Pakistan news March 6, 2012

Riaz working on new-ball skills

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Wahab Riaz, the Pakistan fast bowler, has said he needs to work on mastering the ability to bowl with the new ball. He rued being only a fringe player in the England series but said he was working hard win to back his place.

Pakistan rely heavily on spinners in all formats, with only Umar Gul being the established fast bowler. Two young quick bowlers, Junaid Khan and Mohammad Talha, have been troubled by injury while Aizaz Cheema has done well enough to keep his place in the XI over Riaz.

One of Riaz's strengths is his ability to obtain reverse-swing but with the use of new balls from each end in one-dayers, his effectiveness has been reduced. He is currently working with former fast-bowler Sarfraz Nawaz at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. "I am working hard to get more control when bowling with the new ball," Riaz said. "Unfortunately I didn't get enough chances to bowl against England, but I am confident that I will be an improved bowler in the Asia Cup."

Riaz, 26, had a memorable Test debut, taking a five-for against England in August 2010, and made a further impact in limited-overs cricket by collecting his maiden ODI five-for in the World Cup semi-final against India. He was included in the Pakistan squad against England in UAE but played only one ODI in which he was taken for 47 runs in seven wicket-less overs.

He hasn't had too much to smile about since his career-best performance against India in Mohali, but was looking to regain his lost form. "Repeating that India performance is the best way to build my reputation," Riaz said. "It's all about confidence as I hardly got an opportunity to bowl with the new ball."

Pakistan didn't organise a formal training camp before the Asia Cup but called up all their top fast bowlers to train ahead of the four-nation tournament. "He [Sarfraz] is helping me a lot in tackling different situations, mainly [teaching me] how to execute with the new ball," Riaz said. "I am bowling long spells with the new ball and I am sure whenever I have the ball in my hand, I won't disappoint the captain."

Sarfraz, now a NCA fast-bowling consultant who is filling in for outgoing coach Aaqib Javed, was confident that his charges will click in the Asia Cup. "I did enough to tune them, now it's up to them how they perform," Sarfraz said. "Wahab's got heart as a fast bowler but was off rhythm due to a minor technical flaw that we have sorted out now."

Pakistan will play their first match against Bangladesh on Sunday and take on Sri Lanka on March 15, before going head-to-head with arch-rivals India on March 18.

"What a captain always wants is an effective bowling attack, which gets the wickets for the team," Sarfraz said. "Misbah [-ul-Haq] said that the pacers were not utilising the new balls effectively but I have tried my level best to sort that out. What I know is that we have the best bowlers - they may be inconsistent, but are really dangerous in all conditions."

Edited by Siddarth Ravindran

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • PakFan1209 on March 9, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    pakistan team should be working on their batting more than their bowling

  • kingishere on March 8, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Sarfaraz Nawaz is training the bowlers then we are sure they will be ruined. Coz I only know him as someone you can only make silly comments. But I guess you guys dont have a choice, Wasim Akram prefers to earn lot of dollars giving commentary on Indian matches than helping their country to develop young talent. He prefers to give tips to our bowlers like Irfan pathan and never seen even coming close to any of the pakistani bowler. Waqar did not want to get involved in the politics of the team. The legendary Imran Khan is busy with politics. So you had to opt of Sarfaraz is the bishen singh bedi of Pakistan. Pity you guys. Let us know if you need the great Kapil Deve or Srinath is required

  • Sports4Youth on March 8, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Earlier Crooks were not kept out that is why now we are seeing 18 year olds getting caught. Now if you dont keep these crooks out then soon you will see 14 and 15 year olds getting caught in domestic level. All those who are crying for the return of Amir please think, do you want things to get worse. Earlier no one had the guts to deal with the two WW's , and the team kept loosing from winnig conditions. That was allowed by ignoring the important report, that is why you are in this deep sxxx. Do you want Pak cricket to be clean or do you want them to cheat you and play with your sentiments. Today if Pak is in a winning situation, it goes on to win. But if you bring back players like Amri & Kamran then the team will again start loosing from winning positions also. Just think why has the performance of the team improved without them.

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Give me a break. This is the best PCB could find? PCB is just getting lazy and not trying out youngsters who will shape the future of Pakistan bowling. I understand PCB wants to retain some experience in the line up, but instead of continously bringing Wahab Riaz back, try Sadaf Hussain share the new ball with Umar Gul. And try Rahat Ali alongside Sadaf. Umar is already at the wrong side of 20s. Wahab is getting there soon. Junaid, Sadaf and Rahat should become our front line bowlers within the new few years to prepare for 2015 WC. That's my take on this issue.

  • on March 7, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    amir will return inshallah

  • on March 7, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    wahab riaz are very good bowler and best of luck for asia cup

  • GowharGeelani on March 7, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    As we all know that the world's best feared facing two W's from Pakistan: Wasim and Waqar in all conditions on any surface; but once they left the scene no more W's were coming to the party until Wahab, the third W, arrived. This 26-year-old left-arm fast bowler had a dream start to his test career. He took a five-for against England in 2010. And then, who can forget that fabulous performance against India in the world cup semi-finals; the lad surprised many by collecting his maiden ODI five-for. Now after being coached by Sarfaraz, the fast-bowling consultant at National Cricket Academy has this to say about Wahab: "Wahab's got heart as a fast bowler but was off rhythm due to a minor technical flaw that we have sorted out now.What I appreciate about Wahab is the grit and determination on his face; the intent, positive intent to make things happen rather than waiting for things to happen for him, his ability to bowl 140 plus, the toe-crushing yorkers [ask Yuvi!], skill to bowl reverse

  • AbdulRahmanAhsan on March 7, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    @sports4youth, very nice comparison and still Pakistan selectors are saying they select "THE BEST". I dont know why they are still going with Umer Gul. He is finished and we have to look for new blood as my dear freind mentioned.

  • Classy.Nerd on March 7, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Wahab Riaz reminds me of Mohammed Sami: Decent pace with NO accuracy, No control over New Ball, Plenty of Wides/No Balls. And if luck favors, a wicket maybe. Its not just the new ball Mr Abdul Wahab Riaz, it's a gameplan for every top order batsman you will bowl to.

  • Sports4Youth on March 7, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    In 27 First Class Matches, RAHAT ALI (Left Arm FastMedium) has taken 107 wickets @ 19.31, econ - 2.9 , S/R - 39.9. . . In 29 First Class Matches, SADAF HUSSAIN (Left Arm FastMedium) has taken 148 wickets @ 18.27, econ - 3.09 , S/R - 35.6. . . Compare these stats with any bowler who is present the pak team. None of the present lot are even close to these guys. Yet these guys are out and bowlers like W.Riaz & U.Gul are enjoying at the highest level inspite of the thrashing that these fellows got at the hands of the english batsmen. Come the South Africa and Australia Series and they will get more thrashing. People like Iqbal Qasim and Sarfraz should take a look at these boys, work on them, They have the potetial of becoming the next Wasim-Waqar Combination.

  • PakFan1209 on March 9, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    pakistan team should be working on their batting more than their bowling

  • kingishere on March 8, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Sarfaraz Nawaz is training the bowlers then we are sure they will be ruined. Coz I only know him as someone you can only make silly comments. But I guess you guys dont have a choice, Wasim Akram prefers to earn lot of dollars giving commentary on Indian matches than helping their country to develop young talent. He prefers to give tips to our bowlers like Irfan pathan and never seen even coming close to any of the pakistani bowler. Waqar did not want to get involved in the politics of the team. The legendary Imran Khan is busy with politics. So you had to opt of Sarfaraz is the bishen singh bedi of Pakistan. Pity you guys. Let us know if you need the great Kapil Deve or Srinath is required

  • Sports4Youth on March 8, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Earlier Crooks were not kept out that is why now we are seeing 18 year olds getting caught. Now if you dont keep these crooks out then soon you will see 14 and 15 year olds getting caught in domestic level. All those who are crying for the return of Amir please think, do you want things to get worse. Earlier no one had the guts to deal with the two WW's , and the team kept loosing from winnig conditions. That was allowed by ignoring the important report, that is why you are in this deep sxxx. Do you want Pak cricket to be clean or do you want them to cheat you and play with your sentiments. Today if Pak is in a winning situation, it goes on to win. But if you bring back players like Amri & Kamran then the team will again start loosing from winning positions also. Just think why has the performance of the team improved without them.

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Give me a break. This is the best PCB could find? PCB is just getting lazy and not trying out youngsters who will shape the future of Pakistan bowling. I understand PCB wants to retain some experience in the line up, but instead of continously bringing Wahab Riaz back, try Sadaf Hussain share the new ball with Umar Gul. And try Rahat Ali alongside Sadaf. Umar is already at the wrong side of 20s. Wahab is getting there soon. Junaid, Sadaf and Rahat should become our front line bowlers within the new few years to prepare for 2015 WC. That's my take on this issue.

  • on March 7, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    amir will return inshallah

  • on March 7, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    wahab riaz are very good bowler and best of luck for asia cup

  • GowharGeelani on March 7, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    As we all know that the world's best feared facing two W's from Pakistan: Wasim and Waqar in all conditions on any surface; but once they left the scene no more W's were coming to the party until Wahab, the third W, arrived. This 26-year-old left-arm fast bowler had a dream start to his test career. He took a five-for against England in 2010. And then, who can forget that fabulous performance against India in the world cup semi-finals; the lad surprised many by collecting his maiden ODI five-for. Now after being coached by Sarfaraz, the fast-bowling consultant at National Cricket Academy has this to say about Wahab: "Wahab's got heart as a fast bowler but was off rhythm due to a minor technical flaw that we have sorted out now.What I appreciate about Wahab is the grit and determination on his face; the intent, positive intent to make things happen rather than waiting for things to happen for him, his ability to bowl 140 plus, the toe-crushing yorkers [ask Yuvi!], skill to bowl reverse

  • AbdulRahmanAhsan on March 7, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    @sports4youth, very nice comparison and still Pakistan selectors are saying they select "THE BEST". I dont know why they are still going with Umer Gul. He is finished and we have to look for new blood as my dear freind mentioned.

  • Classy.Nerd on March 7, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Wahab Riaz reminds me of Mohammed Sami: Decent pace with NO accuracy, No control over New Ball, Plenty of Wides/No Balls. And if luck favors, a wicket maybe. Its not just the new ball Mr Abdul Wahab Riaz, it's a gameplan for every top order batsman you will bowl to.

  • Sports4Youth on March 7, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    In 27 First Class Matches, RAHAT ALI (Left Arm FastMedium) has taken 107 wickets @ 19.31, econ - 2.9 , S/R - 39.9. . . In 29 First Class Matches, SADAF HUSSAIN (Left Arm FastMedium) has taken 148 wickets @ 18.27, econ - 3.09 , S/R - 35.6. . . Compare these stats with any bowler who is present the pak team. None of the present lot are even close to these guys. Yet these guys are out and bowlers like W.Riaz & U.Gul are enjoying at the highest level inspite of the thrashing that these fellows got at the hands of the english batsmen. Come the South Africa and Australia Series and they will get more thrashing. People like Iqbal Qasim and Sarfraz should take a look at these boys, work on them, They have the potetial of becoming the next Wasim-Waqar Combination.

  • Mukhtar33 on March 7, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Let Misbah-ul-Haq accept that, its not the bowlers loosing matches...but his batting at low scoring rate which is even considered very slow in tests....He must realize that he is old enough to play ODIs and T20 and give chances to several youngsters waiting in-line....

  • on March 7, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Please bring back Amir PCB, he is next best fast bowler ever after Wasim Akram PCB should backed him & help him to release ban bcoz we need a bowler like him................................................

  • Pakmann on March 7, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Dont cry over spilt milk. Amir, Asif and Butt messed up big time!; its good riddance if you ask me. But we do have some genuine pacers who cant make it to the team because they have lethal speed but not enough skills. For example Asif did not have speed but he had skill. If you find someone with speed and skill then you have got yourself a Waqar Younis. What we need is a genuine speedster with a thinking mind; if you got that people like Sarfraz can transform them into threatening bowlers. We have a guy Abdul Haq truck driver fast bowler (check him up on the internet); he has lethal speed but not enough skill. He is raw, and sarfraz nawaz neds to work on him.

  • on March 7, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    I agree with @naeemhussain .. Sadaf Hussain has 29 matches with 148 wickets at an economy of just over 3 ... that should raise some eyebrows in that meeting room.

  • on March 7, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    heartbreakerz. While I dought pakistan has better fast bowlers then srilanka they defiantly are second to non. Malinga is way better then Gul at this point and mahroof is same as cheema but our spinners set us apart. The problem here is that our batting order has been terrible. While hafeez has excelled with the ball he has been terrible as a batsmen. He has averaged only 15.54 in limited overs since the Bangladesh series. Similarly our openers have avged less then 20 which is creating pressure on the middle order and the heavy hitters in the end to reach totals. If we are to win this we need to bat first in every match...

  • WildAmigo on March 7, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    I think Pakistan need to think new way of teaching tactics, planning and mental toughness. I have a proposal that they should practice with two team 1 filled with Batsmen and 2nd filled with bowlers. Than they should be given a objectives and targets.. Like bowlers should restrict Batting team to a low total or smaller targets. vice versa to batting team... any more suggestion??? any one????

  • Sports4Youth on March 7, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Many people want the return of Amir. I dont think it will pass a good message to the younsters if crooks are given too many opportunities. He had his opportunity and blew it. Theare are much better players like Sadaf Hussain & Rahat Ali who have still not got the chance. Even in 2002 when the Justice Qayyum report recommended action against some of the unclean players, the report was swept under the rug and those guys continued to enjoy at the higest level. The result was so bad that now even 18 yrs olds have also chose to go that way.

  • Sports4Youth on March 7, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Amir and Asif were also medium pacers and Sadaf Hussian and Rahat Ali are also Fast Medium pacers. It all depends on the skills of the bowler, It is not always pace that will win the battle.

  • Sports4Youth on March 7, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    W.Riaz averages 29 & U.Gul avg - 28 in first class matches. Sadaf Hussain averages 18.27 and Rahat Ali averages 19.37. All of them play the same competition in the first class and compete against each other. What makes you think that bowlers with avg of 28 & 29 will perform better than bowlers with average of 18 & 19 in the same competition. Something is very wrong.

  • Sports4Youth on March 7, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    @ Jawad Shaikh on (March 06 2012, 23:02 PM GMT) :- Please take a look at the stats of Sadaf Hussain & Rahat Ali. You already have better bowlers than Asif & Amir, but somehow the board is stuck on Gul & Riaz.

  • Sports4Youth on March 7, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    If it takes him more than 5 years of First class cricket and almost 2 years of International cricket, Now he realises that he must improve his bowling with the new ball. What can we expect from him ?. He will always be behind the requirement.

  • Sports4Youth on March 7, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    In 27 First Class Matches, RAHAT ALI (Left Arm FastMedium) has taken 107 wickets @ 19.31, econ - 2.9 , S/R - 39.9. . . In 29 First Class Matches, SADAF HUSSAIN (Left Arm FastMedium) has taken 148 wickets @ 18.27, econ - 3.09 , S/R - 35.6. . . Compare these stats with any bowler who is present the pak team. None of the present lot are even close to these guys. Yet these guys are out and bowlers like W.Riaz & U.Gul are enjoying at the highest level inspite of the thrashing that these fellows got at the hands of the english batsmen. Come the South Africa and Australia Series and they will get more thrashing. People like Iqbal Qasim and Sarfraz should take a look at these boys, work on them, They have the potetial of becoming the next Wasim-Waqar Combination.

  • Sports4Youth on March 7, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Rahat Ali Stats --> http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/323244.html

  • Sports4Youth on March 7, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Sadaf Hussain Stats --> http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/392294.html

  • Sports4Youth on March 7, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    @ Stark62 on (March 06 2012, 11:29 AM GMT) :- Absolutely Agree with you, that Sadaf Hussain is much better than any bowler in the sqaud. But due to some reasons the selection policy seems to be very strange. Just like in the wicket keeping department Sarfraz Ahmed has been conciously kept out in the tests and not allowed to settle down in ODI's, So also in the pace department Sadaf Hussain and Mohd.Talha are being kept out. Even the thrashing against england is not sufficient for these guys to wake-up and select the strongest team. Somehow they want to stick to Gul & Riaz even though better talented players like Sadaf, Talha and more are available.

  • heartbreakerz on March 6, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    pakistan still has better fast bowlers than india and srilanka....infact pakistan has the best bowling attack in asia...they just need to solve their batting problems and then everything will be good for pakistan

  • on March 6, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    You don't get Asif and Amir caliber bowlers in months.. it takes time to find these kinds bowlers... we have to admit our currently pace attack looks so weak.. our spinners looks more threatening than pacers... pak have legacy of Fast bowlers.. hope we find some good pacers soon.

  • on March 6, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    After many years,Pakistan have weakest fast bowler now..Pakistan should start pacer hunt programme from the school level.That will be very effective for Pakistan to find genuine fast bowler.Also any sponsors can help to find genuine pacer for Pakistan.

  • on March 6, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    I wanted mohammad sami in final 15 he is better then aizaz cheema in pace and swing

  • on March 6, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Pakistan needs some toe busting fast bowlers not medium pacers.

  • TapeBall on March 6, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    @RANA1610.. how many slow medium PASER* you know that can constantly bowl +140kph.

  • on March 6, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Dear PCB first of all you accept that pakistan was always known for fast bowler like sarfraz nawaz imran khan wasim karam waqar younis aqib javed shoeb akhtar .and pakistan lost two bowler like mohammad amir and mohd asif . and now only umar gul is only genuine fast bowler. its shame on pakistan nation. javed miandad has given statement that like irfan pathan we have plenty of bowler in pakistan school cricket, so now wher are they? and what sarfaraz nawaz is doing with medium pacers? find out some genuine fast bowlres . come on PCB WHTS THIS? apne aap ko hi qun bewakoof bana rahe ho we are not giving chance to mohd samee just because he has played for ICL .come on PCB you have have waisted big talent like abdulrazzaq mohd yusuf imran nazeer

  • naeemhussain on March 6, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Saddaf Hussain should be the part of the team I do not know why such a sensational bowler is being ignored constantly with out any reason.

  • Hasan999 on March 6, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Mohammad Aamer needs to return !

  • on March 6, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    "they may be inconsistent, but are really dangerous in all conditions." ..that sums it all for the PAK team !!

  • Wachucha on March 6, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    At present Pakistan has a weakest pace attack among Big Asian teams. It was very evident in their ODI series against England. Their heavy reliance on spin will not work well against teams like India and Sri Lanka. They have to find some tear away bowlers from their domestic circuit and try them in Asia Cup.

  • Haider..Ali.. on March 6, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    What you people need to understand is that a cricketers career is not as short as you guys think. Wahab Riaz is a talented and relatively young cricketer. If you see the way he plays county cricket you will also be forced to appriciate his skill. As far as bringing new players in is concerened people like Muhammed Talha should be brought in place of players like Aizaz Cheema who dabue at the age of 31 and doesnt show much skill either. Along with that Junaid Khan isnt much of a player either, quite frankly he doesnt no how to ball. If you talk about Umar Gul (The Experienced) he has more than just a place in the team, he has been our ace bowler for years. Wahab Riaz is skilled but not given the oppertunity to preform. In my view a player should be given a full chance to play and not removed because of just one or two bad preformances. (Tendulkar still playes and so do Ponting and Brett Lee)

  • on March 6, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    repeat the performance in asia cup as u did in semi final bro.................

  • Israr75 on March 6, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Don't forget Mohammad Amir....

  • on March 6, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    He is great bowler but the mangemnt could not used him well. evertime he is in the team and next day he is out. and he lost his form. i hope he will be bounce back.

  • on March 6, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    @ RANA1610.......Wahab Riaz is a slow medium pacer???????????? Dude.... I hope u aint Rana Naveed-ul-hasan...b/c ur comment seems so out of order....!!!

  • binojpeter on March 6, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    I loved Wahab Riaz's bowling in WC semifinal against India. His yorker to get rid of Yuvraj was absolute beauty. Hope this interaction will help him regain his touch.

  • Hassan.Farooqi on March 6, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Bowling with new ball will always be a weakness of a bowler coming from a third ball. Balls are expensive and ordinary poor players can not afford to buy them for practice. That is why they learn to live with mastering the reverse swing. To put an end to this recourse, ICC has come up with this rule of new ball from both end that will benefit rich countries like England and Australia.

  • dmqi on March 6, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Umar and cheema and other fast bowlers playing for Pakistan will be badly hammered by Srilankans and Indians. If you see the matches in Australia now going on, you can figure out what chances the Pak team has in Asia cup. They will not be champion, I am sure about it. SL has the best chance, they are the most balanced side with the best captain too.

  • on March 6, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    WHY DOES NOT PCB SEARCH FOR A JENUINE LEFT ARM IN SWING FAST BOWLER LIKE WASEEM AND AAMIR. I GUESS MAY BE SADAF HUSSAIN OR SOMEONE ELSE.

  • rsidd10 on March 6, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    I thing he is a good bowler and do well in Asia cup

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on March 6, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    I think PAK need to find some pace bowlers because GUL,CHEEMA & WAHAB r very inconsistent,they bowled well hardly in one match of the series...GUL performance is goes down day by day coz he realize that PAK has only genuine fast bowler that is me thats why he cant drop me,he is a regular member of PAK squad in all format from 6 7 years but still he is not reliable bowler...WAHAB is rhythm bowler if he gets with rhythm then he will be dangerous otherwise an ordinary bowler & finally CHEEMA he is better than from both of them coz he moves new bowl & in depth he tries variation but unfortunately failed to get wickets...I think SELECTORS need to take some brave decisions if they want to improve PAK team & their performances...need to replace GUL/WAHAB with SAMI & try some new faces on the other hand such as SADAF,TALHA,RAHAT etc...separate team should consider for 3 different formats with different captain too...I hope AFRIDI should be appointed as captain for ODIs & t20 afer ASIA CUP...

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Misbah is an idiot , he didn't try given much chances to fast bowlers

  • GreatWhitePathan on March 6, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Wahab Riaz's problem is that he is unable to bowl inswing to right hand batsmen. If you cant do that as a left-arm bowler, then you have little chance of succeeding at the highest level. Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Aaqib Javed have worked with him over the past two years, but I remember Waqar saying that "Wahab is a slow learner" and he hasnt been able to adjust his wrist position to bowl the inswingers. That is why his line and length is so eratic - he is trying to move it back into the right hander and getting it all wrong.

    In contrast, the left-arm Aussie bowler Starc only spoke to Wasim Akram for about 20 mins during the recent series with India and suddenly started ripping through the Indian batting line up. Thats the difference!!!

    Junaid Khan is a much better prospect than Wahab Riaz. He can move it both ways and needs to be given a longer run. If Wahab doesnt learn in the next six months then they should discard him along with Cheema who cant bowl to left handers!!

  • wnwn on March 6, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    It's a shame that Wasim Akram prefers working with Mitchell Starc rather than our own fast bowlers. He would be the perfect man to take Wahab Riaz and Junaid Khan on to the next level. At the moment they are bowling gun barrel straight and need to learn how to swing the ball both ways and this is something only a great bowler can teach.

  • on March 6, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    I think Umer Gul played lot of ODI AND T20'S He had performed well in past but he is not consistenant. He is our main fast bowler.Hes should take the responsibility like Anderson,Zaheer Khan and Malinga.He should used all his wapons namely Yorkers,bouncers,reverse swing intelligently.He should mixed his slow ball to upset the timing of batsman.

  • on March 6, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    i cant believe they did not include sadaf hussain in the team that guy is really a dam good bowler i just dont understand the selection committee why do they select over rated and slacking players.. imran nazir is another one that got left out and list goes on...we have the worst openers and worst odi and t20 captain...if misbah does not prove him self in this tournament than he should be stripped off his captaincy and givin to afridi or hafeez...good luck team pak hopefully you guys will win the tournament inshallah..

  • Zahidsaltin on March 6, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    He lacks agressiveness in his bowling. He cant bring it in to the right hander and needs some variations including slow ball and a slow bouncer. I had liked to see Mohammad Sami in the squad.

  • Mr_Attitude90 on March 6, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Hope he will get his reputation back.. and do well for pakistan. and retainhis place .

  • on March 6, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    @RANA1610 Let me update your knowledge....Neither Riaz is slow medium pacer nor slower than Imran and Wasim...... All he need, is to improve his skills with new ball but still I will say he is the best bowling option available after Gul at the moment...

  • KarachiKid on March 6, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    He is hopelessly inconsistent and if he has even remote link to the 2010 spot fixing scam, he should be laid off forever. If he is clear, he needs to become consistent with the ball and try to improve his batting also as Pakistan tail starts at number 7. Umar Gull, Riaz, Cheema, Junaid, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Adnan Akmal, all of them should improve their batting skills. Its very very important. I dont konw what wrong did Tanvir Ahmed do that he has been ignored since his rather successful first four tests.

  • irfans1 on March 6, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    He needs more chances to get back his confidence back, Genuine wicket bowler should always be a strike bowler without taking much care about runs scored of him(surely, it should be kept under control). Pakistan is really missing somone who could bowl consistenly in 140s, Riaz definately could do it. I think he will learn the art of being economical along with wicket taking ability he has with time, give him chance captain to prove himself.

  • on March 6, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Sarfaraz should teach the bowlers the art of reverse swing. It was a shame that england bowlers were reverse swinging the balls better than our bowlers.

  • Stark62 on March 6, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Sadaf Hussain is soooooo much better than any other young bowler (only Rahat can potentially match him) but isn't being selected and his very good with the new ball.

    I'm not sure about his ability to reverse swing the ball or how he bowls at the depth but he can bring the ball back into the right handed batsmen which, is very useful with the new ball as the batsmen don't know which way the ball will swing.

  • NazimHssn on March 6, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Pak team please Add some Semers in Pak squad (as M.Asif and Kulasekara) which can swing the New boll both side of wicket.

  • Sports4Youth on March 6, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Mr.Umer Farooq you say Mohammed Talha has been troubled by injuries. But what you failed to mention was that in the last 3 or 4 series when Mohd.Talha was in the sqaud he was continuesly required to sit on the bench. Not given a single opportunity. Being left for too long on the bench , waiting for an opportunity will make the blood pressure high with tension. In such cases injurires can happen. I say that the pak selectors have failed miserably in bringing new fast bowlers like Sadaf & Talha and wasting too much time with Gul & Riaz. Few years back nobody would have thought that Pakistan will be paupers in the pace department and over-relying on spin. This is a complete spin around of some kind. In my view it is a failure of the selectors.

  • Sports4Youth on March 6, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Thats a gimmick to get back into the side. What Riaz needs urgently is consistency of line and length and not new variation. Even if he gets a new variation it will not help him because he will continue to get thrashed. Just a new vairation is not sufficient to salvage his damaged reputation. Very Soon new younster like Sadaf Hussain and Mohammed Talha will take over the spot and seal it for themselves and bowlers like Riaz and Gul will have to go. It is high time that they be left out for the betterment of the team Someone should tell Qasim to launch a talent hunt for good fast bowlers and not for wicket keeper because Sarfraz is the best keeper and decent bat.

  • on March 6, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Pakistan should play three fast bowlers at least, currently they are trying quite strange things by playing only one fast bowlers. Batting order is also needed to be changed, openers are not clicking so they need to use Afridi as an opener because if he gets 20 or 30 quick runs the momentum of batting will shift to the side which will surely help to get going.

  • RANA1610 on March 6, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    NOTHING WILL BE CHANGED. HE IS SLOW MEDIUM PASER. PAKISTAN NEEDS GENUINE FAST BOWLER LIKE IMRAN KHAN, WASIM, WAQAR, SHOAIB.

  • Tufey_Fatos on March 6, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Hope he Does Well in Future !

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  • Tufey_Fatos on March 6, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Hope he Does Well in Future !

  • RANA1610 on March 6, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    NOTHING WILL BE CHANGED. HE IS SLOW MEDIUM PASER. PAKISTAN NEEDS GENUINE FAST BOWLER LIKE IMRAN KHAN, WASIM, WAQAR, SHOAIB.

  • on March 6, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Pakistan should play three fast bowlers at least, currently they are trying quite strange things by playing only one fast bowlers. Batting order is also needed to be changed, openers are not clicking so they need to use Afridi as an opener because if he gets 20 or 30 quick runs the momentum of batting will shift to the side which will surely help to get going.

  • Sports4Youth on March 6, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Thats a gimmick to get back into the side. What Riaz needs urgently is consistency of line and length and not new variation. Even if he gets a new variation it will not help him because he will continue to get thrashed. Just a new vairation is not sufficient to salvage his damaged reputation. Very Soon new younster like Sadaf Hussain and Mohammed Talha will take over the spot and seal it for themselves and bowlers like Riaz and Gul will have to go. It is high time that they be left out for the betterment of the team Someone should tell Qasim to launch a talent hunt for good fast bowlers and not for wicket keeper because Sarfraz is the best keeper and decent bat.

  • Sports4Youth on March 6, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Mr.Umer Farooq you say Mohammed Talha has been troubled by injuries. But what you failed to mention was that in the last 3 or 4 series when Mohd.Talha was in the sqaud he was continuesly required to sit on the bench. Not given a single opportunity. Being left for too long on the bench , waiting for an opportunity will make the blood pressure high with tension. In such cases injurires can happen. I say that the pak selectors have failed miserably in bringing new fast bowlers like Sadaf & Talha and wasting too much time with Gul & Riaz. Few years back nobody would have thought that Pakistan will be paupers in the pace department and over-relying on spin. This is a complete spin around of some kind. In my view it is a failure of the selectors.

  • NazimHssn on March 6, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Pak team please Add some Semers in Pak squad (as M.Asif and Kulasekara) which can swing the New boll both side of wicket.

  • Stark62 on March 6, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Sadaf Hussain is soooooo much better than any other young bowler (only Rahat can potentially match him) but isn't being selected and his very good with the new ball.

    I'm not sure about his ability to reverse swing the ball or how he bowls at the depth but he can bring the ball back into the right handed batsmen which, is very useful with the new ball as the batsmen don't know which way the ball will swing.

  • on March 6, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Sarfaraz should teach the bowlers the art of reverse swing. It was a shame that england bowlers were reverse swinging the balls better than our bowlers.

  • irfans1 on March 6, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    He needs more chances to get back his confidence back, Genuine wicket bowler should always be a strike bowler without taking much care about runs scored of him(surely, it should be kept under control). Pakistan is really missing somone who could bowl consistenly in 140s, Riaz definately could do it. I think he will learn the art of being economical along with wicket taking ability he has with time, give him chance captain to prove himself.

  • KarachiKid on March 6, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    He is hopelessly inconsistent and if he has even remote link to the 2010 spot fixing scam, he should be laid off forever. If he is clear, he needs to become consistent with the ball and try to improve his batting also as Pakistan tail starts at number 7. Umar Gull, Riaz, Cheema, Junaid, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Adnan Akmal, all of them should improve their batting skills. Its very very important. I dont konw what wrong did Tanvir Ahmed do that he has been ignored since his rather successful first four tests.