Pakistan news April 25, 2013

Junaid upbeat about pace spearhead role

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Junaid Khan, the Pakistan fast bowler, is confident that his prior county experience with Lancashire will help him lead the attack in the absence of Umar Gul during the Champions Trophy in England this summer.

"I played for Lancashire and learnt about the conditions in England which are helpful for swing bowling, so that will surely come good when I play in the Champions Trophy," Junaid told reporters at a camp for Pakistan seamers. "Learning is a never-ending process and in this camp Wasim [Akram] told me how to improve my inswingers and yorkers which are considered as the two best weapons for a left-arm bowler."

Junaid, 23, had a memorable 2011 stint with Lancashire in the Friends Life t20 and was set to appear for another season last year but couldn't due to international commitments. He last toured England in 2007, with the Pakistan Under-19 team, that included Mohammad Amir. He failed to make an impact, taking only one wicket in five unofficial one-dayers and a Test.

He is currently among the 23 fast bowlers working with Wasim Akram in Karachi in a 10-day specialised camp. Over the last one and half year, he has been the permanent fast-bowler for Pakistan. In the last twelve months, Junaid has emerged the second highest wicket-taker for Pakistan after Saeed Ajmal in all three formats, with 37 wickets at 22.18 in 15 matches.

"I am wary about the role (in absence of Gul) and will definitely do my best to cover for his absence, but he will be missed," Junaid said. "I know there are expectations and I am determined to continue my good work. Every player comes into the national team after performing at the local level and once they are in the team there are always expectations.

"Wasim told us how to show aggression towards a batsman and I am developing that. I was the most aggressive bowler on the tour to India and then South Africa." He picked up eight wickets in three ODIs against India earlier this year.

Akram, who recommended Junaid to Lancashire in 2011, applauded his talent. "He has the capacity to spearhead Pakistan's attack and after noticing his talent I recommended his name to Lancashire," said Wasim, who represented the county in the 1980s and 90s. "As a young boy he did well for Lancashire and his ability to learn will help him in the Champions Trophy."

Pakistan will play two one-day internationals each against Ireland and Scotland in May before competing in the Champions Trophy.

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

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  • Sports4Youth on April 26, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    JUNAID KHAN is a much better bowler than Umar Gul. Along with MOHAMMED IRFAN he has formed a very potent pair. This pair has been very effective in the India series and the South Africa Series. Now Pakistan just needs to find a good third seemer or an all-rounder.

    ASAD ALI and RAHAT ALI should be the most likely canditates for the third seamers spot.

    However, I am waiting to see Haris Sohail this time. Last time he missed out in the South African tour due to injury. I hope he is fit and available.

    .

  • Crick_Expert on April 29, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    we agree with Sports4Youth comments, PCB should give chance to young talented players. AFRIDI is lone king of ODI/T20 and should be CAPT. We are missing little boom Abdul-Razzak, he should be given a chance for UK tour.

    There should be 3 different teams for 3 different format test/ODI/T20. That truth batting is main issue for PAK & that also truth Misbah-Mr tuktuk, Younis-khan, Asad Safiq batting not deserve them in ODI/T20 side. We already waste time & given them so much chances and they always failed, Now PCB need to hire fast players for fast format game ODI/T20.

  • Sports4Youth on April 28, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    Though Pakistan is the country of Safraz Nawaz, Imran Khan, Waseem Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoeb Akhtar etc, the present Pool of fast bowlers are not of the same calibre. The reason being that Pakistan stuck to U.Gul, W.Riaz, S.Tanvir, M.Sami for far too long. Thease guys kept failing and showed zero improvement. Now JUNAID & IRFAN are showing good promise. But as some wise person has said "there is always room for improvement".

    But according to me the main far Pakistan is fielding and batting. Yes I am putting fielding ahead of batting because accroding to me in SA, Pakistan lost due to their fielding. Even in the last match, Imran farhat dropped develiers and it was a very costly miss. In India, Pakistan won because they fielded well.

    BATTING has always been Pakistan's weekest suit. But here to PCB should move beyond Younis, Misbah, S.Mallik & I.Farhat. GIVE SOME DECENT OPPORTUNITIES TO YOUNGSTERS.

    .

  • on April 28, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    I think Pakistan team need batting traning camp rather than bowling camp, Pakistan batsmen batting technic is worse they can survive in only 20:20 format They dont know how to play in test and ODI matches , when critical time comes Many times these batsmen disappointment Fans , Please do not select shahid afridi in ODI now his bowling and fielding is also become worse

  • Crick_Expert on April 27, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    Kingsland Selection Board announced PAK team for UK tour: 1) AFRIDI(CAPT) 2)Abdul Razzak(vice-CAPT) 3)Nasir Jamshed 4)Hafeez 5)Ahmed Shahzad 6)Haris Sohail 7)Sohaib Malik 8)Imran Nazir 9)U. Akmal(WKT) 10)Irfan 11)Junaid 12)Asad Ali/Ajmal

    Spin:Hafeez, Sohaib, AFRIDI Fast: Junaid, Irfan, Razzak

    Sorry no place for Misbah, Sohail Tanvir, Yasir Arfat, Younis Khan, Asad Safiq, U. Amin etc.

  • on April 27, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    it will be good mixer of new bowlers i am looking forward for new find who bowled around 157kms in the talent hunt.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on April 27, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Junaid khan, Irfan, Asad Ali, Ehsan Adil and Anwar ali should be selected for pace attack.. in batting they have nasir jamshed, hafeez, haris sohail, umar akmal, misbah, Mohammad rizwan and ahmad shahzad. Ajmal and hafeez are enough for spin bowling. please don't select shoiab malik ,afridi, sohail tanvir, umar ameen and yasir arfat kind of guys.. they are tried and tested and failed so many times.

  • dontlikecricket on April 26, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    @reason-galore on (April 25, 2013, 21:24 GMT) ""what happened to our fast bowling?? this new guy will be the spearhead now??"" Sorry just for your information apart from Akhtar PAK never had a bowler who use to bowl regularly at nearly 150. Even Waqar and especially Wasim rarely use to bowl over 140kph. Their weapons were control and swing. PAK do have fast bowlers who can bowl over 140 like Sami and Wahab but they have no control. Bowlers like Philander, Asif , Wasim, Pollock are not all about speed. Any bowler who can bowl in 130's with ability to swing and control will always be successful. Junaid (played county cricket at 21 on recommendation of legend Wasim Akram!!!)and Irfan(bowls around 140!!) are good bowlers who need time to develop and in two years time Amir will be back as well. So I seem to think bowling future is good. Why not start to think about cricket in broader term and not only based on speed and "boom boom" style cricket???

  • on April 26, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    stints in english county always benfit our bowlers. hope we do well. the matches against ireland and scotland will be good for getting to know the conditions

  • MuhammadAbdullah on April 26, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Junaid khan is one of the best swing bowler. He would be a big threat to the batsmen in the champions trophy. Good luck to him from saudi arabia

  • Sports4Youth on April 26, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    JUNAID KHAN is a much better bowler than Umar Gul. Along with MOHAMMED IRFAN he has formed a very potent pair. This pair has been very effective in the India series and the South Africa Series. Now Pakistan just needs to find a good third seemer or an all-rounder.

    ASAD ALI and RAHAT ALI should be the most likely canditates for the third seamers spot.

    However, I am waiting to see Haris Sohail this time. Last time he missed out in the South African tour due to injury. I hope he is fit and available.

    .

  • Crick_Expert on April 29, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    we agree with Sports4Youth comments, PCB should give chance to young talented players. AFRIDI is lone king of ODI/T20 and should be CAPT. We are missing little boom Abdul-Razzak, he should be given a chance for UK tour.

    There should be 3 different teams for 3 different format test/ODI/T20. That truth batting is main issue for PAK & that also truth Misbah-Mr tuktuk, Younis-khan, Asad Safiq batting not deserve them in ODI/T20 side. We already waste time & given them so much chances and they always failed, Now PCB need to hire fast players for fast format game ODI/T20.

  • Sports4Youth on April 28, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    Though Pakistan is the country of Safraz Nawaz, Imran Khan, Waseem Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoeb Akhtar etc, the present Pool of fast bowlers are not of the same calibre. The reason being that Pakistan stuck to U.Gul, W.Riaz, S.Tanvir, M.Sami for far too long. Thease guys kept failing and showed zero improvement. Now JUNAID & IRFAN are showing good promise. But as some wise person has said "there is always room for improvement".

    But according to me the main far Pakistan is fielding and batting. Yes I am putting fielding ahead of batting because accroding to me in SA, Pakistan lost due to their fielding. Even in the last match, Imran farhat dropped develiers and it was a very costly miss. In India, Pakistan won because they fielded well.

    BATTING has always been Pakistan's weekest suit. But here to PCB should move beyond Younis, Misbah, S.Mallik & I.Farhat. GIVE SOME DECENT OPPORTUNITIES TO YOUNGSTERS.

    .

  • on April 28, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    I think Pakistan team need batting traning camp rather than bowling camp, Pakistan batsmen batting technic is worse they can survive in only 20:20 format They dont know how to play in test and ODI matches , when critical time comes Many times these batsmen disappointment Fans , Please do not select shahid afridi in ODI now his bowling and fielding is also become worse

  • Crick_Expert on April 27, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    Kingsland Selection Board announced PAK team for UK tour: 1) AFRIDI(CAPT) 2)Abdul Razzak(vice-CAPT) 3)Nasir Jamshed 4)Hafeez 5)Ahmed Shahzad 6)Haris Sohail 7)Sohaib Malik 8)Imran Nazir 9)U. Akmal(WKT) 10)Irfan 11)Junaid 12)Asad Ali/Ajmal

    Spin:Hafeez, Sohaib, AFRIDI Fast: Junaid, Irfan, Razzak

    Sorry no place for Misbah, Sohail Tanvir, Yasir Arfat, Younis Khan, Asad Safiq, U. Amin etc.

  • on April 27, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    it will be good mixer of new bowlers i am looking forward for new find who bowled around 157kms in the talent hunt.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on April 27, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Junaid khan, Irfan, Asad Ali, Ehsan Adil and Anwar ali should be selected for pace attack.. in batting they have nasir jamshed, hafeez, haris sohail, umar akmal, misbah, Mohammad rizwan and ahmad shahzad. Ajmal and hafeez are enough for spin bowling. please don't select shoiab malik ,afridi, sohail tanvir, umar ameen and yasir arfat kind of guys.. they are tried and tested and failed so many times.

  • dontlikecricket on April 26, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    @reason-galore on (April 25, 2013, 21:24 GMT) ""what happened to our fast bowling?? this new guy will be the spearhead now??"" Sorry just for your information apart from Akhtar PAK never had a bowler who use to bowl regularly at nearly 150. Even Waqar and especially Wasim rarely use to bowl over 140kph. Their weapons were control and swing. PAK do have fast bowlers who can bowl over 140 like Sami and Wahab but they have no control. Bowlers like Philander, Asif , Wasim, Pollock are not all about speed. Any bowler who can bowl in 130's with ability to swing and control will always be successful. Junaid (played county cricket at 21 on recommendation of legend Wasim Akram!!!)and Irfan(bowls around 140!!) are good bowlers who need time to develop and in two years time Amir will be back as well. So I seem to think bowling future is good. Why not start to think about cricket in broader term and not only based on speed and "boom boom" style cricket???

  • on April 26, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    stints in english county always benfit our bowlers. hope we do well. the matches against ireland and scotland will be good for getting to know the conditions

  • MuhammadAbdullah on April 26, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Junaid khan is one of the best swing bowler. He would be a big threat to the batsmen in the champions trophy. Good luck to him from saudi arabia

  • pakswati on April 26, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    I think bowling is not a big issue for Pakistan but the batting and fielding are our weakest points. It is the time to include young talent like Hammad azam as a batting allrounder, Asad shafiq instead of Younis khan and also batsman like Haris sohail. These young batsmen could not be given chance directly in the champion trophy, so before that give them a chance in the series against Ireland and Scotland and then include those who shows a character there. Moreover, I suggested that Wasim akram shuould be the bowling coach of Pakistan as he can only bring talents like himself, Waqar Younis and Shoaib akhtar.

  • on April 26, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    yes with no umar gul in UK conditions, Junaid will be the head of attack.

    Interesting will be who will play in playing 11 as 3 rd seamer. i hope they select asad ali but it may come to wahab, ehsen adil, and sohail tanvir as local media reporting.

    It will be important how they will select team this time around. basis of names of performance.

    Umar akmal, nasir, afridi, malik, imran farhat should not be in but instead ahmed shehzad, haris sohail, asad shafiq, umar amin and fawad alam should be given chance.

    they have performed well in domestic. Plus they should not go with so many spin bowling allrounder instead they need a good medium pace batting allrounder as it will be in UK . Hammad should be given chance or get in some other guy.

    Pakistan will play 4 matches against Ireland/Scotland. that can give them good chance to test players.

  • Stark62 on April 26, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Junaid is a fine young talent and he'll do really well in the champions trophy, even with the absence of Gul.

    Remember, he pretty much ended Sehwag's career and that just goes to show you how good he is.

    Junaid and Irfan are dead cert as the leading seamesr but the question still remains of the third seamer. Personally, I would like to see Sadaf Hussain as the third seamer but then, Pak wouldn't have much variety in their attack with three left-arm bowlers, hence it should be Asad Ali, Ehsan Adil or perhaps even Hammad (would only have to bowl 4-5 overs min) as an all-rounder (like a Razzaq).

  • xylofon on April 26, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Umar Gul will be missed but Junaid is an excellent alternative.

    Stop talking about the bowling guys, there will always be someone. We know what our weak point is. Nasir Jamshed is the only one I can rely on to bat well, but who else to choose. And will the allow tuk tuk to play again with Younis Khan? These are the real issues. What batting options do we have, who is likely to perform on merit, who should we groom for a batting future etc etc

  • reason-galore on April 25, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    what happened to our fast bowling?? this new guy will be the spearhead now?? we really have no quality in fast bowling now... no genuine fast bowler and no experience whatsoever... we will lose badly as our batting is pathetic too

  • on April 25, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Junaid Khan is capable of producing excellent swing in both ways. Wasim Akram's training will improve his other weapon "yorker". Good Luck Junaid.

  • on April 25, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Junaid is a very good learner and has improved a lot in last 12 months or so. lets hope that selectors pick couple of other good seamers along with Junaid and Irfan.

  • on April 25, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Umar Gul will certainly be missed,, Best of luck another Pathan, Junaid Khan..

  • on April 25, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    A key bowler for the team. Hope he produces some swing there

  • keptalittlelow on April 25, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Fitness would be the key for Junaid, we have seen he is prone to injury often, he has to develop himself on Dale Steyn's model who just keeps running like a train..

  • waseeem777 on April 25, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Pakistan attack is most dangerouse in the world with 3 paceman attack junaid,irfan, asad ali along with saeed ajmal in champ trophy

  • wrenx on April 25, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Keep fit Junaid, we need you at your best! Really hope he's given a lot of slack, there are a lot of expectations on a young guy running in and bowling fast for his country. I'm sure there will be games where he will be expensive, but we should back him all the way. Wahab I'm not sure about, he seems to have way more off-days than he has on ones

  • wrenx on April 25, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Keep fit Junaid, we need you at your best! Really hope he's given a lot of slack, there are a lot of expectations on a young guy running in and bowling fast for his country. I'm sure there will be games where he will be expensive, but we should back him all the way. Wahab I'm not sure about, he seems to have way more off-days than he has on ones

  • waseeem777 on April 25, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Pakistan attack is most dangerouse in the world with 3 paceman attack junaid,irfan, asad ali along with saeed ajmal in champ trophy

  • keptalittlelow on April 25, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Fitness would be the key for Junaid, we have seen he is prone to injury often, he has to develop himself on Dale Steyn's model who just keeps running like a train..

  • on April 25, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    A key bowler for the team. Hope he produces some swing there

  • on April 25, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Umar Gul will certainly be missed,, Best of luck another Pathan, Junaid Khan..

  • on April 25, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Junaid is a very good learner and has improved a lot in last 12 months or so. lets hope that selectors pick couple of other good seamers along with Junaid and Irfan.

  • on April 25, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Junaid Khan is capable of producing excellent swing in both ways. Wasim Akram's training will improve his other weapon "yorker". Good Luck Junaid.

  • reason-galore on April 25, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    what happened to our fast bowling?? this new guy will be the spearhead now?? we really have no quality in fast bowling now... no genuine fast bowler and no experience whatsoever... we will lose badly as our batting is pathetic too

  • xylofon on April 26, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Umar Gul will be missed but Junaid is an excellent alternative.

    Stop talking about the bowling guys, there will always be someone. We know what our weak point is. Nasir Jamshed is the only one I can rely on to bat well, but who else to choose. And will the allow tuk tuk to play again with Younis Khan? These are the real issues. What batting options do we have, who is likely to perform on merit, who should we groom for a batting future etc etc

  • Stark62 on April 26, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Junaid is a fine young talent and he'll do really well in the champions trophy, even with the absence of Gul.

    Remember, he pretty much ended Sehwag's career and that just goes to show you how good he is.

    Junaid and Irfan are dead cert as the leading seamesr but the question still remains of the third seamer. Personally, I would like to see Sadaf Hussain as the third seamer but then, Pak wouldn't have much variety in their attack with three left-arm bowlers, hence it should be Asad Ali, Ehsan Adil or perhaps even Hammad (would only have to bowl 4-5 overs min) as an all-rounder (like a Razzaq).