Pakistan news June 10, 2010

Azeem Ghumman targets England tour

Cricinfo staff

Azeem Ghumman, who led Pakistan in the Under-19 World Cup that was held in New Zealand this year, has expressed his disappointment at not being picked for the Asia Cup but hopes his recent exploits with the bat are rewarded with a call-up for the tour of England.

"Since the Under-19 final I've been batting really well so I was expecting to be named in the Asia Cup squad. I've helped my teams win several games and I'm one of the most consistent openers in the Pakistani domestic scene." Ghumman told "I'm disappointed at not being picked but not disheartened. The message that I'm taking from this is that I need to work even harder and continue to perform so that I can get a chance for the England tour."

Ghumman delivered consistent performances in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy for Sui Southern Gas Corporation limited, averaging 41.50 as opener in four four-day games with a highest of 183. He was among the top run-getters in the RBS one-day competition, piling 302 runs in four games at 60.40. Under him, Pakistan made the finals of the U-19 World Cup, where they lost to Australia.

Ghumman said his prior experience of playing in England would be an asset to the team. "I've already played two seasons of cricket in England in 2005 and 2008. So I'm used to the conditions and if I get a chance to open in Test matches then I can really show everyone what I'm capable of. I'd say to the selectors, just give me a chance and I'll prove that I can be an asset for Pakistan."

Usually an opening batsman, Ghumman dropped down the order during the Under-19 World Cup. Adaptability to any position in the batting order, he said, was something he was comfortable with. "I'm naturally an opener and I love to open the innings, I really enjoy the challenge of facing down the new ball. Despite that, in the Under-19 World cup, I agreed to play out of position and slot into the middle order. This was because we had too many openers in the squad and everyone can't open the innings, so I agreed to take on the responsibility of batting in the middle order.

"The same applies to my selection for the Pakistan team. I'm an opener and it's my dream to open for Pakistan but I will bat wherever the team needs me."

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  • dummy4fb on June 13, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    I never play cricket but il love to watch wish pakistan do some thing study at less five year that only happen if our player just play for pakistan just give best what they have good luck PAKISTAN

  • dummy4fb on June 13, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    Although we do have various fantastic players like Razzaq, Afridi, etc directly coming to the national team from U-19, but my personal belief is a player should first qualify and plays at least 1 year with the country's A Team in the 1st Eleven, particularly when he is trying to take the most testing berth in Batting - That is - Facing the new ball in Test Cricket.

    Even player like Tendulkar who was drafted in national team at around 16 years of age, came through proper channesl - Only he was able to cross those channels rapidly due to his God-Gifted Talent + Execution!

  • dummy4fb on June 11, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    patience lad... you will be selected soon, Salman Butt has no fixed partner is tests, after Farhat fails it will either be Azeem Ghumman or Nasir Jamshed... really there no one else left to be tried.

  • ratee on June 11, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    Comparing Shoaib Malik to Fawad Alam or any other is utterly stupid. He is an established player that is needed for replacing Misbah and not Fawad Alam. They are not comparable.

    In English conditions you need to have a mix of young players and seniors.Shoaib Malik;s contribution to Pakistan cricket is immense he has always played well when Pakistan needs it. Perhaps we are thankless sort of people we forget to give the devil his due share.

    In Pakistan we are like Taliban we want to continuously punish players repeatedly like we are just harping the negativity and not looking ahead how can we improve our over all cricketing prowess. lets for a change plan a strategy for winning the Asian cup and the English series then crying over the problems of the past, other than learning from the past and then moving on.

  • zkaleem on June 11, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    I saw the whole U19 WC. Ghuman is a decent player. My impression was he was one of our rare thinking ceriketers. Impressed as a captain. But in the final, even though he did not open, he seemed a bit rattled by the quickest of the Australian bowlers. He is still young and patience should be his primary virtue.He should let others pass judgement on him, not self-certify his ability. If he forces his way somehow before he is ready, he will carry the stigma of failure the rest of his life. I was more impressed by the 15 year old opener and a decent limited overs bowler. I think his name is Babar. Very impressed with a young left arm spinner too and the all-rounder Hammad. During the WC Ghuman was no where near the same class as Umar Akmal. If he progresses and more importantly doesn't let his mind wander and tongue wag unnecessarily, he can be a future captain but I am not sure he is ready now. Could still be considered as a squad member for now.

  • dummy4fb on June 11, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    i would advise the kid to not be a big-mouth! fine, he has talent but he needs to understand that by performing in the under-19's and one season of domestic cricket, he really should not be expecting an odi or test call-up! just so you know, 6-7 years back, imran farhat, taufeeq umar etc had the same performances at domestic level as azeem does, but their int'l careers are headed nowhere.. lastly, a good player does not have to remind others of his statistics or about how adaptable he is in the line-up, by saying it out loud..

  • FarazSomjee on June 11, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    from all the stats and records of mathces where Azeem has played it seems that Azeem in present scenario is the real hope for Pakistan in terms of opener. He should have been considered for Asia cup........... anyways it is not utterly unexpected as Pak cricket is better for its inconsistency in everything

  • TigerBadshah on June 11, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    @Yamin Janjua

    No mate Asad Shafiq is class. He deserves to be in the team just don't go on stats he is seriously talented. you'll see what i mean on the 15th of June

    hope he starts the match

  • Zahidsaltin on June 11, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    BUT What does ur performance in U19 says. Nothing. U need to work much more before dreaming of internationals and those too against australia and Eng. You should be playing a couple of A-team series on western wickets before been considered. Naved Yasin is the player who deserved to be on Asia Cup tour, He should have been picked instead of Damad of selection committee(Farhat). To your encourgement, I rate u a better player than Faisal iqbal, Imran Farhat and Khaled Latif.

  • BrooksB101 on June 10, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    he's still young and maturing, shouldnt feel that down not being selected, needs o be consistent in the county league to show what he's capable before breaking the senior pakistan team

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