South Africa v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Cape Town November 23, 2013

Experienced men return to bolster teams

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Match facts

Sunday, November 24, 2013
Start time 10.00 local (0800 GMT)

Big Picture

Pakistan produced their best batting effort in six matches to end their winless streak against South Africa and they will fancy doubling up on that on Sunday. The first of three ODIs, in what has been a marathon-run between these two teams, will be played in Cape Town with much less at stake than there was in the Twenty20 matches.

The 2015 World Cup is further away than next year's World T20, so this series will just be about the teams finding the right combination, something that is particularly important to the hosts. With veteran allrounder Jacques Kallis back in the mix, South Africa will work around him to assess what their squad may still need ahead of the big event.

Pakistan, on the other had, may be looking only as far as ensuring their batting line-up finds the solidity it lacked in UAE. Their focus will be on preventing the collapses that have dogged them recently. They have never beaten South Africa in a bilateral ODI series, but will fancy taking an early lead this time, purely because of the timing of the first match.

South Africa's T20 captain, Faf du Plessis will be married on Saturday, and although he is not in the one-day squad, many of his team-mates who will be in attendance at the ceremony. AB de Villiers is the best man, but may have to leave early to take care of his duties as captain the next day. The current South African side has not let off-field events influence their cricket but they also haven't had a wedding sandwiched between games. With festivities high for the hosts, Pakistan will see this as a chance to pounce.

Form guide

Pakistan LLLWL(last five completed games, most recent first)
South Africa WWWLW

In the spotlight

It has been 21 months and 29 ODIs since Jacques Kallis has played 50-over cricket for South Africa, but he is back with an eye on the 2015 World Cup. With Faf du Plessis dropped, Kallis is likely to occupy the No.3 spot and he will operate as a fifth seamer. In the field, he will likely be stationed at slip, and keep an eye on whether he is also used in an advisory capacity to AB de Villiers.

Misbah-ul-Haq rejoined his team amid a cloud of controversy following his television interview with acing PCB chairman Najam Sethi. Although Misbah insisted there was no infighting in the Pakistan team, his parting words in UAE were a demand for more accountability from his batsmen. Misbah has recently developed a reputation as Pakistan's lone run-machine, and will hope for some support from the rest in this series.

Team news

With Kallis back in the fray, South Africa could use the opportunity to field their strongest team and see how the players gel. The only decision they have to make is whether they want the experience of the fully-fit Graeme Smith, or the flair of the in-form Quinton de Kock, who can also relieve de Villiers of the wicketkeeping duties, at the top of the order.

Ryan McLaren will play the role of the second allrounder, with Wayne Parnell likely to miss out. With a pace attack comprising Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Vernon Philander will also probably find himself on the sidelines.

South Africa: (likely)1 Hashim Amla, 2 Graeme Smith/Quinton de Kock (wk) 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 JP Duminy 5 AB de Villiers (capt), 6 David Miller, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8 Dale Steyn, 9 Morne Morkel, 10 Lonwabo Tsotsobe 11 Imran Tahir

Misbah-ul-Haq returns to the batting line-up, which will give Pakistan the stability they badly need. With Mohammad Hafeez performing in the second T20, he is likely to open, leaving Ahmed Shehzad and Nasir Jamshed to compete for the other opener's spot. Both contenders have failed to convert their starts. Pakistan also have the option of either Umar Amin or Asad Shafiq in the middle, while Bilawal Bhatti will replace Mohammad Irfan in the bowling department.

Pakistan: (likely) 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Ahmed Shehzad/Nasir Jamshed, 3 Sohaib Maqsood 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Asad Shafiq/Umar Amin, 6 Umar Akmal, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Sohail Tanvir, 9 Junaid Khan, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Bilawal Bhatti

Stats and trivia

  • Misbah-ul-Haq has been overtaken by Rohit Sharma at the top of the ODI run-charts for 2013, but he can easily reclaim the lead. Misbah is 24 behind Rohit, although he has not scored an ODI hundred this year.
  • Dale Steyn is the only South African bowler to have taken a five-for in ODIs this year. Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi have done the same for Pakistan.

Quotes

"We weren't as good in the bowling department as we have been in the past and we bowled a few extras that cost as quite a few runs."
He is not part of the ODI squad, but South Africa's T20 captain Faf du Plessis has warned the attack to tighten up at Newlands

"We've been working really hard but the luck was not with Pakistan. We needed this win to stay positive for the rest of the series."
Mohammed Hafeez hopes that Pakistan's win in the second T20 will get them off to a good start in the ODIs

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • humi_cric on November 24, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Won the toss elected to bat, good 50% chances to win this opening match. Good luck Brothers.

  • on November 24, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Pakistan should have a more dynamic person to lead.Misbah can play as a batsman.

  • haq33 on November 24, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Akmal has had tougher circumstances than Kohli in which to try to be a batsman. I agree kohli is better however, akmal has to constantly contend with the added pressures of batting much lower than 3, constant batting collapses, and panicked performance of tailend partners (afridi in the last match).

  • on November 24, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Pakistan team will try to put pressure on AB 'side .SA cricket team should win this series because this Pakistani cricket is in good form if SA has a dream to win WC 2015 ,they have face there INdia ,ENgland ,Aus .Do good home work,and it would be interesting to see the opening pair for SA today.who plays or sit aside (Smith or De Kock ). Good luck De Kock ,,,,,,,,,,,,,Good luck SA. ,let s see good cricket

  • on November 24, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    I think the best thing done by PAK team in T20 was positive cricket. Rotating strike. needs to go with a positive mindset into the ODI's too! I dont know what puts the break on PAK batsmen in the recent past! Need to get out of their shells. Anxiously waiting or return of Umar Gul. He will be critical for PAK team in T20 and ODI's. Will add more lethality to the team! After the T20 series i see lots of difference in the batting mindset. Even 1st T20 was turning out to be a thriller. stage was set. PAK team was a bit Unlucky i feel because of wash out. Would be great contest if we see same intent from PAK batsmen in ODI's

  • ICCexpert.... on November 24, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    drop Jamshed and play Sohaib at no 3. Select Sharjeel Khan for Sri-lanka series.

  • on November 24, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    why they dont brijg imran nazir some new young talents!!!

  • on November 24, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    pakistan need some talented players as well old players as well i thing so pak should bring umer gul back....

  • Prof_USA on November 24, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Recalling all the Pak dismissals since test2, one might observe that most of the batsmen had problems identifying the off-stump... the batsmen are mostly front-foot players and get themselves hurried by the shot pitches. I believe the team will work it out. There is no harm in showing some positive aggression and play your shots (Imran Nazir could dent the Styen n company). Thanks for providing us some good frustrated entertainment... Good luck

  • Sachit1979 on November 24, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Pak should rather open with Asad Shafiq and move Hafeez down to number 6. Sohaib looks promising so he could be promoted to number 3. Akmal could bat at 4 and captain at 5. In bowling department also Sohail Tanveer is weak link but Pak does not really have genuine replacement for him. Bilawal Bhatti would be a talent to watch in this series. Overall still an uphill task for Pak. It would be interesting to see how Misbah tweaks his tactics amid all criticism to do well in this series.

  • humi_cric on November 24, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Won the toss elected to bat, good 50% chances to win this opening match. Good luck Brothers.

  • on November 24, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Pakistan should have a more dynamic person to lead.Misbah can play as a batsman.

  • haq33 on November 24, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Akmal has had tougher circumstances than Kohli in which to try to be a batsman. I agree kohli is better however, akmal has to constantly contend with the added pressures of batting much lower than 3, constant batting collapses, and panicked performance of tailend partners (afridi in the last match).

  • on November 24, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Pakistan team will try to put pressure on AB 'side .SA cricket team should win this series because this Pakistani cricket is in good form if SA has a dream to win WC 2015 ,they have face there INdia ,ENgland ,Aus .Do good home work,and it would be interesting to see the opening pair for SA today.who plays or sit aside (Smith or De Kock ). Good luck De Kock ,,,,,,,,,,,,,Good luck SA. ,let s see good cricket

  • on November 24, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    I think the best thing done by PAK team in T20 was positive cricket. Rotating strike. needs to go with a positive mindset into the ODI's too! I dont know what puts the break on PAK batsmen in the recent past! Need to get out of their shells. Anxiously waiting or return of Umar Gul. He will be critical for PAK team in T20 and ODI's. Will add more lethality to the team! After the T20 series i see lots of difference in the batting mindset. Even 1st T20 was turning out to be a thriller. stage was set. PAK team was a bit Unlucky i feel because of wash out. Would be great contest if we see same intent from PAK batsmen in ODI's

  • ICCexpert.... on November 24, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    drop Jamshed and play Sohaib at no 3. Select Sharjeel Khan for Sri-lanka series.

  • on November 24, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    why they dont brijg imran nazir some new young talents!!!

  • on November 24, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    pakistan need some talented players as well old players as well i thing so pak should bring umer gul back....

  • Prof_USA on November 24, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Recalling all the Pak dismissals since test2, one might observe that most of the batsmen had problems identifying the off-stump... the batsmen are mostly front-foot players and get themselves hurried by the shot pitches. I believe the team will work it out. There is no harm in showing some positive aggression and play your shots (Imran Nazir could dent the Styen n company). Thanks for providing us some good frustrated entertainment... Good luck

  • Sachit1979 on November 24, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Pak should rather open with Asad Shafiq and move Hafeez down to number 6. Sohaib looks promising so he could be promoted to number 3. Akmal could bat at 4 and captain at 5. In bowling department also Sohail Tanveer is weak link but Pak does not really have genuine replacement for him. Bilawal Bhatti would be a talent to watch in this series. Overall still an uphill task for Pak. It would be interesting to see how Misbah tweaks his tactics amid all criticism to do well in this series.

  • on November 24, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    I think people forget that Pakistan is currently playing a better team and they are still pulling off an odd win - which is not easy. SA are better then Pakistan in batting, equal in bowling and far better in fielding (which actually makes a lot of difference and those close win matches would have had a different result if Pakistan were par with SA in fielding).

    We should always look at the positive side of things. Asad Shafique is maturing in test cricket, Ahmed Shahzad is maturing in shorter version of the game, Shoaib Maqsood and Bilawal Bhatti are good new finds (if they can perform against SA then they can do better against other teams) and Umer Akmal is finally getting a chance at #4 and performing (he made 49 in UAE T20 and 64 in SA T20).

    According to me, Pakistan should play this batting line up:

    Shahzad, Jamshed, Shaoib, Umer, Misbah, Hafeez, Afridi, Bilawal, Tanvir, Ajmal, Junaid.

    Grow young players like Sami Aslam, Sharjeel Khan, Zain Abbas and Raza Hasan on the bench

  • GRVJPR on November 24, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    Pakistan cricket should first solve politics within the team. It is a team game and anybody (however talented he is) is creating problems for other should be thrown out of the team immediately. I can't understand why pakistan keep calling back old players. This era is of fit and fast players, and not slow movers like we see in pakistan cricket. Fan of cricket from India.

  • on November 24, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    Who in his right mind can compare Akmal with Kohli? Kohli is a run machine; he is consistent and a proven performer. Akmal fails constantly. Everyone talks about his talent. He still hasn't shown the consistency that is the mark of a great batsman. This was Akmal's first big score in ages and then too its not a ton. Just look at what Kohli has done lately. The man scores at will and is one of the highest run getters of 2013.

  • Happy_AusBang on November 24, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    @mazdonal, I too don't share much optimism about the PAK team at least in the short run. However I don't get how you see Ireland taking over at their expense. I can understand Zimbabwe are improving fast but so is Bangladesh. In fact, I was only suggesting the other day that BAN should offer to play PAK as they are not getting enough matches at the top level, and PAK too have a problem getting teams to play home matches. BAN have displayed a lot of skill and certainly left IRE behind decisively. With any luck, they could win an ODI series against PAK. It would be harder in tests but they could come out with a draw.

  • ZAB41 on November 24, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    I do not want Umer Akmal to break any records or compare with any other player, I want he should just play his natural game and realize that Pakistan team has to be brought out of present performances, and he has the ability and potentials to do that- just needs to keep his head cool.

  • Square-Driver15 on November 24, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    I think the number 1 thing for Pakistan to transfer from their t20 win to this ODI is the positivity with which they played, like the running they had between the wickets to keep the scoreboard ticking and the boundaries which hafeez and akmal supplied DESPITE two early wickets. In the previous few matches, whenever wickets fell, the other wickets fell soon after, but this didn't happen in the t20. Even though Jamshed and Shehzad went quickly, they too showed the aggressive intent behind their shots, like the six from Shehzad early on. If the boys do the same thing in the ODI, like not letting the bowlers settle, much like what shehzad and hafeez did to Phangiso, keeping the scoreboard ticking, and not feeling pressure no matter the setbacks, and maintain their aggresion in bowling and batting, then Pakistan will put up a heck of a fight against the Proteas, and potentially win the series.

  • Diaz54 on November 24, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    Quite simply the. The batting is not international standard and therefore team will suffer apart from occasional wins due to individual, performances. This is not a strategy to win, but luck on the day. like in squash these guys are capable of playing percentages

  • mazdonal on November 23, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    I envisage a steady decline in the standard of Pakistani Cricket. It isn't unlikely that they will drop out of the top 10 and their place taken by Ireland or Zimbabwe. Their policy is always knee jerk. Already Dav Whatmore has been advised that he will not continue after this present contract expires. Emergency? send for Razzaq and Malik: They didn't perofrm well ? sack them again. Things like this are only done by immature adminitrations. Ajmal is going for too many runs. The measure of a good bowler in T20 and ODI is not wicket taking. You don't have to take all 10 wickets. On the other hand one must be economical. Individual players are begging for pea nuts from the IPL to be included. The team is in a shambles.Just saying we must do this and we must do that accomplishes nothing unless a concerted effort is made to go from the ground up.

  • Crick_Expert on November 23, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    Asad Safid and Sohail Tanvir are not ODI/T20 quality players. Professor looked better CAPT than Mr tuktuk, he should be ODI capt.

  • Crick_Expert on November 23, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    Asad Safid and Sohail Tanvir are not ODI/T20 quality players. They should be in TEST team only. Sarjeel Khan Shan Massood and Sami Aslam should be in team. Sound like Sohaib Maqsood will be cricket star in next coming years.

  • Crick_Expert on November 23, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    Agree with @Salar Ahmed: PAK TEAM should same as per Salar note. Pak that pair team will be undefeatable for years.

  • Mannan.81.pk on November 23, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    As expected , typical fan responses after a solitary win in T20. Please don't disrespect a present day batting legend like Virat kohli by comparing Akmal to him and dont even think about comparing akmal to Sachin, and this coming from a Pakistani fan

    Tired of explaining why the stats are not the only criteria to reflect the quality of a batsman. People wanting to see Shafiq out of squad just look at his average and comment rather than looking at how badly he has been utilised in ODIs, he has yet to play a full series of ODIs, either he is dropped after the first match or he would get chance in between a series. A player who can perform against top quality bowling attacks under difficult conditions in test matches can definitely perform in ODIs provided he gets a full series and confidence of team management. Both Misbah and Younis have tipped Shafique to be the backbone of this fragile batting. He has a far superior technique and temperament than both Umar Akmal, Umar Amin and Maqsood

  • shahnbej on November 23, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    Misbah should come as opener because he likes slow start leave others to play their natural game. I think he pressurized more our batsmen than opponent bolling because of his dot ball.

  • SurlyCynic on November 23, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Smith's time is over, he should stick to tests. De Kock is naturally attacking and gets us off to fast starts while Smith scratches around. And De Kock can keep wicket if AB doesn't want to, giving SA another great fielder in the outfield or covers.

  • on November 23, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    CricInfo Players Profile:Azhar Ali

    An opening batsman by trade, Azhar has worked his way steadily up Pakistan's domestic scene since 2006. That was the season he began opening regularly for Khan Research Laboratories, a move that fetched him two hundreds and two fifties in five matches, and he hasn't looked back. In four seasons since, he's been averaging 40-plus with 11 hundreds, commendable figures in a country where opening is a modern-day curse.

  • on November 23, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    Deserving Odi player's with respective domestic batting averages : Azhar Ali 50 , Khurram Manzoor 46, Fawad Alam 45, Faisal Iqbal 42 , Khalid Latif 47,Afaq Raheem 45, Sharjeel Khan 51, Taufeeq Umar 40

    Its interesting how Azhar Ali (age 28) with 41 batting average in 14 international ODI matches played as opener in past is not playing right now and your both opener's ahmed shehzad & mohammad hafeez who have batting averages less then 29 are playing there and whereas umar amin who has played 13 international ODI matches batting average 18.75 is playing in this team . More Asad Shafiq who has average of 27 and afridi who has average of 23 is better then him. This poor fellow Azhar Ali has performed in both domestic and international stage but he;s been mistreated similar is the case with those deserving domestic Odi players mentioned above. Fawad Alam he has played 27 Odi international matches and has batting average of 38 so just compare him to other;s in the team, is he deserving?

  • abdulnasir786 on November 23, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    After this series Pakistan should stop experimenting and no more excuses. Final the 15 man squad for T20 and WC15. Give every player a assurances for financial security and PCB should work on one to one coaching for players to overcome the weakness. Bring them out of the academy, and make them a one fighting unit.

  • alipk52 on November 23, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    In Last T20, We have seen 1 thing that's gone missing in Pakistan's Batting line-up and making it fragile since quite sometime, That's "aggression" which was shown by Hafeez and Umar Akmal, I remember Hafeez performance against India in India, where he scored 23-ball 55, and his another against South Africa at Centurion where he scored 51-ball 86, if you compare those innings with his recent innings, you'll not see aggression in recent series, Umar Akmal is naturally a stroke maker, for god sake let him play his natural game, and we will see more innings from him like 64 in 36 balls, once Pakistan's batsman throw the fear out from their minds, we'll see totally different performances from them, Another example is Shoaib Maqsood, right from the debut, he don't seem to care who the bowler is, he just go with his shots without having any doubt in his mind, and failure example is Jamshed, see his innings against India, where he attacked and scored big, after that he lost his temperament.

  • xylofon on November 23, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Jamshed is key but theyve ruined his confidence. He shouldnt play opener, his place is nr 3. Misbah could open. He is so defensive it doesnt matter new ball old ball, if hes playing on the moon or in someones backyard! ; ) So a way to not let him eat important overs later in the crucial part of the match is to let him open and play his tuk tuk in the beginning of the match which is affordable. That means sacfriying the first PP but maybe that is a good idea? If they order him to strike rotate we might have something. But Pakistan needs a natural opener like a lot of people are saying And who better than Babar Azam. A lot of new names are being thrown around but this is a PROPER new name who has had immense success in U19, leading run getter in a WC!

    My X1 for ODI WC:

    Misbah/B.Azam/Jamshed/Akmal(wk)/H. Sohail/Hafeez(c)/Adil/Gul/Khan/M Amer/Ajmal

    No one can beat this team. My full squad would incl others/youngsters like Raza Hasan, Irfan, Bilawal and Mr neeri poori zyati Fawad Alam!

  • on November 23, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    The best Pakistani team I would suggest would be with: Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shahzad, Nasir Jamshed, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Misbah ul Haq, Muhammad Hafeez, Bilawal Bhatti, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Muhammad Irfan (according to batting order). This team would truly be superb. The young blood would get a chance to perform and there is no point in persisiting with Umar Amin or Asad Shafiq. Asad Shafiq should only play in Tests.

    This approach was followed by India and look where it led them. We have a Sohaib Maqsood in Virat Kohli and Sharjeel Khan can become our Shikhar Dhawan. If Nasir Jamshed doesn't perform there should be a domestic player with a top notch average in the squad to replace him. Then truly this would be an unbeatable team for Pakistan.

  • on November 23, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    Looking at the statistics there;s only three batsman in pakistan team , Umar Akmal , Misbah-ul-Haq and Sohaib Maqsood, otherwise from international matches perspective or domestic records except these three all other players in team have poor batting averages even compared to available domestic players. Very Biased Player's Selection in Team.

  • on November 23, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    I dont see any difference in approach or like some coments are saying that hafeez and akmal played aggressively and that is why they scored more. The thing which we need to understand is that They always start slow, its just some times you are successful to accelerate and most of times you are not. even yesterday hafeez scored around 18-20 runs in 1st 15-16 balls he faced. But accelerated later on. On previous occasions he was not able to do that and got out for 20s & 30s. In 1st t20 he was playing same. This approach is 50-50.

    Same is the case with Ahmed and umar. I dont see any different approach. its just that if end result is good and when they are able to make that slow start count, people say today they were positive or aggressive.

  • on November 23, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    we should give confidence to umar akmal nasir jamshed ahmed and shoaib and they will win match for us

  • roook on November 23, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Pakistan bowling will be a serious concern for this tour spinner can contain in a 20 over game But on these pitches it will be too much to ask to score under 5. Junaild khan and tanveer both have inconsistent forms I doudt Pakistan will go with three spinners on fast pitches.

  • t20cric on November 23, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    It will be interesting to see how the ODIs go. I think the line-up needs to stay the same except Amin needs to give space for Misbah. Amin didn't get to bat or bowl and he didnt even have to take any catches in the field. Although none of this is his fault he seems like the most likely to make way for Misbah. Misbah will need to lead his men positively like Hafeez did. I think Nasir and Ahmed should still open cuz they have potential we just need to show beleif in them. The big question will be what order will Misbah put his players in.

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

    But chances are Misbah wont play Hafeez that low and either Sohaib or Akmal will have to play lower down. It will be nice to see how Bilawal plays under Misbah as Bilawal played well under Hafeez cuz Hafeez gave him confidence. Insha Allah Pak will win.

  • mzm149 on November 23, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    I am wondering Misbah never misses a game due to slow over rate or injury. At least in one ODI game I wish to see Hafeez's captaincy. I am bored of watching same old scripted captaincy of Misbah without any batsmen rotation depending on situation, change in field placements, innovation in using bowlers or any sort of surprise element.

    The way Dhoni uses his ordinary bowling resources is very exciting. Graeme Smith is one of the most intelligent captains. He never overburdens his bowlers and that is why we see rare injuries in South African team. Michael Clarke is very energetic in field. Misbah seriously needs to take some formal classes of captaining a cricket team.

  • on November 23, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    If i don;t see real changes coming to this Pakistan team and things getting real and player's getting selected on merit for real , Then i may just initiate a petition to sign for all Pakistan cricket fans and get 100,000+ signatures and send it to the concerned authorities to get real changes in the selection committee;get it published on cricinfo and so on etc and will escalate my efforts with possible actions till the selection committee or concerned individuals no longer exist in the department either they resign or get sacked. This comment is for real for real people wanting real changes , you decide and do it fast or i may start something which will get rid of you for real

  • promy_cric on November 23, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    longer version shows the depth of team's ability. On the other hand, Pakistan is a team, where u do not seem any consistency in a batting line up for a while. Moreover, justification of selecting umer amin and asad shafiq for 1st ODIi has made me surprise. They have a good bowling side, according to their strength they have to play.

  • SohailMirza on November 23, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Asad Shafeeq should not be part of the team as his stats say this... he has solid test batting style but not as good as ODI.. i wish to give more chances to Nasir as his batting class says he will be great batsman in future but unfortunately he is out of form these days... Umar Akmal as i always say has more potential and strokes then kohli but unfortunately he plays very down the order. Umar Akmal is a realy Gem and if plays at 3rd No, he will break the all records of Sachin.

  • on November 23, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Players who play well in T20 should be selected for T20 and not Odi as Both formats are different. Select on merit looking at players Domestic batting & bowling averages and pick the best. Otherwise you don;t have clue of what selection means and how can you be deserving committee members for selecting players.

  • Cric_fever_forever on November 23, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    so here we go again. maybe the all important leg of the tour begins tommorow. south africa start as fav at cape town there den but will they appear on sunday after partying all night??? lol just kidding. any way tough test for misbah as captain. i think its day game so its batter to chase as i can bet there would be some moisture on the pitch at start. all the best to both teams.

  • on November 23, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    If the Selection is based on "who you know" then "what you know" then Whatmore or any other coach what can he do except to wonder. Just look at afridi he;s a bowler as he just don't understand the importance of timing his shots but You expect afridi to win you matches by his batting and you expect him to be a finisher? I blame this mess purely on Selection Committee and whoever is influencing players selection. Afridi is doing something with his selection i.e bowling well, he has self-respect but what about those players who are not selected on merit and yet you keep playing them even after their consistent failures when is this expected to end? or are you waiting for God to speak to you.

  • TheHasan on November 23, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    My XI for PAK: Nasir, Shehzad, Maqsood, Akmal, Misbah, Hafeez, Shahid, Bhatti, Tanvir, Ajmal, Junaid. Pakistan are really lacking a genuine all-rounder like Abdul Razzaq who can bat when needed. And Misbah please do pick Nasir, he will surely come back into the form very soon.

  • shahnbej on November 23, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    I think Misbah's captaincy is more dependent for match result not the player. If he changes his tuk tuk style of batting and play positive just like Hafeez did in last match. All batting will follow his foot step. Only one changes needed for match that's Misbah replaced Umar Amin and the rest are doing great job.

  • on November 23, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed, Umar Amin, Asad Shafiq , Mohammed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik,Wahab Riaz .. These are same players who played in Champions trophy and even the bowling side is same. The problem is batting, considering from Champions trophy till now you still have same players in team thus expect another series Loss here and 5th loss against SA within few weeks, The problem is YOU because you favor players in team whom are not deserving for example Umar amin, Ahmed shehzad, Imran farhat, Shan Masood, Adnan Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez etc but their domestic performances are below average in comparison to other players so on what BASIS these players are still playing and were selected by whom in first instance. You the selection committee should RESIGN immediately because it's your responsibility to ensure players being selected on Merit and you have failed miserably in this Job.Even Imran Farhat has better batting average then Mohammad Hafeez in international cricket,joke?

  • SamAsh07 on November 23, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Why does Pakistan play with 6 Batsmen only? After Umar Akmal the tail begins...

  • Master_uv_Puppetz on November 23, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed is really really out of form. Every time his bat hits the ball it sounds like an axe chopping off a tree. He can't seem to get in the form after being given repeated chances. Sad how Asad Shafiq doesn't get the same privileges like him. Just goes to show how oblivious our selectors are to the player's forms. Shahid Afridi wants to tell us he's still a batsman but ends up wasting so many deliveries we just don't care he's even a bowler. Sohail Tanvir can't bowl the new ball anymore. At most he can only be good bowling 5 spells of 2 overs each. This way he won't get hit all over the park and contribute to the opponent's run rate. IDK why he is selected in the team. Bilawal Bhatti needs to stop listening to the professor after every ball. Just get him Waqar or Wasim to coach. He's the only good thing happened to Pak cricket this year so don't let Hafeez ruin it. Sohaib Maqsood should put sleeping pills in Afridi's tea so that he can finally get a chance to bat.

  • AbdulRauf-99 on November 23, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Last T20 was a good win for Pakistan, Hopefully this will give them confidence to win in the rest of the series, My playing XI: Nasir, Shezad, Hafeez, Sohaib, Misbah, Asad/umar amin, Umar Akmal , Afrdi, Bhatti, Ajmal, junaid,

    Hafeez and afridi has proved they're worth times and times again but still our people want them gone, please no Sohail Tanvir because he is only good in T20's, Since there is no Irfan, i would prefer Bhatti, Where is umar gul??? he said he'll be back for South Africa series,Hopefully he'll return for Sri Lanka series...

  • on November 23, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Two days back I wrote the below passage/comment and i think it started showing fruits ----Mr. Coach- Well, let us be clear about one thing-Pakistan batting needs stability -what that means is watchfully playing first 15 overs (for ODI's) and 6 Overs for T20. If you score 60 odd runs in 15 overs in ODI's and 30 odd runs in 6 overs in T20 without losing wicket or say one wicket at the most , you would still end up scoring more than 250 in ODI and 140-150 in T20. This is winning score for any pakistan bowling. For this to happen in pakistan you got some test batsman to begin with say Khuram Manzoor or Azhar Ali, Taufeeq Umar who can save the wickets and then a Pinch hitter ( hit or miss) of the quality of Afridi/Razzaq/Hafeez/umar akmal to come at No3 to improve the run rate- Mr Coach please think about it if you are still looking for options and have not given up hopelessly yet. Please drag Hafeez down to 6 down - he can play last 15-20 overs as per will- Asad shafiq can open ...

  • Shazy777 on November 23, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    My playing X1.... 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Quinton de Kock (wk) 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 JP Duminy 5 AB de Villiers (capt), 6 David Miller, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8 Vernon Philander, 9 Morne Morkel, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Imran Tahir

  • on November 23, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    It is time to consider resting old, non-performing players in ODI. Hafeez and Afridi are not ODI material. Hafeez performed after at least six poor performannces, and Afridi looks woefully out of touch when it comes to batting.

    They both need to be rested for ODI. Umar Akmal was also struggling initially.

    New, young players like Maqsood and Bilawal are good finds. We need to have batting depth up to number10 or 11.

    Why Harris and Hamad are not on board, the nation struggles to understand.

    With abundant, young talent waiting in the queue, Misbah should NOT opt for the same old, tired failures.

    We need young batsman with good hand-eye coordination. Please leave Afridi, Hafeez, Jamshed, and Asad, and Junaid on the sidelines, and try young players who can bat and bowl.

    It is the batting that has failed in the ODI, stupid!

    With a few exceptions, young players have performed. It is paramount that we try a few more.

    We will never win with these old, non-performing players.

  • on November 23, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    i used to be a BIG fan of sohail tanvir...but now it makes no sense what soever to have him in the team. he has gotten MERKED in the last 4 years bowling in the death, and continues to do so, yet he is always thrown the ball to bowl the last overs..ridiculous senseless this from pakistan!

  • on November 23, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    I will play the following 11 in the following batting order:- 1 N jamshed 2. A shahzad 3. U akmal 4. S Maqsood 5. Misbah 6. Hafeez 7. U Amin/Asad Shafeq 8. Afridi/Ajmal 9.Tanvir 10. Bilawal 11.Junaid Afridi is purely a bowler and in south africa we often play only 1 specialist spinner, So one among ajmal and afridi and ajmal have to sit out.

  • imranmujtaba on November 23, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    SA is strengthen by return of Kallis - where Pak is weaken by return of Misbah. Team Gel very well after last ODI series. Misbah will destroy whole team spirit again. Pak should keep same combination as last t20 and Just replace Misbah with Amin..... Ideally, Asad should replace Amin and Hafeez or Afridi should captain Pak in ODI. Let's pray it happen soon!

  • on November 23, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Pakistan is Favorite in T20 Format But Sohail Tanvir is Not First Class Player and Pakistan is going to play him in World Class... I think Sohail Tavir Has Down the RANK of Pakistan in t20.... Kallis is one of the Most Experience Player will strenghten SA More ...

    MY TEAM Pakistan XI with Batting Order Jamshid,Afridi, Shehzad, Umer Akmal, Misbah,Hafeez , Umer Amin, Bhatti, Anwer Ali, Junaid, Ajmal.............

  • on November 23, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Yesterday, Afridi palyed 9 dot ball and only two boundaries he scored on inside edges which obviously depict his ageing and out of form as a batman but in bowling he is doing fair. So now its time of now or never situation. I think asad should have given chance persistently on behalf of Umar amin. I have seen enough of Umar amin and ain't good. Misbah should come in up order so he can play a long inngs as he is not capable of doing that under the circumstances. My playing 11. 1.shahzad 2.Hafeez 3.Misbah 4.Umar Akmal 5. Shoaib 6.Asad 7. Afridi 8.Bhatti 9.Ajmal 10. Junaid 11.Sohail tanveer

  • Haz95 on November 23, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Seems to be a fairly stable team, but Hafeez needs to drop down the order....I'm fine with him in the team, i encourage it but he is not a complete batsman, he's an all rounder who can be the finisher pakistan needs, I also believe he should take the captain role on, he made a few mistakes in captaincy but he has proved he's a good captain.As for Misbah, he's the backbone of the batting, a more or less world class batsmen, NOt CAPTAIN. Akmal has proved once again that he only works @ #3 or #4. My team for pak 1.Jamshed, 2.Shehzad, 3.Akmal, 4.Maqsood, 5.Ul Haq, 6, Hafeez, 7. Amin/Shafiq 8.Bhilwall Bhatti, 9.Afridi(for bowling),10. Ajmal, 11.Khan A strong batting line up with 2 1/2 all rounders lol and good bowlers. PICK THIS TEAM.

  • Izzmail55 on November 23, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    I dont think they should drop Ahmad Shahzad and Nasir Jamshed instead of that they should drop Asad Shafiq I dont remember the last time he made runs. Goof luck Green Shirts!!!

  • IAS2009 on November 23, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    If Pakistan batsman play to block the ball and not rotate the strike the game will be over in first 25 overs, Hafeez should not play as an opener at least against SA he Steyn's bunny. Pakistan should stick with Jamshed and shezad, also Misbah should come to bat only in collapse situation otherwise should bat at 7. his blocking approach is making pakistan loose the game, in my opinion he should not be in team, don't be fooled by his record in loosing games remember WC semi final he was top scorer but the all his hitting cam in when game was already lost. he blocks the ball and then play risky shots to get out during his blocking batsmen at other end loosing wickets. how can coach and other teaa management not see this flawed approach going on for 3 years now. Pakistan ODI record speaks for it self. the new talent is wasted in his leadership, not one single batsman is developed in last 3 years (in misbah's leadership) who has automatic selection in team.

  • Stark62 on November 23, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    @ mzm149 That's a solid line up, except I would have gone for Anwar over Tanvir because Tanvir is a failure in this format, whilst Anwar needs to be given a chance to demonstrate his potential and he should picked for all 3 ODI's.

    Also, give Jamshed all the ODI's is well and if he fails, bring in Sharjeel but knowing Misbah, he'll open with Hafeez and Shezhad, with Maqsood at 3/4 and one of Shafiq or Amin at 3/4, whilst bumping U. Akmal back to the no. 6 position and treating him like a slogger/finisher which he clearly is not.

  • rezwan_83. on November 23, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Where are Imran Nazir,Imran Farhat?Pakistan definitely missing the experience of Umar Gul and Irfan.These two are more than capable.So let's hope for their inclusion in next T20 world cup in Bangladesh.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 23, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Drop Jamshed and Amin, send aggressive Sohaib one down, persist with the talented Bilawal.

  • umarbhatti4 on November 23, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Why this Sohail Tanvir? Why?

  • SamWintson92 on November 23, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    My XI for 1st ODI:

    SOU XI: 1 Amla 2 Smith 3 Kallis 4 De Villiers (C) 5 Duminy 6 De Kock (WK) 7 Miller 8 McLaren/Tsotsobe 9 Steyn 10 M Morkel 11 Tahir

    Sou should give Smith a go in the opening. SOU shouldn't forget the contribution of the ex skipper over the years. He made 234 recently in the test. De Kock can bat in the middle order at 6 & will keep also. There are 4 regular bowlers are at 8,9,10 & 11. The other 10 overs should be used from Kallis & Duminy.

    PAK XI: 1 Shehzad 2 Maqsood 3 Jamshed 4 Misbah (C) 5 U Akmal (WK) 6 Hafeez 7 Afridi 8 Tanvir 9 Junaid 10 Ajmal 11 Bhatti

  • xtrafalgarx on November 23, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    So sick of Pakistan vs South Africa, jees! Enough is enough.

  • on November 23, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    i think with the squad they have, they should just play same 11 as 2nd t20 with just misbah in place of umar amin. no other fast bowling option left apart from anwar so i would go with sohail abd junaid with bhatti. bhatti needs to be picked so that we can see his batting skills. amin , anwar, rehman and asad to sit out.

    no doubt hafeez and umar scored runs in 2nd t20 but both are known for inconsistency especially hafeez. last time he blasted 86 in t20 but failed in odi series vs SA in march.

    they are good in t20 s because it suits their style but odi is longer format. i dont see any difference in approach in batting yesterday. they started slow but this time able to accelerate on time. hafeez scored barely 15-20 in 1 st 20 balls he played. this can work some time but nor always. same is the casr with openers and umar akmal.

    problem is inconsistency. most of these are 1 in many game players.

  • mzm149 on November 23, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    No doubt Hafeez played a good innings on one of the flattest of tracks without any swing or seam. But this doesn't justify his place as ODI opener or one down batsman. Pitches in ODIs are tougher. With two different balls for even and odd number of overs, balls take time to get older and first ten overs are very tough to bat. He has weakness against Dale Steyn and any good fast bowler in particular. But there is no doubt he is one of the finest players of spin bowling. He should bat down the order. He can be good finisher which we badly need in ODIs.

    My playing XI: 1. Shehzad 2. Jamshed 3. Maqsood 4. Akmal 5. Misbah 6. Hafeez 7. Afridi 8. Bhatti 9. Tanvir 10. Ajmal 11. Junaid

  • on November 23, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Good Luck Pak Shaheen..... must replace Umer Amin with Asad Shafiq and Sohail Tanvir with Abdur Rehman, rest of the team should stay the same with Nasir Jamshed to be given another chance in ODI.

  • on November 23, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    I still don't understand why same team is picked up again and again when it's not performing well. Drop Afridi and Hafeez give other boys chance

  • rezwan_83. on November 23, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    I think great kallis may find some difficulties in this series as he has been absent from this format for long .Let's see how he cope up with this.I'm afraid that his inclusion may shift the balance of the winning combination.Again I want to see Quinton in the line up.He reminds me Harshell Gibbs and Gary Kersten.I saw a fusion of those great players in him.

  • Shazzada on November 23, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    team should be Nasir/Shehzad/Hafeez/Misbah/Akmal/Sohaib/Afridi/Sohail/Bhatti/Ajmal/Junaid

  • on November 23, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Anwar Ali is the only missing link in our t20 should have played instead of junaid khan in coming odi and if he does perform trust me this is all we need a medium pace alrounder who can bat, hit along way and all we need from him is to bowl tight and if possible get a wicket may be like 7 overs 25-30 runs and 1 wicket

  • on November 23, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    smith aur de kock a real tough question for sa management

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  • on November 23, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    smith aur de kock a real tough question for sa management

  • on November 23, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Anwar Ali is the only missing link in our t20 should have played instead of junaid khan in coming odi and if he does perform trust me this is all we need a medium pace alrounder who can bat, hit along way and all we need from him is to bowl tight and if possible get a wicket may be like 7 overs 25-30 runs and 1 wicket

  • Shazzada on November 23, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    team should be Nasir/Shehzad/Hafeez/Misbah/Akmal/Sohaib/Afridi/Sohail/Bhatti/Ajmal/Junaid

  • rezwan_83. on November 23, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    I think great kallis may find some difficulties in this series as he has been absent from this format for long .Let's see how he cope up with this.I'm afraid that his inclusion may shift the balance of the winning combination.Again I want to see Quinton in the line up.He reminds me Harshell Gibbs and Gary Kersten.I saw a fusion of those great players in him.

  • on November 23, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    I still don't understand why same team is picked up again and again when it's not performing well. Drop Afridi and Hafeez give other boys chance

  • on November 23, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Good Luck Pak Shaheen..... must replace Umer Amin with Asad Shafiq and Sohail Tanvir with Abdur Rehman, rest of the team should stay the same with Nasir Jamshed to be given another chance in ODI.

  • mzm149 on November 23, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    No doubt Hafeez played a good innings on one of the flattest of tracks without any swing or seam. But this doesn't justify his place as ODI opener or one down batsman. Pitches in ODIs are tougher. With two different balls for even and odd number of overs, balls take time to get older and first ten overs are very tough to bat. He has weakness against Dale Steyn and any good fast bowler in particular. But there is no doubt he is one of the finest players of spin bowling. He should bat down the order. He can be good finisher which we badly need in ODIs.

    My playing XI: 1. Shehzad 2. Jamshed 3. Maqsood 4. Akmal 5. Misbah 6. Hafeez 7. Afridi 8. Bhatti 9. Tanvir 10. Ajmal 11. Junaid

  • on November 23, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    i think with the squad they have, they should just play same 11 as 2nd t20 with just misbah in place of umar amin. no other fast bowling option left apart from anwar so i would go with sohail abd junaid with bhatti. bhatti needs to be picked so that we can see his batting skills. amin , anwar, rehman and asad to sit out.

    no doubt hafeez and umar scored runs in 2nd t20 but both are known for inconsistency especially hafeez. last time he blasted 86 in t20 but failed in odi series vs SA in march.

    they are good in t20 s because it suits their style but odi is longer format. i dont see any difference in approach in batting yesterday. they started slow but this time able to accelerate on time. hafeez scored barely 15-20 in 1 st 20 balls he played. this can work some time but nor always. same is the casr with openers and umar akmal.

    problem is inconsistency. most of these are 1 in many game players.

  • xtrafalgarx on November 23, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    So sick of Pakistan vs South Africa, jees! Enough is enough.

  • SamWintson92 on November 23, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    My XI for 1st ODI:

    SOU XI: 1 Amla 2 Smith 3 Kallis 4 De Villiers (C) 5 Duminy 6 De Kock (WK) 7 Miller 8 McLaren/Tsotsobe 9 Steyn 10 M Morkel 11 Tahir

    Sou should give Smith a go in the opening. SOU shouldn't forget the contribution of the ex skipper over the years. He made 234 recently in the test. De Kock can bat in the middle order at 6 & will keep also. There are 4 regular bowlers are at 8,9,10 & 11. The other 10 overs should be used from Kallis & Duminy.

    PAK XI: 1 Shehzad 2 Maqsood 3 Jamshed 4 Misbah (C) 5 U Akmal (WK) 6 Hafeez 7 Afridi 8 Tanvir 9 Junaid 10 Ajmal 11 Bhatti