Pakistan news September 1, 2012

Pakistan look to postpone Zimbabwe tour for India series

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Pakistan has sought a postponement of its tour of Zimbabwe later this year, as it clashes with a proposed tour of India. Pakistan are scheduled to tour Zimbabwe for a series of two Tests, three ODIs and two T20s from December to January but, having agreed to resume bilateral ties with India earlier this year, their winter schedule is likely to need some tweaking.

The dates for the India visit haven't been announced but the respective cricket boards had agreed to a short series over the Christmas period, between the Test and one-day legs of England's tour of India. It will form the first bilateral series between the two sides since Pakistan toured India in end-2007.

"We have requested Zimbabwe to reschedule the series because of the India-Pakistan series," a PCB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. "They agreed to work out another plan to host us so there is no way the series will be canceled. Instead the PCB and Zimbabwe Cricket are in discussions make it happen next year."

Pakistan do not have any international commitments scheduled from the end of the ICC World T20 in October till the tour of Zimbabwe, which is part of the Future Tours Programme. The dates for the tour hadn't been finalised either. Pakistan last toured the country for a short series in 2011.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    greatt..........................................................

  • POSTED BY desicypriot on | September 3, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    I think Sachin should retire as should younis khan both are past their best.

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | September 3, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    By going the present trend, if a test match is played between IND-PAK right now i am sure AJMAL willL win the bout against SACHIN , but that match will be a treat to watch , after watching last odi vrs AUSSEs in which u r youngesters performed well , if u r bats men, fieldres backs u r bowlers its very difficult to beat u r team in this part of the world, both IND- PAK are blessed with some extra ordinary young talent , cant wait for long - want a test series immidiatly ,wake up BCCI,

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    @ Adee Amjad it could have something to do with ZC renovating the 2 grounds in Harare and Bulawayo so it wont be ready

  • POSTED BY timtom on | September 3, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Really disrespectful ...As some members pointed out, would PCB do this with SA,AUS,ENG, SL or even WI....Since tour with India is scheduled to happen , PCB shud go ahead with tours commited and look forward for dates with BCCI... Somethings never change...

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    Pak India series should include at-least 1 test. A rather weak Paksitani side will learn a lot by playing high quality Indian side.

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | September 3, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    @nasir.khhan - yes that's the reason i want to see this two battle as there are hardly any bowlers who can trouble Tendulkar the way Ajmal did in that World Cup semi-final & he got him in Asia Cup too...it will be one of the epic battles just like Tendulkar had with Wasim-Waqar-Donald-McGrath-Ambrose-Walsh-Warne-Muralitharan in the 90's.

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | September 3, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    @ Jose Puliampatta - just got confused between dawn & twilight i disagree with you...Tendulkar is rusty & has played no cricket after IPL...he will come back with a bang & we should leave Sachin alone as Javed Miandad has pointed out !

  • POSTED BY nasir.khhan on | September 2, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    @tanstell87 would't wish for it if you had watched 2011 WC match.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | September 2, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    Pakistan should send an A-team to Zimbabwe and the senior side to India.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    greatt..........................................................

  • POSTED BY desicypriot on | September 3, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    I think Sachin should retire as should younis khan both are past their best.

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | September 3, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    By going the present trend, if a test match is played between IND-PAK right now i am sure AJMAL willL win the bout against SACHIN , but that match will be a treat to watch , after watching last odi vrs AUSSEs in which u r youngesters performed well , if u r bats men, fieldres backs u r bowlers its very difficult to beat u r team in this part of the world, both IND- PAK are blessed with some extra ordinary young talent , cant wait for long - want a test series immidiatly ,wake up BCCI,

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    @ Adee Amjad it could have something to do with ZC renovating the 2 grounds in Harare and Bulawayo so it wont be ready

  • POSTED BY timtom on | September 3, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Really disrespectful ...As some members pointed out, would PCB do this with SA,AUS,ENG, SL or even WI....Since tour with India is scheduled to happen , PCB shud go ahead with tours commited and look forward for dates with BCCI... Somethings never change...

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    Pak India series should include at-least 1 test. A rather weak Paksitani side will learn a lot by playing high quality Indian side.

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | September 3, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    @nasir.khhan - yes that's the reason i want to see this two battle as there are hardly any bowlers who can trouble Tendulkar the way Ajmal did in that World Cup semi-final & he got him in Asia Cup too...it will be one of the epic battles just like Tendulkar had with Wasim-Waqar-Donald-McGrath-Ambrose-Walsh-Warne-Muralitharan in the 90's.

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | September 3, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    @ Jose Puliampatta - just got confused between dawn & twilight i disagree with you...Tendulkar is rusty & has played no cricket after IPL...he will come back with a bang & we should leave Sachin alone as Javed Miandad has pointed out !

  • POSTED BY nasir.khhan on | September 2, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    @tanstell87 would't wish for it if you had watched 2011 WC match.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | September 2, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    Pakistan should send an A-team to Zimbabwe and the senior side to India.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Please Please We want a complete Indo Pak Cricket series including a full test series..!! Want to see Ajmal, Hafeez And Rehman Against Indian Batting line up..!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    @tanstell87. Sachin's dawn was 22 years go. Now, he is at the fag end of his playing days. He looks more like a tired marathoner running into the stadium to finish off his race!

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    The series against Zimbabwe can be moved earlier to Oct/Nov as both Zimbabwe and Pakistan are free in these two months. I dont know why are they not looking to move it earlier rather than delaying it, Pak has busy schedule at end of 2013, they wont get time to have a series with Zim. Series scheduled in FTP should be given preference.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    half the matches ahould be played in pakistan and the rest in hindustan that will help restore mutual confidence soonest.

  • POSTED BY Dannymania on | September 2, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    It will be a good test series but it can be a disaster in odis and t20s.indians are a better,well,way better team than pakistan.they are undoubtedly the hardest team to beat at home.their batsmen make me envious as a pakistani,players like virat kohli,MS Dhoni,Sehwag and Gambhir.and to top everything,Sachin tendulkar who doesnt even need to make runs.his mere presence is more than enough.they're so good!its a peculiar situation here.i'm a pakistani who is an indian fan!hats off to batsmen like these.

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | September 2, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    I would have preferred watching India play a one off test against Pakistan...with Tendulkar in dawn of his career it would have been exciting to see him battle with Ajmal !

  • POSTED BY Shohagnabi on | September 2, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    The game between Pakistan and India is specially thrived the cricket fans. But It will be stupid decision for PCB that Pakistan can improve its performance that present situation because a number of young players are included in the present team. They can make themselves better off batting sides. So It will be outstanding decision if PCB can not postpone ZIM tour ahead of India tour.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | September 2, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    wow...well i believe the series should be in order India Series,Zimbabwe Series and South Africa tour at end and all issues will be resolved.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    it will be great to see indian pak playing cricket again. many new players emerging from both sides

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    i can be done possible in November

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Well its totaly ok any team can do it. Pakistan did the same in this current Australia series, everyone knows Pak vs Ind is giant series big money for everyone and tour to zimbabwe is even loss to their board as they have lack of financial support these days. so this decision can help them loose less.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | September 2, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    @LillianThomson: Acclimatize to the weather probably but certainly not to the pitch conditions at all, wickets in UAE probably have more pace and bounce than the ones there in Zimbabwe besides we toured there just last year and they said they will re arrange the tour one way or the other. When was the last time major teams like India, Aus, Eng toured that country?

  • POSTED BY KarachiKid on | September 2, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Spot On @LillianThomson; I donno why PCB is so obsessed with playing India.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Lol, guys its not that pakistan is backing out of its commitment they are only rescheduling the series, and zimbabwe cricket board has not objected to it either so stop saying that pakistan has backed out.

  • POSTED BY LillianThomson on | September 2, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    This is amazingly stupid: the tour of Zimbabwe will help acclimatise the batsmen to southern African conditions immediately prior to the Test tour of South Africa. While a few extra ODIs and T20s in India will prepare the batsmen to fail in South Africa.

  • POSTED BY MeijiMura on | September 2, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    It is probably a good thing as if the series was to take place in December and January it would be doing so in the wet season where the weather would most likely ruin the series anyway. It is better to schedule tours in the dry season when the weather is far more conducive to getting a full day's play day in and day out.

  • POSTED BY vinjoy on | September 2, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    This is disrespect to ZIM. What if Pakistan was scheduled to tour Australia? Would they have requested AUS to tweak the schedule? Boards dont respect themselves and that is why cricket is in this shape today! Period

  • POSTED BY Joby_George on | September 2, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Pls call Rohit Sharma and Jadeja back. This will help paksitan loot

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    I agree with Wajahat. I don't think this has been done before, it wouldn't be a bad idea. But the logistics would be hard, you'd have to assign multiple team managers.. coaching staff... etc etc

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    the series will pose a great prospect in 'resuming' cricket between these two 'cricket obsessed' countries. People want to see India vs Pakistan action again after some nail biting matches between the neighbours in past few years, both in senior as well as Junior(U-19) circuit. The idea of two teams seems to be god but ICC won't allow it. I think it should have been a tour of Pakistan A team to India A and later in the calender there may have been a Triangular series.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Pakistan should tour both Zimbabwe and India. But schedule should be like that Zimbabwe serious come after indio-pak.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | September 2, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    I like the look of Zia ul Haq, moves the ball around both ways and is quite sharp and an excellent control on line and length, eagerly awaiting.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    Pakistan should tour both India and Zimbabwe and send out 2 squads. Probably the squad to tour India contain Misbah, Afridi, Jamshed, Farhat, Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Junaid Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Aizaz Cheema, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, and Anwar Ali. And the squad to tour Zimbabwe contain Shoaib Malik, Hammad Azam, Salahuddin, Adnan Akmal, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Zia-ul-Haq, Raza Hasan, Haris Sohail, Sadaf Hussain, Yasir Shah, Sami Aslam, Azeem Ghumman

  • POSTED BY tajshaikh on | September 2, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Although relations among India and Pakistan are important political matter, backing out of committment with Zimbabwe is not a very good idea. Pakistan could visit India next year after Zimbabwe tour. I don't see any significant change in relations between two countries by postponing a plan.

  • POSTED BY syed.r.karim on | September 2, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    I am really afraid; Why Pakistan do't has any international commitments scheduled from the end of the ICC World T20 in October till the tour of Zimbabwe. Really this board can only disappoint the fans.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | September 1, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    With due respect zimbabwe is a good side. It could have been a good chance for some youngsters along with some out of form players to try as no cricket has been played within pakistan. Anyways postponement is not bad either because series india is more important.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | September 1, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    It's important that this tour goes ahead - without it, there's not first-class cricket for the international players before the South Africa tour - you can't afford to take on SA under-prepared if you have any wish to be competitive. the India ODIs may be important for political reasons, but the Zimbabwe tour is more important for cricketing reasons

  • POSTED BY LynadThike on | September 1, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    I understand why Pakistan have postponed this tour, but cannot believe that a minnow cricketing nation like Zimbabwe is seeing so little international action. It is ridiculous that they are re-admitted into the elite test circle and then have only one test for the whole of 2012 , vs New Zealand in January. How can they be expected to compete with the 'bigger" nations with such huge gaps in their international calendar? And when they do not perform there will be the detractors questioning Zimbabwe's test status and asking why Ireland isn't there instead, but honestly how are they supposed to develop under such circumstances? Come on ICC, ensure that nations like Zim and Bangladesh have a fair chance....

  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | September 1, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    If Pakistan tours Zimbabwe, then our bench strength should be tested along with new players making their debut. Just like how India tested their bench strength against the WI. There was no Gambhir, Sehwag, Tendulkar, Yuvraj, Dhoni and Zaheer. We should be careful, however, to not have a completely premature squad, otherwise we could lose matches and you should never underestimate teams in international cricket. My team would be: 1.) Nasir Jamshed 2.) Babar Azam 3.) Ahmed Shehzad 4.) Umar Akmal (C) 5.) Azhar Ali 6.) Mohammad Nawaz 7.) Adnan Akmal 8.) Yasir Shah 9.) Sadaf Hussain 10.) Anwar Ali 11.) Junaid Khan

  • POSTED BY avmd on | September 1, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Although I agree with exposing more youngsters to international cricket on an "easy" tour like this but to get selected for national team, one has to have one or two good first calss season behind him. We picked Hammad Azam on the base of under 19 performance and he proved to be no where close to internationa calss both in bolwing and batting. Usaman Salahuddina, Hasan Raza and Haris Sohail have done that and should be selcted but not Babar Azam or Zia-ud-Din. Babar has played onely haddful of FC games and so did Zia. Poor Anwar Ali has been performing for years and now deserves a long run. And what about Talha, when will he get his well deserved chance. We wasted a lot of time on useless players like Cheem and Sohail Tanvir.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | September 1, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    I hope, at least on Zimbabwe tour they will give chance to some young talented player like Usman Salahuddin, Baber Azam, Zia-ul-Haq and Haris Sohail. In the recent matches else where it is very obvious that the new and young players like Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali and Junaid Khan have performed wonderfully and the experience speak loudly for inclusion of some more of them. Usman Sallahuddin has have decent performances in last two domestic season and is said to have a very good batting technique too. I saw Zia-ul-Haq bowling at very good speed (140) in u 19 worldcup matches where he was able to swing the ball both ways. He is just 18 and with some good coaching with Wasim Akram and Mohammad Akram, he could be a long time prospect. My team for Zimbabwe tour will be 1) Nasir Jamshid 2) Baber Azzam 3) Azhar Ali 4) Asad Shafiq 5) Umar Akmal 6) Usman Sallahudin 7) Adnan Akmal 8) Zia-ul-Haq 9) Junaid Khan 10) Raza Hassan 11) Saeed Ajmal (capt).

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  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | September 1, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    I hope, at least on Zimbabwe tour they will give chance to some young talented player like Usman Salahuddin, Baber Azam, Zia-ul-Haq and Haris Sohail. In the recent matches else where it is very obvious that the new and young players like Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali and Junaid Khan have performed wonderfully and the experience speak loudly for inclusion of some more of them. Usman Sallahuddin has have decent performances in last two domestic season and is said to have a very good batting technique too. I saw Zia-ul-Haq bowling at very good speed (140) in u 19 worldcup matches where he was able to swing the ball both ways. He is just 18 and with some good coaching with Wasim Akram and Mohammad Akram, he could be a long time prospect. My team for Zimbabwe tour will be 1) Nasir Jamshid 2) Baber Azzam 3) Azhar Ali 4) Asad Shafiq 5) Umar Akmal 6) Usman Sallahudin 7) Adnan Akmal 8) Zia-ul-Haq 9) Junaid Khan 10) Raza Hassan 11) Saeed Ajmal (capt).

  • POSTED BY avmd on | September 1, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Although I agree with exposing more youngsters to international cricket on an "easy" tour like this but to get selected for national team, one has to have one or two good first calss season behind him. We picked Hammad Azam on the base of under 19 performance and he proved to be no where close to internationa calss both in bolwing and batting. Usaman Salahuddina, Hasan Raza and Haris Sohail have done that and should be selcted but not Babar Azam or Zia-ud-Din. Babar has played onely haddful of FC games and so did Zia. Poor Anwar Ali has been performing for years and now deserves a long run. And what about Talha, when will he get his well deserved chance. We wasted a lot of time on useless players like Cheem and Sohail Tanvir.

  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | September 1, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    If Pakistan tours Zimbabwe, then our bench strength should be tested along with new players making their debut. Just like how India tested their bench strength against the WI. There was no Gambhir, Sehwag, Tendulkar, Yuvraj, Dhoni and Zaheer. We should be careful, however, to not have a completely premature squad, otherwise we could lose matches and you should never underestimate teams in international cricket. My team would be: 1.) Nasir Jamshed 2.) Babar Azam 3.) Ahmed Shehzad 4.) Umar Akmal (C) 5.) Azhar Ali 6.) Mohammad Nawaz 7.) Adnan Akmal 8.) Yasir Shah 9.) Sadaf Hussain 10.) Anwar Ali 11.) Junaid Khan

  • POSTED BY LynadThike on | September 1, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    I understand why Pakistan have postponed this tour, but cannot believe that a minnow cricketing nation like Zimbabwe is seeing so little international action. It is ridiculous that they are re-admitted into the elite test circle and then have only one test for the whole of 2012 , vs New Zealand in January. How can they be expected to compete with the 'bigger" nations with such huge gaps in their international calendar? And when they do not perform there will be the detractors questioning Zimbabwe's test status and asking why Ireland isn't there instead, but honestly how are they supposed to develop under such circumstances? Come on ICC, ensure that nations like Zim and Bangladesh have a fair chance....

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | September 1, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    It's important that this tour goes ahead - without it, there's not first-class cricket for the international players before the South Africa tour - you can't afford to take on SA under-prepared if you have any wish to be competitive. the India ODIs may be important for political reasons, but the Zimbabwe tour is more important for cricketing reasons

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | September 1, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    With due respect zimbabwe is a good side. It could have been a good chance for some youngsters along with some out of form players to try as no cricket has been played within pakistan. Anyways postponement is not bad either because series india is more important.

  • POSTED BY syed.r.karim on | September 2, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    I am really afraid; Why Pakistan do't has any international commitments scheduled from the end of the ICC World T20 in October till the tour of Zimbabwe. Really this board can only disappoint the fans.

  • POSTED BY tajshaikh on | September 2, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Although relations among India and Pakistan are important political matter, backing out of committment with Zimbabwe is not a very good idea. Pakistan could visit India next year after Zimbabwe tour. I don't see any significant change in relations between two countries by postponing a plan.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    Pakistan should tour both India and Zimbabwe and send out 2 squads. Probably the squad to tour India contain Misbah, Afridi, Jamshed, Farhat, Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Junaid Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Aizaz Cheema, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, and Anwar Ali. And the squad to tour Zimbabwe contain Shoaib Malik, Hammad Azam, Salahuddin, Adnan Akmal, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Zia-ul-Haq, Raza Hasan, Haris Sohail, Sadaf Hussain, Yasir Shah, Sami Aslam, Azeem Ghumman

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | September 2, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    I like the look of Zia ul Haq, moves the ball around both ways and is quite sharp and an excellent control on line and length, eagerly awaiting.