Pakistan v New Zealand 2009 October 22, 2009

Misbah axed from all three formats

Cricinfo staff

Misbah-ul-Haq's international revival seems to have come to an end, after he was left out from the squads in all three formats for Pakistan's upcoming series of ODIs, T20Is and Tests against New Zealand in the Middle East and New Zealand. Pakistan's selection committee have seemingly covered as many bases as possible in the three formats, recalling several forgotten names and forming an unusually large 18-man Test squad.

Misbah's form has been poor in all three formats over the last year, in contrast to 2007, when he reignited his dormant international career in sensational fashion at the World Twenty20 in South Africa and then on a tour to India. The emergence of Umar Akmal as a middle order prospect has, for now at least, brought Misbah's second innings to a close.

However, chief selector Iqbal Qasim hoped Misbah would regain form before the tour to Australia later this year. "He has been given rest because we think he is under pressure and needs time to regroup himself," Qasim said.

The other major theme to the squads is the return of opener Imran Farhat, who ends a two-year exile after his stint in the Indian Cricket League by being picked in all three squads. Pakistan's last few squads have lacked specialist openers; at the Champions Trophy, only Imran Nazir was a specialist in the position.

Alongside Farhat returns another left-handed opener, Salman Butt; he was dropped after a poor series in Sri Lanka this summer but is back in both the Test and ODI squads. According to the selectors, the left-hander was brought back to avoid reliance on makeshift openers. "Opening is a specialized field and we want to hand over this job to regular openers," Qasim said.

Nazir is retained in the Twenty20 squad. Khalid Latif, in imperious domestic form, has also been recalled to Pakistan's ODI and Twenty20 squads, offering another opening option.

There will be disappointment at the non-selection of fresh faces performing well in domestic cricket, particularly batsmen, but the selectors have recalled left-arm pacemen Sohail Tanvir and Wahab Riaz. The pair make up for the absence of Mohammad Asif from the first limited-overs leg of the tour; because of his deportation last year from Dubai, Asif is unable to travel back and so has been picked only for the Test squad.

Seven players - the Akmal brothers, Saeed Ajmal, Farhat, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul and Mohammad Aamer - find a place in all three squads. Younis Khan, after resigning and coming back in the last week as captain, will lead the Test and ODI side, and Shahid Afridi remains the Twenty20 captain.

After a lull in international assignments over the last two years, Pakistan suddenly find themselves embarking on a schedule that will keep them in action until February next year. They first play three one-dayers in Abu Dhabi starting November 3, followed by two Twenty20s in Dubai before heading off to New Zealand for a three-Test series. Following that, they move to Australia where they have another three-Test series and a series of five ODIs as well as a T20I. The large squads, in part, reflects the heavy schedule.

Tests: Salman Butt, Khurrum Manzoor, Imran Farhat, Younis Khan (capt), Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik, Fawad Alam, Faisal Iqbal, Kamran Akmal (wk), Danish Kaneria, Saeed Ajmal, Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamer, Abdur Rauf, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmad

One-dayers: Salman Butt, Imran Farhat, Khalid Latif, Younis Khan (capt), Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal (wk), Abdul Razzaq, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Mohammad Aamer, Rao Iftikhar Anjum, Wahab Riaz

Twenty20: Khalid Latif, Imran Nazir, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi (capt), Kamran Akmal (wk), Abdul Razzaq, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Umar Gul, Mohammad Aamer, Rao Iftikhar Anjum, Saeed Ajmal, Imran Farhat, Fawad Alam, Sohail Tanvir

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  • Mansoor on October 28, 2009, 11:59 GMT

    Asim Kamal needs to get back in the Test Side ! I agree with everyone who are wanting to see that poor chap come back in the pakistani side ! I guess selectors should realise and pick him for the Australian series . . . He is a must in your middle order !

  • shahhab on October 28, 2009, 10:00 GMT

    very sad to see Imran nazir out of ODI. I dont see full confidence of selectors...Imran should be in and Younas can be out or just be better in Test only..won't be a bad decision..hehe. sad to see misbah out again from ODI. best of luck

  • Hamza on October 27, 2009, 16:47 GMT

    I think Imran Farhat should have been given a slot in the twenty20 side as well because of the performances he gave for Lahore Badshahs side alongside Imran Nazir & it would have proved to be a lethal combination again but let's see how he does in the one dayers.For some reason i don't understand why Rao Iftikhar is always with the team, any new youngster could have been tried in his place. If Misbah isn't performing then i don't see Rao Iftikhar becoming the next best thing either..........

  • M on October 26, 2009, 13:19 GMT

    Imran Nazir should be included in all three formats.

  • n on October 26, 2009, 4:34 GMT

    Our selectors would never learn from mistakes.It was not long ago when I had pointed out in my comments that droping Razzaq from champions trophy team is a blunder and ultimately our national team paid the price. Now again nepotism has shown its feat and to make room for Imran Farhat AND Fawad Alam, Misbah has been saked.On the other hand Suhail Tanveer was not even considered despite his great performance in IPL.

    I admit seletors do have their own criteria of selection, and in our well knit social culture they have to accomodate their next of kins, but please not at the cost of our national team. To compensate your friends and family not only you do injsutice to deserving talent, but hurt millions of fans.

  • Kamran on October 24, 2009, 9:48 GMT

    Now this is the way to prove critics wrong which are going against you....Misbah was axed from all three formats of the game and was advised to focus on the game, make runs in domestic circuit and take a rest. He didnt took rest, BUT he focused and a made a mountain of runs (the very next day-284 career best) in a domestic match against Lahore Shalimar.....Thats the way you prove critics wrong...Not by just sitting home and complaining that selection is not correct and this and that.....And now i am DAMN sure that if this guy makes another blistering score, why to wait for Australia tour, he can be called for NewZealand tour.

  • Zihan on October 24, 2009, 7:22 GMT

    Imran Nazir should attached to One Day squad becaze he is in very form now and blast first ten overs any i m submitting my choice to Pak ODI, Test and T20,


    Salman Butt, Khurrum Manzoor, Younis Khan (capt), Mohammad Yousuf, Umar Akmal, Faisal Iqbal, Kamran Akmal (wk), Yasir Arafat, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamer,


    Imran Farhat, Kamran Akmal (wk), Umar Akmal, Younis Khan (capt), Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Mohammad Aamer, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul,


    Imran Farhat, Imran Nazir, Shahid Afridi (capt), Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal (wk), Khalid Latif, Abdul Razzaq, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Mohammad Aamer,

    i like to ask PCB please follow this order

    Zihan Suhood from Sri Lanka

  • haider on October 23, 2009, 20:45 GMT

    i think imran nazir should be in odis because he gave us good start in every match of the champions trophy compare to what we get from others such as 9-1, 13-1 he had good partnerships with kamran akmal such as 30 to 40 run every match.imran farhat's return is a good thing because he and imran nazir can be dangerous against any team in the world as we saw in ICL!!!

  • haider on October 23, 2009, 20:37 GMT

    i think imran nazir should be in odis as well because he gave us good start in every match of champions trophy compare to what we normally get from others such as 9-1, 13-1 he made 30 to 40 odd runs before getting out.imran farhat's return is a good thing imran nazir and imran farhat can be dangerous against any team in the world as we saw in ICL!!!

  • Sher on October 23, 2009, 16:39 GMT

    Thanks for bringing Abdul Razzaq back in the team I couldn't understand that how Rana was a best All rounder than than Razzaq.Some time our selectors are closing their eyes now Fawad Alam is a test player and Misbah became even lower batsman than him my God please selectors wake up now and put a eye on your Test team how may batsman you have for Newsland's Bowlers.Only Yousaf Younis and Malik can you win a series with three players???????? Now see again Fawad Alam can play in test and Abdul Razzaq is only fit for T Twenty and One day ridiculous. Why Imran Nazir and Shaid Afridi is not in the test side Afridi has shown recently that he is a better bowler than Kaniera but I can't understand that Afridi is only for T- T wenty and One dayers aof Pakistan again the eyes are closed of our respective selectors.Please don't play with the carrier of the players and also with the respect of Pakistan Cricket. Look at India Sachen is still playing but we thrown out Inzmam that he became old ...

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