Pakistan in South Africa 2013-14

Irfan injured, Riaz dropped for SA tour

Umar Farooq

November 16, 2013

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Wahab Riaz gestures during practice, Mirpur, March 17, 2012
Wahab Riaz was wicketless in three ODIs against South Africa © AFP
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Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has been ruled out of Pakistan's short limited-overs trip to South Africa this month due to injury. Another quick bowler Wahab Riaz, who went wicketless in three ODIs against South Africa in the UAE, has been dropped. Two players, medium-pace bowling allrounder Bilawal Bhatti and fast bowler Anwar Ali, were added to the limited-overs squad which lost the T20s 2-0 and the ODIs 4-1 to South Africa in the UAE.

Irfan suffered an injury during the second T20 in Dubai when he knelt down after the fourth ball of his second over. After rubbing his hip, where he felt the pain, he was helped off the field. He had an MRI scan in Dubai and according to the PCB he would stay back in the UAE to see a specialist. He is expected to return to Pakistan early next week.

"We are a little bit concerned but confident he will be alright for SL," Dav Whatmore, the Pakistan coach, said before adding that Irfan's workload will be carefully monitored going forward.

His absence for the South Africa tour will dent Pakistan's attack as earlier this year he was the biggest positive Pakistan had from the tour. He took 25 wickets in seven matches across all formats.

Bhatti is one of the few prospects from Pakistan's domestic circuit in recent years, forging a reputation with his all-round play. He has been in national contention for the last two years, but was left behind on the back of an injury he sustained last year. He is one of the few nippy bowlers in Pakistan who can bat fluently, and has two first-class hundreds to his name for domestic side Sui National Gas Pipelines Ltd.

Anwar, 25, first gained prominence with his swing bowling during Pakistan's successful Under-19 World Cup campaign in Sri Lanka in 2006. He made his international debut in 2008 and has played three T20s for Pakistan so far, the most recent being on the Zimbabwe tour in August.  

While there has been a reshuffle in the bowling, it is the batting that has repeatedly let Pakistan down in recent series, a department in which there were no major changes.

The PCB press release confirmed that Misbah-ul-Haq - who was expected to be rested for the South Africa tour - remains Pakistan captain while Mohammad Hafeez will continue to lead the Twenty20 squad.

There was also a change in the plan for the wicketkeeping department as the selectors picked Umar Akmal as the only wicketkeeper for the tour. Sarfaraz Ahmed, who was part of the ODI squad in the UAE, returned home without playing a game.

The 17-man squad left for South Africa to play two Twenty20s and three ODIs.

Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain ODI), Mohammad Hafeez (captain T20), Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal (wk), Umar Amin, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Tanvir, Anwar Ali, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Bilawal Bhatti

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Posted by   on (November 20, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

opening well afridi..........yes... afridi good player in the cricket world

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

Since Malik and Razzaq are injured and out of the tour, My team for 1st T20 would be:

1.Ahmed Shehzad , 2.Nasir Jamshed, 3.Mohammad Hafeez (captain), 4.Sohaib Maqsood, 5. Misbah-ul-Haq, 6. Umar Akmal (wk), 7.Anwar Ali, 8.Shahid Afridi, 9. Sohail Tanvir/Bilawal Bhatti, 10. Junaid Khan, 11.Saeed Ajmal.

In ODIs, Asad Shafiq should get chance instead of Nasir Jamshed and Bilawal bhatti instead of Sohail Tanvir. I don't want to see Umer Amin in the team.

Posted by mzm149 on (November 19, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

@Suhail Shafi: Misbah is a clever person. He will never open the innings. He is more comfortable coming down the order and improving his stats. He neither has technique nor guts to face new swinging, seaming and bouncing ball. This will hurt his image as only run scorer and savior of Pakistan batting.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 3:47 GMT)

Pakistan should play a combination like this in the 2 t20's. Send Misbah @2 so that he holds 1 end for 20 overs and let other batsmen play their shots around him. Umar Akmal is a fine T20 batsman and he plays best @3. Mohammad Hafeez is vulnerable to Steyn and new ball and he can play well at 6. This team will have the required depth for both batting as well as bowling:

1.Ahmed Shehzad , 2. Misbah-ul-Haq, 3.Umar Akmal (wk), 4.Sohaib Maqsood, 5.Nasir Jamshed, 6.Mohammad Hafeez (captain T20) 7.Abdul Razzaq, 8.Shahid Afridi, 9. Sohail Tanvir/Anwar Ali/Bilawal Bhatti, 10. Junaid Khan, 11.Saeed Ajmal,

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 22:52 GMT)

1)Azhar Ali (Bat Average)50 (2)Sharjeel Khan 52 (3)Sohaib Maqsood 52 4)Misbah-ul-Haq 48 5)Khurram Manzoor 46 6)Umar Akmal 36 7)Hafeez 33 8)Abdul Razzaq 30 9)Umar Gul 10)Saeed Ajmal 11)Junaid Khan

{In Squad}: Taufeeq Umar 40 (bat & wk) ,Mohammad Irfan(bowl), Abdur Rehman (bowl),S.tanvir (bowl), Fawad Alam 46(bat),Khalid Latif 48(bat) ,Afaq Raheem 47(bat).

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 21:41 GMT)

My only question is what is the criteria in being a selector for the Pakistan Cricket team? Having being thrashed by the same team in favourable conditions what have the selectors been smoking by sending practically the same bunch of players to face the team in their favourable conditions? Expecting a whitewash in both formats for the proteas.

Posted by GermanPlayer on (November 18, 2013, 20:34 GMT)

I have always thought that the problem with Pakistan cricket is that they always have someone knoecking on the door who promises to be a great prospect. Nearly every player currently in the team was introduced as a grand prospect but apart from Irfan and maybe Junaid, everyone has failed. Like everyone, Sohaib Maqsood has taken the opportunity with both hands. But what guarantees that he is not like Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Umer Amin etc etc? Now we are hearing names like Sami Aslam and Haris Sohail! It is funny how people want to see knew faces but never ask the old failing ones to go back to domestic and improve their game!

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

When will the Pakistani selection committee learn? They need to rest players like Hafeez, Afridi, Shoaib Mallik, Razzak, Younis; and they need to bring in fresh young players like Hammad Azam. Harris, Shan, anf Khurram. It is no coincidence that it is the new players that have performed.

Domestic stats are not wrong. It is the mindset of the selection committee that is wrong!

Posted by hamza1982 on (November 18, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

NO Harris, No Aslam, No Fawad, No Sadaf, No Hamaad No Sharjeel....But Amin, Hafeez, Malik, Razzaq and Tanvir in. Absolutely no merit in PCB selection...Joke.

Posted by Ramu444 on (November 18, 2013, 12:50 GMT)

The news in the local press is that Umar gul & Zulfiqar babar are not fully fit and that is why they were not risked,they will be in squad for SL series.a lot people are asking for Harris Sohail,I saw him in the West Indies and to be honest he did not grab that oppertunity(as opposed to Sohaib Maqsood).i did not see any thing special in Harris.as far as anwer Ali is concerned his bowling is just a shadow of what he was in U19 World Cup (I am from Karachi and I have seen him playing recently I think this is his last chance)as far as Hammad Azam he hasn't done any thing special in U23 series and domestic circuit recently and that is why he is rightly ignored.Bilawal is a good addition as we not some batting strength in the tail.i hope he will make the squade.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

Its pitty to see that Haris sohail has been again ignored he is future batsman of Pakistan Team . his talent was wasted by including in wrong format that is t20

Posted by AamirAbuOzair on (November 18, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

Why are we not picking SAMI ASLAM? All greats started playing young and he is no different. His recent domestic form should earn him spot in all three formats. For those who do not know him should see his profile in cricinfo. Anwar Ali should be given more chances, check out his spell in U-19 WC in you tube. How come we continue ignoring him...

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

Sharjeel Khan is Still not in the Side who is a better player of IDI & T20

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

This what I meant when I said there is a problem in PCB board. They sent 2 new bowlers to the squad for SA tour. Pakistan needs batsmen. They have enough bowlers. Re-inforce the batting department not bowling.

Posted by Pak_Guru on (November 18, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

Golden Q. Why is Umar Amin still in the side ? This kid has a clear problem in facing the ball outside off stump and that too in batting wickets, surely can pull well but cannot hold a straight bat. Also, he lacks so much confidence that he defends over pitched deliveries in batting friendly wickets. He should have been out and instructed to improve his technique and called back initially for Test only. Surprising>>>

Posted by Pak_Guru on (November 18, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

Yes, what about Hammad Azam.... T20 WC round the corner and still he is kept out. Unbelievable....

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

What about Hammad Aazam????????????????

Posted by applethief on (November 18, 2013, 2:21 GMT)

For all the complaints that Gul isn't there, lets not forget he's had a long period of injury so is probably not match fit. Really disappointed to see there haven't been batting changes made. We simply can't pick Afridi as a specialist spinner in South Africa. I'm sorry, if he's in the team as an all-rounder, his batting just doesn't qualify him. If he's in the team as a bowler, then we have better options - Rehman may not be a big hitter, but at least he doesn't go out to prove to everyone how reckless he can be with the bat in hand.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 23:43 GMT)

I can't believe people are coming with useless views! GUYS READ THIS if u want to learn something new!

Asad shafiq is a quality player, and he needs chances just like rohit sharma did, and look at him now. Umar amin hasn't impressed at all, u can include khuram manzoor, shan masood etc. they are test players, bad test players indeed! U can put hafeez out ? he is worlds no. 1 all rounder and in top 3 bowling. He can bat down the order yea, in the last match, the umpire didnt give a plumb, and he was out on a wrong lbw appeal. Players who should be back are only , awais zia (shikar dawan like player) and fawad alam, umar gul for t20, sohail tanvir has improved alot, and should stay, if not in playing 11, then the team, how can u talk about umar akmal ? my eyes bleed when i see sarfraz ahmad etc. we finally have a keeper who can bat, simple is that ! Afridi is not worth being a captain, but an important player to have, we already got maqsood, so guyz ! relax! #Misbah-is-king

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 22:18 GMT)

umar gul the highest wicket taker in the world in t20 cricket has been dropped , and i am not even talking about those who have been selected

Posted by imranmujtaba on (November 17, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

I am sure Pak is far better capable then what seen in last two T20 .....it will be good to experiment with batting line up in T20, give chance to Abdul Razzaq and Afridi bit higher in top 5 with U Akmal and S Maqsood to strike the bowl then Hafeez & Malik can follow to finish the game as they are much more sensible players as compare rest of the bunch in the team....Here Pak is missing a class of Yousuf, who sould be playing now and teaching youngester as well.....No doubt, class of Yousuf is a missing link in T20 and ODI... I wish if they can bring Inzi as a batting coach and Yousuf in middle order for few years to groom youngster.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

1)Azhar Ali (Bat Average)50 (2)Sharjeel Khan 52 (3)Sohaib Maqsood 52 4)Misbah-ul-Haq 48 5)Khurram Manzoor 46 6)Umar Akmal 36 7)Hafeez 33 8)Abdul Razzaq 30 9)Umar Gul 10)Saeed Ajmal 11)Junaid Khan {In Squad: Taufeeq Umar 40 (bat & wk) ,Mohammad Irfan(bowl), Abdur Rehman (bowl),S.tanvir (bowl),Ehsan Adil (bowl give him few go), Fawad Alam 46(bat),Khalid Latif 48(bat) ,Afaq Raheem 47(bat)

This team has youth(based on merit),experience,all-rounders,spin bowling and fast bowling and pretty strong batting line-up and there;s not a lot changes but instead the things are put in order and Strong back-up of bowlers and batsman and a wicket keeper in squad too insha Allah.

Posted by greenluv on (November 17, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

I would say smart move for not making huge changes..i rather see same 11 give them another chance to proof. We should now back them up so they can perform instead of giving bad remarks and putting them on defence already

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

I am too disappointed to see the pakistan team, there is no point of retaining flop batsmen likes of Hafeez, Umar Amin, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal & allrounder like Sohail Tanveer, Anwar Ali etc. etc. Instead of that they could easily select Fawad Alam, Younus Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Khurram Manzoor, Shaan Masood etc. etc.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

What the hell , Pakistan batting is the biggest problem at the moment and yet we havent included any new young batsman and again we are persisting with same old horses and expecting better results .This cricket board needs some serious changes because the people who are selectors or are in higher management are not at all honest with pakistan Cricket and the results are infornt of us I have seen Najam Sethi giving his honest wise opinion on TV channels but where is his commmon sense now.

Posted by Mr.Blacksmith on (November 17, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

i agree with this selection of pak team. and i also very much hopeful that this pak team will give a tough time to SA in thier own conditions. Pakistan should uphold this squad for upcoming WCT20 and WC2015 as well. pak cannot afford bringing new men in the team at this stage. This time is not to criticize this pak team but to give this team a good word, to acclaim, to spur, to encourage and to heartened.

On the other hand SA are going well on thier preperation of WT20. They should not loose thier temprament till tha major tournament and get off the manto of "Choke" in major tournaments.

we want thrillers, not dead rubbers and exparte.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

I think it is not the best team selection.... Shahid Afridi Muhammad Hafeez Shoaib Malik Abdul Razzaq and Umer Amin must not be included....

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

*Hammad Azam should have been the part of this side. He can very easily play at the place of Sohail Tanvir who is good for nothing upfront and in later overs he sometimes with his slow balls can restrict opposition, but very seldom.

* Umar Amin, I believe has been given enough opportunities, he should be sidelined now for a run at domestic circuit with Haris Sohail back in the side. He deserves it.

* We must bring back Awais Zia as he is the player who seems to have tendency to improve a lot. His 2 t20s he played shows this aswell that from a leg side slogger in first, he emerged as a player who can play all arround in second t20.

*Nasir Jamshed, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad are capable of performing well. Their techniques are not issue, issue is their temperament.

*Afridi and Hafeez must be given a clear message that if they r bowlers, RAZA HASSAN is better then them and if are batsmen, even ajmal is better then them!

Pakistan team needs Inzamam/basit Waqar and Moin as coaches

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

please tell me where is the master of the reverse swing, umer gul

Posted by xylofon on (November 17, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

1, Why can we not have O N E slot for trying youngsters in the team??? For example if nr 7 position (or nr 8, nr 9 WHATEVER) is used to groom a new specialist batsman from the domestic league our performance in these series will not be any less but at the same time we will have give a consistent and proper chance for the youngsters to prove themselves in T20 & ODI.

2, Why not make Misbah a test captain if he absolutely must be made captain, Hafeez the ODI captain and Afridi the T20 captain but never together? My personal choices ARE DIFFERENT but if they have to make these stupid decisions then make a choice which is less risky at least. Playing Hafeez and Afridi in the same format is CLEARLY A MISTAKE, we have the whole year as a proof if previous years didnt give PCB a hint!

Ive never been in a situation in which I didnt want Pakistan to win desperately but right now when they lose I think "oh well, at least they will try new players now" WAKE UP PCB

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

Where is Raza Hassan and Haris Sohail...??? AND Why we included Malik, Razzak, Umer Amin, Abdul Rehman and Sohail Tanvir again.

Batting order in SA for ODI: 1- Ahmad Shahzad 2- Nasir Jamshed 3- Muhammad Hafeez 4- Sohaib Maqsood 5- Misbah Ul Haq 6- Umer Akmal 7- Shahid Afridi 8- Anwar Ali 9-Sohail Tanvir/ Bilawal Bhatti 10-Junaid Khan 11- Saeed Ajmal NOTE: I Know again Nasir will not be included in ODI, Instead Malik will play the match. For T20: "NO RAZZAQ" 1- Ahmad Shahzad 2- Nasir Jamshed 3- Muhammad Hafeez 4- Sohaib Maqsood 5- Shoib Malik 6- Umer Akmal 7- Shahid Afridi 8-Anwar Ali 9- Sohai Tanvir or Bilawal Bhatti 10-Junaid Khan 11- Saeed Ajmal

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

fawad alam,hammad azam and younus khan should have been considered ahead of asad shafiq,umer amin and also sami aslam ahead of nasir jamshed

Posted by ABLcric on (November 17, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

17 member team for short series with 2 new replacements, who may not get any game is a seriously faulty decision both administratively and financially. From management perspective, something is seriously wrong with the way PCB is functioning!!

Posted by SamWintson92 on (November 17, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

Where is Fawad Alam & Raza Hasan ? Pak also needs the experience & class of Mohammad Yousuf & Younus Khan. This batting will tremble in WC 2015 in pacy bouncy AUS-NZ conditions I reckon. Misbah should play T20Is. Hafeez should bat at 6/7 & should make the team as an allrounder, bowling allrounder to be exact.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

bilawal bhatti is a gud bowling all-rounder,a skiddy bowler who bowls at good pace nd a good batter at number 8..as for anwar ali,he is not the same bowler he once was..to improve his batting he has lost his swing..ehsan adil was a better choice

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

Pakistan should seriously consider Kamran Ghulam for T20s. He is an upcoming talented youngster who can bat aggressively and better than the others in the team. He is still 18 years old. He can bowl as well. So he can be a very good Batting allrounder in the team

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

oh come on hafeez n afridi both deserve their slots but as full time bowlers. afridi batting at 7 and hafeez at 8. with 5 proper batsmen and a keeper above them. let ajmal junaid n irfan wen fit again round out the tail. till hes fit take ur pick out of tanvir or any new lad. but the point is y play 6 bowlers each with the capability to ball their full quota. n the simple fact is razzaq's balling is no longer worthy of limited over cricket especially T20(if u wanna fit him in as a batsman considering the current state of our batsmen well thats more reasonable then having him ball in t20's) jamshed, shehzad, maqsood, umer akmal, asad shafiqmake the top five and we need to find one more batsman for 6. i think we need to look for a better option then shoaib malk and i dont think amin is the man for the job.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

Younis Khan should have been included and made captain for ODI's....

Posted by AltafPatel on (November 17, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

Why Pak realized replacement of inform Junedkhan by Wahab Riaz wrong after 4-1 and 2-0 loss, when the selection seemed wrong before both the series !?

Posted by Lion83 on (November 17, 2013, 7:15 GMT)

17 men for a short serious is rediculous that shows the team is not settled.

Posted by CricCrazzzy on (November 17, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

I'm a big fan of Pakistan Cricket since childhood, For several years they have been trying many players in their squad especially in Batting Section,they tried many combination for their opening as well as middle order,but the only consistent batsman in this period is Misbah ul haq, If coach like Dav Whatmore is not able to settle with players potential with the 2015 world cup nearby & his contract is about to expired how can a new coach will be able to make a strong World Cup Team for fast pitches in Australia. With Team not even crossing 200 runs in ODI,150 in T20 & 250 in Tests, with many batsman averaging between 25 to 30 in ODIs. They have not included Younis Khan for their SA Tour in ODI for me he is a catalyst in middle order he can held the innings & Kamran Akmal is a genuine keeper with a good opng stroke player Shehzad, Moh. Hafeez / Jamshed , Maqsood , Umar Akmal (WK), Misbah (C), Shoaib Malik / Asad Shafiq, Razzaq / Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Junaid Khan, Ajmal, Anwar Ali

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

is this what PCB is shame on selection. people given chances again and again. against same team and surely same results would come. many questions on selection of malik nasir abdul Rehman amin and even umer akmal. if they can be given chance why not younis khan the man with plenty of experience and the man who could strenthen the batting line

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

Nair jamshed , Ahmed shahzad, umar akmal, sohaib maqsood ,misbah ul haq , Abdul razzaq , asad shafiq , Shahid afridi ,umar gul , junaid khan , Mohammad irfan

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

Where is umar gul?Why selectors is not selecting him?This is selection by them.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

hafeez should bat at 7 or 8 and umar akmal should only play as a batsman !

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 5:33 GMT)

It was Pakistan's batting that let us down, not the bowlers. So, our brilliant selectors make changes in the bowling line-up? A replacement for Irfan is understandable, even though wasn't really necessary, since we had Junaid who wasn't used. Hafeez, Afridi, Umar Amin and Umar Akmal did not click at all, throughout the series, barring one decent knock by Akmal in the T20. Why are we against using our heads?

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 5:10 GMT)

i want to know that where is our left arm spinner Raza Hasan? he should have been the part part of pakistani cricket team in both formats T20 and ODI and the our hero the SKIPPER "MISBAH UL HAQ" should have been the part of T20 squad, but i would like to say "he should the skipper of T20 team."

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (November 17, 2013, 5:00 GMT)

If I look at the selection made for short limited over series in South Africa, I have many questions in mind about Pak selector's role in developing the future of Pakistan cricket & their seriousness towards duty. With no vision & planning it seems difficult to revive the flair of Pak cricket we had seen since many decades. I don't mind people like if people like Hammad Azam & Harris Sohail opt to go on same foot prints as of imran Tahir, fawad Ahmed to play for UAE, Afghan, Netherlands or any permanent countries. Is it so difficult for any inspirer in pakistan to get right opportunity at right time?

Posted by MShariq on (November 17, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

Untill unless Muhammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Umer Akmal are not dropped this team is not going to win.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

Here are the issues with team Pakistan and the solutions:

Issue 1) We are playing too many #6-7 players (Afridi, Razzaq, Malik, Hafeez, Tanvir, Akmal).

Solution: Umer Akmal needs to be given a proper batting role at one down or #4 and Hafeez needs to come down at number #6. Keep both Afridi and Razzaq in the squad and play one according to the pitch.

Issue 2) Selection demerit and Inconsistency

Solution: Select players on the basis of domestic performance like Shoaib Maqsood and Zulfiqar babar (both showed that their selection was right) and give them a good run. If they do not perform well (like Umer Amin) after 10-15 chances, tell them to go back to domestic cricket on work on their flaws.

Issue 3) Developing young crickets

One thing is prominent that Pakistani youngsters are not getting enough international exposure. Create plans to send youngsters to different leagues. Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Zain Abbas, Raza Hasan, Sadaf Husain, Afaaq Raheem and few others

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 4:29 GMT)

What an appalling selection of old, non-performers. It is time to bring in young fresh players and good bye to Hafeez, Razzak, Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Tanvir, and even Ajmal abnd Rehman. They are too old and do NOT know how to bat.

Posted by rashidkohat on (November 17, 2013, 3:06 GMT)

they should have send complete new change team , reason because these all r already under pressure from south african ,and they r again now going to play vs same players , so there performence will b same and will come more under pressure

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 1:08 GMT)

waiting fot bilawal bhatti to come and play for PAK .. I think he'll be good inclusion before T20 cup as he can bat as well .. I think a time will come when 11 all-rounders will be playong for PAK in T20I's.. B) I think 7 or 8 are playing in current squad .

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 0:13 GMT)

Sharjeel Khan is most Prolific openeing batsman. Selectors, you guys should give him a chance as since last three season he is mounting the runs. When a batsman or a good player performing in domestic on its peak, there you should play him for the country and take the benefit for the country. Why do you wann waste Sharjel Khan ?? He is on song right now BUT how long he would be throing tons of runs at the same pace. we all know the peak and lows so Sharjeel Khan is on his peak right now. Please select him for Sri Lanka tour to the UAE and see if he is good for International arena because he is definitely a shining star at the moment in domestic. Sharjeel Khan from Hyderabad and plays for ZTBL. Thank you !!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 22:53 GMT)

Pakistani selectors need to realize these current players we are carrying for last few years, they are past their prime. They might win you one game here and there but it will never be consistent team unless we have young proper players coming up and gaining experiences. I rather see new players playing and losing and showing fight then to see these players who have been giving ample opportunities. Please for God sake bring umar amkmal up the order, atleast number 3 or 4. With my little knowledge of cricket i think your best batsman should always bat higher up the order. Razzaq, afridi, tanvir, malik, they are were very good players in their time but now that time is gone, they need to realize their skills have faded. they should groom new players if they really want to help the team. I love these above mentioned players but it hurts me to see them losing all the respect they gained over the years, when they were in the their prime. Selectors please bring new guys in the team!!!!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 21:29 GMT)

We must get rid of all oldies/wanna be captians/so called celebs and groom the young talented lot having potential to represent national team. If I were the selector I would go through the Domestic stats of all performing under 25 players who seems like being part of our 2015 & beyond team and start grooming them now with a more calculated, consistent & practical chance in 2015 WC. Even if they fall short of more experienced sides like India, South Africa, England and Australia they will atleast raise their stakes by 2019. My t-20 & ODI team would consist of: 1) Nasir Jamshed 2) Ahmed Shehzad 3) Asad Shafiq (Rohit Sharma of Pakistan) 4) Sohaib Maqsood 5) Umar Akmal (Wk) (Virat Kohli of Pakistan) 6) Umar Amin (C) 7) Hammad Azam (Razzaq replc) 8) Bilawal Bhatti 9) Anwar Ali 10) Raza Hasan (Zulfiqar Baber replc) 11) Junaid Khan 12) Haris Sohail 13) Usman Salahuddin 14) Muhammad Talha 15) Asad Ali

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 21:27 GMT)

@kingland .... Get a life! afridi captain ?and culprit is misbah even though he wasn't in the losing t20 squad? Do you even understand cricket ?

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 21:26 GMT)

I am calling it...Pak will loose this tour badly...again...!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 21:25 GMT)

Pak played with 8 bowlers in the 1st T20 and 7 in 2nd. They have no shortage of bowlers. Why are bowlers send as reinforcements? It is the batting that is Pakistan's nightmare. Or is it really the selection committee?

Posted by malepas on (November 16, 2013, 21:22 GMT)

What a mindless selection, what is Umer Amin is doing in this team? Rehman set a world record for bench warming. I think this PAK team has divided in 2 groups, Hafeez and Misbah group and selectors are afraid to drop any player from each group. I think keep bringing back players like Razzaq, Shoib and Afridi is hurting the team. What Hafeez has done to be selected let alone be a captain?? I think, they should have made Younas Captain the ODI team and play Misbah as a player and make U.Akmal captain t20 squad, if u heard him behind the wickets, he sounds a well aware guy about the game. Good luck PAK anyway, I think PAK has been unlucky in few games and hope things will turn in SA.

Posted by xylofon on (November 16, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

Its strange how PCB keeps choosing the wrong senior players and wrong younger players. Anwar Ali is a flop so far in the A team, they picked Bilawal who is an allrounder instead of picking a specialist batsman. (But I cant say how Bilawal will fare). Abdur Razzaq is a personal favourite but if he doesnt perform well in the next series consistently, then drop him. Irfan simply does not have the physique, I think Pakistan are wasting time & energy on him. And he is a bad fielder, no doubt. His inclusion can be defended however, he does take wickets even if the basic bowling technique is HEAVILY flawed.

Nasir Jamshed is key, he is Pakistans best batsman, together with Babar Azam.

Its also weird how some young players make the squad but are never given a proper chance, like Hammad Azam. Although Im not sure he will work out. Haris Sohail definately proved himself but they left him out! All in all, the horror continues, especially with the selection of coward Hafeez.

Sharjeel, Umar gul?

Posted by toabbasali on (November 16, 2013, 20:59 GMT)

Best team combination for Pakistan for both ODi and t20

1. Ahmed Shazad/ M. Hafeez 2. Nasir Jamshed 3. Shoaib Malik / Asad Shafiq 4. Misbah 5. Shoaib maqsood 6. Umar Akmal 7. Abdul Razzak 8. Shahid Afridi 9. Sohail Tanveer 10. Junaid Khan 11. Saeed Ajmal

Posted by PUNJABISTAN on (November 16, 2013, 20:53 GMT)

Good to see we have a lot of TENDULKARS in Punjabistan.

Posted by PUNJABISTAN on (November 16, 2013, 20:46 GMT)

Good selection (lol) same Batsman again? Did we win all the matches in Dubai? We must have won,because the same GREAT players like Razzak,Shoaib,Hafeez,Umar Amin,etc are back. SOHAIL TANVIR too! he has taken almost 10 wickets in 10 years.

Posted by seantells on (November 16, 2013, 20:39 GMT)

I actually think Afridi should open batting coz down the order he's bn useless n Paks has serious problem with opening pair let Afridi takes a stroll n see what comes he's bn good with facing new ball , hafiz has nightmares with Stayen n he might be good down the order

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 20:38 GMT)

haris sohail hammad azam Muhammad rizwan Gulraiz sadaf Sharjeel Khan Azeem ghumman Bilal Shafayat Rameez Aziz When these all will be tried?

these selectors are really blind

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 20:25 GMT)

and well if i Be selector,

I do pick the mixture of talent and experience.

my 17 member should be

Bat Misbah (ODI Captain), M Hafeez (T20 Captain), Ahmad Shahzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Nasir Jamsheed, Sami Aslam, Umer Akmal, Shoaib Malik

WK M Rizwan

All Round. Shahid Afridi, Abdur Razzaq, Hammad Azam,

Bowler Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Bilawal Bhatti, Sadaf Hussain, Umer Gul

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

I can count so many players in domestic circuit, who are performing and not getting selcetd because they are below 30 years of age, and we select player after 30 years of age (e.g as we did in past like Tanveer ahmad, Aizaz Cheema, Zulfiqar babar etc)

sadaf Hussain is the only Pakistani bowler who have the best bowling average in First Class having above 150 wickets, (In all time best averages by any bowler in First class Ckt with minimum qualification of 150 wickets)

the boys who had performed and on Future prospect (as the selector always says)

Batsman Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Umer Waheed, Aafaq Raheem, Sharjeel Khan, Umair Khan, Imam ul Haq (From Under 19), Kamran Gulam (U 19), Fraz Ali (U 19), Abid Ali, Ali Khan, Awais Zia All Rounders Fawad Aalam, Hammad Azam, M Nawaz (U 19), Zia ul Haq (U 19), Imad Wasim, Wiket Keeper M Rizwan, Bismillah Khan, Gulraiz Sadaf Bowlers Ehsan Adil, Raza Hasan, Haseeb Azam, Akhter Ayub, Imran Khan, Rizwan Akber, Usman Qadir, Azhar Attari, Yasir Sha

Posted by gr8-cricket on (November 16, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

well. Pakistan selectors have not learnt their lesson.

Despite the complete failure of the players like Shahid Afridi, Shoeib Malik, Razzak and Hafeez, they have been included in the 17 men squad.

Total joke.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

Well. this is not joke, that a boy who made 5 hundereds, and 4 fifteies in his last 10 games (5 for under 19, and 5 in domestic circuit since Aug 2013) was just been neglected because he is just 17 years old..... i mean too young for international circuit, because there are seniors, and he is just junior......... "SAMI ASLAM"...............unbeliveable............. JUST WOW!!!!! if it was India........ They shouls try to polish this boy to present the world of cricket as a new SACHIN.....

and Also what the criminal act done by Hammad Azam, Sadaf Hussain and Ehsan Adil, that despite the performances they were not selected

Sadaf once selected for WID tour in 2011, he came back without any game, and right after that he was dropped for no reason, Hammad is consistently performing all round game in domestic with out getting selectors attention... and Ehsan, one off brilliant RHF bowler, they are giving so much chances to Sohail taveer, Wahab, but not to HIM..Just WOW for selection

Posted by Jda123 on (November 16, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

Expect another beating Pakistan, no change and never will a change happen, Pakistan cricket fans may just give up

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

Its our bad luck that our team is in poor conditions nowadays. And also our people are aggressive too much. When team is performing than people praises alot and when Pakistan team is not performing than everyone criticize it very badly. I have been playing cricket since 1996 and i know each and every tactics of cricket. Our people loves those players who hit 6's and 4's. Majority of the peoples are in favor of Imran Nazir and Shahid Afridi and Razzaq as well. Yes they are good players but nowadays they are not good for team because

Imran Nazir..... In Pakistan History Imran Nazir has most comebacks in Pakistan team but every time he failed to perform.. In ODI he played 79 Matches scoring 1895 runs at average of 24.61 which is not a good average for an opener even for allrounder.And in T20 his average is 21 in 25 matches

Posted by t20cric on (November 16, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

This selection is really questionable. Clearly all the matches we lost are cuz of poor batting yet the batting remains the same and the bowling changes. I think Pak had great chance right now to change captains in both formats. Misbah is still a reliable batsman and needs to stay in the team but as captain he is not good. Hafeez on the other hand doesnt even have good batting going for him and he should just be dropped altogether. I hope Pak dont play Tanvir at all, he did bowl good in the last t20 but thats after so many failures. There is too many allrounders in the team and not enough specialist batsmen.

My T20 XI: 1.Ahmed Shehzad, 2.Nasir Jamshed, 3.Sohaib Maqsood, 4.Umar Akmal, 5.Shoaib Malik, 6.Mohammad Hafeez, 7.Abdul Razzaq, 8.Anwar Ali, 9.Bilawal Bhatti, 10.Saeed Ajmal, 11.Junaid Khan

My ODI XI: 1.Ahmed Shehzad, 2.Nasir Jamshed, 3.Sohaib Maqsood, 4.Umar Akmal, 5.Misbah-ul-haq, 6.Mohammad Hafeez, 7.Abdul Razzaq, 8.Anwar Ali, 9.Bilawal Bhatti, 10.Saeed Ajmal, 11.Junaid Khan

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

What Pakistan ODI team has selected for SA tour, thereafter no question remains another series loss is imminent. Pakistan seriously lack in Batting department because of this biased selection system this selection cant be justified in any way by PCB its just rotating few below average players after every series loss and tournament loss to keep the bigger audience quiet and bringing in players from influential background with no credibility. If they were sincere with this cause the team would have been this:

1)Azhar Ali (Bat Average)50 (2)Sharjeel Khan 52 (3)Sohaib Maqsood 52 4)Misbah-ul-Haq 48 5)Khurram Manzoor 46 6)Umar Akmal 36 7)Hafeez 33 8)Abdul Razzaq 30 9)Umar Gul 10)Saeed Ajmal 11)Junaid Khan {In Squad: Taufeeq Umar 40 (bat & wk) ,Mohammad Irfan(bowl), Abdur Rehman (bowl),S.tanvir (bowl), Fawad Alam 46(bat),Khalid Latif 48(bat) ,Afaq Raheem 47(bat).

Play this team in order suggested will be excellent in field/bat/bowl Allah willing as its based on "MERIT".But PCB ........

Posted by t20cric on (November 16, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

Shame on Pak selectors. They didn't learn a thing from the epic failure the series was. All of the failed seniors are still on the team. This squad is for both t20s and ODIs meaning that Malik will get a chance to fail at ODIs as well and while they dropped Wahab they could have also dropped Tanvir. Rehman is just a space filler on the squad, he is an okay spinner but he never gets selected so Raza Hassan could have taken his spot. From this squad I would drop Hafeez, Afridi, Malik, Amin, Rehman and Tanvir. In their place I would bring Hammad Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan (backup wk), Fawad Alam(only ODIs), Sharjeel Khan/Sami Aslam and Umar Gul/ young fast bowler. I chose Gul cuz he helped Pak win against SA in the t20 wc with his batting. I am really surprised Hafeez is still captain. He cant manage his players. He knows very well that M. Irfan played every game on that tour so he should have been rested for t20 series, it was just a matter of time before he got hurt.

Posted by Mr.Chandu on (November 16, 2013, 18:05 GMT)

just rightly said Mr. Mohddar....... great comment mohddar

Posted by Adildevilicking on (November 16, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

as i should say no responsible fro, all team meambers.. team should b like imran nazir,shehzad,jamshed.haeez.misbah,afridi,shoaib maqsood,malik,umer akmal,razzak,ajmal,gul,

we wanttttttttttttttttttt........... Asif n Amir in game

Posted by Saadcricketlover on (November 16, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

Anwar ali is not that good anymore he is just gonna leak runs like he did against minnows zimbabve, this is senseless umar gul should've replaced anwar ali, pakistan desperately need gul, who can also contribute with bat. Asad shafiq is a test player who can't perform in odis i would rather go with haris sohail who has some experience on these pitches and needs more chances. Abdur rehman just sits on the bench and he leaked 18 in an over his lasr match. either replace him with zulfiqar babar if he has recovered from injury or hammad azam is an option. Umar amin is a waste h missed a straight bowl against philander what will he do against swing. good squad but some bad decisions.

Posted by Shantul on (November 16, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

WOW!! What a brave and garbage decision on Selectors part!!!! I agree with giving them chance, BUT Tanvir, and rehman??? I will not criticize other members part of the squad!! Selectors could have selected from Harris sohail, Hammad azam, raza Hassan, fawad alam!! I am totally blown away by these people keep getting left off regardless of performing on domestic and INTL level! Also poor performance is fault of coach and players! Because mentally not prepared and as well as technique wise. Every single person is getting out on similar deliveries in each game, which means they are not correcting their flaws ( COACH JOB)..

Posted by ketaann on (November 16, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

And what about umar gul?? Has anybody remember him? I think he is still recovering.

Posted by cornered_again on (November 16, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

somebody needs to take care Of Mohammad Irfan,,,They played him two test matches 5 odis and 2 t 20 on the trott...Come on guys,,,

Posted by ajmaldomintesswann on (November 16, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

I am a pakistani but sorry to say,after reading comments from pakistani fans,i have concluded that these are just ignorant people who even dont know cricket and they think everyone of them is a coach...many reasons .i will explain in detail.firstly there is a t20 world cup just around the corner and how can the selectors bring in whole 11 new inexperienced players?? secondly players like hafeez and afridi are failing for years and you back them and your best ever finisher Razzaq fails in two innings and people start raising noise.These are just ignorant people who even could never recognise Razzaq worth and back a joker like afridi against Razzaq.Truly speaking we deserve what is happeining with us.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

I think looking at the performance in UAE, I was expecting some changes. We should have included Fawad Alam in place of Umer Amin. We can give a chance to Sarjeel khan as Opners. Since we are playing in fast and bouncy wicket, we can drop A. Rehman. It is good to see Bilawal Bhakti and Anwar Ali in the side. I request the touring selection committee to give new players chance tn playing eleven. My playing eleven for ODI is Ahmed,Nasir Jamshed, Shoaib Maqsood, Asad Shafiq, Misbah,Shoaib Malik, Umer Akmal, Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Bilawal Bhatti and Junaid Khan.. In next ODI we should give Anwar Ali chance if A.Razzaq did not perform. If Opners failed then we should bring Hafiz and we should give Asad Shafiq chance as Opners. We can give practice how to play out swing and short ball to our batsmen. They should also ask to teach use their feet while playing spinners. They should be advised to keep field placing while playing shots. They should be made accountable on throwing their wicket.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

Misbah remains captain is good for Pakistan Cricket because he is the only batsman who is in form and did most runs in calender year.... Most probably Pakistan will gonna take revenge of what they had disappointed all spectators for. MOREOVER the batting failure will be cured before it needs to be operate.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

Some one shud ask misbah and hafeez tht y junaid is always being dropped...he was droppd in w.i in 1st two matchs and pickd 7 in last 3 while wahab cost us a match with his bowling and went for plenty...here again in collective effort whre tanvir and wahab pickd up 4 and 1 wickt in 5 and 3 matchs and with worst economies and junaid pickd up 4 in 2... And abt our crickt dying, school, college and inter university crickt has died. No route for a gud future for a kid is shown here...favouratism also there qhn sumone goes at regional level...thr is tons of talnt in our streets but no one to pick it up for the bettrmnt of crickt...lack of professionalism, no systm, politics are taking our crickt to a big black close hole...!!!!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

where the hell is umar gul? and why pcb is burning another player which is so good for t20 format that is imran nazir??

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

Lolzzz...epic selection...no changes in batting whr it was demolishd in the best suited conditions and hell alot of spin optnsss...afridi pickd 0 wickts last time in uae in 5 odis...wht will Abdur Rehman do thr may b fishing or hiking while ths sorry lot takes beating...atlst one openr from tests should play in odis and t20s with shehzad and hafeez's sorry tail will continue in S.A m afraid...i feel sorry for our nation who loves crickt so much but has no hope noww...by no mns ths team can beat any of the top ranking teams i.e india, australia, S.A and england...!!!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

our team is good they should have dropped sohail tanvir because he doesnt know how to bowl in place of him we need junaid khan and in 17 squad we should include Sami Aslam in place of sohail tanvir he is a very good batsman and we should rest afridi and put hammad azam in i think all the other are good and we need to change the captian of the pakistan team from misbah to saeed ajmal and misbah should play as a batsman in the team

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

Does Pak selectors wants to improve ranking, come on PCB we hav lost in SA , Lost in UAE even a worst performance. We failed as a batting unit, we were good in bowling , these changes shows we were lacking in bowling, it completely un understandable no change in batting, again hafiz vs styen, why again same old horses, we hav lost series after series in presence of seniors , is it too imp series? why we are not trying this series without hafez,misbah,afridi,razak,ajmal,malik, why we don't try some young captain & players, if someone say we need experience so plz shutup we hav 13 under 100 in last 2 years with these seniors, styen laughing on our player but they are replying with smile, and still selected. come on PCB select team Pakistan no team PCB. One imp thng a allrounder means batting all rounder or bowling all round in detail a player who is complete batsman and hav bowling skills, or complete bowler and hav batting skills, hafiz & afridi not complete bwlr or bat,tell selectors

Posted by shahnbej on (November 16, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

Hafiz has no place in playing eleven and he is captain, now what we expect from rest of team. I think both Misbah and Hafiz should rested for atleat this tour. Afridy should leads the team because he is good bowler and good fighter and his batting is bouns. Abdul Razaq should be given more chances' he was little bit rusty with some matches he will be OK.

Posted by Mannan.81.pk on (November 16, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

Bravo! Pathetic selection again.

How many runs Umar Akmal scored as so-called WK batsmen in the recent ODIs and T20s? What would it take for Hafeez to be dropped for ODIs and T20s as well, his performances with the bat should see him thrown out of the team as he is a batting allrounder and not the bowling allrounder. What Fawad Alam has to do to be in team, a much better player than Umar Amin

I know many people will disagree but give Asad Shafiq and Nasir jamshed full 3 matches in the next series, if they still do not perform then throw them out and replace them with khurram and Haris Sohail. Misbah, Ajmal ,Afridi should have taken a rest. I would play the following lineup in ODIs assuming all three get rest

Nasir Jamshed, Shehzad, Asad Shafiq,Sohaib Maqsood,Fawad Alam, Hammad Azam, Bilawal Bhatti, Sarfaraz,Abdul rehman, Anwar Ali, Junaid Khan

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

if the team management and captain are truely sincere with the nation, they should play the following squad for odis: 1: ahmed shezad 2: nasir jamshed 3: sohaib maqsood 4: shoaib malik 5: misbah (captain) 6: umar akmal 7: abdul razzak 8: Anwar ali 9: bilawal bhatti 10: saeed ajmal 11: junaid khan

in south africa we need fast bowlers, and one spiners is good enough,, it is not abu dhabi pitch where you can play 3 to 4 spiners,, so anwar, juanid, bilawal and ajmal are the specialist bowlers and razzak and malik can bowl the 5th bowler,,

umar amin and asad shafiq are purely test players, dont waste them please

M. hafeez so called professor is unable to play against steyn, and steyn is making fun out of him.. and shahid afridi so called boom boom is only a croud puller, he doesnt mind about the situation, he will play for him self not for the team,, sohail tanveer is good depth bowler, so use him in the t20..

Posted by PakCricZindabad on (November 16, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

Very disappointing to see that the squad that just lost 4-1 & 2-0 has been retained, & only 2 new faces.

Also, their is major lack of confidence in the Pakistan team. With confidence levels so low running through the team, it is impossible for them to win any match at the moment.

Some of the UAE squad players should be kept, as no matter how they perform, they are the best available talent at the moment.

I was a selector, I would select based on performance, commitment, & talent/potential.

Squad -1. Shehzad, 2. Farhat, 3. S Maqsood, 4. Harris Sohail/U Amin, 5. Misbah, 6. F Alam/A Razzaq, 7. Umar Akmal/Kamran, 8. B Bhatti, 9. Ajmal, 10. Gul, 11. J Khan.

All these players have Avg's of High 30's to Mid 40's in Int'l cricket &/or FC cricket, also Kamran & Farhat are getting back in form through domestic cricket. This squad is well balanced w/ specialized & All Rounders

I would not mind cover-up players such Jamshed, Azhar Ali, S Malik, Hafeez, Afridi, & Y Khan.

Posted by mohddar on (November 16, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

Two people who have been responsible for 80% matches Pakistan loses are Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi. Unfortunately they do know know it, understand it and we cannot even drop them. Same match situation more often than not and same wrong shot they always play. Only difference is Umar Akmal finds new ways of getting out and then comes the foul cry where as Afridi even after accumulating >7000 runs still does not know when to be agressive. Unfortunately he got out to Steyn and repeated his agressive style hundred 100, 000th time. had he played calmly to Steyn we would have won the match. Surprisingly, he is still in the team ........ what a team selection.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

Posted by somethingdifferent on (November 16, 2013, 15:15 GMT) """This selection is the perfect recipe for loosing ALL matches on the tour."""" I AGREE 100% with above, on what basis anwar ali an average bowler is selected with batting average 21 or Bilawal Bhatti is selected as his batting average is 12.60 . Pakistan seriously lack in Batting department because of this biased selection system this selection cant be justified in any way by PCB its just rotating few below average players after every series loss and tournament loss to keep the bigger audience quiet and bringing in players from influential background with no credibility. If they were sincere with this cause the team would have been this: 1)Azhar Ali (Bat Average)50 (2)Sharjeel Khan 52 (3)Sohaib Maqsood 52 4)Misbah-ul-Haq 48 5)Khurram Manzoor 47 6)Umar Akmal 36 7)Hafeez 33 8)Abdul Razzaq 30 9)Saeed Ajmal 10)Junaid Khan 11)Mohammad Irfan In Squad: Taufeeq Umar,Umar Gul,Afaq Raheem, Khalid Latif ,Abdur Rehman,S tanvir :'(

Posted by Mr.Chandu on (November 16, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

In south africa Misbah needs to lead even in T20s and pls misbah take bravest decisions and play with ur young lads DO NOT INCLUDE hafeez,afridi and shoaib malik in three ODIS no matter what happens just drop them use your authority!

Please give abdul razzaq chance in all 5 matches in south africa and you could eventually win the series, if you could give sohail tanveer,hafeez and afridi chance for 7 straight matches for no use please give chances to razzaq, nasir jamshed and asad shafiq(for the last time)..May Allah makes you victorious this time...

Posted by naeemhussain on (November 16, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

If someone considers Anwar ali all rounder he has no knowledge about cricket. He is only a average fast bowler. I wish that they make him play against SA to prove my point.

Posted by Crick_Expert on (November 16, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

PAK current team is like a train with old-engine. 1)AFRIDI(CAPT) 2)Nasir J. 3)Ahmed S. 4)Shoaib Maqsood 5)Sarjeel Khan/Sohaib Malik 6)Umar Akmal(WKT) 7)Umair Amin/Haris Sohail 8)Hamad Azam/Hafeez 9)Razzak 10)Ajmal/Rehman 11)Irfan

Sorry no place for Misbah/Mr. tuktuk, Asad Safiq, Sohail Tanvir.

Posted by Crick_Expert on (November 16, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

PCB should hire Batting coach from INDIA. PCB should shame on same team selection, how we can expect good results? Time has come to Say BYE to Misbah/Mr. tuktuk, Asad Safiq, Sohail Tanvir.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

Here is my 14 member squad for ODIs & T20s

1. Nasir Jamshed 2. Ahmed Shahzad 3. Younis Khan (Vice Captain) 4. Asad Shafiq 5. Sohaib Maqsood 6. Umar Akmal (wk) 7. Shahid Afridi (Captain) 8. Saeed Ajmal 9. Junaid Khan 10. Wahab Riaz 11. Umar Gul ------------------------------------------- 12. Muhammad Hafeez 13. Shan Masood 14. Abdur Rehman

Posted by Crick_Expert on (November 16, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

PCB should hire Batting coach from INDIA. PCB should shame on same team selection, how we can expect good results? PAK current team is like a train with old-engine. 1)AFRIDI(CAPT) 2)Nasir J. 3)Ahmed S. 4)Shoaib Maqsood 5)Sarjeel Khan/Sohaib Malik 6)Umar Akmal(WKT) 7)Umair Amin/Haris Sohail 8)Hamad Azam/Hafeez 9)Razzak 10)Ajmal/Rehman 11)Irfan

Sorry no place for Misbah/Mr. tuktuk, Asad Safiq, Sohail Tanvir.

Posted by Desihungama on (November 16, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

Now that they've picked Anwar Ali for the third time and Bilawal for the first both men must be given a consistent run to determine who can fulfill that elusive all rounder role for Pakistan. Clearly, Afrdi is not the man for the job and Razzaq was patchy. Lastly, they've done what I feared getting asset like Irfan injured for petty gains. That explains the whole think tank situation of Pakistan Dressing Room including coaches and that is no recipe for success. If they do not employ Man Management System like India or South Africa does I am afraid Ajmal may be the next to go.

Posted by somethingdifferent on (November 16, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

This selection is the perfect recipe for loosing ALL matches on the tour.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

Assalamoalaikum! I'm Faseeh Ur Rahman belonging to district Charsadda and resident of district Rawalpindi. Dear PCB Chairman, I love cricket and Pakistan cricket team. All our players are very talented naturally but not trained in a good manner that's why we lose simple matches. I've a suggestion that might help our team win matches. First of all we should make separate team for test cricket and separate for ODI and T20I. We should hire a former test cricketer as a coach bearing high credentials. Also, our batting order needs a big change. It can be like Umar Akmal should be brought up the order to no. 3 or no. 4, Kamran Akmal should also be included in national team and to make him opener and wicket keeper. Hafeez has no place in the team. New captain should also be assigned as Mr Misbah may not able to play well in next WC in 2015. Hammad Azam needs inclusion in team. Thanks!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

very brave decision by selectors i m wid them they hav to made such bold decision to make team perfect welldone.........:P

Posted by hamza893 on (November 16, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

If you are a true Pakistani Fan,you won't to be realistic, Ok!!!!!! I think the squad is full of talent but the selection before the match is not up to the mark. Its obvious that one team has to win and other bears the loss,we must support our team like the Dubai crowd yesterday,its not about winning or losing the match ,its about play with pride and Pakistani team will show this in this tour. I have a feeling that Shahid Afridi will show his talent and proves his critics wrong and Misbah gets some reward for his batting too.Good luck boys,make your country proud of you,We are always backing you as your backbone.A Proud Pakistani Fan.

Posted by applethief on (November 16, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

If the batting keeps collapsing, then, like a building, it means there is something STRUCTYRALLY wrong with it. Why do the same thing again and again and again?

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

Razzaq and Malik should be given a chance in ODIs as well.

Posted by IdreesAhmed95 on (November 16, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

Pakistan NEED some new blood in the ODI and possibly T20 team. I think it's unfair to axe Razzaq and Malik because they are the experience that we needed. If Malik wasn't there we wouldn't folded much quicker than we did in the 2nd T20. India have picked players through domestic cricket and it's working wonders for them. WE need to do the same! The same batting keeps on failing and will keep on failing until we put a change to it! I think we should keep these players in the team 100%: Shehzard, Maqsoob, Misbah, U Akmal, Ajmal, Irfan. The other places can be fought by the remaining players including Afridi, Hafeez (put him in T20 though), Sharjeel Khan, Fawad Alam, Azhar Ali, Umar Gul, J Khan, Rehman, a lot of other players there! Just please do the best for Pakistan or else we will fail like how Sri Lanka are just failing, even West Indies. We need to make history and there's no time like now!!!!

Posted by asim229 on (November 16, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

I think PCB doesn't want to learn from the failures of the past 3 years and just want to continue the stupidity by retaining Misbah as captain and keeping old players like Malik, Afridi, Hafeez, Razzaq etc in the team.I was hoping that they would appoint a young captain with new players but looks like the same old story is going to continue. We will loose quick 3 wickets in the beginning and then that tuk tuk master will start his tuktuk till the 40th over and then the hitters will try to hit a few boundaries because the required rate is too high and by trying to do so the last 6 batsmen will fold for 30 runs:)In the field too the captain will just stand like a statue with no innovation and aggression and players like Amla, Dekock, and Devillers will keep scoring centuries. Seriously it is just becoming a waste of time to watch pak team play the same way in every match and loose.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

PCB r u kidding? oh my god..same team who lost all the dignity against SA..this can happen to PAK team only only...honestly im expecting lost of changes n there are players in domestic circuit who deserved chances. Apart from..maqsood, shazhad, Jamsade, U Akmal, Ajmal n Junaid.i would have given new players chance... U Gul is d leading wicket taker in t20 n with injury to irfan, he should be in d team....can't understand why PCB doing this... I wonder what s malik, hafeez, razzaq, afridi, u amin n sohil tanvir need to do be dropped. Pakistini people n x players must pressurise their board to pick players on merit basis. being non Pakistini but great pak cricket fan, this selection broken my heart n slowly I wont be seeing pak playing n I guess all of true fan of pak n cricket thinking right now.......Pcb for god sake stop his nonsense. ..

Posted by mzm149 on (November 16, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

@Andre Kol: I see your same post about list A and ODI averages in almost every article related to Pakistan cricket. You write "Not even one player has average above his List A averages in international ODI's career." Please correct your post. Umar Akmal and Nasir Jamshed have ODI averages higher than their list A. Umar Akmal ODI - 37.22 List A - 36.32. Nasir Jamshed ODI - 35.71 List A - 33.53.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

Sohail Tanvir, Mohammed Hafiz.....should not be there in the team . Pakistan Should use Right n left combination for Bowling (Junaid and AnwarAli )and Opening (Nasir and Ahmed) Sohaib Maqsood,Misbah,Shoaib Malik,Umar Amin,Afridi,Umar Akmal,Saeed Ajmal,Junaid and Anwar Ali ..........Umar Amin and Shoaib Malik...Should bowl as well .

Posted by Cricket_Man on (November 16, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

The players who must be feeling hard done-by are Hammad Azam and Harris Sohail. They could have easily made the squad in place of Razzaq, Amin, Afridi, Malik or Rehman (Rehman not because of poor form but because he can't be a part of the playing 11 when Saeed is playing). I personally would have dropped Rehman and Afridi. I don't like Malik and Razzaq playing but it would be unfair if they are dropped after 2 games. Right now only a miracle can turn things around for Pakistan.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (November 16, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

i hope pak gets white-washed, so that the selectors can pick up a team with out an discrimination. Players like Sharjeel Khan, Hammad Azam, Harris Sohail, Raza HAsan and M. Talha will be selected when they become 40 years old. Pakistan Selectors have a habit of picking players old e.g. Misbah, Ajmal and Irfan.

Posted by PaklionYousuf on (November 16, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

Umar Gul doesnt have goog bowling numbers. Even Aizaz Cheema is an better option than Gul. Gul LSOT pace and attributes (eco.. rate etc.) which make a fast bowler to play in pakistan nat team. Gul can´t bat, so his 7 out 10 matches solely with as specialist bowlerm where gives away to many runs are really EXPENSIVE.

He has reached a point, where he celebrates after achieving dot ball after beeing hit for two boundaries.

Just watching his YOUTUBE 5-6 vs New Zealands doenst make him automaticly good in all other matches. So quickly forget it. For that he has given away more runs than any other Pak bowler in the last few years, and we DONT BAT well do we, so that we could get along with bowlers who he to EXPENSIVE. We NEVER bat well. So an expensive bowler, who does not take wickets, is really pain

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

Thank You to cricinfo for making our voices heard, Only PCB can understand their cricket all records all comments and all performing players and all cricinfo articles have no worth to them they stand tall even with these embarrassing series. Have no words to describe this situation anymore, does anyone how we replace this PCB management

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

Umar Gul should be the part of the SA tour

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

where is umer gull he deserve to play team

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

List A Batting Averages of Some Players of Pakistan Domestic: Sharjeel Khan 52 , Fawad Alam 44, Khurram Manzoor 47, Sohaib Maqsood 52 , Faisal Iqbal 42, Azhar Ali 50, , Asif Zakir 41, Afaq Raheem 44, Akbar-ur-Rehman 45, Khalid Latif 46, Babar Azam 49 , Saleem Mughal 44.

Current Pakistan Players List A Batting Averages: Mohammad Hafeez 33, Shahid Afridi 24 , Misbah-ul-Haq 48 , Asad Shafiq 36, Ahmad Shehzad 34 , Shan Masood 32, Shoaib Malik 37, Abdul Razzaq 30 (he's also all-rounder), Umar Akmal 36, Kamran Akmal 28, Wahab Riaz 15, Sohail Tanvir 15, Salman Butt 44, Younis Khan 34, Mohammad Yousaf 40, Imran Farhat 36, Haris Sohail 36, Sarfraz Ahmad 29 (wk), Nasir Jamshed 33, Anwar Ali 20, Taufeez Umar 39.56, Awais Zia 27, Imran Nazir 28, Azhar Mahmood 22, Hasan Raza 39.35

Interesting Thing is the averages are almost same to international Odi Averages of these players .More interestingly Not even one player has average above his List A averages in international ODI's career.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

The best chances of winning anything against SA is some player out- performs exceptionally in a match otherwise as a team these are mediocre ODI team and only real competition would be in t20's otherwise SA are 100% the better side and suppose if you send this team to champions trophy today for match against South Africa,Australia , India or Sri Lanka this team will lose. I feel sorry for Ajmal trying to out perform himself against every team and these mediocre batsman are there to bat this is just a sorry cause and i will not be part of watching this double standards of PCB for selecting politically or relationally influenced players and not selecting players based on their capabilities or performances. You can read my next comment whom deserving players myself have highlighted you can find bunch of more players too and these are even Better then Sohaib Maqsood. I am literally crying after this selection how unfair things are in Pakistan cricket. :'((

Posted by Solid_Snake on (November 16, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

@funnykid:Nasir Jamshed,Hammad Azam,Anwar Ali,Sarfaraz Ahmed & many other players made their way into the team after playing in U-19..Don't know what you want to prove but there is a long list of other players from U-19..Your other points are valid but it's wrong to say that no talented players gets picked up from U-19..

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

After 7 consecutive ODI/T20 batting disasters against SA in UAE, we have prepared for a follow on ODI/T20 series against SA in SA ......... by changing two bowlers.

This is straight our of Monty Python.

Brilliant!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

You cannot win against SA with this unbelievable biased(unfair) decision , how can you ignore all those performing players of ODI's in your domestics and make your selection of below average players . My heart cries after this unfair selection and more importantly for those players who have been playing so well in the domestics just to be selected ; I ask myself what's the worth of their hard work after this selection?They don't earn peanuts from domestics and cant support their families or themselves from there yet they play to be in the National side and get loans etc from here or there to just play cricket and then this unfair selection,i really feel so bad for those all players. I cant express enough griefe and Pakistan is going to lose ODI's you just ask yourself how can they win with such mediocre players.I will definitely not waste my time anymore with watching Pakistan team play," Never" until the management select player on their performance then their personal influences :'(

Posted by bohurupi on (November 16, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

Bravo Pak cricket selection committee! Bravo! What a genius of selection! Alas there is no international award for the best selection body! Pakistan would have been receiving that award for ever! Wow!!!! The same batsmen who had put your team into the big hole have been selected again! And will be selected again. No matter how they perform, what they perform, their place in the team is super guaranteed! So why they would perform at all? they don't need to, can just stay put in the dressing room for most part (as their stay on the pitch is less than a femto second long) and their selection for the next tour is automatically done.

You have a next door neighbor, at least try to learn something from them, please, before you become an extinct species!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

lol.... Hammad Azam ,Haris Sohail, Sami Aslam ,Umar Gul, Sharjeel Khan should have been included!!!!

Cant see any reason for giving Sohail tanvir, Umar Amin, Mohammed Hafiz,Shahid Afridi, anothrr chance!!!

And alot of people are asking thag why Umar Gul is in team! i can tell u that why he isnt in team!because he has been supporting imran khan..

Posted by Behind_the_Wicket on (November 16, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

It's going white-wash against Pakistan in both formats.Write my words in your memory.What is shameful selection again . 5 Geniune batsmen( Misbah , Nasir , Asad Shfiq, Ahmad , Maqsood) , 3 Geniune Bowlers (Junaid Khan , Ajmal , Abdur Rehman ), 8 All Rounders , ( Hafeez , Afridi , Malik , Razzaq , Umar Amin , Bilawal , Anwer, Tanveer ) , 1 Wicket Keeper ( Umar Akmal ). Our weekness is our batting and we have only 5 batsmen for two formats.

Posted by PaklionYousuf on (November 16, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

Mohammad Yousuf shouldt be brought back to national them:

If you dont have players, dont want to select the good players of the domestis levels, why would you throw away your main weapon.

today peole in pak team struggle to score, Yousuf used to scored and do it with style.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

Whattttttt? Are you kidding us? What are Razzaq and Malik doing wow!

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (November 16, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

What's happening with Umar Gul? Is he done?

Posted by OverDcovers on (November 16, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

I think PCB has decided to end Misbah and Hafeez's careers together through this short trip of SA! Hafeez especially now looks politically motivated selection than anything else! A permanent failure with the bat, an individual who adjusts his batting position keeping in mind evading Steyn and Morkel and a shameless Captian who can't perform and yet is forced to remain the captain! Pakistani Cricket is heading for catastrophe this is now inevitable!

Posted by PaklionYousuf on (November 16, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

These players have domestic records that make him an automatic selection. One day they will do it the Imran Tahir way

Batsman: Sharjeel Khan, Fawad Alam, Usman Salahuddin Allrounders: Kashif Bhatti Bowlers: Sadaf Hussain, Zulfiqar Babar Wicket keepers: (Instead of the tainted Akmals these players deserve much more) Rehan Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan, Humayun Farhat

and many many other, but most of them, and with Pakistans current batting situation Fawad Alam deserves most.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

I am disappointed that after the failure in UAE same players have been selected to represent Pakistan in South Africa. Until and unless we do not show the door to players like Hafeez, Afridi, Malik, Razzaq, Tanvir and possibly also Misbah (ODIs), Pakistan cricket will remain stale. These players have had their days and it is time upcoming youngsters are given opportunities to represent Pakistan. I do not know much about Pakistan domestic cricket but surely there must be some talent around which is definitely far better than the current bits and pieces players who continue to under perform for Pakistan. I now tend to agree that Misbah is too much of a negative captain and void of making any bold decisions. My ODI XI would be: 1. Jamshed, 2. Shehzad, 3. Azhar (C), 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Maqsood, 6. Hammad, 7. Sarfraz (w/k), 8. Wahab / other, 9. Gul, 10. Ajmal, 11. Junaid. Please let Umar Akmal focus on his batting. Time for selectors to move forward and show some guts.

Posted by MianMoosa on (November 16, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

what the hell of a selection is this,,,,what are afridi, malik, tanvir & hafeez doing here,,,,we should have selected hammad azam, sami aslam, muhammad talha & haris sohail instead of them,,,saeed ajmal also needs some rest, we should have try zulfiqar babar in place of him,,,,Good to see Nasir jamshed there,,,,i like him very much,,though he is not in good form but they are giving them full chance

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

Where is Umar Gul ? He hasn't recovered yet ?:o

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

Where is Hammad Azam ??? He is 100 times better than Umar Amin . Just out Umar Amin and shoaib Malik from the team and in Hammad Azam , Younis Khan , Umar Gul, Aizaz Cheema, Awais Zia for T20 only....

Posted by avmd on (November 16, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

What we are trying to get out of Razzaq now. The guy was a good cricketer , he is finished as international cricket. Has not played much domestic cricket for last two years, no performance at any level, even in club cricket. He is now old and unfit, can't bowl, can't bowl and can't field. Get over with him.

Posted by PaklionYousuf on (November 16, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

Bilawal Bhatti might be an bowling allrounder, but there is an genuine allrounder, much more experienced who has better bowling AND by far better batting numbers. The 27 year old Kashif Bhatti Bilawal Bhatti/KASHIF Bhatti LIST A bowl avg: 27.43 / 20.05 and econ. rate: 4.85 / 4.03, LIST A bat avg: 12.60 (str. rate: 83.81) / 23.93 (str. rate: 125.16 !). He has scored a first class hundred, but that doesnt make him a better player. Simply not ready for national team.

Also one opening batsman, shouldnt be ignored no longer. If I hear SOHAIB MAQSOOD considered to be an aggressive new, and freshly selected player, than Sharjeel Khan comes to my mind: Sohaib Maqsood LA Ave: 52.00, LA SR: 96.91; HS: 156 (2 hundreds) Sharjeel Khan: LA Ave: 51.96 , LA SR: 108.33; HS: 194 (4 hundreds). Maqsoods FC Ave, SR reads as below: 43.44 SR: ?; Sharjeel Khan averages 37.92 but interestingly SR: 79.52 with 9 centuries compared to Maqsoods 6 FC hundreds

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

& now they will drop Junaid Khan for Bilawal Bhatti :-)

Posted by Ahmedpakistan6 on (November 16, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

Well, First of all, I think this is very poor selection. Why did they selected Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Amin, Sohail Tanvir, Nasir Jamshed, Shahid Afridi. On what basis? All of them were given chances in the recent series and all of them failed. We need to drop these and sent them to domestic cricket to regain their forms. Why no Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Umar Gul ( if he has recovered form injury if not then Asad Ali) , Sami Aslam Sadaf Hussain, Sharjeel Khan.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

Why Sohail Tanveer,....Where is Umar Gul ....Misbah should play T20 as well and what about Younis Khan ...once again he got drop .

Posted by cricktwins on (November 16, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

Once again an allrounder-Bilawal bhatti!! Guys what we need is a good top order batsmen like kohli, sharma or some what like shezad.. No wonder they ll lose again..

Posted by funnykid on (November 16, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

I have all along been crying that Pakistan first class cricket is a total rubbish. You will never find a quality player from here. In Imran Khan days and even sometime later, Pakistan use to find quality players from U-19. Saleem Malik, Ramiz Raja, Inzimam, Waqar, Shahid Afrid, Moin Khan and Aaqib Javed etc; they all were U-19 cricket product. Tell me how many U-19 cricketers have been selected during the last 5 years, I think none. Talent is there but it needs to be groomed as was the case with above mentioned players. They didn't become world class overnight. You have to be patient and persistent as did Imran Khan with Inzimam during 1992. Why are they not selecting Sami Aslam who appears to be a good prospect. Misbah and Hafeez would not let any young batsman settle because they feel their places threatened. Pakistan cricket cannot not go forward unless Hafeez and Misbah are shown the door.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

Batting has been a huge problem for Pakistan. I found sohaib to be a good player. Fawad Alam can be brought in, his first class record is superb.

Posted by romirom on (November 16, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

wel again four allrounder afridi, hafez, malik and razak are selected. These are player who i am sure gona find place in playing 11 not due to their capabilities bcoz due to their seniority and politics. If they wont selected in 11 they starts groupism. Pcb better left them from team.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

I just want to know where is gul

Posted by a.syed81 on (November 16, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

Typical Misbah (pathetic) thinking is reflecting behind this selection. Useless series anyway. I hope Misbah will be sacked after they will lose all 5 games in SA too.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

how can u again select hafeez,,, he has been disaster if not less!! Pakistan team needs a overhaul! misbah doesn't deserve to be captain!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

Where is Sami Aslam? The young Tendulkar from Lahore!

Posted by roook on (November 16, 2013, 11:11 GMT)

Our batting is a problem and we have no solution for it. Pakistan are mentally not prepare for this tour and I feel sorry pakistan donot have backup replacement batsmans I fear another embarrassment for Pakistan

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

Ohhh I am shocked for this selection? May Allah Help to Pakistani Team.. Why Select Umer Akmal, and Umer Amin, Umer Amin should not select in squad? selector keep full power of selection to Misbah Ul Haque and if u should see good performance of shahid afridi so Afridi is the best way of captaincy of T-20 squad, (Misbah, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razak) they are must IN Pakistani squad, and I request to selection committee please open eyes and search new talent in Pakistan, there is very good batting and bowling talent bur selector not seeing these?

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

got a feeling the batting is gna click in Africa wen we are pushed in a conner we always seem to find a way out. got a feeling wer gna do gud in africa.

Posted by sami01 on (November 16, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

Our batsmen getting fail in every match and still our selectors are changing bowlers..:D i think they don't have mind to think for the rite selection.they have to bring hammad azam and fawad alam in the team to balance the batting and fielding standard of our team. both are good batsmen and much much better fielders then our current players...

Posted by Samee0324 on (November 16, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

And why wahab riaz again? Are amin and wahab favourites of misbah?? How come they play in Pakistan team by doing nothing actually?? Where is Haris sohail, Sami aslam, Hammad Azam?

Where is Raza hassan? is he gone? Where is Khalid latif who is continuously performing in t20 format?

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

Dear All,

plz don,t cry over this selection instead you should appraise PCB for showing consistency at least in one department. This is good team selection coz give them another go & if they unable to perform well or below par, then you have the right to kick them out forever from pakistan team. good luck team pakistan. i predict this is going to be an interesting serious & Afridi will play an important role in this series.

Posted by Samee0324 on (November 16, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

Why again Umer amin??? Please dont do this again? Umar amin has been given too many chances? why PCB wants him to play and play and become a Captain of pakistan cricket team? who has the main role behind this all?? Why not Haris sohail? Why not others who are performing well in domestic?? When it will be changed? Why not some senior players take bold steps and play a key role in PCB??

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

My 17 member squad for T20's n ODI's would have been.... 1. Nasir Jamshed 2. Ahmed Shehzad 3. M. Hafeez (T20)(c) 4. Misbah ul Haq (ODI)(c) 5. Sohaib Maqsood 6. Haris Sohail 7. Fawad Alam 8. M. Rizwan (wk) 9. Umar Akmal (wk) 10.Sami Aslam 11.Usman Qadir 12.Bilawal Bhatti 13.Hammad Azam 14.Zulfaqar Babar 15.Saeed Ajmal 16.Muhammad Talha 17.Junaid Khan

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

Its funny that bowler were sacked ... what about batsman...I started to hate watching cricket... its seems like more of movies script ...

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

I am an Indian..and I love both "Indian & Pakistani"Team..but somehow I feel pakistan is following West Indies cricket team footsteps and going downhill..They need to fix the entire cricketing set up..They have the talent but just need to find role models..I think like every Indian bowlers should take "Wasim Akram" as role model..every pakistani batsman should take "Sachin Tendulkar" as his role model.

Posted by aamir2194 on (November 16, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

I think its good retain the same team to check their skills, hafeez selection is out of the park but we not blame only selectors for losing because when you play with 8 full time bowling options(in 1st T20) then how you won matches. dropping junaid khan and playing umar amin instead of maqsood is another thing to lose ODI series and Irfan's injury comes very late we smell it much early because he dose'nt rest in any match,

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 10:11 GMT)

a rubbish selection and rubbish committee at least 5 persons should have retired and 3 must have been dropped.......afridi,hafeez, razzaq, malik, sohail must have retired from all sort of cricket. wahab, irfan(injured), jamshed must have been dropped..........new players must have been given a chance........misbah being the captain of all sort of teams.........

Posted by srsn on (November 16, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

Good Bye Pak Cricket, Heat broken by This pathetic selection

Posted by imranmujtaba on (November 16, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

What Misbah, Hafeez and Umar Ameen doing in this team? Why not Harris Sohail, Sharjeel khan & Hammad Azam? at least these guys can go and learn how to play on bouncing wickets. Misbah & Hafeez has not learnt so far, so why keeping wasting time? Umar Amin is total waste of time, in last 3-4 years he didn't perform when he got chance. Please make a change!!!! team will gel and performs if captain is a real leader not a failure!!

Posted by Mujji_28 on (November 16, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

Oh God!!!! Not Umar Amin again, he has been given so many chances and on every time he has failed to deliver. What type of talent he is ?? He is talented enough for not scoring runs. Selectors are also considering Sohail Tanvir as allrounder, huh he doesnt even know how to bat and rotate strike, just throws his bat at every other ball. Also why selectors are dragging Shoaib Malik's career?? he is not good enough to play for Pakistan. Same is the case with Abdul Razzaq. We do have so many players who are waiting to get selectos nod like Fawad Alam, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Hammad Azam (who has not been utilized properly by misbah in past), Haris Sohail. Its my humble request to selectors to kick Hafeez, Razzaq, Amin, Malik and Tanvir out for Srilankan series and give chance to new blood.

Posted by Ajmal_Chucker on (November 16, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

Cannot believe another series between these countries. That's 3 within a space of 9 months.

Posted by Kassery on (November 16, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

Pakistan doesn't have batting talent with the exception of Misbah and Y Khan. Maybe some day it will return. Needs only two or three to come through to transform the team. Until that happens, defeat will follow defeat and being beaten time after time won't bother the players any more. Pride is gone, determination to be the best is gone. There is no easy way back. Just look at the West Indies.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

why wahaab ...he is better batsman then afridi or hafiz....i believe on fast tracks he will be useful bowler why he is judged on slow tracks...we need fast bowlers on fast tracks like in SA...poor selection...why hafiz ..umar amin are still there even after failing in both ODI's and T20s...why selectors become blind...

Posted by RajaAkram on (November 16, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

Playing Eleven should have been like 1. A Shahzad 2.Sami Aslam 3. Azhar Ali (CAP) 4. Sohaib Maqsood 5. F Alam/H Sohail/Sharjeel Khan 6. Hammad Azam 7. M Rizwan 8. Raza Hassan/ Usman Qadir /Yasir Shah 9.Bilawal Bhatti/Mohammad Talha 10. Sohail Tanvir/Sohail Khan/Anwar Ali 11. Junaid Khan

Posted by msq13 on (November 16, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

Only problem with Pakistan batting line is ROTATION OF STRIKE...when they cant rotate they play big shots and get out (most Pakistani Batsmen adopt MISBAH's ideology)... YOUNUS would be the first preference but it is PCB...

Posted by RajaAkram on (November 16, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

why the same squad? should have rested some seniors like Ajmal, Misbah etc and dropped Hafeez, Afridi, Rehman, Amin, Jamshed,Razzaq,Malik To Include Fawad Alam,Sami Aslam,Mohammad Talha,Raza Hassan or Usman Qadir or Yasir Shah, Sharjeel Khan, Harris Sohail, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Rizwan and Azhar Ali as CAPTAIN (HE'S IN GOOD FORM IN DOMESTIC)....

Posted by mzm149 on (November 16, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

On a humorous note, Kamran Akmal, Imran Farhat, Imran Nazir, Rana Naveed, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Anjum etc have been unlucky to be left out. May be will see some of them in next series as we are going backwards already.

Posted by Asimaasi on (November 16, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

Really Strange Selection.... I dont believe this... Selectors even dont know what player should be selected and who should be left out.... Retaining Hafeez, Afridi, Malik, Umar Amin is really strange decision.... I was hopefull that atleast we will get rid of paper tigers like Hafeez and afridi but selectors always do such blunder and favoured that players........ Pakistan cricket is really going no where.... i am afraid in a year or so we will be worst than Irland, bangladesh and other minnows... Afridi, Malik and Hafeez.. We beg you please get retired..

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

only wahab riaz performed bad in this series so dropped. rest were great so chill guys.. :)

it is good in a sense that these guys got another chance and another chance to add to their list of failures. May be that will force the selectors to do something new next time?

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

Umar Amin is a senseless selction. Ehsan Adil must have been given chance. Where is Umar Gul? can anyone update me about him plz? He needs practice before he can turn to his full form in T20 WC next year! Why Junaid Khan is being neglected from playing XI? he is the best fast bowler u have got at the moment! I pray we can find some more players like Sohaib Maqsood soon! 2nd T20 was looking like a match/competition! There was some little intent visible in the team.

Posted by Stark62 on (November 16, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

After 5 defeats in a row, there is still no difference in selection?!?!

Where is Haris Sohail, Sharjeel Khan, Fawad Alam (for ODI's), Mohammed Rizwan (wkt), Hammad Azam, Sami Aslam and Umar Gul for both formats?

Also, why Amin and Shafiq again? Malik and Razzaq looked so woeful, that they should retire from domestic cricket too!!

Lastly, this is pathetic and I may stop following Pak cricket, until the changes rung.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

I think best combination of NEW & OLD players....well-done PCB Please make them permanent for 6 months give them piece of mind to only concentrate on game...our players are best but always under perform due to a fear of kicking out from the side anytime...T20 world cup is on the corner...let them play only... in the above team we have 9 new and 8 senior players which is 100% justified. PCB please don't change them until forthcoming big events.

Posted by doberankallan on (November 16, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

Since the current team batting is a flop, why not introduce youngester like SAMI ASLAM, IMAM UL HAQ & HAMMAD AZAM, in addition to keeping Shehzad, Asad Shafiq & Maqssod only. What is PCB waiting for?

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

very funny .its big surprize that hafeez,afridi and umar amin are again included and ignored again haris sohail andumar gul who is claiming to be fit

Posted by meerankhan on (November 16, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

again misbah is the captain these selectors are just playing with the team here they just dont care whether the team wins or loses

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

Good decision by Pcb. This way all the existing player will be completly out after out tour to SA. If thry had dropped the seniors then it will be difficult for the new players to perform well againdt SA in SA. So lets hope our batting keep collapsing again on this tour and then latet on, we should drop them all

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

Umar Amin's selection is clearly based on favoritism, given the fact that he's flopped on every occasion when provided with a chance to perform in all 3 formats. His stats are terrible and he's considered as a future capt. of Pak team. I dont know why selectors cant notice the fact that alot of domestic circuit youngsters are better than this overhyped failure...

Posted by Ramu444 on (November 16, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

Poor squad selection but at the same time to be honest I never wanted a new batsman to be crucified by the SA pace battery.but what has umar Amin,Razzaq,Malik Asad have done that they are still in the squad.i am disappointed not to see youis in the squads.he is much better than Malik,Amin ,Asad.poor poor selection.i do not know much about Bhati can any one explain is he an international material?

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

Why the Hafeez is Still Playing?

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (November 16, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

where is Sharjeel Khan and Harris Sohail ?

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (November 16, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

afridi, hafeez,,razzaq ..shoaib malik no place in even 15 but they will paly 11 ...where is PCB ,s mind.

Posted by BILAL_IMRAN_KHAN_FAN on (November 16, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

This is ridiculuous selection for T20 series. Sami Aslam, Haris Sohail, Fawad Alam, Rehan Afridi (wk) are in extremely brilliant form in current domestic season. They should be given chance and need to cement their places in the team. Experimenting the same players for upcoming series will be like the of MADNESS by defined Albert Einstien.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

This is absurd. More humiliation for Pakistan in South Africa. If they had to persist with the same squad then may be they should ve brought back Younus. Even better we should ve brought some some new talent, we are losing any way, should ve given them some experience.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

Umar Amin's continuous selection is clearly based on favouritism, given the fact that he's flopped on every occasion when provided with a chance to perform in every 3 formats. His stats are terrible in all 3 formats and he's considered as a future captain of Pak team. I dont know why selectors cant notice the fact that Fawad Alam, Azhar Ali and many other domestic circuit youngsters are better than him...

Posted by CricketChat on (November 16, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

Riaz is not the only one who failed. Hard to find any logic or justification as to why others were retained. How can you expect better results with same squad who will now have to cope with even bouncier and faster pitches on SA soil?

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

I think selectors are giving last chance to these players. But, I do believe that they should include Younis Khan in ODIs.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

should select the opening pair containing jamshed & shehzad. haffez should be the one down. bowling should be started by Haffez ... and in onedays atleast 4 spaners should play.

Posted by mzm149 on (November 16, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

I forgot to mention in my previous post that why is Asad Shafiq selected again. Just as a cover for Umar Amin or to fill the quota of Karachi players.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

Where is Sami Aslam! The Tendulkar of Pakistan!

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (November 16, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

I will stop following pak cricket now, all the failed players retained. when will the pak selectors learn ? I must really apreciate how strong connections those failed players have, players like, Malik, Hafeez, Razzaq, Misbah, Afridi dont deserve to selected but they the selectors cant touch them because of there strong lobby. Out of 180 million people we can find anyone to replace these useless club cricketers, does this show the talent or the weakness of Pakistan cricket ? shame.

Posted by mzm149 on (November 16, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

Why Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi have been selected again is completely not understandable. They are going with two experienced fast bowlers and two rookies to play on fast and bouncy tracks. Actually Sohail Tanvir is very poor in ODIs. If Umar Amin is an all rounder he needs to bowl at least 5 overs in every game. Considering the squad we have, I will go with following teams in ODIs and t20s.

ODI: 1. Shehzad 2. Jamshed 3. Maqsood 4. Misbah 5. Akmal 6. Amin 7. Hafeez 8. Tanvir 9. Ajmal 10. Bilawal / Anwar / Rehman 11. Junaid

T20: 1. Shehzad 2. Jamshed 3. Maqsood 4. Hafeez 5. Akmal 6. Malik 7. Afridi 8. Tanvir 9. Ajmal 10. Bilawal / Anwar 11. Junaid

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

That was expected of irfan as he has been used in all of the recent series. Anwar ali is selected again . and a new inclusion Billawal bhatti. Good thing but will they make it in playing 11?

But not much change. and all the rumors that misbah will not be captain are proved wrong. Umar amin, sohail tanvir again made it in.

Interesting point here is that they have not separated it for odis and t20s. that means that apart from misbah/asad ( in odis only ) rest are available for t20s and odis. that will make the selection of playing 11 more interesting.

more or less same teams will play with junaid in for irfan.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

good selection because you can only select now players for SA if you want to slaughter them

Posted by Sports4Youth on (November 16, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

THE MOST SHOCKING SQUAD SELECITON. After such a poor show just recently, how can they repeat the shame old players.

To say the least seeing S.Malik, U.Amin, S.Tanvir, A.Rehman, A.Shafiq continuing in the team is not only shocking but also that nobody in the PCB is appying their minds. Also this composite selection means that now Misbah is in the T20I squad as well and whether to play him in the eleven or not is going to be Hafeez's call. Now just imagine, Misbah is the ODI captain, so can Hafeez leave out Misbah from the T20I' s?

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

Pakistan should select a regular wicketkeeper instead of Umar Akmal

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (November 16, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

I guess PCB were waiting for T20 results to announce the captain its obvious now Hafeez is there choice for ODI captain and since Pakistan lost T20 series 2-0 they'll have to stick with Misbah for now.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

squad for ODI= shehzad,jamshed,akmal,misbah,maqsood,shafiq,razzaq/malik/hafeez,afridi/hafeez/malik,ajmal,bhatti,junaid no amin and tanvir

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

Poor selection. On what performance Razzaq, Malik, Tanveer, Hafeez, Shafiq, Rehman, Afridi are selected? Please kick out these senior citizens and poor performers... Bring in some new talent.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

razzaq should be out and k.akmal should be in

Posted by kaiser1 on (November 16, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

This is absolutely ridiculous looking at the squad what on earth sohail tanvir has done to earn a place and umar amin is is a hopeless choice considering his present form and performance. Shoaib Malik is another example of hopelessness and bewildering choice ahead of Haris Sohail and young and performing sensation of Sami Aslam. God Help Pakistan cricket.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

A very poor selection again, aftering witnessing such poor and miserable performance again all those who did not perform are selected.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

Poor team selection again... Where is Harris Sohail, Sharjeel Khan, Sadaf Hussain, Raza Hassan.......... What Umer Amin, Shoaib Malik, Abudl Razzq is still doing in the team

Posted by   on (November 16, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

Anwar Ali is just an average bowler. If Pakistan selectors have been forced to select a fast bowler of his caliber, one can imagine the poor resources Pakistan has now.

Posted by 71-50ODIs12-9Tests on (November 16, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

Interesting inclusions, two new-comers, ANWAR & BILAWAL. I hope Sohail Tanvir is only retained for T20s & Junaid will be preferred!

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