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Hafeez wants Pakistan to play more Tests

Umar Farooq

January 14, 2013

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Mohammad Hafeez leaps with joy after Saeed Ajmal strikes, India v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Kolkata, January 3, 2013
Mohammad Hafeez (left) says Pakistan's success in India has boosted the morale of the team © BCCI
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Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan's Test vice captain, has urged the PCB to schedule more Test matches for the national team because he believes it is the format that helps produce quality cricketers. In the last five years, Pakistan have played 35 Tests, more than only Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. England, in comparison, played 63.

"It's unfortunate that we get less Test matches," Hafeez said in Karachi. "We played three Tests in January [2012] and then three in June, and again after six months we will play in South Africa, which is hard on us. I would urge the board to take up this issue and try to schedule more Test matches for us because I believe players only develop by playing Test matches.

"Test cricket produces good quality cricketers, like we have found Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq. We need to promote Test cricket but if we play only six Tests in a year then it will be tough. I think PCB needs to fight for more Tests in the next fixture because you get quality cricketers from Test cricket."

According to the ICC's FTP, Pakistan are scheduled to play 88 Tests between 2012 and 2020. They will play ten Tests in 2013 and then face a five to six-month break before hosting Australia for three Tests in October 2014. Pakistan have had to play their home Tests at off-shore venues such as England and the UAE after the Sri Lankan team was attacked by terrorists in Lahore in March 2009.

Pakistan's last Test series was in Sri Lanka in June and July and they head to South Africa later this month for a three-match contest, which begins on February 1. Their previous tour to South Africa was in 2007, and of this current squad only Hafeez, Younis Khan and Faisal Iqbal were in that tour party.

"A Test series in South Africa will be challenging because the conditions are different. We played there in 2007 but this time we are carrying an entirely new combination," Hafeez said. "We are going there ten days in advance and have a side match before the Test so it will give us some good preparation. They have a good combination of batting and bowling but we too are going there after winning our series in India, which has lifted our morale a lot."

Pakistan selectors on Friday named two rookie fast bowlers - Mohammad Irfan and Ehsan Adil - for the South Africa tour, along with Junaid Khan and Umar Gul. "It's a decision of the selection committee," said Hafeez, accepting his "side is short of another fast bowler" but he was confident this attack, which includes spinners Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman, would fare well in South Africa.

"We have an emerging bowler in Junaid Khan and then Umar Gul is very experienced," Hafeez said. "Mohammad Irfan is also progressing well."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by getsetgopk on (January 17, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

Narbavi: Ok since you are not going to answer it i'll just consider you conceed that this 0-8 distinction is Indias and Indias alone.

Moving on to the record against Australia. Pak's W/L ratio against Auss on away venues is 0.2. W/L ratio on home venues is 2.33

Indias W/L ratio against Auss on away venues is 0.19 and Indias W/L ratio on home venues is 1.25

Pakistan's record against Australia our worst against any side but compared to Indias record is way superior. Feel free to check those stats. Now then, are you still claiming that India has a better home and away record against Auss? A simple yes or no will do.

Posted by Narbavi on (January 17, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

@getsetgopk: i didn't dodge your question i agreed we failed miserably in england and australia in 2011, but its you who is evading my question when i asked you when were u crowned world no.1 in test cricket, and also about the 3 successive whitewashes you suffered in australia, you talk about us losing 8-0, what about you losing 12-0 in australia, you lost every single test in australia in your 3 previous tours, you think that's a proud record to have?

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 17, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

Narbavi: Enough with this dogging and ducking, still waiting for an answer, name the country that has lost 0-8 on consecutive series in the entire history of test cricket. Comeback when you have the answer. This good old decade is all you have in your entire history of over 60 years of cricket. Till 2000, Indias W/L ratio in away tests is a meager 0.18. Read it again, its 0.18. Forget about this decade and that decade, Paks overall W/L ratio in away games is 0.74, thats miles ahead of India, any day. And while find the answer to my first question, do one more thing, when was the first time India won a test match on Pakistan's soil?

Posted by Narbavi on (January 17, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

@getsetgopk: And we all know pakistan got whitewashed 3-0 the last time they played in aus in 2010, whitewashed 3-0 in 2005 as well, infact if i remember correctly, the last 3 series you played in australia you got whitewashed 3-0 all the time

Posted by Narbavi on (January 17, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

@getsetgopk: Yes we lost badly no doubt, but in that same period we also won tests in australia, series in england and drew a series in south africa, did you achieve any of that in the last decade? we were also the no.1 test team in the world for two and half years whether u like it or not, did pakistan ever get near that spot?

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 16, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

@Narbavi: What has Pakistan done in the past decade? Really? Is that what an Indian fan should be asking on cricket forums these days? Or should the question that needs to be raised by India fans is what has happened to India in the recent year or two? And while you think about it, name a country that has been whitewashed in consecutive tests series in the whole darn history of this game that you are commenting on here. As is the case with most India fans, all you see is that good old past decade, why dont you go back to when your country started playing this game? And that good old decade has all but came down crashing with whitewashes and defeats at home, lost to Pak too. Not even the tailor made pitches and that ridiculous stance on DRS couldn't save your sorry side. Can't explain all of what Pak has done but pretty sure Pak wont do what India has done in the coming billion years. Lost 9 out of 10 tests, thats something one expects of a team like BD, a minnow who shouldn't be playin

Posted by Narbavi on (January 16, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

@khurramsch: Agree but he says india doesn't warrant test status now whereas pakistan does, over the last 15 years u compare the records and u can clearly see that india is miles ahead of pakistan and srilanka when it comes to what they have achieved as a test nation, yes we are struggling recently but still just take a look and you will know

Posted by khurramsch on (January 16, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

@narbavi: mate though i don not agree with the coments of getsetgopk to which you are replying. but my only coment is in your response. if you want to see record, why only last decade? why not see overall record? & pakistan's overall record overseas is still better than many other teams ( even with a poor last decade ). i dont see any point for talking about past ( part of past ).

Posted by Narbavi on (January 16, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

@getsetgopk: Test cricket is limited to only few teams but u add pakistan in that list? really? tell me what has pakistan achieved in england south africa and australia in the decade or so, come on tell us

Posted by Dhanno on (January 15, 2013, 21:47 GMT)

@getsetgopk : Oh we respect test cricket alright. We measure respect in terms of how much TV audience we get, rates of advt, the TV rights, dancers etc :P. And how can you shield test players, the old school of dravid/ SRT/ Laxman, even 2 years ago sehwag/ gambhir/ zaheer/Bhajan were all crowd-pullers. And yes so many were "Icons" :). Now if you shield SRT, MI wouldnt have broke even for 10 years! So yes we love test cricket but we also love the money, lot more!

The IPL can be spread across 2 months/ 3 months but when can we organize it?? Scorching heats of summer or rainy monsoons ? They are killing these players, batsmen's techniques going to dogs/ bowlers "honing skills" in T20s and year round SL tours, there go our so called test specialist!. Even amongst them I felt dravid/ VVS were only two who would have cared for test cricket. But if they had stopped playing in IPL, BCCI would have kicked them out of test team, that is how convoluted stuff is.

For now, I am happy 4 Hafeez!

Posted by khurramsch on (January 15, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

yes agree that tests should be played more so that there are some good quality cricketer. pak played very less tests in last few years & that is not good in today's game when every1 is crazy about rankings. I think problem with smaller boards is that tests do not attract much of fans in stadium & results in financial problems. India, england, Aus , SA people do like to watch tests and good numbers but in pakistan, Sl , or other smaller boards not much number turn up & that is the reason tests are very less. on top of that too many leagues of 20-20 now a days.

Posted by Fakhar.247 on (January 15, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

yes Pakistani team need more test matches to show their talent ....

Posted by mainul079080 on (January 15, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

Exactly the echo of what i did comment in cricinfo a few days ago. Did Hafeez read that - i wonder! Had Pakistan played 10-12 tests per year greats like Waqar, Wasim would have more than 600 test wickets and Injamam had more than 10000 runs in tests. PCB has been always the most rubbish cricket board in the world. Thats why i am always against Bangladesh visit in Pakistan. Bcause i never trust PCB's commitment on security.

Posted by Udendra on (January 15, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

Ha Mr. Hafeez, have you consulted SLC & Mahela, Sanga in this regard? they'll tell you that Test cricket is crap and ODIs are the way forward.

Posted by sum1nice on (January 15, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

I sincerely hope that Hafeez should not be punished for speaking his heart out which is by the way a ground reality for Pakistan. Though the chances are remote considering the current PCB management. Hafeez has proved that he possesses a sound cricketing mind and a thinking cricketer ..a rare commodity ... I completely agree with him that we are short of one fast blower..

I think that PCB should start working on test series outside FTP, may be with Sri Lanka as they had always been really supportive for Pakistan. India Pakistan series in my opinion would be a tough task

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (January 15, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

With PSL round the corner, I'm not surprised to see Hafeez giving this kind of statements.

Posted by MianAmmar on (January 15, 2013, 7:15 GMT)

Mr. Balumekka,i appreciate ur thinking to restore Intl. Cricket in Pakistan and PCB is trying very hard to get back Intl cricket in pakistan,All international fans want intl cricket in pakistan,Insha Allah we will be succeeded to get back cricket in Pakistan,Thanx to all guys who are supporting this cause

Posted by FARHAN-SB on (January 15, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

Good Stance! but need to see the practical application from PCB. Mr. Zaka Ashraf is doing a good JOB and I am quite hopeful from him....

Posted by Vencat_Bird on (January 15, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

Mike you sound like a die hard Pakistani, not Kiwi ....

Posted by JINNAH0001 on (January 15, 2013, 3:34 GMT)

sa vs pak will b be called 'the magnificent series'....when the teacher will ask most important events of 2013 to discuss in at the end of year i'm gonna say Feb test

Posted by Farhan020328 on (January 15, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

This is quite amazing how Pakistan found so many talents over the years. They were never short of talents in any time I followed this game. I wish Pakistan best of luck in SA.

About IPL, I don't believe this is destroying cricket. The system is destroying cricket with very big hand of BCCI involved. The current form of Indian team is not the result of IPL but the bad negotiation with the talents. Cricketers are making themselves rich - no problem is with that. Problem is if you forget to play test cricket, lack of concentration and lack of intensity to play the game. Pakistan did well in tests and ODIs because they concentrated well in tests and maintained the basics well. If any team does that, I believe, playing IPL can not pull them down.

Looking forward to have a quality 2013

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 15, 2013, 3:04 GMT)

Dhanno: India could have had it all my friend if their administrators of the game in had just little more respect for Tests. With the kind of market India is, there is always enough money for all the formats. If BCCI could have just shielded their test squad from the rigours of IPL (3 hour games but runs from 2 months) India would have been in a much better place. Of course the down side of it all is that there isn't a single format left that India is good at right now. Test cricket unfortunately has reduced to just Eng, SA, Auss and Pak, all the other countrys have bowed out.

Posted by   on (January 15, 2013, 2:44 GMT)

There is a player - Sadaf Hussain - who needs to be developed urgently.

At 23 if he comes into national sides, he can work on his fitness and speed. He averages under 18 after 160 wickets (in 50 innings)!

Posted by zenboomerang on (January 15, 2013, 2:18 GMT)

Personally I would love to see more Tests against Pakistan - especially in Oz, last series here was in 2009 & the next in 2016...

During the 80's there were 17 Tests between us, 90's 15 Tests, 2000's 7 Tests - & this has weakened Test cricket... Many Oz fans really enjoy watching Pak, SL & WI playing here & get good local support with a number of Pak players becoming regulars in our domestic comps... We need more series between our nations for cricket to flourish...

Posted by Meety on (January 15, 2013, 1:45 GMT)

Pakistan is just so unpredictable. At their best they can beat anyone anywhere, anytime. At their worst, they can look like minnows. Proper functioning FTP would have home & away battles v Pakistan, atm I fear that isn't possible, so I wish pakistan best of luck operating out of the uAE.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 15, 2013, 1:06 GMT)

@PakCric786, yes I agree on the importance of fans. BUT our players have clearly ignored the fans in this tour of Australia! Look at the performance in the tests. They have been partying and attending dinners organized by our expats till 2AM even on Christmas day and that was why we played so badly in the tests. They better know that they are contracted cricketers who are obliged to perform for the country. So they have forgotten their obligations towards the fans. Sanga is selfish for not stepping down from T20 cricket cos he eats way too many balls. Thanks for your wishes for a good future but it will only come after Sanga and Mahela go!

I also hope Pakistan will give Usman Salahuddin the chance sooner before it is too late. Jamshed seems perfect for ODIs and hope he impresses in tests. If not for him getting an atrocious LBW at the world T20 semis, Pakistan would have won!

Posted by nyazdanie on (January 15, 2013, 0:14 GMT)

I agree with fully Hafeez.

Posted by IAS2009 on (January 14, 2013, 23:50 GMT)

SA is very good team, batting and bowling both, If Pakistan batting clicks it will be good series, they need t bowl in right areas and don't get carried away by bowling short. In batting they need to be patience and yet positive. Pakistan have beaten a very good England team 3-0 so it is not impossible to beat SA.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 23:20 GMT)

As a NZer, I have always felt that Pakistan are one of the current top test teams, behind SA and on par with England. With Younis and Misbah and Hafeez they have a solid and prove batting line up, and newcomers Azhar Ali and Shafiq are proving to be world class. Their bowling has been consistent for years, even after the match fixing scandal Umar Gul and now Junaid Khan are magnificent fast bowlers. All this and I haven't even gotten to Ajmal yet! So yes I agree with Hafeez, Pakistan defitniely need more test matches, they could be the best in the world if they got these.

Posted by Dhanno on (January 14, 2013, 22:21 GMT)

How much would I pay to have him in Indian team and being VC or captain. Someone who has got his priorities sorted. I am an indian and normally I wouldnt have been so much looking forward to pakistan tests. But the fact that our captain/ team/ admins give hoot for Test cricket survival (what with the constant ODIs, T20s and maofall IPL!) makes me keep an eye on pakistani test calendar. Azhar Ali was one batsman I followed for last year or so, add to that Asad Shafiq and Hafeez. I am glad they are not spoilt with IPL riches, as that would mean not a single subcontinental team worth following. For now it is Ashes, any test match involving SA (just for sheer brilliance of dying breed called Test quality fast bowlers) and Pakistan's meager calendar : that is all a test fan can look forward to.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (January 14, 2013, 21:56 GMT)

I completely agree with hafeez. I really like that our players prefer test crciket. Misbah is doing very good job. He is very sensible and calming. So much to like about him. Hafeez is also doing very well and he is lucky to have someone like misbah to learn from. Pakistan should look for razzaq,s replacement and their test team will be complete with even a reasonable wicket keeper batsman. I am looking forward to their SA tour. Wish you good luck boys.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (January 14, 2013, 21:45 GMT)

When it comes to having the right priorities, Pakistan's vice-captain has showed fine judgement in wanting more TC for his nation's team. He knows that the shorter formats, esp. t20,don't produce qualiity cricketers & sides that produce quality Test players also, as a by-product, find t20/ ODI specialists as well. It is easier & far more sensible, to work form the top down, rather than from the bottom up. This is something that other subcontinental teams have lost sight of in their unbecoming rush to stick their sticky hands into the pot of gold. The price of everything, the value of nothing - that is all that the other three sides understand. Thank goodness Mohammed Hafeez can see the bigger picture. Good luck to him & Pakistan in having his wish granted.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

At least we should play 12-14 test matches in 1 year,, even teams like NZ,WI & SRL are playing more test cricket then us...our players are good enough to play top class test Cricket.. Best of luck for SA tour...

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

Tests give chance to players to explore their talents...

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

Good luck boys in South Africa Tour

Posted by PakCric786 on (January 14, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

@Sinhaya.. Thank you for your kind words about Pak team, but you should not feel down about your own team SL fans need to back their team without you they have nothing as we all know fans are the biggest motivation for players so stay behind them even if they lose. As for Sanga he's a great player and calling him selfish is just really insulting to the great. Good luck for the future and i hope we soon see strong SL team again.

Posted by hst84 on (January 14, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

The point that Hafeez rose is particularly correct and viable as players are made and scrutinized when they play quality test matches. Playing more test matches against an opposition that matches your class or a bit above it proves the point. Nonetheless, Hafeez has some of his own work to do in Test matches and show his character as he has done in the other formats of the game. Lets hope for a great series..

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

Pakistan is a good team i wont call great.One thing Misbah has managed to do under his captaincy except his first test against west indies is that either somehow win the game or draw it.This has been majorly because of the three middle order baatsman of Pakistan Azhar , Misbah and younis .Azhar takes 450 bowls to score 150.In the same amount of balls amla score 250 odd ,clarke scores a triple century .What i mean to say is that these players make sure that Pakistan doesn't lose the match .To prove this statistically Pakistan has never lost a match in which azhar ali scored a fifty plus score.So all azhar has to do is make a fifty as it takes him nearly 3 sessions to do it and Pakistan saves the match

Anyway best of luck Pakistan(you need it).Lets have some real test cricket to watch and enjoy after South africa vs Australia series

Posted by CarnivalOfSorts on (January 14, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

Frankly I'm sure the Irish team would love to face Pakistan in some First Class matches if they have this much room in their schedules.

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (January 14, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

i completely agree such talented team deserves more and more test to play !

Posted by liaqathussain on (January 14, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

pak need to go to dubai first and spend 4-5 days practicing on the icc academy on pitches with bounce and pace , and then play the practice match,

more practice games are required for pak to have a chance to win the south African tour

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

sir ,getsetgopak, is 100% right, in his saying ,that pak. has the best win loss ratio among sub-continent teams and 3rd best among world ckt. teams, actually tests are determined by bowiling ,so in this department psk. was always frontrunner, this sa tour will be determined by batting of pak. if psk. will show some fight in batting than this test series will be mouth wstering series, i am desperately waiting for this series d some best bowlers are on display, so a lot of chin music is expected..... I personally enjoy the terror ,which one could feel in batsman eyes ,when pace bowlers are on fire, so i hope this sa tour will be grest contest betw. pak and sa , cheers from J & K...

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 14, 2013, 18:05 GMT)

@AndyZaltzmannsHair, thanks for your support as I am the real Sinhaya!

@Fezz, yes you are correct indeed. Actually Pakistan should have insisted on DRS as a prerequisite for that series. If next time Sri Lanka refuses DRS, Pakistan should refuse to tour SL. Seriously our board must be forced to act or they will never learn lessons.

At all Pakistan fans, seriously I feel Jamshed and Azhar Ali can be better than Sanga and Mahela. Mahela in particular is highly overrated. Younis Khan and even Misbah is better than Mahela. Sanga is very selfish. As batting has been a weak link for Pakistan, what they must do in SA is target as many singles. Your batsmen slog too often. Jamshed has already impressed in ODIs and hope he does well in tests. Shafiq is rather inconsistent. Azhar Ali is solid and should target SA as a place to assess where he stands against good bowling. Remember in the series against England in UAE, your batting was not upto the mark as bowling did the trick.

Posted by Malik121 on (January 14, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

Yeah! I agree with Moh Hafeez, Pakistan should play more Test matches. Yeah again its up to PCB to have relationship with the other test playing nations. And i think Mr. Zaka Ashraf (chairman PCB) is doing a greag job to convince the other nation to play with Pakistan. And ICC have to make sure that every single test playing nation have enaugh test matches in there future program. I have got a bit worry about test matches shortage because most of players got Leage priority over test matches. So its important for ICC to make sure about the future of Test matches. I mean if you see England team, they have played 35 test matches and Pakistan played only 12 test matches. Its a big difference between two test playing nations. So i think its the time for the boards and ICC to step up and make sure that every single test playing nation to have there full test matches done.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 14, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

Pakistani fans are blessed to see a qualified dedicated professional man Zaka Ashraf running PCB. I am sure he knows the value of test cricket well. Great to have a professor like thinker in the side which is Hafeez. Because he has a professor like mind only is the reason for him to demand more and more tests for Pakistan.

Can I ask why is Misbah called as tuk tuk if you all dont mind? I think Misbah is the best captain at the moment. Though defensive, it is sensible for him to fear losing because should he lose more, his career is over. Misbah's only test series loss was against Sri Lanka due to umpiring at it's worse. Next time PCB should insist on DRS when playing Sri Lanka.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (January 14, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

@Saud great idea haha, and hafeez bro, thats what Bangladesh keep saying!!

Posted by WeeBee on (January 14, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

Muhammad Amir - swings balls with pace , Muhammad Asif is shadow of Mc Grath, Junaid Khan is another Wasim Akram , Nasir Jamshed plays like saeed Anwar . . . what else you want from a little country ! ...

Posted by Fezz on (January 14, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

@ Sinhya! This is just a little extract from Cricinfo archive commentary of the first match of the series u r talking about: "Pakistan were at the wrong end of lbw calls against Dilshan and Mahela, and Paranavitana was also reprieved earlier in the morning, Umar Gul suffered the most." Here is the link;page=2;view=commentary I remember that match very well, and if u want, I can find the extract from Cricinfo commentary which said "At least a dozen decisions went against Pakistan in this match". U can also check Mahela's article after that match which acknowledged that if DRS was available, half of the decisions given in this match would have been reversed. Enough said !

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

Yeah , please neglect the imposter "sinhya" , it's not the real SINHAYA , probably a person of "another" country, who wants to stir some anger between Pak and SL fans.

Posted by Asad_Khan1 on (January 14, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

AndyZaltzmannsHair is right. This is not real Sinhaya. This person is using fake identiity to cause rift between Srilankan and Pakistani fans.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

Come to Dhaka and play tests against our boys. That way we will both get test practise.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 14, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

@All Pakistani fans, PLEASE IGNORE this person called "Sinhya". I am the real Sinhaya as 2 others are impostering me. I adore Pakistan big time. Pakistan should never have lost the test series at all last year. Result should have been 1-1 if not for rain in the 2nd test. I feel we may have still won the 1st test in Galle. Pakistan suffered badly as we had 13 men in Galle.

Pakistan has the best overseas test record of all sub continent teams. Your test record in England is excellent. Your test record in Australia up until 1995 was good. I know Pakistan lost 13 consecutive tests against Aussies and that is the only negative remark I have to make. Other than that, Pakistan's test records home and away has been fantastic and well done. Hope you all excel in South Africa and register your first ever test series win there. If Sri Lanka were the last team to beat SA in a test match in Dec 29 2011, nothing can stop Pakistan from doing so!

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

Currently PCB is working very hard for future of Paki cricket and as hafeez said it should also focus on more test matches as test matches are far more better than ODI's or T20's...

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (January 14, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

Sinhya: this guy is NOT the real SINHAYA. He's an imposter who's trying to cause trouble. Don't respond to him or the other Sinhaya imposters. The real Sinhaya doesn't post rubbish.

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (January 14, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

No way guys, you are going to the past, see lanka have always been either unlucky with umpiring decisions or have lost due to their negative mindset, we won in durban last year, and we have always given a great fight even while losing overseas that's why i say we have the best record overseas among asian teams

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 14, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

@Sinhya: Here is SL's away test record played 109 won 19 lost 54 with a W/L ratio of 0.35. Pakistan played 219 won 59 lost 79 W/L ratio of 0.74, thats more than twice the W/L ratio of SL in away games. Of all the Asian teams, Pakistan is miles ahead and the only team that is feared abroad. SL's record is commendable but only when you compare it with India. Pakistan is in a different league as far as records are concerned. Pak has the third best W/L ratio among all test playing nations, even better than SA.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

i agree they should also take Mohd Aamir with them then they could use Mohd Amir from one end and Junaid Khan from the other end as would be like old times when Wasim and Waqar used to compliment each other and then Umar Gul which will be handful for SA too

Posted by Kashif.Anwar on (January 14, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

Hafeez is spot-on here. Azhar Ali was a great find and he is also the highest test runs scorer for Pakistan in 2012 if I am not wrong. Nasir Jamshed will be doing test debut, I bet he will continue his odi form in this longer version of the game. Best of luck for him and Pak team in SA.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

indeed, test ckt, is the real ckt. and odi and t20s are circus ,absolutly pak. should play more tests ,as they have world class bowling ,which actually determine the result of test match and above all one can see chin music ,which is actual best sight in ckt . so i wish pak. should play atleast 12 to 15 games of test per year. cheers from J & K...

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

is it to me only or someone else thinks the same, whenever i see a Sri Lankan commenting on Pakistan's cricket, i feel a sense of respect which isn't with anyone else's comments here on Cricinfo. a true friend of Pakistan. and yeah Test cricket is more important in developing a player or a generation of players. try to play more with Kiwis and Lanka as they also play less matches. Aussies, English and South African have their schedule packed.

Posted by Saddam_Rasool on (January 14, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

Pakistan is one fast bowler short in the series, but in any case Pakistan will be selecting only 3 fast bowler in a test match so they will be fine. If Pakistan batsmen performed well their bowlers would definitely give SouthAfricans a scare with the ball.

Posted by drnaveed on (January 14, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

@sinhya, it is not a team like BD ,that "you play more you loose more", we are talking about Pakistan.yes , they are not the number 1 or 2 side in the world at present, but still their record is far better than teams like India , SL, WI ,and few others.they don't play home series at all these days, and looking at their record abroad it is not bad at all. they have improved their fielding in the recent times, they have one of the best bowling attack in the world, if not the best, and their test batting is not bad either . they will give SA a tough time in the coming series, so folks watch out for the series .............

Posted by Saddam_Rasool on (January 14, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

Sinhya.. Pakistan has the best away record of all the south asian teams. Its only against Austrailia that Pakistan has failed to perform in down under(they even drew 1-1 in England with them). In our last series in South Africa, Pakistan lost a very keenly fought series 2-1, they have defeated NZ 1-0, drew WI in WI. Even in that ill fated series, Pakistan bowler's gave England nothing away, it was only our batting that let us down. Even in that series Pakistan lost 3-1 which is still better than Srilanka or India performed in the last series. In non subcontinent conditions, Pakistan has one of the better bowling attack in the world and especially far better than Srilanka or India currently have.

Posted by Cric_info_pak on (January 14, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

@sinhya pakistan have best test record as asia team and srilanka can't even come close to it ......pakistan beating england three times in series and win 9 test matches in england srilanka could not even beat them once in test match forget about series, srilanka only beat newzealand and zimbabewe out side asia n never win a test against aussie and west indies in their home ground .... and pakistan is not playing home series for last 3 years but still winning n beat your side by 2-0 asl well in that time.

Posted by AK47_pk on (January 14, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

Absolutly right mr hafeez. We shoud aim for atleast 12 tests in a year. I wud like to see pakistan playing more tests instead of odis. Pcb shud try to minimise odis nd maximise tests on every single visit.

Posted by PakCricketRockStar on (January 14, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

to Sinhya, remember there were 13 players playing for Srilanka on that 1 game you won.... so think before u speak on that

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

@Sinhya.. i wonder if Srilanka has batter record in away series than Pakistan?

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

Its exactly what i always think.. No wonder if Pakistan is not amongst top 3 teams.. If we compare it to india, we all know majority of the matches Indian team play are against lower ranked teams.. Bangladesh, Newzealand and westindies which results becoming the number 1, 2 and 3.. its the fact.. dont start criticism on it now..

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (January 14, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

Well, you play more you lose more, remember you lost a test series to us recently with sanga scoring a couple of 190's, and we also know you guys have a poor overseas record

Posted by vkypak on (January 14, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

death right hafeez totally agree with u......pakistan shud have play more test matches.....but we all behind u,go and make another history i m sure pakistan will do well in south africa they r more under pressure than us....INSHALLAH

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