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Afridi backs under-fire Misbah

September 4, 2014

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Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi, who is being tipped to replace Misbah-ul-Haq as captain of the ODI team for next year's World Cup, has come out in support of his current captain.

"Misbah has been leading the side well since the last few years and he has also been our most prolific batsman. I think we all need to support him even if he has had one bad series," Afridi said. "It is unfair to criticize him so much after just one bad series as captain and batsman. He has been a stable influence on the team and he needs support at this stage for the World Cup."

Misbah has been Test captain since 2010 but he replaced Afridi as the captain of the one-day and T20 squads in only in May 2011 after Afridi had a spat with the PCB.

"I have no issues playing under Misbah's captaincy because he has been there for a while now and has been performing consistently since 2010. We depend on Misbah and few other seniors," he said. "But it is time the junior players also put up their hands and took responsibility to perform. If we play as a unit, I am sure we will start doing well again and I just want to see the team winning again before the World Cup."

Afridi also praised the role of head coach Waqar Younis who he called a "changed person". Afridi was stripped of the captaincy after differences with Waqar in 2011, but he said that the incident was a thing of the past.

"Waqar worked very hard with the team in Sri Lanka and the players got a lot of support from the team management even under pressure. There is lot of team spirit in this side and I am confident we can start winning again soon it is a matter of time.

"I enjoyed working with Waqar. He is a different person now and you can see the team management just wants the team to click and do well."


Posted by farooq.ahmed.khan on (September 9, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

my team for the world cup..1.ahmed shyzad 2.abdul razzaq.3 shoib malik/fawad alam 4.misbah/younus khan 5 umer akmal/shoib masood 6.kamran akmal 7.hafiz 8 afridi 9 w.riaz 10 irfan /umar gul11 junaid khan if you want to win the world cup you have to bring these players back ...this is our team . hafiz as a offspineru can replace him with ajmal...razzaq should be on the top to face the fast bowlers or new ball..who is the captain? doesnt matter....malik razzak or afridi

Posted by   on (September 9, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

My choice for next world cup 1. Shehzad 2. Sami ASLAM 3. M.Hafeez 4. U.Akmal(wc) 5. F.Alam 6. S.Maqsood 7. Shahid KHAN AFRIDI(Captain) 8. U.Gul 9. W. Riaz 10. S.Ajmal 11. M.Irfan/Junaid KHAN

Posted by   on (September 8, 2014, 6:26 GMT)

why play misbah one day and t20 match he not able play one day and t20 matches

Posted by   on (September 7, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

It is a false impression that Pakistan team has only problems I batting. Yes Pakistan plays with 10 players with Shahid Afridi neither effective in bowling nor in batting. With Ajmals mystery gone, Wahab lacking tech, Irfan not knowing which length to bowl and Junaid bowling just medium pacers; bowling is lacking teeth. With 40 yrs old inside circle and almost all players looking unfit and overweight, how can you field well. Above all captaincy is a problem - Misbah lacks imagination and his unwillingness to act boldly in both batting as well as bowling/fielding means that Pakistan will not be able handle fluid situations. My team for world cup includes Fast Bowlers - Irfan, Talaha, Junaid, Res - Shinwari Spinners - Raza Hassan, Ajmal, karamat ali All rounders- Bhatti, Anwar ali Keeper-Sarfaraz Ahmed Batsmen- Younas, Shahzad, Harris sohail, Nasir Jamshed, Fawad Alam, As far as captain is concerned there are two options if Pakistan wants to do well (1)Younas Khan (2) Shahzad Please

Posted by android_user on (September 7, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

we need experienced players like Nasir jamshaid/Kamran Akmal in top oreder here is my squad 1-Ahmad Shehzad 2-Kamran Akmal/Nasir Jamshaid 3-Mohammad Hafeez 4-Sohaib Maqsood 5-Misbah ul Haq(cap) 6-Fawad Alam 7-Umar Akmal 8-Shahid Afridi (V.Cap) 9-Umar Gul 10-Wahab RiaZ 11-Saeed Ajmal

try to make come backs of jamshaid or kamran in top otherwise got the talend but he will take some time to understand ODI SHarjeel continue playinv T20

Posted by BoomBoomBhaiAfridi on (September 7, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

Aslkm.. Bhai Faryad Hussain & Bhai Hassaan Ul Rabi , you both are correct but I think any playing 11 would be better If we get a strong opening.. so I prefer the team as 1 . Imran nazir 2. Shehzad 3. Bhai Afridi(C) 4. Younus khan 5. Umar(WC) akmal 6. shoaib maqsood 7.Fawad alam 8. Saeed ajmal 9. Junai khan 10. Irfan 11 .Umar gul...... What u say Everybody do you agree with my playing XI... for upcoming world cup...!!!

Posted by   on (September 6, 2014, 15:36 GMT)

Dear Mr. Afridi very good gesture about Misbah but when you start performing again. Your past performance well regarded but you have to perform each & every match now because you have played approximately 381 matches! Three hundred eighty one matches! i

Posted by wapuser on (September 6, 2014, 12:01 GMT)

few things i will say here 1: waqar younis is the right man and so is misbha ul haq 2: drop afridi, hafeez, sharjeel, akmal, yonis, 3: ask misbah to play at 3 and play your natural game 4: bring asad, harris, nasir, sarfraz, bhatti, hammad so the best xi would be 1: ahmed 2: nasir 3: misbha 4: fawad 5: sarfraz 6: sohaib 7: hammad 8: anwar 9: junaid 10: saeed 11: irfan reserves should be: asad, harris, bhatti, babar

Posted by wapuser on (September 6, 2014, 10:23 GMT)

Misbah did not click in SL tour and Pakistan lost miserably .... just imagine if he is out of the team.... May God Help Us..... having gone through all the comments, it seems we are looking for a team to participate in Video Game or Fantasy League rather than real world cup.... look at most of the picks....U Akmal, Hafeez, Afridi, Sharjeel, Shehzad who all are Jack of All and Master of None..... At least Misbah sweats and scores out there...

Posted by   on (September 6, 2014, 5:47 GMT)

Why cant people see that for any team to do well you need a solid opening pair if you can get a start of say 80 to 100 runs their is a lot less burden on the middle order and without a shadow of doubt the best one day opener pakistan has is Imran Nazir why is he not given the same opportunity as some others like hafeez or jamshaid for example why cant the management see this its fairly obvious. My 11 would be 1 Ahmed Shazad 2 Imran Nazir 3 Umar Akmal 4 Younis Khan 5 Shan Maqsood 6 Shaid Afridi 7 Fawad Alam 8 Junaid Khan 9 Umar Gul 10 Saeed Ajmal 11 Anwar Ali or Irfan

Posted by Johnny_129 on (September 6, 2014, 1:34 GMT)

The fielding of Hafeez is a shocker! I saw a stat some time back and it showed that Hafeez drops 40% of all catches that come his way!! Enough said. As for Misbah, he has been an excellent player but he showed signs of aging at the last WC (remember him and Younis Khan cooking a khichri at the last WC) so I doubt he will get any younger at the next WC.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2014, 18:36 GMT)

How is this ? 1.Shehzad 2.Hafeez 3.Younus 4.Fawad 5.Maqsood 6.Sarfaraz/umar 7.Afridi(C) 8.Anwar 9.Gul/Wahab Riaz 10.Irfan 11.Ajmal

Yes i am putting Misbah out because scoring a 50 each match on 80 odd balls can only be helpful when chasing something below 220 but in this age of cricket we will have to chase lot more.Misbah with the career S.R of 73 is not suitable + he has never been a good captain. Afridi is the only option left for captaincy. Anwar Ali is a must to give batting depth.Sarfaraz much improved batsman than Umar.I would love to see Anwar bat at no3 to score some quick fire runs as Wasim used Razzaq in WC.99

Posted by t20cric on (September 5, 2014, 18:18 GMT)

@Kamaal R Khan: Everyone includes Junaid cuz he is one of our best fast bowlers. Sure right now he isn't doing so good but remember that last year he was 2nd only to Ajmal in most ODI wickets (tied with Jadeja but had a better average). Junaid is out of form like Misbah, Afridi, Hafeez & Umar Akmal but he has age on his side & even though he has been poor sometimes he still averages 25.9 in ODIs. I think its worth it to give him some time cuz we've all seen what he can do at his best. I think Bilawal Bhatti & Anwar Ali should also play but maybe not at the cost of Junaid. Just one thing to notice is that Bilawal & Anwar both have worse bowling avgs than Junaid & there list A stats indicate they won't be better than Junaid. I think Anwar Ali needs a chance cuz he is a great fielder & can bat too, as for his bowling I think every Pak fan has seen his U19 wc bowling. Preferably I would include all 3 of these guys as well as Hammad Azam

Posted by android_user on (September 5, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

Its great on part of Afridi that he is supporting Misbah but the fact cant be changed that Misbah is a defensive captain and must be replaced by Afridi or Younis. As many people r mentioning the wc team so here is ny squad for world cup: 1.Ahmed Shehzad 2.Hafeez 3.Younus 4.Fawad Alam, 5.Misbah 6.Sohaib Maqsood, 7.Sarfaraz 8.Umar Akmal 9.Afridi 10.Anwar Ali/Junaid Khan 11. Zulfiqar Babar12.Ajmal 13.Gul 14.Irfan 15.Wahab

Posted by   on (September 5, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

well for pakistan afridi will b captain and other r 1hafeez 2ahmed shehzad 3yunus khan 4misbah 5shoaib malik/sohaib maqsood 6umer akmal 7afridi 8wahab/bhatti 9ajmal 10 anwar ali/junaid 11 irfan/baber

Posted by   on (September 5, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

why is everyone including junaid in squad? i like his bowling but only in test. He leaks a lot of runs like 60 to 80 and not a match winner, go look at his recent matches. instead bring bilawal/anwar, Second all these senior players like misbah, hafeez, afridi, are big names on paper but not match winners. Mishbah is a test player and eats to many ball, hafeez has poor technique, and afidi well never mind lol. We must include bilawal/anwar why were they dropped after performing?

Posted by rahmatullah0321 on (September 5, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

First of all i would like to remind to all of you that Pakistan can't win a world cup trophy without a khan's captaincy. So the World cup is coming and Pakistan need to lead with Shahid Khan Afredi. as per my squad for world cup, they are 1. Ahmed Shehzad 2,Nasir Jamshid 3,Muhammad Hafeez 4,Umer Akmal 5,Younis Khan 6,Misbah Ul Haq 7,Kamran Akmal 8,Shahid Afredi 9,Abdul Razzaq 10,Shoaib Malik 11,Saeed Ajmal 12,Umer Gul 13,Junaid Khan 14,Muhammad Irfan 15,Wahab Riaz. please don't mention sohail tanveer in this page

Posted by   on (September 5, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

It will be a worst decision to drop misbah as afridi and hafeez are not matured enough to Lead for WC. This is the team that Pakistan should focus on and drop umer akmal this kid will never learn. If Pakistan picks u akmal then 80 percent they will loose the match as he cant score more then 2-3 runs every match and throws his wicket. If I was a pakistan captain i would never pick u akmal. Since I want Razzaq and Hamad azam to be in squad poor management wont pick them so this is my squad. Reason I am not including Sohaib is becuase he performs once in every 10 matches. 1. Shahzad/Nasir ( i would pick nasir) 2. Hafeeez 3. Younis 4. Misbah 5. Fawad Alam 6. Malik/ Afridi 7. Sarfaraz 8. Ajmal 9. Riyaz 10. Junaid 11. Irfan

Posted by mwaseems on (September 5, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

@Aamir.Awan... I am not sure what are you looking, but Fawad has better strike rate than Ahamed Shehzad and Hafeez, and way better average than all the player you mentioned.

This is 50/50 where you need to rotate the strike to maintain the RR. After 4 dot balls one 4 does not put pressure on the bowler, but single on each ball surely put him in stress.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2014, 15:22 GMT)

shafeeq ahmed where is junaid khan :O

Posted by   on (September 5, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

my team for the upcoming world cup in Australia Ahmad shehzad,Kamran Akmal,hafeez,younas,misbah,umar akmal,afridi,(C) ajmal,irfan,Gul,rehman,sarfaraz,maqsood,alam,Riaz 15 men

Posted by   on (September 5, 2014, 14:10 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   on (September 5, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

Well My 15 men squad for the world cup and the upcoming series with Australia is 1 Ahmed Shehzad Mohammad Hafeez Fawad Alam Misbah Umar akmal Maqsood sarfaraz ahmed afridi zulfiqar babar saeed ajmal junaid khan Billawal bhatti irfan umar gul Anwer ali I can litterly promise you that this team will win it!ahmed is young he will enjoy playing in new pitches hafeez is experienced the pitch suites fawad no need to describe misbah we all know he plays his heart out afridi is out to hit and win games for us as long as our bowlers are concerned Irfan will have a huge advantage because of the bounce wahab can use his pace on green tracks Ajmal doesnt need to be described and junaid will be useful on these type of pitches billawal and anwer are still learning.

Posted by torsha on (September 5, 2014, 12:53 GMT)

Lol, Afridi himself needs to be dropped, not Misbah.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2014, 12:09 GMT)

And as every body is submitting their team i would love to submit mine as well....My 15 man squad will be...1-Ahmad shehzad.2-Hafeez.3-Fawad Alam.4-Misbah.5-Umar akmal.6-Sarfaraz.7-Afridi.8-Wahab riaz.9-Junaid khan.10-Irfan.11-Anwar Ali.12-Sohaib Maqsood.13-Ajmal.14-Another opener I prefer Nasir jamshed if he is not terribly out of shape now adays,have not seen him for a while..15-Umar gul subject to fitness.if he is not fit we can have talha instead...So we have got 3 openers.quiet a few middle order batsmen-3 spinners and 5 quickies...

Posted by   on (September 5, 2014, 11:52 GMT)

@Aamir.Awan....I will have to dis agree with you brother on two things...YOu have selected 5 openers including Hafeez in a squad of 14...And keeping in view the world cup you need more fast bowlers...I see just 3 quick men and anwar ali....WHich is not enough at all...And secondly considering the fielding restrictions you dont have to be an afridi to score quick...Fawad is badly needed in our team as an anchor role..he wont blast away the opposition but he lays the platform

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (September 5, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

I think PCB should make Afridi Captain as he is the only person who can take this team down to the level of lower ranked team and once he done that these crazy Afridi fans will understand what Misbah meant to the team. Pakistan is a team that always had talented cricketer but also there has always been complain about lack of team work and problems within the team. Misbah Gelled the team together and under him Pak have done decent too. Pak lost the recent series to SL a team far better than them can you really blame Misbah for it? How did Afridi performed in this series that made him better choice than Misbah?

Posted by Aamir.Awan on (September 5, 2014, 11:24 GMT)

I will select the ODI team now for series against Austrailia and keep it for ICC W'Cup in Feb,15 will give them time to settle in the side and focus on worldcup. My ODI Squad (14 Players). BATSMEN: Nasir Jamshed, Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Amin Aslam All ROUNDERS: Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali, Wahab Riaz BOWLERS: Saeed Ajmal, M.Irfan and Junaid Khan,

NO THANKS: Sohail Tanveer, Bilawal Bhatti, Fawad Alam , U Amin, Asad Shafique

Posted by Aamir.Awan on (September 5, 2014, 11:06 GMT)

I support Misbah, he should stay in team as captain. Misbah proved as a pillar of poor performing batting line of Pakistan for atleast 3 years. If he didn't play well in SL who else has? Pakistan has few very good players in ODI squad who can be match winners e.g M.Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Misbah, Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal,Nasir Jamshed and Sharjeel Khan. They all should be in WorldCup Squad as they have a potential of winning a match single handed on a given day. No Younis Khan in ODI please!!! But players like Fawad Alam & Umar Amin will never be match winner, they might score 30-40 runs with a strike rate of 55-60 but they have no strength/timing to hit big shots when required in modern ODI's chasing 300+ totals.

Posted by android_user on (September 5, 2014, 10:40 GMT)

how many seniors r there in indian team all of them are around 25 and they r doing good this concept of seniority is no more practised in world any way u wllget 2 or 3 senior players in team and therw r coaches best players vd best form should me given chance

Posted by android_user on (September 5, 2014, 10:36 GMT)

i believe if misbah remains in squad he should come at no 6 coming at no 3 or4 cost others wickets bcoz inorder to get his 50 he puts tremensous pressure on others as he is consuming so many delivarieseven if he succeds to play 50 overs the end result is loss

Posted by Me_A_Gemini on (September 5, 2014, 10:22 GMT)

This is, perhaps, the most sensible words I have ever heard from Afridi. I think there could be no one better than Misbah to lead the team now and people should remember his heroics of 2013 due to which Pakistan is still maintaining a respectable position in world's cricket. It was rightly said by Afridi that it was only one series which has gone bad for him for a long time. Be patient my country fellows.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2014, 10:01 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 4th bats man crumble like deck of cards. Our best batsmans mishbah, younis, fawad, asad, sohab, shahzad umar. So these guys are the one who can score 260+ in Aus,NZ otherwise it will be same sorry story. Needs to be placed well in batting

Posted by android_user on (September 5, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

i havent seen even a single former cricketer talking about afreedi exclusion he has been playing for 18 years now 400 above odi's offcorse out of 400 matches any one wll have 20 30 good days and u wll b match winner everyone on his day is match winner every one on his day does heroics examples r infront of us maqsood in short history won 2 matches for pak and sid well lots of other matches as well bhatti and anwar won matches for team umar akmal how many matches he won for pak questin is about consistency and most deserving player pakistan is not playing best deserving squad miabah they cannot drop he captain and holds inning together afreedi is match winner hafeez is alrounder doing well in recent wahab has pace and energy but he couldnt change his wrist positio in 10 years i think pak should take stand get rid of these players and give chance to youngsters

Posted by android_user on (September 5, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

pakistan should prepare post world cup team let the current team go for wc bcoz there is no time for experiments now ofter wc pak sould shed all senior players and invest i young ones my post wc team is 1sami aslam 2 ahmed shehzad 3 hafeez/hammad azam 4fawad 5 sohaib maqsood 6 omar akmal 7 mohmad rizwan 8 amir 9 ajmal/raza hassan 10 junaid 11 irfan vd reserves mohmad nawaz .babar azam .shinwari.anwar ali bilawal batti .harris suhail usman salahudin. ehsa adil sarfaraz ahmed

Posted by android_user on (September 5, 2014, 9:21 GMT)

i pak is in situation wr there are little choices misbah is kind of player who is not acceptable in modern odi 's wheather or simply player then afreedi dont understand in which capacity is he playing batsman bowler or allrounder ok lets asume he is playing allronder wat is the role of hafeez .pak bating is the one failing since long time not bowling wat is rationale behind playing 4 bowlers and 2 alrounders it means u r stengthining bowling vd 6 bowlers which is already good and weakining bating which is already weak y dont u play only one alrounder which ever is in bettwr formor let both of them in squad but only one in playing eleven fawad was never given fair chance he is vd best domestic record and whenever given chance he didnt fail my playing squad is 1ahmed 2hafeez3sohaib 4fawad 5younus 6omar 7rizwan 8anwar/batti/afreedi 9ajmal 10junaid 11irfan

Posted by anver777 on (September 5, 2014, 9:14 GMT)

Like recent call back of Fawad Aalam in the team, recall seasoned campaigner Abdul Razzak too & give him some confidence and match practice before the WC15. I think it may work & will be a wise option for struggling PAK.... he's very natural attacker in the death overs & on his day can be a match winner !!!! Over to you Moin Khan !!!

Posted by   on (September 5, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

looks like he is trying to win support for his captaincy. "But it is time the junior players also put up their hands and took responsibility to perform. " . So what is the role of not so juniors like himself, umar akmal, hafeez, misbah? to play once in 20 innings? And playing as a unit needs to be addressed. if there are any issues then coach and especially moeen khan who is running a one man show should be questionable.

Pakistan team is carrying far too many players which are past their prime or not so consistent for long enough. there is not much time left now. But of they want to change captain then only changing him will not work. need bold decisions. Afridi's own performance is not enough to be selected. Umar Akmal is not ready to learn anything. Make alam/ahmed captain . they wont do any worse than these.

also they need to look at where they will play the world cup. 3 spinners may not be required. need fast bowlers & medium pace all rounders

Posted by   on (September 5, 2014, 8:47 GMT)

my place for misbah... 1-shahzad 2-nasir jamshed 3-hafeez 4-fawad alam 5-umar akmal 6-maqsood 7-afridi as a cptin 8-razzaq/wahab 9-junaid/gul 10-irfan 11-ajmal

Posted by afzal501 on (September 5, 2014, 7:54 GMT)

I would like to remind Pak fans who is still supporting Misbah as a captain, when was the last time we won a test series. In one days we have done ok, but the problem with him is some captains are reactive and some proactive but he is neither I say make someone like Yonuis Khan Captain for test and one days and Afridi for T20. The pak team should have following player and I guarantee we will do well :Bhatti because of his pace he skids the ball, Waheeb again pace Irfan For bounce, Anwar for his batting he can be very reliable down the order as we saw in South Africa, batting should have at least one youngster from under 19 world cup Aslam and one Spinner at least.

Posted by QAR on (September 5, 2014, 7:50 GMT)

Afridi is just cushioning himself with all the praises he is heaping Misbah with.. Afridi wanted captaincy so badly before the Srilankan tour and now after the losses in both the formats he has suddenly changed his stance. I wonder if he wants the captaincy to come itself to him rather than him running after it, like he's been running after it in the recent past.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2014, 7:23 GMT)

There might be people around disagree with me, but Looks Misbah how old he is for leading the team in one dayers, but still we don't have any other choice to choose a captain for up coming world cup as we don't have enough time. It should have been much if PCB worked out with new guy 2-3 years earlier, but Alas now we don't have any choice but to select those existing senior players.

We do know how misbah end up in 2011 semi final. If Misbah really need some time or 30 to 40 odd deliveries to get go, why not he takes the role on One down, where we can afford to loose some balls.

Afridi Couldn't say any thing because he either nor ready to captain his side or just want to hide out his performance because in last six odi he went wicket less.

I want the new blood to be tested on the familiar condition of world cup i-e Australia and New Zealand. I hope we have good bunch of players that can represent their country on their merit.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2014, 7:13 GMT)

What actually is the role of Afridi? If he plays as a bowler alone which he often times does then this is the biggest risk Pakistan is taking. Presumabaly, you are counting him as a batsman as well -he himself denies that role- incase you still think he can bat then play him anywhere at positions 1,2, 3 or 4 so that the net run rate improves. When you play him at 6 or 7 he fails to deliver and sinks the whole boat because you have brought the match to this point and now expecting a miracle from Afridi all the time. Allow him to fail or pass at 1,2,3 or 4 position and then plan the game according. My best suggestion is to drop him otherwise and select a batsman or a regular bowler. More often than not Pakistan believes their big hitters at 6, 7 and 8th position can win them games but they fail over and again ??????

Posted by   on (September 5, 2014, 6:25 GMT)

My Team for WC 2015 1. Ahmed Shahzad 2. M Hafeez 3.Sohaib Maqsood 4. Umer Akmal 5. Fawad Alam 6.Sarfraz Ahmed 7.Anwar Ali 8.Afridi/Ajmal 9.Junaid 10.Irfan 11.Wahab/Bhatti Reserve: Nasir Jamshed & Younus Khan Captain: Younus/Afridi

Posted by Sheikasif on (September 5, 2014, 6:19 GMT)

People need to support Misbah and not attack him. He is not responsible alone for teams performance. Players need to take responsibility as well for their action. Recent action by Shehzad for example was totally uncalled for. The problem with Pakistani players is that most times they get involved in other activities rather than playing cricket. Players need to put full focus on playing cricket if they want to achieve something in WC. If they dont, Wasim or Waqar cant help. Lets give Misbah support so that he can bring lost glory to Pakistan.

Posted by Iddy on (September 5, 2014, 6:19 GMT)

The problem with Misbah is he puts pressure on other batsmen with his block block block style and also is not aggressive as a captain. Pakistan must now give good a good run to: Fawad, Sami Aslam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Shoaib Maqsood, Gohar, Hasan Raza. Also include Hafeez and Afridi as all rounders. Bowling also to include Ajmal, Sadaf Hussain, Irfan and Junaid for now. Take Imam Ul Haq and maybe Umar Akmal. I am a big fan of Umar Akmal but running out of patience. Thanks.

Posted by gulnoon17 on (September 5, 2014, 6:00 GMT)

only thing i want to mention that WC2015 will be played in NZ/AUS. and our team does not have a balanced combination on grassy and bounci wickets we have to players how can attack the opposition but we have batsman like misbah how can play 50 overs but we are not sure if he play 50 over our score will cross 250 ... if we are chasing i am not with the strike rate of 55 or 65 we can chase score like 270 ...we have to take brave decsion before WC captain shoul be younas khan he is the best choice and great captain my dream team for WC2015 is Ahmad shahzad, imran nazir, hafeez, younas (c) , umer akmal, sohaib maqsood, afridi, anwar ali, junaid, irfan, ajmal i think this is the best combinations in my choice,,in this team there are great hitters who can chase score like 350 i think this combination will suit in aus/nz conditions,,,,,,,,

Posted by   on (September 5, 2014, 5:50 GMT)

Why there is a talk of changing the captaincy whenever a Pakistan loses a series? We don't see this with other teams like Australia or South Africa. They should learn from these teams that changing the captain on a frequent basis does not work well all the time.

Posted by JoshFromJamRock on (September 5, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

As a neutral I believe Misbah's still the best man to captain Pakistan but he needs to be continually improving his tactical game.

As it relates to batting problems, he and the coaching staff should assign specific roles to pairs of players rather than everybody thinking defensive/safety-first. Just give a mature and experienced guy like Younis Khan the #3 anchor role like Faf is doing for SA and let the top order (Hafeez, Shehzad, Akmal and Alam) bat around him aggressively. Misbah himself should play as the lower order anchor in case of a top order collapse. He, Afridi and Maqsood can focus on the latter part of the innings.

The bowling is always there. They can defend 270+ scores easily if they stick to their game plan and not be passive in the middle overs. The passive mindset is what people don't like about Misbah. He's like Dhoni in Tests - waiting on the game to come to him.

1)Hafeez 2)Shehzad 3)Younis 4)Akmal 5)Alam 6)Misbah 7)Maqsood 8)Afridi 9)Junaid 10)Ajmal 11)Irfan

Posted by DeemiZafar on (September 5, 2014, 5:22 GMT)

Hahaha. I don't understand where the problem is. Misbah is as good or bad as a captain as his predecessors. Pakistan have never been world-beaters. Good performers at various times, but never a fearsome side. Imran won the World Cup in the 3rd attempt as captain (& I don't think the Board has that much patience nowadays). Waseem never managed that. Nor did Javaid or Asif. We've been good for semi-final stuff, regardless of whoever is at the helm. Occasionally we drop short and at times we reach beyond. That is it. The one thing in favour of Imran was his constancy at the top. Allow this, and you have a chance.

Posted by THEBEAST7 on (September 5, 2014, 4:55 GMT)

@ Karthik M'Veeran: Dude, Just because a guy plays well that doesn't mean he is going to be the best person to captain the side. Best example is Misbah, He can play well as a batsman but he isn't fit to lead the Pakistan side. Pakistans strenth is in their aggression. Look at the past. They have all done well with captains who has an aggressive approach with the likes of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Afridi etc. Afridi is a guy who will try to make things happen. Misbah on the other hand is a guy who will wait for things to happen. Thats the difference. I said Pakistan should send in Umar Akmal as the opener IF he values his wicket ONLY. Right now he clearly does not. If he dont pride his place in the national duties, he should be dropped. Shehzad is doing his job by occupying the crease for others to bat around him. By the way, yes really SORRY, What I meant was MISS U "Mohammad Amir" not Asif!

Posted by   on (September 5, 2014, 4:43 GMT)

team is not united well in the captaincy of Misbah. Akmal brothers play for themselves. youngsters are not encouraged. bowling is going towards disastrous. Only Afridi or Yunis khan can lead the team well and they have such guts to use players. Please,Misbah you were bold and good player but team doesn't work well in your captaincy.Please resign yourself.

Posted by anver777 on (September 5, 2014, 4:20 GMT)

Misbah should be the PAK captain till WC15.... the team need to re charge asap & get that morale before the all important world cup !!!! Anyway few changes needed here & there in the squad.....

Posted by   on (September 5, 2014, 4:00 GMT)

@THEBEAST7: Your every statement makes no sense. You say Afridi may not have picked up wickets OR scored heavily but he is the best bet for the captains post. You are kidding right? If a player cannot bat or bowl, then whats the use in team. If you want a player to captain the side, why not bring the legend IMRAN KHAN back into the side, just for captaining. :P Plus you say bring him as a opener. LMAO. Secondly you clearly say Akmal doesnt value his wicket, then why him and that too in the opening slot. Shehzad a in-form player??? I can't remember any of his worthy innings, just a few here and there. Then you say, "Rest will take care of itself". Pakistan's problem always has been the middle order. Miss you ASIF!!!!. You are really kidding.

Posted by Crick_Expert on (September 5, 2014, 3:26 GMT)

Younis Khan and AFRIDI are best choice for PAK ODI team. My team for PAK WC2015 is as; 1)AFRIDI 2)AHMED 3)NASIR J. 4)HAFEEZ 5)SARJEEL 6)YOUNIS-CAPT 7)SARFRAZ 8)MAQSOOD 9)AJMAL 10)IRFAN 11)ANWAR ALI/WAHAB

Sorry no place for MISBAH/mr tuktuk, also PCB please get rid from Akmal Brothers, Talha, Gul, Tanvir Sohail, Junaid khan, Asad Safiq, Azahar Ali....these not deserve to play PAK level.

Posted by THEBEAST7 on (September 5, 2014, 2:47 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...

Posted by   on (September 5, 2014, 1:59 GMT)

wtevr misbah ul haq should be replaces by someone if pak needs to win, they hv to make some changes..dfntly before the worldcup..

Posted by SirBobJones on (September 5, 2014, 1:49 GMT)

Misbah is the man. In all my years of following cricket I've never seen such stability for Pakistan, he should keep playing regardless of form in my opinion. He's worth his spot for his captaincy, composure and dressing-room presence. Plus he isn't the sort who'd play on if he thought he was a liability anyway.

Posted by zarasibaat on (September 5, 2014, 0:03 GMT)

Where is the World Cup 2015? Aus - Nzl... What type of pitches will be there? Fast and Bouncy... Who are our allrounders in the team at the moment? Hafeez and Afridi... Can they bat on fast and bouncy pitches? No... Will we need 3 spiners Hafeez, Afridi and Ajmal there? No... Will we need fast bowling allrounders there? Yes... Are we giving our fast bowling allrounders Bilawal and anwar Ali any chance? No... If I can understand what should be our strategy for the world cup why selectors and management cant understand??? Time is running out of our hands and still we have not picked our squad for the world cup.

Posted by Black_Prince on (September 4, 2014, 22:40 GMT)

I am fan of Afridi and Misbah. But its time Pakistan rethink their plan. I think Misbah did an wonderful job with the team. He should still be playing (test or ODI). But its time go back the drawing board. Afridi and Hafeez got their chance in captaincy. If Pakistan give them the captaincy that means Pakistan cricket would be going backwards. Time to make a bold move.

Not having cricket in Pakistan has made it very tough for the players and the future cricketers. How many of the players in the present team got to play in front of their home crowd?

Posted by t20cric on (September 4, 2014, 21:46 GMT)

Surprising to here that from Afridi. When Hafeez stepped down from T20 captaincy then he basically offered himself as t20 captain. The thing is that Hafeez was actually a better captain than Misbah & Hafeez had only been out of form for the world cup in t20s. I think Afridi might be trying some reverse psychology here to become captain. I would prefer if none of them gets captaincy & they try a young captain for a change. It's good to see that Afridi & Waqar are getting along. I have a feeling Afridi might be making these statements so no one notices his own form. The problem with Misbah is that he is over defensive and that is showing in other players as well. He's also out of form & when you get out of form at this age you rarely get back (look at Tendulkar & Kallis). So I don't agree with Afridi & I think both players need to go to make space for youngsters (Misbah can stay if he's only a batsman & tries batting more like Fawad).

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (September 4, 2014, 19:49 GMT)

Bad call from Afridi Misbah should be removed from captaincy ASAP if Afridi is not willing to take the captaincy pass it to Hafeez.

Posted by muhammadali163 on (September 4, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

i agree with afridi. people wo are criticizing misbah for not performing and negative captaincy should look at afridi"s form also and they should also remember that it is misbah who has rescued pakistan so many times with CONSISTENCY unlike afridi who fires in 1 in 100 match....

Posted by riaz.m on (September 4, 2014, 19:01 GMT)

For once I couldn't agree more with Afridi. Surprising but good that a senior player is supporting the captain who has plenty of runs "in the bank" to ride through couple of rough matches. Misbah is the perfect man to lead Pakistan for next 2/3 years and then should be appointed Manager straight away to keep his influence and continuity.

Posted by Saif_Khan90 on (September 4, 2014, 18:58 GMT)

Being an Indian and watching the Pak vs SL, I felt Pakistan missed the trick by not selecting the right players for the conditions. I also noticed many young players such as Hamad Azam, Bilawal Bhatti, Raza, etc not being given a proper chances, which in my opinion is a sad waste of a talent. More young players should be given proper chances.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (September 4, 2014, 18:44 GMT)

Very sensible approach by the most experienced odi player of the team....At last!

Posted by android_user on (September 4, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

A very mature Afridi

Posted by getsetgopk on (September 4, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

aha! is it the calm before the storm? Something tells me Afridi will take over as captain.

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