Champions Trophy 2013 May 4, 2013

Pakistan focus on batting improvement

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The Pakistan squad for Champions trophy spent the second day of their conditioning camp in Abbottabad focusing on their batting. The players had a full-fledged session under the guidance of former players Javed Miandad and Wasim Akram, while the regular coaches, Dav Whatmore and Mohammad Akram, took a backseat.

Misbah-ul-Haq, Nasir Jamshed and Umar Amin were batched together for a batting session with Miandad, while the bowlers - Mohammad Irfan, Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan - also spent time working on their batting with help from assistant coach Shahid Aslam. Ajmal, who is expected to play a significant role with the ball, showed he has worked on his batting with a couple of eye-catching shots - a back-foot cut and a slog over midwicket.

Asad Shafiq, who scored four consecutive half-centuries recently in the President's cup one day tournament, had an extended batting session for two hours. In the absence of Younis Khan, Shafiq will shoulder extra responsibility in the Pakistan middle order.

"I have batted on a track that helped both bowlers and batsmen, a pitch similar to what we are (expecting) to get in England," Shafiq said after the session. "My confidence is already up after playing in South Africa. I am trying to avoid being complacent and maintain my rhythm from these training sessions."

"My plan is to bat for big runs as I know the responsibility in his [Younis] absence has gone up. As a team, we understand how important it is to score runs to support our bowlers, as our group is a tough one. It's in our minds that we have to be ready and have to give our hundred per cent to winning the opening game."

Akram, who arrived today for a two-day visit, cited batting as the key if Pakistan are to succeed. He said that the team's chances in Champions Trophy are 'bright' but batsmen need to contribute regularly. "If our batting clicks, our bowlers will follow it up on a good note," Akram said. "Our strength has been the bowling. Even in my era, we never felt comfortable chasing the target. So our batsmen need to score runs.

"The are indeed preparing well, but we need to see how they execute the plans there in the matchesm," he said. "I always deem Pakistan as a favourite for such tournaments and with a proper planning we can beat any team any where."

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

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  • hotcric01 on May 6, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Pakistan haven't good chance this time.This squad seems to be unbalanced,without a proper fast bowling all rounder like Abdul Razzaq or Hammad Azam .Exclusion of Umar Akmal is also unacceptable.Although he had an ordinary domestic season,he is the best shorter format batsman in pakistan and has a lot of temperament.He has done well in these kind of conditions.Fast bowling also looks inexperienced bit without Umar Gul. SA and WI have a better chance this time to make it to the semis.

  • roook on May 6, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Pakistan are poor chasers any score above 250 is not chase able. Pakistan lacks a proper batsman at 4/5 position which has to bat till last. Like Dhoni is doing for India, Mathews doing for srilanka and nasir hossian doing for bangledesh. We are rely on shoaib malik who is the team from nowhere dropped asad shafiq, umar akmal for his performances in which he averages just 24 in last two series. 5th bowler is a allrounder we have neither develop a specialist allrounder as for afridi as we can go with 5 specialist bowler with this weak batting lineup which is a concern

  • xylofon on May 6, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Wasim Akram just completed the nationwide hunt for pace bowlers but what Pakistan needs even more is Javed Miandad and Inzi (or others) to do the same to find a couple of batters to groom for the world cup.

    Also, its sad to see Afridi isnt going to england for the champions trophy, he knows the conditions real well.

    Trick I have ben pondering for a long time: tell Hammad Azam "in your time there will always be better bowlers we can chose from so just concentrate on becoming the best batsman you can ever be." Id rather have Azam and Ahmed Shehzad performing at80% efficency level than Umar Akmal who performs 150% every ten match. Get it, people?

  • bestsetpk on May 5, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    well gud work by the selection committe.i like the team except the inclusion ov wahab riaz.i dun wat people think askin for razzak nd umar akmal. those guys hav to perform at domestic level.nd haris sohail nd shoaib maksood r talented but need to use them at right time.thy mite be taken but couldnt hav playd.misbah nd malik deservd to b at their position.the 2 most experienced and sensible head in pak team.thy scord most runs in SA series.so people think clearly nd believe in this team

  • on May 5, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Is there a single selected Pak batsman for which i can say he is better ODI batsman than Abdul Razzaq. Razzaq bowling is his extra ability, but his batting is far superior than Misbah, Hafeez, Malik, Kamran, etc These all are nothing in front of Razzaq. Why he is out of team. I bet PCB will never found a player like him again, sad!

  • on May 5, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    pak batting has always been a burden on there bowling. bastsmen like imran farhat shoib malik and kamran akmal are good for nothing.players like shoib maksood and harris shoel should be given a chance due to there recent form in domestic.plz groom umar akmel atlest keep him in the squd to gain experence. he is imense talented.why is wahab riaz and abdul rehman there in the squd. wahab is the worst in the current lot of fast bowlers.rehman is not going to get a single game.why not bring anwar ali and hammed azam in there place or even raza hassan.give these players some match and groom them fr world cup 2015. hope to see them play good cricket my heros in the campion trophy are nasir jamshed juned khan irfan and ajmel.hope to see some runs frm haffez and shafiq.

  • on May 5, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    some comments here for afridis inclusions are very funny. cricket is not played on past records. its played on recent performances. for past 2 years Afridis stats are too poor to justify a place where matches will be in Uk and already have ajmal & hafeez as spinners in team.

    He should work on domestic level to regain his form and come back.

  • on May 5, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    where is haris shoil and shoiab maqsood . plz add haris shoil and shoaib maqsood for middle oder bats men . shoiab maqsood is like a virat koil and he scoured 417 in six mathes even misbah hafeez asad ashfiq did not bat like all under 320 but shoib maqsood bat super unbliverbal 427 in six mathes so plz sclect haris and maqsood for cpt . my team should be cpt is . 1.nasir jamsed 2.hafeez 3.karan akmal 4.maqsood 5.haris shoil 6.misbah ul haq 7.umar amin /hamad azam 8.junaid khan 9.irfan.10.asad ali 11. saeed ajmal . plz select this team for cpt i am a srilanka fan but i love pakistan

  • dmqi on May 5, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    I have to do some comparison, after all the the team is for competition. Mr. Wasim Akram, how would you compare Dhoni, Sangarkara, AD with Kamral Akmal as wicket keeper batsman? How would you compare the top Pak batsmen with top SA , England and Indian batsmen? You are a great cricketer but I have very serious reservation in the batting ability of Pak team, you are little too optimistic there. They can not beat any team anywhere, because batting can not be learnt in 2 weeks. If you can, please bring Umar and Razzaque to boost the batting. Pl check how many people are asking for these two.

  • Cricket_Man on May 5, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    The squad is fine. People please forget Afridi. He himself says that he is a bowler first and then a batsman. He hasn't picked wickets for the past couple of years and has leaked too many runs. His batting clicks once in a blue moon and that too in a losing cause (88 vs SA where Pak lost).

    Ahmed Shahzad, Harris Sohail and Anwar Ali are the deserving players who have missed out this time. The squad is fine, don't start criticizing even before the tournament has started.

  • hotcric01 on May 6, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Pakistan haven't good chance this time.This squad seems to be unbalanced,without a proper fast bowling all rounder like Abdul Razzaq or Hammad Azam .Exclusion of Umar Akmal is also unacceptable.Although he had an ordinary domestic season,he is the best shorter format batsman in pakistan and has a lot of temperament.He has done well in these kind of conditions.Fast bowling also looks inexperienced bit without Umar Gul. SA and WI have a better chance this time to make it to the semis.

  • roook on May 6, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Pakistan are poor chasers any score above 250 is not chase able. Pakistan lacks a proper batsman at 4/5 position which has to bat till last. Like Dhoni is doing for India, Mathews doing for srilanka and nasir hossian doing for bangledesh. We are rely on shoaib malik who is the team from nowhere dropped asad shafiq, umar akmal for his performances in which he averages just 24 in last two series. 5th bowler is a allrounder we have neither develop a specialist allrounder as for afridi as we can go with 5 specialist bowler with this weak batting lineup which is a concern

  • xylofon on May 6, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Wasim Akram just completed the nationwide hunt for pace bowlers but what Pakistan needs even more is Javed Miandad and Inzi (or others) to do the same to find a couple of batters to groom for the world cup.

    Also, its sad to see Afridi isnt going to england for the champions trophy, he knows the conditions real well.

    Trick I have ben pondering for a long time: tell Hammad Azam "in your time there will always be better bowlers we can chose from so just concentrate on becoming the best batsman you can ever be." Id rather have Azam and Ahmed Shehzad performing at80% efficency level than Umar Akmal who performs 150% every ten match. Get it, people?

  • bestsetpk on May 5, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    well gud work by the selection committe.i like the team except the inclusion ov wahab riaz.i dun wat people think askin for razzak nd umar akmal. those guys hav to perform at domestic level.nd haris sohail nd shoaib maksood r talented but need to use them at right time.thy mite be taken but couldnt hav playd.misbah nd malik deservd to b at their position.the 2 most experienced and sensible head in pak team.thy scord most runs in SA series.so people think clearly nd believe in this team

  • on May 5, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Is there a single selected Pak batsman for which i can say he is better ODI batsman than Abdul Razzaq. Razzaq bowling is his extra ability, but his batting is far superior than Misbah, Hafeez, Malik, Kamran, etc These all are nothing in front of Razzaq. Why he is out of team. I bet PCB will never found a player like him again, sad!

  • on May 5, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    pak batting has always been a burden on there bowling. bastsmen like imran farhat shoib malik and kamran akmal are good for nothing.players like shoib maksood and harris shoel should be given a chance due to there recent form in domestic.plz groom umar akmel atlest keep him in the squd to gain experence. he is imense talented.why is wahab riaz and abdul rehman there in the squd. wahab is the worst in the current lot of fast bowlers.rehman is not going to get a single game.why not bring anwar ali and hammed azam in there place or even raza hassan.give these players some match and groom them fr world cup 2015. hope to see them play good cricket my heros in the campion trophy are nasir jamshed juned khan irfan and ajmel.hope to see some runs frm haffez and shafiq.

  • on May 5, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    some comments here for afridis inclusions are very funny. cricket is not played on past records. its played on recent performances. for past 2 years Afridis stats are too poor to justify a place where matches will be in Uk and already have ajmal & hafeez as spinners in team.

    He should work on domestic level to regain his form and come back.

  • on May 5, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    where is haris shoil and shoiab maqsood . plz add haris shoil and shoaib maqsood for middle oder bats men . shoiab maqsood is like a virat koil and he scoured 417 in six mathes even misbah hafeez asad ashfiq did not bat like all under 320 but shoib maqsood bat super unbliverbal 427 in six mathes so plz sclect haris and maqsood for cpt . my team should be cpt is . 1.nasir jamsed 2.hafeez 3.karan akmal 4.maqsood 5.haris shoil 6.misbah ul haq 7.umar amin /hamad azam 8.junaid khan 9.irfan.10.asad ali 11. saeed ajmal . plz select this team for cpt i am a srilanka fan but i love pakistan

  • dmqi on May 5, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    I have to do some comparison, after all the the team is for competition. Mr. Wasim Akram, how would you compare Dhoni, Sangarkara, AD with Kamral Akmal as wicket keeper batsman? How would you compare the top Pak batsmen with top SA , England and Indian batsmen? You are a great cricketer but I have very serious reservation in the batting ability of Pak team, you are little too optimistic there. They can not beat any team anywhere, because batting can not be learnt in 2 weeks. If you can, please bring Umar and Razzaque to boost the batting. Pl check how many people are asking for these two.

  • Cricket_Man on May 5, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    The squad is fine. People please forget Afridi. He himself says that he is a bowler first and then a batsman. He hasn't picked wickets for the past couple of years and has leaked too many runs. His batting clicks once in a blue moon and that too in a losing cause (88 vs SA where Pak lost).

    Ahmed Shahzad, Harris Sohail and Anwar Ali are the deserving players who have missed out this time. The squad is fine, don't start criticizing even before the tournament has started.

  • mzm149 on May 4, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    @RankPace: Thanks for liking my post. I would add some more point to that.

    Misbah has done wonders, at least the selectors think so, by making his team win Faysal Bank T20 series. After debacle in South Africa it looks completely insane to have him as a captain in another series. He doesn't even deserve a place in the playing eleven.

    Pakistan should select ten players for every game because eleventh place is permanently reserved for Sir Shoaib Malik.

    We can't even find a decent wicketkeeper batsman and have to always hope against the hope that Kamran Akmal will score some runs and will not drop catches. Umar Akmal should play instead of him because he can keep wickets and is a better batsman.

    Nasir Jamshed will have to score big every time. Otherwise his place will go to good-for-nothing Imran Farhat and we will lose another legend in the making.

    Ahmed Shahzad, Hammad Azam, Haris Sohail and Aizaz Cheema! I feel sorry for you guys. What else can I say?

  • on May 4, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    You need Afridi in the squad for the bouncy england wickets.. He should open

    A balanced winning side would have been : 1. Afridi (Capt), 2. Jamshed 3. Kamral Akmal (WK) 4. Hafeez (VIce Capt) 5. Asad Shfiq 6. Umar Akmal 7. Abdiul Razzaq 8. Sohail Tanveer 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Irfan 11. JUnaid Khan

  • Jda123 on May 4, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Well it isn't a secret that Pakistan have weak batting reason why they should have some senior within the 15 man squad.

    Jamshed, Amin, Malik and Hafeez I see them not shining at all in the tourament.

  • Farrukh.91. on May 4, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    one is got to feel sorry for Asad Shafique, the only batsman on the line up who can be relied upon, but again with this much burden inexperience may lead to extra pressure, plus with the tuk tuks throughout the battin order!

  • RankPace on May 4, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    What has S.Malik done in the last 2 years to be in the team. Misbah has always cost the team important World Cup Matches. Hafeez's temporary form is over as we have seen recently. Still these guys continue in the team and Afrid the owner of countess records and immence talents is ignored.

    RUBBISH SELECTION.

    .

  • RankPace on May 4, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    I completely agree with mzm149 that given the conditions in England Hafeez, Misbah, Mallik & Kamran will make a joke out of themselves and they will make the entire Pakistani team look like jokers.

    Because of Kamran's dirty Wicket Keeping job the Pakistani bowlers will be demoralised and will look less effective than what they actually are.

    It is good that U.Gul is injured and that Younis & U.Akmal have been dropped from the team. But Gul is replaced by W.Riaz who is even worst. HARIS SOHAIL does not find a place in the team while Farhat (son-in-law of M.Ilyas) continues to enjoy one more trip to England at the cost of Pakistani public. Afridi is replaced by the likes of Hafeez & Malik, this is a big joke on Pakistani cricket. And Misbah the tuk-tuk conitinues in the team while BOOM-BOOM does not find a place in the team, WHAT A TRAVESTY.

    .

  • Crick_Expert on May 4, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Weak batting is main issue that PAK team need to improve. PCB should hire good batsmen not good batting coach. Good coach are not magic & can't covert Mr. tuktuk to boom boom.

  • Crick_Expert on May 4, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Welldone PCB you couldn't find anybody and appointed Misbah Niazi(Mr. tuktuk) as CAPT. Due to Mr. tuktuk slow batting PAK lost pervious T20 and ODI worldcup. In UK Champion Trophy all matches will be high scoring & min. winning score will be 275, A team who score fast will win. I am not agree with Mr. tuktuk formula try to save wickets for first 40 overs and score nothing. In current side, I don't see any batsmen who can play fast and chase 300? Mr. tuktuk you can't win ODI match by just standup, waste balls, waste time to show save wickets and score nothing. In UK tour PAK needed fast playing players like AFRIDI, Adul Razzak, U. Akmal, Haris Sohail, Awais Zia, Imran Nazir, Shahzeb Hasan.

  • Equanimous on May 4, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Too many bowlers. Not enough batsmen. Poor selection. Selectors do not know what they are doing, or worst they know and do it anyway. If they had input from a qualified statistician they would not have selected this team.

  • Pak_Guru on May 4, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    My eleven for CT - England -

    1. Mohammad Hafeez - All Rounder 2. Nasir Jamshed - Left hand Batsman 3. Asad Shafiq / Batsman 4. Misbah-ul-Haq - Captain - Batsman 5. Umar Amin - Left Hand Batman - All Rounder ( medium pacer ) 6. Shoaib Malik - Batsman - All Rounder 7. Kamran Akmal - Wicket Keeper - Batsman 8. Wahab Riaz or Asad Ali - Fast Bowler 9. Saeed Ajmal - Off Spinner 10. Junaid Khan - Left hand Fast Bowler 11. Mohammad Irfan, - Left hand Fast Bowler

  • mzm149 on May 4, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Shoaib Malik, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez ... and that too in conditions that favor swing ... Seriously Pakistan's batting is a joke.

  • Mr.Moody on May 4, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    totally agree with jadejafan

  • mainul079080 on May 4, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Pakistan have move certainly forward by dropping Younus,Afridi and Umar Akmal. But keeping Shoib Malik in the team does not make any sense. He is neither a good decent batsman who can occupy the crease and change the course of the match, nor a good offi spinner like Hafeez.He could do nothing in T20 world cup, India and South Africa series, even make a fifty.He will very soon prove himself a big burden to his biased fans who argue in favor of him.

  • on May 4, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    I think Younis should be given a chance as he is a experience batsman, Younis and Afaridi performance is much better than Hafeez, Kamran and Malik. In England Younis and Afaridi experience could be handy. In opener slot I suggest better performers are available than Imran Farhat. In South Africa Imran Farhat score a fifty after getting so many chances. If we not get chance of new induction (like Khurram Manzoor, RafatUllah, Sohaib Maqsood etc. ) in Champian Trophy but we have experience of Azhar Ali having experience playing in England. In last few ODI matches he had not got proper chances. Zulfiqar Babar deserve chance inplace of Abdur Rehman. I think Kamran Akmal, Imran Farhat, Abdur Rehman got chance as they are friend to Captain. As Misbah in the team above mention player get chances without showing performance.

  • Jadejafan on May 4, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    Pakistan have the oldest of Cricket team :) but good luck for trying to win the Trophy. Its all about the youth these days for the other teams.

  • ISMAIL26TA on May 4, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Dear Selectors, Please let us know why Imran farhat is given so many chance.And just to remind Misbah Ul Haq only perform on battng track he create pressure on his own batsman by palying to many dots ball..Shahid Afridi would be handy player in England we never know if his bowling his back on the mark he will prove to be big assets..so please drop Imran Farhat and bring Umar Akmal or Shahid Afridi.. Afridi is the best man to lead pakistan for Champion trophy and 2015 world cup he give lots of confidence to his bowler and feilder on the field..So please declare Imran farhat unfit before the depature and give a chance to Umar Akmal or Shahid Afridi

  • Narbavi on May 4, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Ya ya you can try all you want, it will still be a miracle if these guys can go past 200 in the champions trophy unless you get flat pitches for their matches!!

  • Napster-04 on May 4, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    InshaALLAH we will perform to the best level :)

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  • Napster-04 on May 4, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    InshaALLAH we will perform to the best level :)

  • Narbavi on May 4, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Ya ya you can try all you want, it will still be a miracle if these guys can go past 200 in the champions trophy unless you get flat pitches for their matches!!

  • ISMAIL26TA on May 4, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Dear Selectors, Please let us know why Imran farhat is given so many chance.And just to remind Misbah Ul Haq only perform on battng track he create pressure on his own batsman by palying to many dots ball..Shahid Afridi would be handy player in England we never know if his bowling his back on the mark he will prove to be big assets..so please drop Imran Farhat and bring Umar Akmal or Shahid Afridi.. Afridi is the best man to lead pakistan for Champion trophy and 2015 world cup he give lots of confidence to his bowler and feilder on the field..So please declare Imran farhat unfit before the depature and give a chance to Umar Akmal or Shahid Afridi

  • Jadejafan on May 4, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    Pakistan have the oldest of Cricket team :) but good luck for trying to win the Trophy. Its all about the youth these days for the other teams.

  • on May 4, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    I think Younis should be given a chance as he is a experience batsman, Younis and Afaridi performance is much better than Hafeez, Kamran and Malik. In England Younis and Afaridi experience could be handy. In opener slot I suggest better performers are available than Imran Farhat. In South Africa Imran Farhat score a fifty after getting so many chances. If we not get chance of new induction (like Khurram Manzoor, RafatUllah, Sohaib Maqsood etc. ) in Champian Trophy but we have experience of Azhar Ali having experience playing in England. In last few ODI matches he had not got proper chances. Zulfiqar Babar deserve chance inplace of Abdur Rehman. I think Kamran Akmal, Imran Farhat, Abdur Rehman got chance as they are friend to Captain. As Misbah in the team above mention player get chances without showing performance.

  • mainul079080 on May 4, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Pakistan have move certainly forward by dropping Younus,Afridi and Umar Akmal. But keeping Shoib Malik in the team does not make any sense. He is neither a good decent batsman who can occupy the crease and change the course of the match, nor a good offi spinner like Hafeez.He could do nothing in T20 world cup, India and South Africa series, even make a fifty.He will very soon prove himself a big burden to his biased fans who argue in favor of him.

  • Mr.Moody on May 4, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    totally agree with jadejafan

  • mzm149 on May 4, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Shoaib Malik, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez ... and that too in conditions that favor swing ... Seriously Pakistan's batting is a joke.

  • Pak_Guru on May 4, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    My eleven for CT - England -

    1. Mohammad Hafeez - All Rounder 2. Nasir Jamshed - Left hand Batsman 3. Asad Shafiq / Batsman 4. Misbah-ul-Haq - Captain - Batsman 5. Umar Amin - Left Hand Batman - All Rounder ( medium pacer ) 6. Shoaib Malik - Batsman - All Rounder 7. Kamran Akmal - Wicket Keeper - Batsman 8. Wahab Riaz or Asad Ali - Fast Bowler 9. Saeed Ajmal - Off Spinner 10. Junaid Khan - Left hand Fast Bowler 11. Mohammad Irfan, - Left hand Fast Bowler

  • Equanimous on May 4, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Too many bowlers. Not enough batsmen. Poor selection. Selectors do not know what they are doing, or worst they know and do it anyway. If they had input from a qualified statistician they would not have selected this team.