pakistan reached semi finals of T20 and played with pride and on the other hand India has not even qualified for super8's form last two years. if in first year pakistan would have bowled that super over right, india would never had win that world cup. Look what is happening now in Zimbabwe 8 regular rested and now getting out from the a tornament. I WANT TO HAVE SEE INDIA AND PAKISTAN PLAYING. I CAN NOT SEE INDIA PLAYING SRI-LANKA ANY MORE. it feels like playing with same people in the back yard. As far as your selection if shoaib can play with dignity and pride for a minimum of three years this selection is good, shoaib malik was not treated fair but it is in captains hand to keep eye on him exactly what gayle did two days ago. good luck to pakistan i think everything will be fine.

  • SzlyAr on June 3, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    Glad to see a sheer fast bowler back in the Pakistani ranks. They needed someone who could turn the game head on. Not that Pakistanis are not know for turning games on their but they still needed a reliable bowler to do so. Haven't seen anyone after the two Ws who can rankle the opposition single handily with their bowling alone. Akhtar is easily the best in the present crop of 'fast' bowlers, anywhere!

  • on June 3, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    our squad is not powerfull

  • on June 3, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    12 overs is a rigorous fitness test!?

  • Taha99 on June 3, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    After a long time rawalpindi exprees will be back in international cricket my pray to allah is that he will play well in asia cup and then he will be also selectedfor whole england tour in which matches are against australia and england and hope he will perfome well in those as well so he will be in the team for every time and it will be first time for him to play with such new players like m.Aamir m.Asif and u.akmal etc and now m.aamir and shoaib akther both arevery fast bowlers so they will do the opneing spell and it will be a very nice spell from both the bowlers and now the alrounder and our former captian shoaib malik is also back he is a very good bowler and has a technique always in his mind for batting shots and bowling as well i like both the shoaibs very much but i have a problem from alrounder and our former captain shoaib malik that why did he play a superstar match from india and captain the team so he shoud not play against india some people on the tv but he shoud play

  • asadkum on June 3, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA... Nice to see some new faces in the squad....Good Luck..... Not happy to see Malik...he will spoil the team spirit by his dirty / nasty politics... Akhtar .. it is very hard to control this guy...on top of it he is now 35; I do not know why PCB wants to bring a 35 yrs. old fast bowler on the stage......Why not a young pacer...............Anyway Good Luck for Asia Cup...!!!

  • Rafal on June 3, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    Very Good decision to have Shoaib Akhtar back...Imran Nazir should have been also there and both should be included for "Whole" tour I mean Test's ODI's and T20's. Pakistan team needs matches and matches...good composition and waiting for Akhtar furious and wicket taking delivery...and flying action.....love you Akhtar...love you Afridi...love you Nazir.....Please bring back Nazir as he is very talented and need time to settel down...he and Afridi would be very good Test player if given time. Have Akhtar and Nazir in team for all format...this is my personal appeal and request to Shahid Afridi...don't waste time to experiment...with so called young as they need time and conditioning is necessary they cannot play directly to international level.

  • NALINWIJ on June 3, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    Correct me if I am wrong but Dambulla is not a pace friendly pitch and I am not sure what Shaoib Akhtar will achieve there. Fawad Alam performed brilliantly in Sri Lanka and his batting and bowling may be useful in Dambulla.

  • on June 3, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    How many times is the selection committee going to screw over Fawwad Alam? He is a hard working player with lots of potential and he is in the reserves. Instead of Asif they could have picked Irfan, just to see if he has the potential to be a good test bowler ahead of England, no worries though, he is the only bowler in the reserves and going by previous experience Akhtar will break down 6 overs into his comeback. Where is Nasir Jamshed? You can't just throw talent like that away. Also I've seen Asad Shafiq play and I don't understand why he isn't in this sqaud as a wicket keeper, he is a better wicket keeper than Kamran and he is also a better batsman.

  • Simmy567 on June 3, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Im quite surprised that fawad alam is a reserve. I dont think the pcb have treated him fairly, because he always seems to be on the fringe of a team or squad. He has real potential with both bat and ball, and the PCB have to show faith in his ability or they could ruin his career as an international player.

  • on June 3, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    i dun think dis a gud squad..cuz dey hav limited batting options..dey kan only play seven bat..including allrounder razzak..and 4 main bowlers wid afridi & razzak being da fth and 6th options. i really dun think malik shud be in pak team.

  • SLfan on June 3, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    This is a really good selection from Pakistani selectors, after a long time. Inclusion of Imran Farhat & Shoaib Akhtar will definitely benefit the team. Also, the decision to drop Misbah Ul Haq & Fawad Alam was a good one. Abdur Rehman was very impressive during the world T20 & therefore he & Saeed Ajmal will be a definite threat for the opposition. Also Afridi's quick spin bowling will make very hard for the opposition to score runs. I'm really looking forward to see the contest between Shoaib Akhtar & the opposition batsmen. I feel that this team has a great potential to reach the Asia cup final.

  • on June 3, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    This is team is good but i will criticise the return of Shoaib Malik and also they should also include Mohammad Irfan not as a reserve player but in the team as 15 member squad. Shoaib Malik Should complete his ban and then should be returned

  • Veeray on June 3, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    Gud to c amin in the squad.hope he gets chance to prove hmself...bt were is Fawad nd Irfan..Fawad did nthng wrng,shld have been in place of malik..nd irfan inplace of akhtar..

  • on June 3, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    why younis khan is out of the squad????he should be in the team till 2011 world cup

  • on June 3, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    Politics is everywhere & in every department in Pakistan. Shoaib malik's come back is a genuine proof of it. What special he has done with his attitude? Oh yes, he got married to a high profile girl & make the bridge b/w two nations, so he must be awarded Pride of performance or President's award? There is something special in Pakistan that anyone employed by PCB forget everything & act like true employee. People like Mohsin Khan (Previously he used to criticize selectors & board) is doing same by saying yes to his boss (Mr.Ijaz Butt). I think Ijaz butt should get the salary of full board.

  • EkThaSharu on June 3, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    This is great, I cannot wait for Akhtar to bowl! Good Squad. Just suprised at Fawad Alam being, a reserve..

  • on June 3, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    After a long time i wanna watch Rawalpindi Express back in killing performance. Akhtar the fastest bowler in the world, can't wait for see Akhtar back in the team. I am very excited about the young cricketers wanna see them also in good form. They should pick this team :Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt, Shahzaib hasan / Imran farhat, Umar akmal, Umar Amin/ Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Razzaq/ fawad Alam, Asif, Aamir, Akhtar, Ajmal/ Rehman.

  • usmananwar91 on June 3, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    A very good squad selection.i hope both azhar shafiq and umar amin get fair chances to show their talent...

  • on June 3, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    Great Team... we can win asia cup...

  • arfizzle on June 3, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    Why isnt the PCB not playing Imran Nazir in the Asia cup as he is a promising opener?? And what was the point of taking hammad azam in the carribean and not even considered him in the 35 man squad for the asia cup?

  • on June 3, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    not a BAD decision.... u neva know wat 2 expect 4rom Akhtar???

  • KEVIN_DRAVID on June 3, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Well well typical PAKISTANI team selection. On cricket ground you never know how pakistan is gonna play on the given day. Same applies to the selection committe. By picking 35 year old fast bowler in to the squad what selectors are gonna achieve ? Politics are the basic criteria for pakistani team selection . By bringing back a player , who tried to divide the team (told by the present captain Afridi ) what they gonna gain ? Has he a completly changed man just in few months ? I really don't under stand this selection. After having very good pace attack in Ameer and Asif , selectors might have given a chance to an youngster.

  • awaistanveer on June 3, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    OMG!!! OMG!!! OMG!!! OMG!!!

  • on June 3, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    Its a great news that my favourite fast bowler is back to the scene...would love to see stumps fly like the old days....all the very best to Shohaib Akhtar

  • Asadpk on June 3, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    What a turnaround by the PCB for bringing back the delinquent Shoaibs! First the captain and coach call for bringing in youth and now the same old culprits (notably Shoaibs and Imran Farhat) are brought in at the expense of youth (Fawad Alam and Mohammad Irfan). The Asia Cup should have provided excellent opportunity for Fawad (who btw averages over 40 with the bat in both Tests and ODI and can bat for long periods) and Irfan. Who needs the ever conspiring Malik and the perennial unfit Akhtar? Surely with this squad Pakistan's problem in the ODIs will be lasting the full 50 overs when batting. All batsmen are flashy stroke-makers with nobody capable of dropping anchor. I seriously doubt if they will play the full 50 overs against India and Srilanka.

  • FIPL on June 3, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Here you go again. Player's power wins again. Shame to Pakistan cricket board on Shoaib Mailk's return, you what he has done in the past in the team and he will be doing it again. If you could bring Malik in the team, then all Younis, Yousuf & Rana should be back as well. But the good news is to see Asad Shafiq, Umar Amin & Shahzaib Hasan making it to final 15. Hope if Afridi make a good decision and play with all of youngster rather then balck sheep like Malik

  • GreatWhitePathan on June 3, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    The word 'ban' should have a separate meaning in the Pakistan English Dictionary..

    Pakistan cricket is a joke. Younis Khan will be back soon along with Rana Naved while pressure is probably still be applied in the background for Yousuf's return.

    I look forward to the next round of infighting and controversy. It keeps us entertained as Pakistani fans.

  • usman_nile1994 on June 3, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    Where is Younis? Bring him in place of evil Malik. Umar Amin is a good choice but Asad Shafiq is not. Azeem Ghumman should have been selected. And the most deserving youngster is Naved Yasin. He has really scored great runs in first class cricket and has 54 average. He should be selected for England Tour along with Umar Amin and Azeem Ghumman.

  • on June 3, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    thats SO Great.\ Welcome back shoaib bhai. Love u and missed u .Rock On!!

  • on June 3, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    that is a good deccision that akhtar is back he performed well in domestic season

  • on June 3, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Its good to c new faces in this squad. umer amin, shahzaib hasan and asad shafiq are good players. Shoaib is bowling well these days. alot will depend on how Afridi unites the team. This is a new team and every one will try to impress.

  • on June 3, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    we have made an error by selecting two shoaibs. it sends a wrong message to the youngester. in my opinion we should have gone with youngester, if we had lost they would have learnet some things.this waynon will be wiser.if they do make surprise success in asia cup, it will have a negative effecton the team, because afradi will not be able to control two shoaibs. long live ijaz butt ?

  • on June 3, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    i want to c at what pace akhtar bowls now

  • on June 3, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    i don think malik do any gud 2 da team..

  • on June 3, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Good luck with that.... lol

  • Saalih on June 3, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Closely watching the PCB decisions and your articles OSMAN, is there anyone who believes our cricket administration and Judiciary. Shan Warne got ban exactly before the World cup 2003 and he was not allow to went down even to a domestic circuit for 365 days, what is going wrong, either players or our administration/judiciary. The player who were culprit 03 month ago are now free of any charge, is there any who ask the person who ban him regarding the evidence of his decision.

  • HIKAIFI on June 3, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    Imran Farhat is because of his father in law who is in the selection committee. This only happens in Pakistan. No reason to ignore Mohammad Sami and we try to opt for at least three quicks. Worst choice of Vice Captain. Is the vice captain to assist the Captain or learn from Captain. On both counts Salman Butt as Vice Captain is the worst choice. Because he will now have to be automatically selected it stops Afridi from opening as Shahzaib Hasan will open the innings. In Sri Lanka the ball will not swing or seam too much. Afridi in opening role will be good option specially if Razzaq is also to be in the team which he must.

  • hoodbu on June 3, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Recipe for a perfect storm. Take a low bow PCB. We are constantly amazed at how low you can sink.

  • on June 3, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    lol... ur kidding me.... MALIK & AFRIDI IN DA SAME TEAM???????? Shoaib KAhtars return sounds okay though dunno wat fawad did wrong???

  • sunnymachoo on June 3, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    This is the best team! Good to see that Fawad Alam is in reserve instead of being in 15. We have got a good batting as well as bowling line up, probably the best. Now its up to our players how well they can deliver. Best of luck Team Pakistan!

  • on June 3, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    younis khan missing...if malik is actualy a senior player than mr malik show the guts and come to bat at number 3 and dat is where the team needs u:)i hope all youngsters get a fair chance:)

  • wanderer1 on June 3, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    Slightly disappointed. Shoaib Akhtar, Malik and Imran Farhat should all have been dropped. In their place should have been picked Fawad Alam, Mohammad Iran and either Azeem Ghumman/Hammad Azam. (I thought Waqar and Afridi wanted more youngsters???) But I'm happy with Umar Amin, Shahzaib Hassan and Asad Shafiq being selected.

  • Fayss on June 3, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    I can smell some big troubles in Pakistan Cricket coming up. Both shoaibs are the center of indiscipline... the rivalry within the team still exist.. how do they on earth expect the players to be natural and 100% committed...

    I can smell the fumes of the blast coming up in the asia cup... cuz the team is stinking!!!!

  • omer316 on June 3, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    I think the squad is good. If they play as a unit, they could be unbeatable. Lot will depend on Afridi, Akhtar, Amir and Akmals.

    But, Younis Khan should also have been included. He needed a taste of International Cricket before the England Comeback.

    Hope inclusion of Malik not hurt Pakistan

    Best of Luck Pakistan.

  • TATTUs on June 3, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    Very Very Pakistani!

    This is mind blowing and is among the wonders which you only see in Pakistan! A man who had all the fights and problems with the board comes back when the captain changes and another who was banned only weeks ago, comes back straight into the team!

  • alpha_pak on June 3, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    Total non sense. 3 opnerers out of which only Salman Butt will play and other two will be on tourism tour of Bangladesh. Imran Farhat will always be there as long as his father in law is alive in the committee. Three fast bowlers out of them (Shoaib) will be unfir after first match in scrching heat of Bangladesh. What a team selection.

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  • alpha_pak on June 3, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    Total non sense. 3 opnerers out of which only Salman Butt will play and other two will be on tourism tour of Bangladesh. Imran Farhat will always be there as long as his father in law is alive in the committee. Three fast bowlers out of them (Shoaib) will be unfir after first match in scrching heat of Bangladesh. What a team selection.

  • TATTUs on June 3, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    Very Very Pakistani!

    This is mind blowing and is among the wonders which you only see in Pakistan! A man who had all the fights and problems with the board comes back when the captain changes and another who was banned only weeks ago, comes back straight into the team!

  • omer316 on June 3, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    I think the squad is good. If they play as a unit, they could be unbeatable. Lot will depend on Afridi, Akhtar, Amir and Akmals.

    But, Younis Khan should also have been included. He needed a taste of International Cricket before the England Comeback.

    Hope inclusion of Malik not hurt Pakistan

    Best of Luck Pakistan.

  • Fayss on June 3, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    I can smell some big troubles in Pakistan Cricket coming up. Both shoaibs are the center of indiscipline... the rivalry within the team still exist.. how do they on earth expect the players to be natural and 100% committed...

    I can smell the fumes of the blast coming up in the asia cup... cuz the team is stinking!!!!

  • wanderer1 on June 3, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    Slightly disappointed. Shoaib Akhtar, Malik and Imran Farhat should all have been dropped. In their place should have been picked Fawad Alam, Mohammad Iran and either Azeem Ghumman/Hammad Azam. (I thought Waqar and Afridi wanted more youngsters???) But I'm happy with Umar Amin, Shahzaib Hassan and Asad Shafiq being selected.

  • on June 3, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    younis khan missing...if malik is actualy a senior player than mr malik show the guts and come to bat at number 3 and dat is where the team needs u:)i hope all youngsters get a fair chance:)

  • sunnymachoo on June 3, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    This is the best team! Good to see that Fawad Alam is in reserve instead of being in 15. We have got a good batting as well as bowling line up, probably the best. Now its up to our players how well they can deliver. Best of luck Team Pakistan!

  • on June 3, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    lol... ur kidding me.... MALIK & AFRIDI IN DA SAME TEAM???????? Shoaib KAhtars return sounds okay though dunno wat fawad did wrong???

  • hoodbu on June 3, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Recipe for a perfect storm. Take a low bow PCB. We are constantly amazed at how low you can sink.

  • HIKAIFI on June 3, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    Imran Farhat is because of his father in law who is in the selection committee. This only happens in Pakistan. No reason to ignore Mohammad Sami and we try to opt for at least three quicks. Worst choice of Vice Captain. Is the vice captain to assist the Captain or learn from Captain. On both counts Salman Butt as Vice Captain is the worst choice. Because he will now have to be automatically selected it stops Afridi from opening as Shahzaib Hasan will open the innings. In Sri Lanka the ball will not swing or seam too much. Afridi in opening role will be good option specially if Razzaq is also to be in the team which he must.