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Whatmore confident of better show in UAE

Umar Farooq

September 23, 2013

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Dav Whatmore at the visitors' dressing room, Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Harare, 1st day, September 10, 2013
Pakistan are yet to win a series under Whatmore, who has six months remaining in his two-year contract © AFP

Dav Whatmore, the Pakistan coach, has said the recent Test loss against Zimbabwe has been "embarrassing, upsetting and disappointing", but on the positive side, has provided the team with preparation ahead of the upcoming series in the UAE.

"All three adjectives (upsetting, disappointed and embarrassing) can be used to describe the way I feel after the defeat against Zimbabwe," Whatmore told ESPNcricinfo. "I understand you cannot win with these sort of performances but I don't want to blame. I rather look for reasons and try to see things in a perspective than being judgmental.

"I know things were not good as we were a bit naughty with both bat and ball. But in the end, we only lost one Test match. I know it's Zimbabwe and I am also not happy with the result at all. I would like to think and public should understand that Zimbabwe team gave us a better fight than what the whole public thought. It wasn't easy breaking them down as they were not a bad team in their home conditions."

Pakistan are yet to win a series under Whatmore, who has six months remaining in his two-year contract, and the team's next assignment - the two-Test series against South Africa in the UAE - is a tough one. But it was in the UAE that Pakistan earned a remarkable win against the then No. 1 side, England, and Whatmore understood that there would be expectations this time too.

"I have confidence in the Pakistan team," he said. "You can't just say (that we don't have a chance). The conditions will be entirely different.

"I feel we are in a better position than before. At least Zimbabwe gave us better preparation and they were bit stronger than what a lot of us thought."

The selectors are likely to consider Taufeeq Umar for the opening role, with Mohammad Hafeez's selection for the series in jeopardy. Whatmore said there was a need for a reshuffle in the XI as the series would be played in entirely different conditions from what were encountered in Zimbabwe.

"There is good ground for discussion on the change ahead of (South Africa series)," he said. "You are going from one competition to another in totally different conditions and against an opposition that has a different formation. So there are number of variations and I don't think we can fit the same set of eleven players to play the number one team. But yes, we need to be consistently looking towards strengthening the team combination."

Whatmore's coaching and Misbah-ul-Haq's captaincy came under severe criticism after the series in Zimbabwe, but ESPNcricinfo understands the PCB has no immediate plan to remove the head coach, although they are not intent on renewing his contract that expires in April 2014.

"Misbah has some wonderful leadership qualities and has been successful since he took over recently," Whatmore said. "My observations are that by nature he is a methodical person who thinks deeply before making decisions. This is reflected in his batting as well. He takes a little time at the beginning but at the end his contribution is effective. His consistency in contributions during 2013 has been second to none. It's easy for people to be critical."

Whatmore, 59, might not have had the positive results with the squad, but he insisted that he has been doing his job whole-heartedly. "I can not control what people think," he said. "I know what I am doing being a professional coach with 15 years of international experience and nobody has such experience. When you are about to conclude your contract, these questions do emerge. But the renewal depends on mutual willingness. I know what I do is done with the best of intention and at the end of the day I can sleep straight, comfortably.

When asked if the results haunted him, Whatmore replied, "I don't worry. Everyday I need to know what we are doing is correct. Like everybody, I also make mistakes and I admit them. I am doing the best possible job what I can do."

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Posted by WeeBee on (September 27, 2013, 21:49 GMT)

Hmmm well i just calculated the average age of the South African Test Squad is more than 30. Hehe! and i think Pakistan has the same Age Average ... it will be a contest to watch where Two grey haired teams will contest.

Posted by Crick_Expert on (September 27, 2013, 21:29 GMT)

Thanks for PCB, Kingsland Selection Board announced final 11 players for SA tour.

1)Younis Khan(CAPT) 2)Shan Massood 3)Nasir Jamshed 4)Shoiab Maqsood 5)Haris Sohail 6)Umar Akmal(WKP) 7)AFRIDI(Vice-CAPT) 8)Ajmal/Rehman 9)Junaid 10)Irfan 11)Ahmed Shahzad

Sorry no place for Mr. tuktuk, Asad Safiq, Azhar Ali, Adnan Akmal, Sohail Tanvir and Professor.

Posted by Shehry81 on (September 25, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

As I can see Pakistani team can upset South African side with their spin attack, the worry department (as always) is our batting side and in these circumstances where our batsmen are having difficulties to face Zimbabwean seamiers south African bowlers well be like monsters ….:P

I have a suggestion for the selectors if young blood is not performing we shouldn't we try the old horses like Abdul Razzaq, Azhar mahmood, Rana naveed …I know this is odd but if u look at the record of Azhar Mahmmod VS south Africa it's been exceptional ..Maybe these guys may put up some sort of fight against the mighty South Africans and the dead tracks of Dubai you will never if we can beat England …

Posted by Shehry81 on (September 25, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

Before criticizing our players we have to understand that Pakistani cricket is also going through the same Downfall as we have faced in hockey and squash and I am afraid that the day is not so far when we have to play in world cup qualifiers (GOD forbid), and the main reason behind all this downfall is the weak domestic structure and short of self confidence we can never produce Wasim and Waqar again if somebody plays in the side with the mind set of saving his position instead of talking responsibility on his shoulders to take his side to a victory ..

Posted by Ab_marri on (September 25, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

No chance for pakistan in test series against world number # 1 test team Proteas....proteas will hammer them..may be last series of Dave Whatmore...he will be sackkk..after Steyn show...

Posted by   on (September 25, 2013, 1:13 GMT)

hope somebody from Pcb would listen to me. Please bring sohaib maqsood and umar Ameen in all three squads. plus Harris sohail and hammad azam for one day's and t20. shan masood , khurram manzoor and taufeeq umar are tests openers. plus rest of the same squad in Zimbabwe is fine. Last but not the least. bring zulfiqar babar to tests and 1 days for god sake he's a fantastic long format bowler don't just keep him for t20's. I have a deep eye into cricket hope someone gonna implementation my suggestions. sincerely Pakistan cricket lover Jahanzaib Shaukat

Posted by somethingdifferent on (September 25, 2013, 1:10 GMT)

Why blame poor whatmore. He is doing a pretty decent with the team given to him. What can he do if the selectors prefer Imran Farhat, hafeez, Faisal Iqbal, Asad Shafiq and Wahab Riaz over Nasir jamshed, Taufeeq Umer, Haris Sohail, Umar Amin and Mohd Irfan ? Obviously such a team was destined to lose. It is the selectors who should be changed and such persons given the task who are honest, fair and who should select the team only on merit. This is the only recipe of success.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 24, 2013, 20:25 GMT)

First of all, Pakistan needs to find 5 more Misbahs to save them. They have a poor batting line up and it is embarrassing to watch a team that once had some mighty fine players like Javed Miandad, Inzi, Saleem Malik, Mohammed Yusuf, Ijaz Ahmed, Saeed Anwar, Aamer Sohail, Basit Ali, Zaheer Abbas etc. Now this Pakistani team is struggling to even score 200 runs consistently. How much long can the bowlers save the team ? Too much pressure is put on Dav Whatmore. It's not the coach's fault. The Pakistani system is not producing world class batsmen, period.

Posted by Dannymania on (September 24, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

As long as Misbah keeps playing in the team, the team cannot improve.Let me explain why i am saying this even after his prolific run with batting.He has actually been topping the charts.My problem with him is, that he scores runs for sure but whenever he scores, 50 runs are deducted from pakistan's total score.He scores really slowly and at the very end, improves his personal strike rate and average, but in doing so He controls other players' game too.He makes the other batsmen play according to his plan.Pakistan's natural gameplay is aggressive.They go under a shadow when they play according to misbah's defensive style.Only Umar Akmal is one player that doesnt seem to follow misbah's plan, resulting in his exclusion from the squad all together.But, i am a cricket lover.I'll wait patiently till misbah retires, and then we'll start winning.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

kingsland and Mohammad Hamza i agree with you brothers.........need a new captain who is aggressive and defensive enough to mould his plans with changing pace of game...

Posted by piasdem on (September 24, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

First test predicted team 1. Khurram Manzoor 2. Tauseef Ahmad 3. Azhar Ali 4. Umar Amin 5. Misbah_ul_Haq 6. Younis Khan 7. Adnan Akmal 8. Abdur Rehman 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Junaid Khan 11. Mohammad Irfan

Posted by harrdstone on (September 24, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

The Coach has got nothing to show as for as his contribution is concerned.Did he find a settled opening pair,a good fast bowler,or a spinner,a safe wicket keeper or a new talent in batting?NO.He is doing it the Asian way i.e clinging to the relevant power (Captain of the concerned format) and never putting his foot down and stamp his own way of thinking.He could have done more but has been a real disappointment.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

The problem is with team selection. The only star who can help pakistan bating is Anwar Ali

Posted by   on (September 24, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

Seems Whatmore is very determined to improve this team however its also true pakistan cricket is going below par now in batting and declining in bowling too. Pakistan doesnt lack in talent for bowling or batting so maybe nationwide search for talent may get good results. There are certain mistakes that managment can learn from "not to include consistent failures for example give them rest just like afridi and younis now came back stronger and even shoaib malik is proving himself as a better player in domestic cricket , i think sometimes players loose confidence/focus or the will to play better so its better to rest these players for sometime so now in current times should rest mohammad hafiz . Second mistake ignoring true talent like fawad alam and abdul razaq , some postives are pakistan have found good replacements in form of umar amin and haris sohail they both need to be given time to become experienced players in international cricket , in bowling i think we need someone like amir

Posted by keptalittlelow on (September 24, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

You can blame the coach you can blame the captain but the fact remains that there is no International cricket in Pakistan and as a result youngsters are not coming forward to play cricket and hence a very small pool of low quality batsmen. We have to admit we do not have new talented batsmen like Kohli, Dhawan level. No country can win test matches with the Pakistan's current batting line up.

Posted by hellothereeveryone on (September 24, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

I dont see any significant problem with the coach. Its the cricket board and the selectors who are to be blamed for these losses because of favoritism and bad selections. I cannot believe that there is not enough talent left in a country like Pakistan in which cricket is the most popular game. Also the attitude of the entire team is so defensive due to poor selection and captaincy which results in bad outcome. In the golden days of Pakistan cricket Pakistan always played aggressive cricket and thats what made them win so many matches. Whenever Pakistan won they played aggressive and very attractive cricket and whenever they went on defensive they lost.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

Some of the comments are a disgrace! What a waste of time in reading rubbish!! Pakistan has a dearth of talent in the country, but due to politics does not get utilised! (Aka Muhammed)

Also "Kings...", Captain bichara "tuk tuk" has proved himself sooooo many times, it just goes to show. You can give your heart for this country and it still will not be enough for fickle minded fans!!!!

Posted by Smiling on (September 24, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

I doubt this coach would want to stay a minute longer in this totally dysfunctional set up. Let him go to people who actually WANT to listen. With a proven record it does but prove only how deficient the board and selectors are. Sorry for the players say and no where else to turn to.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

This Pakistani team does not play as a team but more as individuals. Where are the youngsters when you see Younus Kham and Misbah scoring. Surely in the whole Pakistan there are good young batsmen. Have we got a problem with the selectors then change them get new ones. Selectors should be from past experienced cricketers, like Inthikhab Alam, Imran Khan, Inzaman ul Haq, miandad, Wasim Akram etc. Misbah alone cannot do it.

Posted by MShariq on (September 24, 2013, 4:22 GMT)

I think PCB should fire Dave Whatmore. As the name said what more he can do to Pakistan Cricket. Or other wise may be Dave should be asked to resign.

Posted by Crick_Expert on (September 24, 2013, 3:22 GMT)

PCB should FIRE ALL 11 PLAYERS & announce new team; and groom it for WC2015.

Posted by Crick_Expert on (September 24, 2013, 3:21 GMT)

PCB should fire ALL superstar batsmen included Mr. tuktuk and hire new team with young batsmen for WC2015.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2013, 2:04 GMT)

A new Captain and a new Coach isnt going to make a shitty team any better. Pakistan has zero batting and decent bowling,Harris and Umar dont look any good either.Pakistan needs to start from scratch and try building a new team from their on and out but its hard when you have no talent present in the country.We all need to except the fact that Pakistan isnt going to have a future if we keep changing the management.All we need to do is start more domestic competitions,make a Pakistan A team that plays a lot of cricket just like India's A team,and make batting camps for rising stars.

Posted by Chaudry_Cricket on (September 23, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

Our coaches/coaching needs to be improved at the domestic levels to make sure that players are fully equipped when they break into the national team. Because no matter what head coach you get get for Pakistan at the top level he will not succeed because Pakistan need a sort of mentor, someone they look up to but most importantly someone who will just listen to the players and just pass on advice. Head coach will not make much of a difference.

Posted by Desihungama on (September 23, 2013, 20:32 GMT)

This or any Pakistan team do not need a coach but a mentor who should be looked at more of as a father figure to the team. This had mostly been the case fortunately or unfortunately whichever way you look at it. Be it Intikhab Alam in early 90's or recently with Waqar and Mohsin's success, I would dare to say bring in someone like Azhar Mahmood. It's all about the atmosphere dressing room.

Posted by t20cric on (September 23, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

I think coaching may be a small part of the problem but a majority of the problem is selecting the wrong players and the mind sets of those wrong players. A lot of the time the team is filled with a bunch of failures who consistently get a chance and that causes them to think that they're spot is permanent even if they fail again. There is only so much a coach can do with these kinds of players. What the selectors should do is drop Azhar and Asad (and Hafeez for the rest of his life) for the rest of the year from tests and by dropping them these guys will try to fight there way back in the team and will be good batsmen when they come back. The middle order should then be 3.Harris Sohail, 4. Younis Khan, 5. Fawad Alam, 6. Misbah-ul-haq. Misbah moves down a spot cuz so that Fawad gets some more experience. Pakistan can also put Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood in the team cuz they have good fc averages as well. Umar Amin shouldn't be in the test team cuz his fc average isn't that impressive

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

idk what coach is dooing all these young player's technique sucks all they wana do is jus hit the ball out side the ground or they jus go so defensive. they dnt hav balence in their batting like inzi. or yusuf. i dnt understand y ppl critisize misbah so much i think he is the bst player in the team nd a v.good captain. only problem is our batting is jus getting worst nd worst every day. in btw all worst performences misbah is still the top scorrer in 2013 hats off to him. i think pakistan needs to select a permenant batting coach who will their young bload to figure out their mistakes. nd haffez should b drop frm all formats. cuz as a senior player he should b the second one in the team to lead frm the front but he never leaen frm his mistakes keep repeatin same same mistakes everytime. our test team should b taufeeq,maqsood,u.akmal,harris sohail,yunis khan,misbah,hammad azam/umeramin,muhammad rizwan,umer gul,abdul rehman,saed ajmal,junaid khan,irfan/ahsan adil/anwar ali/shaid afridi/

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

Taufeeq will be a disaster his best days are behind him. Push Azhar Ali to open, umer Amin at 3 and Fawad alam at 6. Asad Shafiq and Shan masood the backups.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

Agree with Syed_imran_abbas, but i would like to see Khurram Manzoor in for Nasir Jamshed. He has been taking his place for granted, and i think Manzoor is an excellent replacement. If he doesn't perform, we should replace him with Jamshed, but priority should be given to Khurram. Taufeeq should be there regardless, he is a ready-made test batsman which should not be altered.

Posted by rockyyy on (September 23, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

Country going in a bad Phase, they miss their home games,winning home games are build for the overseas,and poor administrators . if they correct them they are the no1 side undoubtably. Nobody have Pakistan's fire power in the world.

From a true Indian, who enjoys pakistan's cricket

Posted by romirom on (September 23, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

captaincy and coaching is not big issue. The bating quality is the main problem in pak. There is no class young batsman in pak. Azhar ali has a worse foot work, asad also dont have good footwork. Adnan chase every ball outside off stam. Nasir is really week in playing at front foot. He doesnt know how to cut the ball outside off stam on which every intl left hand batsman seems good. We haven't seen the quality of other young batsman like sohaib, haris, fawad and others. The future of pak cricket seems in danger. Only one hope in pak team is umar akmal who look gud. But i don't understand the reason behind his falure. Pcb and team managenent is also responsible behind his failure. U ned to give decent chance for the batsman of his quality.

Posted by paalenom on (September 23, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

There is a major deficiency of quality batsmen and that is why an average contributor like Misbah seems to be an excellent performer(Be it the Team Pakistan or Faisalabad Wolves) . PCB needs to review their evaluation system and develop performance indicators to meet the international standards. If Misbah has not been able to develop a team in these years, I consider it his failure as a leader. Cricket is a team game and individual performances doesn't matter if the accumulative result is negative. It is up to Misbah to develop a team and get it on a winning streak.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

I think people here criticize Misbah for no good reason... consider these... 1. He is branded a slow (tuk tuk) batsman .....(He scored more in the CLt20 than all his teammates put together at a strike rate of over 140) 2. He apparently puts pressure on others by not rotating strike...(Whenever the ball does a bit in the air and a good bowler is around, nobody else seems to survive at all! Where is the question of rotating strike??) 3. His captaincy is becoming worse by the day...(if that is the case, how did Saeed Ajmal become one of the best performers under him? What about Junaid Khan? Just because the batsmen fail to get into double digits, Misbah becomes a poor captain!!) Guys! Wake up to the reality and find some players who can support Misbah and Younis Khan... the bowling is potent enough to get 20 wickets... bring in guys like Harris Sohail and give Umar Akmal a decent run at no.4 ...then you will see the fortunes change...

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

I beleive that coach can not do much with players on field. But if same mistakes keep occuring again and again then he should report the problem. Under Him paksitan has poor record with whatever reason.

if there is something going on in dressing room, he needs to speak up. If he feels that there is some major issue with batting then why dont he ask pcb to get a full time batting coach? His reports should be asking selectors to drop non performing players.

In Pakistan they have 1 solution to every problem and that is change captain & change coach. But keep selecting same players and just move in circles. This will not work.

After ZIM it is not only hafeez but also adnan, asad's place needs a rethinking. Azhar also failed but they wont drop him and can not find his replacement so soon.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 12:25 GMT)


let him play on flat wickets where ball will not do much and you will see him scoring runs. That is the problem with most of these youngsters. Nasir & ahmed were not that aggressive in the 1st place in their list A careers. we are judging them by on off innings or t20 performances. There is little difference in their domestic strike rates and international strike rates. So putting it all on Misbah & Coach is not right. It is the selection on which youngsters are being selected. IF it is domestic performance then how shoaib, rizwan or haris or fawad alam not selected ahead of the ones we tried and tested and selected again and again

Posted by 14.08.1947 on (September 23, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

Unfortunately our People think that with dramatic Changes you will get positive Results. Pakistan needs consistency in every department. PCB needs to think how they can get better results with this resource of Players and Coaches. They have to adopt the System of ECB. They have 2 Coaches for three Formats. It means, WHATMORE should keep work as a coach for the T'20 & ODI Format. He got far better results than any other Coach in the Past for Pakistan in the Limited Overs Format (Asia Cup)! For the Test Match Format we need MOHSIN KHAN as a Coach. Misbah should also lead the Team until the World Cup. I am just favoring sustainable development!!!

Posted by TukTukVsBoomBoom on (September 23, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

Pakistan have not need any coach Pakistan just need of true management how made a good selection of Pakistan team

Posted by applethief on (September 23, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

I'm glad Whatmore has confidence in the Pakistan team, particularly as the Pakistan fans have no confidence in Whatmore

Posted by Smiling on (September 23, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

Yep, change the captain, change the coach and then, when they continue to be in disarray, cause it will never change until the selectors change THEIR attitudes, you will all have someone else to blame. And it keeps going round and round and round. Just like with Australia, you can't replace a group of awesome players without fallout. It takes years, testing, skill and commitment to bring up a new team. In this case...where are the great new young players from around the country which we all know are there? Oh that's right...politics rules.

Posted by 1_234 on (September 23, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

Coaches cannot do anything with untalented dumps.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

head coach : waqar younis , assistant coach : inzamam and saqlain mushtaq. best coaching combination pak can get.

Posted by RankPace on (September 23, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

They say that there is no bone in the tongue, so it doesnt matter how & how much you twist it. It means that since there is no bone in the toungue it can be twisted anyhow. This saying is especially meant for PCB officials, their coaches and captains. After the dissapointing tour of Zimbabwe, they are shamless enough to start talking this nonesense afresh.

To put it in perspective now you willl beter understand the hammering that the Pakistani team recieved at the hands of the South Africans. If you cant compete with Zimbabwe then you dont stand a chance against the likes of South Africa etc.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (September 23, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

Misbah has ruined Jamshed by making him a tuk tuk as well. We need big changes in the team and removal of Misbah and Hafeez. Players likes Sohaibi Maqsood, Sharjeel Khan, Rameez Raja Jr, Hammad Azam, Raza Hasan, Kamran Ghulam need to be selected for SA series.

Posted by ehsanrockss on (September 23, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

i think nasir jamshed was wasted due to pathetic captiancy of Misbah & whatmore's coaching, they forced him to play slow which is not his natural game that's why he is strugling

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

I think pakistan should go with khurram manzoor, and taufeeq umer as opener other they will suffer even in UAE. they should alos pick omer akmal along with umer amin in middle order. the bowling of pakistan is impressive with wahab riaz, junaid, saeed ajmal, they should repplace their head coach and bowling coach and bring bach MOHSIN AS HEAD COACH AND wAQAR YOUNUS AS BOWLING COACH

Posted by Smiling on (September 23, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

You can only hope the selectors listen to Whatmore this time, but based on previous tours they won't and coach and captain will shoulder the blame instead of selectors. There is a plethora of young up and coming players who should be given due chance to show their talents and hone their skills. We can only be left bereft when decisions disallow such progress. A mighty team could Pakistan be if the right people were allowed to choose an organised, hungry, talented team.

Posted by Umairuae on (September 23, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

I don't understand why do we have to select players like Taufeeq Umer or Hafeez ? They both are very very slow for ODI and T20 and even in Test there performance in last two years in ZERO! For example Hafeez still avgs under 30 in ODIs even after playing more than 100 matches as an opener! Certainly not acceptable at all! If management select him considering his useful bowling then we should not forget our bowling dept. is still reasonable our main concern is our ever collapsing batting line up. Please no more Hafeez, Taufeeq, Shoaib ! They don't deserve place in ODIs or T20s at all

Posted by Stark62 on (September 23, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

Bring in more youngsters and not the one's with 30, 35 or 38 as their FC average!!

Also, tell Nasir to be aggressive again because his new approach isn't working for him and the team in general needs to play with more intent, plus drop Hafeez to no. 6 or drop him from the team.

Posted by aminur3095 on (September 23, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

Please for God sake drop Hafeez from the test squad. He doesn't deserve a place in the squad. Just look at his technique, that's horrible even in front of an average pace bowler outside the sub-continent pitches. Do Pakistan only want to play within this sub-continent ?? I don't think they can. It's high time to bring in Taufeeq Umar, Umar akmal, Fawad Alam or even Umar Amin. And at the top of the order Babar Azam can be a great prospect for Pakistan. I strongly believe that selectors should consider Babar, at least for the ODI squad as he has experience of Australian pitches from the under-19 WC and the next WC in going take place there. He should be given a proper run in the side before the WC. I've absolutely no clue about why Fawad Alam is out of the test squad. He has better record than many of the current players in the playing eleven.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

need to change his approach despite being animated off the field be practical on the field while training ...

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (September 23, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

Pakistan has so many problems in cricket overhaul but one of the biggest issue is selection of team. they dont pick their best to play. talking about test team they should have gone this eleven: (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Taufeeq Umar (3) Younas Khan (4) Misbah (5) Umar Akmal (6) Haris Sohail/ Hafeez (7) Rizwan (8) Rehman/gul (9) Ajmal (10) Junaid (11) Irfan

........ (12) Azhar Ali (13) Asad Shafeeq (14) Ehsan Adil (15) Wahab riaz

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