Pakistan news September 4, 2014

Moin hints at 'bold steps' before World Cup

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Pakistan chief selector Moin Khan believes that losing the ODI series against Sri Lanka has "affected the mind" of the team, and that there is a need to take bold steps ahead of the 2015 World Cup. Moin said that the captain Misbah-ul-Haq's poor performances reflected that of the entire team.

Moin's comments were made after a meeting with the PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan at the National Stadium in Karachi to review Pakistan's performances during the month-long tour of Sri Lanka in which they lost the Tests 2-0 and the ODI series 2-1.

"After a long time, Pakistan team did not play to its potential," Moin said. "When the captain is not in form it reflects on the performance of the whole team and this time our captain was not in good form. Naturally it has an effect and reflects on the minds.

"Everyone will try their best to understand and as soon as possible, improve in the next series. Those who have given good performances will be retained and we will take a good look at those who have not. Time is short for the World Cup, and we have to take bold steps for the betterment of Pakistan cricket."

Though Moin had hinted at a captaincy change before the team left for Sri Lanka, he stood by Misbah, citing the "stability" Pakistan have enjoyed under his leadership.

"After a long time we have faced a dip in Misbah's form, but if you look in the past, his performances were very good. He has performed in a crisis and played an anchor role. Under him, there has been stability, so we have to look into it."

A turbulent tour for Pakistan was made even worse when their ace spinner Saeed Ajmal was reported by the umpires for a suspect action after the first Test at Galle. Moin was optimistic about Ajmal's return, but said that Pakistan were also looking at other options should the ICC ban the offspinner.

"Naturally, we have to think about it and that's what we are doing," Moin said. "In case Ajmal is banned, we definitely have to make alternate plans. So we have summoned two or three bowlers who have been among the wickets to the NCA and we will take a look at them."

Pakistan's selection committee will meet next week to finalise the squad for the team's upcoming assignments, which include a home series against Australia and New Zealand in the UAE, as well as a two-ODI series in New Zealand just days before the start of the World Cup.

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 9, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    Squad for the WC: 1) Ahmed Shahzad 2) Shan Masood (give him a chance and trust this left hander up front) 3) Sohaib Maqsood 4) Fawad Alam (he can bowl too) 5) Umar Akmal (wk) 6) Harris Sohail 7) Shahid Afridi (C) 8) Anwer Ali (he is not only there to pfield..come on!!) 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Junaid Khan 11) Mohammad Irfan Bench: Mohammad Hafeez Babar Azam Hassan Raza Hammad Azam Mohammad Talha Wahab Riaz

  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    Misbah is NOT deserving of a place in the ODI Format and neither are Afridi, Hafeez and Ajmal all of whom have been failing for the last one year. Hafeez is not fit to bat top of the order, Afridi is not getting wickets, and Ajmal has completely lost the incisiveness in his bowling for over a year. It's time to give youngsters a chance and send these four players into retirement. Misbah and Ajmal can still play a part in Test Cricket but Afridi and Hafeez need to go from all formats!

  • POSTED BY fkhawaja on | September 7, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    pak team could be shahzad, umar, fawad, misbah, maqsood, shafiq, afridi, irfan, junaid,wahab, ajmal/raza

  • POSTED BY roook on | September 7, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Changing captain would not solve the problem but changing mindset would do so. Pakistan should go with misbah as it is too late and right afridi is a liability wasting anwar ali and bhatti for his place.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    Bring imran farhat back as opener as muhammed hafeez and khuramm manzoor and Sharjeel khan cannot open. Farhat recently scored 300 in domestic cricket and deserves a chance

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 6, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    Bring afridi as a captain for one day series for up coming series and for world cup because he is a agrassive

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Yes change the captain and invite another disaster just before the World cup. This time again early exit from first round. When we will learn not to repeat same mistakes ?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 5, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    squad 4 WC 15 will b 1.shehzad 2.hafeez 3.fawad 4.malik/misbah 5.maqsood/shafiq 6.afridi/bilawal bhatti/Anwar Ali 7.Wahab riaz 8.S.Ajmal/raza hasan/Z.Babar 9.M.Irfan 10.J.Khan 11.S.Tanvir/A.Asad

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    1. malik/kamran 2. shahzad, 3. younis, 3. sohaib, 4. fawad, 5. misbah, 6. umar, 7. afridi, 8. bilawal/anwar 9, ajmal/zulfiqar/raza, 10. riaz 11. Irafan, 12. asad

    1) it has genuine batsman and batting goes deep till riaz, 2) 4 solid allrounders in afridi, bilawal, anwar, malik, 3) bowlers who can bowl 140+ riaz, irfan, bilawal. 4) I am dropping hafeez because he has some serious flaws, get out lbw, or nicks in swinging conditios like aus, nz. 5) Instead malik can open and is mature batsman, he has shown good touch in carribean league recently. 6) i would actually drop afridi and play shaiq to make batting strnoger like india, dhoni play down till 8th batsman like jadeja.

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

    1. malik/kamran 2. shahzad, 3. younis, 3. sohaib, 4. fawad, 5. misbah, 6. umar, 7. afridi, 8. bilawal/anwar 9, ajmal/zulfiqar/raza, 10. riaz 11. Irafan, 12. asad

    1) it has genuine batsman and batting goes deep till riaz, 2) 4 solid allrounders in afridi, bilawal, anwar, malik, 3) bowlers who can bowl 140+ riaz, irfan, bilawal. 4) I am dropping hafeez because he has some serious flaws, get out lbw, or nicks in swinging conditios like aus, nz. 5) Instead malik can open and is mature batsman, he has shown good touch in carribean league recently. 6) i would actually drop afridi and play shaiq to make batting strnoger like india, dhoni play down till 8th batsman like jadeja.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 9, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    Squad for the WC: 1) Ahmed Shahzad 2) Shan Masood (give him a chance and trust this left hander up front) 3) Sohaib Maqsood 4) Fawad Alam (he can bowl too) 5) Umar Akmal (wk) 6) Harris Sohail 7) Shahid Afridi (C) 8) Anwer Ali (he is not only there to pfield..come on!!) 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Junaid Khan 11) Mohammad Irfan Bench: Mohammad Hafeez Babar Azam Hassan Raza Hammad Azam Mohammad Talha Wahab Riaz

  • POSTED BY on | September 7, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    Misbah is NOT deserving of a place in the ODI Format and neither are Afridi, Hafeez and Ajmal all of whom have been failing for the last one year. Hafeez is not fit to bat top of the order, Afridi is not getting wickets, and Ajmal has completely lost the incisiveness in his bowling for over a year. It's time to give youngsters a chance and send these four players into retirement. Misbah and Ajmal can still play a part in Test Cricket but Afridi and Hafeez need to go from all formats!

  • POSTED BY fkhawaja on | September 7, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    pak team could be shahzad, umar, fawad, misbah, maqsood, shafiq, afridi, irfan, junaid,wahab, ajmal/raza

  • POSTED BY roook on | September 7, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Changing captain would not solve the problem but changing mindset would do so. Pakistan should go with misbah as it is too late and right afridi is a liability wasting anwar ali and bhatti for his place.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    Bring imran farhat back as opener as muhammed hafeez and khuramm manzoor and Sharjeel khan cannot open. Farhat recently scored 300 in domestic cricket and deserves a chance

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 6, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    Bring afridi as a captain for one day series for up coming series and for world cup because he is a agrassive

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Yes change the captain and invite another disaster just before the World cup. This time again early exit from first round. When we will learn not to repeat same mistakes ?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 5, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    squad 4 WC 15 will b 1.shehzad 2.hafeez 3.fawad 4.malik/misbah 5.maqsood/shafiq 6.afridi/bilawal bhatti/Anwar Ali 7.Wahab riaz 8.S.Ajmal/raza hasan/Z.Babar 9.M.Irfan 10.J.Khan 11.S.Tanvir/A.Asad

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    1. malik/kamran 2. shahzad, 3. younis, 3. sohaib, 4. fawad, 5. misbah, 6. umar, 7. afridi, 8. bilawal/anwar 9, ajmal/zulfiqar/raza, 10. riaz 11. Irafan, 12. asad

    1) it has genuine batsman and batting goes deep till riaz, 2) 4 solid allrounders in afridi, bilawal, anwar, malik, 3) bowlers who can bowl 140+ riaz, irfan, bilawal. 4) I am dropping hafeez because he has some serious flaws, get out lbw, or nicks in swinging conditios like aus, nz. 5) Instead malik can open and is mature batsman, he has shown good touch in carribean league recently. 6) i would actually drop afridi and play shaiq to make batting strnoger like india, dhoni play down till 8th batsman like jadeja.

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

    1. malik/kamran 2. shahzad, 3. younis, 3. sohaib, 4. fawad, 5. misbah, 6. umar, 7. afridi, 8. bilawal/anwar 9, ajmal/zulfiqar/raza, 10. riaz 11. Irafan, 12. asad

    1) it has genuine batsman and batting goes deep till riaz, 2) 4 solid allrounders in afridi, bilawal, anwar, malik, 3) bowlers who can bowl 140+ riaz, irfan, bilawal. 4) I am dropping hafeez because he has some serious flaws, get out lbw, or nicks in swinging conditios like aus, nz. 5) Instead malik can open and is mature batsman, he has shown good touch in carribean league recently. 6) i would actually drop afridi and play shaiq to make batting strnoger like india, dhoni play down till 8th batsman like jadeja.

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    My world cup 11 will b 1.shahzad 2.hafeez 3.akmal(wk)/younis khan(wk) 4.misbah(C) 5.fawad 6.sohaib 7.afridi 8.razak 9.gul 10.irfan 11ajmal. Razak in a team will add an extra batsman n a handy bowling option too.

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Well well well um surprised to read so many many comments about misbah ul haq dat he should be dropped from da team well um suprised to read dese kinda things n in my opinion if sumbody knows about even a lil bit about cricket den dey wudnt b sayin all dis anyways da bottom line is dat if we drop mosbah from da team before wc den whose gonna bat coz no one apart from misbah knows anything about batting .he is da only batsmàn in the team n if he is dropped den pakistan would not b able to to score 120 runs in any match where as wid misbah in da team pakistan will b able to cross 200 mark in every match plus ppl r saying dat he is 40 plus now yes he is 40 plus but he is still da fittest person in da team n if he didnt score in 1 series dat was too he was run out in couple of matches plus he got out on very mediocre balls dat was his badluck but u cant say dat he is out of form.

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    1. malik, 2. shahzad, 3. younis, 3. sohaib, 4. fawad, 5. misbah, 6. umar, 7. afridi, 8. ajmal,9. bilawal/ anwar, 10. riaz 11. Irafan, 12. asad

    this is the best team for world cup, it has genuine bats man, plus 3 allrounders, and 3 bowlers who can bowl 140+. I am dropping hafeez because he has some serious flaws, and is steyn BUNNY, get out lbw, or nicks. Instead malik can open and is mature batsman.

  • POSTED BY BallsnBails on | September 5, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    Why are we still hanging around with old players... Please get rid of Younis Khan, Misbah and definitely Shahid Afridi. These guys perform once in a blue moon (and we haven't seen a blue moon lately) We need to move on. Bring on new talent. Try, test and if they fail, move on. Look at all the other teams. At least 70% of the players are new. We are at the bottom of the ODI rating and will be there unless we introduce new and exciting players(if we still have them). Haven't seen exciting new players come out of Pakistan lately

  • POSTED BY OverDcovers on | September 5, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    A Selection committee and a Captain who lack the basic sense that an inform WK should be continued for ODIz needs to be sacked! Misbah-Hafeez-Moin have made a lot of hay and the sun has shone enough on them! These mediocres should be put aside and PAK needs a Brave Man to lead them. History shows us just 2 Brave Men who have earned glory for PAK as Captains and won Laurels for The Country and they are none other than Imran Khan & Younis Khan! So Put Younis back incharge for at least 2-3 years and let him groom someone young as a future Captain such as sohaib Maqsood, Shan Masood or Ahmed Shahzad! PERIOD!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | September 5, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    Misbah is the only guy in pak team who can play according to demands of the game. He is a good bet who add stability to the entire line up. Dropping him will not be a good decision in my view.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | September 5, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    If out of form Misbah is to be replaced, then Younis should be made the captain to provide 'stability' that everyone is talking about. Afridi is not a choice any more. He is not an automatic choice in the team based on his on-off performances in the last yr.

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    What happened to Nasir Jamshed?

  • POSTED BY Shahid06 on | September 5, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Its just a sad time for Pakistan cricket especially on the ODI front. They have been lingering around that 6th position on the rankings for past quite some time. In terms of WC, 2015.. the seeding should pretty much look like this 1. Australia 2. South Africa 3. India 4. Sri Lanka 5. New Zealand 6. England 7. West Indies 8. Pakistan

    Sadly Pakistan with current form will fall below West Indies even. They have been defeated by WI in the last two ICC events. A good performance in the coming few series may put them up in a better position. If you want to play U Akmal, don't play him as a keeper. Get Sarfraz confidence, who seems to be in the form of his life. On the bowling front Waqar needs to work a lot with Junaid, Irfan, Wahab Riaz and possibly Umar Gul (Fitness permitting). Most of them have not played in Australia, which needs to be addressed some how... In the spin department go with Saeed and Zufiqar babar..Give Zulfiqar more chancess

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    this team is in bad shape at the moment and not at all intimidating anyone in the world cup, If the mangement persist with mr. tuk tuk, than he must change his attitude a lot and become brave and come up in order. Our batting line from opening to 4 bats man crumble like deck of cards. Our best batsmans or mishbah, younis, fawad, asad, sohab, shahzad. So these guys are the one who can score 260+ in Aus,NZ otherwise it will be same sorry story.

  • POSTED BY xylofon on | September 5, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    @LoveCric1975. You are right about people not handling Umar Akmal well and that goes for Nasir Jamshed, Haris Sohail, Fawad Alam and many others but for GODS SAKE realise that coming down the pitch and heaving when there is 20-30 overs left and there has just been a crash of batters out is insane and Umar is guilty of doing that far too often. With talent you have to have brains as well. The choice of shot is always up to the batsman not matter what you tell him and Umar still plays very immaturely. I have followed him for two years now and he is a disappointment in regards to maturity even if he is talented. You will always find talent in Pak but heroics is killing us.

  • POSTED BY ABLcric on | September 5, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    i do not understand, people making statements against someone without any background knowledge. Lets recall 1992 world cup. We had serious issues with our openers. Imran was batting high up and took the role of 'tuk tuk' followed by Javed. Javed's role was dubious. Tuk tuk or hit out depending upon the situation. The lower order batsmen were just naturally big hitters such as Inzi and Wasim. We still continue to have similar situation. Our openers have 'potential' but they are not yet stable and consistent. Younis and Misbah play the role of middle order stability when the number 1, 2 and 3 batsmen fail. What we seriously need is lower order big hitters. And finally, just like 1992, we badly need loads and loads of GOOD LUCK!!!

  • POSTED BY duniya_dilwale on | September 5, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    pak can not win 2015 wc like this thinking they have to take bold decision

    1] decision :- change opening slot afridi is good player for 1st 10 overs where he is big dangerous for other teams and lower down already have pak good hitter why they west this golden chance

    2] bring back shoaib malik he is good player of spin and pace he can rotted the strike

    3] keep younis khan in team as a keepar he can keep

    4] haffez is good captain he take good decision on field

    my playing x1

    1] shahid afridi, 2] fawad alam 3] younis khan 4] shoaib malik 5] haffez 6] shoaib masood 7] wahab 8] junaid 9] irfan 10] ajmal 11] mohmad talla

    good pace attack 4 spiner fawad game is hold to wicket afridi can hit and after that younis is mix up middile overs malik and haffez can regular rotted strike after that massod is good hitter so can wahab

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | September 5, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    PAK can't win while Mr tuktuk doing batting practice during ODI. The only Bold step is drop Misbah and call back Younis as Capt.

  • POSTED BY LoveCric1975 on | September 4, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    Those of you who continuously criticise umer akmal, do not possess an eye to identify great talent. Umer has been largely mishandled by the coaches. The lad has a tremendous hand eye coordination and is a street smart cricketer like Angelo Mathews. I have seen glimpses of a certain Javed Miandad in his batting ever since he came on to the scene. Can you imagine how tough it would have been for Miandad if he was pushed into keeping role to accommodate an extra batter or bowler; how his batting would have suffered. Pakistan need to build their team around umer and sohaib maqsood and get sarfaraz in as a specialist glove man and subsequently allow Umer Akmal to flourish.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    At the age of 40year it is very difficult for misbah to back in form and it is much difficult along with captaincy so i would be better to replace misbah with afridi as captain till world cup still pakistan have to play 12 odi these match will help afridi to gel the team before world cup.Interestingly misbah has never played single odi at aus incase his bad performance continues so selector should consider faisal iqbalas his replacement he is a very good middle order batsman

  • POSTED BY ispaewbi on | September 4, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    THE only bold step would be to remove Misbah as Captain. End of.

  • POSTED BY Mohammad_Imran on | September 4, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    I agee Misbah's performances has saved the team in the past, but the guy is 40 now!! seriously! and it's only downhill from here for him... Pak won't have any chance in the WC if they go in with a 40 yr old captain..

    I currently don't c one player which is fixed in the playing 11 (except maybe Fawad based on his recent form) so picking a captain will be quite a task!! But there is one player in the team who can get Pakistan to play like a "team" and that's Afridi. Yes his form is up and down but so is everyone's in the team but Afridi has the charismatic personality which can really benefit this team.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    Take the burden of captaincy from Misbah and let him play in the eleven as he is the only player in the paksitan team performing consistently since last 4 to 5 years except recent srilanka series and i am sure he will do well in upcoming world cup in Australia and New Zealand conditions. Give the captaincy to Afridi or younis khan no other choice except this 2, better Afridi should be given any how he is not performing when he is not a captain also , but his contribution is very much required especially with the bat, he has to play sensible and with responsibility because if he plays 12 to 15 overs he will take the match away from the opponents, but for this some one has to keep saying him dont hit the ball from the word go take your time rotate the strike initially for 3 to 4 overs let bowlers make mistake, make sure you stay there for atleast min 15 overs. Another thing is test razzaq , hamazd.A,I.nazir,raza hasan,sarfaraz,Harris. S, Sami. A,Nasir.J i n the coming UAE agst Aus and N

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

    Drop Umer Akmal and Shahzad, since sarfaraz has shown good batting skills I would pick him over umer akmal any day. It will be insane for pakistan to go to world cup without a specialist wicket keeper. Players like akmal will never grow up and take responsibility if PCB selects akmal his score will be like this in WC 3,7,0,2.,3,0,0,3 so rather drop him for good and pick Sarfaraz atleast this kid can stay at crease and will not throw his wicket. Shahzad never impressed me he is more show off then a matured batmsen. Younis is a must at number 3 on aussies pitches

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

    Drop Umer Akmal and Shahzad, since sarfaraz has shown good batting skills I would pick him over umer akmal any day. It will be insane for pakistan to go to world cup without a specialist wicket keeper. Players like akmal will never grow up and take responsibility if PCB selects akmal his score will be like this in WC 3,7,0,2.,3,0,0,3 so rather drop him for good and pick Sarfaraz atleast this kid can stay at crease and will not throw his wicket. Shahzad never impressed me he is more show off then a matured batmsen. Younis is a must at number 3 on aussies pitches

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 4, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Pakistan first 11 for wc should be, Shezhad, Hafeez, Sohaib, Umar, Fawad(c), Sarfraz(wk), Anwar, Afridi, Bhatti/Wahab, Ajmal, Junaid/Irfan. justifying what I say is that Anwar Ali is a gun bat and can add extra overs as a 6th bowler so he could probably go ahead of sarfraz, umar will do better without gloves pressure, hafeez is scoring well at the top in odis so leave him there and bhatti is a good death bowler and adds to batting and afridi is just a gun that can change the game

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    @sharjee: bad option. imran khan will select qadri as an opener...... stick to shezad nd kamran

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | September 4, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    It looks like Moin is seriously considering changing captains. If Misbah does lose his captaincy I still don't think he will be dropped from the squad. That's ok since he has done a lot but he needs to change his approach towards batting. But if Misbah is dropped then Haris Sohail should play. Afridi is not what you want as captain since he is failing as well. Drop Afridi & let Hafeez play at that spot (having a batsman of Hafeez's level @ 7 or 8 is not bad). Drop Sharjeel as well & try Sami Aslam or some other promising opener. Umar Akmal needs to be dropped for Sarfraz Ahmed. Drop Mohammad Talha for Sadaf Hussain. Select Raza Hassan if Ajmal is banned. If Misbah loses captaincy then make Ahmed Shehzad, Fawad Alam, Sohaib Maqsood or Sarfraz Ahmed the captain. If these changes are done immediately then we might still have a chance in the world cup. Even if we don't win all of these players will at least have experience of already playing in a world cup.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | September 4, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    FOR last 3 years there only one person who has performed consistantly and has kept non performing players saved from sacking. Misbah is not bound to be the only one taking his responsibilities, others need to do there bit too. A captain can't do much if his batting line colapses in every second match, can he? One other problem with pakistani batsmen is that the one who does perform on a given day, would not score more than a fifty, they can't go on to make big hundreds as non of them is a century maker in his nature. Pakistan needs to try Sami Aslam at the top and the series against NZ and AUS shouls be his chance to show his talent.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | September 4, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    Pakistan is an average team no great batsman who can score fast,their strength is only saeed ajmal that's it,a team is what at least 5 match winner should their ,India ,Australia,South Africa ,srilanka,and New Zealand .see from this one will win the World Cup ....

  • POSTED BY BlueJayBanter on | September 4, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    It is probably too close to the world cup to make drastic changes. Be realistic guys, this team is going to be extremely lucky to get to the semis.

  • POSTED BY SL_Boy on | September 4, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    I think you should get rid of Waqer and Misban from ODI & T20's

  • POSTED BY Hassan_U on | September 4, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Waqar will get the team together the only issue I see is some of these players giving their views. The supports of Afridi that he should be captain....His own performance has gone done.

    I think Harris Sohail, Sami Aslam, Usman Qadir, Balawal Bhatti, Hamad Azam should be given chance.

    Drop Sharjeel Khan, Hafeez (unless he bats at 6-7), Afridi, Umar Akmal.

    Overall no need to panic.

  • POSTED BY torsha on | September 4, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    Drop Shezad and Afridi. Bring back Razzaq and some other opener.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    World cup in Australia. Bring back Imran Khan in place of Sharjeel. He will bring back world cup

  • POSTED BY HassanAbbas on | September 4, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Stability? This is Pakistan's record against top 7 teams under Misbah,

    ODIs: 23 Won, 30 Lost. Last 30 months: 18 Won, 25 Lost. Tests: 8 Won, 8 Lost. Last 30 months: 2 Won, 7 Lost.

    Who needs stability when your team is losing and losing only, not a single test series win in last 30 months, what is this, a joke? We used to be one of the top 3 teams now we are not even in top 5. Misbah has not mentored even a single player for future captaincy, regardless of that I think we should make a captain out of someone like Ahmed Shehzad (because he is aggressive and plays positive cricket), the worst that can happen is that we will lose matches to top 7 teams, we are doing that anyway.

  • POSTED BY hosamanevg on | September 4, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    At present they are in bad phase,but they are stnong contender to win 2015 WC

  • POSTED BY Aju.Nair on | September 4, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    I dont see any need of a captaincy change now..Yes, this series Misbah was out of form..that happens to everyone..I dont think that only Misbah has to be blamed for that..there is no other choices for a captaincy now...Ahmed Shehzad is for sure a future captain...If Pakistan has guts, after 2015 WC , make him as captain..he will do the same as what Graeme Smith did for his country and this will be a smart move as well.Azhar Ali also can be considered as a test captain..Sarfraz has to be in the ODI team and Fahad Alam should have to get fair chances even in test team and ODI, T20 team.I feel that he should have to be promoted as Vice Captain of the team..Pakistan main problem is the opening.Sharjeel Khan is a gutsy player, but loosing his wicket in the first 10 overs is something that can impact the overall batting order.Younis Khan should be the no.3 player..I feel Misbah should have to get a chance to lead the team , for all the good work he had done before.He will come back.Godspeed.

  • POSTED BY riaz.m on | September 4, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Wholly unnecessary for Moin to make these comments. Misbah has plenty of "runs in the bank" to keep his place for a while yet much like Cooke when he wasn't scoring runs in test. If captain has a bad series about time for others to stand up and earn their keep but the rest of Pakistan batting was a disgrace in these games. The captain alone does not make a team (or break it) About time Pakistani management appreciated the stability Misbah provides and has provided for last 4/5 years. There is no obvious successor in any event. Misbah should play for another 2/3 years if he wants until a long term sucessor is identified.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    Pakistan one day quad from the current pool of players should be 1.Ahmad Shehzad 2. Muhammad Hafeez 3. Younis Khan 4. Fawad Alam 5. Shahid Afridi 6. Sohaib Maqsood 7. Sarfraz Ahmaad 8 . Bilawal bhatti 9 . Anwar Ali 10 . Junaid Khan 11. Muhammad Irfan 12. Sami Aslam 13. Haris Sohail 14.Zulfiqar Babar 15. Raza hasan (if fit)/Saeed Ajmal(if not banned)/Any other promising domestic spinner . We dont need akmal brothers and mr tuk tuk Misbah . If we have to choose one among 2 most seniors batters my vote is for younis he plays better then mr tuk tuk.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | September 4, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Either make Afridi captain or prepare for utter humiliation. This much is crystal clear by now.

  • POSTED BY looloogun on | September 4, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    After a long time, Pakistan team did not play to its potential," Moin said. its because dav whatmore is gone now .should have had him till the world cup asleast ,he was taking the team in the wright direction ,now its hard for new coach especially with the world cup around.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    shehzad,nasir,kamran,haris,sohaib,hafeez,zafar gohar,anwarali,gul,ajmal,irfan

  • POSTED BY RaoFarhanPervaiz on | September 4, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Afridi should be the captain. and we need Azhar Ali & Sarfraz in the team... The reason of Azhar that we will have fast pitches with full swing in World cup.

    No Younis Khan and Umer Akmal please .. Shoaib maqsood and Fawad both are doing fine... include Harris Sohail / usman saludin / Babar Azam

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 4, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    he is running a one man show. enjoying 2 key roles. pakistans recent problems are because of selection. and he is incharge of that. he should be questionable for this poor performance. also his role as team manager conflicts with selector's role.

    captain was scoring runs and still team was losing. the major problem with this team is selection and dressing room issues. there are 3-4 players in team who have taken their place for granted. the way akmal and afridi play, tells the story. after playing so many games they dont know anything about situation. sharjeel was selected again on basis of what?

    there is not much time left to experiment so if they want to change then do it now. changing only captain may not work. afridi , misbah, sharjeel and umar akmal should be dropped. make alam / ahmed captain and select young players. they wont do worse than these. no need to bring younas / malik back. how long we will carry old & past their prime players? take bold decisions now for future.

  • POSTED BY looloogun on | September 4, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    if you need to take any bold step before world cup you must bringback dav whatmore there is nothing else ..

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  • POSTED BY looloogun on | September 4, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    if you need to take any bold step before world cup you must bringback dav whatmore there is nothing else ..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 4, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    he is running a one man show. enjoying 2 key roles. pakistans recent problems are because of selection. and he is incharge of that. he should be questionable for this poor performance. also his role as team manager conflicts with selector's role.

    captain was scoring runs and still team was losing. the major problem with this team is selection and dressing room issues. there are 3-4 players in team who have taken their place for granted. the way akmal and afridi play, tells the story. after playing so many games they dont know anything about situation. sharjeel was selected again on basis of what?

    there is not much time left to experiment so if they want to change then do it now. changing only captain may not work. afridi , misbah, sharjeel and umar akmal should be dropped. make alam / ahmed captain and select young players. they wont do worse than these. no need to bring younas / malik back. how long we will carry old & past their prime players? take bold decisions now for future.

  • POSTED BY RaoFarhanPervaiz on | September 4, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Afridi should be the captain. and we need Azhar Ali & Sarfraz in the team... The reason of Azhar that we will have fast pitches with full swing in World cup.

    No Younis Khan and Umer Akmal please .. Shoaib maqsood and Fawad both are doing fine... include Harris Sohail / usman saludin / Babar Azam

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    shehzad,nasir,kamran,haris,sohaib,hafeez,zafar gohar,anwarali,gul,ajmal,irfan

  • POSTED BY looloogun on | September 4, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    After a long time, Pakistan team did not play to its potential," Moin said. its because dav whatmore is gone now .should have had him till the world cup asleast ,he was taking the team in the wright direction ,now its hard for new coach especially with the world cup around.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | September 4, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Either make Afridi captain or prepare for utter humiliation. This much is crystal clear by now.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    Pakistan one day quad from the current pool of players should be 1.Ahmad Shehzad 2. Muhammad Hafeez 3. Younis Khan 4. Fawad Alam 5. Shahid Afridi 6. Sohaib Maqsood 7. Sarfraz Ahmaad 8 . Bilawal bhatti 9 . Anwar Ali 10 . Junaid Khan 11. Muhammad Irfan 12. Sami Aslam 13. Haris Sohail 14.Zulfiqar Babar 15. Raza hasan (if fit)/Saeed Ajmal(if not banned)/Any other promising domestic spinner . We dont need akmal brothers and mr tuk tuk Misbah . If we have to choose one among 2 most seniors batters my vote is for younis he plays better then mr tuk tuk.

  • POSTED BY riaz.m on | September 4, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Wholly unnecessary for Moin to make these comments. Misbah has plenty of "runs in the bank" to keep his place for a while yet much like Cooke when he wasn't scoring runs in test. If captain has a bad series about time for others to stand up and earn their keep but the rest of Pakistan batting was a disgrace in these games. The captain alone does not make a team (or break it) About time Pakistani management appreciated the stability Misbah provides and has provided for last 4/5 years. There is no obvious successor in any event. Misbah should play for another 2/3 years if he wants until a long term sucessor is identified.

  • POSTED BY Aju.Nair on | September 4, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    I dont see any need of a captaincy change now..Yes, this series Misbah was out of form..that happens to everyone..I dont think that only Misbah has to be blamed for that..there is no other choices for a captaincy now...Ahmed Shehzad is for sure a future captain...If Pakistan has guts, after 2015 WC , make him as captain..he will do the same as what Graeme Smith did for his country and this will be a smart move as well.Azhar Ali also can be considered as a test captain..Sarfraz has to be in the ODI team and Fahad Alam should have to get fair chances even in test team and ODI, T20 team.I feel that he should have to be promoted as Vice Captain of the team..Pakistan main problem is the opening.Sharjeel Khan is a gutsy player, but loosing his wicket in the first 10 overs is something that can impact the overall batting order.Younis Khan should be the no.3 player..I feel Misbah should have to get a chance to lead the team , for all the good work he had done before.He will come back.Godspeed.

  • POSTED BY hosamanevg on | September 4, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    At present they are in bad phase,but they are stnong contender to win 2015 WC