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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  • POSTED BY dontlikecricket on | April 21, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Some new players deserve to get opportunity to play for the national team. However just because someone scores regularly in first class cricket doesnt mean they will be successful on international level. Two examples come to mind, Hick and Ramparkash in English first class career. PCB needs to send A team to countries like AUS, ENG & SA in order to see what players can perform and have future in test cricket. I suspect a lot of top first class batsmen will be able to perform decently under Asian conditions but not anywhere else. Umar Akmal also needs to get his house in order otherwise he may end up not playing international cricket for a long time. Misbah is showing that age is not a barrier, as long as he is fit and performing, he should play. For a playerof his age, his fitness is examplery.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2013, 10:55 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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!

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 11:08 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY dontlikecricket on | April 21, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Some new players deserve to get opportunity to play for the national team. However just because someone scores regularly in first class cricket doesnt mean they will be successful on international level. Two examples come to mind, Hick and Ramparkash in English first class career. PCB needs to send A team to countries like AUS, ENG & SA in order to see what players can perform and have future in test cricket. I suspect a lot of top first class batsmen will be able to perform decently under Asian conditions but not anywhere else. Umar Akmal also needs to get his house in order otherwise he may end up not playing international cricket for a long time. Misbah is showing that age is not a barrier, as long as he is fit and performing, he should play. For a playerof his age, his fitness is examplery.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2013, 10:55 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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!

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 11:08 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY TMuhammad on | April 22, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    All those who have been given a lots of chances and have not performen should now be rested and those who are perporming repeatedly in all forms of games be considered. Players like Rafatullah Mohammand, Khurram Manzoor, Sharjeel Khan Haris Sohail and Fawad Alam deserve chance. In Bollowing a lot of chances are given to Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Hammad Azam etc with no good result. Now Asad Ali, Ehsan Adil and Anwar Khan should get their chance. My Team: Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Misbah, Fawad Alam, Khuram Manzoor, Muhammad Rizwan/ Sarfraz (WKT), Irfan, Junaid, Saeed Ajmal, Asad Ali, Anwar Khan/ Ehsan Adil, Shahid Afridi, Raza Hasan/ Abdur Rehman. Remember the tournament is in England so we need Pacers who could swing ball in both ways and batsman who have been scoring in England like Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Fawad Alam and ofcourse we need Saeed Ajmal with Abdur Rehman or Raza Hasan in spin with Shahid Afridi and Hafeez + Fawad.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    masoor koondhar: agree with you on both..

    Yasir reshi: yes agree with you that fawad is doing well enough to be in team but continuously being ignored.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    raffatulla mohammed should be given a chance as a opner with nasir jamshed for atleast fr 6 matches. shoib masood should be tried at no 5 n asad ali or anwar ali should be t third quick bowler along with juned n irfan.this ar t players perfoming at domestic level. if nt given a chance then why ar they playing domestic cricket. hartis shoil, ahmed shazad,ashad shafiq,eshan adil, raza hasan, zulfikar baber,and, fawad alam should be in the squad so that they gain experence.No place fr sahid afridi and wahab riaz. thank god umer gul is injured.give players a run of 10 matches then see this domestic players will definately perform

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    engineer khan: brother his avg was 56 in tournment. yes he was bowled by quality bowler in i match but do you think in champion trophy there will be no quality bowlers. its not the score which matters its how he played. You mentioned SA series. yes he had 1 inings of 88 but what came after that 88? and you said for 1 bad innings. no it wasnt bad 1. he made 88 in 1. and then 2 inings where he went in and hit ball in very 1st over. in 4th odi 42 required off 54 and he went in hit a 4 & out leaving tail exposed. in 5th hit 1st ball he faced. Bolwing 3 wickets @ avg of 56. last 360 international balls : no wicket. before that 16 odis with 7 wickets. i think he can play where we need more spinners but in UK for champion trophy you dont need 3 spinners instead need fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    rafatullah deserves the place in pak team

  • POSTED BY MansoorKoondhar on | April 22, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Some friends are saying afridi should b dropped. Well let me tell u, on the basis of his recent boom boom innings, he isnt gonna b dropd for next five years in anticipation of another one, but he plays one like that once a five years :) and till the 5 years are over, he would b retired ;)

  • POSTED BY MansoorKoondhar on | April 22, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    Asad Ali is the find of the tournament. but I am afraid that selectors love Ehsan Adil, the no 8 bowler of the tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    shan maqsood looks like inzi should be the choice of selector as he score 427 the highest in the president trophy surely deserve the chance. He also bowls wells and the best all arounder. Chief selector give him chance and made a little effort on his batting style and approache then he would become the best batsman like, virat kholi, kallis and clerk, he did well in the tournament of which the international players did not like misbah, hafeez and azhar ali also have a low score then him 356.

  • POSTED BY EngineerKhan on | April 22, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    How come Afridi was the disappointment? He scored 30-odd off I think 12 balls in first game (unbeaten) and helped his team make their target invincible, while he didn't play 2nd game along with other seniors like Younis. In 3rd game, he was dismissed by quality bowler Junaid Khan and again in the semi-final, he was the leading scorer for a helpless HBL team. He didn't take wickets in first 2 games but didn't have bad of the economy rate either. And he took wickets in the last games he played. It's ridiculous to read that "He has been our of form for more than a year now" Its been merely a month since tour to SA and he was in the six-hitting form of the life. How easy it is to downplay some one on the basis of one bad innings (in final ODI at Benoni)

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Fawad alam is only batsman who is scoring consistly in domestic circuit since years, his domestic average is 55 better than inzimam. Yousuf.younis,misbah at international level he has done well.in the recently concluded event he has done also well .i wounder y selectors js close their eye on fawad alams performance Why selectors are always talking abt average batsman umar amin who is averaging below 40 at first class level. At international he was not able to score 50 in 4 test matches n few odi why razzaq is ignored it is shocking

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Khurram S Chaudhry totally agree with your comments... we should select a medium pace alrounder in the absence of razzak... umer amin/hammad azam should be given a chance... drop umer akmal bring asad shafiq or haris sohail.. ahmed shehzad deserves a place.. asad ali/ehsan adil one of them. give shoaib malik a last chance..he can be handfull with his experience.. boom boom also get one chance i think. sohail tanvir should get a chance in absence of gull

    my 15 will be: ahmed shehzad, hafeez, kamran akmal, asad shafiq, misbah, haris sohail/umer amin, shoaib malik, junaid khan, saeed ajmal, irfan, wahab riaz, asad ali/ehsan adil, afridi, sohail tanvir, abdur rehman/nasir jamshed.

  • POSTED BY SyedAbidHussain on | April 21, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Afridi scored 70 runs from 3 innings, which includes one NOT OUT, hence his batting average was 35 !!! The author has conveniently overlooked this aspect. Ofcourse his bowling form has gone down but he picked up 2 wickets in one match and 1 wicket in last match, and maintained a good economy rate compared to his team mates.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | April 21, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    I hope this time Asad Ali gets a fair chance. Umar Gul's absense should give sufficient opportunities to Asad & Rahat.

    But my worry is that the slot vacated by Gul should not be wasted with players like Riaz, Sami or Tanvir. PCB, please move on.

    .

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    from the team which played in SA.

    Nasir is out of form and ahmed did well in this tournment so Ahmed should be in.

    Kamran has had good event.

    younas already dropped.

    malik scored 132 in 3 matches. it looks good but if he isnt bowling then there are better batsman than him.

    Afridi a faliure so should not be in champion trophy. its in UK anyway, you dont need 3 spinners there. the chief selector is impressed with maliks and afridis performance in this event which is a joke.

    Shafiq was ok in this event.

    Umar akmal failed. so should take umar akmal.

    its been a while since asad ali is thought to be in line for selection so its good chance.

    they need medium pace batting allrounder. it can give them option to get in 1 more batsman.

    for UK 1-6 Ahmed shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Hafeez, Umar Amin, Misbah, Asad shafiq/umar akmal,

    7 Hammad azam or any other medium pace batting allrounder

    8-11: ajmal , junaid , irfan , Asad ali / wahab riaz /

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    i hope they select the squad on basis of these performances not names.

    Younas already dropped. Afridi & malik should not be in.

    Afridi was failed and big disappointment. 70 runs in games plus only 3 wickets.

    But i am afraid the chief selector said in a tv interview that he is satisfied with performance of afridi & malik ( malik scored 132 in 3 games ). this is the standard which our chief selector is satisfied off.

    as it will be in Uk so no need for so much spinning allrounders who are not full batsman nor bowlers. afridi & malik should not be in squad.

    Umar Akmal was failed this time.

    Nasir jamshed is talented, no doubt, but ahmed shehzad performed more than him. And nasir had a poor SA series as well.

    Rizwans looks promising . but for champion trophy they will surely go with Kamran with the stats above.

    umrar amin was very impressive. Azhars problem is Runrate.

    Umar guls absence has given a chance to try anwar or asad .

    they need a batting medium pace allrounder in UK.

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    i hope they select the squad on basis of these performances not names.

    Younas already dropped. Afridi & malik should not be in.

    Afridi was failed and big disappointment. 70 runs in games plus only 3 wickets.

    But i am afraid the chief selector said in a tv interview that he is satisfied with performance of afridi & malik ( malik scored 132 in 3 games ). this is the standard which our chief selector is satisfied off.

    as it will be in Uk so no need for so much spinning allrounders who are not full batsman nor bowlers. afridi & malik should not be in squad.

    Umar Akmal was failed this time.

    Nasir jamshed is talented, no doubt, but ahmed shehzad performed more than him. And nasir had a poor SA series as well.

    Rizwans looks promising . but for champion trophy they will surely go with Kamran with the stats above.

    umrar amin was very impressive. Azhars problem is Runrate.

    Umar guls absence has given a chance to try anwar or asad .

    they need a batting medium pace allrounder in UK.

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    from the team which played in SA.

    Nasir is out of form and ahmed did well in this tournment so Ahmed should be in.

    Kamran has had good event.

    younas already dropped.

    malik scored 132 in 3 matches. it looks good but if he isnt bowling then there are better batsman than him.

    Afridi a faliure so should not be in champion trophy. its in UK anyway, you dont need 3 spinners there. the chief selector is impressed with maliks and afridis performance in this event which is a joke.

    Shafiq was ok in this event.

    Umar akmal failed. so should take umar akmal.

    its been a while since asad ali is thought to be in line for selection so its good chance.

    they need medium pace batting allrounder. it can give them option to get in 1 more batsman.

    for UK 1-6 Ahmed shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Hafeez, Umar Amin, Misbah, Asad shafiq/umar akmal,

    7 Hammad azam or any other medium pace batting allrounder

    8-11: ajmal , junaid , irfan , Asad ali / wahab riaz /

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | April 21, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    I hope this time Asad Ali gets a fair chance. Umar Gul's absense should give sufficient opportunities to Asad & Rahat.

    But my worry is that the slot vacated by Gul should not be wasted with players like Riaz, Sami or Tanvir. PCB, please move on.

    .

  • POSTED BY SyedAbidHussain on | April 21, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Afridi scored 70 runs from 3 innings, which includes one NOT OUT, hence his batting average was 35 !!! The author has conveniently overlooked this aspect. Ofcourse his bowling form has gone down but he picked up 2 wickets in one match and 1 wicket in last match, and maintained a good economy rate compared to his team mates.

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Khurram S Chaudhry totally agree with your comments... we should select a medium pace alrounder in the absence of razzak... umer amin/hammad azam should be given a chance... drop umer akmal bring asad shafiq or haris sohail.. ahmed shehzad deserves a place.. asad ali/ehsan adil one of them. give shoaib malik a last chance..he can be handfull with his experience.. boom boom also get one chance i think. sohail tanvir should get a chance in absence of gull

    my 15 will be: ahmed shehzad, hafeez, kamran akmal, asad shafiq, misbah, haris sohail/umer amin, shoaib malik, junaid khan, saeed ajmal, irfan, wahab riaz, asad ali/ehsan adil, afridi, sohail tanvir, abdur rehman/nasir jamshed.

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Fawad alam is only batsman who is scoring consistly in domestic circuit since years, his domestic average is 55 better than inzimam. Yousuf.younis,misbah at international level he has done well.in the recently concluded event he has done also well .i wounder y selectors js close their eye on fawad alams performance Why selectors are always talking abt average batsman umar amin who is averaging below 40 at first class level. At international he was not able to score 50 in 4 test matches n few odi why razzaq is ignored it is shocking

  • POSTED BY EngineerKhan on | April 22, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    How come Afridi was the disappointment? He scored 30-odd off I think 12 balls in first game (unbeaten) and helped his team make their target invincible, while he didn't play 2nd game along with other seniors like Younis. In 3rd game, he was dismissed by quality bowler Junaid Khan and again in the semi-final, he was the leading scorer for a helpless HBL team. He didn't take wickets in first 2 games but didn't have bad of the economy rate either. And he took wickets in the last games he played. It's ridiculous to read that "He has been our of form for more than a year now" Its been merely a month since tour to SA and he was in the six-hitting form of the life. How easy it is to downplay some one on the basis of one bad innings (in final ODI at Benoni)

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    shan maqsood looks like inzi should be the choice of selector as he score 427 the highest in the president trophy surely deserve the chance. He also bowls wells and the best all arounder. Chief selector give him chance and made a little effort on his batting style and approache then he would become the best batsman like, virat kholi, kallis and clerk, he did well in the tournament of which the international players did not like misbah, hafeez and azhar ali also have a low score then him 356.

  • POSTED BY MansoorKoondhar on | April 22, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    Asad Ali is the find of the tournament. but I am afraid that selectors love Ehsan Adil, the no 8 bowler of the tournament.

  • POSTED BY MansoorKoondhar on | April 22, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Some friends are saying afridi should b dropped. Well let me tell u, on the basis of his recent boom boom innings, he isnt gonna b dropd for next five years in anticipation of another one, but he plays one like that once a five years :) and till the 5 years are over, he would b retired ;)