Pakistan news August 17, 2012

Whatmore fine with Pakistan players missing camp for SLPL

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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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  • POSTED BY Sinhaya 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 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 September...in October Champions League...in November India play England in 4 tests & 2 T20s...in December India play Pakistan...in January 2013 India play England in 7 ODIs...in Feb 2013 Australia tours India for 4 tests...& finally the IPL..so how do u expect BCCI will allow its players for SLPL...?

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | August 18, 2012, 12:56 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY lin1 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!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk 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!

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 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 September...in October Champions League...in November India play England in 4 tests & 2 T20s...in December India play Pakistan...in January 2013 India play England in 7 ODIs...in Feb 2013 Australia tours India for 4 tests...& finally the IPL..so how do u expect BCCI will allow its players for SLPL...?

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | August 18, 2012, 12:56 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY lin1 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!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk 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!

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Dear Mr. Whatmore, considering that Pakistani players are having good practice at SLPL, can you give a reason for dropping 6 players selected for T20 world cup from the team which will play 3, T20 matches against Austrlia? What are the reasons for not giving valuable match practice to these 6 players, just before the world cup? Or it's the case of "Common sense is not very common"? Here I remember the quote of VIV Richard where he said pointing his finger to the head "Cricket is played from here".

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | August 18, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    @777aditya, no matter how good we play against others, we will fair woefully against India! Saw what happened in the CB series? We beat Aussies 4 times but failed against India. Also note that we are suffering from fatigue and malaisse after non stop cricket and hope the 1st 10 day of September will give us good rest. We are not that bad if we beat South Africa in a test match in South Africa for the first time without Vaas, Jayasuriya and Murali.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | August 18, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    I hope interest for SLPL does not wane off in the next year or two when the T20 WC goes to a different venue.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | August 18, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    Whatmores right, it's a volatile format, and results are usually pretty random. It's as likely that umpiring errors will determine the result than how well a team plays or the number of mistakes they make. That said, some sides take T20 more seriously and play a lot more of it, so I suppose India will be favourites, given how much of a priority their players give to IPL. West Indies could be a surprise package in this tournament too

  • POSTED BY fizzy09 on | August 17, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    desihungama i dont think you are following Pakistan cricket team properly!

  • POSTED BY Pakifan23 on | August 17, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    Removing Mohammad Hafeez from the squad is the most inhumane thing someone could do. He his the most consistant bowler on the team. Even though he might not perform on the batting side, he always makes it up on the bowling side.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | August 17, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    I am having reservations about M. Hafeez. I have a feeling we might be wasting a spot and instead select Shahzaib Hasan, Ahmad Shehzad (if he is already not part of twenty20).

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | August 17, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    @jose Puliampatta: India is not playing in SLPL..so whats your point...I thought u would be happy Indians r not getting engh practise in SL...By the way India alone did not play meaningless ODI's but you guys hosted us. off course it is meaningless because of the way u lost in the ODI series.

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    @777aditya...Dude Sri Lanka are still a great side even the other top players of the other teams are starting to retire like Bret Lee, Rahul Dravid etc so it happens. Sri Lanka are only down simply because the amount of Cricket they have played. The players are very tired so its understandable. Young players like Chandimal, Matthews etc are some talent so no worries.

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Except India, almost every other country has their T-20 players getting enough practice, in Sri Lanka, before the world T-20. Of course India played a few meaningless ODIs!

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | August 17, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    After the retirement of Vaas, Jayasurya, and Muralitharan, SL are yet to become a force to reckon with. Yes, they managed to get into the WC finals last year, but still this team is a pale shadow of the team that was extremely dominating earlier. Simply put, no one is afraid of facing this team anymore. Perhaps, because of the overdose of Ind/SL matches with India crushing SL time and again, I guess I am rating them so poorly, but they certainly will not be favorites for the T20 WC.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | August 17, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Playing competitive cricket is far better than practice and condition camps. Keep it Pakistan , let's pick this WC now.

  • POSTED BY LeftBrain on | August 17, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Man! this guy talk sense, so does Zaka Ashraf and Iqbal Qasim for that matter. What a change from dark days of Ijaz Butt!!

    T20 can never have any favurites, team can be grouped broadly and any team from one group can win a match. For example, Aus, SA, Pak, SL and Ind can play with each other and any team can win. Similarly Ban, Eng, NZ, Zim, WI, Canada, Afghanistan, Ireland can play with each other and any team can win. First group will have an advantage over second group though.

    SLPL is a good opportunity for players to get accustomed to the conditions and also have a closer look at players they will be competing against. Good timing SLPL!!

  • POSTED BY OT12 on | August 17, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    I trying to follow this mediocre league which is been played in SL have to say apart from couple of Pakistani player none of them (Pakistani Player) is performing, seems like this league will not last for second year much like BPL there are no big names, seems to me that most of the Pakistani players are not team men, I' m very disappointed to see the lack of performance by them. By the way I'm a Pakistani and this is an honest observation.

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  • POSTED BY OT12 on | August 17, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    I trying to follow this mediocre league which is been played in SL have to say apart from couple of Pakistani player none of them (Pakistani Player) is performing, seems like this league will not last for second year much like BPL there are no big names, seems to me that most of the Pakistani players are not team men, I' m very disappointed to see the lack of performance by them. By the way I'm a Pakistani and this is an honest observation.

  • POSTED BY LeftBrain on | August 17, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Man! this guy talk sense, so does Zaka Ashraf and Iqbal Qasim for that matter. What a change from dark days of Ijaz Butt!!

    T20 can never have any favurites, team can be grouped broadly and any team from one group can win a match. For example, Aus, SA, Pak, SL and Ind can play with each other and any team can win. Similarly Ban, Eng, NZ, Zim, WI, Canada, Afghanistan, Ireland can play with each other and any team can win. First group will have an advantage over second group though.

    SLPL is a good opportunity for players to get accustomed to the conditions and also have a closer look at players they will be competing against. Good timing SLPL!!

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | August 17, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Playing competitive cricket is far better than practice and condition camps. Keep it Pakistan , let's pick this WC now.

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | August 17, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    After the retirement of Vaas, Jayasurya, and Muralitharan, SL are yet to become a force to reckon with. Yes, they managed to get into the WC finals last year, but still this team is a pale shadow of the team that was extremely dominating earlier. Simply put, no one is afraid of facing this team anymore. Perhaps, because of the overdose of Ind/SL matches with India crushing SL time and again, I guess I am rating them so poorly, but they certainly will not be favorites for the T20 WC.

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Except India, almost every other country has their T-20 players getting enough practice, in Sri Lanka, before the world T-20. Of course India played a few meaningless ODIs!

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    @777aditya...Dude Sri Lanka are still a great side even the other top players of the other teams are starting to retire like Bret Lee, Rahul Dravid etc so it happens. Sri Lanka are only down simply because the amount of Cricket they have played. The players are very tired so its understandable. Young players like Chandimal, Matthews etc are some talent so no worries.

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | August 17, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    @jose Puliampatta: India is not playing in SLPL..so whats your point...I thought u would be happy Indians r not getting engh practise in SL...By the way India alone did not play meaningless ODI's but you guys hosted us. off course it is meaningless because of the way u lost in the ODI series.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | August 17, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    I am having reservations about M. Hafeez. I have a feeling we might be wasting a spot and instead select Shahzaib Hasan, Ahmad Shehzad (if he is already not part of twenty20).

  • POSTED BY Pakifan23 on | August 17, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    Removing Mohammad Hafeez from the squad is the most inhumane thing someone could do. He his the most consistant bowler on the team. Even though he might not perform on the batting side, he always makes it up on the bowling side.

  • POSTED BY fizzy09 on | August 17, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    desihungama i dont think you are following Pakistan cricket team properly!