Pakistan news September 1, 2014

PCB summons Misbah, Waqar for review

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PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has summoned Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and the head coach Waqar Younis to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Tuesday for a review of the team's performances in Sri Lanka. Shaharyar will meet the team manager Moin Khan in Karachi on Wednesday. Pakistan lost the Test series 2-0 and the ODIs 2-1 to Sri Lanka, prompting concern from the board ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

ESPNcricinfo understands the meetings will be on a one-on-one basis. Misbah has Shaharyar's backing for the captaincy ahead of series in the UAE against Australia and New Zealand, but the PCB could reduce the 10-man coaching staff. Moin's dual role as manager and chief selector is also under scrutiny.

The pool of players that traveled to Sri Lanka remains the nucleus of the World Cup probables but the PCB is concerned about team unity, which according to one official, had deteriorated. With less than six months to go to the tournament, the PCB is reluctant to make major changes, and Moin had said Misbah would stay captain until the World Cup. However, ESPNcricinfo understands some players are not in favour of such a view.

The PCB persisted with Misbah as captain despite Pakistan being whitewashed 3-0 in South Africa in 2012-13, and performing poorly in the 2013 Champions Trophy in England. This was largely because of his prolific form in 2013, when he was the top-scorer in ODIs. However, he is 40 now, and his form has not been as good in 2014.

There has been speculation in the media that a lobby is trying to bring about a change in captain, with Shahid Afridi being proposed as the favourite. Afridi's form, however, has been poor. He has been wicketless in his last six ODIs and his batting is unpredictable.

Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf was one of the voices advocating Afridi as captain. "If the captaincy remains with Misbah you can't expect improvement in results," Yousuf said. "He has been the captain for four years and has not been able to find a proper combination. I think it is imperative we have Afridi, who is aggressive and can lead in a better way."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • on September 4, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    The one thing I will say about Shahid Afridi is that he is an inspirational leader. No question he is not technically strong, and when his form is poor, it is quite poor, but when he's on, nobody wishes to face him. His record as captain is average-he has a career winning percentage of 54%, which is not elite, it's barely average.Yet, he rallied a team that was thought to have no chance to a strong performance at the 2011 World Cup. If made captain again, can he rally this team again? I can't help but notice that he has a tendency to show up impressively in tournaments, never mind his out of tournament record.

  • on September 4, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    I MUST say there are major changes required in the Pakistan Team, let first talk about Openers. There must be a right hander and left hander combination like Ahmed Shahzad and Nasir Jamshed (which requires some more games) In the middle you can have player like Shoaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam There must be 2 special spinners in the team like Zulfiqar Babar & Saeed Ajmal which can be rotated in between depending upon the game plan. Fast Bowlers are key here in the form of Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan & Talha right arm fast medium A specialized wicket-keeper needs to be within the Team in the form of Sarfarz Ahmed Now comes a crucial & millionaire question the captain, i think an agressive caption to be within the team like Afridi so it upon selection Team to either select Misbah or Afridi but there is no place of Hafeez in the team as he has issues against seam bowling and pace which will b problem for him. If they plays with this combination I'm sure pak can win worldcup

  • THEBEAST7 on September 4, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Afridi may not have picked up wickets OR scored heavily recently but he is the best bet for the captains post right now. If anyone can guide this team to the 2015 WC final, Afridi is the man. He came close in 2011. Pakistan has a good team. Thay need to fine tune the batting line up a bit. Drop Sarjeel. Send Akmal in as an attacking opener with in form Shehzad (IF ONLY umar akmal understand the value of his wicket and pride his place in the national team. Right now he plays like an alien)I believe Misbah should remain in the team as a specialist batsman. Alam should bat at 4. Rest will take care of itself. I still think Afridi should open the innings to rattle other bowling line ups which will help Pakistan to score real big. But with the likes of Ajmal, Hafeez, Junaid, M.Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Afridi etc, even 230 is a good score to defend (Miss you ASIF). All the best guys. A Sri Lankan supporter...

  • Resultpredictor on September 3, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Neither Misbah nor Afridi is best to captain Pakistan team. Both are in worst phase of their career. No one can save Pakistan sinking ship.

  • Aroundthelegsgoogly on September 3, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    Why doesn't Mohammad Yousuf come back and captain?

  • on September 3, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    @getsetgopk I respect your point of view, but we have to accept that we do not have best players in the world. We have good bowlers and if there is some one better in domestic level why proceed with same players. We have to make a systemic way for the junior players who are performing in domestic level to be given not only central contract or included in the national team but one should have to make a decision that they will get fair chance to play for Pakistan. Some players are given chance to debut against South Africa and some debut against Bangladesh and this factor is always neglected. and there are also examples of some extra ordinary players who didn't even got the chance to play for Pakistan. So what I am trying to say is no matter what is the teams combination or teams strength we should make proper system for the fresh air to come.

  • on September 3, 2014, 2:41 GMT

    Misbah must be removed as captain. Every person who wants Pakistan to win wants Misbah to be removed as captain. I think if Misbah is sincere with Pakistan cricket then he shud himself step down as captain but he wont as he if he does then he will get too insecure abt his position in the team considering his current batting form. Experts say it is not easy to regain form for a batsman who is in 40s!

  • on September 3, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    Almost everyone wants Misbah to be removed as captain because of his defensive approach. The chairman PCB shudnt get stubborn and remove Misbah as captain for the good of the team. I think Younis is the best choice we got, other opti9n cud be Afridi. We will see Afridi batting with sense & responsibility if he is made captain. Its going to be a difficult choice as Younis is making a comeback in the ODIs and it is yet to be seen how well he doea but Im pretty sure Younis will do well as he is great batsman. The other captaincy option Afridi is in a very poor bowling form. He currently isnt justifying his place in the team. I just hope he doesnt take long to regain his form. Apart from captaincy we need Sarfaraz in ODIs as he has shown great form in test matches and also bcoz we need a regular keeper. Umar Akmal is another concern in the team. He is very talented but he is wasting it. I think he is trying to be 2nd Afridi in batting which we cannot afford!!

  • send2waseem on September 2, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    Batting order must be adjusted. As World Cup would be in Australia and New Zealand, Afridi or Hafeez should be taken out. I would prefer Hafeez in final 11 for World Cup. Final 11 and batting order should be: 1- Umar Akmal, 2- Ahmed Shehzad, 3- Fawad Alam, 4- Misbah, 5- Maqsood, 6- Sarfaraz, 7- Hafeez, 8-Ajmal (Raza if Ajmal is out), three fast bowlers.

  • t20cric on September 2, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    I would like if PCB decided to take Misbah's captaincy. I know they said he would be captain for the world cup but it wouldn't be the 1st time they've gone back on their words. It would benefit them if Fawad Alam is given captaincy or they can take a big risk & give it to Ahmed Shehzad (and hope that he can become like Graeme Smith). I wouldn't want Afridi to get the captaincy since he is also at the end of his career & he's not in the best form. Moin Khan should also be asked about the failure of the team since he is manager & selector. This means that he has a lot of control over team Pakistan. I don't think Waqar Younis shouldn't be blamed so much cuz its only his 1st tour as coach. I think under him our fast bowling will quickly be back to normal but the main problem is batting. With this batting it will be tough to even get to the quarter finals. On top of that we have over-defensive captain Misbah who won't let us get far.

  • on September 4, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    The one thing I will say about Shahid Afridi is that he is an inspirational leader. No question he is not technically strong, and when his form is poor, it is quite poor, but when he's on, nobody wishes to face him. His record as captain is average-he has a career winning percentage of 54%, which is not elite, it's barely average.Yet, he rallied a team that was thought to have no chance to a strong performance at the 2011 World Cup. If made captain again, can he rally this team again? I can't help but notice that he has a tendency to show up impressively in tournaments, never mind his out of tournament record.

  • on September 4, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    I MUST say there are major changes required in the Pakistan Team, let first talk about Openers. There must be a right hander and left hander combination like Ahmed Shahzad and Nasir Jamshed (which requires some more games) In the middle you can have player like Shoaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam There must be 2 special spinners in the team like Zulfiqar Babar & Saeed Ajmal which can be rotated in between depending upon the game plan. Fast Bowlers are key here in the form of Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan & Talha right arm fast medium A specialized wicket-keeper needs to be within the Team in the form of Sarfarz Ahmed Now comes a crucial & millionaire question the captain, i think an agressive caption to be within the team like Afridi so it upon selection Team to either select Misbah or Afridi but there is no place of Hafeez in the team as he has issues against seam bowling and pace which will b problem for him. If they plays with this combination I'm sure pak can win worldcup

  • THEBEAST7 on September 4, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Afridi may not have picked up wickets OR scored heavily recently but he is the best bet for the captains post right now. If anyone can guide this team to the 2015 WC final, Afridi is the man. He came close in 2011. Pakistan has a good team. Thay need to fine tune the batting line up a bit. Drop Sarjeel. Send Akmal in as an attacking opener with in form Shehzad (IF ONLY umar akmal understand the value of his wicket and pride his place in the national team. Right now he plays like an alien)I believe Misbah should remain in the team as a specialist batsman. Alam should bat at 4. Rest will take care of itself. I still think Afridi should open the innings to rattle other bowling line ups which will help Pakistan to score real big. But with the likes of Ajmal, Hafeez, Junaid, M.Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Afridi etc, even 230 is a good score to defend (Miss you ASIF). All the best guys. A Sri Lankan supporter...

  • Resultpredictor on September 3, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Neither Misbah nor Afridi is best to captain Pakistan team. Both are in worst phase of their career. No one can save Pakistan sinking ship.

  • Aroundthelegsgoogly on September 3, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    Why doesn't Mohammad Yousuf come back and captain?

  • on September 3, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    @getsetgopk I respect your point of view, but we have to accept that we do not have best players in the world. We have good bowlers and if there is some one better in domestic level why proceed with same players. We have to make a systemic way for the junior players who are performing in domestic level to be given not only central contract or included in the national team but one should have to make a decision that they will get fair chance to play for Pakistan. Some players are given chance to debut against South Africa and some debut against Bangladesh and this factor is always neglected. and there are also examples of some extra ordinary players who didn't even got the chance to play for Pakistan. So what I am trying to say is no matter what is the teams combination or teams strength we should make proper system for the fresh air to come.

  • on September 3, 2014, 2:41 GMT

    Misbah must be removed as captain. Every person who wants Pakistan to win wants Misbah to be removed as captain. I think if Misbah is sincere with Pakistan cricket then he shud himself step down as captain but he wont as he if he does then he will get too insecure abt his position in the team considering his current batting form. Experts say it is not easy to regain form for a batsman who is in 40s!

  • on September 3, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    Almost everyone wants Misbah to be removed as captain because of his defensive approach. The chairman PCB shudnt get stubborn and remove Misbah as captain for the good of the team. I think Younis is the best choice we got, other opti9n cud be Afridi. We will see Afridi batting with sense & responsibility if he is made captain. Its going to be a difficult choice as Younis is making a comeback in the ODIs and it is yet to be seen how well he doea but Im pretty sure Younis will do well as he is great batsman. The other captaincy option Afridi is in a very poor bowling form. He currently isnt justifying his place in the team. I just hope he doesnt take long to regain his form. Apart from captaincy we need Sarfaraz in ODIs as he has shown great form in test matches and also bcoz we need a regular keeper. Umar Akmal is another concern in the team. He is very talented but he is wasting it. I think he is trying to be 2nd Afridi in batting which we cannot afford!!

  • send2waseem on September 2, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    Batting order must be adjusted. As World Cup would be in Australia and New Zealand, Afridi or Hafeez should be taken out. I would prefer Hafeez in final 11 for World Cup. Final 11 and batting order should be: 1- Umar Akmal, 2- Ahmed Shehzad, 3- Fawad Alam, 4- Misbah, 5- Maqsood, 6- Sarfaraz, 7- Hafeez, 8-Ajmal (Raza if Ajmal is out), three fast bowlers.

  • t20cric on September 2, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    I would like if PCB decided to take Misbah's captaincy. I know they said he would be captain for the world cup but it wouldn't be the 1st time they've gone back on their words. It would benefit them if Fawad Alam is given captaincy or they can take a big risk & give it to Ahmed Shehzad (and hope that he can become like Graeme Smith). I wouldn't want Afridi to get the captaincy since he is also at the end of his career & he's not in the best form. Moin Khan should also be asked about the failure of the team since he is manager & selector. This means that he has a lot of control over team Pakistan. I don't think Waqar Younis shouldn't be blamed so much cuz its only his 1st tour as coach. I think under him our fast bowling will quickly be back to normal but the main problem is batting. With this batting it will be tough to even get to the quarter finals. On top of that we have over-defensive captain Misbah who won't let us get far.

  • spellbinder76 on September 2, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Misbah has never played a match winning innings in a ODI match. He is not a good finisher. Misbah was in control in the 2007 W-t-20 finals against India and he got out at a crucial juncture. In the semi-finals of the 2011 WC aginst india Misbah was blocking just to carry his bat. He played a selfish game. Misbah should resign as captain of the ODI team, and if he remains captain Pakistan will be humiliated in the 2015 WC.

  • on September 2, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    1azar ali 2ahmad shehzad 3youinis khan(captain) 4fawad alam 5 shoib malik 6 hafeez 7 sarfraz 8 afridi 9wahab/anwar ali 10 ajmal 11irfan/junaid

  • on September 2, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    In my view Umar Akmal role in the team is not clear moreover he doesn't want to be a part of the team. The way he palyed in this series plus asia cup, he is giving his wicket as gift. Here we are praising his talent but what to do with this talent if he himself is not caring for it. Plus Misbah was also uncertain about his position and was 100% unable to play Herath.

  • Hassan_U on September 2, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    some of these so called supper star players in late 80 and during 90s would not be allowed to carry the bags of the players let alone be in the playing 11. The standard has fallen so down.

    They are only good at giving over the top interviews and no performance on the field.

  • on September 2, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    shoib malik should play in world cup as he has experience in australia. and azar ali should play and anwar ali.

  • alischeme on September 2, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    This is such a joke lol. My fellow Pakistani fans are talking as if we remotely have a chance of winning the world cup. At best, we'll qualify for the quarter finals and that's it.

    Misbah isn't the best player. It's how they say "Among the blind, the squinter rules."

  • Waleedkhan860 on September 2, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    I'm a staunch supporter of misbah,firstly there's no one to replace him Afridi? Well he has failed in both bowling nd batting Thn it's not always captains fault tht a team looses...the quality of players I'm team also matters,none of our batsman or bowler has been consistently performing So I think pak has no chance of winning ths WC either way...if there is it's with misbah

  • p3000g on September 2, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Misbah is a good batsman but ultra defensive as a captain.. Afridi should be made captain for WC

  • on September 2, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Can't change the captain before a major tournament major rebuilding always happens after a major tournament so misbah for me should lead the team till after the World Cup. The team should be a mixture of youth and experience for me nasir Jamshed and Ahmed shazad to open then one down shoaib maqsood then misbah then at 5 fawad alam to see the innings through like beven/ hussey role at 6 u akmal 7 hafeez 8 afridi 9 wahab needs to control over his bowling a bit and on Australian wickets you need a pacer 10 ajmal 11 irafan for me this team has experience in misbah afridi hafeez youth in nasir shazad and akmal you have quick bowler in wahab and irfan mystery spinner in ajmal off spin with hafeez leg spin with afridi left arm spin with fawad or if you want to go with all pace attack then drop ajmal and get a genuine all rounder who can bowl right arm medium and can give you 30 plus runs in batting hammad azam? Anwar ali? Or a surprise package. after World Cup give captaincy to a youngester

  • SLMaster on September 2, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    As I see, PAK issue is not Misbah. As I see, Misbah is the best player they have and others are yet to prove. Issue started for PAK is from Controversial ENG tour. Today there are no experience players to guide young. The best thing is to bring in experience players even though they are out or form.

  • SL_Boy on September 2, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    i'm a Srilankan fan, but Misban for ODI does not work ... i watch all 3 ODI's i did not see he did any thing as a caption. Pakistan need a big change first you need a different ODI caption ... not sure Waqar is a good coach, may be he also does not understand the aggressiveness of ODI and T20. ex. in the second ODI Misban and Waqer ruin the chase.

  • on September 2, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Please change misbah as a captain

  • on September 2, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    I am against making Afridi as a captain. We have seen time and again that he did not play as per situation of the match. He always play with emotion. His field placing is not as per opposing batsman. Lately he is doing nothing as bowler. Our selection is on one or two performance of a player. We have to pick players as per condition of the wicket in Newzeland and Australia. Our team need experience captain with sound and creative mind. We need Younus khan. Misbah is too defensive and he did not have support of players. We need four openers, three spinners, three fast bowlers,two alrounders one wicket keeper and three middle order batsmen in squad of 16.

  • getsetgopk on September 2, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    @Hushmat Gul: Though I agree there needs some work to be done regarding death bowling but you can't bowl around 25 overs as death overs. Misbah's defensive captaincy destroyed his own bowlers rhythm by spreading the field and inducing death bowling conditions way before time. By definition death bowling should start from somewhere around 42 over mark but in Misbah's case, the death bowling is on by the time the fast bowlers finish their initial spell. You have to give your bowlers confidence by setting attacking fields. In almost all the games, all the good work done by the fast bowlers was flushed out the drain with pathetic field settings and letting the SL middle order get into groove and once they got settled then only magic could have stopped them from slaughtering all bowlers.

  • ispaewbi on September 2, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    If Misbah stays Captain, Pakistan is not gonna get anywhere in WC. Now is the right time to test the waters and try a new Captain for series against Australia and NZ. His defensive approach has hurt cricket and cricket fans alike. Enough Already. I hope PCB comes to their senses and make a bold /right decision.

  • Major85D on September 2, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    @Haleos - Misbah is the worst person to give advice to young players. look at the result of the last games or even last couple of years. jamshed, amin, and sohail were very good batsman, but were was the good advice from misbah?? he is blocking them, because he is allready 40 years old. and were is the advice to umar akmal and shehzad??

  • getsetgopk on September 2, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    @Nal Cooltng, thinks Hafeez is close contender for captaincy, though I agree Hafeez would make a better captain than Misbah but the world cup would be played in Auss, maybe you should check Hafeez's record in these countries before you comment? @Basharat Rasool Mirza: You hit the nail on the head Sir!!! Yes, Pakistan has that kind of bowling that could be put into attack mode from the very start till the last wicket is up rooted, relentless! This was one of the most glaring examples of Misbah proving himself unable to captain when the fast bowlers had the SL batsmen in a corner and then all of a sudden the spinners were on and all the fielders on the edge of boundary. Three times in a row, it allowed the SL middle order to recover from the jolt given by fast bowlers and end up making over 300. Especially when knowing that your batting line up is such that can't chase anything near 250, the only option remains is to attack with bowlers but Misbah abandons the approach and gets smashed.

  • on September 2, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Pakistan need a good bowlers at depth not to change the captain. Afridi is my favorite player but he can not lead team from the front. We need bowlers like Sadaf Hussain. i am unable to understand why selectors are not picking him up just look at the boy's espn cricinfo profile. espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/392294.html so do not remove captain but change players who are not performing.

  • Morfi on September 2, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    At this juncture, Pakistan cannot find a better leader than Misbah. And a better coach than Waqar. If the reduce the influence of Moin Khan and the coaching staff is down to about 5 or so, Waqar can deliver better results. As for Misbah's form, this was his first bad series, but you will see, he will pick up in UAE. The batting is so unpredictable, that you cannot do without Misbah. And WHO are these players who dont want Misbah captain. Sohaib Hafeez Fawad Ajmal Wahab Younis have all on various occasions praised him and stayed behind Misbah. It is only Afridi who wants to be captain and maybe trying to get Shehzad and AKmal on his side, though I doubt he will succeed. Pakistan doesn not need a rift. We need Afridi to start performing as well.

  • TheKeeper on September 2, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    Shahid Afridi is a bad bad choice. He has been playing the game for eons and still cannot read the game. Making him captain will turn the whole team into a travelling circus.

  • on September 2, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Psychologically ill exercise by PCB as everybody know what type of Misbah's captaincy all about which is all defensive and with this style of captaincy a team would win the match one out of hundred matches. The kind of bowling attack Pakistan had he should attack the opposing team from the start and keep it up until the last bowled and the opposing team's last man out.Take a heart from the australian outfit who only knows to attack the opposing team even though there were only 2 or 3 world class players as compared to the strong australian teams of the late 90's and early 2000's before the down hill peril of their team but still they come out to attack the opposing number. PCB dreaming that they will win the world cup under Misbah's captaincy whose only motive is to contain the opposing team not to attack them.

  • on September 2, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Wowwwwwww. I think this is right decision that Misbah quiet is captain and Afridi become captain so there is opportunity for Pakistan become first in the ranking and can qualify at least for semi final and may be winner or runner of World Cup 2015.

  • hellothereeveryone on September 2, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    If it was T20 then I agree Misbah has no place in the team but in ODIs we definitely need Misbah as a batsman who holds on one end as he has proven to be the most reliable Pakistan batsman in the recent years. He underwent a bad patch in SriLanka and I hope he comes out of it ASAP for the team sake. As far as Misbahs captaincy is concerned I am not a big fan of his captaincy as he is very defensive but at the same time although very aggressive I feel Afridi doesnt have what it takes to be a good captain also. To me ODI captaincy should also be handed over to T20 captain Hafeez until we groom a youngster to be the future captain. Also Sharjeel with his faulty technique may get a fluke in T20 but is never going to be successful in ODI. I think they need to bring back a proper batsman of the caliber of Nasir Jamshed to open the innings with Shehzad or bring in Younis at number three and promote Hafeez to open. The rest of batting line seems ok. Also in ODI Bilawal Bhatti should come in.

  • on September 2, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    I think Younus khan should be captain. There is no unity in our team. Our opening pair is not performing. We should bring toufique omer back as an opener.My team is Toufique omer,Shehzad,Hafeez, fawad Alam, Younus, Shoaib Maqsood, Sarfaz Ahmed,,Zulfiqar Baber,Saeed Ajmal, Omer Gul,irfan,Wahhabi riaz, Junaid khan,,Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Anwar Ali.Afridi.

  • Haleos on September 2, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    @Major85D - If misbah is sacked who will advise the young players? Arfidi? He himself needs a advise. Retire and retire for good not like the circus he made few times.

  • on September 2, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    thats just an eyewash. What does the chairman intend to discuss? Pakistan's batting woes are well documented. And that has failed them again on this tour. There has been absolutely no planning. There is a dearth of talent. Misbah is trying his best to produce results with whatever he has. After all, you can only be as good as your resources. I bet PCB will be calling similar meetings after the worldcup.

  • Haleos on September 2, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    Whoever suggests Misbah should be replaced by Afridi needs a treatment. Afridi is way past his shelf life. Just a baggage which pakistan carry everywhere just in the hope that he may fire in one of the matches.

  • keptalittlelow on September 2, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Misbah is not for chop at this stage, if he must be replaced then Yunus is the only alternative. However Afridi has already run his course, Pakistan cannot afford Afridi's ONE in 25 innings success rate anymore, we need consistent performers like Fawad and Shehzad. The likes of Anwar Ali, Hamad Azam, Bilawal Bhatti are being wasted. The way things stand at the moment Pakistan is heading for yet another WC humiliation I am afraid.

  • on September 2, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    This is the last thing PAK wants I guess and indeed what actually other countries eagerly wanted!-lack of team unity and competition for captaincy. at the moment I think there is no suitable captaincy material for ODI team except Misbah and the only close contender is Hafeez and I believe he will not accept it at all. Afridi is not a captaincy material what so ever. Rather than dismantling this team PCB should focus on to give chances to at least 1 or 2 new comers before the WC. Oh great Yousuf Yohana world know what kind of a person u are. So being critical on Misbah is .... I am bit skeptical!

  • ICCexpert.... on September 2, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Drop Misbah. Bring in Hmmad Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Harris Sohail, Kamran Ghulam, Zafar Gohar and Raza Hassan.

  • Hassan_U on September 2, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    you will never see any other cricket board creating this drama. The problem is people and power and how to use this.

    1st of all Misbah and Waqar should stay as captain and coach respectively. There are other players in team who are doing nothing and creating problems. Mr Hafeez and Afridi have done little and are the 1st to view their views.

    Waqar during 1st time got the team balance right and all started to look good but Mr Afridi wanted things different even thought in meetings he agreed things. He use to bowl his quota of 10 overs and bat as he willed.

    There are palyers who need to shown the door like Afridi, Hafeez, Umar Akmal. Sharjeel Khan Misbah can't be scoring for the team all the time. Players like Haris Sohail, Sami Aslam, Usman Qadir, Bilawal Bhatti and Hamad Azam will do better then over rated players who been living on past performances.

  • on September 2, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    i think misbah should remain the captain.What can he do when our top order is not playing except ahmed shahzad. Bring in fawad alam in the team at 3 and open with hafeez and shehzad.Umar akmal is a good player but proving to be a liability now!! but still he's young and needs to be groomed further. sharjeel is useless.he should work on his fitness and batting technique for the least!

  • ICCexpert.... on September 2, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    Drop Misbah. Bring in Hmmad Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Harris Sohail, Kamran Ghulam, Zafar Gohar and Raza Hassan.

  • xylofon on September 2, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    1, Misbah can only be captain for Test team. He can be used for ODI batting if played early in the match (NOT late like PCB hopes he will do a Dhoni)

    2, Afridi as a captain is a paradox: He has the right stuff in his bones but he is NOT a mature brainy person which is first requirement for being a captain. The only way I can see him as a captain is for T20 if he opens and bats maturely like he can (final 2009 WC). Like someone said here Wasim made good use of him. Seeing him come in late with all the pressure and fail 99.99% of the time is awful as a fan.

    3, the solution is to look for someone you can groom in ODI to become a real leader. Some people are born leaders but some people can grow into it to 50% efficiency.Sounds funny but with paks talent you dont need more! I dont understand why this point is lost on us pakistanis.

    PCB are incompetent and that is why we are seeing pak team fail over and over again. But we have the talent! By God, we have the talent!

  • on September 2, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Pak team is going to play world cup in Australia, where wickets are fast and bouncy. Only six months r remaining, no stratgy, no team combination is developed for tht. Pak need good back foot players in Australia, Players who can play shots like cut, pull and hook well. Take drive shots out of equation. This is y history shows that Amir Sohail, Ijaz Ahmed, Muhammad Wasim, Imran Nazir have performed far better in Australia. And playes like Saeed Anwar always struggled there. So Ahmed Shehzad and Hafeez with Nasir Jamshaid are good chice. Further no one can win matches there with 3 spinners and 2 fast bowlers. u have to strengthen ur fast bowling dept. Pak badly missing fast bowling all roundres like Razzaq, Azhar. So need to develop Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali. also with all left handed pace attack (junaid, wahab, irfan) is one dimensional, thr need some variety.Umar Gull, Anwar Ali, Bilawal Bhatti can provide tht.

  • on September 2, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Misbahul Haq should be replaced as OSI captain by Afridi, Misbah lacks the basic aggressive approach that is needed.

  • on September 2, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    how long anwar ali should stay on the bench as he is a good alrounder we have seen many times in domestic and international too plz give him frequent chances to polish him self ........ Misbah sholud be in playing 11 but not as a captain bcoz he is too defensive as a captain .... in Australia we need attacking captain on attacking pitches ... other wise no body can save pakistan from being out from 1st round of the WC15

  • Sachit1979 on September 2, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Agreed that Misbah did not perform well with bat in this series but that is not the biggest concern. He got starts 5 out of 7 times. Only thing he could not do is to capitalize on those starts. But biggest concern for Pak is unity of their team and individual performances of players. They failed to play as a unit and deliver as a unit. PCB should either select a unit that accepts and trust Misbah as their commander or he should be really be replaced.

  • on September 2, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Misbah needs to pass on the captaincy well before we go to the WC if we want to stand a chance

  • on September 2, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    heloo pakistani friends..sorry youll lost da series to us but i can say the beter team won!! after SL pakistan must be all srilankans favourite team .specialy when youll beat the oz or india...unfortunately theres some problems and lack of form from the team ..hope everything will be fine tuned before the WC ...and if we dont win it hope its pakistan who wins it!!

  • Tughralbaig1 on September 2, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    So the guy has one bad series and you want to throw him out.It was expected seeing that people were not happy even when he was scoring loads and loads of runs in 2013 so I knew once this form falters even a little the fans of the "handsome,agressive,leader Afridi" are going to come out.Reality check for all you guys Afridi is not at all captain material.he fights with the coach(refer to spat with Waqar in 2011),runs away with his tail between his legs when the going gets tough(refer to 2010 Eng tour where he came back after 1 test leaving the team stranded),embarasses Pak on the field (refer to ball biting incident).As a player he takes no responsibility,when he fails as a batsman he excuses by saying i am a bowler..And ppl Shoaib Malik?seriously?do we need to go that low?Rather than thinking about the captain Pak will do better by making a more balanced and competitive team.I dont know why Pak fans are so fascinated by captaincy.There are 11 players in the team not 1 captain only.

  • on September 2, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    I would suggest few changes for Aust series. There is no harm in trying, as Pak team is already not performing well.

    1. Bring in Azhar Ali as opener with Ahmed Shahzad. He is capable & can adjust with 70-80 SR

    2. Sarfaraz Ahmed in. This will strengthen the batting line.

    3. Hamad Azam in for Afridi. Let Afridi rest for one series..

    4. Asad shafiq in place of Umar Akmal.

  • Aisha_Malik on September 2, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    OUT: Sharjeel Khan , Misbah ul Haq

    IN: Sarfaraz Ahmad , Shoaib Malik

    Batting order: 1 Hafeez 2 Shehzad 3 Alam 4 Malik 5 Akmal 6 Maqsood 7 Sarfaraz (WK) 8 Afridi (Cp) 9 Riaz 10 Ajmal 11 Irfan/Junaid

    Alam and Malik at 3 and 4 would bring stability to the batting order at the top with some big hitters lower down. Akmal should be played as a batsmen only, sarfaraz inclusion is a no brainer.

  • duniya_dilwale on September 2, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    hi friends i m indian but after ind i only support to pak and my point of view if pak want to repeat 1992 then they have to think abt allrounder if see whoever win wc they win bcz of allrounders

    so according to me pak playing xi will below for wc

    1] afridi 2] Shahzab 3] fawad 4] shoiab malik 5] haffez 6] umar akmal 7] masood 8] junaid 9] wahab 10] irfan 11] ajmal if not in then chose one pace more

    aus condition support to pacer and pak have good pace attack make more strong if ajmal not in , then his place also chose extra pace

    bcz team already have three spiner malik , afridi, haffez so make more attack in pace and try to beat other teams from bowling and let to afridi open and play freely like sanath did in 96 , lower down pak have good hitter

  • on September 2, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    misbh is great captain this time heis nnt lucky plz gve chance him he want team he is builder pak team he want team afrdi nt gd this time

  • on September 2, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    afridi should captain pakistan and should open the batting as late 90's. he must include as a bowler and we must expect only 25 0r 30 fast runs from him as an opener.only wasim akram got used properly him.

  • TEROSHAN on September 2, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    I am a SL Fan - But I Love PAK Team.. I am Very Happy When They beat the AUS|Eng|or IND .. This Young team Got talent and Misbah Expereince will help them.. Only thing PAK need is Some technical Correction to thehere Batting and Balling ... I am Sure PAK will Be in the Semis in WC .. From That point it is chance of the Day

  • on September 2, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    If you want to see pakistan team on a winning track than there is only one solution remove misbah from the team and as a captain bring back shoeb malik as a middle order batsmen there is no point in selectin goung blood directly into team without experience.

  • on September 2, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Please remove misbah from team and as a captain than only pakistan teams problem wil be resolved unless misbah wil be removed from the team we dont expect pakistan performance will change ever coz he too defencive he need to learn something from indian captain DHONI how to lead in the field and need to learn how to bat in the situation bring back shoeb malik as a middle order batsmen, there is no point in bringing new blood into cricket directly without any experience.

  • on September 2, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Shahid Fridi is agrasive so he is better choice for captain.. He can lead team in better way.. i thnk AS PCB should replace captain for WC15.

  • Saqibzia on September 2, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    My World Cup Team Pakistan 2015 is 1)hafeez 2)Shahzab 3)Younas 4)misbiha 5)fawad 6)sarfraz 7) sohaib/umer akmal 8)shahid 9)wahab/gul 10)irfan/junaid 11) raza hassan/ajmal

  • getsetgopk on September 2, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    In the 80's and 90's Pak was among the top teams in the world, the reason being that in those days there wasn't much money involved as there is now. So more often than not, the best players made it to the final XI and we had a world beater team. Now, there is not only big money involved if a certain player makes it to the national side but huge fame, TV, internet, social media, the age of instant super stars. These days there is so much at stake for everyone involved with the game and hence each stake holder wants a piece of the pie. The coach wants his own team, so does the captain. Every new govt. wants their own chairman and of course a few players in XI same goes for numerous other stake holders. The poor captain is a mere spectator in all this (talking of Afridi here). Why was Afridi droped and dragged through courts after doing well in WC11 and even won ODI series in WI right after WC11? Well, because Waqar wanted to play Imran Farhat in the team and Afridi didn't. Its a pickle.

  • on September 2, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    hy PCB wants to review the team, its requested to ask the caption to quit or retire from International Cricket.

    Pcb should appointed a selectors,Managers and get of overseas coach boy are in not proper shape to handle the coaching .

    I don't think under present team selection Pakistan will win the WC 2015.

    Please make serious actions.

    Wk

  • Saqibzia on September 2, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    i suggest that sarfraz ahmed must be in team as he showed good bating temperament in test series and from umer akmal and sohaib masood should be one in team because both are same in nature. if ajmal is not in team due to ban than bring raza hasssan in team instead of babar.

  • send2waseem on September 2, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    Not the right time to change the Captain. Agree with Dinesh for Afridi's exclusion and playing Hafeez at #7 as 5th bowler. But instead of Nasir Umar Akmal should open with Shehzad and bring Sarfaraz in (wk). Betting order should be: Umar Akmal, Sehzad, Fawad Alam, Misbah, Maqsood, Sarfaraz, Hafeez, Ajmal, three fast bowlers.

  • on September 2, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    There's no use of continuity if the existing setup doesn't work. I think PCB should seriously consider replacing Misbah as both captain and player. If Pakistan is going to have a tough time then they might as well go through it with young players who might come out of it better. Looking at guys like Misbah and Afridi at this stage when they are long past their due date won't get Pakistan anywhere at all.

  • josh86 on September 2, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    There is no point in discussing on captaincy at this moment. Misbah has good control over the game and player. He is the only senior person to Lead the Team, yes ofcourse, Afridi too a Senior player but cannot depend on afridi ability all the Time. as i am being an India, i love afridi a lot by his aggressive batting,, but not dependable. he cannot take the charge as captaincy for the sake of taking. Pakistan performance against Srilanka in the first ODI was remarkable. This is all left to the batsmen to take individual responsibility rather than blaming one person. they have good bowlers and very good technical batsmen. they need to contrl thei emotions and temper to be a successor for worldcup. I always respect the PAk team for thier aggresiveness at the same time. sjow some character in the field. important part is the responsibility of Individual players. There is no spoon feed required for these players. they have to be mentally strong rather than blaming Misbah..

  • on September 2, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    Kamran Akmal is a better choice as opener in ODI

  • on September 2, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    The time for change is over. PCB must stick with Misbah Ul Haq as captain till the end of the World Cup, because if team 'unity' is a problem then that doesn't automatically mean that Misbah is at fault. There is no consistency in selection, how can one expect Misbah to captain well if there are changes every game or series. What they need to do back him 100% and give him freedom with team combination, Coach should not have a say in playing eleven. and also they must decide now whether to remove the youngsters or continue with them and hope that they pay dividends. Personally i would keep Umar and Shehzad and try to surround them with seniors.

  • on September 2, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    Why man like M. yousuf is in favor of Afridi as acaptian. The man whose own place in a team as member is not secure and why board is keeping him in the team .The management should exclude Afridi and umer Akmal and bring back in Sarfraz as a keeper.

  • on September 2, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    Did ever Pak fans/selectors stopped and thought that carrying dead horses in the team is not going to lead them anywhere? Playing Hafeez & Afridi in same ODI team is asking for disaster and make your team unbalanced. Afridi had been poor with bat in long time and now his bowling is toothless. Play Hafeez at #7 as 5th bowler. Ajmal as main spinner and 3 fast bowlers. Umar Akmal (wk) at #6, Maqsood at #5, Misbah at #4, Fawad at #3. Get 2 openers. Nasir & Shehzad? Your main problem is balance of the team and opening. Openers poblem can be solved only by having solid persons out there, but getting balance right, who stops that?

  • on September 2, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    " remove misbah from the team" as a cpatain , as a player. he has no place in the team.

  • kaiser1 on September 2, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    Major85D@ is absolutely right bring in Tabish Khan as a speedster and Babar Azam, Sami Aslam, Harris Sohail, Raza Hasan, Zia ul Haq.,and some others to make a competitive team capable of doing some work to bring joy to the smile-deprived Nation.

  • IAS2009 on September 2, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    under misbah captaincy (a part from winning against Engalnd in UAE) there is not a single batsmen developed in last 4 years, Pakistan has been loosing to weak teams, he is blocker as batsmen and score runs when is does not count or count towards loosing game. Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali showed some potential but never a automatic selection in test after 4 years in team (in and out). it is disturbing that players want a change with in team, it is laughable as none of the players are automatic selection in team either (except Ajmal), Pakistan performance was poor in all formats in SL, they lost after scoring 400 in test match was appalling. Misbah tactics were always poor and defensive, in the end if you have to loose so badly go with new captain, there absolutely no point Misbah in team let alone captain (do not go by stats, it does not tell you a good score mean nothing, batting slowly in ODI cause a loss to team). he blocks and get out playing high risk shot (most of times).

  • on September 2, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    With all due respect, Waqar Younis was a good bowler but he is not a coach. I totally agree with Mr Raza Hayder, Pakistan cricket is in dire need of some drastic changes in the team and in the administration. Old coaches,old chairmen and old captain! We are approaching WC 2015 not 1999.

  • Crick_Expert on September 2, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    PCB should fire MISBAH from ODI team NOW, before WC2015, otherwise PAK will loose next WC2015, make my words. No one world team can beat PAK, it just beaten by Mr. tuktuk. PAK lost pervious T20/ODI WC just by Mr. tuktuk. I don't understand why PCB keeping MISBAH as CAPT. Thanks for posting my comments. zafar chaudri/USA.

  • on September 1, 2014, 23:03 GMT

    pakistan should send all their young players to govplay county cricket they will get matured over there and nd they will learn how to take pressure and please ask haffeez to bat at 6 or 7 and let maqsood nd alam bat at 3 nd 4 nd bring in sami aslam or nasir jamshed for opening nd bring in sarfaraz in odis too and giv chance to raza hassan and zulfiqar babar please never ever selet abdul rehman again he failed v.badly junaid and irfan looked rusty but wahab was very good so we should presist with wahab as for world cup in aus nd nz we should train anwer and bilawal bcuz they both can bat and also bilawals pac a will be very helpful in aus nd nz and i dont think either afridi or misbah should be captain i think fawad alam should be captain of the team he is v .talented and calm betsmen and also can bowl as a part timmer

  • cricworld77 on September 1, 2014, 22:52 GMT

    Misbah may not be a great captain. But problem is that they wan to give captaincy to afridi who has been center of controversy in the past at several occasions and also does not deserve to be in team because he is wicketless in last 6 odis and just took 4 wicket in his last 10 odis. He just bat properly in one out of 10 ODI, and play for just himself not for the team as he wants to attract the audience playing sixers even he condition demands to play safe and stick on the wicket.

  • on September 1, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    A team that gives no joy to such a big population who are cricket crazy. There are so many questions and no answer. I have some humble suggestions though I dont see this team to progress in days to come if things dont change. Plan for the world cup and test matches seperately. Make 2 teams Misbah can continue with test team only. For world cup team make Younis or afridi as captain. Remove hafeez from all formats except t20. He is another kamran akmal. Fawad alam gets a place in test only. A player who cant hit, who exposes the weaker batsmen on 2nd ball of the over where he should himself play is no good in ODI team.

  • on September 1, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    no i think misbhe is gud at captain...As he is a gud player but this was his lack of form,,we should respect his contribution as a captain and as a player.He hold the team when team was suffering from spot fixing scandals ang going from worst period.we should just give him a team that we wants and should give team a gud coaches staff.and hope for next great tour against Austrilia.I hope he will give his 100 %. and as far as Afridi as a captaain is concern we haven't have a nice period during his previous captaincy.But if Afridi performs well as a player .Then I think PCB should give him a charge of T20 captaincy otherwise their should be no relaxation for any sportmen frm Pakistan And as far as Misbha's captaincy is concerned we should not forgive his achievements.he give a pakistan gud ranking in test as well as in odis.Unfortunetly he is not in a gud form now a days but this doesn't means we should talkhold of captasincy from him.Infact we should give him a gud team and time.i

  • on September 1, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    Ridiculous on every count. The problem's been the board playing musical chairs, unable to put a cohesive domestic structure in place. Until such and such is sorted, don't expect there to be batsmen (let alone Test level) appearing out of nowhere. It'd take a few years for that sort of culture to bed in. Yousuf -due respect to him- is flogging a dead horse with any sort of Afridi experiment. The World Cup isn't any indicator of continued success or failure. Pakistan's cricket culture needs to move away from the short-termism it represents, with an emphasis on the longer format. Guys who can't hack the 4-day game but have a simpler, unadulterated see ball, hit ball philosophy would naturally fall into the ideally less-glorified T20 net. Should be of secondary concern, no more. Get younger players coming through into consistently competitive 4-day stuff and the rest will take care of itself over a few years. No other way.

  • MughalKhurram on September 1, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    my choice 4 best captaincy is Sarfraz ahmed 4 test matches Ahmad shazad or umar akmal 4 T20 and Fawad Alam 4 Odi what u say espn cricinfo am i wrong or right???

  • Major85D on September 1, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    PCB should remove Misbah as soon as possible. He never was a good captain. Like other countrys we should look forward an bring young blood into the team. We have one of the best young talents in the world, like Babar Azam, Sami Aslam, Umar Amin, Harris Sohail, Raza Hasan, Zia ul Haq.... But PCB allways persist in old players. Look at Sri Lanka, Matthews takes the advice from Sanga and Mahela, and now he is a wonderful captain. SO PLEASE PCB SACK MISBAH FROM ALL FORMATS

  • getsetgopk on September 1, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    The people incharge of cricket administration does this every 3 to 4 years. Put unworthy players in the team and when the team becomes a laughing stock they put the right man in charge to pick up the pieces. Apart from one or two changes, this team will perform better than this if the right man to lead the team is given captaincy. Removing Afridi from captaincy and making Misbah captain was the worst decision ever made by the PCB. Apart from the series win in SA, Pak has lost almost all the series and tournaments it played in. If Misbah is only there to lose games then whats the point of having him in the team? Scoring a dull 50 in an ODI played like a test innings is good for nothing. The speed at which he bats stalls the entire innings and ultimately crashes down. Just let Misbah score boring 50's in tests, he's not good enough to score centuries anyway.

  • getsetgopk on September 1, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    And they all know it very well that Misbah is not ODI material and certainly not fit to captain. He's a test player and a dull one at that, ODI is simply not his game. I am tired of saying that the move to remove Afridi from captaincy was ill advised one. Under Afridi Pak was a force to reckon with and under Misbah Pak is toothless and sitting at the bottom of ODI rankings. I know Mohmmad Yousuf is not a big fan of Afridi but personal likes needs to be put aside and let the right and best man to lead the team. And guess what, they can't bring back Afridi as captain since Waqar is there and these two clearly dont like each other after what happened three years ago. When your Coach can't work with right man to lead the team, then unity is the last thing one can expect in a team. And we are exactly where we were in 2011 WC, Afridi was given a broken team who united the team and put it back to winning ways. I am not sure if he'll be given the opertunity this time.

  • on September 1, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    They should answer some questions. Moen khan should also be questioned. He is manager and chief selector and pakistan's problems are selection related. and if there are any dressing room issues then Moen , waqar and mushtaq are responsible.

    If PCB want changes then they need to do these changes now. only 2 series till worldcup and there is definitely something going on in team.

    they need to change all old and past their prime players. If they are going for change then only captain change will not work. they need to replace misbah, afridi, sharjeel and even umar akmal. Hafeez can only play if playing at 6 or 7 otherwise he should also go. make a young captain. Ahmed/Alam. they should have done this last year really.

    And if there are any unity issues. board should address those strictly. Give warnings to all the persons involved.

  • Farooq3 on September 1, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Misbah should be wise enough to see that the only way he can prolong his career is to step down from captaincy! Who ever leads Pakistan in the World Cup will most probably be shown the door in any case!

  • haqster499 on September 1, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    Keep Misbah as skip --- and bring back Bilalwal Bhatti and Anwar Ali into the playing eleven. The guys who helped you beat South Africa in South Africa.

    PK just need to play on bouncy wickets. We will beat Lanka in Australia.

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  • haqster499 on September 1, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    Keep Misbah as skip --- and bring back Bilalwal Bhatti and Anwar Ali into the playing eleven. The guys who helped you beat South Africa in South Africa.

    PK just need to play on bouncy wickets. We will beat Lanka in Australia.

  • Farooq3 on September 1, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Misbah should be wise enough to see that the only way he can prolong his career is to step down from captaincy! Who ever leads Pakistan in the World Cup will most probably be shown the door in any case!

  • on September 1, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    They should answer some questions. Moen khan should also be questioned. He is manager and chief selector and pakistan's problems are selection related. and if there are any dressing room issues then Moen , waqar and mushtaq are responsible.

    If PCB want changes then they need to do these changes now. only 2 series till worldcup and there is definitely something going on in team.

    they need to change all old and past their prime players. If they are going for change then only captain change will not work. they need to replace misbah, afridi, sharjeel and even umar akmal. Hafeez can only play if playing at 6 or 7 otherwise he should also go. make a young captain. Ahmed/Alam. they should have done this last year really.

    And if there are any unity issues. board should address those strictly. Give warnings to all the persons involved.

  • getsetgopk on September 1, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    And they all know it very well that Misbah is not ODI material and certainly not fit to captain. He's a test player and a dull one at that, ODI is simply not his game. I am tired of saying that the move to remove Afridi from captaincy was ill advised one. Under Afridi Pak was a force to reckon with and under Misbah Pak is toothless and sitting at the bottom of ODI rankings. I know Mohmmad Yousuf is not a big fan of Afridi but personal likes needs to be put aside and let the right and best man to lead the team. And guess what, they can't bring back Afridi as captain since Waqar is there and these two clearly dont like each other after what happened three years ago. When your Coach can't work with right man to lead the team, then unity is the last thing one can expect in a team. And we are exactly where we were in 2011 WC, Afridi was given a broken team who united the team and put it back to winning ways. I am not sure if he'll be given the opertunity this time.

  • getsetgopk on September 1, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    The people incharge of cricket administration does this every 3 to 4 years. Put unworthy players in the team and when the team becomes a laughing stock they put the right man in charge to pick up the pieces. Apart from one or two changes, this team will perform better than this if the right man to lead the team is given captaincy. Removing Afridi from captaincy and making Misbah captain was the worst decision ever made by the PCB. Apart from the series win in SA, Pak has lost almost all the series and tournaments it played in. If Misbah is only there to lose games then whats the point of having him in the team? Scoring a dull 50 in an ODI played like a test innings is good for nothing. The speed at which he bats stalls the entire innings and ultimately crashes down. Just let Misbah score boring 50's in tests, he's not good enough to score centuries anyway.

  • Major85D on September 1, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    PCB should remove Misbah as soon as possible. He never was a good captain. Like other countrys we should look forward an bring young blood into the team. We have one of the best young talents in the world, like Babar Azam, Sami Aslam, Umar Amin, Harris Sohail, Raza Hasan, Zia ul Haq.... But PCB allways persist in old players. Look at Sri Lanka, Matthews takes the advice from Sanga and Mahela, and now he is a wonderful captain. SO PLEASE PCB SACK MISBAH FROM ALL FORMATS

  • MughalKhurram on September 1, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    my choice 4 best captaincy is Sarfraz ahmed 4 test matches Ahmad shazad or umar akmal 4 T20 and Fawad Alam 4 Odi what u say espn cricinfo am i wrong or right???

  • on September 1, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    Ridiculous on every count. The problem's been the board playing musical chairs, unable to put a cohesive domestic structure in place. Until such and such is sorted, don't expect there to be batsmen (let alone Test level) appearing out of nowhere. It'd take a few years for that sort of culture to bed in. Yousuf -due respect to him- is flogging a dead horse with any sort of Afridi experiment. The World Cup isn't any indicator of continued success or failure. Pakistan's cricket culture needs to move away from the short-termism it represents, with an emphasis on the longer format. Guys who can't hack the 4-day game but have a simpler, unadulterated see ball, hit ball philosophy would naturally fall into the ideally less-glorified T20 net. Should be of secondary concern, no more. Get younger players coming through into consistently competitive 4-day stuff and the rest will take care of itself over a few years. No other way.

  • on September 1, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    no i think misbhe is gud at captain...As he is a gud player but this was his lack of form,,we should respect his contribution as a captain and as a player.He hold the team when team was suffering from spot fixing scandals ang going from worst period.we should just give him a team that we wants and should give team a gud coaches staff.and hope for next great tour against Austrilia.I hope he will give his 100 %. and as far as Afridi as a captaain is concern we haven't have a nice period during his previous captaincy.But if Afridi performs well as a player .Then I think PCB should give him a charge of T20 captaincy otherwise their should be no relaxation for any sportmen frm Pakistan And as far as Misbha's captaincy is concerned we should not forgive his achievements.he give a pakistan gud ranking in test as well as in odis.Unfortunetly he is not in a gud form now a days but this doesn't means we should talkhold of captasincy from him.Infact we should give him a gud team and time.i

  • on September 1, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    A team that gives no joy to such a big population who are cricket crazy. There are so many questions and no answer. I have some humble suggestions though I dont see this team to progress in days to come if things dont change. Plan for the world cup and test matches seperately. Make 2 teams Misbah can continue with test team only. For world cup team make Younis or afridi as captain. Remove hafeez from all formats except t20. He is another kamran akmal. Fawad alam gets a place in test only. A player who cant hit, who exposes the weaker batsmen on 2nd ball of the over where he should himself play is no good in ODI team.