Pakistan news August 17, 2012

Whatmore fine with Pakistan players missing camp for SLPL


Dav Whatmore, Pakistan's coach, has said it's a "good thing" to have several members of the team's World Twenty20 squad playing in the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL), despite a conditioning camp in Lahore, ahead of the series against Australia in the UAE, being on.

"We can prepare in all sorts of ways, but there is an opportunity for some of the boys to participate in the SLPL and it's a good thing; I have no problem with it," Whatmore said at the camp. "At least they are playing in similar conditions and on two grounds [in Sri Lanka] where we are going to play matches [in the World T20]."

The league's matches are being played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, and at the Pallekele International Stadium, both of which are venues for the World T20. A majority of the players who are part of Pakistan's World T20 and Australia T20s squad - including Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, Shoail Tanvir, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Akmal and Imran Nazir - are among the Pakistan players contracted in the SLPL. Also, Misbah-ul-Haq, and Imran Farhat, who were picked for the ODI-leg of the Australia series, are at the SLPL.

"There are few other [countries] doing the same thing, they are getting good practice," Whatmore said. "For us the practice [ahead of the Australia series], for most of the boys, will be at the SLPL."

Pakistan will play three ODIs and three T20s against Australia between August 28 and September 10, before both squads fly directly to Sri Lanka for the World T20. The Pakistan team management, with the players still in the country - the list includes Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Anwar Ali, Junaid Khan and Mohammad Sami - will leave for the UAE next week.

Whatmore said Pakistan will be wary of Australia, who have fallen to No. 4 on the ODI rankings - their lowest-ever ranking after being the top ranked one-day side since September 2009. "They obviously will come hard at us to change their fortunes. But what matters is what happens on the day."

The squad chosen for the series, Whatmore said, is good enough to win. "The selectors have given us a group of players who are competitive enough to give us the right results and win the game. This is our home series, again away from home; we will do our best to perform in the conditions, which are close to the conditions in Pakistan, but certainly [not the same as] Pakistan."

Commenting on Pakistan's chances at the World T20 in Sri Lanka, Whatmore didn't single out any favourite. "Every team has started taking this form of the game more seriously and all of them will be pushing hard.

We have good team for this format. But some countries who weren't looking at this format seriously [before], now they are; hence you can see all teams have good squads for the format. It's a volatile form of game and on the day, even one particular over could matter."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Prashan on August 19, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    @777aditya, thanks a lot and anyway, good luck to India against NZ and also in the T20 world cup but as a Lankan I hope we will be fresh to win. But I feel Windies are the favorites for this cos they have the real power hitters who are made for the shorter formats.

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    SHARJEEL KHAN again not being selected in 15 man squad for wrold T20. Its a pitty as he is been scoring massively and one and only massive T20 scorer and still not given a chance and left out in standby players. Please open up the eyes and give him the opening slot as he one the best opener of T20 and One Day games for this time. Do something for him before he goes in shutters. Learn rom other nations as they give chance to their best in their best tournaments and get full of the outcome of the certain player.

  • Tanmay on August 18, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta - Indians not playing in SLPL is disappointing for Indian fans too....but for your kind information because you have been following Indian cricket for 5 decades...India's season has already started with recently concluded Sri Lanka series...India are playing New Zealand from next week...then ICC World T20 in October Champions November India play England in 4 tests & 2 December India play January 2013 India play England in 7 Feb 2013 Australia tours India for 4 tests...& finally the how do u expect BCCI will allow its players for SLPL...?

  • Aditya on August 18, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    @ Sinhaya and Ahmed Hussain - point noted and humbly accepted!

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Junaid Khan should be in the pak world T-20 squad because he is in a good form else Umer gul or Muhammad Sami if pak want to win world T-20

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    @IndCrktfan. I am a hard core Indian, following Cricket for more than five decades. Now read my post again. You will get what I am saying. I think, you got fooled by the surname Puliampatta! Instead of 5 ODIs and one T-20, it should have been at least THREE each. It was in our interest, to get a feel for the ground realities. For SL, it didn't matter, since all of them are playing several T-20 in SLPL just before the world cup.

  • Lingraj on August 18, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    SLPL is being played with help Indian money, most of the SLPL team owners from India and still Sri Lankans talk nonsense about team India. I agree team SL is good but should talk blindly about Indian team. Check history of India team with SL team!

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    All matter of Money Mr. Wat Moore what wrong if they participate in local nights tournaments in Ramadan. Pakistani crowd want to see their national heroes in Pakistani grounds. but if they play here, they don't get as much as money that they gaining from Sri Lankan Premier League.

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2012, 6:01 GMT


  • Amjad on August 18, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    No doubt about it, Hafeez is your every day club cricketer who had a good year or some but that too against teams like Zim BD and WI, he has not performed against top quality teams, that 88 in the first test against Eng in UAE was as good I have seen of him but since then there is hardly anything that can justify his place in the team. And making him captain is even worse, we need real batsmen not some batsman turned bowler. Batsmen like, younus (of the past), Inzi, Yousuf, Saeed Anwar, Miandad, we need at least a batsman or two of the same quality in our team. Currently there is none though I feel Azahar Ali and Asad Shafiq has the capability and temperament to be great batsmen. Sorry but Hafeez is a waste of time and hope. Expecting Pak to prosper under Hafeez is a very shallow dream!

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