Pakistan news March 1, 2012

Iqbal Qasim named Pakistan chief selector

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Mohammad Ilyas has stepped down as Pakistan's interim chief selector, while Iqbal Qasim has been appointed to the post of chief selector.

The decision to appoint Qasim, a former chief selector himself, had been taken after Ilyas put forward his resignation today on the sidelines of the governing board meeting in Islamabad. The board, however, had decided to bring back Qasim and former selector Saleem Jaffar in the five-man committee. Azhar Khan, Asif Baloch and Farukh Zaman were retained in the committee.

"We wanted to make some changes regarding the selection committee and Iqbal Qasim is the new chairman of the selection committee," Ashraf said after the meeting. "Pakistan is going to the Asia Cup (in Bangladesh) and I hope the selectors will continue the merit policy."

Qasim, presently the sports head of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), had resigned from his first stint as chief selector following a poor tour of Australia in 2009-10. The team was whitewashed in both the Test and ODI series and Shahid Afridi was banned for biting the ball. Qasim was a member of the selection committee until the 2007 World Cup and had been appointed in an honorary post, continuing as a senior employee with NBP.

"During the two-and-a-half month tour (in Australia), we lost every single match we played but I pray that such a situation does not arise again," Qasim said. "There's a short time available for the Asia Cup, our team's effort will be to select the best possible team. I can assure you that the team will be balanced."

Jaffar was also a member of the selection committee from 2007 till July 2010, when his contract was not renewed due to a rift in selection. Currently the head coach of Karachi City Cricket Association, he will now work as a full-time selector.

Ilyas' resignation was expected because the PCB had already been making plans to form a new selection committee. Ashraf, when taking over as chairman, refrained from major changes in order to maintain the team's winning momentum. Ilyas was part of the selection committee throughout the Ijaz Butt administration in different positions, and had served as the interim chief selector since Mohsin Khan was appointed as interim head coach.

Ilyas said he gave up his role owing to his personal commitments and the extensive fieldwork required to be a national selector. "I am quite busy at the moment," Ilyas said. "I've been there for three and a half years so it's time for new people to take over. I have enjoyed working with everybody."

Ilyas was criticised for selecting his son-in-law Imran Farhat as an opening batsman in one-day internationals particularly by fans who felt that Farhat wasn't deserving of a spot in the national team. However, Qasim has assured that teams henceforth will be picked on merit.

"Imran Farhat is just like any other player," Qasim said. "Every player will be evaluated and whatever team is picked it will be on merit."

Qasim also acknowledged Ilyas' work: "I give my full support to Ilyas for his wonderful contribution. He did his work with dedication and honesty. The board appreciates his services with compliments and he was with us as an important member of the team."

Interestingly, Mohsin was supposed to return to the selection panel, but his future with the PCB is still uncertain, with the likelihood of him being replaced by another head coach in the near future. However, Ashraf told ESPNcricinfo recently that "Mohsin's future is associated with the PCB".

All major regions in Pakistan have been represented; Zaman looks after the NWFP (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) region, Baloch after Balochistan and the rest over Sindh and Punjab.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Anuradha_anu on March 4, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Very dissapointing start to Iqbal Qasim's stint as a selector. Horrible team selected for Asia Cup. Important issues swept under the rug. will not help in the long run. No oratory skills, but diplomatic abilites. Shocking statemnt made about Sarfraz's selection as a specialist wicket keeper. Wrong message going to younsters. And what did he mean that they will have to launch a talent hunt for wicket keeper batsmen who can score quickly. DID HE NOT CKECK THE TALENT BEFORE SELECTING THE TEAM. I thought he said that " we have selected the best team " . Absolutely mindless statement. Alteast he should not take such statements to the press as it will put negative pressure on the younster. THIS IS A CLASSIC EXAMPLE HOW NOT TO GROOM YOUNGSTERS.

  • Javed_Munir_Dar on March 3, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    The whole nation is grateful to Mohammad Ilyas who recently resigned as Chief Selector, a post which he never deserved, i wonder what will be the future of Imran Farhat now?

  • dmqi on March 2, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Pakistan cricket's biggest problem is the captaincy issue and pcb needs to address that with a strong hand. one dozen captains in 2 years or so between 2008-2010, when the teams performance went to the bottom. PCB did not care for any long term goal, always did a short term solution, which did not work. I hope the present pcb team look into the long term. New players based on merit is a must. Look at Srilanka, who cares about the captain. Mahela gave up, Sangarkara gave up. Now they are again called in. Last PCB destroyed the career of Yousuf and Younus and laid the ground of infight among the players. Now let us see what the new pcb does.

  • on March 2, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    i tatally agree with you, tahseen ashraf

  • Hassan.Farooqi on March 2, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    @ billbowden311's: LOL, there is no similarity except they belong to the same Niazi family. As a person, Misbah is a down-to-earth humble person who never did anything wrong and nobody can hate him, whereas Imran is just the opposite. As a captain, Misbah is chicken and Imran is the opposite. No sir, no comparison. They are opposite personalities.

  • on March 2, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    odi team like...imran nazir,hafeez,asad, umar akmal,younus,misba,afridi,kamran,razaaq,gul,ajmal, extra{sohib malik,wahab,rahman,azar ali aziz cheema}

  • drnaveed on March 2, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    for 20-20 games international , we should select from players who have done recently well in BPL.make a new captain for 20-20 games. for Misbah ,fourth law of Newton has come into play ,ie ,when asking run rate increases ,Misbahs strike rate decreases , but the tuk tuk remains constant,our board should be bold enough to keep him out of 20-20 games, as he is not only a bad finisher,but also equally bad starter in this shorter version of the game.

  • drnaveed on March 2, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    for 20-20 games international , we should select from players who have done recently well in BPL.make a new captain for 20-20 games. for Misbah ,fourth law of Newton has come into play ,ie ,when asking run rate increases ,Misbahs strike rate decreases , but the tuk tuk remains constant,our board should be bold enough to keep him out of 20-20 games, as he is not only a bad finisher,but also equally bad starter in this shorter version of the game.

  • on March 2, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Why PCB doesn't try new selectors,,All of these selectors come for a period n then go off on vacations and then again come back ,,Its a joke !

  • on March 2, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Hopefully we will get rid from Imran Farhat............Bring back ahmed shahzad,Imran nazir & nasir jamshad......................

  • Anuradha_anu on March 4, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Very dissapointing start to Iqbal Qasim's stint as a selector. Horrible team selected for Asia Cup. Important issues swept under the rug. will not help in the long run. No oratory skills, but diplomatic abilites. Shocking statemnt made about Sarfraz's selection as a specialist wicket keeper. Wrong message going to younsters. And what did he mean that they will have to launch a talent hunt for wicket keeper batsmen who can score quickly. DID HE NOT CKECK THE TALENT BEFORE SELECTING THE TEAM. I thought he said that " we have selected the best team " . Absolutely mindless statement. Alteast he should not take such statements to the press as it will put negative pressure on the younster. THIS IS A CLASSIC EXAMPLE HOW NOT TO GROOM YOUNGSTERS.

  • Javed_Munir_Dar on March 3, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    The whole nation is grateful to Mohammad Ilyas who recently resigned as Chief Selector, a post which he never deserved, i wonder what will be the future of Imran Farhat now?

  • dmqi on March 2, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Pakistan cricket's biggest problem is the captaincy issue and pcb needs to address that with a strong hand. one dozen captains in 2 years or so between 2008-2010, when the teams performance went to the bottom. PCB did not care for any long term goal, always did a short term solution, which did not work. I hope the present pcb team look into the long term. New players based on merit is a must. Look at Srilanka, who cares about the captain. Mahela gave up, Sangarkara gave up. Now they are again called in. Last PCB destroyed the career of Yousuf and Younus and laid the ground of infight among the players. Now let us see what the new pcb does.

  • on March 2, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    i tatally agree with you, tahseen ashraf

  • Hassan.Farooqi on March 2, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    @ billbowden311's: LOL, there is no similarity except they belong to the same Niazi family. As a person, Misbah is a down-to-earth humble person who never did anything wrong and nobody can hate him, whereas Imran is just the opposite. As a captain, Misbah is chicken and Imran is the opposite. No sir, no comparison. They are opposite personalities.

  • on March 2, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    odi team like...imran nazir,hafeez,asad, umar akmal,younus,misba,afridi,kamran,razaaq,gul,ajmal, extra{sohib malik,wahab,rahman,azar ali aziz cheema}

  • drnaveed on March 2, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    for 20-20 games international , we should select from players who have done recently well in BPL.make a new captain for 20-20 games. for Misbah ,fourth law of Newton has come into play ,ie ,when asking run rate increases ,Misbahs strike rate decreases , but the tuk tuk remains constant,our board should be bold enough to keep him out of 20-20 games, as he is not only a bad finisher,but also equally bad starter in this shorter version of the game.

  • drnaveed on March 2, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    for 20-20 games international , we should select from players who have done recently well in BPL.make a new captain for 20-20 games. for Misbah ,fourth law of Newton has come into play ,ie ,when asking run rate increases ,Misbahs strike rate decreases , but the tuk tuk remains constant,our board should be bold enough to keep him out of 20-20 games, as he is not only a bad finisher,but also equally bad starter in this shorter version of the game.

  • on March 2, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Why PCB doesn't try new selectors,,All of these selectors come for a period n then go off on vacations and then again come back ,,Its a joke !

  • on March 2, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Hopefully we will get rid from Imran Farhat............Bring back ahmed shahzad,Imran nazir & nasir jamshad......................

  • WickyRoy.paklover on March 2, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    So many disimilarities btwen 2 khans n just two similarities.lol! .Whether anybody like it or not thre z no roam for people like great "MISBAL HAQ" ,farhat,fawad,sami etc etc.Asad z gd in tests bt needs lots of imprvment in quickr formats.Same goes with Azhar .I request u people never speak with any crediblity and hype about fawad as he z a future "Misbah" for us. He can't even surpass d inner circle.Malik should b given some chances as he had prove the only match winner and match saver for pak few years so he might get back into tht mode soon

  • on March 2, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    In ODIs, Pakistan should look like this for very balance team. 1. Imran Nazir/ Nasir Jamshed 2. Ahmed Shehzad (Batting allrounder) 3. Kamran Akmal (wicket keeper) 4. Umar Akmal 5. Mohamed Hafeez (Batting allrounder) 6. Mishbah ul haq / Younis Khan / Azhar Ali (for anchor role) 7. Fawad Alam / Sohaib Malik / Hammad Azam / Abdul Razzak (Batting Alrounder) 8. Shahid Afridi (bowling allrounder) 9. Sohail Tanvir / Rana naveed ul hassan / Azhar Mahmood (bowling allrounder) 10. Umar Gul / Aizaz Cheema / Wahab Riyaz / Junaid Khan 11. Saeed Ajmal.

  • vampire.25 on March 2, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    i think pakistan should bring in Ahmed Shehzad, Rana Naved, Abdul Razzaq and Imran Nazir and leave out farhat, cheema, shafiq and azhar ali.......for the asia cup.........test side is good but its important to make changes in t-20 and odi.....shahid afridi should be handed over the captaincy in t-20 edition...........

  • on March 2, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Adding to billbowden311's comment, another similarity between Misbah and Imran Khan is that both have same caste (Niazi) and belong to same town.

  • on March 2, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Adding to billbowden311's comment. Another similarity between Imran khan and Misbah is that both have same caste (Niazi) and belong to same town (Mianwali).

  • on March 2, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Finally one of the gentlemen of Pak cricket is given chance as chief selector. I know him personally "KAKA" is 100% "SHAREEF AADMI" and very honest person. I will suggest him not to drop Shoaib Malik as we have noticed that he is gaining form ..He won 2 awards in T20 one for for longest six and other on e for brilliant catch. Above all he is a good all rounder He still deserves place in playing 11. Kamran Akmal has played some fine innings recently so give him chance again. Ahmad Shahzad & Imran Nazeer are in good form. Pl ask Mr. TUK TUK to keep himself restricted to test matches only we need dashing player in ODI & t20 like Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal & Hammad Azam. Experienced Abdl Razzaq must be given chance. Openers can be chosen from Kamran/Ahmad Shahzad / Imran Nazeer.middle order Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Hammad Azam, Afridi & Adul Razzaq,Hafeez, then Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, I believe this is balance side with some new & experienced faces.

  • fata7280 on March 2, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Great news. Father in law (Ilyas) gone and its time for son in law (Imran Farhat) to be dropped forever. New selection committee please drop Misbah from both captainship and as a player in both ODI and T20. Misbah only needs to concentrate on Test cricket now. Afridi should be new captain for Asia cup. Good Luck.

  • on March 2, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    We should appreciate Misbah for not hitting six on last ball of Pak /Eng series. Because we got rid of Ilyas and hopefully Imran Farhat just due to that miss shot. Ahmad Shahzad and Imran Nazeer re in great form so they should open innings. To be very honest, I do not see Misbah's place in ODI team. Better we give chance to Afridi or Hafeez though he is out of touch. my team for Asia Cup. 1) Imran Nazeer....2) Ahmad Shahzaaz....3) Umar Akmal....4) Shoaib Malik....5) Afridi....6) Hammad Azam.....7) Abdul Razzaq.....8) Adnaan Akmal .....9).....Umar Gul....10) Wahab Riaz.....11) Hafeez.....12) Kamran Akmal....13) Nasir Jamshaid.....14) Aizaz Cheema

  • AnotherCricketer on March 2, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    PCB could've wiped the slate clean and started with someone who hasn't had a past mired in controversy. How about Zaheer Abbas, or even Javed Miandad who recently managed the Cricket Academy? All this change amounts to is end of Imran Farhat's career. What will Iqbal Qasim do differently than what he has done in the past? If his subservience to the system isn't already evident for his comment to applaud Ilyas Syed's "wonderful contribution", I don't know what other proof is needed to say that, other than token changes of a few faces, little to no change should be expected. I would love to have been proven wrong 6 months from now.

  • on March 2, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    No chance for Farhat will be good. Misbah is still deserved for captaincy in all three formats. I am agree with billbowden311.

  • Zahidsaltin on March 1, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    I think a lot of people are hard on Imran farhat. Farhat hasn't done wonders but then who has?? Is Hafiz performing better than Farhat? no. Pakistan surely needs new faces in the team but that should happen with some achievements in the domestic setup to support with. I dont think that Awais Zia is the answer. Pakistan should put a lot of effort to develope the talent in Usman Sallahudin, Ahmad Shehzad, Haris, Afaq and Naved. Why dont they try Afaq Rahim and Ahmad Shehzad as the opening pair in Asia Cup. Farhat & Hafiz have been there for 10 years now and have rarely delivered.

  • Masud_BITK on March 1, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    No, I don't believe Misbah is suitable for T20 and ODI captain. He is typically a Test player and he should be there as a player and captain. Bring someone else into T20 and ODI. My choise goes to Yunus Khan for ODI and Afridi for T20. Let see how Zaka responses with my idea. Good luck Pak.

  • on March 1, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    It's great to know that finally a competent,educated and deserving person like Iqbal Qasim has been appointed as the chief selector of PCB. I hope he will make some good changes in Pakistan's cricket team.

  • Najam68 on March 1, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    Finally ; clean up ; hope the captain remains and the new coach dose whats needs to be done technically and selectors do there job right good luck Pakistan

  • Hassan.Farooqi on March 1, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    So basically everyone who tried to end Afridi's career i.e. Ejaz Butt, Waqar Younis, and Ilyas are gone. What about Intikhab who stays behind the curtain and end careers by his secret reports. I think Dave Whatmore is taking time because he wants "Sifarshi Tattoes" out before joining, so that he does not have to kick them out.

  • on March 1, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    They should have kept Mohsin as the Chairmen, but the fact that Muhammad Ilyas has been shown the door is good news.

  • on March 1, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    My Asia Cup Squad :) 1:-Ahmed Shehzad 2:- Imran Nazir 3:- Azhar Ali 4:- Asad Shafiq 5:- Misbah 6:- Kamran Akmal 7:- Umar Akmal 8:- Afridi 9:- Razzaq 10 :- Nasir Jamshed 11:- Hammad Azam 12 :- Saeed Ajmal 13:- M Sami 14:- Sadaf Hussain 15:- Raza Hassan 16:-Junaid Khan. Umar Gul should be rested,,Hafiz must play Domestic Cricket..i know you don't want Misbah in ODI's but my close resources told me that Misbah will Lead Pakistan Team,,so he could win Asia Cup then Retire on High Note. Feel Free to coment.

  • on March 1, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    AHMED SHAHZAD DESERVE AS AN OPENER AND KAMRAN AKMAL AS A WICKET KEEPER AFTER THEIR WONDERFUL CONTRIBUTION IN BPL.... IF QASIM SELECTS BOTH THESE PLAYER IT MEANS HE IS DOING JUSTIFICATION WITH PAK TEAM

  • Zamana on March 1, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Three members of the selection committee remain unchanged. They were also just as responsible in inducting undeserving players in the team. If it is established that change is required , then these three should also be terminated with immediate effect. I do not see them serving any constructive purpose. At the very least it is guilt by association , even if they are not blatantly complicit. Zaman

  • on March 1, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    Ahmed Shahzad and Virat Kohli both were representing their teams at under 19 level but look the difference here one is constantly given the opportunity of leading his team while the other is left out to dry. I think that Mohammad Ilyas was a bad apple, if he had been honest with himself they would not had given Imran Farhat a chance at all in Pakistan National team. Now thank god that he is gone and with that Imran Farhat which would give more deserving players the chance to represent their beloved country. But you can never be sure what PCB is thinking.

  • on March 1, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    WILL BE GUD TO SEE IMRAN FARHAT OUT, AHMAD SHAHZAD SHOULD BE IN, GREAT TALENT JUST NEEDS TO JUSTIFY, IN T20S, IMRAN NAZIR SHOULD BE OPENER WITH AHMAD. NEW LEFT ARM REPLACEMENT FOR AAMIR SHOULD ALSO BE FOUND BY SELECTORS.

  • on March 1, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Hope players who performed in BPL will be given chance specially Ahmed Shehzad and K Akmal will be called back into the team....thou BPL just highlighted some good opners but i think team should be this for asia cup Ahmed Shehzad, Hafeez, K Akmal, Asad, U Akmal / Younis K , Misbah, Afridi, Hammad Azam, S Ajmal, Gul and one good FAST bowler not Junaid or cheema. Pak should take Zia, Raza, Azhar and Malik just to be with the team.

  • Khans_word on March 1, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Seems like the selection committee is based on the same old personnel again. Ex-players and selectors that have failed to select players in the past on merit.

    Will this be swings and roundabouts again?

    Fans are glad to see the back of M. Ilyas and Ijaz Butt. All Good, I say.

    The selectors need to select a champion winning T20 squad for the up and coming World Cup. Nothing is as important as getting the best combination.

    The BBL has highlighted some neglected gems brandishing the willow with effect. Imagine the dream T20 team: Imran Nazir, Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Awais Zia, Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Rana Naveed, Saeed Anwar, Umar Gul

    Why Not? Think about it PCB!

  • Ammade on March 1, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Guys, Do u think Imran Nazir deserves one more chance?

  • on March 1, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Actually I hate Shoaib Malik more than anyone because he forced Inzimam from Test Match ( Inzimam only retired from onedays and said he wants to play Tests, but Naseem Ashraf on advice from Shoaib didn't let that happen) and also he caused troubles to Mohammad Yousaf. However, he won us first T20 and seems to be in good touch.

  • on March 1, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    How can u keep Ahmed Shahzad away from pak ODI team after such a strong performance in domestic.

  • DD_f0rever on March 1, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Who is he ? He looks so serious type guy in pic..

  • on March 1, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    GOOD & 1ST CHANGE!!!! Wow, good to see All province are represented in selection committe ..... good move Ashraf!!! ASHRAF sounds good strategical thinker...... Good change ... lets see if he can improve ODI, T20 and test teams ......

  • on March 1, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    So is this the last we saw of farhat? I hope he's shown the doors and a young talent is given an opportunity.

  • CRICALLi on March 1, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Over & Over again i am seeing all these criticisms; yet no one has the capacity to tell me which strategy or captain has done better for Pakistan than Misbah/Mohsin. I am challenging anyone from Pakistan whether from cricket Board or individuals. Was it Afridi's record or Inzamam or Akram? Please do yourself a favor check the record & results; instead of slapping youself in the face every time you encounter a minor setback. Like i said before; batting, fielding & coaching needs to improve vastly at the National level in order to have significant improvements at the International level. Its like trying to teach a baby to run before he walks. & yes we need a change of Strategy at the ODI & T-20 level; NOT a change of Key Personnel. I would bring Rehman in - most economical bowler in ODI series & give Kamran Akmal(perhaps he is more mature & learned from his mistakes) another try to open & keep. Afridi should come after ASAD. Mohsin has earned the right to coach for another year.

  • ammarhassan on March 1, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Thanks God ... now will not have to see Imran Farhat in the team .. hez kind of badluck for the team ..

  • billbowden311 on March 1, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Please, stop putting pressure in Misbah, he is a great captain and I belive he will take us through to winning the world cup in 2015, remember Imran did it and he was 40 and it was in Australia, and Misbah will be 40 in 2015 and it will happen in Australia, SIMILARITIES?

  • DataQue on March 1, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Mohammad Ilyas resigns! That is a great news!!! Thank God!

  • smjr on March 1, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    I am not sure whether this selection committee is fully empowered or it is going to be influence by PCB chief or Minister of current government. We have a history of such interferences and saw the resignation of strong character like Aamir sohail, Abdul Qadir and Mohsin Khan also having some problems when he was Incharge selection committee. Iqbal qasim is very sincere and have nice personality but I am afraid he is not going to resist the overruling of his decision by higher up in Government or PCB. Unfortunately this is a very hard fact. We need back up players, fast bowlers each for Test and ODI. Lets hope this selection committee be given full powers to perform. There is also different lobbies working in the PCB which give advises to new Chairman. I dont think Malik is going to be dropped from Asia Cup and we might see Kamran Akmal back in the team. However I am 100 percent sure that Farhat is going to be dropped.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on March 1, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Mr. Karachi kid! Dn,t get too emotinal with this.CAN U MENTION ANY match winning prformance from eithr fawad or sami.Honestly speaking they r BIGGG FLOPS AT INTRNATNL LEVEL.FAWAD lies to same category ,from which misbah,farhat belong.THEY ALL HAVE TRADEMARK SHOT (TUK TUK TUK).They all have ability to convrt an easy victory into nail bitter Loses LOL!.IT Z ALWAYS FRuitful for othr team as long as these r on creas so dn't get into regionalism. I m frm ur capital bt stil like afridi in odi,s n t20

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on March 1, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    now time for imran farhat to announce retirement from International Cricket...

  • N-O-M-A-N on March 1, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    So Nice!! Please change our captain Misbah ul Haq with Shahid Afridi for win.

  • SalmanL on March 1, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    I am not envisioning much difference. Quitting of Ilyas is a good sign but I am not impressed with Iqbal's past performance as a selector. He has not been famous for bringing new and fresh players, instead , he resisted with old faces. Atleast Mohsin Khan brought Asad Shafiq, Cheema, Azhar ali and the rest. Selectors should be tough, honest and future driven rather then just happy with what they have.

  • Hassan.Farooqi on March 1, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    I do not know why, but Younis Khan feels he is a test player, maybe ODI, but not T20. Afridi feels he is a T20 guy, ODI maybe, but not Test. Why does Misbah has to stick to all three formats when he is clearly not an ODI guy, and more than clearly not a T20 guy. Is this the "Control Freak" mentality of sub-continent?

  • on March 1, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    A good change, we expect them to improve the bench strength. management needs to devise the roles for different positions like opening role, one down position, middle order, finishers role like dhoni plays for India and Hussey for Aus. then wicket keepers and then fast bowling combinations and spinners or allrounders etc. once they have all the roles setup then different players should be competing for their position in the respective role. Miandad style methodology won't work in modern cricket. and PCB must take bold decisions by first appointing honest and dynamic officials in the board.

  • on March 1, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    @karachikid for God sake stop these double standards and think for the nation. on one hand you are saying there should be an end to biased selection on the other hand you are promoting a guy who already has his fair share to demonstrate his talent.Sami played 35 od test matches with average close to 50.why should he be called back . Any way its time to gve fawad alam a full year to cement his place.

  • khanw3 on March 1, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Hopefully, now Imran Farhat will finally be dropped for gud!!!!!!!!!

  • hqureshi78 on March 1, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Here is my list for Asia Cup: Awaiz Zia, Muhammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Misbah-ul-haq (c), Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razaq, Umer Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Umer Akmal, Hamad Azam, Muhammad Sami, Younus Khan. Probably Wahab Riaz but there is no way Sarfaraz Nawaz is gonna support him and I had hard time selecting Wicket Keeper. May be try a new one who has very good bat. Scores in Asia cup will be 300+ anyway and the way I see, our batting is not of that level.

  • on March 1, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    GUD NEWS, AHMAD SHAHZAD SHOULD BE IN FOR ASIA CUP AND FOR T20S IN FUTURE, IMRAN NAZIR AND AHMAD SHAHZAD SHOULD BE OPENING THE ININGS. THERE SHOULD BE A REPLACEMENT FOR AAMIR IN FAST BOWLING, WITH GOOD FAST IN SWINGING LEFT ARMER.

  • Jujj on March 1, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    How can u keep Ahmed Shahzad away from pak ODI team after such a strong performance in domestic. I wana to c him with hafeez as a opener in ODI & T20I.

  • Stark62 on March 1, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Am I dreaming?!?! o.O

    Does this actually mean, NO MORE FARHAT!!!!

    Finally, we can see talented openers like Jamshed and Shezhad given a chance and not dropped straight after they perform badly in a few games.

    I hope Misbah and Younis announce their retirement from the shorter formats because this will help them prolong their Test careers and they are very good in Tests but too much pressure from other formats.

  • on March 1, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    My Asia Cup Squad :) 1:-Ahmed Shehzad 2:- Imran Nazir 3:- Azhar Ali 4:- Asad Shafiq 5:- Misbah 6:- Kamran Akmal 7:- Umar Akmal 8:- Afridi 9:- Razzaq 10 :- Nasir Jamshed 11:- Hammad Azam 12 :- Saeed Ajmal 13:- M Sami 14:- Sadaf Hussain 15:- Raza Hassan 16:-Junaid Khan. Umar Gul should be rested,,Hafiz must play Domestic Cricket..i know you don't want Misbah in ODI's but my close resources told me that Misbah will Lead Pakistan Team,,so he could win Asia Cup then Retire on High Note. Feel Free to coment.

  • factoryard on March 1, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Brave move. The pakistan T20 team should now read I Nazir, A Shezad, A Shafiq, U Akmal, M Hafeez(Captain), S Afridi, H Azam, S Tanvir, U Gul, S Ajmal, A Cheema with four others being Awais Zia, S MAlik, M Sami & R Naved-ul-Hasan. Misbah should remain the captain for the other formats. His defensive mode don't go well in T20.

  • on March 1, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Hoping for better. . . I am happy with the selection of Iqbal Qasim

  • on March 1, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Great to see a TRUE GENTLEMAN and an HONEST and SINCERE person like Iqbal Qasim back as Chief Selector. Iqbal Qasim has innumerable services as a loyal servant of Pak cricket and has done much to contribute to Pak cricket both as player and after retirement. I hope Iqbal Qasim gets full support of PCB to build young talent for 2015 world cup. We need seperate team and Captains for Tests and ODI/T-20. Misbah and main core of test team should remain, but ODI and T-20 needs an overhaul and infusion of young talent. Destructive elements like Malik must not be selected and we need to give youngsters like Ahmed Shehzad, Awais Zia an extended run. We must also retire old guard who have slowed down like Razzaq, Afridi and Misbah. ODI and T-20 are for fit youngsters and we should learn from England's example. Give Yasir Hameed, Zulqarnain Haider a chance in tests and get rid of the useless Akmal Bros.

  • on March 1, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    we want good wicket keeper batsmen.. and get rid of Akmal dropping brothers forever.. Misbah should realize the fact that he is not t20 and odi player anymore..he is getting defensive day by day..

  • Zahidsaltin on March 1, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Mr. Iqbal Qasim, I hope you are not from that old school of thought who are afraid of making changes. Pakistan team for Limited version needs to be evaluated and new faces are needed to make it competetive. I hope we can now get rid of non-performing players like Shoaib and Farhat. We also need to tell Asad Shafiq and Umar Akmal that they need to start scoring hundreds and that they can't be given a place in the team because of scores in 20s n 30s.

  • on March 1, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Thanks GOD and thankyou Mr.Z.Ashraf,Pls consider MERIT,MERIT and MERIT....then You/We will see the results,thats all.

  • KarmatBaig on March 1, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    The new selectors need to identify best available and talented players suitable for each format ie: Test, One Days and T20. Separate teams should be for Test and shorter formats with same captain for One Day and T20. More emphasis should be on consistent performance, fitness and fielding agility with young legs in T20.

  • on March 1, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    I think this is the best time to select best posible squad for Pakistan cricket team. I kindly suggest that Pls select players by considering not only their current form but also look their past season's performances. Then only we can find consistance players. We can not estimate a player's telent by considering one season or few matches they played. I think we need atleast two or three seasons to find plyer's telent and their consistency. At the moment pakistan need very consistent players to keep winning in all three formats. Other thing is it is better to select seperate teams for Test, ODI and T20 by idendifying which player suits for which format.

  • nasimmushtaque on March 1, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    well there are some interesting comments by the cricket lovers and i do agree on most of them, except those who like to see Afridi as Captain or inclusion of players like Yasir Arafat, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Sami, BUT definitively i would like to see young players like Sdadf Hussain, Talha, Azam & other youngsters in the team on regular basis. Also I like to mention here that either Misss-Baaaah gets improved in ODI (scoring on brisk pace instead of only occupying the crease and after missing the shorts giving stupid kind of smile OR he should be dropped from ODI

  • SohailMirza on March 1, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Mr Iqbal Qasim, i hope u will use some cricket sense and bring back Imran Nazir... Common man how can Asad / Zia / Misbah / Malik can be better choice then IMRAN NAZIR in T20....

  • on March 1, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    It is good move to replace Ilyas as chief selector. It should not end here. Merit and capbility should be criteria for all management position.I think Pakistan need one young marketing manager.All position should be filled without political influence.Everybody dhould be held accountable for their job. Mohshin Khan should be given some important job with good package. He should be rewarded for his excellent performance as an interim coach.

    I think for T20 AND ODI we should look for young, technically sound and very good fielder.Our main concern is opners and fielding.I think Misbah is good captain.Failure of opners put pressure on middle order batsmen.Afridi and owais Zia should be use only for last 5 overs.Umar Akmal has no temperment and lack of defensive technique. He should be sent at number six.We should look for wicket keeper batsman not batsman wicket keeper.

  • on March 1, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    MISBAH SHOULD BE RESIGN FROM AT LEAST T20 CAPTAIN????

  • Sports4Youth on March 1, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Now Imran Farhat can retire from all forms of cricket.

  • doosra_inventer on March 1, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Imran Farhat had his time...he must retire himself if he's honest with pakistan team.

  • Sports4Youth on March 1, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    I hope with this change in gaurd in the Selection panel, we will also see a change of gaurd in the captaincy in the ODI and T20 format. Also please get rid of Imran Farhat, Shoeb Mallik, from the shorter format. start blooding youngsters like Zia, Hammad, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Sadaf Hussain, Mohd.Talha etc.. They will bring the exuberance of youth and better fielding efforts. Also i like the arrogance of youth shown by Zia in the 1st T20 and his cool and calculated hitting in the 3rd T20.

  • on March 1, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Wow thanku Ilyas sir , u have given us a great news , actually u havent resigned , u were told to do so , hmmm but watever its now finally we wont see Imran farhat , time for some talented players to wear green shirts , and i hope we get rid of Misbah also ASAP , i want Lala(Afridi) or Proffessor(HAfeez) as captain... plzzzz selections let ur brains talk now more than ur words .. pEace !

  • on March 1, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Selectores role should not be limited to just select the 15 men sqaud, they should have to keep an eye on replecemnets for each position. untill and unless we dont have the compettetive enviroment for each position, plyers like Umar Akmal, Imran Farhat, Adnan Akmal, Shoaib Malik and Muhammad Hafeez will stay relaxed and dont push for performances. It seems that we dont have talent in the ranks, is it TRUE???

  • on March 1, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    give chances aslo to awais zia

  • on March 1, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Finally no more Farhat, sigh of relief for Pakistan cricket

  • sallo.rajput on March 1, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    new selectors ' first job should be to get rid of misbahl haq in ODI, FARHAT HAS AUTOMATICALLY OUT

  • on March 1, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    When is the selection going to be for Asia Cup????

  • on March 1, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Well hopefully new selectors dont give no more chances to Imran Farhat after give him chances for 11 years hopefully hopefully they will realise there are much better players them Imran Farhat

  • Ammy_rd on March 1, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Finally we have representation from Sind in the national selection committee. Hope the best team, is chosen and delivers best results, inshaAllah!

  • on March 1, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    great news!!!!!! now bring Ahmed Shahzad back in place of Imran Farhat.

  • KarachiKid on March 1, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    I hope that this means no more painful death via Akmal infection. No more nepotism w.r.t. Imran Farhat and no more Firdaus Aashif Aiwan and Ch Ahmed Mukhtar (ruling people's party) who have been the force behind a spent force called Shoaib Malik. Good riddance. I hope Tanvir Ahmed, Yasir Arafat, Fawad Alam, Sadaf Hussain, Sarfaraz Ahmed and possibly Mohammad Sami will get a recall and catch dropping Akmals, malik and farhat clan will be thrown out forever. Just hoping.

  • TexanBlue on March 1, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    YeeeHawww! What a relief indeed. Congrats to Qasim. Not only he is a sensible man with brains but he's one who can be trusted to make right calls on selection. Hopefully the neglected Karachi players will get a look in and right teams will be selected for each format. Misbah must read the writing on the walls and step down from the shorter versions immediately because he's not the future of Pakistan nor is he the right player for such fast paced formats. If the likes of Graeme Smith, Strauss, Clarke can make way for much younger generation then Misbah can take a hint from that if he has any brains left or PCB must act soon to avoid further humiliation in shorter formats. ODI WC is in 3 years time and we must appoint Afridi as the captain for ODI and T20s and groom a young player as his deputy. Pak can have a killer T20 team for this year's WC with these players: I.Nazir, A.Shehzad, Shahzeb, Shafiq, Hafeez, Mehmood, U.Akmal, Afridi, Razzaq, Sami,Gul,Ajmal,K.Akmal & Rana.

  • on March 1, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    take in new blood..,,wohi purane selectoes..

  • on March 1, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Finally this goon has resigned, now we can select players on merit rather than personal like e.g. Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik.

  • Malekzadeh on March 1, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    I believe we lost T20 due to poor batting from Misbah and Umar Akmal. Misbah is not a T20 player in the first place and Umar Akmal is over confident. On the other hand much should not be expected from Shahid Afridi, he was out of form in the series. Same can be said about Hafeez. He is a test match player. We should learn from English team. They have different captains for all three categories. Players with merit got to be inducted. There was no use of trying again Shoaib Malik. Its time for our senior players like Misbah and Shoaib to resign. We need few new batsmen and fast bowlers. Hammad and Owais are adequate.

  • fqr65 on March 1, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Disappointed on re-appointment of Iqbal Qasim and co. Are we really short of selector in Pakistan or there are no one available for the said job. Why we are bringing same persons again and again. What is their record? Iqbal Qasim last time gave resign after the disappointing performance of Pakistan team. Sorry I have not seen any positive move from new Chairman. He is same as the previous one Mr.Ijaz. I was expecting fresh faces in the selection panel with vision to proof themselves to the nation. Why we are not including persons like Moin Khan, Inzmam ul Haq or Tauseef Ahmed in the selection pannel. The new selection team will not take Pakistan team to top level. No one wants coward people in their team who submits resign over their failures instead of taking the responsibility to convert failures into success. In advance we can expect another resign coming after one series failure from this team. Why we don't learn from our mistakes?

  • on March 1, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Bye Bye Imran Farhat.....

  • on March 1, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Bye Bye Imran Farhat....LOLZ

  • jasif on March 1, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    thanks GOD......now imran farhat won't be the INTEGRAL part of the team.....he njoyed alot during his father in law's reign. now its time to pay

  • on March 1, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    great news so this means farhat and malik are gone awesome stuff next step get rid of misbah and his captaincy and give back afridi his captaincy which he clearly deserves...than get rid of mohsin and appoint a new coach ...than bring in such players like sadaf hussain nasir jamshed imran nazir sami and others...misbah is the worst captain ever and has the worst field placements ever...we lost odi and t20 cause of him and our batting was just really badddddd...keep him in the team if like but not as a captain he will bring us down...come on pakistan get a shake up here asia cup is just around the corner and so is t20 WC...

  • on March 1, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    At least now Imran Farhat have no chance in team hopefully Misbah should also droped from ODI and T20 for the betterment of Team

  • on March 1, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    i hope shoaib malik wont be dropped because hes coming into some form but i hope we wont see imran farhat ever again and i hope imran nazir gets a chance!

  • Misbah_Roxx on March 1, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    If Saleem Jaffer is in the selection committee, who is got to be the new Bowling coach?? Is it gonna be Mohsin Khan :D

  • mars2009 on March 1, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Thanks God, no more Imran Farhat..

  • aasims on March 1, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    y not they take back mohsin khan as a chief selector.he was doing well when he was chief selector.

  • on March 1, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Bye bye Imran Farhat! Good Riddance.

  • on March 1, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Imran Farhat shoud now resort to Rameez Raja for some tips; about cricket, no,goodness me, for running commentrary.

  • on March 1, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Bye Bye Imran Farhat................

  • on March 1, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    My pakistan squad for Asia cup 1. Imran Nazir 2. Ahmad Shahzad 3. Abdul Razzaq 4. Umer Akmal 5. kamran Akmal 6. Misbah ul Haq 7.Shahid Afridi 8.Younis khan 9. Rana Navid ul hassan. 10 Umer Gul 11. Saeed Ajmal 12. Muhammad Hafeez 13. Abdul Rehman 14. Wahab Riaz. 15. Hammad Azam...............a reminder to our world class selection committee .

  • Sports4Youth on March 1, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Atleast that may mark the end of Imran Farhat. Earlier also Iqbal Qasim was appointed the chief selector and if i am not mistaken it was during Ejaz Butt's tenure. And at that time Iqbal Qasim has resigned. I hope this time around it may be different. Hope Iqbal Qasim is not suppressed in the present regime of Zaka and allowed to do some positive things for cricket in pak. Iqbal Qasim was himself a distinguished cricketer. Hope he will understand the dynamics of the game better.

  • mgardizi on March 1, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Well Done - Now that Pakistan has new selector Pakistan can select different captains for different formats of the game - Test Series "Misbah" 1Day Series "Afridi" and T20 Series "Hafeez"

  • Zaeesh on March 1, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    This iz very good news ..... i think this is time to move on with young talent on basis of performance. There is no point to play T20 cricket with Misbah, he is guud enough as test captain but cant go on with T20 as this format required fresh legs. Now this this inevitable to bring the likes of Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed & Ahmad Shahzad in 1day and T20 cricket apart from keep on using Imran Farhat, Mohd Hafeez and Shoaib Malik. Long Live Pakistan and Pakistan Cricket Team

  • galaxy_ali1970 on March 1, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Thank God. It's good move by PCB, Hope player will enter on merrit not on favourism, nepotism etc., etc., Other day millions people has seen the performance of Ahmad Shahzad and Imran Nazir. I hope they will get chance to play for green. There is no place for Misbah, Imran Farhat, Shoaid Malik etc., etc., in all format except the first one for test match. Bring in good allrounders and give them a chance to prove themselves.

    best of luck to Pakistan team.

  • Fayss on March 1, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Ilyas gone.. so as Farhat. Finally we will have competent selection committee. I was sick and tired of Imran Farhat. He only plays one shot which is towards midwicket position. and anything across the line or on the off is going get a nick at the slip or an edge to the cover. Its a great news.

  • on March 1, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    I think this also ends Misbah's Captaincy tenure...

  • kam_uk on March 1, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Great news, Zaka Ashraf means business. M Ilyas had to go, but I recall he resigned before and came back but that was in the Ijaz Butt days hopefully that will not happen again.

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    bye bye farhat tc have a great life

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Misbah should quit odi and t20 cricket, that will definitly made our cricket better

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    A strong headed person like Abdul Qadir or Sarfraz Nawaz should have been the chief selector.

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    same old faces. nothing is gonna change this way Mr. Zaka, selection committee too should have new faces like expected coaching staff

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Thanks God, Now we'l get rid of Imran Farhat finally....

  • Just_Love_Cricket on March 1, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Thats the best news since Ijaz Butt left. Hopefully now we wont see anymore of that "sifarshi" players - Imran Farhat & Shoaib Malik.

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    so i guess this means the Imran Farhat's career is over

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    pcb will be chief selector in hide

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  • on March 1, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    pcb will be chief selector in hide

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    so i guess this means the Imran Farhat's career is over

  • Just_Love_Cricket on March 1, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Thats the best news since Ijaz Butt left. Hopefully now we wont see anymore of that "sifarshi" players - Imran Farhat & Shoaib Malik.

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Thanks God, Now we'l get rid of Imran Farhat finally....

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    same old faces. nothing is gonna change this way Mr. Zaka, selection committee too should have new faces like expected coaching staff

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    A strong headed person like Abdul Qadir or Sarfraz Nawaz should have been the chief selector.

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Misbah should quit odi and t20 cricket, that will definitly made our cricket better

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    bye bye farhat tc have a great life

  • kam_uk on March 1, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Great news, Zaka Ashraf means business. M Ilyas had to go, but I recall he resigned before and came back but that was in the Ijaz Butt days hopefully that will not happen again.

  • on March 1, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    I think this also ends Misbah's Captaincy tenure...