Pakistan news September 4, 2014

Moin hints at 'bold steps' before World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • 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

  • dummy4fb 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!

  • fkhawaja on September 7, 2014, 8:10 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • dummy4fb 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

  • 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

  • dummy4fb 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 ?

  • 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

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

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