Pakistan news February 14, 2014

Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal recalled for World T20

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Pakistan have recalled wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal and former captain Shoaib Malik in their squad for the World Twenty20, which starts in Bangladesh in March.

Malik last played a T20 for Pakistan in November 2013 against South Africa in the UAE but was dropped for the series against Sri Lanka. Akmal, meanwhile, has not been a part of Pakistan's T20 playing XI since March last year.

Pacer Mohammad Irfan has been left out of the squads for the Asia Cup and World T20, after injuring himself in a domestic game. The fast bowler had suffered a hairline fracture on his hip in early December and was ruled out of the series against Sri Lanka but had returned to competitive cricket recently. However, he aggravated the injury during a match in the ongoing T20 tournament. A medical assessment at the National Cricket Academy showed the bowler was unfit.

"Irfan was left out as he fell and was injured again, and he needs some time for recovery," Azhar Khan, the interim chief selector said.

Asad Shafiq, who has scored just one fifty in his last 11 ODI innings was dropped from the Asia Cup squad in favour of Fawad Alam. Mohammad Talha, who is still uncapped in ODIs and T20s, was named in both squads following his performance in the Sharjah Test against Sri Lanka in January.

Pakistan squad for Asia Cup: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Fawad Alam, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Anwar Ali, Bilawal Bhatti, Mohammad Talha

Pakistan squad for World Twenty20: Mohammad Hafeez (capt), Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Sharjeel Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Junaid Khan, Bilawal Bhatti, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Mohammad Talha, Kamran Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad

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  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | February 20, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    Okay, so we brought back Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal last ICC Champions Trophy in England and the result was for all to see. Dead last in tournament. Now, what make selectors think the result would be different this time around?

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Need to think of future where is Raza Hassan?

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    ASA, I guess the team is looking great. I will definitely support our team instead of criticism.

  • POSTED BY Sahil522 on | February 19, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    Not good selection for Asia Cup , cz there is no middle order batsmen except Misbah uL Haq , i think #azhar_Ali deserve a chance instead of #Fawad_Alam ..

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    @AnwaarAhmed, I can see why you say Abdul Razzaq doesn't deserve a spot in the team, the last vital innings he played was in Pakistan losing cause in the ICC CWC 2011 against New Zealand, and since been given many opportunities, but never performs. Imran Nazir, on the contrary has not been given oppurtuinity since the last W T20 where he hit a big 72 against Bangladesh and hit rapid fours, ending with 24 fours in the tournament for second place. He has since never been given an oppurtunity to play. He should Pakistan's reserve opener in case Sharjeel Khan does bad, and since Hafeez well at 3, Shehzad needs a solid partner. Shoaib Malik isn't the greatest inclusion but in the case the U. Akmal does bad in a couple games, even though he is in top form especially for the shortest format, you have Kamran as a solid replacement, even though he is probably out of practice since he has not played in a while. Also to those of you saying drop Hafeez he is coming off a series with three century

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 23:17 GMT

    I think this team selection is worst Abdul Razzak & Imran

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 23:14 GMT

    I think this team selection is worst, please re call Abdul Razzak & Imran Nazir

  • POSTED BY Mustafa008 on | February 18, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    I believe that Razzak and Imran Nazir shall be played, they still have lot of cricket left in them

  • POSTED BY spellbinder76 on | February 18, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    The selection committee simply takes dictation. The selection smells, the entire selection committee including Azhar Khan should be fired at once.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal inclusion is good for team. I think we should support our team now rather than criticizing it. Golden Days of Abdur Razzaq are over now. Neither Abdul Razzaq nor Imran Nazir deserve the place in squad to be very honest.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | February 20, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    Okay, so we brought back Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal last ICC Champions Trophy in England and the result was for all to see. Dead last in tournament. Now, what make selectors think the result would be different this time around?

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Need to think of future where is Raza Hassan?

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    ASA, I guess the team is looking great. I will definitely support our team instead of criticism.

  • POSTED BY Sahil522 on | February 19, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    Not good selection for Asia Cup , cz there is no middle order batsmen except Misbah uL Haq , i think #azhar_Ali deserve a chance instead of #Fawad_Alam ..

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    @AnwaarAhmed, I can see why you say Abdul Razzaq doesn't deserve a spot in the team, the last vital innings he played was in Pakistan losing cause in the ICC CWC 2011 against New Zealand, and since been given many opportunities, but never performs. Imran Nazir, on the contrary has not been given oppurtuinity since the last W T20 where he hit a big 72 against Bangladesh and hit rapid fours, ending with 24 fours in the tournament for second place. He has since never been given an oppurtunity to play. He should Pakistan's reserve opener in case Sharjeel Khan does bad, and since Hafeez well at 3, Shehzad needs a solid partner. Shoaib Malik isn't the greatest inclusion but in the case the U. Akmal does bad in a couple games, even though he is in top form especially for the shortest format, you have Kamran as a solid replacement, even though he is probably out of practice since he has not played in a while. Also to those of you saying drop Hafeez he is coming off a series with three century

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 23:17 GMT

    I think this team selection is worst Abdul Razzak & Imran

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 23:14 GMT

    I think this team selection is worst, please re call Abdul Razzak & Imran Nazir

  • POSTED BY Mustafa008 on | February 18, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    I believe that Razzak and Imran Nazir shall be played, they still have lot of cricket left in them

  • POSTED BY spellbinder76 on | February 18, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    The selection committee simply takes dictation. The selection smells, the entire selection committee including Azhar Khan should be fired at once.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal inclusion is good for team. I think we should support our team now rather than criticizing it. Golden Days of Abdur Razzaq are over now. Neither Abdul Razzaq nor Imran Nazir deserve the place in squad to be very honest.

  • POSTED BY Mustafa008 on | February 18, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    Require Razzak at any cost to win the world cup 2014

  • POSTED BY Mustafa008 on | February 18, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    re-call Abdul Razzak and Imran Nazir along with Md Irfan. Remove Hafeez and Abdul Rahman....

  • POSTED BY Mustafa008 on | February 18, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    I think this team selection is worst, please re-call Abdul Razzak and Imran Nazir.

    Remove Hafeez as he is waste in the squad

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    how can the selection be good when the committee chief is the person who just played one test or may be not a single one. For this position you always need a person who has played solid cricket and also have the ability to think beyond usual way. this is really bad, destroying the new talent and the ones who have done great in domestic season and still being ignored bcz of these favored players like Shoaib Malik etc.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    Poor selection !! 99% of repetition of players can easily be seen here ! no class included no experience included ! I mean no Yonus khan no Abdul-razzaaq! where would you find a reliable middle-order ???? no asad shafiq in ODI ?? would you call Umar akmal as a trust able middle order ??? So many openers for T20 wc ??? where is Yasir Arafat or Rana Navid ? pathetic selection !! NOT HAPPY AT ALL

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    i think they should have recalled I.Nazir,Rana naved,razzak....they r realy good T20 players.they can win you a match single handedly

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    younus khan is better then fawad alam .....its not goood deciosion that younus khan dropped younus khan performace is goood in faysal bank and also younus khan is alot of experience player....

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    nice team but....but younus khan is better than fawad alad....younus khan is 1 of experience player...

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    The sqauad is well but sarfraz deserve chance than k akmal,good malik include bcz he´s experiance & dont take a proper chance from last couple of years.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 17, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    Razzaq shud be placed off tanvir and Jamshed off Malik

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    It would be better to take Anwar Ali instead of Sohail Tanvir. But authority/boss is always right

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 17, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    just cant understand the selection of shoaib malik n sohail tanveer.... malik scord 75 in 9 matchs in australia... did nothing in recent t20 tournament and yet selected again.. same is the case with sohail tnver....

  • POSTED BY on | February 16, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    PCB, Wake up and smell the coffee!

    Don't trust any one of us, just check their performance and commitment in the recent tournament played among each other for all these players who have (?) question mark around them and make and educated decision, not a freaking idols' one!

    Malik days are over! Kamran days are over!

  • POSTED BY on | February 16, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Rabash selection again. no more Shoaib Malik and Kamran AKmal. even though there is no place for Umer Akmal according to his recent farm. Haris Sohail and Muhammad Rizwan should have been given a chance as a new wicket keeper option. How many chances for SM and KA??????????????????

  • POSTED BY on | February 16, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    So, the selection committee of Pakistan cricket has made sure once again that Pakistan will not, I say again will not, win the T20 cup by selecting Shoaib Malik. What do they see in him; it's a Million Dollar question! For God sake, for people like me who have lived most of their lives in the US, feel like cricket is the only connection they have with Pakistan are absolutely disappointed. When a player like Shoaib Malik is picked for a major tournament, I truly feel like breaking that connection off. Look, all the major cricketing teams of the world are pumping fresh blood in their teams so they can bet on their young guns to produce positive results.

  • POSTED BY sober on | February 16, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    I can't understand the selection of shoaib Malik. Hammad Azam is very unlucky not to be a part of t20 squad. He was in such a good nick in recently concluded t20 tournament, everyone could see that. He could have easily replaced the SM. I don't think if Pakistan has realistically any chance in winning the premier tournament keeping in view the composition of their squad. But hope is always there as God is always every where for everyone!!!

  • POSTED BY sami01 on | February 16, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    i don't know why they are selecting akmal and malik because they are useless now and if they have to select these players they have to select them much much earlier then WC..every player needs time to settle in the team..changing the team directly in the WC will hurt Pakistan badly..Anwar Ali and Asad Ali were much better choice for T20 then sohail Tanveer and M Talha but our selectors are just filling the numbers of players in the squad :( not selecting the rite team..:((

  • POSTED BY balajik2505 on | February 16, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    If Pakistan is persisting with Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal, there must be a serious shortage of talent, which I don't believe. I don't know about the Pakistan domestic setup but I can't believe talent is lacking.

  • POSTED BY on | February 16, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Imran Nazir PLz???why s malik??

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | February 16, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Younis Khan should have picked in 50 over squad.

  • POSTED BY on | February 16, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    i was shocked when i heard that irfan has injured . .. . we will misss u irfan bhai . ..

  • POSTED BY Salman_Shakeel84 on | February 16, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Absolutely rubbish planning by PCB, Shoaib and Kamran were dropped against the previous bilateral series of T20 vs SA and Sri Lanka and now they are being recalled again in Most IMPORTANT event of T20.

    Absolute rubbish planning by PCB

    If Shoaib and Kamran had to be part of T20 World cup squad then they should have been part of T20 international matches played by Pakistan in 2013...

    Extremely disappointed by logic-less thinking

  • POSTED BY on | February 16, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    Imran Nazir and Yasir Arafat not in the team.. If u witnessed The Big bash this australian summer u probably know this guy is a handy player in T20..

  • POSTED BY reason-galore on | February 16, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    why isn't haris sohail ever given a chance? he is one of the best domestic players but no he never gets to play even if he is selected in the squad of 15...

  • POSTED BY on | February 16, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    What !! , after all that has happened again these two, its time for them to hang the boots ! , cant PCB/selectors find any wicketkeeper from the huge T20 tournaments they are having ? why would young players want to put on gloves if they know they will never be selected and mediocre player like kamran akmal will be selected. cant they see better off spinners than shoib malik ? check the U19 Pakistani squad there is no shortage of talent there in the spin department and probably better with the bat than shoib malik ! , this policy is destroying young players and also players like Anwer Ali would feel disappointed after there amazing performance of being neglected in the T20. and yes thank you for not including rAzzaq any more its time to bring young players in .

    would be even better if these two are not included in the final playing 11 ! I can only wish :)

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | February 16, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    I dont unerstand Pakistan's fascination with Malik in t20. He is not a t20 player and has hardly done anything to justify his continued selection. His strenghts are hardly appropriate for t20 and its not like Pak lack quality alrounder players.

  • POSTED BY pavthra on | February 16, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Its pathetic....whats wrong with Pakistan selectors? when u have so many talented all rounders and keepers why do these people select the same old faliures.. do the selectors want to give them a chance on flat traks to perform and let them cement a place and ruin pak cricket in future. Please people who have a ''say'' come forward to save pak cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | February 16, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    i think abdur razzaq is far better than sohail

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 16, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Shoaib malik and kamran akmal's time is over. Shoaib malik got lot of chances in the past but he was not able to perform. This time it will be the same.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 16, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    They have not perform well in domestic t20 cup

  • POSTED BY on | February 16, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    O God............ How can they miss razzaq

  • POSTED BY on | February 16, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    the way azar ali perfomed in last test against srilanka he should be in the one day squad dropping fawal alam.... n then comes again malik n kamran akmal in t20s... very poor selection by the pakistani selectors

  • POSTED BY Amjad.Khan on | February 16, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    What have they done with the young Spinner Hasan Raza? He is awesome & now he's gone missing.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 16, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    What is the point in making all the objections. Guys like SHOEB MALIK, KAMRAN AKMAL & SOHAIL TANVIR keeping getting into the team. How can you even expect to develop a good side for the World Cups which have already arrived.

    Again FAWAD ALAM is selected in the wrong format. He should be selected in TEST matches. The injury of MOHAMMED IRFAN is become so bad because MISBAH kept overbowling him in the test matches.

    .

  • POSTED BY on | February 16, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    Pathetic selection of all rounders i would say pak have better allrounder compare to sohail tanvir.Tanvir Ahmed and Anwer Ali is Better than sohail tanvir.They both deserve to be in T20s and ODIs.

  • POSTED BY gr8-cricket on | February 16, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    what total disgrace to Pak cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | February 16, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    Damn you selectors, Oh boy oh boy, congrats Pak selectors for selecting such talentless and non performing players like Shoaib malik and Kamran Akmal who is excellent at dropping critical catches.

    what can I say over and over and over again.

  • POSTED BY Rjraza1 on | February 16, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    Oh my gosh!!!! Malik, Fawad alam and sohail tanvir don't ever deserve to be the part of any team weather its T20 or ODI as per there recent show off.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2014, 23:17 GMT

    good selection , those who r criticising selection of kamran akmal and shoab malik ,can u answer has in last 14 years found a keeper who can batbetter then kamran akmal , kamrans keeping as bad has been overrated , plus pakistans best fielder umar akmal will be back on field and with ahmed shahzad and shoaib malik like world class fielder pakistan s bowling will become double deadly and can defend even 120,shoab malik is experienced batsman and can bowl 1 0r 2 overs. dropping misbah in t20 is height of stupidity ,misbah is in form of his life he HAS to be selected letting hafeez being captain . hope fawad alam to be in playing 11, heard he has turned into good batsman in last few years .

  • POSTED BY szahidhussain on | February 15, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    ODI Team For Asia Cup

    1.Sharjeel Khan 2.Ahmed Shehzad 3.Mohammad Hafeed 4.sohaib Maqsood 5.Misbah-Ul-Haq 6.Umar Akmal 7.Shahid Afridi 8.Bilawal Bhatti 9.Umar Gul 10.Saeed Ajmal 11.Junaid Khan

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2014, 20:32 GMT

    Does anyone know who is the highest scorer in the T20 tournament...? He was not even considered for ODIs, let alone T20... Anyways...

    Asia cup 11: Sharjeel, Shezad, Hafeez, Sohaib, Akmal, Misbah, Afridi, Ajmal, Gul, Junaid, (Bilawal / Talha / Anwar)...

    T20 WC 11: (Sharjeel / K.Akmal), Shezad, Hafeez, Sohaib, U.Akmal, (K.Akmal / Malik), Afridi, (Bilawal / Talha), Ajmal, Gul, Junaid...

    I would prefer Umar Amin in both teams somewhere and Younis Khan in the ODIs but...

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | February 15, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    Can't believe that guys like shaoib Malik and sohail tanvir gets in national side. Both are waste of space. Very disappointing to see them again in side.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    To me Sarfaraz ahmed n azhar Ali should be the part of at least one day side. Anyways lucky malik n Akmal brothers.....to be the part of Pakistani team....

  • POSTED BY Rubic on | February 15, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    PCB - Let's bring back the last of Akmal..the Adnan and player of the century..The GREAT Imran Farhat…This will save all Pak fans time and money which otherwise they will waste on following these two events…

  • POSTED BY romirom on | February 15, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    thanks pcb for such twist so i can concentratet on cricinfo coment every time rather than mes up wit my girl friend(gf). Even though ur decision regarding sohaib and kamran in t20 squad is not good according to currant situation. But its pleased to me to focus in tis news rather than thinking aboutmy gf.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    MISBAH in T20 Cricket!

    3rd consecutive domestic Twenty20 final for the inexperienced Faisalabad Wolves team led by Misbah ul Haq.

    5th domestic T20 final for him as Wolves Captain.

    10 finals as Captain since 2010 in all formats at domestic and international levels combined in competitions.

    Last time he played the star studded Lahore Lions led by Hafeez he beat them with Ajmal absent. Imaginative Captaincy led to the win.

    Wolves continue to rise above their weight as they defend their trophy. Ask any Wolves player. This would not be possible without Misbah's influence and presence at all.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Where is Muhammad Irfan and Anwar Ali in T20? Anwar Ali is good all-rounder as compare to BB and ST

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    Again PCB done a beautiful joke no nazir neither razzaq irfan hm how Pakistan will win but good luck Pakistan. 2 bad players in Pak squad are kamran akmal and sohail tanvir why they are in squad but i love Pakistan

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 15, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Omg why aren't they picking mohammed irfan he is best bowler at the moment in pakistan team. Why can we say it's old pakistani tricks pay to get choosed. When are we gona fix up. :(

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    why they pick up Sohail Tanvir and Shoaib Malik

  • POSTED BY Ikram.Yousefzai on | February 15, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Why Sohail Tanvir is still there? They should have picked Hammad Azam instead of Tanvir. He was the weakest point in Pakistan bowling line in the recent past vs Sri Lanka series.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    In his last 10 T20 innings played in Jan-Feb 2014 Malik has only two respectable scores 49 & 65, Akmal on other hand has two respectable scores of 105 & 56 in last 13 innings and both of them came in a FC match (cricinfo doesn't show the number of spilled catches). If they can't perform in the domestic matches and we all know that our domestic structure is by no means near to international level, then how can we put our money on them to perform at mega stage. I wonder what qualifies them for selection in a worldcup.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 15, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    irfan is going to be a big miss for us. he gets that extra bounce which surprises batsmen. plus he's got that extra pace and height advantage. hopefully we will do well in both competition's.

  • POSTED BY Ms.Cricket on | February 15, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Shoaib Malik is one of the luckiest cricketers in the world. A poor technique, lazy fielding and soft head and he keeps getting picked.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Good to see Kamran Akmal in T20 squad, a man who can fight against grt Aussies attack n having plenty of experience. He should be get selected to playing 11 ahead of Shehzad , Malik evan U.Akmal..... Missing Irfan ll be huge disadvantage for them.

  • POSTED BY fayyaz03 on | February 15, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Great squad for Asia Cup. Its great to see fawad alam being given a chance. His stats clearly shows that he is a formidable middle order batsman. But I think he will only get into playing eleven if Shahzad or Sharjeel fail and hafeez opens then he might bat at no.4 between Maqsood and Misbah. Irfan will surely be missed. Anwer Ali will have to wait for his turn as well. I feel sorry for Talha and Rehman as they will just warm the benches. On the other hand, T20I squad is shaky! We have three openers already and there is no role for Kamran Akmal in middle order. If harris sohail is fit, he should have been in the squad. Shoaib Malik was a good selection though. Weakness in fast bowling department can be hidden by the spinners but if openers fail, there is no one to anchor and score at the same time. Good luck anyways

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    @Major_Hammad : AGREED!!! 100 %

  • POSTED BY Major_Hammad on | February 15, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    @ Asif Nawaz, Pak_Green, Zaheer Abbas Mughal, Khaleeq Ahmed and Khuram Noman: Check this link stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=8681;type=tournament , Fawad Alam is top scorer of recent President's Cup One-Day Tournament with avg 87+. Overall Fawad Alam List A avg is 46+ and ODI batting avg 37+. Fawad Alam first class avg of 55.87 is best in Pak cricket first class history, scored hundred (168) on debut but still got just 3 tests. Best FC avg in Pak history but just 3 tests to prove his talent. Fawad Alam deserve chances in Tests at first priority but selectors wasting his talent, if Fawad Alam got fair chances in Asia Cup at No.4 spot, most probably he will be top scorer of Asia Cup.

  • POSTED BY bbmm on | February 15, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    imran nazir big shock he is best

  • POSTED BY Ayeen on | February 15, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    For those who say where is Imran Nazir, plz forget him & move on, he has been given many chances, he didnt suscced. i personally think shoaib & kamran also not good chocie for T20W. Both are trusted player that will win u a creacker. Irfan is big loss & the reason is both the captian specially Hafeez use him in every match just for his recored to win the match, he break him down.

  • POSTED BY Abdullah072 on | February 15, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    I think that is good combination for asia cup and its also used in world cup 2015.On other side t20 squad were also brilliant.

  • POSTED BY Pak_Green on | February 15, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    I wonder what Fawad has to offer in an ODI?

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    Why is PCB over looking Abdul Razzaq? greatest finisher to ever play the game for Pakistan. His depth batting gives Pakistan an extra batsman and another bowler who can bowl couple over when the regulars are getting hit around the park. PCB is bringing Malik and Akmal back but not Razzaq, thats sad!

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | February 15, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    Shoaib and Kamran' inclusion does not make any sense. If you ought to pick tried and tested and not even sure of them succeeding then why not Misbah? You know that he is going to be there battling till the end. Again. I am bereft of ideas as to why go back to old faces and it's not like they own any shining records in Bangladesh. Heck, Imran Nazir would have been better choice. He seems to enjoy playing in Bangladesh and often has good runs?

  • POSTED BY Alikhan.dxb on | February 15, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    I have two question one from selection commitee and one from the public, 1. why selection commitee can't stay away from Shoaib Malik and Kamran?? i personally feel when ever they are in team in that series team management is always a problem and guys doesnt looks organize 2. Why always i see the name of Abdur razak and Imran Nazeer, they are not anymore effective for cricket

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 15, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    Why would they not play sar garza for t20 and ODIs. Even after the two innings in tests where he showed he is more of a T20 and ODI Player. Where the captain send him in for pinch hitting rather than anyone else in that squad of 11. This is not fair with someone having no push from his back.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 15, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    Why cant Pakistan just move on with Malik and Akmal? They are well passed their expiry dates.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 15, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    Where is imran nazir and zia

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 15, 2014, 2:30 GMT

    Where's imran nazir?

  • POSTED BY Saeedktk on | February 15, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    Why sohail & malik again ...... Pcb selector,s are very bad people

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 15, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    why Malik again why akmal again haven't they failed many times already Pakistan will lose again with this kind of selection so I think I will not watch any games of T20 during world cup

  • POSTED BY Avicenna on | February 15, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    Brilliant selection of Fawad Alam!! His consistent good performance finally forced the selectors to include him in the team. Hopefully he will continue his fabulous domestic form in Asia Cup and cement his place in ODI as well as test team. Best Wishes.

  • POSTED BY mshyder on | February 15, 2014, 0:24 GMT

    Contacts, references and connections in action once again. Selecting Malik and Kamran is the perfect recipe to loose. Wonder how the selectors feel when the see the mirror? Don't they have any conscience ? Have they not seen the Malik's awful performance in the BBL. Have they ever seen any wicket keeper spill so many chances ? what magical potion has Kamran drank which has given his keeping a 360 degree turn around? Fully agree with @Talha Malik, the world would laugh at us. Don't know what stopped them from selecting Imran Farhat ? Mr. Azhar Khan's selection performance is same as his one test wonder i.e. NOTHING.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2014, 0:24 GMT

    people are totally outta there minds who can they bring in other than akmal brothers for keeping who else is there with scores lmao sarfraza ahmad or who else no one........ so just relax thts all what we have we are not Australia eng or nz with 2 3 keeprs on the way HUH

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 15, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    We can't do anything now shit selection but we still got good team to win asia and t20 cup and inshaallah we will gna win

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    great squad but shoib malik and kamran akmal should have played in asia cup for practice

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 15, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    Its great to have players like Kamran Akmal back. He has a decent batting record in the subcontinet and the experience he's got will be vital for the team. Good luck to Fawad Alam on his comeback in the national camp. An addition of a sensible and talented batsman to the national side. With the performances he has been showing in the domestic circuit, he well deserved the come back! Good luck to the green team for their upcoming fixtures!

  • POSTED BY Kak-mal_Khan on | February 15, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    If Pakistan win the T20 World Cup, will mean the opposing teams are very weak. Can't see this batting line-up standing up to some of the better bowlers, needed to have Misbah, Younis Khan or Azhar Ali to anchor the middle, they play with technique which is required when top order gets blown away in the first 5-overs, quite often the case for Pakistan!

  • POSTED BY moonrocker81 on | February 14, 2014, 23:57 GMT

    T20 cricket is a fast game and we definitely need attacking players. I don't have any idea why they didn't select Imran Nazir and Razzaq for world cup. To demolish the opposition, Imran Nazir and Ahmed Shehzad would have been a perfect combination. We are wasting our bench talent and going with players like Sohail Tanvir who hasn't been performing at the very top level. Please wake up selection committee and take better decisions especially about our batting choices.

  • POSTED BY ICKY on | February 14, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    upcoming youngsters like K.Akmal and S. Malik in the team to booste the confidence of bookies, not the team or nation. Well done Sethi Shareef business company. who doesn't know Kamran Akmal is the biggest insider of bookies. what are the PCB and shareefs/sethis trying to accomplish.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 23:43 GMT

    Our one-day team looks really good on paper, but our T20 team looks a little washed up by the recall of Akmal and Malik, both are already past their prime and only perform against India. Would have liked Harris Sohail and one of those U19 players to follow suit. Other than that the selection is good. Although i don't like Sohail Tanvir, but he is a useful T20 bowler so good decision. People need to realize that players like Imran Nazir are only one-off players and have disappointed big time in pressure situations. It is time we look past them, and groom youngsters.

  • POSTED BY LateefLabeeb on | February 14, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    I fully agree with you Mr.Chona, why Muhammad irfan being ignored??? PCB does have different plans looked like that, his career is over as he was winning the matches for Pakistan and was performing on consistent basis. To maintain a spot for Umer Gul (Ishant sharma) of pakistan, Irfan being ignored.. on the basis of form and talent Irfan should be the first choice but sadly no one cares about him and no one want to include hum..hence he is sidelined and that is bad for our cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    There is no consistency in the selection of players, we performed fairly well in limited overs cricket in the last year and it was without Malik and Akmal. These two along with Farhat come in and due to their poor performances team moral goes down and they get dropped and then come back after a couple of series to repeat their performances. Its time to give youngsters a bit of confidence, what a sham it would be if Malik replaces Maqsood in the middle order. I would question the eligibility of chief selector first.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    Where is Mohammad Irfan? Now he is the only Pakistani pacer after Imran, Akram, Waqar & Shoaib who can destroy opponent's world class openers very early

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    Kamran Akmal , Shoaib Malik and Sohail Tanveer are Pakistani BIG THREE , They r playing the same role of ICC Big Three In Pakistani cricket , but realy i salute the PARCHI of KAMRAN AKMAL and SHOAIB MALIK they realy work in all Pakistani Goverment .

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    where is anwar ali???? left hander spinner raza hassan?? selection committee are u blind?

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    why isn't abdur razzaq picked, he is a match winner with both ball and bat. they've also not picked left arm spinner raza hasan. he played well in the last t20 world cup and the pitches would of suited him very well.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 14, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Can anyone explain what fawad alam is capable of...?

  • POSTED BY AbdulRauf-99 on | February 14, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    People people please be reasonable, Both Kamran and Mailk had a good domestic season and so did Fawad alam, I am too not happy with the selection of Kamran and sohail but I believe in the selectors, Though i would've picked Sarfarz ahmed for Kamran, As he is in great form, But it's a really good squad for the world T20.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    Asia Cup squad: PERFECT. No comments whatsoever. WORLD T20 squad:

    1- Inclusion of Kamran akmal is a fare decision. His record in T20s is good and he is an attacking opener who can take care of first 6 overs quite well. Sharjeel khan seemed promising but we have to keep the backups all the time. 2- Shoaib Malik can play well in subcontinent conditions and bangladesh will ideally suit him if he wants to score some runs. His inclusion can only be justified if he plays the anchor role being a senior member and revolve other batsman around him with higher striking rates or else, HE SHOULD'NT BE IN THE TEAM. 3. Sohail tanvir is a 50,50 option, he will either give u 2 economy overs in depth with two normal overs upfront or can go wayward but I don't see him getting more chances Starting 11 with the order for me K.akmal,shehzad,Hafeez,Maqsood,Malik,Umar,Afridi,Tanvir,Gul,Ajmal,Junaid

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    i dont want a team without Muhammad Irfan :(

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    @Sunil Dhar .. he still gets selected because as an all rounder he has a lower t20 bowling average and strike rate than Ishant Sharma, as well as a much lower average in odis

  • POSTED BY jammuthejatt on | February 14, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    Shoaib Malik & Kamran Akmal were picked based on their track record against India!

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    WHY sohail tanvir again. Max he can bowl is 1-2 overs with the new ball. Concedes plenty with the old ball and doesn't know how to handle the bat

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    Shame on the Selection Committee and shame on mr Sethi. They all talk about merit and fairnessbut What is the fairness in bringing back washup players like malik and kamran. For God sake cant we find a decent wicketkeeper than these akmal brothers. Sohail tanvir also a limping horse and already past his prime. Corruption and favouritsim will never end from pakityan cricket. Desrving players will never get a chance

  • POSTED BY Chona on | February 14, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    Muhammad Irfan's injury did not seem that serious when it happened two three months ago. Even physio and coaches said that he will be back in action soon as it was a minor injury. Something fishy is going on. May be he is no longer in good books of selectors. May be he has lost favor with captain(s). May be he is not being "recommended' by powerful people to get inside team. Anyway, If he is being made to "appear" unfit then this is bad omen for Pakistan as he is most competent and dangerous among current crop of bowling resources that Pak has..

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    I think this is very good team for Pakistan to win Asia Cup and T20 World Cup

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    i wonder how sahid afridi is included in team

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    i am missing in the squad of asia cup.. a man who is leading runs scorer on current t20 tournament.a man who is in prime form. that is younis khan ...

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | February 14, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    Totally wrong selection; why Kamran Akmal, Sohail Tanvir, Sohaib Malik in T20 squad. Where are little boom boom RAZZAK and IMRAN NAZIR??

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    Kamran Akmal.. Hahaha. The world must laughing at us Pakistanis that we just can't see beyond this pharoah of dropped chances...

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Amazing selection, dont know what kind of chits & references used for the selection of these players, watching younis khan in 20-20 cup matches performance,I dont know why he is not being selected in ODI squad, if they are going to give chance to youngsters in 20-20s.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    what quality Bilawal Has ...and Why Shoaib malik again ...shame on these selectors

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 14, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    I think this is a very much balance squad for the both upcoming events but I miss imran nazir in t20s and shoaib malik in odis

  • POSTED BY LateefLabeeb on | February 14, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    Not good selection as I am seeing once again same old faces who are with the team always but on the performance side they are NIL, like Shoaib Malik and Sohail Tanveer.Then we have kamran Akmal once again..hope he will play well as a wicketkeeper...because even if he scores and spills 1 or 2 catches then whats the plus point..nothing. We need to try Mohammad Rizwan only 21 years of age averaging 40+in first class cricket and is a more decent keeper than all the akmals. He was very near to play for Pakistan National side but again he is being thrown in wilderness. Same is the case with Reza hassan the left armer why once agin Zulfiqar Babar selected??? aged 35 around how long he can play..we need to encourage new talent. Then Haaris Sohail..where is he??? Ehsan Adil should have been in the side in place of sohail Tanveer..we need to groom youngsters for the future jult like Austrlaia did over the past 2 years and look now they have a balanced side and they are very much ready for WC.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    @shahnbej Younis Khan retired after captaining Pakistan to the World T20 title. I think Misbah doesn't want to play T20 anymore, that's why Hafeez was made captain.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    i am not happy with this squad because umer amin is not included

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    where is anwar ali in t20 squad its not fair i am realy sad?

  • POSTED BY Atheeq.G on | February 14, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    Why every body in PCB are ignoring Abdul Razzak he still has 2 or 3 years of cricket left in him.He is such a great all rounder pakistan has ever produced. Even though iam indian but iam a big fan of Abdul Razzak. if he was in indian team defnetly he would have still played for india but unfortunately he is from pakistan.I dont think pakistan will get a great allrounder like him.

  • POSTED BY Saadcricketlover on | February 14, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    An excellent asia cup squad i must say but there is quite a few selections in the t20 squad that are not on merit. We should've selected raza hasan over zulfiqar babar who is 13 years younger than zulfiqar and he also performed better in the national t20 cup. Shoaib Malik's selection is understandable because Umar amin and Haris Sohail haven't performed internationaly. KAMRAN AKMAL'S SELECTION IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE, he has hurt us a lot and I think Mohammad Rizwan or some other younster should've been selected. Kamran has also bee dropping catches in domestic and he performs seldomly.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    Razzaq and Raza Haasan deserved to be in T-20 Squad, Kamran Akmal and Shoib Malik a big question mark????

    Fawwad finally got well deserved chance.

  • POSTED BY KarmatBaig on | February 14, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    On what basis had Shoaib Malik been selected, his performance in the recently payed tournament is below average and he failed miserably in Big Bash League in Australia. Younus Khan has been the outstanding performer in the tournament and Misbah and Yunus should have been in the T20 team instead of Malik & Kamran Akmal. Pakistan team can survive 20 overs wicket keeping by Umer Akmal. Sarfaraz should be given chances in One Day internationals so that he can have confidence for the word cup i Australia next year, Umer Akmal cannot keep wickets in Australian and New Zealand

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Whats with Sohail Tanvir and his T20 selections all the time. Has he ever performed better.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    I think This is much Balanced squad, although we will Miss Irfan, but He is injured... Many frnds are talking about Raza Hassan Inclusion (Yes He is Quite Good bowler) But, Guys listen we already have many spinning option Ajmal, Afridi, rehman/Zulfiqar, Shoaib, Hafeez,Fawad even.... so how many spinners you want???

    Em not Big Fan of Malik Either but He can provide stability in the middle order, he is in good nick too, This Squad is very Good Combination of young and Old Players..

    Here the Only trick PCB missed is that Kamran Akmal Should be included in ODIs only and Umar Akmal Should do keeping in t20 but they did exactly opposite .

  • POSTED BY Zohaib_Tariq on | February 14, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    I have no idea why is everyone so against Kamram Akmal ? Dont you remember that it was his 80 some runs against Ireland ODI that saved Pakistan from an embarrassing loss. He was the one who saved and won the test match against India with a popular partnership with Abdul Razzak. I know he had a bad time behind the wickets but still he is the best wicketkeeper batsman in our country yet. Find his replacement who can score run and be a decent wicket keeper. Don't be haters guys and think positively. Same goes to Misbah haters I seriously don't think whats wrong with him ? He is consistently scoring runs for the team where rest of the batting line up is failing. His only problem is that he plays slow, like seriously ? He has a brain to understand the condition of the game and play accordingly unlike Mr Boom Boom who comes and goes. Nothing against Afridi I am his fan but it is time that he understands how to stay on the wicket and atleast score something.

  • POSTED BY SamWintson92 on | February 14, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Continued Another thing forgot to add, 6. Abdur Rehman is averging 37 in ODIs taking I guess 30 scalps in 30 ODIs. Young Raza Hasan would have been a decent bet. He has great records.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Pakistani Batting side Middile order it's very Low Condition 1,,2,3 Number 4th and 5th batsman Misbah ul haq and Shoaib maqsood Better chance pathnership to this Asia cup Against on Seamers

  • POSTED BY SamWintson92 on | February 14, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    1. Decent squad I must say. 2. Happy that Pakistan finally got rid of Asad Shafiq & included most deserving Fawad Alam. 3. Only one error, I don't see in any point in bringing back Kamran Akmal in T20s. It's time Pakistan should move on from him. Why does Pak need him when Umar Akmal is a class bat who can keep. 4. Malik doesn't have much of an success in international T20s but does average around 37 in T20s. Plus his experience playing T20s across the globe & good form in CPL & Pak domestic T20s may have worked on his favor. 5. I really wanted Misbah in the T20s. He has decent T20 stats. He's not that slow like some people think, remember the 100 he hit in the CLT20. Was he slow, no he wasn't.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 14, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq should have been included in World T20

  • POSTED BY Uncle9732 on | February 14, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    Raza Hasan should have been picked for T20 at least. Hammad Azam is a very handy all rounder too. So harsh on Younis Khan, he should be in such important tournament as Asia Cup. He is a good one day batsmen. No room for Kamran Akmal though, he won't get any chance, because he won't get any chance unless Umar Akmal performs really bad in keeping.

  • POSTED BY seo7seo on | February 14, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Inclusion of Kamran Akmal raises so many questions about transparency in the selection process. PCB either does not want to look beyond Kamran Akmal or it has lost the ability to find out new talent.

    I would say selection of Shoaib and two Akmals has pulled down the moral of entire nation. Watching T20 (a minor form of cricket) and asia cup (for which all of us WERE waiting) would be a waste of time because of these players.

    I am not ready to digest the story of Irfan's injury.

  • POSTED BY shahnbej on | February 14, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    At what basis Shoib and Kamran have been selected? If they selected because of their experience than Younas and Misbah have more experience than these two.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Over all a good selection but dont see scope for Sohail Tanveer even in T20 with plethora of talented fast bowlers in the team with added benefit of their ability to bat well. Almost every one is good enough to be in playing 11. with so many all rounders in the team,cannot see more 2 fast bowlers in T20, Gul and Junaid/ anwar Ali/ Bhati. Good luck

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 14, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Strange selection of Kamran Akmal. Sarfraz Ahmad was a deserving candidate for T20 world cup. We have excellent bowling attack with good combination of fast and slow

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    @zahidakbar with all four players in the team who have been given plenty of chances, Pakistan is likely to be eliminated before the quarterfinals. You ve got all other teams looking for quality youngsters and still you wish for the oldies back? Razaq is way past his prime and has little or no pace left.

  • POSTED BY iffy187 on | February 14, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    fawad alam deserves his chance to get an extended run in the team, kamran akmal for all his problems is still a very able batsmen, and in full flow is more than capable to be up there with Razzaq, Nazir etc..

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 14, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Good selection but Malik has last chance to prove him self or his career Is over Akmal is very good choice for T20 good luck green shirts..

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 14, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    I don't know about Malik but kamran akmal is very good in t20 Malik is not bad but he has to prove him self in very first match.,,

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    They have selected able players no doubt but few changes should have been done 1.Fawad alam deserves chance most in tests he is quality test player 2.Haris Sohail should have been given a chance in one dayers as well as test 3.Malik has wasted so many opportunities yet gain he got selected dont know why imran nazir is lot better than him in T20s 4.Anwar ali in place of tanvir in wt20

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    Pcb made one good move and one bad. Good: great idea bringing back shoaib malik and kamran akmal. Bad: not bringing in Abdul razzaq and imran nazir, they're positive big hitters for pakistan, plus what do you have against razzaq why is he not being selected into the squad?

  • POSTED BY Morfi on | February 14, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    Good team selection for the ODI Asia Cup - Younus Khan deserves a recall and should be with the ODI team till 2015 world cup - his experience will be needed.

    T20 squad - Akmal and Malik AGAIN????? Seriously something is wrong in the selection panel. T20 is the best place to try young players, not retest old ones.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    A comparison between Misbah and Malik's T20 career.

    Misbah is a consistent scorer in all formats of the game since last 3 years, the irony is he has been ignored from such a big tournament like World T-20.

    No one is going to forget his contribution to his domestic T-20 team Faisalabad Wolves. WON the Faysal Bank T-20 while being the top scorer of the team plus represented his team in Champions League T-20 2013 and remained top scorer of the team over there as well. Contributed heavily with the bat to his Caribbean Premier league team as well in 2013.

    WHERE DOES MALIK STAND IN FRONT OF MISBAH?

    Misbah ul Haq Matches 39 Runs 788 Highest Score 87* Average 37.52 Strike Rate 110.20

    Shoaib Malik Matches 55 Runs 907 Highest Score 57 Average 23.25 Strike Rate 106.83

  • POSTED BY BUKHARI53 on | February 14, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    I fully agree with the selection of squads for Asia Cup and World T20. It is a wise decision by the selectors to include Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal, only for T20 World Cup and we should not criticise this, because selectors have not left out any deserving player, after watching Faisal Bank T20, I don't see any player, who deserved to be selected on the basis of performance. It was necessary to bring experience in the team that comprises mostly new comers to Pakistan T20. We hope both Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akram will bring stability in the middle order and will play their positive prole in the team. Nothing can match the experience. Best wishes to Pakistan team and both the senior pros.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 14, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Are there no better players in pakistan other than kamran and malik? Why do they drop them and pick them and do this as a routine? Either u persist with them for a long time or leave them.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 14, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Generally, look good selection but not the best Younis khan should be in the odi and raza Hassan not selecting him for t20 is a big question, he is a best young bowler I have seen in cricket I think pcb is w8g for him to turn into 30:(

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Younus deserved a chance to be in playing eleven. what is the logic behind inclusion of kamran in t20 when umar is keeping in odi. One thing came to mind that shoaib malik and kamran malik are playing only because they have strong connections with bookies.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    Asia cup team is almost perfect. cant find much to say. Irfan will be missed. but overall good selection. Fawad alam finally made it in. hope he plays in playing 11. they can send hafeez back to opening to add fawad alam.

    But WCt20, Anwar ali should have been picked instead of sohail tanvir. however, i dont think he will play in playing 11 as gul is back.

    Malik and Kamran Akmal's inclusion is not so good really. question is who will they leave it? 2 akmals not required.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    A very balanced squad for ASIA cup 2014 but for the world cup t20 it is slightly unjustic with umer gul and Abdur Razzaq. Fawad Alam is a good and deserve player to in the squad.let's see what, how he plays in his long comback. best wishes with green shirtsl

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    I am glad Kamran Akmal has been included in the T20 squad. I would have liked to have seen him in the ODI squad as I have always been of the opinion that Umar Akmal should totally focus on his batting and Kamran Akmal is good enough to be wicket keeper / batsman in ODIs as well. Another player who should have been in both squad is Nasir Jamshed. He is a real talent and perhaps better than Sharjeel Khan. Presumably Shaoib Malik is in the team because of his experience but if he does not perform in T20 world cup than this should be the end of his career with Team Pakistan and same also applies to Kamran Akmal although I believe he still has more to offer Team Pakistan in limited over cricket. For test cricket I hope the selectors now give a long run to Sarfraz Ahmed.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    Shoaib Malik & Kamran Akmal both are good players and for sure they should get chance to play in Pakistan team not only in T20 even in ODI's also.

    Wish both of you very best for comeback and hoping to perform well and bring T20 title for Pakistan....we all love all senior players like you, no doubt you have performed well in the past...people who understand cricket should know there is always bad form,,,,good pick well done selectors

  • POSTED BY Doctorlogic on | February 14, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Selection is pretty much fine except:

    - Yunas Khan should have been included for Asia Cup. He is back bone for Pakistan batting line up. Though he is not in a good form but worth having him in the side.

    - Malik, Rubbish. What is he doing in T20? Not impressed on his enclosure. Imran Nazir was good option rather than Malik.

    - Shafiq, Good decision to not including him in the team. He should go to his basics and get his form in domestic. No doubt he has great talent.

    - Zulfiqar Babar, I am happy for him. He should have given chance for Asia Cup.

    - Kamran Akmal, NOT AGAIN. NO MORE CHANCES FOR HIM.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    No chance to win, but please dont loose very badly both Asia cup snd WT20. No Irfan , no Trophy as simple as that .

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | February 14, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    Malik failed against SA, was a huge flop in the BBL and hasn't done anything of noteworthy domestically but yet, is still picked?!?! As for Kamran, I don't think I even want to go there!!

    Are the selectors in debt to these guys or something? Haris and Hammad would have been far better choices and would have added another dimension to the team.

    On the other hand, it's great to see the return of Fawad Alam, who has been sensational for the past 2-3 seasons but the Asia cup squad doesn't have any fast penetrative bowlers (barring Junaid), plus both Ind and SL play spin well, so Pak have no chance of winning that.

  • POSTED BY Major_Hammad on | February 14, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    @ Khuram Noman: check this link stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=8681;type=tournament , Fawad Alam is top scorer of recent President's Cup One-Day Tournament with avg 87+. Overall Fawad Alam List A avg is 46+ and ODI batting avg 37+. Fawad Alam first class avg of 55.87 is best in Pak cricket first class history, scored hundred (168) on debut but still got just 3 tests. Best FC avg in Pak history but just 3 tests to prove his talent. Fawad Alam deserve chances in Tests at first priority but selectors wasting his talent, if Fawad Alam got fair chances in Asia Cup at No.4 spot, most probably he will be top scorer of Asia Cup.

  • POSTED BY Cric_fever_notgoingdown on | February 14, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    people read news first carefully irfan got injured again... so stop whining already. i know its big blow but replacement i guess is equally good in face of talha. how ever i feel sad anwer ali left out and malik comes in again. thats just sick decision for me. good too see kami back as should play as opner. how ever i think pak fans should focus on asia cup that is important tournament. coz i have a feeling winner of this asai cup will represent asian block next year worldcup final. not really cared about circus t20 anyway. already a won it once. all i want is asia cup

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    ohh sohail tanveer and abdul rehman again common do your homework abdulrehman cant play in 11 cause we have afredi ajmal and hafeez there.then why not give place for raza hassan or any other youngster who would learn more for future.fawad alam got prize but i am afraid on wrong team he need to be included in test team still i am happy for him he got a place in any team a hard working boy cant hit long but useful player.sohail tanveer is a big time loser smash him from the team.

  • POSTED BY Captain_Tuk_Tuk on | February 14, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Good selection finally selectors selected Fawad Alam who is good replacement of Asad Shafiq, over rated Umar Amin and Azhar Ali combine. I still don't understand on what basis Kamran Akmal was selected.l

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    @Khuram Noman, Fawad Alam got selected in the team based on his strong performance in the domestic circle (as a batsman) where is amongst the top scorers in Quad-e-Azam Trophy. He is currently one of the top scorers in domestic cricket by far (specially in first class games). he averages higher then Asad Shafiq and Muhammad Hafeez.

    Another person who deserved a place this year was Sharjeel Khan, he is also in a prolific form.

    @Qazi Hasan If we want a wicket keeper batsman then rather then going back Akmal we should look towards the future and the upcoming talent is Mohammad Rizwan is very promising and deserves a call.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    for asia cup: i think almost perfect. just sharjeel got another chance. has not done too good vs SL. fawad alams inclusion is very good and hopefully he will be picked for tests as well. pak will definately miss irfan's bowling in asia cup and in t20 s. should have been managed well.

    for t20 cup; malik and kamran are picked may be for their domestic performances. but to me no place in playing 11 as team was well settled. sohail tanvir is selected again as always dont know why.

    over all ok selection .

  • POSTED BY Ramu444 on | February 14, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    What Kamran Akmal & Shoaib Malik have done so special to be included again in the squad.looks like we will never get rid off them

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    I hope for Pakistan's sake that they are playing Kamran as a batsman ONLY. If the gets the wicketkeeping gloves again they have no one else to blame

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Aaaaah, why can't we just get rid of Sohaib Malik and Kamran Akmal. The ODI squad looks fine but Haris Sohail and Sarfraz Ahmed should have been kept for the world t20. I hope the selectors have a genuine reason for dropping Mohammad Irfan.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Irfan is out because he injured himself again by playing domestic T20 match...Pakistan need some good medium or fast bowling al-rounder....

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Muhammed Irfan is injured that's why he is not selected. On Fawad Alam's selection, I think this is a good move. He is selected in the place of Asad Shafiq and believe me he is in a sublime form. And Kamran Akmal's selection is somewhat arguable but he can come in handy on Bangladeshi Pitches! But IMRAN NAZIR ,Yasir Hameed and Younus Khan Should also be selected. atleast one of them should be selected considering their current form!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    I think abdur rehman should have been retained for world cup as well as a senior pro.. Surprise induction of fawad alam out of no where.. Rather than kamran anwar ali would have been a better choice...!

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Good To See Fawad Alam Is Picked And Sharjeel Khan.. But Hammad Azam And Haris Sohail ARe Left.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Where is Harris sohail???

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    Second controversial selection is Fawad Alam, is he been picked as al-rounder? where his bowling average in odi is 83.00.

  • POSTED BY PK-KID on | February 14, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    we Gonna miss Irfan Big time,irfan Got injured Again Just Becuz of Bad tactics By PCB.we Should Have usd him in selected Matches rather than Playing all matches.:(

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | February 14, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    So I commented that Irfan's International career may be over and I was made fun of. I said it would be extremely hard for a man of Irfan's stature to be able to recover from a hip injury and be able to perform at same leave. It won't happen. They overplayed him to earn a measly win here and there and now our biggest asset going into WC2015 is injured. Bravo Captains.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Mohammad Irfan left out? are you kidding me, I saw him injuring during the Faysal Bank which is surely stupid from PCB, He is our maincard and we have lost him for both major tournments.

  • POSTED BY ihaq1 on | February 14, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    it is odd to pick two wicketkeepers especially when kamran akmal is not teh first choice wickekeeper and not in too great form...shoaib malik's recent outings have also not been that great..many did think that younis khan could have proved tobe a better batsman/captain than mohammed hafeez whose captaincy skills are not the greatest

  • POSTED BY alpha_pak on | February 14, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    This is the best T20 squad from Pakistan in long long time. Shoaib Malik should play after Sohaib and absorb the pressure if team loses a lot of wickets. Umar akmal, Kamran Akmal and Afridi should take care of last 10 overs. Alongwith spin of Saeed Ajmal, Hafeez and Afridi in BD conditions, add pace of Gul and Junaid for the last overs and you have a team to beat.

  • POSTED BY Paki_123 on | February 14, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Pakistan will miss Irfan bowling in Asia Cup but in T20 Pakistan already have a good bowling attack. The inclusion of Fawad Alam is good in One day, because he can stay on wicket and rotate the strike if capt. used him on 3rd or 4th number, otherwise he cant send the ball out of park. Hope Pakistan will do good on batting paradise.

  • POSTED BY romirom on | February 14, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    once again haris sohail droped without geting a game. I dnt understand the reason behind it. At least give him few game than decide wether play him or drop. I am sure tis wil impact in his confidence. I think Haris is also confuse about it.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    where is Raza Hassan ?? y again akmal .....

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Where is Yunis Khan?Why they did not pick him.He is in such fine form.This poor decision not to pick Yunis Khan.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    very disappointing to picked up sohail tanveer again, can any of the selectors justify his position. Second controversial selection is Fawad Alam, is he been picked as al-rounder? where his bowling average in odi is 83.00.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | February 14, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Very strange decision to leave Irfan out but then what else could you expect from the punktured cricket board.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    why no irfan are they out of there mind the selector must be drunk while picking the team we need pace on flat wickets !!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Asia cup squad is fine but how can they select Shoaib and Kamran again. Sad to see Anwar Ali out of T20 WC. He is much better all rounder than Shoaib Malik

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    If merit meant anything, K Akmal would not have replaced Sarfaraz

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    A very good pick for Pakistan in ICC World Cup T20 after calling back Kamran Akmal.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    No Imran Nazir not T20..... Shame Shame Shame

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Good squad but still Pakistan need Muhammad Amir

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  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Good squad but still Pakistan need Muhammad Amir

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    No Imran Nazir not T20..... Shame Shame Shame

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    A very good pick for Pakistan in ICC World Cup T20 after calling back Kamran Akmal.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    If merit meant anything, K Akmal would not have replaced Sarfaraz

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Asia cup squad is fine but how can they select Shoaib and Kamran again. Sad to see Anwar Ali out of T20 WC. He is much better all rounder than Shoaib Malik

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 14, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    why no irfan are they out of there mind the selector must be drunk while picking the team we need pace on flat wickets !!!

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | February 14, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Very strange decision to leave Irfan out but then what else could you expect from the punktured cricket board.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    very disappointing to picked up sohail tanveer again, can any of the selectors justify his position. Second controversial selection is Fawad Alam, is he been picked as al-rounder? where his bowling average in odi is 83.00.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Where is Yunis Khan?Why they did not pick him.He is in such fine form.This poor decision not to pick Yunis Khan.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    where is Raza Hassan ?? y again akmal .....