President's Cup One-Day tournament, 2012-13 April 21, 2013

The men who made a mark

ESPNcricinfo looks back at the President One-Day Cup action and picks out the performers of the event
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Team of the tournament
Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) deserve a mention for their consistent show throughout the event. Blessed with some of the finest players in Pakistan's domestic circuit, they demonstrated self-belief, a remarkable depth in batting line-up and a formidable bowling attack, led by veteran Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and two young potent fast-bowlers Junaid Khan and Nasir Malik. They beat National Bank by 119 runs in the semi-final but fell 32 runs short in the final contest, losing to Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL), led by Misbah-ul-Haq.

Batsman of the tournament
Rafatullah Mohmand (WAPDA) is 36, but age isn't a limitation. In this tournament, he's scored 425 runs in six matches at an average of 85. Having spent five years struggling on the circuit, after his world-record, second-wicket partnership of 580 runs in 2009, Mohmand is back in contention with strong performances. He finished as the second-highest run-getter in the tournament behind team-mate Sohaib Maqsood (427) and his three consecutive hundreds paved the way for the team's success.

Azhar Ali (SNGPL) was the only batsman from the list of Pakistan's probables to score more than 300 in six matches. Ali scored 356 for SNGPL at an average of 89.00. Other batsmen to excel included Maqsood, who, though largely unheralded, provided WAPDA with stability at the top of the order. He scored 427 at 71.16 with a strike rate of 97.93.

Bowler of the tournament
Asad Ali (SNGPL) and Nasir Malik (WAPDA) had 10 wickets each before the teams met in the final. However, Ali's four-wicket haul helped him finish as the leading wicket-taker, while Malik finished with 13 wickets. Ali is not an express bowler but his ability to hit the deck with a decent line and length made him Misbah's best bowler.

Young player of the tournament
Kamran Akmal remains the first choice for the national side, but the tournament saw the emergence of a young, promising wicket-keeper. Peshawar-born Mohammad Rizwan (SNGPL) scored 118 runs at an average of 39.33 and effected six dismissals, while Akmal scored 249 runs at an average of 62.25 with a highest score of 132*.

Unsung hero of the tournament
Umar Amin (Port Qasim Authority), a stylish 23-year-old, left-hand batsman, who made his debut for Pakistan in 2010 and featured in four Tests, has been working hard to regain his spot in the national side. The leading run-scorer in the President's Trophy first-class tournament - with 767 runs in nine matches at an average of 45.11 - Amin did well in the one-day tournament, too, his recent scores being 112, 42, 32, 32.

Flop of the tournament
It has been a while since Umar Akmal scored enough runs to justify his immense flair. His scores in the tournament were poor, and he finished with 79 runs in six matches.

Captain of the tournament
Misbah-ul-Haq had a stellar domestic season. Apart from the President's One-day Cup tournament, he won the first-class and Twenty20 titles, leading SNGPL and Faisalabad Wolves. He has the highest number of wins as captain throughout the season, having won 21 out of the 25 games he captained in different formats.

Disappointment of the tournament
All eyes were set on Shahid Afridi, anticipating a return to form in his charismatic style. He has been out of form for more than a year now, and that has been a cause for concern. In the tournament, he managed 70 runs in four matches and failed with the ball, too, taking only three wickets at poor bowling average of 56.66.

Farewell
Saleem Badar, one of Pakistan's most renowned umpires, called it a day. Almost 60, the final between SNGPL and WAPDA, where he officiated as TV umpire, was his last. He made his first class appearance in 1978 and went on to officiate in five Test matches (1988 - 1998), 29 ODIs (1988-2002), 272 first-class games and also supervised in the Commonwealth Games cricket. "It was great honor to supervise in four Asia Cups, five Test matches and 29 ODIs," said Badar on his last day. "I always enjoyed my job as an umpire and served the game with the best of my abilities."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • cric-doctor on April 26, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    i think 8 teams are participating in this tournament and each team has 2 wicket keeper,so out of 16 wicket keeper we didnt even find one who can replace the great KAMRAN AKMAL. look around the world Ab devillers , Ms dhoni ,Sangakara ,M prior ,macullum . they all are far better batsman then akmal and keeping we already know PCB must take a step forward by now for GOD sake bring some young and talented blood

  • dummy4fb on April 24, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    PMLN will win the elections and Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal will be back. ;-) Shahid Afridi already made a deal with Nawaz Sharief few days ago. hahahaha

  • rawjns on April 23, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Its a shame that you havent mentioned 16 year old Hussain Talat who has scored 272 runs in 4 matches 2 fifties and a hundred, with an average of 90.66 Highest score of 141 not out. For me he is the find of the tournament, he should be sent on tours with the team just to observe and learn. Fawwad Alam is also ignored in the article who has the all time highest first class average ever from Pakistan.

  • dummy4fb on April 23, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    afridi shud nt be considered for CT.. no reason to ignore fawad alam continuously

  • dummy4fb on April 22, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    afridi must be replaced with hammad azam...there r 2 main reasons...one is that afridi has been totally awful & pathetic for last 3 years and secondly we dont need afridis spin services in england as we have already ajmal and hafeez in our spin department...so we shoulld bring in hammad azam for cover up,,as he not only sound technical batsman but also bowls medium pace deliveries

  • PakCricketistanLover on April 22, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal should be dropped from the squad after their dismissal performance in the President Trophy. Umar Amin needs to be given a chance again!

  • dummy4fb on April 22, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    i would like to say fawad alam and umer ameen are doing well doing well. we should give them chance

  • dummy4fb on April 22, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    people who had played well may deserve a place in national team.my suggestion is that u have to come with young blood,to groom a team for world cup which held in australia

  • dummy4fb on April 22, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    just goes to show you what the selection committee is like. it is all utter bias .

  • The-Had1 on April 22, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Young Player Of Tournament: Hussain Talat 4 4 1 272 141* 90.66 277 98.19 1 2 0 30 11 (Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited) Age 16