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PCB focus on youth for upcoming tours

Umar Farooq

June 27, 2013

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Mohammad Irfan undergoes a fitness test, Lahore, June 27, 2013
Ten Pakistani players underwent fitness tests in Lahore for the upcoming selections © PCB

After Pakistan's early exit from the Champions Trophy, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to extend the selection pool of players and shift focus towards youngsters ahead of picking a squad for the upcoming tours of West Indies and Zimbabwe. Ten cricketers, including Shahid Afridi, underwent fitness tests conducted by a panel of doctors and coaches at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

The change in leadership of the PCB, in the form of Najam Sethi for the suspended Zaka Ashraf, has seen a changed persona of the board. The new interim chairman publicly dismissed the culture of "sifarish" [unmerited recommendation] and ordered selection strictly on merit to produce immediate results. He asked the selection committee and coaches to take more responsibility from now on.

The selections for the West Indies tour were nearly settled before the selection panel was given an additional five days by the board chairman, to justify each selection before sending it for approval. The panel, led by Iqbal Qasim, thereafter formed an extensive pool to be tested. The intentions are clear as selectors have been given a free hand to replace the older players with youngsters. They may now think beyond the likes of Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal, who fared poorly in the Champions Trophy.

Haris Sohail, who suffered an ankle injury earlier this year, and Raza Hasan, who had major surgery on his spine, are back in contention, along with Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shahzad. Umar was also seen with the wicketkeeping gloves along with coach Dav Whatmore, which means he may be selected as the wicketkeeper in the squad. Mohammad Irfan and Nasir Jamshed, automatic selections over the last eight months, were also asked to undertake fitness tests. Top-order batsmen Sohaib Maqsood from Multan, Sharjeel Khan from Hyderabad, left-arm spinners Zulfiqar Babar and Abdur Rehman, and legspinner Usman Qadir, all featured in a three-hour fitness test.

Pakistan suffered three straight defeats in the Champions Trophy with their batting being their major woe. They failed to cross 200 - bowled out for 170 against West Indies, 167 against South Africa and 165 in a rain-affected match against India to get eliminated from the group stage. Only captain Misbah-ul-Haq hit two half-centuries, while the other senior batsmen Mohammad Hafeez, Farhat, Malik and Kamran performed poorly.

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Posted by scdkee on (July 1, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

@somethingdifferent: LOL. bouncy conditions u say. glad u brought that up. he averages 39 against Australia in Australia, including a 63 at Perth.

he averages 38 against England in England.

he averages 31 against South Africa, although that was in the UAE but in a series where most of your accomplished batsmen struggled.

i'm damn sure he doesn't look within 10,000 miles of a tendulkar or a yousuf when he bats, but like i said, he gets the job done.

bro, we don't have the luxury of a mike hussey or a hashim amla knocking on the selectors' door from our domestic circuit, this is the available bunch we have. if u're going to bring back u.akmal and a.shahzad (which i'm NOT disagreeing to in any way), then fawad alam also, most definitely, deserves a chance.

Posted by   on (July 1, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

I don't think its ever about the influx of youth in the team, its more of a mental block in batting. I mean, ok.. youth factor is the need of the hour for Pak team but the problems in Pak batting are more deep rooted than just merely switching players on and off for different tours. I think Inzamams inclusion as a batting coach is a very good decision. I think players need coaching not with respect to their batting technique but just be brave enough to counter different situations with a clear intent which was missing from Paks batting in Champions trophy- they just didnt know what to do. Unfortunately, younger Pak batsmen don't have a really good batsman in the team to learn from.. which is why inclusion of Inzamam is a critical decision and will pay well if they remain consistent and not ditch him after the series! Pak need to be aggressive from the beginning; they play well when they are dictating terms and not the other way round!

Posted by   on (June 30, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

Viv Richard and Abdul Razzaq are my favorite players.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2013, 23:36 GMT)

feel sorry for pakistan. the selection has always horrible its good that the failers were exposed against the whole world. Now please no more Imran Farhat,Shoib malik,Kamran akmal,mohammed haffez,yunus khan,Umer gul,Shahid afridi,wahab riaz,.get rid of them forever.plz give ANWAR ALI some chances he can be the best slrounder after Razzak.why selection hate RAZZAK?missba is not a captain material he cannot bring new blood in pak cricket get rid of him as a captain and play him at 4 as a batsman.pak needs a bowling captain.hope to see Shazad,sarjeel,Harris sohel,umer akmel,Fawad alamSuperstar ANWAR ALI, Raza hassanAsad ali,Shoeib maksood in the playing 11 for pakistan.need to look forword at the future.umrr akmal should akways play at no 3.RZZAK u were the true sportsman vry innocent. no fights, no politics,no crowd puller,no fixing,no showoffs.hats off Razzak hope to see u but i know i wont be.hope anwar ali can do what u did for pak cricket.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2013, 22:23 GMT)

my xi is 1.nasir 2.ahmed shahzad3.hafeez 4.misbah 5.umar akmal 6.haris sohail 7.sohaib maqsood8.wahab9.ajmal 10.junaid11.irfan umar should keep wickets.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

My Team for One day with Reasons. 1. Hafeez(VC): has potential, but needs to correct technique against swinging ball. 2. Jamshed: Has Potential, Future Prospect. Needs Grooming and experience. 3. Umar A: Future Prospect. Needs to bat up the order. Needs guidance but massive potential. Wicket keeping option. 4. Misbah(C): Stable batsmen. Solidify's middle Order, Needs aggressive mindset and outside the box thinking. 5. Asad: Technically correct, needs experience. Can solidify middle order 6. Razzak: Great Pakistani All rounder and Game changer. Till a genuine all rounder is not found we need him. 7.Afridi: Superstar power. Crowd Puller. Game Changer. 8.Rizwan: Exciting Talent. Can bat a bit. Proper Wicket keeper. 9. Ajmal: Best spinner in the world. A fighter. A match winner. 10. Junaid: Great Talent and match winner. Needs more speed though. 11. Irfan: Accurate,tall and deadly on any wicket.

A mix of 3 All rounders, 4 batsmen, 3 bowlers and 1 proper keeper.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

I would say there will be no swlection on merit!!!! Pakistan need a tough chairman who knows about cricket like majid khan, Najam sethi has nothing to do with cricket and he is more a political person then a cricketer, The appiintement of najam sethi will give pak cricket more darkness!!! If they really want to do something to save the cricket they must change the selection commitee while bringing in abdul Qadir and aamir sohail, Change the coaches and bring in tom moody if u want foreign coach , and bring waqar as a bowling coach, This things will bring some changes to pak, If pcb selection is on merit then bring new wicket keeper even he give us just 20 odd runs i do not mind but he will save a lot behind the wicket!!! Please do something to save the cricket in pak.... We do not want to be the next zimbabwe!!!! Thanks !!!

Posted by Naseer_shah on (June 28, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

This is 100% right ... Pakistan cricket will never improve if the sons of Ex-player are always there for team selection ... We just don't able to forget Farhat ....and Now USMAN QADIR ... who just played 8 list A matches and his record is the worst of the WORST !!!!!! .... God helps Pakistan cricket ...We should pick Usman Salahuddin and many other unknown names .....

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

Umar Akmal as a wicket-keeper batsman, come-on man u got to be kidding... U have a very limited batting talent coming through the domestic and u are telling me that the best of that limited resource has not a place in the team just as a batsman. Isn't it better for pakistan to develop U Akmal into a good #3 or #4 batsman and let him concentrate on batting alone and bring in someone like M Rezwan (or some other batsman who can keep wickets from domestic) as a wicket-keeper batsman.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

Its a wake up call for PCB! they need to inject young blood in the team! How long will they take the old players in the team which dont even perform! our average age is 31! and look at the other team average age! its high time for pcb to get rid of malik,farhat,and akmal! And for how many times our team selection will based on politics than based on merit! Politics is doing no good to our cricket and you can check it from our drastic performance in CL13! start televising domestic seasons so players get attracted by it! Plan tours to countries like aus,eng,wi so our players get familiar to those types of pitches! Invest more in domestic season!Where are all the top scorers who perform good in domestic season but we never see their faces! Our country wants a glossy hair coloured to be our captain! can judge our mentality

Posted by ARID88 on (June 28, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

we all are talking about hammad azam he cant be considered as an allrounder plz when we are talking about international standards...he can b a good batsman, he can bat in a presure situations but his bowling is very below par...he needs great improvement in his bowling to maintain his spot in team... unluckily we dont have an genuine fast or medium bowling allrounder...we need some1 to come out of the ranks like razzaq and azhar...whom we can depend on somehow...

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

No merit selection in Pakistan Cricket.

Posted by BluenightSsS on (June 28, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

Feel very sorry to see this downfall of the Pak team..positive move for the future but These guys should be given a long run not for one or two tours only....though they might fail initially but surely will produce result in future look after these guys...1.Nasir Jamshed 2.Ahmed Sehzad/ Sharjeel Khan 3.Mohammad Hafeez 4. Umar Akmal / Mohammad Rizwan 5.Misbah ul Haq 6. Haris sohail/ Asad Shafique/Sohaib Maqsood 7.Shahid Afridi/ Raja Hasan/ (Azhar Ali /Younis Khan in Tests) 8.Hammad Azam/ Anawar Ali /Asad Ali/Gul/Razzaq 9. Sayeed Ajmal/Abdur Rehman 10.Junayed Khan 11. Mohammd Irfan/Wahab Riaz/ Sadaf Hussain/ Ehsan Adil/ Mohammad Amir (If Back)

Posted by Stark62 on (June 28, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

Sharjeel Khan and Usman Qadir?!?!

If the selection is based on merit, then neither of those two, along Amin should be selected because their FC records are poor.

I saw Amin bat and he looked like a genuine no. 7, hence the reason his FC average is 38.07 and Sharjeel Khan's is even worse with a FC average of 35.29 and let's not even talk about Usman Qadir's record.

There are many players in the domestic scene that deserve a national call up such as: Naved Yasin, Nayyer Abbas, Usman Salahuddin, Fawad Alam (especially Tests but not T20's and maybe in ODI's) and Junaid Nadir.

Also, why groom U. Akmal as a keeper, when Pak have Mohammed Rizwan who averages 44.32 and is only 21 yrs of age?!?!

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

when is the tour? and what channel they should bring in under21 batsmen now get rid of the old

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

Afridi is a blown wind, he is a mere crowd puller, it was only his bowling that kept him in side for so long but with back problems, the quality of his bowling has detoriated to unacceptable standard. I reckon that he may slip behind the mike and do good to pakistan from that space.

Posted by Yasin_Khatri_Chooto_Gi_Wala on (June 28, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

Please don't compare Afridi with Shoaib, Farhat or any other experience player. I agree with you that Afridi's performance was not up to the mark as this should for such an experience player. But think about captaincy, I don't think there is another better option for captaincy apart from Afridi who can get together to all young players and can put spark to them to fight against the big teams. Right now we should think about the right person for Captaincy regardless of his own performance

Posted by Ray24 on (June 28, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

Give chance to players on merit and not on regional preference. In the Champions trophy, more than 90% of the team was from Punjab, how is it possible that only players from one province are selected. Even when they fail, they keep coming back or others from the province replace them. Just like all the other injustices in the country because of Punjab, this change can only occur when we start using a merit system. I would appeal to my cricket loving brothers from Punjab to get more vocal in their support for merit and not for regional favoritism - unless you guys stand up against this, nothing will change. Let's ask for a merit based selection, only that will benefit Pakistan.

Posted by veeezel on (June 28, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

It will be a biggest joke if Afridi gets back in the team as he was dropped followed by a very poor form for at least year or two and he has not performed any where since so where is the merit on here then MR Sethi and what about mr Iqbal Qasim has been doing since he become the chief selector i fully blame him for all Pakistans miserable performances for his absolutely poor selection

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

Well, there are already talks of Afridi and younas khan back in team so that shows what has changed. They are just moving in circles for past few years. to replace failures with more failed players. as we may see afridi back, we will also see malik, farhat, kamran after few months. Afridi has been so poor in last 1-2 years that he may not be selected in any team of world. but some fans want him as captain. i think he can only play where they need 3 spinners and not fast bowlers ( only if his bowling is better ). other than that how can they select him. he hasnt performed on domestic circuit. if the move in circles they will never reach any where.

its time to give more chances to likes of ahmed, rizwan, fawad, haris, umar akmal, shoaib maqsood, sharjil, hammad and even azhar ali.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

Where is Akbar ur Rehman, the top scorer in Quaid-e-Azam trophy? Is this whar we call a merit based selection?

Posted by Yasin_Khatri_Chooto_Gi_Wala on (June 28, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

In my view following should be in playing eleven and batting order for Pakistan's next tour to West Indies and Zimbabwe.

Nasir Jamshad Ahmed Shazad Abdul Razzaq Umer Amin Asad Shafique Umer Akmal Shahid Afridi (Captain) Muhammad Hafiz Hamad Azam Saeed Ajmal Junaid Khan Muhammad Irfan

And bellow 4 players should be in reserve list

Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Raza Hassan,Umer Gul

Posted by US_Indian on (June 28, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

I am Indian , I do feel for Pakistani cricket and in my opinion there are three big reasons for this let down, first is Ego (players and administrators), Bhai bandu/pawwa system ( guys like Shoaib malik, Farhat, Messers Akmal Brothers and few more in this list) and thirdly very narrow vision ( it is worth their salt if they can beat India-this attitude among the players, media and administrators is not allowing the game to develop, players to develop). In Pakistan you need guts and straight thinking with the future in your eyes and a vision and a goal to achieve if that is there then you can chart a course of action to achieve that goal and it is definitely not going to be a easy task but atleast there should be a start and few baby steps in that direction will be worth trying. Above all the danger of terrorism which has become inherent and which is stopping other countries to even think about visiting is also killing the game. It needs work from all fronts if Pakistan has to be back.

Posted by somethingdifferent on (June 28, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

@ scdkee. I agree that many great players have looked ugly, uncomfortable and unorthodox and yet have been successful but there a huge difference in looking uncomfortable and being technically incorrect. No matter how good Fawad Alam performs on Asian wickets his flawed basic technique will be exposed by good international bowling attacks on seaming and bouncy wickets.

Posted by Yasin_Khatri_Chooto_Gi_Wala on (June 28, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

I think Afridi (as a captain) and Abdual-Razzaq should be the part of Pakistan ODI and T20 till next world cup. This way will bring some aggression back in Pakistan team which is desperately needed. Razaaqa should be batting up like in one down Position as he has good ability to heat the ball to reach it out of the ground. Special he plays very well to medium pacer as he has also proofed in past. Don't forget his batting performance in 1999 world cup where he had come in one down position.

Misbha and Others experience players like Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal should be drop and PCB should forget them forever. Umer Akaml who can bat and have aggression in his bating should be prepared as a next Weeket Keeping batsman by PCB, because no one is there who can bat and performed Weeket keeping job as good as Dhoni, Sangakara and AB Deviliouse in current Pakistani team. More younger players should be part of team, Like Umer Ameen, Hamad Azam(Good All-rounder),Raza Hassan (A go

Posted by somethingdifferent on (June 28, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

It may prove very beneficial if Umar Akmal plays as Wkeeper. He along with Ahmed Shahzad, Afridi, Hammad Azam and Haris Sohail can bring the much needed spark to our batting. Strangely most of the names mentioned in the article are bowlers where as it is our batting which has been a disaster and need revamping, bowling has done reasonably well and doesnot warrant any major change.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (June 28, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

Najam Sethi has done the talk so I am now waiting for the walk. Whatever happens, Pakistani selectors should ensure that none of Akmal brothers is in the team. I am always surprised at comments by naive Pakistani fans who somehow think that Umer Akmal is next Viv Richards. The guy had plenty of chances and he need to either start scoring and winning matches or should be sent back to domestic cricket. Ideally, none of Akmal brothers should be in the team as they think they are bigger than the game itself. I am also interested to see Karachi players with Javed Miandad like fighting spirit. Fawad Alam, Khurram Manzoor are fine examples. Perhaps Asam Kamal should also have another chance atleast in test matches. He scored 8 fifty plus scores in 12 test matches and Pak selectors wasted him. Afridi needs to perform and should get one last chance due to his utility. Good to see Raza Hassan and Abdul Rehman. Pakistan's spin bowling is best in world with such variety.

Posted by somethingdifferent on (June 28, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

The problem with PCB is that when they select young players they expect a lot from them and drop them immediately if they fail to deliver right away. Shahzaib hasan, Rameez Raja Jr, Shakeel Ansar, Owais Zia, Hammad Azam are a few example from recent past. These youngsters should be given adequate opportunities to prove themselves and cement their place in the squad, otherwise this game of musical chair will continue without getting any benefit out of such selection.

Posted by scdkee on (June 28, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

cannot emphasize enough how much fawad alam deserves a place in the side. look at his first class record and if people are skeptic that thats been compiled on dead pitches against mediocre records they are welcome to look at his international record as well but also bear in mind that the position at which he comes out to bat. sure, he looks uncomfortable while batting but he gets the job done. misbah who's getting the highest praise (and rightly so) from the recent CT, is also one of the most uncomfortable ones on the pitch. yes he also looks very unorthodox but we have several examples of international legends who've looked equally unorthodox and ugly. add to this batting the fact that he's arguably the best fielder in pakistan and is a handy bowler. in one of the local T20 tournaments some time ago, if i remember correctly, he won the best batsman, best bowler, best fielder and the man of the series. he's definitely one name that has constantly been on the ignore list of selectors.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

i think if they give chance to Afridi for T20 and ODI you see how well he would do but there is more problem with team i think Afridi is the one who can bring changes to pakistani team leave all old players to Test and some to ODI all the young and power hitter should be for T20 only....

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

under 19 PAKISTAN team can play batter cricket than our national side ,we are losing continue if play under 19 they will also lose but we have some hope that after some time that team gives us batter result ,may be till world cup 2015, its just a joke but its real time to do some big changes for prepration for future but as usual some old guns will come back i'm a big fan of AFRIDI but i personaly want to give him a last chance if he play well other wise say good bye ,we want to succed our national team not afridi or other one ,i requested you that please be sincere for cricket for pakistan please give some chance to new blood not old expired guns pls one player mansoor amjad a leg spiner i think he made a dream one over debut but i don't know where he is ......?

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

Firstly we need to change our Selector Iqbal Qasim and Captain Misbah-ul-Haq who is always in defending strategy, In fact, Misbah-ul-Haq can not play an aggressive captain roll and it is a reason all Pakistani players can not be exhibit their natural game in field due to mounting average. And it is also true, Misbah and Hafees don't want any senior player select for team because any senior player perform well than both of them so their captaincy could be in danger. Secondly, PCB need to focus on youngsters more than senior players so that ridiculous system of player power can be eradicate.Thirdly PCB need to take steps for Mohammad Amir so that he could play upcoming series.

Posted by Smiling on (June 28, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

On merit hey...but only if they come from the right area. Same ol same ol.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

Its good to go with youngsters, but few players come and go in circles as we have seen in last 2 years. Malik, Akmal, Farhat, Younis etc. should not be included in the ODI and T20 teams. Y Khan though has some cricket left in tests. Strengthening the bench would automatically put pressure on the non-performing guys. Our A team should be as good as international team. Fawad Alam, Umar Akmal, A Shahzad, Raza Hassan, Asad Shafique and Hammad Azam are ones to be given a longer run. Abdul Razzaq was a good player but he doesn't have fitness, promise and attitude to play at international level. performances in the up coming tours will also decide the future of Afridi.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 4:22 GMT)

The selection committee should look beyond Punjab for new players and give them a chance of 3-4 series rather than dropping them after one or two failures. I am surprised at the number of chances given to Farhat, Malik and Akmal and disappointed that they were not worth their salt.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 1:38 GMT)

Well, this is fantastic to read. Although the tour in the Windies may be quite a hard one, I do think Pakistan should fully experiment with their youngsters (given that they put in the effort, of course) and hope to build a new team. Once again, batting should be of utmost concern, because we have the bowling attack to make any side struggle. The tour against Zimbabwe should be fully exploited (with all due respect to Zimbabwe) with new players. If Pakistan is to have any hope of standing a chance in the 2015 World Cup, using these tours as a test is essential. Misbah and Hafeez will have to guide these players, and they are more than capable of doing so.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 1:27 GMT)

I Like to quote the feedback of selector's after t20 worldcup 2012 you can find many more as many as you may wish "I don't think Abdul Razzaq has been treated fairly and given the respect he deserves as a senior player with many match-winning performances to his credit," Qadir said. "There was no way you could go in to the semi-final without Razzaq after the way he performed against Australia. Unfortunately the truth is he has never been treated properly by the team management and we paid the price today." Abbas said the captain Mohammad Hafeez had made some poor decisions, leaving out Razzaq being one of them

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 1:15 GMT)

The must have in team perhaps are: Afridi (all-rounder Opener & spin Specialist has past opener experience), Umar Amin (Opener Definitely ;be surprising has talent), Mohammad Yusuf (Specialist Batsman one down opener),Razzaq (all-rounder Medium Fast Bowler specialist and power hitter (CAPTAIN)),Misbah (Specialist in middle order), Fawad Alam (Power Hitter lower order specialist), Hammad Azam (all-rounder new talent can bat at any position), Umar Akmal/Sarfraz Ahmad/Shakeel Ansar, Sohail Tanvir (All rounder Batsman and fast bowling specialist), Wahab Riaz (Fast Bowling Specialist + Batsman), Mohammad Irfan (Fast Bowling Specialist), Saeed Ajmal (Spin Specialist)

This is 11 player team , Can i anyone doubt pakistan as weak batting team ever with this team , This Team moreover has variety of Bowlers specialist spinner's to fast bowlers ,"therefore" full of options and full of batsman from experience to talent mixed. Only one issue remains who to pick for Wicket Keeper the search goes on

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 0:33 GMT)

I think it's a last chance for misbah as a leader if he can't produce results in West Indies then it is all over for him as a captain.Honestly speaking hafiz is not playing to his best, he is only playing in team for his bowling qualities but as a captain he is far better then misbah.we have seen him in as a captain in South Africa in only T20 which he won.Yes now the time has come that pak cricket think tank should move ahead and give chance to new players(batsmen and keeper).wc 2015 is not far away. Good Luck

Posted by Zee_1203 on (June 28, 2013, 0:02 GMT)

Finally, a good move I wish Fawad Alam and Sarfraz (wk) name in there too, why they keep trying Umer Akmal as (wk) it not possible that everyone has the ability like Kumar Sanga has. Plus Misbah should for Test only and Hafeez be on bench.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (June 27, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

Times have changed. Pakistan youth are just not good enough. Currently by far have the oldest of teams and after all that preparation for the ICC Trophy and fans talking about it, in the end got knocked badly in the first round :) good luck!

Posted by atharsherwani on (June 27, 2013, 22:51 GMT)

Please forget about older tried and tested players who are past their sell by date. They have had their time and their performances over the recent past have been very disappointing. Hence goodbye and thanks to Malik, Afridi, Younis and Farhat. Welcome fresh blood with good technique.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 22:29 GMT)

i am happy if pcb is neglecting sifarshi, our team is always dependent on our bowlers when we will won matches by our batting. Except saeed anwar,inzamam,yousaf and miandad i havent seen a responsible player in pakistani team.misbah is a very tallented player but he always come into batting in a pressure condition.I think he must play freely at no 4.we need to polish our batsmen by accademies and PSL will help us a lot in finding good batsmen.People always support afridi bec out 350 matches he make pak win only in few matches.he is tallented but needs lot of improvement.big players are those who perform in every match not in few.I want my team on the top in all three formats just.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

Time is up fr Shoib Malik,Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal. we need Hammad Azam,Fawwad Alam, Razzaq, Yunus Khan, Raza Hassan and wicket Sarfraz Ahmad. back. If our best batsmanAsad Shafiq can be dropped after one poor game then above is nothing but wishful thinking.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

Why PCB is not serious in selecting a regular wicket keeper? Why giving Umar Akmal the gloves again? Why not giving the chance to Shakeel Ansar or M.Rizwan to keep the wickets? For Heavens sake let's give them a chance. Isn't there a single regular professional wicket keeper in the country of 180 million people???

Posted by Sshhooaaiibb on (June 27, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

Well this is great decision but hopefully it stays consistently! I want to suggest PCB to plz do consider Abdul-Razzaq as he is so far the bets all rounder in Pakistan undoubtedly we are missing!

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

Yeah the new Pcb chairman is doing right becuz we need young player insead of old players india selectors replaces old player n give chane to young new player :)

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

Good news for Pakistan team This is best Pakistan squad Opener Sharjeel khan Shahzad Jamshed Middle order U.Amin U.Akmal WK/Bat Asad Shfaiq h.sohail Sohaib Maqsood Misbah C All rounder Afirdi Spinner Raza hasan Ajmal Fast bowler,s Wahab Asad ali Junaid Irfan

This is best Pakistan squad New faces Sharjeel khan new face he is fearless Openeing batsman Ave 48 S/R 105 in LIST-A H.Sohail best batsman in pakistan technique wise Sohaib Maqsood fearless Middle order batsman Ave 51 S/R 99

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (June 27, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

People here who are beating drums of young talent don't know that Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were players who were dropped from Indian team and reselected on performance basis we can do the same its not necessary to have younger talent we need some good players who can carry on. Regarding Misbah's captaincy he is not an aggressive captain I saw how Dhoni defended 129 in CT final he was almost having 5th day test field and leg slip, he was thinking something new that what true captain and true leader does, good captaincy always add 20,30 odd runs, Misbah should be replaced by either Shahid Afridi or Shoaib Malik as captain even Younis Khan is better option as a captain.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

Misbah needs to use his brains...there was no point in playing ajmal for all three matches when he was not successful..if u are considering afridi than u can forget youth orientation...however the only batsman with talent seems tobe nasir jamshed and a young captain like him might be the answer to galvanize teh team...sharjeel khan, sohaib masood and haris sohail must be selected and given the outings to see if there talent can face international standards...umar akmal is really not too great and seems to play with an odd gait and is not too great as a a young upcoming wickekeeper...i wud reccommend a specialist wicketkeeper, specialist leg spinner and a specialist left arm spinner...ajmal and afridi should be rested alongwith hafeez and shafiq...usman qadir has not shown any great performances and might be a sifarishi

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

Pakistan youth players don't look that promising, relating to batting that it. If you look at the other countries, they already have young batting stars already 'succeeding' in Tests and ODIs like Joe Root, Kane Williamson, Darren Bravo, Nasir Hossain etc. I think players like Younis Khan and Abdul Razzaq should return so Pakistan won't lose badly like a minnow if you fill just inexperience youth because they are just not good enough and clearly, it looks to me its a bit of jealousy that the amount of youth talent the other countries especially India and England are producing now are succeeding. The best way for Pakistan is to mix youth along with experience, its the only way and will give stability to the team until their seniors leave the game and youngsters can manage to take over from them.

Posted by Fahdpk on (June 27, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

I always wonder why can't we groom a decent batsman into a wicket keeper if the country always has to rely on available keeper karman akmal from 20 mill population. Good to see now selectors are thinking beyond akmal. Umer Amin can be a true resource to the country in a long run with gloves. Good out of the box thinking. Afridi factor is always psychological tool must be retained in squad until we find better all rounder.

Posted by asim229 on (June 27, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

Pakistan team will never improve unless they keep players like misbah and hafeez as captain no matter how many young players they include. people keep talking abt the 90 he made against westindies but he was dropped on 0 by ramdin and there is not a single match which he won for pakistan on his own. It is all the negative affect of defensive captain which is killing the game of people like kamran akmal, imran farhat, umar amin and umar akmal because they cant play their natural game.

Posted by Chaudry_Cricket on (June 27, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

Usman Qadir saw him play in Australia hope he's picked he is very talented and a hard worker

Posted by t20cric on (June 27, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

This is a great step forward getting rid of Farhat, Malik and Kamran but they should not be replaced by other proven failures like Afridi, Younis and others. All of these new players being mentioned in this article is a very good sign because finally new players will get practice before being in 2015 WC. Although I have never heard of most of these guys (cuz i dont follow Pakistani domestic cricket), they are probably very talented guys who might solve the problems of Pak cricket. What Pakistan really need is a fast-bowling all rounder like Abdul Razzaq or even Imran Khan after all Pak won the 1992 WC cuz of the great Imran Khan.

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