Pakistan news April 5, 2011

Time to blood a new wicketkeeper - Waqar

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Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has said it is time for a new wicketkeeper to be blooded in the side as a replacement for Kamran Akmal

"This debate over the wicketkeeper's performance is a difficult one but I think the Pakistan team now needs a younger wicketkeeper who can carry the load for the next few years," Waqar told reporters in Lahore. "It's the right time to groom a wicketkeeper." Akmal's glovework has come in for sharp criticism in recent times, especially during Pakistan's tour of Australia in early 2010 as well as in the World Cup, during which he spilled several chances.

Pakistan lost in the semi-finals of the World Cup to India and Waqar said that while the loss was "disappointing", the team had done well to reach the last four and he advised against making any sweeping changes. "It's routine for people to ask for radical changes after a team crashes out of the World Cup. I agree that it is time to build a new team but that does not mean you replace all the players with youngsters, as was done after the 2003 World Cup. We need to maintain a balance between experience and youth which will ensure stability in the team."

Waqar, who still has a year left in his coaching contract, said Pakistan allowed India to "overwhelm" them and the team failed to handle the pressure at several key points. "We also lost wickets at the wrong time. But these are all excuses. We missed various chances [in the field]. Those catches cost us heavily because you can't allow so much leverage to a strong batting line up.

"Mistakes were there aplenty. We mistimed our Powerplays, had a wrong batting order or even bowling combination but these are all part of the game. What's important is that you learn from your mistakes."

Waqar was in Lahore to meet PCB chief Ijaz Butt. The Pakistan selectors meet later today to select the squad for Pakistan's tour of West Indies that begins on April 18.

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  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    adnan looks better than sarfraz ... sarfraz is not good enough for internationl level.... adnan akmal was very good against new zealand

  • POSTED BY short_cover on | April 6, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    I guess it is our nature to elevate people when they do good and ridicule them the moment they slide... so I'll add my 2 cents. What we must remember is that Afridi was never captain material and it was just one of PCBs mindless decisions. So while Umar Gul could bowl good on a given day we cant blame him for continuing to get overs in this match. Afridi did his best and thats all we can expect. Younis/Misbah were great disappointments and they should be relieved from limited overs. It is finally good to see the slide of Akmal reign over PCB ... may be this time Ijaz Butt got something on them!! Waqar could do what ever he can but he is not a batting coach and Intikhab, well cant say much there. It is good to see Miandad coming in as batting coach (even Saeed Anwar would have been fine). Hopefully he can put some sense into the youngsters.. which is what they lack, not talent. Unfortunately, there is no captain in sight for ODIs... no one is stable enough.. we can only wait and hope.

  • POSTED BY roughraven on | April 6, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    I agree with alot of people on their veiws. 1. We really need a new coach 2. We need to drop the so callled "veterans" and add youngsters 3. Find a new Wicket keeper 4. Get a batting coach for the love of everything that is nice

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    i am surprised by the inclusion of Misbah for WI squad. He should be no more.

  • POSTED BY Ibaad1 on | April 6, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    One feels an urge to see Kamran Akmal humiliated and kicked out of the team because of his glaring blunders behind the stumps, but if we think about it calmly, he and Hafeez make a very good opening pair. Their stats in the 11 innings they have opened together are pretty good, (Avg around 60+ runs / innings with 2 100s and 4 50s) ... Both are free stroke players, with good techniques and a wide range of shots. And we don't have any other opener for ODIs and T20s. I think we should retain him as an opener and include Safraz Ahmed in the squad as a regular keeper.

  • POSTED BY sukuviju on | April 6, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Keep Kamran Akmal, he is loved by every cricket team. Evert batsmen look confident when Kamran is keeping.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    Kamran Akmal would come back again after WI series because of Umar Akmal and his father who enjoys excellent relations with PCB officials.Moreover, Shahid Afridi is not a deeply thinking captain as Dhoni or Smith and makes his decision in haste.His way of talking reflects his hasty personality.The only way pakistan team can flourish is to get rid of all the Akmals and appointing a batting coach alongwith bowling coach.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Why not Sarfaraz Ahmed? Hard to drop him in future to bring back Kamran? or Karachite problem? Shame on Mohsin & But..

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    perhaps the name of this article could have just been, 'time to blood a wicketkeeper'

  • POSTED BY siabbasi on | April 6, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    Agree with the coach - couldn't change strategically highly important position in cricket field set up suddenly. Let's groom a champion.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    adnan looks better than sarfraz ... sarfraz is not good enough for internationl level.... adnan akmal was very good against new zealand

  • POSTED BY short_cover on | April 6, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    I guess it is our nature to elevate people when they do good and ridicule them the moment they slide... so I'll add my 2 cents. What we must remember is that Afridi was never captain material and it was just one of PCBs mindless decisions. So while Umar Gul could bowl good on a given day we cant blame him for continuing to get overs in this match. Afridi did his best and thats all we can expect. Younis/Misbah were great disappointments and they should be relieved from limited overs. It is finally good to see the slide of Akmal reign over PCB ... may be this time Ijaz Butt got something on them!! Waqar could do what ever he can but he is not a batting coach and Intikhab, well cant say much there. It is good to see Miandad coming in as batting coach (even Saeed Anwar would have been fine). Hopefully he can put some sense into the youngsters.. which is what they lack, not talent. Unfortunately, there is no captain in sight for ODIs... no one is stable enough.. we can only wait and hope.

  • POSTED BY roughraven on | April 6, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    I agree with alot of people on their veiws. 1. We really need a new coach 2. We need to drop the so callled "veterans" and add youngsters 3. Find a new Wicket keeper 4. Get a batting coach for the love of everything that is nice

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    i am surprised by the inclusion of Misbah for WI squad. He should be no more.

  • POSTED BY Ibaad1 on | April 6, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    One feels an urge to see Kamran Akmal humiliated and kicked out of the team because of his glaring blunders behind the stumps, but if we think about it calmly, he and Hafeez make a very good opening pair. Their stats in the 11 innings they have opened together are pretty good, (Avg around 60+ runs / innings with 2 100s and 4 50s) ... Both are free stroke players, with good techniques and a wide range of shots. And we don't have any other opener for ODIs and T20s. I think we should retain him as an opener and include Safraz Ahmed in the squad as a regular keeper.

  • POSTED BY sukuviju on | April 6, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Keep Kamran Akmal, he is loved by every cricket team. Evert batsmen look confident when Kamran is keeping.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    Kamran Akmal would come back again after WI series because of Umar Akmal and his father who enjoys excellent relations with PCB officials.Moreover, Shahid Afridi is not a deeply thinking captain as Dhoni or Smith and makes his decision in haste.His way of talking reflects his hasty personality.The only way pakistan team can flourish is to get rid of all the Akmals and appointing a batting coach alongwith bowling coach.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Why not Sarfaraz Ahmed? Hard to drop him in future to bring back Kamran? or Karachite problem? Shame on Mohsin & But..

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    perhaps the name of this article could have just been, 'time to blood a wicketkeeper'

  • POSTED BY siabbasi on | April 6, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    Agree with the coach - couldn't change strategically highly important position in cricket field set up suddenly. Let's groom a champion.

  • POSTED BY msshohag on | April 6, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    pak should search a young wicketkeeper rather than adnan or sarfaraz. by this time they should teach umar how to keeping. if he can improve then is is good for pak. we have seen that every country there is a couple of wicket keeper batsman in the team like in srilanka dilshan can keeping in Africa de villiers can keeping and their keeping is good. so pak can try this with umar. may be adnan and sarfaraz is good but they are good for nothing in ODI. so my friends who r taking about adnan and Sarfaraz they should think about it that is adnan and sarfaraz both of them cannt hit hard like kamran or umar.

  • POSTED BY ICKY on | April 6, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Too little too late. However it is never tooo late if the decision is firm and the keeper doesn't sneak in after people have forgotten the nightmares of the incompetence of a wicket keeper. Didn't anybody note what happened in Sydney test, if you give that person another chance and another over and over again, it means there is someting fishy. If you bring in a new wicket keeper in his place, the one who desrerves on the basis of performance alone, it will be a great favor to this poor nation. Regarding sweepinh changes, we don't mean that the entire team be changed but a 37 year old, no matter how great aplayer he is, at least he should be told to give chance to youngsters now. He can't be competitive in the field which is now a days most important part of the game to win. Younis and Misbah do not deserve to be in ODI or T20. Misbah does not deserve to be in any form of cricket as he is too old and if at all you don't care about age then Miandad and Zaheer Abbas can be called back.

  • POSTED BY OhPakistan on | April 6, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    - Time to bring in new "SINCERE & EFFICIENT" Administration !!! - Time to break PLAYER'S POWER ! - Time to get rid of present THINK TANKS ! - Time to induct COACHES with VISION ! - Time to respect & Honor MERIT ! - Time to reject FAVORITISM ! - Time to rejuvenate DOMESTIC structure ! - Time to dump ADHOCism, restore PCB CONSTITUTION ! - TIME TO IMPROVE EDUCATION (of administrators, players and the masses)!

    Jawed, Karachi

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    @FIPL: So Waqar is a flop when the only reason Pakistan got this far is the bowling. Well since someone has neglected telling you I'll tell you that Wahab Riaz is no Muhammad Aamir or Muhammad Asif. He has been very wayward and he has loved straying to short and wide balls, as has Umar Gul on his bad days. Remember Wahab's performance against India and know that Waqar deserves much of the credit for it. Our fielding was not great but it had its moments, a brilliant runout by misbah; some lovely catches by Afridi, Umar Gul, and others, the overall fielding against Australia. Well if the cricinfo columnist Osman Samiuddin is to be believed, the credit for the better fielding also goes to WAQAR YOUNIS. You should be calling for his contract to be extended, instead of giving sweeping statements.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    @P.Srikanth: Who calls Abdurrazzaq a youngster? Who calls hafeez and kamran youngsters? Certainly no one in Pakistan. @ Acton49: Don't get carried away. Umar Gul played a part in us getting to the semifinals and wahab was not in great form before the semi. Its just that sometimes its your day and sometimes it isn't. Don't make sweeping statements like "afridi is not suitable as captain". He is why Pakistan got to the semis. He is not good with powerplays but he isn't alone there. When you mention his weaknesses mention his strong points as well, like the fact that he united and inspired this team to get so far and do so well and make us proud. @Shalman Denish : Afridi is wearing Pakistan's greens because he is a better captain than armchair critics. I'm sick of people criticizing him for his faults and being blind to his virtues. The same dhoni did nothing to stop a 9 for 29 collapse, and gives irresponsible statements to the media, unlike the politically correct Afridi.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    yes , dear pakistani fans i m from nepal although i m huge fan of pak team but really its time to change so many players such as younish, kamran, abdul, and ........

  • POSTED BY tick on | April 6, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    news on selection...adnan akmal in for tests and muhammad salman {faislabad wolves & former icl player} for odis...

  • POSTED BY mandi on | April 6, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    new wicket keepar,intresting to see who will win the race,adnan or sarfraz.

  • POSTED BY Ganfof8 on | April 6, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    Hey guys, please continue Kamran Akmal - he's been a great player. We indeed are planning award him the title 'sports person of the year'. oh.. forgot to mention, btw. I'm from Auckland.

  • POSTED BY East_West on | April 6, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    yeah! the CIRCUS has just begun!!

  • POSTED BY Umms on | April 6, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    I think put all three brothers behind the stumps. Umar Akmal can have gloves, Adnan Akmal can have pads and for Kamran Akmal, you dont need to give him anything, as he wont catch anyway. Other than sarcasm, please try to improve your fielding and learn how to chase targets. Bring some lefthanders in the team too. Look Indian team, learn from Dohni.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    i think he should be replaced

  • POSTED BY Cricket_theBestGame on | April 6, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    waqar you are not a coach. you are a good man manager. saying we had wrong batting order, bowling order and took powerplays at wrong time, where were you???? couldn't you send someone with drinks to pass the message to afridi if he was getting away from the plan? since you've come in i've never seen you send someone to pass your instructions to players on field. you can do it you know...and pls kick out younis, misbah and bring in a new keeper who is non Akmal brand!!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 6, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    LOL! It was time for a new w/k about 2yrs ago!

  • POSTED BY PAK_TIGERS on | April 5, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    PLEASE dont replace him, UMAR akmal will call sick !! and "someone" will start harrasing the new wicket keeper. Keep the AKMAL brothers power in the team and keep losing mathing like you have been since they joined the team. Afridi DO some real work and stop complaining about india media . Khan from USA .

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    YES this is the time when pak should change its wicketkeeper and also opening ,captain and batting order shuffle with imran nazir and ahmed shehzad as opener

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | April 5, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    And don't stop selecting Ahmad Shehzad in ODi. Dont lose a talent only because he didn't score in WC. He only needs to avoid those stupid shots. He should get a prolonged chance to show his real potential. Misbah and Younis should be dropped from ODI. My team will be Hafiz, Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Razzaq, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Afridi, Sarfraz, Wahab, Gul, Said Ajmal. NO FARHATS AGAIN PLZ

  • POSTED BY wideball on | April 5, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    If sir Don Bradman would have drop that many catches he would have no place in Ausi team .Kamran is only a ordinary bats man waqaebis right it is time to look for his replacement also abudal razaq has to go is well , younas and misbah should carry on just in test format above all PCB shouldn't compromise on discipline doesn't matter how big the player is , fielding should be on top of selection criteria

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | April 5, 2011, 23:13 GMT

    Sarfraz Ahmad is the best keeper around and has the best batting average among all the wicketkeepers BUT they will choose Salman or some other mediocre who will fail and make it possible for Kamran to return. WHY IS THERE TALK OF YUNIS to be rested? Wasn't he one of the few successfull batsmen in the last test series. AND YOU WILL SEE IMRAN FARHAT coming back to show you all what it's all about in PCB. Why not include Usman Salahadin and Fawad Alam, the most successful batsmen in first calss circuit. My test team is; Taufiq Umar, Zain Abbas, Azhar Ali, Navid Yasin, Younis, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Sarfraz+, Talha, Wahab, Tanvir, Gul, Said Ajmal, Abdul Rahman. WE should all show our reaction if Hamayon Farhat or Imran Farhat are brought back.

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | April 5, 2011, 23:13 GMT

    10 years ago, all a wicket keeper had to do was keep wicket well. In recent years, a wicket keeper has to be a batsman first for team balance/depth. It's a shame, because it's devalued the role of specialist keepers. Although, I might ask: are there any good specialist keepers in the Pakistani domestic scene?

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    We should carefully watch world cup games and point out mistakes.aaaaaaaaaaa when 11 players are representing a countries team every member of the team has the responsibility to do best of their capability.All players including Wicket keeper and Bowler should master the fielding .The Selectors have to be very carefully choose the Team that should be a combination of Experienced and Young Players with Talent.Everyone knows pakistan has lot of potential and talented players who were not given chance. The criteria of selecting the is purely on Merit Basis and not friendship,or PAWWA.My Team for West Indies Tour Looks like.1.Afridi-Captain2.abdul Razzaq Vice Captain.3Mohammad Hafeez.4.Ahmad Shehzad.5.Younis Khan.6. Umar Akmal 7. Adnan Akmal.8.Umar Gul.9.Saeed Ajmal.10Sohail Tanwir 11.Abdul Rahman 12.

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    Asad Shafiq is a complete wicket keeper i dont know why we are looking outside

  • POSTED BY NomiJ on | April 5, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    Dear PCB, Lets not make a big deal outta this decision and drop him silently. No need to make media fuzz. We all now what contribution he has made to the team, acknowledge it and move on. Pak cricket has been good at breeding young talent, the thing we always struggle at is grooming them and keeping them in squad for a longer period of time. Lets work on this issue too. After this WC, my hopes in Pak cricket are higher than ever. Completely contrast to post 99 WC feelings.

  • POSTED BY JustAcricketFan on | April 5, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    Despite wanting from the core of my heart for Pak team to win the WC, here is why I think its good that they did not win. Just imagine, if Pak had won, Ijazz Butt would have been remembered as a WC winning chairman for the rest of his life. He would have posed with the WC winniing Pak team with the WC in his hands. Does anyone think he deserved that? I don't think so, after what he has done in his tenure to destroy Pak cricket. Similarly the Akmal brothers do not deserve to be called world champions. And lastly, Shahid Afridi, even though he has won many honours for Pakistan in the past, did not derseve to win because he is not a good leader and batsman. He did not deserve to win specially after he bit the ball. The only person who truly deserved to win the WC was Imran Khan and he did it quite rightly. We will win the WC again some day only when we have people like Imran Khan in the PCB and the team from top to bottom. Time to start listening to people like Aamer Sohail!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    this is right time to change the right combination in my point of view Yousaf Younas and Misbah will play only test cricket for Odis please give the chance to new players like junaid hamad azam

  • POSTED BY myaqoob on | April 5, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    he biggest problem with the pakistan in the WC was there batting order.It is impossible to score in india against good spinning attack in the last 10 overs.Thats wat happened to pakistan as soon as ball started spinning it was impossible to bat.I always believe in subcontinent wickets power hitters should bat up.Pakistan had lot of options but they stuck with there general formula.afridi,razack and umer akmal should have come at 3,4 and 5.And people are blaming Razack .Whenever he comes to bat required rate is always 8 and pak scores would be like 150-7.Thats unfair for that guy.Afridi fails all the time with the bat and he get unnoticed.Razack should bat at top order.Pakistan should get back imran nazir and shoiab malik.All the best Pak cricket team.Afridi,Gul,Razzzack,Malik,Azher Ali,younis khan,Umer Akmal,Wahab Raiz,MohdHafeez,Imran Nazir,Saeed Ajmal,Anwar Ali.

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    ya pak team looking 4 new wckeeper ........... its very important role

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    well beyond doubt the job of a keeper is to keep wickets him batting is just an advantage to the team until he drops sitters like kamran does!! he has never improved!! never really tried he was the same in 2005 n still is the same n doubt if it ll be a wise move to keep him in the team

  • POSTED BY kaiser_24 on | April 5, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    I agree with the poster above that having three akmals in the squad (even if 2 of them may be playing at one time) is too much trouble... besides Sarfraz Ahmed is a better keeper and batsman compared to Adnan Akmal... why can't PCB think about anyone other than Akmal family when it comes to wicket keeping? baffling.

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    very well said Kamran should be out

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    i think akmal shud b striped of keeping duties but shud b retained in the side for his bating skils as he is forming gud opening pair with hafeez

  • POSTED BY FIPL on | April 5, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    It's time to do something rather then just talking Mr. Waqar. Kamran Akmal was never a good keeper he was in the team just for his batting (which is also finished now). No need to call Adnan Akmal or Sarfraz find a new young wicketkeeper from domestic and bring Moin Khan to groom him as well as coach Pakistan. Waqar is a BIG FLOP as a coach in WC. Get Younis & Misbah replaced by Shafiq & Azher Ali. Hamad Azam has the potential to be next Abdul Razzak and for GOD's sake Junaid Khan a chance.

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    i dont know Y adnan akmal .... sarfraz is in good form in batting as well as he is younger than adnan...and averages above 40 in first class ..which higher than so many players in current team ....

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Acton49... you are a brilliant man... plz never post again...

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Drop Younas, Kamran and Abdul Razzaq. Bring some young blood in.

  • POSTED BY MZEEM on | April 5, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    He is the main charecter in loosing matches. Look at the recent series against Australia and New Zealand. And the "World Cup," the whole World is crying for his poor performance. That's the main reason I saying "Pakistan beat Pakistan" in the World Cup.

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    to change this wicket keepr after loosing so many key matches with embarassment, is foolish, why change him now, keep saying politically , he had learnt a lot from his mitake and he is OK... also we cannot cotrol 2 akmals, and now bring one more AKMAL, is it a solution to the problem OR creating more problems

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    i m sure wen sarfraz will make 500 runs in a first class game in single match Pcb will select him

  • POSTED BY kentspitfires on | April 5, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    Adnan Akmal? Umar Akmal? Kamran Akmal?

    Kamran Akmal is probably the worst at catching of the lot!

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    Haha drop Kamran and pick his brother when Sarfaraz Ahmed piled 500 runs in his last 5 domestic games? Shame

  • POSTED BY balaespn on | April 5, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    plss continue with kamran, every other country needs him as ur wicket keeper, else how can ur team lose....

  • POSTED BY jaymaqx on | April 5, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    About time... now, does this mean that Umar Akmal is about to be "injured" and we'd need to find a replacement for him as well? It's so hard getting rid of a wicket keeper nowadays.

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    I am not sure if the Pakistan team learns from its mistakes. They seem to make the same/similar mistakes over and over again. For example, take fielding. They were horrible in the semi final against India. Dropped 4 catches of Sachin and there is no way you are going to win. The team still doesn't know when is the best time to take the power play. What good the power play did in the semis after Afridi was out. Of course, the captain still doesn't know when he should be slogging at the ball and when he should play a captain's innings. He doesn't have to look to far, look at Dhoni and how he batted in the finals to bring his team to victory. The middle order is still weak. I am not sure if our captain knows what to do when his star bowler has gone for 41 runs in 4 overs. That was a good sign to bring someone else on like Abdul Razzaq to see if he can change things but he never was brought on. I just don't get what is going through Afridi's mind when he makes these decisions.

  • POSTED BY Ajaz.Ahmed on | April 5, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    I Believe that before makin changes in the playin squad there need to be changes in the organization in itself.. players have talent in abundance but the system to groom them and educate them about the strategical aspects has to be there in place..these boys are mentally not tough enough yet and somebody has to rectify that.

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Thank GOD.. its time to new wicketkeeper... but no akmal brothers....pleaseee ..

  • POSTED BY aa61761 on | April 5, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    The Old Akmal needs a permanent break from keeping. Some one needs to tell Little Akmal that he is not Viv Richards and he can be dropped from the team without any harm to team combination so he should bring his ego down to earth.

  • POSTED BY boris6491 on | April 5, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    Rather than mull over the change, actually do it and banish Kamran Akmal from the Pakistan team forever. He really does not deserve to be there. I just hope the PCB does not do one of its notorious reversals and bring Akmal back eventually. I seem to remember that there was a young wicketkeeper by the name of Sarfraz Ahmed who was used for a while (before he was overtaken in the pecking order by the infamous Zulquarnain Haider).

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    No K. Akmal in squad put umar. A as wicket keeper ..

  • POSTED BY Acton49 on | April 5, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    Why are we becoming a nation of has beens. We need to be bold.... Afridi was not the right choice as capitan. The power play as Afridi should have been aware of when he walked out to bat! Take power play and the game was yours. I am also critical of the coaching staff, they should have enough awareness that any miss hit would clear onside field because the tendency is to have the outer fielders patrolling the cow corner, long-off and deep square leg. The euphoria that we made it to semis should have had no place in our mind and should have been the least of our worry. Umar Gul was a huge disappointment. Perhaps ODI is not his stage. You can count the number of times he was econamical against the Big Boys in fingers term. Riaz is the new face of bowling and we should press on the International Arbitration Court the liniency to be afforded to Aamer. We should also look for an out and out fast bowler. Umer Gul should be confined to Domestic scene

  • POSTED BY Hassan.Farooqi on | April 5, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    Somehow Sarfaraz can not come in. Somehow Zulqarnain is made to quite. Somehow one Akmal has to replace the other Akmal. Somehow!!!

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | April 5, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Good move Waqar bhai, Kamran is just the shoutbox behind stumps period.

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    this decision should have been taken at least 2 years ago.

  • POSTED BY eyelashcharmer on | April 5, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    It's bout time man. I'ts been over due for a long time now to have a new wicket keeper

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | April 5, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    I do agree with Waqar. Karmal made big mistakes and should be replaced. But he is still a good batsman.

  • POSTED BY P.Srikanth on | April 5, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Right from 2003, I hear the term "Rebuilding" for Team Pakistan. This goes to show the number of chopping-changing in terms of captaincy, coach and what not has happened in the team. Pakistan as a board, as a team needs to install confidence in their players. If you look back Afridi & Razzaq have 15 years experience but they call Razzaq a youngster. This also applies the same with K.Akmal and Hafeez who have nearly 10 years of experience. The day you start calling these players as seniors and are responsible, they will start to perform.

  • POSTED BY Chalith_Sameera on | April 5, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    As we all have understood in this ICC world cup. Behind every successful batsman, Kamran Akmal is there. It has been proven 100% perfectly in this tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    good - hope this is the end of kamran akmal.

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    This is the time when really Kamran should be thrown out of Team.And non performers should not be kept back.

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    This is the time when really Kamran should be thrown out of Team.And non performers should not be kept back.

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Good Move we need Good Wicket Keeper + Good Solid Batsman like Asad Shafiq,Azhar Ali

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Its good from Waqar.... I think right now Asad Shafiq is the best option for Pakistan...They should give him a chance to polish his wicket keeping skills....

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    Well, well, well These are all thingz 2 say, but very little 2 do I hope they actually DO this

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | April 5, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Yes, bring in Mohammad Rizwan!

    That guy is 20x more talented with the bat then both Sarfraz and Kamran plus, a better keeper then Kamran is well.

  • POSTED BY jorock on | April 5, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    I think pakistan has lot of natural talent players but they tend to lose these players becuasde they dont have a proper system in place. I was one of the great fan of mohammed amir but now he is not in nternational arena due to incidents. please pak board !save these players.

  • POSTED BY dr_vdycz on | April 5, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    hmmm, times' up for Kamran, Misbah n Razzaq. Bring in youth. Desperate to see H Azam.. Good luck Pakistan..

  • POSTED BY Taz786 on | April 5, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    I would be surprised if they drop Kamran Akmal, he's been a dodgy keeper since 2006. Zulqarnain was turning out to be a half decent player, before he legged it from Dubai to the UK, the other option is Safraz.

  • POSTED BY fwd079 on | April 5, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Good decision by Waqar, both Akmal brothers need a rest, as said even by commentators when the younger Akmal had "injured" his finger while talks of his brother's exclusion were under way.

    Time to keep such politics out of cricket, good decision, hopefully its going to do good.

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    i think they need to bring Imran Nazir to open with hafeez give him couple of full series and they need to drop misbah younis and razzaq bring couple of young players and they need to give junaid a chance as well you never know we might find next amir

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    Yeah he should be replaced..

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    adnan would be a better replacement for kamran.or other way umar can also be a wicketkeeper.but,it is true that 3 brothers can keep behind the stumps.

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  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    adnan would be a better replacement for kamran.or other way umar can also be a wicketkeeper.but,it is true that 3 brothers can keep behind the stumps.

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    Yeah he should be replaced..

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    i think they need to bring Imran Nazir to open with hafeez give him couple of full series and they need to drop misbah younis and razzaq bring couple of young players and they need to give junaid a chance as well you never know we might find next amir

  • POSTED BY fwd079 on | April 5, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Good decision by Waqar, both Akmal brothers need a rest, as said even by commentators when the younger Akmal had "injured" his finger while talks of his brother's exclusion were under way.

    Time to keep such politics out of cricket, good decision, hopefully its going to do good.

  • POSTED BY Taz786 on | April 5, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    I would be surprised if they drop Kamran Akmal, he's been a dodgy keeper since 2006. Zulqarnain was turning out to be a half decent player, before he legged it from Dubai to the UK, the other option is Safraz.

  • POSTED BY dr_vdycz on | April 5, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    hmmm, times' up for Kamran, Misbah n Razzaq. Bring in youth. Desperate to see H Azam.. Good luck Pakistan..

  • POSTED BY jorock on | April 5, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    I think pakistan has lot of natural talent players but they tend to lose these players becuasde they dont have a proper system in place. I was one of the great fan of mohammed amir but now he is not in nternational arena due to incidents. please pak board !save these players.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | April 5, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Yes, bring in Mohammad Rizwan!

    That guy is 20x more talented with the bat then both Sarfraz and Kamran plus, a better keeper then Kamran is well.

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    Well, well, well These are all thingz 2 say, but very little 2 do I hope they actually DO this

  • POSTED BY on | April 5, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Its good from Waqar.... I think right now Asad Shafiq is the best option for Pakistan...They should give him a chance to polish his wicket keeping skills....