Pakistan in West Indies, 2011 April 6, 2011

Razzaq, Kamran axed for West Indies ODIs and T20s

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Abdul Razzaq and Kamran Akmal have been axed from Pakistan's combined ODI and Twenty20 squad for the upcoming tour of West Indies, while senior players Umar Gul and Younis Khan have been rested. Shahid Afridi remains in charge of a team that will feature a new wicketkeeper, Mohammad Salman.

The Test squad will be named at a later date and it is expected that Gul and Younis - the former had asked selectors for a rest from the limited overs portion of the tour - will return.

Kamran's wicketkeeping has been a source of concern for some time now, though various selectors have persisted with him in the belief that his batting provides the side with flexibility. But a poor World Cup campaign, with bat and gloves - the low hit in the game against New Zealand where he dropped centurion Ross Taylor three times, including twice early on, as well as fluffs in games against Sri Lanka and the semi-final with India - have finally proved too much. Coach Waqar Younis had hinted that it was time for a new wicketkeeper to be blooded, and Salman got the nod.

With 103 first-class games to his name, the Karachi-born Salman, 29, has been on the fringes of selection for a while. A few years ago he was thought by many to be the best wicketkeeper in the land though in recent times, he had been overlooked behind Sarfraz Ahmed, Zulqarnain Haider and Adnan Akmal.

"He is the best of the lot," Rashid Latif, former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper, told ESPNcricinfo. Salman was Latif's deputy at Allied Bank Limited (ABL) in 2000 and worked with him later as well. "He came into ABL as my deputy wicket keeper and I worked with him then. After that we both joined Port Qasim Authority team in 2006, me as coach and Salman as a main wicketkeeper. He is an athletic man and a good batsman too for all formats."

Though the Test squad has not yet been announced, it is likely Kamran's younger brother Adnan will retain his spot in the side as the wicketkeeper.

Pakistan have also embarked on a search for a new allrounder, with the highly-rated Hammad Azam drafted in to replace Razzaq. The veteran Razzaq had a strange World Cup, playing all matches but almost as a spare part in the XI, taking only five wickets and making 104 runs.

He did not complete his quota of 10 overs even once, and managed only a single half-century, though he usually batted as low as number eight. He was often given the new ball, but taken off after short opening spells to make way for Gul and the spinners. After the first couple of games, he had expressed a desire to play a larger part in Pakistan's World Cup campaign, but continued to play a peripheral role.

Azam was a central figure in Pakistan's last U-19 World Cup campaign and was selected in the squad for the World T20 in the Caribbean last year, but he did not feature in a single game.

"At the moment there's no place for Abdul Razzaq and Kamran Akmal in the team," chief selector Mohsin Khan told reporters. "We want to try out few youngsters and that's why we have picked those players who have performed outstandingly in the domestic circuit."

Left-hand opening batsman Taufeeq Umar, who recently worked his way back into the Test side, is another surprise inclusion for the shorter formats. Aizaz Cheema, the 31-year-old seamer who plays for Punjab, has also received a call-up to replace Gul. Cheema has 221 wickets from 62 first-class matches, and will tussle for the new ball with Wahab Riaz, Tanvir Ahmed and Junaid Khan. Usman Salahuddin, another youngster who made an impression at the Under-19 level, also got the selector's nod for the tour. Salahuddin scored 927 runs in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy last year and will fight for a middle-order spot.

The tour kicks off with a warm-up game from April 18, while the only Twenty20 will be played on April 21 in St Lucia. The five-match ODI series will begin on April 23, and the Test leg of the tour will commence on May 12.

Squad: Shahid Afridi (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Taufeeq Umar, Usman Salahuddin, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Tanvir Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Hammad Azam, Aizaz Cheema and Mohammad Salman (wk)

Reserves: Rameez Raja (jnr), Sadaf Hussain, Asif Zakir, Sohail Khan, Zulifqar Babar

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  • POSTED BY mso797 on | April 9, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    anwar ali should be their instead of tanveer. Razzak should bat at 3 or opener. He could also bowl ALL his overs. And where is safraz ahmed. By stats and age he is the best choice. Not having fawad alam is understandable but atleast have him in test. And if misbah lost the game for pakistan and still included him why not imran nazir my 11 is

    Imran nazir, haffeez, razzak, misbah, umar, azam, afridi (he's a bowler now not allrounder, focus on your batting haffeez and ajmal can handle the spin), whab, sadaf, junaid, ajmal

    wahab and razzak bring experience when gul goes get's better replace junaid or sadaf

    razzak misbah and umar would be a better combo cause instead of having small over with younis razzak and umar could speed him up and tell him to start hitting. nazir and haffeez can hit big scores. And if either of them don't work out thier plenty of others to replace them. Misbah's only got a year left on him. Use this year to bring some young guy who can provide his clalm

  • POSTED BY on | April 9, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    I red lot's of comments. But I think the selection commite of PCB has done a good job. Unfortunately M.Amir is not there. I'm requesting to the PCB please try to take Amir in the SQUAD before he break his GOOD FORM. Most of batsmen unlikely to FACE our WORLD EXPRESS M.Amir.

  • POSTED BY Fuzzy_56 on | April 9, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    Kamran AKmal will return in next tournament as people and media are criticizing him for his performance against INDIA and NEW ZEALAND .... They have chosen Muhmmad Salman whose currently at 9th among Top 10 WK of Pakistan ..... They want to show that Akmal is better than Salman .........

  • POSTED BY pakfan2010 on | April 8, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    why is hafeez there, i cannot forgive him for that shot he played in semi final. for many years he has been the same, gets a quick thirty thinks hes done his job and then throws his wicket away. please ged rid of him pcb i dont wana see players make same mistake over and over again. also get rid of misbah, taufeeq, kamran, tanvir ahmed, in that squad. afridi only just deserves his spot becoz of his bowling. tactically he is not switch on to be captain eg trying to hit a six in semi without taking power play, it brainless cricket.

  • POSTED BY SaintsFan on | April 8, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    Not only is the nation relieved to see KAMRAN AKMAL finally dropped....most of us are also relieved to see both the IMRANS (FARHAT AS WELL AS NAZIR) not selected for the tour. Taufiq Umar is a good inclusion whereas its mind boggling to see Misbah still in the side. All the best to Hammad Azam who has some huge shoes of Razzaq to fill...it may take some time to groom our all-rounders, and I think this is the perfect time to begin doing so. Finally looks like the PCB is acting in not only a RATIONAL, but also an extremely SENSIBLE manner.

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    I still think that Ahmad Shezad should be replaced with Imran Nazir he is far better player than him. Secondly instead of Misbah they could have easily invited Sohail Tanvir for a come back.

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Thanks a lot to selectors who made good decision to replace Kamran Akmal,this decision should be taken early but still good to take it.I think Imran Nazir should be selected he is one of the best t20 and Odi player.Best of luck Shahid Afridi,you are the real hero for Pakistan and I hope that with these youngsters you have the best chance to overcome pakistani cricket form crises.Please Shahid Bai i want to see you in Bating action.

  • POSTED BY xampl2001 on | April 8, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    Selection commitee are not dooing too much to bring in young scord.It was time for them to take bold decision on Mibaulhaq who scores many runsafter match is lost.Remember he scored many runs in 2007 T20 final against India & lost the match,also he scored many runs against India in semis & lost match.He has no clue when to start hitting ball.

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    Where is Shoib Malik ? He deserves a comeback.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | April 8, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    Someone said we dont have large hearts as they do...yes, we dont have large heart to drop 4 catches of Sachin...and they have large heart to lose 5 matches to India in worldcups...

  • POSTED BY mso797 on | April 9, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    anwar ali should be their instead of tanveer. Razzak should bat at 3 or opener. He could also bowl ALL his overs. And where is safraz ahmed. By stats and age he is the best choice. Not having fawad alam is understandable but atleast have him in test. And if misbah lost the game for pakistan and still included him why not imran nazir my 11 is

    Imran nazir, haffeez, razzak, misbah, umar, azam, afridi (he's a bowler now not allrounder, focus on your batting haffeez and ajmal can handle the spin), whab, sadaf, junaid, ajmal

    wahab and razzak bring experience when gul goes get's better replace junaid or sadaf

    razzak misbah and umar would be a better combo cause instead of having small over with younis razzak and umar could speed him up and tell him to start hitting. nazir and haffeez can hit big scores. And if either of them don't work out thier plenty of others to replace them. Misbah's only got a year left on him. Use this year to bring some young guy who can provide his clalm

  • POSTED BY on | April 9, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    I red lot's of comments. But I think the selection commite of PCB has done a good job. Unfortunately M.Amir is not there. I'm requesting to the PCB please try to take Amir in the SQUAD before he break his GOOD FORM. Most of batsmen unlikely to FACE our WORLD EXPRESS M.Amir.

  • POSTED BY Fuzzy_56 on | April 9, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    Kamran AKmal will return in next tournament as people and media are criticizing him for his performance against INDIA and NEW ZEALAND .... They have chosen Muhmmad Salman whose currently at 9th among Top 10 WK of Pakistan ..... They want to show that Akmal is better than Salman .........

  • POSTED BY pakfan2010 on | April 8, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    why is hafeez there, i cannot forgive him for that shot he played in semi final. for many years he has been the same, gets a quick thirty thinks hes done his job and then throws his wicket away. please ged rid of him pcb i dont wana see players make same mistake over and over again. also get rid of misbah, taufeeq, kamran, tanvir ahmed, in that squad. afridi only just deserves his spot becoz of his bowling. tactically he is not switch on to be captain eg trying to hit a six in semi without taking power play, it brainless cricket.

  • POSTED BY SaintsFan on | April 8, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    Not only is the nation relieved to see KAMRAN AKMAL finally dropped....most of us are also relieved to see both the IMRANS (FARHAT AS WELL AS NAZIR) not selected for the tour. Taufiq Umar is a good inclusion whereas its mind boggling to see Misbah still in the side. All the best to Hammad Azam who has some huge shoes of Razzaq to fill...it may take some time to groom our all-rounders, and I think this is the perfect time to begin doing so. Finally looks like the PCB is acting in not only a RATIONAL, but also an extremely SENSIBLE manner.

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    I still think that Ahmad Shezad should be replaced with Imran Nazir he is far better player than him. Secondly instead of Misbah they could have easily invited Sohail Tanvir for a come back.

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Thanks a lot to selectors who made good decision to replace Kamran Akmal,this decision should be taken early but still good to take it.I think Imran Nazir should be selected he is one of the best t20 and Odi player.Best of luck Shahid Afridi,you are the real hero for Pakistan and I hope that with these youngsters you have the best chance to overcome pakistani cricket form crises.Please Shahid Bai i want to see you in Bating action.

  • POSTED BY xampl2001 on | April 8, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    Selection commitee are not dooing too much to bring in young scord.It was time for them to take bold decision on Mibaulhaq who scores many runsafter match is lost.Remember he scored many runs in 2007 T20 final against India & lost the match,also he scored many runs against India in semis & lost match.He has no clue when to start hitting ball.

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    Where is Shoib Malik ? He deserves a comeback.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | April 8, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    Someone said we dont have large hearts as they do...yes, we dont have large heart to drop 4 catches of Sachin...and they have large heart to lose 5 matches to India in worldcups...

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | April 8, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    10....7....5....who next?

  • POSTED BY Sabwani on | April 8, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Y ahmed shahzad is still there? akmal proved himself to be a good opener. Anwer Ali is still not in the team.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | April 8, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    At last -Drop You Somewhere -Akmal Dropeed from the team!

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    I do not understand why Razzak dropped? He is a key player in pakistani team Pakistan won so many times because of him.Hammad azam is good young talent but we can not compare him with Razzak. If pakistan cricket board really wants to build a good team they have to combine senior and junior players like indian cricket team. former first class cricketer (Zaahir hafeez)

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Oh Many many Thanks to PCB , Atleast They Replaced Kamran Akmal and please make sure not to come back ...... It is good to see Afridi as a Captain ....

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    It is good for pakistan to build a new team under the leadership of Shahid Afridi. My Team is Imran farhat, Ahmad Shehzad, Asad Shafiqi, Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi, Salman WK) Umar Akmal, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Muhammad Hafeez, Imran Nazir, Abdul Rahman, Taufeeq Umar

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    i think sarfaraz young wicket keeper should be selected

  • POSTED BY ismailasiya on | April 7, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    hi hello everybody i think imran nazir and soaib malik shld be given a chance

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Why Imran Nazir is not been selected Can someone please explain what did Imran Nazir do wrong????....

  • POSTED BY haqster499 on | April 7, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    keep ODI batsman separate from test batsman. Ala Laxman, Langer, etc.

    Good NOT to see Ahzar Ali in the ODI squad otherwise he will become a hopeless test batsman by playing cross bats shots etc

    Need to focus on our batting and groom batsman in either test format or ODI/T20 format - not both becuase we are one of the weakest teams due to our batting (just see the averages)

    Also lets groom Hafeez as future captain...make him VC

  • POSTED BY FIPL on | April 7, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    Better late then never. M Salman should have been picked ahead of Kamran Akmal. I still can't understand the inclusion of Misbah and so do Taufeeq Umer in the team. Imran Nazir really deserve a call back at least in T20 and Sohail Khan should have picked ahead of Aizaz Cheema. But now it will be a balance contest between Pakistan vs West Indies

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    i think imran nazir & mohammed hafees can do better for pakistan as a opener in shorter version.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    i think imran nazir & mohammed hafees can do better for pakistan as a opener in shorter version.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    i think pcb should give a chance to Anwer Ali. he is young and fast dont know why selectors keeps ignoring him

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    I dont know whts wrong wit these guys why the hell Yousuf is not being selected i know he not tht gud in one days but he surely deserve to be in test team, regarding axeing i agree wit akmal and razzaq, but i also wnt to see misbah and younus to be axed from One day cricket so tht they learn a lesson from this.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    hope that this young team will White wash W.Indies.....

  • POSTED BY ibraruddin on | April 7, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    I am surprised why Misbah is selected in team, he lost whole World Cup for Pakistan, He is not playing for Pakistan, He is playing for Captaincy..........

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    I think Imran Nazir deserves to be in shorter versions of the game and should have been included in the squad. No idea what the selectors are thinking. Its not new thing for us. It keeps happening all the time. The player which is most favored by the fans will never get selected. Well done PCB!!! Keep it up!

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    Azhar Ali will join the Test squad later with the likes of Younis & Gul

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

    tariq , this is the odi team i think , he will be in the test side

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    If WC performance was taken into consideration b4 selection,then why Ahmad Shahzad is in the team? Does the PCB know that Imran Nazir is still alive and plays cricket?

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

    Guys where is IMRAN NAZIR, what a explosive palyer in short format. I think he should be given a good chance, definetely he will prove and make regular place in the team.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    good young team, hope this will be the best for emerging Pakistan..

  • POSTED BY kaiser_24 on | April 7, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    What? They are replacing Kamran with a wicketkeeper that's older than him??? Sarfaraz is younger, better wicketkeeper with better record. What does he need to do in order to get in the team? May be our selection committee knows something that no one else does

  • POSTED BY kamarhasanansari on | April 7, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    few people of PCB speaking here to hide there weekness if they can take chance with afradi why not then razaq he is also a senior and also a cool player who can can encourage the player that my question...........

  • POSTED BY Faisal_Arab on | April 7, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    Dear Khawahish, Mr Sohail Tanvir is know making some money by participating in talk shows, so forget him, that's what they are.

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

    Hammad Azim is a good player and inshallaha he will prove himself, my best wishes are with the new young team.

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

    Razzaq, Kamran axed for West Indies ODIs and T20s .... sound good!

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Good team.Imran Farhat should have been in for topping batting in recent domestic tournament for Tofiq.A Shehzad should also have been restes for another young opener.Keeper Salman too old at 29 for debut.Rest seems fine team//

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    i want kamran akmal as a batsman.. he is far better batsman than a wicketkeeper.. we need him as a opener or on a one down position..

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    Selectors are not doing their job shame on Mohsin Khan, why Ahmed Shehzad, M. Salman, Aizaz Cheema and Abdul Rehman are in team, In Wicket Keeping Department top performer of domestic circut Sarfraz Ahmed and Gulraiz Sadaf are ignored and in opening spot Khalid Latif, Shahzaib Hasan should be included and in spin department Mansoor Amjad should be included inplace of Abdul Rehman who performed well with bat and ball.

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | April 7, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    It's long past due for Kamran Akmal to be dropped. He is a joke behind the stumps, which is his primary role. Pakistan's obsession with having a 'batting' wicketkeeper has been a disservice to their bowlers, who rely on the field (particularly the 'keeper) to hold onto the chances they create. There are plenty of better batsmen in Pakistan who could put on the gloves and do just as well (or poorly) behind the stumps as Kamran. Better to replace him with a 'keeper who will hold on to the chances that come his way, even if he doesn't score quite as many runs himself. Why this decision took so long, I don't understand. However based on recent evidence I wonder how long before the selectors change their mind and bring him back in...

  • POSTED BY Faridoon on | April 7, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    I m sure Azhar Ali will make the test squad. This is the Limited overs squad.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    good choice to take the youngsters to this trip but I think with time we need all the big wigs again...........I don't think we will get rid of Kamran Akmal for good he needs to get thing sorted out. Hope to see a good game in West Indies

  • POSTED BY zain.ul.abideen on | April 7, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    Razzak can only make his place in the team as a specialist batsman who can bowl a bit!!!

    but can he find that place???

  • POSTED BY ejsiddiqui on | April 7, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    I know Kamran Akmal is a very bad keeper, but on the other hand he has been a good opening batsman. What if we can play him as a batsman only.

    Maybe with less pressure, could be groomed and improved as a very good opening batsman.

  • POSTED BY MananWad on | April 7, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    Cant help it but pakistanis need to be professional and think from their mind and not heart.....

  • POSTED BY MananWad on | April 7, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    I am really shocked to see razzaq out... what did he do wrong in WC? afridi should have let him play up in the order. he is any day better choice than younis and misbah

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    Its Great to watch the young guns to perform against WI.

    i want Junaid Khan Hammad Azam and Aizaz cheema in playing 11.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    At last, the selectors have opened their eyes. Good to see inclusion of youth. Now give them time also to blossom. Only thing they have done wrong is selection of Misbah. I agree with one of my friend, that Shoaib Malik should have been included instead of Misbah, as Misbah is good for Test Cricket only. Good Luck Pakistan Cricket

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    Its great to watch the young guns to perform against the WI.

    I can say this is the best youngster team. i want to see Junaid Khan and Hammad Azam and Aizaz Cheema in playing 11.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    @Tariq its the ODI Squad and not the test...sooo He is included in the Test Squad for sure :)

  • POSTED BY saadi22 on | April 7, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    Why do we still have Misbah in the team? There is absolutely no place for someone who doesn't know how to pace his inning.

  • POSTED BY Khwahish22 on | April 7, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    Where is Sohail Tanvir? It was always a treat to watch him bowl.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    wicket keeper is not young

  • POSTED BY ttwrecker on | April 7, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    i wonder what performance evaluation the WICB are using to determine who has performed better. Im sure a lot of the top performers in the T&T team have been overlooked.... Im not a DG fan but he was d best captain in the WI in all formats prior to the last 4 day game. Wat about him how was he not given a chance

  • POSTED BY AbdulHanan on | April 7, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    Shame on selection committee. The only player who got them the only success in T20 against New Zealand before WC is Abdul Razzaq with 34 runs off 11 balls and with 3 for just 13 runs. Otherwise Pak would have lost T20 series by 3-0. What the hell PCB is doing, just palying with the future of talented palyers.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    It'll be interesting to see how Umar Akmal reacts to Kamran's exclusion

  • POSTED BY Umms on | April 7, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    PCB or players should focus on techanical details of the game. They should know how to bat while chasing, how to field and recognising their respective roles. Learn from Dhoni, they way he captained Indian star studded team. I am sure everyone remembers when Pakistan have same situation in 90's four or five playing captains, but never lived to the potential. Salim Malik was there, Javed Miandad was there, Wasim Akram was there. But we never able to groom players or captains and when our stars retired then we left with akmals, shoaib malik, farhats. Think about your team, about your country, when you guys play, people think that you are playing for Pakistan, but ARE YOU? Afridi led well, but lot more needs to be done.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    Pakistan not need young team. Now Pakistan need a Bating Coach and A Bats man who play like Javad Miandad, Cool Mentality . I am sorry for Razzaq. Pak team never respect good player. Even they did not respect Javed Miandad, Anwar, Akter, Mohammed Yousuf etc. Pakistan need a Cricket Board like Australia /S.Africa.

  • POSTED BY cricket_lover25 on | April 6, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    Razzak has been dealt with badly once again I thought he bowled well in the W.C when given the chance and he did not even get a fair chance at batting. If Pakistan selection are judging him on the basis that he did not score against India they are wrong for doing that. Love to see junaid khan and new keeper in action lets face it noone could be worse than K.Akmal. I am still hurting over Amir ban what a talent he was unbeliable skill for his age.

  • POSTED BY Guduji71 on | April 6, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    Thanks God Kamran Akmal is finally dropped. I hope he is dropped for ever from all formats of the game of cricket. I don't want Adnan Akmal to be selected for Pakistani team because then in future Umar Akmal may try and blackmail Pakistani team in the middle of thetour or in an important tournamant. We have lost so many matches due to Kamran, he has been a source of sloppy fielding of Pakistan, as we all know wicketkeepr is the leader of the fielders if he /she does well then all the fielders do well. I think it is a good move to give chance to yougsters and give them the feel of international cricket. Well done PCB.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    this is the best time to bring youngsters (specially a new wicket keeper) and prepare them for the next world cup.

  • POSTED BY avmd on | April 6, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    Overall a good team, good to see few new faces but why Misbah was not punished by "resting" him after the criminal innings he played agains India is an open question. At 37, he is ceratinly not the future. Hammad is more a batting allrounder and will have to improve his bowling to be successful at international level. He has a great temprament which he showed in under 19 WC. Usman salhuddin, I heard a bright prospect. Salman the keepr is highly recommended by Rashid latif, he got to be good but where was he during his last 12 first class seaon is a surprise. Sarfaraz, we all knwe was tipped to take over from Akmal but ignored again ? that too after his best seaon in domestic cricket and after touring with A team. Anwar Ali didn't make the cut again, he should have been preferred over "old' Cheema or Tanveer. Fawad had a good domestic season and should have been preferred over Misbah, at least for ODIs if not test.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    i think there should be 2 or 3 left handed batsmen in the team, PCB is wasting the talent of some youngster like nasir jamshed, fawad alam, khurram manzoor, sarfraz ahmed (wk), anwar ali, umar amin, and young player like naved yasin, emmad ali, ali khan, aqeel anjum (wk), zain abbas, babar azam should be given chances to prove themself and best of luck to Pakistan team for WI tour.

  • POSTED BY z_Wasif on | April 6, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    Its good to see young guys, but its indigestible that y to Razzaq is axed...

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Dear Friends, can anybody tell me, why world or we play matches?

    I think to win them or minimum do a good fight back, but I want to ask Mr. Misbah, for what he plays in the team if he dont want to win, or no will to win the match.

    We have all seen he never try or thought to win the match in Worldcup or in Newzeland last test, totally un-understandable innings, while if he do a little efforts, both the match was win-able. So why to have this like man in the team, who don't have any will to win. can anybody or Misbah answer this question.

  • POSTED BY SajidKhan1212 on | April 6, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    The selectors are sleeping and announced the team in their beds,the West Indians are always the tougher side to beat them at home.So you need an experienced team with one odd youngster in your team. I think the selectors should call back Imran Nazir for ODI and T20 matches and the legend Mohammad Yousaf for test matches to strengthen your poor batting line. In my opinion this team is incomplete without these two batsmen.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    Exclusion of Razzaq will fire back at Pakistan Cricket team in the similar way it has fire backed on South Africa when they did not include Albie Morkel. South Africa were out in quarter final because their middle order was very poor. Now Pakistan will suffer because they will not have enough experience in middle order. Bring back Razzaq..he still have many good years left in him.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    unfair on razzaq, who throughout his career has been under-used. He should have been batting in the top four in the world cup to make the most of the powerplays and to keep the run rate ticking...most of all, to put pressure on the opposition early

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    Time to get players with a good cricketing brain into this team. It seems what the players lack is a sense of timing an innings and constructing a chase. Furthermore, a-lot of players seem to crumble in pressure situations. Even a great player like Gul seems emotionally fragile. Unfortunately, the more pressure tough Aamir is banned. I do like the way Shafiq approaches his batting, and Azhar Ali. They seem like good pressure players entering their cricketing prime.

  • POSTED BY The-Janitor on | April 6, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    I'm pleased changes are being made, however PCB is a shambles in my opinion. We always seem to take a step in the right direction but then decide to take 2 steps back. Lets just hope we unearth some talent for the furture with the guys that are given the opportunity.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    to me only two persons are missing...one is sarfraz ahmed and the other one is shoaib malik in place of misbah at least in odi and t20 squad.....otherwise our al team selection is gud.....

  • POSTED BY Chirs-Cry on | April 6, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    I disagree with Razzaq's exclusion. Razzaq adds batting depth, a bowing option and he is a experienced player. Pakistan management need to realize and utilize Razzaq properly. Coming at no.8 , he will occasionally fire but he is more likely to be under-used. At no. 8, he is just a liability. In the WC is was pretty under used (like Afridi) in batting. His bowling is not a big positive but certainly adds a extra option. His match-winning abilities surely speaks volume but situation doesn't favor him or Afridi. Misbah on the other hand should be promoted to no. 4 (or 3 because Younis is rested). Afridi should i guess try to open, if he is to play "irresponsible shots" as a captain or should take batting as seriously as he is with his bowling. Afridi though is bound to play a match winning captains inning sooner rather than later.

  • POSTED BY faz-lee on | April 6, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    what a mad decision this is!!! Razzaq is superb allrounder, we have to give chance also he have to bat in 4,5 position. AFRIDI"S MAD THINKING: Afridi has told reporters that, he n team wishes 4 indian team 4 winning world cup this is top of madness. bcz SRILANKANS gav gud support in their matches that r heldedn in srilanka. even in srilanka vs pakistan match. So i think pakistan wont get support in future in srilanka EVEN AM A SRILANKAN

  • POSTED BY salmankhan123 on | April 6, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    india have strong opening batsman like sehwag which can hits fours and six of world's best bowler. pakistan also have one and one only like this batsman IMRAN NAZIR which plays in ICL in india wonderful innings so far in whole tournament. but why PCB not playing this man in pakistan.

  • POSTED BY srisri on | April 6, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Oh Dear.... No Kamran.... No Fun..! We will miss his comedy (of errors).

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Be informed that Hammad Azam (and Babar Azam) are cousin of Kamran, Umar and Adnan Akmal. They have same grandfather.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    AM surprised at the exclusion of azhar ali?? he was supposed to be a reliable batsman..

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    Youngsters? tanveer, salman and aizaz cheema, these three ages are 30 plus years…stop saying them youngsters. These 3 are rather new comers.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    @bulldawgs. talking about raza hasan?

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    Gooooood Bye Kamran Akmal............could be much batter if they kicked Misbah out of .................................................................................

  • POSTED BY cricinme on | April 6, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    Abdul Razzak is out of the team at the behest of Afridi for sure. It was very clear at the world cup that Afridi and Abdul Razzak did not get well all along. Abdul Razzak was never allowed even once to bowl his full quota of 10 overs, even though his run rate was not bad. Why was Abdul Razzak not pushed up in the batting order ? But A.R has his own fan following that will bring him back into the team for sure.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    i think we have to chaNGE aur batting line up,specially opners

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    the pcb not look for next world cup.... please find out best openers in the world like sachin, sehwag ,, dilshan tharanga .. gream smith hashim amla and drop like hafeez .. hafeez very very poor batsman

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    Pakistan need new leader !!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY PAK-92 on | April 6, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    can someone please tell me about the whereabouts of Azhar Ali and Fawad Alam. surely they have to be given a chnce now!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Bad news for West Indies. Kamran Akmal not playing.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | April 6, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    Some of the people commenting on this article need to take out a dictionary and actually learn the difference between new and young!

    How can you say that: Taufeeq (29), Misbah (37), Cheema (31), Ahmed (32), Rehman (31), Ajmal (33), Salman (29) and Hafeez (30) are young?!?! o.O

    There are only 7 youngsters and those are: Umar, Usman, Shezhad, J. Khan, Riaz, Azam and Shafiq.

    Technically speaking there is a 9:7 ratio of old and young. We need more youngsters that can play in the next WC not, players that will last a good 1-2 yrs at best.

    We need younger keepers like Mohammad Rizwan or Sarfraz; younger bowlers like Talha, Murtaza, Raza Hassan, Mohammad Irshad and very talented batsmen like Azhar Ali, N. Yasin, N. Jamshed, F. Alam, K. Manzoor, H. Sohail.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    I am not totally satisfied with the selection of T20 and ODI squad. The tour was a great opportunity to groom youngsters as West Indies are not exactly strong opposition. Players like Misbah, Rehman and Tanvir Ahmed are not good enough to play for Pakistan in T20 and ODI. In fact I would not play Tanvir Ahmed or Rehman in any form of cricket for Pakistan. There is no reason for include players like Misbah, Rehman, Tanvir Ahmed and Cheema in the squad as they would not be around when next world cup happens in 2015. We may even have to find replacement for Saeed Ajmal. Whilst Afridi and Hafeez justify their selection but both need to improve their batting. In the case of Hafeez he must learn to be more selective and play bigger innings once he gets a start. Afridi simply needs to score runs and cannot justify his inclusion only on the basis of his bowling and captaincy. Why has Sohail Tanvir not been included? Is he still unfit?

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | April 6, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    I can understand Akmal, but Razzaq's exclusion seems like a knee-jerk reaction by the selectors. Rewind to Oct13 (less than six months ago), Razzaq was hailed as Pakistan's best match-winner after his century against SA in Dubai. And now he gets dropped because his form has been poor in the world cup? I think he should be given some more time to get back in form.

  • POSTED BY pipsonian on | April 6, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    What surprised me is that couple of new guys (termed as youngsters) are 29, 31 and 31 years old which means that by Next world cup they will be around 33 and 35 respectively. I would have preferred to see someone who is 19, 20 so we the coaches can help them hone their skills and we can have a long term option. Razzaq shouldn't have been axed instead he should have been allowed to be with the team in order to nurture the skills of the new all rounder. Plus the blame for his performances or lack of participation shouldn't be put squarely on his shoulders. I believe that the coach and captain didn't utilize him properly during the world cup. Poor Razzak. I feel bad for him. I don't understand why Taufeeq Umar has been given another chance since its been proven that he has poor technique. Anyways, i hope it works out well for the team.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    Sarfraz ahmed is not included due to his poor batting display in previous matches . His technique is faulty. Lets see how Salman Does in Westindies

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    exclusion of razzak & akmal is a great decision. but malik should have been included.

  • POSTED BY sohail.k on | April 6, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    I think the reasons why Razzaq was left is that his fielding is poor, bowling has lost flavor and batting is too inconsistent..But I think he should b given chance in upper order as an opener to take advantage of power plays n used as someone like Dilshan...

  • POSTED BY ssiddiqi on | April 6, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    I believe Abdul Razzaq did not get good chance to prove his value. How he can score at number 8? Just promote him early in batting order and see the results. We have seen his performance against New Zealand when all our top orders failed and enjoying with tea in dressing room and that time Razzaq hit half century. He does not get time to set on wicket. I would pick Abdul Razzaq instead of Misbah.

  • POSTED BY Umair_umair on | April 6, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    Come on Guys, Now its the time that we fans get sensible. Ahmed Shehzad was our young hero until after the warmup game aginst Bangladesh. True he could not perform there. Why all of us want him to be thrown out of team. If we keep doing this then we will not be able to get any opener. Hope he will come well. At least he deserves one more tour. Misbah also was our hero. Not suited for ODIs? Well who won you the IDO series against NewZealand? Not for long ago? Who got you to the respectable score in CC group match against Srilanka? On his innings in the Semi, yes I was also furious, but then what about others? what did they do? Hafiz? Younis? Afridi? At the end Misbah proved right. By the way, if Younis can play so many matches with an average of 32 in ODIs then why can't Shehzad and Misbah. If Pakistan find 1-2 good batsmen for middle order, in coming year, then Misbah and Younis will automatically be phased out. Wish someone think about Umaer Akmal and Razzaq as openers.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    why AZHAR ALI is not getting chance he is young n talented he we will best suited for middle order 3 or 4..he can play anchor role in the team

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    Good Choice, but Pakistan must try without Misbah in Limited ovr cricket

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    I WANTED ABDUL RAZZAQ TO BE IN THE TEAM......HE WAS GIVEN VERY FEW CHANCES IN WORLD CUP 2011.....

  • POSTED BY MahanBharat on | April 6, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    If you are true cricket fan, thn post on ICC page forcing them to have atleast 14 teams in WC. Just say we want 14+ teams. We Want minimum 14 Teams in 2015 and 16 Teams in 2019 and 20 Teams in 2023. No, this is not right, we should have atleast 14+ teams always in world cup, we should try to do it like soccer. More nations means more fun and for got sake its world cup, don't make it only main 10 teams. Shame on ICC for not including non Test playing nations.

  • POSTED BY gazaam23 on | April 6, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    I always suspected that something is going on between Razzak and Afridi. Razzak was not utilised fully. His bowling was very effective as open bowler. But he was taken off after few overs and was not bowled his full quota. When Shoaib and Gul were being hammered by NewZealand, Razzak was not given a chance. In Semi Final, he only bowled 2 overs and was never called back when Gul was giving away 8 runs an over. He was never promoted in Batting order. It seemed as if he was being discouraged. Afridi probably knew Razzak is more destructive with bat and ball and will perform better than him. So in order to avoid criticism I suppose he pulled Razzak back. Now he is not selected for West Indies. How can a country afford to play without Razzak if they have one. Razzak need encouragement and psychologist to make him mentally strong. He needs to be told that he is a unique match winner and no one else is comparable to his abilities. Given assurance he will be a wonder. Its unfair to him.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | April 6, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    AFRIDI doesn't deserve a place in the squad if he is a bowler only. He needs to transform himself to a neet batsman as Imran did when he became captain. Can he one day control his slog instincts?? Biggest problem with pak cricket is, that they consider some one a good captain if he can unite the team BUT in other teams it's his decision making which counts most. FOR LIMITED OVERS CRICKET, Razzaq is possibly one of the best player, only if he is used properly. He should have been batting at 3 or 4. I am happy that Ahmad Shehzad is given a proper run before dropping. I also think that Fawad Alam should be included instead of Misbah and Sarfraz is the best wicketkeeper batsman. Taha earned a call but Tanvir and Cheema with their 125k bowling are preffered.

  • POSTED BY Class_acT on | April 6, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    wat happened to Azhar Ali? he seemed promising..

  • POSTED BY WeeklyCHICK on | April 6, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    finally a really gud sqaud the PCB has picked,...they are giving youngsters enuff chances..we better rock the WI!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Good to see Youngsters in the team as well as Taufiq Umar as opener in ODI, but I think last year Sarfraz Ahmed and Zulfiqar Babar tour W-Indies with Pakistan-A, will be the part of the team. Sarfraz Ahmed is the No.1 Wicket Keeper in Pakistan domestic circuit. Best wishes for team and Shahid Afridi

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Sarfraz Ahmed is the best keeper in the country ! Why is he being contiuously ignored ? His first class batting averageof 43 is comparable to the specialist batsman in the national squad. And his keeping stats are also the best, he is clearly the best keeper to spinners. And he is only 24 ! What does mohsin khan have aginst him ?

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Letz Hope best of It......... The Newest Team Will Perform Well,i was afraid that PCB will Axe all its player....

  • POSTED BY cric_madness on | April 6, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    I think misbah is old guy now about 38, so there is no future for him as well, we have to look for the next world cup now..... let see how these youngster perform.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    I don't understand pakistani mentality,they are not consistant in their selection policey,now they have removed kamran akmal,how can you say that new commer will not make the mistakes.The best thing is to sent akmal to some past good wicketkeeper so he could tell akmal how to overcome the problems.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Madness to leave Razzaq out - what a quality player! I would open the batting with him.

  • POSTED BY bulldawgs on | April 6, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    Hammad Azam is good. But they should have selected the under 19 Left arm spinner who was part of the last Under 19 WC too instead of Abdur Rehman. I am forgetting his name but he bowled excellently in the Under 19 WC

  • POSTED BY arunsuj on | April 6, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Even being an Indian supporter I am really missing the bowling of Waqar, Wasim and Shoaib. An amazing lineup which would strike fear against any opposition. At the same time with Inzy, Anwar and Mohammaed Yousuf in the batting department Pakistan really had formidable team hence really good performance 1999 world cup. But since then the team has stagnated, too many captains, off-field distractions and other controversies. Add to that the ban to the immensely talented Salman Butt, Amir and Asif really leaves the Pakistan team in disarray. Even with a good performance in this world cup the cracks were to be seen. Abdul Razzaq, Younis Khan and Akmal weren't really up too it. During the same time India have gone in the other direction right too the top of world cricket. I hope in the future Pakistan will continue too produce world class cricketers in the mould of Inzy, Akram, Waqar, Anwar, Miandad, Imran Khan etc. At the moment I don't see anyone reaching those standards.

  • POSTED BY MrFahd on | April 6, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Hammad is a good inclusion only if they play him

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    Now i think that PCB shoulld stick with these youngsters....junaid is a fine bowler and so is wahab....ive seen hammad azam before and he's a very good player....nd he could be the next big thing in world cricket......dropping kamran is understandable....bt dropping adnan akmal tbh was stupid to say the least....he looked better than sarfraz...nd probably is the best wicket keeper in Pakistan....nd i personally think that afridi should bat up the order because i feel that he has got another WC in him...nd if he manages to find some batting form than that would be great for Pakistan cricket...and as far as the WI are concerned, i feel that they are a very good side who just needs to focus on the game....their bowlers (taylor,roach nd russel) are very good....darren bravo is a special talent just like umar akmal.....now all they need is a leader....they have the batsmen nd the bowlers....btw misbah at the moment is a must! simply because he has calm head....

  • POSTED BY boby153 on | April 6, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    i think inclusion of misbah is a big blunder here, m.yousaf is far great batsman than misbah, if pak play misbah n toufiq umar both then no chance for youngster, mean team would be like this, hafeez,a.shahzad or asad shafiq, toufiq umar, misbah, umar akmal, salman, afridi, n bowlers{ hammad, wahab,ajmal,tanvir}. mean 7 out of these 8, so probably a youngster is going out, any how hammad azam is goog inclusion as replacement for a.razzaq, he should be groomed for next WC, salman is good wk keeper,, dont know how good bat he is

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    not much is known about the new guys. Ahmed shezad has retained a spot so he will be given a chance in the matches again. Hammad Azam is a pressure handler.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Anwar Ali a promising young fast bowler is still missing.. Thank God there is no Kamran Akmal... If Salman perform well in t20 and ODI there should not be any place for Adnan Akmal in test team...

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    well i dnt know but its been long we didnt see on the field Mohammad Sami, Danish K, Sohail Tanveer, Imran Nazir, com on PCB bring them our old players back.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    kamran should need for axe from Pakistani team as well

  • POSTED BY ArishaG on | April 6, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    I have no idea about the domestic talent but great to see a chance being given to new players.

    Thanks for not including any other AKMAL brother as a W/K. Not too sure about Misbah though for a one day.

    I guess, time shall tell. Looking forward to good cricket. All the best!

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    Its so strange why the selectors are picking old horses as pacers who have no future it dazzles me why Tanvir Ahmed the 32 year old and Aizaz Cheema the 31 year old are being preferred as pacer although both of them have been good performers on the domestic circuit but they have passed there prime and for how long can they feature in future plans of Pakistan, why cant Sohail Khan , Anwar Ali or Muhammad Talha or Muhammad Irhsad be in the line up they have ferocious pace and have a long future for Pakistan. Although the likes of Amir and Asif will be difficult to replace, who knows that may be with the world cup done and over the ICC may allow them to play again. But we must invest in youngsters for future not old timers. If old horses are the need of the hour then who better to have Rao and Rana back.... :P

  • POSTED BY roughraven on | April 6, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    This is the time for Pakistan to turn over a new leaf. I'm looking forard to the series and hoping that the youngsters prove worthy enpugh to move Pakistan from number 6 to number 1.

  • POSTED BY ICKY on | April 6, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Good to see a team without K.Akmal and A.Razzaq. Misbah is not a ODI player anymore. His fielding is poor and reflexes are slower now. Keep him for test matches only for few months. He is already over 37-38 years old.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    how long before these same people call for the heads of these youngsters and ask for the 'old and useless' to be brought back?

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    why they did not take Imran Nazir?he is such a good player.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    sarfarz is a person who deserved to be a wicket kepeer in pakistan team.and wht about misbah every one is fedof from him except national selection commety

  • POSTED BY Acton49 on | April 6, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    Using Razzaq as Dilshan would go against the committee's "we were right approach" Surely we have better keeper than Adnan Akmal. Like Sangakara, Smith Pointing and Vetori, who viewed loosing as their personal defeat and not jump up and down as Afridi and the coaching staff did by anouncing that atleast we got to Semis. Why did they then bleated their trumpet before going to World Cup and said, we will definitley win the WC. Did they mean Western Comode. Why is Shezad there.... Shifarish? some of my Under 17 charge are better then Shezad. People get better as they progress.... see Azhar Ali. How many years have Afridi played in the ODI's and his lame excuse is when it matters (Vs India) send himself after Razzaq while in all the other matches put himself ahead Razzaq. What is Afridi's contribution, he is not a Boom Boom any more but a phus phus.... I see a red mist when I go to bat! My foot. With capitancy comes awareness, boldness and responsibility ... we did not see that.

  • POSTED BY AMD. on | April 6, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    Too many youngsters in the squad.Another talented youngster Fawad Alam is missing too.There is a big chance for West Indies to win the ODI series.

  • POSTED BY KrupalSingh on | April 6, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Would love to see Imran Nazi batr in the T20s atleast! :|

  • POSTED BY Aziz_Hassan_Sangra on | April 6, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    good to c youngsters ...but y Misbah ????

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | April 6, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    What happened to Akthar? They are not giving him a game to end his career. Thats not fair to such a good bowler. He is a forgotten hero.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Why Misbah is still there,we expecting test like one day again

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    only Usman Salahuddin has a good record...what Taufeeq umar is doing in the team..Aizaz Cheema and Mohammad Salman will they survive in the next world cup look at their age 30 around...disappointment all around..but hope for the best for Pakistan and its cricket team..

  • POSTED BY tanmoy001 on | April 6, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    i guess it shuld be misbah that should have been droped. he fas been the root cause for the loss to india an he is no more a good odi batsmen.

  • POSTED BY dcaptain on | April 6, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Pakistan should axe Kamran for life, what about Anwar Ali?

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    Well Misbah could have been left out of the squad for limited-overs games; he is obviously not a player for the shorter formats. It could have also sent out the message that the administration was not particularly happy with his selfish, senseless performance in such a high profile game against India

  • POSTED BY LeftBrain on | April 6, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Wait, where are Fawwad Alam and Sarfraz Ahmed? Fawwad topped recently concluded first class batting charts, highest run getter in the whole country, while Sarfraz Ahmed was second highest run getter plus he had highest victims behind the stumps..... since these two performed so well, selectors decided to call up Usman and Salahuddin!!!!!!!!!

    Pakistan cricket will never improve as long as it selects its players on the basis of their place of birth rather then thier talent.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    I believe we can still use Razzq.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    Anwar Ali still missing? Where has he disappeared?

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    abdul razzaq is a key member of pakistan. Pakistan must miss him in west indies tour. bUT sELECTION IS GOOD enough for tour. good to see that p.c.b give another chance to Ahmed Shehzad he is great talent.

  • POSTED BY Mangaloregr8 on | April 6, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Afridi will be going with the freshers which will be a challenging job for him.

  • POSTED BY a.syed81 on | April 6, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    @ Abhijit Oke (This team even cant win against West Indies who hav seen all time dip in their fortunes.) What make you make this statement?

    How much do you know about these young players?

    y Taufiq Umar? A. He has performed good in domestic. B. Go back and look at his performance against SA you'll get you answer.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    This looks AMAZING. Finally a squad without two Akmals hah. Although I don't understand why Anwar Ali, that super-amazing bowler has NEVER been given a chance on the big stage. That said, this new, fresh squad looks great. Let's stick with Mohammad Salman for a while too, even if he doesn't perform initially. If we could stick with Kamran Dropmal for YEARS, let's give the new blood all our best wishes! <3

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Misbah is there because he can guide the younger players. Regarding Razzaq he has some fitness problem too. We can look how he is walking or bowling. His age is not that much but he has lost his fitness. We can try these younger guys so that in the fucture they become razzaq. Also this is our only chance to give younger players a chance because after westindies and Zim than we will face the tough teams. We can call razzaq afterwards.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    Just got sms update from Mohali, Misbah still not-out, 83* runs from 1594 balls, At stumps Day 4. :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Well done PCB for overhauling the Pak team so soon after the WC. I hope and pray that Kamran Akmal never make it back in the team in any format of the game. Let's be honest; he has been absloutely useless as a wicketkeeper and nothing to write home about his batting over the past 18 months too. It is now up to the new players to perform well under pressure at an international level. Just learn from your predecessors and don't throw your wickets away cheaply. Wish Pak cricket a very bright future!!!

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | April 6, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Poor Razzaq has done nothing wrong... I thought he was very under-bowled in the WC because Afridi preferred himself and Hafeez, and then Razzaq was only brought on as an afterthought once batsmen were already set. His batting is no worse than Afridi's, and he is tidy in the field. Explanation please PCB!?

  • POSTED BY Umair_umair on | April 6, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    Come on Guys, Now its the time that we fans get sensible. Ahmed Shehzad was our young hero until after the warmup game aginst Bangladesh. True he could not perform there. Why all of us want him to be thrown out of team. If we keep doing this then we will not be able to get any opener. Hope he will come well. At least he deserves one more tour.

    Misbah also was our hero. Not suited for ODIs? Well who won you the IDO series against NewZealand? Not for long ago? Who got you to the respectable score in CC group match against Srilanka? On his innings in the Semi, yes I was also furious, but then what about others? what did they do? Hafiz? Younis? Afridi? At the end Misbah proved right. By the way, if Younis can play so many matches with an average of 32 in ODIs then why can't Shehzad and Misbah. If Pakistan find 1-2 good batsmen for middle order, in coming year, then Misbah and Younis will automatically be phased out. Wish someone think about Umaer Akmal as an opener.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    NO Akmal Yuppeee....celebration time ! cheers !

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    nice selection by selectors pakistan need few youngster in this time

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Pakistan should make 3 different Teams for all 3 formats .... where only 2/3 players overlapping the other formats ...... This will provide chance to most youngster in international arena ... and will create a bigger pool for players selection.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    We don't mind PAKISTAN loosing all games in 2011 .... if its all Young Blood .... Seniors should Play only TEST Cricket .......

  • POSTED BY excalibur2011uk on | April 6, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    Im glad Kamran Akmal has gone but not very happy about Abdul Razzaq being dropped. He should have been better utilised. When he has played county crcicket and icl he has opened the batting and has been successfull. He could have played the same role Dilshan and Sehway play for their countries, and I am sure when he said he wanted to play a bigger role in the world cup he was talking about opening the batting. Very dissapointed they didn't give him a chance.

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | April 6, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    This is some unexpected but excellent decision making from Pakistani selectors. People critcise Misbah Ul Haq as if he lost semi final for Pakistan. Misbah surely scored slow but his strike rate was better in his innings than Tendulkar who was dropped four times. Pakistan lost semi even though they bowled better than India, overall batted better than India ( in second inning on more difficult pitch under pressure) but what India did far better than Pakistan was their excellent fielding. Ahmad Shahzad failed but he is excellent fielder and he deserves a chance. Misbah won series for Pakistan in NZ and he scored heavily in ODI's too. In future, Pakistan need to make a choice between Misbah and Younis! Salman is a excellent keeper who was touted as best thing before Kamal Akmal showed up- It is sad to see Akmal going because he was great in early days. Umer Akmal should also be on notice. He needs to win matches instead of scoring pretty 20's.Hammad Azam was superb in NZ in Under.19 WC!

  • POSTED BY famir on | April 6, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    Thanks God, Akmal is out!! but PCB please kick out Misbah 2...He is not suited to ODIs ...Just look at previous match wid Indians... It's a good sign they have dropped K.Akmal and bring out a new guy...

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    hamad azam is a good slection...but y misbah is still there? he hasn't won us anything since he has arrived (except newzeland tour) ...and y Umar gul is out...he is not that bad...and afridi made alot of mistakes he is not a thinking or a proactive captain at all......hafeez or omar akmal should replace him as a captain...but afridi should not be left out he is great with ball.....

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    where is Fawad Alam? He was one of the young talent for some time.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    I do not understand what is the role of misbah in one day international, I think this is unjustify to give him a place in one day, he must out from one day.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    only i thing wrong in this team ... Misbah Ul Haq !!! Should be axed Ahmed Shehzad inclusion is good

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Why Cant we use Razzaq as a Dilshan?

  • POSTED BY Faisal_Arab on | April 6, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    Do whatever you like, Pakistan cricket can never acheive heights thats for sure!

  • POSTED BY Mosan_Raza on | April 6, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    good to have misbah in middle order. no misbah would mean pak <100 all out in each one day. west indies are not too bad.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Great Chance for youngster to prove themselves.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    this is good to see the team withour K.Akmal. Inclusion of Hammad azam & new keeper is great.waiting to watch the young blood.................... Anwar Ali is still missing.

  • POSTED BY Taz786 on | April 6, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    They couldn't get rid of Misbah straight away, he is still the test captain. Afridi as Test Captain will not wok. They need to find someone who is a little responsible for the Test Captaincy, until they do they will have to stick with Misbah.

    Glad they got rid of Kamran Akmal, Razzaq was a 50/50, but he didn't do much in the world cup. Can't have players in the team who are being carried all the time.

    New Blood will take some time to gel and become a good team, just have to be patient with them.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Where is Fawad Alam? He is Pakistan's most talented young batsman and fit to play in ODIs and T20s as he can also bowl a bit of left arm spin and is a very good fielder. Besides he is the one who can act as a glue in the middle overs with his ability of scoring ones and twos regularly.

  • POSTED BY farooqeco on | April 6, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Get rid of Akmals as soon as possible from all formats. Though Umer is a good cricketer and perhaps Adnan also; but these Akmals are not loyal to the country as we have read about Umer's stance towards Kamran in Australia and now in World Cup at the cost of ignoring country's interest. Selecting Salman as a keeper at the age of 29 seems to be surprising but lets have a faith in him as usually Karachi guys are good in wicket keeping because of their naturally thin physique. In Slaman's case remember the world's best ever wicket keeper Rashid Latif has trained him. I would suggest that Muhammad Yousuf must be recalled.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Razak was not utilised properly at world cup so his exclusion is not jutified.While Ahmed shahzad was given enough chances and he did not perform his inclusion is not justified.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    I agree... There is no place for Misbah & Ahmed Shehzad in the team. Misbah should've axed ahead of Razzaq. Ahmed Shehzad should be asked to play 1st class for 2 years before applying for the senior team. Why is a 31 year old(Cheema) being given a debut? Do we not have any young Fast bowlers who can play the next world cups??? Doesn't make sense this politics

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    why ahmed shahzad is still there? thanks PCB give chance to youngsters.

  • POSTED BY Gilliana on | April 6, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    On the right track. Pakistan must NEVER look back and keep moving forward, and stress on the talent at hand. This will eventually build to a great team.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    I think the team they have selected is very good. About Razzaq its true that he has given less chance in batting but given full chance in bowling. He is playing as an all rounder so he has to perform in that manner. Good thing is that selectors are selecting the squad on their performance. Good youngsters have been added with a fine record. The new wicketkeeper has been added which is also very good.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Seems like new start for Pakistan, wish you all the best... and thanks go no more Kamran.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    Lets see what Mohammad Salman is worth and looking forward to the youngsters. Hope they play good.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    y Taufiq Umar? This team even cant win against West Indies who hav seen all time dip in their fortunes.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    NO Akmal Yuppeee....celebration time ! cheers !

  • POSTED BY flyingmachinee on | April 6, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    afridi useless......................

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | April 6, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Hammad Azam stats look ordinary. Razzaq is destructive when in form. He should have been given a better role in the team.

  • POSTED BY Nervewrecker on | April 6, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    The Curse of Kamran Akmal won't let Mohammad Salman stay for long. He will either get injured early in the series or will escape to UK seeking asylum. Kamran Akmal will be back again!

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cricket-Petition-against-icc-for-10-team-world-cup/204903979527478?sk=wall

    lets help the associates when they really need it

  • POSTED BY mishaikh on | April 6, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    Can't the PCB get someone else apart from the Akmal brothers.Its better to keep just Umar in the side so that he doesn't have to display any other skills(read acting) apart from batting and fielding.Who knows tomorrow he might create another drama to keep Adnan Akmal in the side for the ODI's too.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    Good & bad mixed type of selection of a team but they should chose a young wicket keeper rather than mohammad salman who aged 29 & Give chance to sarmad bhatti rather aizaz cheema who aged 31. The team looks good without Kamran Akmal & Younus Khan. The another snub in this squad is Nasir Jamshed who infact is far better mentally & technically than taufeeq umar, Please Mohsin Khan & Co these are fired bullets taufeeq umar, imran farhat, fawad alam. Pakistan should risk the captaincy of Umar Akmal in the later part of their ODI series if they are in a comfortable position. Good point in this selection is Ahmed Shehzad he is the future of pakistan cricket he looked good when playing in the field this is other story he is not clicking u give him a chance Insha Allah he will perform. Usman Salahuddin is another bold & good decision give yougsters chance like that and they will prove you that there is no need of Misbah, Younus, Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq & Kamran Akmal.

  • POSTED BY shahji99 on | April 6, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    Right Decision Not To Take Kamaran Akmal.... I personally Dont want to see him again any where, I still miss Rashid Latif and Moin Khan, i hope we can find some one like them.

  • POSTED BY Morfi on | April 6, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    I know I will be criticised for my comments, but I believe that the pakistan board in genereal, historically, has been erratic. They have been impatient with class, and stubborn with crass. Kamran should have been dropped long long ago. However, the games with Younis Khan should also have stopped very long ago. He is a class player, and deserves to be in the side. One or tow bad matches should not mean that you drop him. He should not play T20, and so shd Misbah be dropped from T20. At the same time, Misbah for a year at least and Younis for at least 3 yrs shd still be part of the ODI team. I would even say play moYo, but hey, all class players in pak fade away, only the shoaib akhters retire with grace. No wonder Sanga and Jaya and Tendulkar, Dravid and Gambhir score many more runs and play much much longer, and Akram and Waqar and inzi retire prematurely.

  • POSTED BY muzdawg on | April 6, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Kamran makes sense and maybe a year or two too late, but razzaq? now that's not smart. he has won you games by himself, sure he's not going to win you every game by himself, but its better than losing a game all by himself. he needs to be used better. either as a pinch hitter up the order or down the order for the late charge, or as a calming effect when wickets have fallen. razzaq has only two speeds. fast and stop.

  • POSTED BY Bhupal_Pandey on | April 6, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Kamran's axing is justifiable, but Razzaq is a high impact player. I think he should have been persisted with, particularly in limited overs.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    So happy to see that kamran Akmal is kicked out. hes the most under performed player played in any international team for so long time. Now interested to see how Umar akmal react to that decision. These guys cant keep controversy away from their hand. Tigers for life.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    I AM SO HAPPY THAT ABDUL RAZZAQ IS OUT, HE WAS A BURDEN, HE PERFORMRS ONCE IN 12 TO 15 MATCHES. WE LOST THE SEMI FINAL BECAUSE OF THESE SORT OF PLAYERS.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    WITHOUT YOUNIS PAKISTAN ARE LIKE ZIMBAWE

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    thank GOD pakistani selector considered some youngsters instead of lazy razzaq and blunder kami.. but still i am surprised to see 31 years cheema instead of young sadaf who is reserved. ......... still selectors need to foreseeable rather conservative and being influenced by politics

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    no Naved Yasin, Ghani, Sarfraz Ahmed and Fawwad Alam, also Sadaf Hussain in reserves, is disappointing, but still Imran FAhat, YK and Kamran's exclusion is a stroke of unexpected common sense. Hoping Tanvir picks up an unexpected injury so Sadaf can play

  • POSTED BY Aziz_Hassan_Sangra on | April 6, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    Its really good to see youngsters in the squad ... Especially Ahmed Shehzad regains his place ...but surprised by the selection of Misbah.

  • POSTED BY BoomBoom666 on | April 6, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    This is a good squabut I think Imran Nzir should be there instead od Ahmed Sehzad who left no good impressions in his madien worlcup. It is good to see too many younsters in Paskiatni Team and I think every one should give an oppurtunity to play at least a single game

  • POSTED BY ejsiddiqui on | April 6, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    I know Kamran Akmal is a very bad keeper, but on the other hand he has been a good opening batsman. What if we can play him as a batsman only.

    Maybe with less pressure, could be groomed and improved as a very good opening batsman.

  • POSTED BY Khan-T20 on | April 6, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    Aizaz Cheema is 31 now and till the next World Cup he will be of 35 years. What kind of performance will u expect from a 35 years old fast bowler. Same that old policy of changes but without any thinking and planning for future. We have so many good young bowlers much better than Aizaz Cheema. Get them in the side and prepare them for future right from now, instead of doing experiments in hurry when you dont have time.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | April 6, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Misbah still in the squad?!?! o.O

    Where's Naveed Yasin, Azhar Ali, Nasir Jamshed, Khurram Manzoor and Harris Sohail?

    They bring in more old and useless players like Taufeeq, Tanvir and Cheema.

    What part of "Future" doesn't the pcb and mohsin understand!

    They gave a 29 yr old a chance behind the stumps but why not Mohmmad Rizwan (18 yrs)?

    Why don't they give young spinners like Raza Hassan and Yasim Murtaza a chance.

    The selection is a joke!

  • POSTED BY ShahzadAkram on | April 6, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Well again Pakistan made the same mistake as made in the WC squad. There is no one who tell the selector that lake of experiance is the main reason to defet in the match against India. I think Younas, Gul, Kamran shold be in the Squad. Umer, Shafiq, Shahzad, Junaid might be rested and refered back to domestic cricket to get some temperament and experiance.

    You can't win with youngester's talent, if this can work, then way not Bangladesh make possible to permoted in final 8.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    very good selection after WC

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    Good selection. I really appreciate dropping Kamran Akmal. Now its the time to give a keeper full time to grow and cement his place in side. But what MIsbah is doing in the side. Only because he is the test captain.It is not necessary to play a test captain in ODIs also.Its time to give youth a chance to get exposure of International cricket. But Future is not of Misbah, Its for youth. GIVE YOUNG PLAYERS EXPOSURE. Its the best time to induct young blood in Pakistani squad. and to prepare for next years T20 and 2015 WORLD CUP.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    Thanks GOD Kamran Akmal is out of the team and also Razaq and Younis, but give more chances to Hammad Azam beacuse insallah he will one of the best allrounder for pakistan in future .

  • POSTED BY insider580 on | April 6, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    Its unfair with Razzaq, Pakistani team never utilized him properly... he is a match changer and you cant ask him every time to bat at # 7 or 8 and win matches for Pak.....

  • POSTED BY frozendilemma on | April 6, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    about time...Kamran has been a cause of calamities for so log..It should`ve happened a long while ago but like they say better late than never...

  • POSTED BY adil_azeem on | April 6, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Misbah should do the honourable thing like Sanga and just retire...

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Looks a pretty decent side to me!! So that means Kamran, Razzak & Yousuf will be left out. PCB should build a heavy competition in the side, they should find a much faster bowler of the calibre of Akhtar, that is a must as Pakistan is always famous for their bowlers' arrogance.

    Players have to perform well to continue in the team, batsman should be consistent, no other way PCB can lift Pakistan from here. PCB should appoint a foreign fielding & batting coach. Waqar can be the head coach as he is an experienced bowler.

    They shouldn't take any team light, they should always fight no matter what the stage of the game they were in. That will make them Untouchables in future!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Good to see raxxaq and akmal out!!!!! but who is the relacment of razzaq in team?

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Not impressed at all with PCB blunder again..i want to know on which bases they av selected Usman Salaudin(father ex selector) and Aizaz Cheema(sapoot from Punjab)..and Taufiq Umar (Pcb nd misbah's best friend)...instead of these 3 players they shud av picked AWAR ALI,,ZAIN ABBAS and BABAR AZAM. please compare these players performances from last season. i think its better of we dont watch cricket anymore.GO Go Go Ijaz Butt mota and Mohsin Khan lota.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    PAK at it again. Treating the symptom rather than the cause. Poor Razzaq had nothing much to do at no 8 and few overs that he was given. His only sin was the failure against India. Whats the point in keeping with Misbah when he was the real cause of the defeat despite a half century. WI team is anyways no good and so would have been good option to test a youngster instead of Misbah.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    man where is imran nazir are anwar ali and y drop razzak when he has not been given a chance to bat p the order even once???

  • POSTED BY nadhil on | April 6, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    good choice my pakistan cricket board to put youngsters in.but one more change is better to take off misbah ul haq out of the team and get mohammed yosuf in.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    Why cant we use Batting Allrounder A.Razzaq as a Dilshan? i mean at No.3

  • POSTED BY Snoopy on | April 6, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    Where is Anwar Ali... Pakistani Cricket Board is wasting a supplendid talent...

  • POSTED BY IMObserver on | April 6, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    Last year Abdul Razzaq was named for best preformance in ODI. This year he gets booted out of the squad. Makes no sense. Selectors are fickle minded to say the least.

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

    why MUHAMMAD YOUSUF is again ignored, He should be there at least in coming announcement ( TESTS SQUAD) , He is still s It, s shocking to see two 31 years old in the team( aizaz cheema, tanveer ahmed), Are these people young blood, and dropping Razzaq & retaining Misbah is something out of understandable for me, Why do,nt they try Razzi a specialist batsmen at no. 3 or 4, But still happy to see getting rid of Younus at last. All the best to Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY captain.najam on | April 6, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Playing 11 for T20 : Muhammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shahzad, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Usman Salahuddin, Shahid Afridi, Hammad Azam, Muhammad Salman, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal

    Playing 11 for ODI's : Muhammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umer, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Usman Salahuddin, Shahid Afridi, Hammad Azam, Muhammad Salman, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    Youseg should have been there,,, ahmed shehzad should have been out while imran farhat should be in the team.. very inexperianced side... they have taken WI as minnows

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Sarfraz ahmed is the best keeper batsman in the country ! His first class batting average of 43 is as good as any specialist batsman in the squad. He has better keeping stats than anyone else especially when keeping to spinners. Why the hell is he continuously being ignored ? and they selected a 29 year old salman instead...unbelievable.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    and what is the difference here is between "axed" and "rested"..:D

  • POSTED BY fwd079 on | April 6, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Nice, nice, nice. Apart from Umar Gul, the selection is all cool. :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    At last Pakistan have done in some good changes, by dropping kamran first !! I still cannot believe that he has been given a million time chances and yet he disappoints his side !!

    Hope the new guy does well n plays for pakistan on a longer run !!

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    isnt sadaf supposed to b a girls name?

  • POSTED BY AliKaif on | April 6, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    It is good Sign to induct fresh blood into team. I think, Misbah sholud also be rest. Pakistan should re- stucture its demestic setup. Organize t20, ODIs and Tests.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    i fail to understand why misbah is still in t20 & odi team after that semi final ing against india where he along with YK wasted around 10 ovr between them.. in my opinion we need to try young blood @ that batting # OR try Razaq @ top 3 batting in odi+t20

  • POSTED BY tick on | April 6, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    great news...why misbah is in the team???this needs an answer

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    That is the bowld step taken by PCB by introducing young blood in the and the most respected thing a new wicketkeeper Mohammad Salman is included we hope the new comers will proof their case very well and will be a good for future planning.

  • POSTED BY XStriderX on | April 6, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    wth!!! why is misbah still in the team??!!!!!!!! hasnt the management learned their lesson by seeing the way he played in the semi finals??? dont they get it he is not suited for ODI......!!! he'll continue to play the same way and through some miracle have a one good day!!!!

  • POSTED BY Praveen.Vasudevan on | April 6, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    As much as I love to see India defeat Pakistan each time the teams play against each other, I am a huge fan of the Pakistan team especially in the tumultuous last few years. They have not only managed a splendid show in the WC, but also have put up reasonably consistent performances (relatively). The anticipation of a youngster in the mould of Wasim or Waqar or Saeed Anwar being blooded into the team every other tournament keeps the game alive and kicking. If only cricket administrators act professionally in the interest of the nation and take every measure possible to educate their players on the things that they shouldn't do, I think the game will benefit immensely. Players like Asad Shafiq and Wahab Riaz are a revelation. Hope to see the new faces make a mark against WI.

  • POSTED BY ASub on | April 6, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Finally we got rid of Akmal brothers from behind the stumps. I dont know y he was selected for World cup. He should be even banned from playing circket at the domestic level.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Why does everyone get a chance except Sarfraz Ahmed? I mean he is currently the best choice for a wicket-keeper!

  • POSTED BY KarmatBaig on | April 6, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Surprise to see Misbah and Ahmed Shahzad in the squad. Misbah should learn a lesson from Snagakarra as he resigned from captaincy as he saw himself not lasting long enough for the next world cup and Misbah at 37 should make way for a youngster. Ahmad Shahzad has flaws in batting technique which were exposed during the world cup, should have been better to spned sometime at the cricket academy rather than palying with faulty technique and short temprament.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    Finally youth got a chance :)

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

    Finally. But knowing Pakistani Selectors, Kamran Akmal will probably be back in the fold soon enough. Good to see some U19 players in the squad, although, im really hoping Junaid Khan gets some of the new ball. Pak ODI squad need's some new ball bowlers.

  • POSTED BY mirzasohail on | April 6, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Wwhy RAZZAQ is out ??? Afirdi never utilized him in appropriate way and now saying that seniors should be rested.. Dont understand the logic!!! Why Imran Nazir is still out !! What he has done wrong with PCB???

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Its good to see no Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal in the team. Maybe Imran Nazir should have been given a chance. It will be intersting to see how these new players perform. I like Junaid Khan bowling.

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | April 6, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    What do you get if you cross a banned Pakistan batsman with a banned Pakistan bowler. An unbanned Pakistan Wicketkeeper apparently.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    What a joke to have Misbah-ul-Haq? I guess Management think he is youngster. He have cost pakistan the world cup semi final and he is rewarded by containing in the side. Com'on, if you can replace Razzak, who was not given chance to perform with bat then why don't replace Misbah also who didn't did well in crucial matches like with Australia, India....Com'on through these spoil eggs out..Team is OK for me, except YOUNGSTER Misbah. And Ahmed Shehzad doesn't deserve a place in team yet.

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

    Although its good that chance i given to the young and highly talented guys like Hammad, Junaid, Usman, and ahmed there is something i cannot understand at all. PCB sacked Kamran well done but a wicket keeper like fast bowlers has an age limit, he needs to be flexible and athletic and young. This guy Salman heis old, did not top any chart in domestic cricket where there are really really good keepers like jamal Anwar, Sarfaraz, Guraiz sadaf. Another funny things is inclusion of Aizaz cheema and tanveer ahmed who are much older. they have hardly couple of years maximum left in them to bowl fast. they very good bowlers and should hve been given chance in the past but now???. Same goes for taufeeq. He is tried and tested. Why not give chance to Shahzaib hasan, khurran manzoor, khalid latif, or babar azam. And where is fawad alam, th best player i domestic cricket. Where is Azhar ali?. When will naveed yasin, and asad ali wil be given chance who haveproved again and again in domestic cric

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    so happy mrakmaldropped yay

  • POSTED BY FarazJ on | April 6, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    And Kamran gets the axe... again. Hope the new keeper doesnt run away too.

  • POSTED BY touchmate_2006 on | April 6, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    where is mohammad yousuf ??????????????????????????????????????????????

  • POSTED BY F.saleem on | April 6, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    whewwww....Thank GOD that kamran akmal has been axed...i hope this new keeper performs better(both as a batsman and as a keeper)....so that kamran shud not be selected anymore and will be forced to retire

  • POSTED BY Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on | April 6, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    New Young Blood... Hope they Will Try Their best to Prove them Successfull... All Players Should be Given Chance...

  • POSTED BY AtifFazal11 on | April 6, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Mistake in selecting misbah for limited overs cricket. Nice to see some new faces get a chance

  • POSTED BY AamirHameed on | April 6, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Afridi does not like Razzaq and that hatred was one of the reasons of loosing World Cup. Afridi is a terrible captain and should be axed as a Captain. Good to see wicket keeping giving to other than akmal bros.

  • POSTED BY gangsta5150 on | April 6, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    great 2 see pakistan trying out youngsters, only bad thing is, now younis nd kamran r gone, at the tender age of 20 umar akmal is going 2 be seen as a senior batsmen which could place alot of pressure on him

  • POSTED BY dilse657 on | April 6, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    Waqar please take the under19 blower anwer right arm blower please we want to see in pakistan team. Malik Imran Germany

  • POSTED BY chronike on | April 6, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    any word on who this new wicketkeeper is?

  • POSTED BY dr_vdycz on | April 6, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    good one... Misbah should 've been rested, for good, in place of Younus.. And there is a keeper whom not too many people know untill today.. They should give everyone a chance, may be 2 matches each.. Good Luck

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    Misbah also should have been given rest after that match winning knock he played in the semis'. Mohamed talha deserved to be in the team and Hammad Aazam is a good inclusion in place of Razzaq who now doesnt even look a shadow of past self.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    tHANKS GOD iMRAN FARHAT ISNT THERE....... I think Top 11 should be Hafeez-Ahmed-Asad-UmerAkmal-Usman-Misbah-Afridi-Hammad-Salman-Saeed Ajmal-Junaid Khan-Wahab Riaz

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    couple of nice changes in Pakistani squad... great to see Tanvir Ahmed in ODI's squad... I do not know much about this new wicket keeper Muhammad Salman...I hope he could be better than Kamran Akmal....but i think that Kamran Akmal should be a part of Pakistani squad as a batsman not as a wicket keeper.... Shoaib Malik should get a chance if PCB cleared him....i dont know if we can get a pace bowler like Shoaib Akhtar or atleast with a good 150 plus bowling speed... Best of Luck Pakistani team... and its good to see that Shahid Bhai is in the squad

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    "Abdul Razzaq and Kamran Akmal have been axed from Pakistan's combined ODI and Twenty20 squad" Atlast ..........!

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    couple of nice changes in Pakistani squad... great to see Tanvir Ahmed in ODI's squad... I do not know much about this new wicket keeper Muhammad Salman...I hope he could be better than Kamran Akmal....but i think that Kamran Akmal should be a part of Pakistani squad as a batsman not as a wicket keeper.... Shoaib Malik should get a chance if PCB cleared him....i dont know if we can get a pace bowler like Shoaib Akhtar or atleast with a good 150 plus bowling speed... Best of Luck Pakistani team... and its good to see that Shahid Bhai is in the squad

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    i would love to see a youngster in place of taufeeq umar ...as taufeeq umar is good test matches he should be in the test squad for sure .. but in ODIS. i would have love to see another youngster BUT WHY MISBAH UL HAQ.... just because he is a V.C :P

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Good Team Best wishes forl Pakistani Squad

  • POSTED BY wnwn on | April 6, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    That should be it for Kamran Akmal. Yes he has ability with the bat but rarely makes a big score and costs Pakistan double or treble the runs with his poor keeping.

  • POSTED BY Fuzzy_56 on | April 6, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Nice Decision by PCB .... Let Junior Players Show their talents now and most of all KAMRAN AKMAL is OUT !!!!!!!! Thank God , Atleast PCB realised that Akmal is not good keeper

  • POSTED BY araghav on | April 6, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq and Kamran Akmal have been axed from Pakistan's combined ODI and Twenty20 squad for the upcoming tour of West Indies. Senior players Umar Gul and Younis Khan have been rested. Shahid Afridi will lead the team that features a new wicketkeeper, Mohammad Salman. The Test squad will be named at a later date.

    Squad: Shahid Afridi (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shahzad, Taufiq Umar, Usman Salahuddin, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Abdul Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Tanvir Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Hammad Azam, Aizaz Cheema and Mohammad Salman (wk)

    Reserves: Rameez Raja (jnr), Sadaf Hussain, Asif Zakir, Sohail Khan, Zulifqar Babar

    More to follow ...

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    Misbah ul Haq AGAIN !!!! ???????

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    atlas Kamran Akmal is out of scene.. THANKS to GOD... for giving PCB a thinking head...

  • POSTED BY javaid_pk on | April 6, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    This is good team for W.Indies without 4 seniors, in this tour Pakistan shouldn't face difficulties for victory. Decision of Shahid Afridi as Captain also good because he is hard worker & he united to Team Pakistan.

    Pakistani Nation's All best wishes with Team Pakistan..........

  • POSTED BY Manav77 on | April 6, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    Kamran Axing is Fine but Razaaq did nothing wrong, he will be experienced bowler in absence of Gul. nice 2 see Tanvir & Taufiq back in team. hope they justify their selection.

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

    why ahmed shahzad is still there?

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

    hello everybody!!

    A very good news to hear that the new wicketkeeper has been selected. Good luck Pak

  • POSTED BY XStriderX on | April 6, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    wth!!! why is misbah still in the team??!!!!!!!! hasnt the management learned their lesson by seeing the way he played in the semi finals??? dont they get it he is not suited for ODI......!!! he'll continue to play the same way and through some miracle have a one good day!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Ahmed shahzad & Misbah should be fired....Umer gul must be the part of the team...

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    thank god no farhat and K.akmal

  • POSTED BY bilwani85 on | April 6, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    thanks PCB give chance to youngsters.....

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  • POSTED BY bilwani85 on | April 6, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    thanks PCB give chance to youngsters.....

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    thank god no farhat and K.akmal

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Ahmed shahzad & Misbah should be fired....Umer gul must be the part of the team...

  • POSTED BY XStriderX on | April 6, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    wth!!! why is misbah still in the team??!!!!!!!! hasnt the management learned their lesson by seeing the way he played in the semi finals??? dont they get it he is not suited for ODI......!!! he'll continue to play the same way and through some miracle have a one good day!!!!

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

    hello everybody!!

    A very good news to hear that the new wicketkeeper has been selected. Good luck Pak

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

    why ahmed shahzad is still there?

  • POSTED BY Manav77 on | April 6, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    Kamran Axing is Fine but Razaaq did nothing wrong, he will be experienced bowler in absence of Gul. nice 2 see Tanvir & Taufiq back in team. hope they justify their selection.

  • POSTED BY javaid_pk on | April 6, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    This is good team for W.Indies without 4 seniors, in this tour Pakistan shouldn't face difficulties for victory. Decision of Shahid Afridi as Captain also good because he is hard worker & he united to Team Pakistan.

    Pakistani Nation's All best wishes with Team Pakistan..........

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    atlas Kamran Akmal is out of scene.. THANKS to GOD... for giving PCB a thinking head...

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    Misbah ul Haq AGAIN !!!! ???????