Pakistan news June 16, 2010

Imran Nazir regrets premature Pakistan debut

Cricinfo staff

Pakistan opening batsman Imran Nazir, who was omitted for the ICC World Twenty20 and the ongoing Asia Cup, has said his early initiation into international cricket, at the age of 17, has done more harm to his career than good.

Nazir made his Pakistan debut in 1999 as a dashing opening batsman and an electric fielder, but over the years he wasn't able to cement his position in the Test and ODI side. Nazir was regarded more as a one-day specialist, but in his 79 ODIs so far has averaged only 24.61. He played the last of his eight Tests back in 2002.

"The truth is I was not ready for international cricket at that time, my technique was faulty and I didn't have the mental strength or understanding of the game," Nazir told PTI. "Now that I have began to understand how international cricket needs to be played I have been dropped from the national team."

Nazir's international career came to a standstill in 2008 when he joined the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League along with several Pakistan players. He was among the leading performers for the Lahore Badshahs but his stint lasted just one season after he and the league's players returned to the official fold.

He made a comeback to the one-day squad during the tour of Sri Lanka last year, but in five ODIs since his return , he has scored only 111 runs, with no fifty. He scored a half-century in a Twenty20 against New Zealand in Dubai, but in the two-match Twenty20 series against England in the UAE, he scored just 2 and 4 and was dropped for the World Twenty20.

His aggressive approach has often cost him his wicket, and Nazir has admitted that he needs to reassess his style of play.

"I am a more mature batsman now and if I get a chance to play again for Pakistan I will play in sensible fashion and cement my place in the team," Nazir said. "I am ready to curb my natural instincts to play again for Pakistan.

"But now after a lot of ups and downs in 11 years of international cricket I realise a batsman with limited range of shots cannot survive. Plus your shot selection has to be sensible, you must have the patience to wait for the bad ball to hit, not try a slog every ball as I used to do previously."

The Pakistan selectors have, traditionally, blooded several young players in their teens, including Hasan Raza, who at 14 was the world's youngest Test cricketer. Nazir feels it's always beneficial to give a player a decent run in domestic cricket before rushing him.

"I would say a player must be given time in domestic cricket before he is blooded in international cricket. Give him time to adjust and understand the game."

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  • Naiem on June 23, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    To me he is the one of finest players for Pakiskan, i always feel that he should be opening for Pakistan alongwith Salam Butt, that is where Pakistan will get aggression as well as solid defence and strongly belive that it will work for Pakistan in the up coming World Cup (2011) becoz of the sub-continent pitches where there is npo lateral movement or no seeming wickets. So i belive if he has changed his mind then he should be given another go in Englad ODI touring squad.

  • asif on June 22, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    shortcomings...yes i guess u can say that ...BUT ..even after these shortcomings he i stillbetter than a lot of other openers Pakistan had...or will have...well here is my team...1)salman butt 2)imran nazir 3)shoaib malik 4)umer akmal 5)afridi 6)razzak 7)kamran akmal 8)rana naveed 9)shoaib akhter 10)amir 11)saeed ajmal...... if Pakistan wants to win we have to have an attacking side and this is the team which can bring the respect back.....

  • Nasir on June 19, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    It took the guy 11 years to figure out his shortcomings.

  • asif on June 18, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    i dont want to compare imran to afridi but it took afiridi 14 years and 294 one days to transform himself from to such a great alrounder but imran has 11 years and 79 onedays to his name...again i m not comparing but afidi had lots of ups and downs but he got the chance to play and show what he is capable of doing but imran nazir did not..except for amir sohail and saeed anwer combo , pakistan always had problems with opening in 50 over matches . afridi scored a century just the other day as a captain and salman butt got a duck being a vice captain...well in my opinion PCB , the coach and the captain should consider giving him the right coaching and show him where he is wrong and needs improvement bcoz we all want to win the world cup and bring the pride back ....rana naveed is the other player who we need in the team ...

  • Dummy4 on June 17, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    Imran Nazir is the best opener of the Twenty Cricket in the World.

    Why you forget his semi final and final innigs against newzeland and india.

    in strokes he is better then any player in the world.

    T20 is the game of strokes and he is the best stroke player

    He should be opening with Shahzeb Hasan Khan in T20

  • Dummy4 on June 17, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    i say his batting last year in dubai, against england, the strokes he played anyone can makeout he needs to say other pakistani cricketers he too is predictable, any oposition can plan him out....he doesnt deserve another chance..being fearless without a plan is suicidal....

  • Dummy4 on June 17, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    Imran nazir will probably not get another chance unless pak have a massive injury or form crisis in opening batsman. But at least he can tell his children and grandchildren that he holds one of the top batting records... highest score in a world cup match!

  • Dummy4 on June 17, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    Imran Nazir should get another chance.....

  • adnan on June 17, 2010, 6:37 GMT he says hes mature....from where he looks.....

  • shahroz on June 16, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    If any thing ..i thought he was a better batsmen when he started as compared to how he has fared in his recents outtings..I like his batting style and have always been a firm believer of him getting an opportunity or two over Imran farhat or Khurram manzoor..but everytime he gets a chance he fails..I mean all these young cricketers ....They have to utilize the opportunities you get and not be failure while panicking(as showed by shazaib n umar ameen the other day)

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