Pakistan in South Africa 2012-13

Injured Haris Sohail out of South Africa tour

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February 5, 2013

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Pakistan batsman Haris Sohail has been ruled out of the ongoing tour of South Africa because of an ankle injury. He has returned home and is expected to need four weeks to recover. Pakistan have not named a replacement yet.

Sohail did not play the Johannesburg Test, which Pakistan lost by 211 runs after being dismissed for 49 in the first innings. He is yet to make his debut in any format for Pakistan.

Sohail had twisted his ankle in December, during a training camp in Lahore ahead of the tour of India, but had recovered in time to make the trip.

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Posted by peercricket on (February 8, 2013, 21:48 GMT)

Harris sohail was obvious choice in the middle order but unfortunately got unfit so Imran farhat got the chance although he already got enough chances but his recent performance is outstanding in domestic so this time he deserve. Yes Fawad alam should be in the team as we always pick him in wrong format.Fawad has the tailor made test player and he has talent to play big innings and stay on pitch for long time, his debut inning is evidance of his talent he would always be the part of test side...but i persist with the same batting line up for the second test. as far as yonis K concern people always critic him but he always reply with his bat.He is a class act and i hope he will perform better in the rest of series.

Posted by peercricket on (February 8, 2013, 21:34 GMT)

yes selection of the team leaves lot of questions marks.It is quiet unfortunate for Aizaz cheeema to be dropped from the tour b\c i think he is the best bowler who is suitable for these sort of pitches and conditions. Rhat is a good bowler but saddaf hussain is much much better than rahat.i am afraid he is ruined by selector as they did to najaf shah ,M irshad, A rauf ,tanvir ahmed kamran hussain and so many other .... people blaming F.iqbal but he has never got 4 consecutive test even he had strucked fifty or century in last match.He always blamed for relative of miandad but the fact is that he is a talented player but we never gave him confidence.His ability to play spin is amazing and he had a century against S.A strong bowling line which include pollock,nitini,hyward back in 2003 but he never got enough chance constantly

Posted by peercricket on (February 8, 2013, 21:04 GMT)

people are criticizing on tanvir ahmed age but i guarantee he is much fitter than some young lads forget about players age as far as they are fit and performing in the field.tanvir can swings tbe ball either ways and can ball around 86 to 88 Mph .He has bowling avg around 24 in test and dont forget about his batting who can play defensively and hit big sixes as well. i wander why he didnot pick for lanka tour...?He is a big match player his average doesnot show his potential so he must be part of the 2nd test...

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

now the time to take correct action from PCB to call MOHAMMAD yousaf or shoaib malik. we need bunch of experience to handle SA,s pace attack otherwise i,m afraid same will happen in 2nd match

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 0:59 GMT)

Rahat ali needs to be replaced by Wahab riaz ..he can bat also. Also when a chance comes we must utilise Fawad alams talent.

Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

No point bringing more left handed batsmen in - they won't cope with either Vern or Morkel

Posted by Muttee on (February 7, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

You think Yousaf won't be able to cope and is a tried and tested and failed player? you really need to learn some cricket boy. Check his track record in SA and you will know what he is capable of and also he is still keeping himself fit and will be much better on handling these bowlers than anyone else in the team right now.

Posted by ilyas on (February 7, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

Ha ha Mohd yousuf? You have got to be kidding me. The guy is ancient and will score zero runs and may also get hurt against this SA attack. Leave him in peace in his retirement home! The worrying thing is there are no new batting names being mentioned just the usual suspects who have been tried and found wanting especially farhat and iqbal who are both useless. I still think we need to give umar akmal a proper go. Tell him he is in the side for the whole tour and then make a judgement. Currently he knows he is one poor shot from being dropped. He is a rare talent and we should give him a fair chance

Posted by keptalittlelow on (February 7, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

@pauliangenius, I agree with your suggestions, however I feel Ajmal should stay in, as he can bowl a spell from no where to construct an unlikely victory. Why should we not try Mohammad Irfan if he is fit? facing the facts does not mean that we should lose all the fight, 50% of the battle is mental attitude, it was Imran khan's mental attitude which got us the world cup.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 7, 2013, 10:48 GMT)


Please compare the following performances in first class & Tests and Kindly explain to me how Gul can be the spearhead of the Pakistan Attack.

Name - - - - - Age - Wicket/AVG.(FC) - - - - Wickets/Avg (Tests)

Sadaf Hussain (23) -- 171/17.43

Ehsan Adil - - (19) - - 59/18.94

Aizaz Cheema -(33) -- 327/20.79

Rahat Ali - - - (24) - - 152/21

Junaid Khan - (23) - - 246/21.86 - - - - - - 29/28

Asad Ali - - - (24) - - 355/22.87

Mohammed Irfan(30) -- 131/26.23

Anwar Ali - - (25) - - 260/27.46

Wahab Riaz -- (27) -- 320/28.19 - - - - - - 17/34.11

Umar Gul - - (29) - - 326/28.26 - - - - - - 162/33.53

Mohammed Talha(24) -- 239/28.39

Gul has got far too many chances without really performing well. Time to move on to players like Sadaf, Ehsan, etc along with Junaid & Rahat.


Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 7, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

Fawad Alam Stats -->

A left arm batsman with an average of 55 in FC games, is just what Pakistan needs. But somehow Imran Farhat with a FC avg of 42 and Faisal Iqbal with a FC avg of 40 get selected. Anyways still it is not too late. Still if the PCB wants they can send Fawad in place of Haris Sohail.


Posted by g.narsimha on (February 7, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

WOW-till other day every body was screaming at thier top of the throat AJMAL is worlds best now few wants he is dropped , which appears to be a wise move as he cant take wicket out side uae -

Posted by AamirAbuOzair on (February 7, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

I would pick Shoaib Malik as his replacement. Bring in Imran Farhat as an opener with Nasir Jamshed and strengthen middle order with Hafeez and Shoaib Malik. Younis Khan should be rested. Saeed Ajmal was not impressive at all and we should rest him too. Shoaib and Hafeez can bowl well. Saeed's obmission and Shoaib's inclusion will add an additional batsman. We should be strengthening our batting and I am sure Shoaib will be able to deliver as well, he has a much better temperament and will get Immense Indian Support too....

Posted by Wantted on (February 7, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

I think Fawad Alam is abest choice in the place of haris sohail.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 7, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

Though I was a big fan of Mohammed Yousuf, but now I think it is too late. He has been out of International cricket for more than 3 years. In these three years he played only the 2 tests in 2010 during the England tour. I think by now he knows that he will never be selected again. Maybe in his mind he has already retired. At 38 years of age, he sould have announced his retirement by now. But now that story is over. Let us move on.

Posted by manobilla on (February 6, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

I agree with @pauliangenius. we need left handed batsmen in the team to counter Steyn threat ...

I do foresee 0-3 for Pak, sorry but that is what is on the cards. Each prior tour against the best team (Aus, Eng) had produced a similar result.

Posted by pauliangenius on (February 6, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

@keptalittlelow Please face the facts. I am not undermining Pakistan, but right now they do not have the experience to counter SA. One suggestion that i put forth is that instead of Ajmal, slot a left handed batsmen.Spin dept can be handled by Hafeez. It will allow us an extra batsman. Also, the more left handed batsmen you will have, the more steam will run out of Steyn Gun. And please slot in Tanvir Ahmed for Rahat Ali. Tanvir is good with the bat and bowl.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 6, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

I hope they send Fawad Alam or someone better as repalcement. Already there are two passengers (I.Farhat & Faisal I. ) in the squad. That means Misbah is forced to play the same eleven. Unfortunately both the injuries have happened to good players. I wouldn't mind if Younis and/or Gul got injured. Somethings can happen for the good of the team. You may call it a stroke of luck. Also Misbah must think of resting Ajmal as spin is not going to be an issue in SA. Better include some good batsman or a fast bowler instead. Also the spinning duties can be left to Hafeez & Azhar Ali.


Posted by Ismailtaj on (February 6, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

I Think they want to call back Mohammed Yousuf in this time he will be helpful for the team and he has a good experiences in playing south Africa conditions

Regards Mohammed Ismail

Posted by   on (February 6, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

bed luck for misba and company. I think the basic failure is the batting and poor selection of fast bowllers by the selectors. I dont know y Asad Ali, and sami Niazi an aggressive swing bowler are not in the squad. they can really make it a difference then Irfan, Ehsan and Rahat. Their record shows that they are the best in their class. Recent performance of Asad and Sami in President trophy speaks a volume about their performance who won their team SNGPL a title in President Trophy.

Posted by Rhygwyn on (February 6, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

Now that the original pre-series frothing by the Pakistan fans has ended maybe we can get some perspective here. Pakistan undoubtedly has talented players but it is not that easy for youngsters to just come and perform. It takes time. There is no benefit in picking older players past their prime. Just bite the bullet and let the young ones play and in 5 years time you will have a formidable unit. In the meantime you can look forward to a few upsets but don't expect them to routinely similarly skilled but much more experienced opponents.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (February 6, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

@pauliangenius, I am shocked at your comments, Pakistan won SIX out of eight test matches before this test, Pakistan has beaten South Africa in many ICC International Tournaments, Pakistan are ranked No.4 in the ICC Test rankings, they are not as bad as you are trying to portray them.

Posted by 14.08.1947 on (February 6, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

I dont agree with some comments here....@worthydost786: Why are you destroying the hole Playing XI Squad...And why are you putting the name of Kamran Akmal???????????????? I think a lot of Pakistani Supporter dont know, what cricket is....THey are just reading the AVERAGE of some Players and starting to be an EXPERT!!!! Did you guys forget, how INZAMAM-UL-HAQ was selected???The team selection didnt want him, but some other DOMESTIC PLAYERS becuase of there AVERAGE....ANd Imran Khan told them, that he will only select Inzamam because of his technique!!!!!It means, that the SELECTION shoulndt be made by STATISTIC, but by OBSERVATION and TALENT!!!!!!

Posted by ATahir on (February 6, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

Haris Sohail should have been given chance on indian tour. Specially in final ODI when the Stage was all set for new commer like him. I beleive he is better than Umer Akmal.

Posted by Xaks on (February 6, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

I just dont undertand why Faisal Iqbal is selected? He never gets adequate chance but always selected as a "Filler". Always selected for a tough tour... poor chap :(

Why people keep on criticising Rahat Ali? please check first test of M. Asif, Dale Steyn, Umar Gul, Junaid Khan and many more....

Ehsan Adil might have performed well in domestics but he seems to be a very ordinary bowler.

Posted by pauliangenius on (February 6, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

Pakistan are 3-0 by the way even if they bring every talent they have on offer int heir country.

Posted by azurecharms on (February 6, 2013, 3:51 GMT)

This Pak team is under resourced and ill prepared! Does not matter what, odds looks bleak from now on!

9 day gap between 1st and 2nd test, and just one practice game before series, that was pathetic planning from coach and management.

I hope this team can slavage something by the end of tour!

Posted by avmd on (February 6, 2013, 3:50 GMT)

Smart move by Sohail. This South African attack is not the best one to make test debut against. He would go home, will have a good time and will make his debut in West Indies. Flat pitches, warn weather and gentle pace of Sammy and co. Taufeeq Umar also prolonged his career by getting injured at the right time.

Posted by pauliangenius on (February 6, 2013, 3:46 GMT)

I would like Imran Farhat to come one down to replace Azhar Ali to expose Steyn struggle against left handers. And would also like Tanvir Ahmed replace Rahat Ali and not Irfan. Irfan has only bounce and no swing at all, and because SA have a habit to play on bouncy pitches, he would make no difference. By the way, his tall frame will not intimidate SA batsmen as they have Morne Morkel to face in nets. Tanvir Ahmed can both Bat and Bowl superbly. He saved Pakistan a face against West indies with his batting the last time he played a test.

Posted by worthydost786 on (February 6, 2013, 2:56 GMT)

Technically Pakistan needed 297 in 180 overs while Misbah was only Aiming for his fifty. He is not a fighter like Imran Khan and other Great Captains we had in past. I was a selector i would select the team as follows. 1. Hafeez. 2. Jamshed. 3. Imran Farhat (Just Because of His Recent 300) 4. Umar Akmal. 5. Fawad Alam. 6. Kamran Akmal. 7. Saeed Ajmal. 8. Junaid. 9. Gul. 10. Irfan. 11. Talha. Other Deserving Players Are Asad Shafiq, Abdur Rehman, Ehsan Adil, Sadaf Hussain

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (February 6, 2013, 1:25 GMT)

Bring in Umar Akmal and play him in place of Younis. Umar is a better player on speedy n swinging wickets. Even when played in A-team on their Australian tour he scored a lot of runs against bilinger and co. Criticism against Umar Akmal has no grounds as every one cant be Misbah the tuk tuk.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (February 5, 2013, 22:37 GMT)

umer akmal is most deserving.. and i think he will do good here. give him a chance. but i am sad about haris as he is very talented and i hope he gets his chance soon.

Posted by 14.08.1947 on (February 5, 2013, 22:30 GMT)

@BigMoey: For god sick, please dont put the Name of Abdur Rauf. Just tell me in which game he has done very good fpr Pakistan???? In the bottom line, there is no doubt, that the Team Selection Comittee is doing a horrible job. Iam not argiung the selection of players, but how they get selected. A first the team has been send to SA with just 4 pace bowlers. Just before the 1st Test began, they have sent 2 additionla fast bowler. Rahat Ali couldn acclimate himself into the condition. You could see some beauties from him. Nevertheless, i think Ehsan Adil should play the next...WHY SHOULDNT THEY PLAY with 4 PACE ATTACK BOWLERS. Just exclude SAEEM AJMAL, because it is not his PITCH! GUL, IRFAN, EHSAN, JUNAID!!!!!! Then it will be tricky for SA..... Well lets see what happen!

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 5, 2013, 22:14 GMT)

Please compare the following first class performances .

Name Bowling avg (FC) Tests ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sadaf Hussain 17.43 Ehsan Adil 18.94 Rahat Ali 21 Junaid Khan 21.86 28 Mohammed Irfan 26 Mohammed Talha 28 Umar Gul 28.26 33


Posted by cricpolitics on (February 5, 2013, 22:03 GMT)

The selection has been fishy from day first. I am not believing in whatever this selection committee is saying. I don't even believe that Taufiq Umar was even injured. Taufiq was the only batsman who had the South African experience and also had good record there and now they are sending a promising batsman back. I wonder whose relative is coming now.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2013, 21:45 GMT)

you cant really blame Pakistan Cricket Team for this game... team has played how many test matches in last 3 years against good sides? all these results are domestic games only.. so you can expect them to do better.. I think it was a bad decision for Pakistan to include Rahat Ali who looked below Par in bowler friendly conditions. Azahar needs to go Irfan in.. Taufeeq Umar in if he is fit, if not pakistan needs a good standard Batsman may be umar Ameen called up.

Posted by Abushumayla on (February 5, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

Genius selectors from Pak will dispatch another bunch of bowlers without thinking for the reinforcement of barring lineup. I believe they should call for Faisal Iqbal and Fawad Alam..... and Imran Farhat to be in palying X1. For God sake get rid of Younus and Azhar.

Posted by Desihungama on (February 5, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

There is no harm in calling Mohd. Yousaf just for this Test series.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 5, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

I dont understand this suspense behind Mohammed Irfan's fitness. If he is not fit or injured then please send him back with Harris Sohail and get in Sadaf Hussain. But if he is fit then should should definately play. with his pace & bounce he can make batting difficult for the batsmen.


Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 5, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

Those of you asking for Umar Amin as replacement, Please take a look at this first class career. He averages 38 with the bat in fist class matches. And on the SA pitches against this attack he will come out with an average in single digit.


Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 5, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

I agree with Fezz that M.Yousuf would not be match fit since he has not played test cricket since Sept, 2010. So please talk sence.

regarding Umar Akmal he is just not fit for test cricket. Infact Misbah did the right thing by even dropping him from the ODI team in the India series for the first 2 matches.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 5, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

@ Stark62 :

But I agree with you that with a bowling averge of 17.8 in first class mathes Sadaf deserves to be selected. But when the team management asked for more bowlers the selectors sent Tanvir Ahmed & Rahat. Now Rahat is a good choice but at 34 odd years of age Tanvir is not a good choice.

Also the young Ehsan Adil is not expected to get a chance in this series, then what is the point of selecting him if he has to just sit on the bench ? May be he will get some experience of SA conditions which may help him later on in this carreer.


Posted by omar_choudhary on (February 5, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

@BigMoey - Are you serious? Your kidding me, Abdur Rauf was given enough opportunities and he did not perform that well when he was given the chance. He is nowhere near the top of the domestic bowlers in Pakistan. It is always dominated by Sohail Khan, Mohammad Talha, Sadaf Hussain, Mohammad Irshad, Mohammad Irfan etc. (Talking about only fast bowlers) Abdur Rauf will be remembered only for one thing, the MCG test vs Australia in 2009/10. He dropped Watson on 99 not to forget he also bowled poorly and got hammered by the Aussie Batsmen.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 5, 2013, 20:38 GMT)

@ Stark62 :

Agreed with all your comments except your demand for Umar Akmal.

I completely agree with you that with an average of 55+ in FC matches he deserves to be in the team. Also that his temperament is just suited for test cricket. In fact i feel should not have been selected for T20 matches because his temerament does not suit the shortest format or even the 50 over format. Also I agree with you that the left handed variation will also help the team. This Pakistani team has too many right handed players.

Also i agree that Sadaf Hussain should have been a part of the team, but now with Rahat, Irfan, Junaid, Gul, Tanvir & Adil , I dont think that the team needs an other bowler at this stage. I am glad that atleast Rahat got selected and he even got an opportunity. But inspite of bowling well he was unlucky not to get wickets. Also he was not helped by the fact that the experienced SA batters played really well.


Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 5, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

I agree with many comments over here that Fawad Alam should be sent as replacement for Haris Sohail. With a batting average of 55 in first class games he should be a good replacement. Also he is an experienced batsman with a decent technique & temperament. He is willing to apply himself on the crease. appears to be a level headed bat.

But I just hope Umar Akmal is not sent to ruin the series. He just does not have the temperament for test cricket.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 5, 2013, 20:13 GMT)

@ shahzadparacha :

Compleately agreed with you. Faisal Iqbal is a relative of J.Miandad, that is why he has earned a free trip to SA for sight seeing. ditto about Imran Farhat who is the son-in-law of Mohd.Ilyas. Now there are two passengers in the team and with so many injuries happening so quickly, i am afraid one of them might get a chance.

But I agree with you that barring any injury concerns the same 6 batsmen must be persisted with in the series. It is the best combination of whatever is left. In any case the ball was moving too much in the 1st test. Also they will need some time to get adjusted to the extra bounce of SA pitches. I feel they will perform better in the remaining tests.


Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 5, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

@ Umar Riaz :

You must be joking regarding your demand for Akmal brothers. Untill the replacement selection of Imran Farhat, this was the best selected team. Though it could have been better, but the best part of this team was the combined absense of the Akmals.

In anycase Sarfraz Ahmed is a better keeper & Batsmen than the Akmals.


Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 5, 2013, 20:03 GMT)

The most dissapointing new for this test series. I was hoping that he would get an opportunity here. This news has been declared on the 5th of Feb and it says that he has already flown back. I wonder when did he get injured.


Posted by BigMoey on (February 5, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

Where is Abdur Rauf? The best bowler by far in the whole of first class cricket in Pakistan. His stats are phenomenal. Sad times. When will all this political bull stop?!

Posted by FighterKallis on (February 5, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

south africa are great but except elgar everone is above 28. so please prepare for the future after the southafrican sobers Mr.kallis retires.delange,kuhn,ingram,phiasango,mclaren ,tsotsobe,can be moulded for test level.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 5, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

I think it's a good idea to bring Yousuf, it will help Kallis to feel young again. Which is good.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

"Sohail had twisted his ankle in December, during a training camp in Lahore" then why he was selected for the tour. This is worst team selection i have ever seen. 15 players selected and 3 more were send before 1st test. Now even more parchi players are coming. Very biased selection. Bring back Akmal brothers (Umar and Adnan). They are the best players on bouncy tracks.

Posted by FighterKallis on (February 5, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

5 days ago mad pakistani fans have been criticising southafrica .Now suddenly they think about yousuf after a shot in thier head.Its clear that Pakistan don't have enough stuff to play test cricket.If it is subcontinent they would something with the old ajmal.Finally they would go and beg boom boom afridi for the one dayers. last ten years they don't have any quality players except yousuf,younis and akhtar.

Posted by Imran-Akram on (February 5, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

Umar Amin or Fawad Alam msut get the chance now!!!!!

Posted by shahzadparacha on (February 5, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

I wonder why there are so many injuries for bench players without even playing. First Taufiq Umar and now Haris Sohail.

In any case, the top 6 who played first test match should be persisted with for the remaining 2 tests. Faisal Iqbal is a club player at best and has only been selected because of Javed Miandad's reference.

Pakistan will be tested at Newlands.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 5, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

I am a big fan of Mohammed Yousuf. But now I think he has been out of the test team for too long. Also age is not on his side. selecting him for replacement will be a very short sighted decision. Now the team must move forward, no matter is the result in this series.


Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 5, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

One thing is not clear, when exactly & how did he injure his ankle ?


Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 5, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Imran Farhat was already a bad replacement for Taufeeq Umar. I hope this time around they send someone good. In anycase I dont think Umar Akmal will be sent as a replacement. Umar Akmal has failed completely in the test level and this series will be a little too much for him. I think Fawad Alam may not be bad. But I hope they send someone who is technically correct.


Posted by Umms on (February 5, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

Why M.Yusuf, why not Inzamam, or even Minadad. Oh i forget Hanif also scored 337 against WI in WI, yea that makes him qualify for the selection. No forget about his age and match fitness, he has scored in the past he will definately score again. M.yusuf scored played 2 years ago, thats a short time in test cricket, he will adjust to the SA conditions at the airport, please send him in SA national plane and give him a seat to talk to any SA national he would be climatized. We are definately future oriented bunch by thinking about M.Yusuf at the age of 38. We have enough clowns in PCB, please we dont need any more.

Posted by Always_pakistan on (February 5, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

I agree with you all umar akmal or mohammad yousaf has to come back in the team.

Posted by SamNY2013 on (February 5, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

And who cleared him to go to SA while he was not completely fit? thats not smart...

Posted by applethief on (February 5, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

@Stark62 it's a bit misleading to say Steyn struggles against lefties. It would be better to say he's slightly better at bowling at right-handed batsmen, his ability to cause left-handers problems is still pretty damn good.

Last time Pakistan were really struggling in the batting department, they summoned MoYo and he duly delivered in England. He's still a run machine, but I'd be tempted to give this same batting lineup a longer chance to develop. The only thing I might do is shuffle the order, maybe give Azhar a crack at opening and drop Hafeez down to face the old ball. I'm sure Younis will find one innings where he'll hit his stride, it's just a shame he's not been that consistent lately.

What do we think about playing 5-bowlers? They're the ones doing all the work anyway, Pakistan's best shot at winning would be if they can trip South Africa up for a small total, rather than batting big themselves

Posted by chara17 on (February 5, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

I agree to "Fezz" completely. Mohammad Yousuf has been a great player but now should be taken as inspiration. I think we dont need any replacement in the batting line-up. Let the 6 batsmen take all 4 remaining innings and improved results will come. May not a "win" but surely improvement.

Posted by jabbarahmed on (February 5, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

haris sohail is a good sad to heard that haris PCB should send umar akmal or muhammad yousuf ti SA..this is wise decision....

Posted by umer_akmal_Big_fan on (February 5, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

umar akmal should be selected he iz the one who can really blast sa bowling attack

Posted by SAF. on (February 5, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

Hi everyone. I can understand why we all believe that Mohammed Yousuf may be a great addition to the current squad in South Africa playing in almost a hundred tests in his his career and even if he doesn't contribute with the bat, his calming attitude and influence could greatly benefit the team. However in my opinion this is an ample opportunity to give Fawad Alam a chance to show what he's made of having a greater first class average than the likes of Inzamam and Anwar. Although I strongly suggest that the current playing 11 should remain the same having contributed greatly recently (with perhaps the inclusion of Irfan if fit).

Posted by Classy.Nerd on (February 5, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

Being a South African, I simply forgot about Mohammed Yousuf until some of you oldies reminded me about it! Seriously, should I say that you just woke up from your MANY-YEARS-LONG nap to realize he was the missing link between the dismal performance? Pakistan is a great side, don't get nagged away by criticizing them. Pakistan needs to handle the moving ball and keep a steady head to get back being 'Dangerous'

Posted by xylofon on (February 5, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

I would be embarressed to see M. Yousuf, no matter how good he was long ago. Pakistan needs to groom new players. Umar Amin would be interesting. And Fawad Alam, yes please! excellent analysis @stark62: if steyn struggles against lefties bring Alam in, and yes test/odi is where can really excel.

Posted by Muhammad_Khan on (February 5, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

When describing Mohammad Yousuf and asking for him to come back, the only thing accurate in that statement is that he is a Senior Citizen). While he was once an outstanding player asking for his come back is exactly what's wrong with Pakistan cricket-- and the country. We've got to learn to move on.

Posted by uzairamir on (February 5, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

pakistan should send or fawad alam or get a bowler for the replacement like sadaf hussain

Posted by SamRoy on (February 5, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

It's funny how Pakistani fans believe a 39 year old (may be older) is going to comeback after more than 2 years away from international cricket and rescue them. Guess what Yousuf (who in his prime was the second best Pakistani batsman after Inzamam) scored a pair in his last first-class match (which he incidentally played in county cricket). Bring him back and he will get a pair again; against the likes of Steyn, Morkel, Philander.

Posted by Mudassar198 on (February 5, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

Muhammd Yousaf is best for Replacement of Haris Sohail He is a senior Cricket of Pakistan and he is Know the Conditions of south africa

Posted by Fezz on (February 5, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

Why is every one recommending M Yousuf to be sent to SA ? Guys please talk some sense. Do you even know if he is match fit for a 5 day test match ? How much match practice he has had in the last 1 year (I am not talking about a short domestic 1-day tournament ). You can't just expect him to pack his bag, go to SA and score a century. That's not how it works. We have a tendency to just get excited, and expect wonders from our players. Now where are all those fans of Rahat Ali who thought he is a tremendous bowler and will blow away all batsmen. He is a good bowler no doubt, but every player needs time to settle down. Give this team time to get accustomed to these fast bouncy pitches. Major changes will not make any difference.

Posted by Stark62 on (February 5, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

This is an golden opportunity to include Fawad Alam in the squad!!

The guy averages 55.86 in FC, which is the highest among the current crop of batsmen (yes, even higher than Misbah and Younis) and he is tailor made for Test cricket, plus Steyn does struggle against lefties, which is another reason to include him.

You can't judge him, based on his T20 performances because that is not real cricket and doesn't give us an insight of a talented player.


You could call up Umar Akmal to put pressure on the SA bowlers, with his aggressive nature or just finally do the right thing and select, SADAF HUSSAIN!!

Posted by Mubarak.Zeb on (February 5, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

I would also recommend Muhammad Yousuf, the best test batsman.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

The replacement has to be Mohammed Yousuf. The PCB need to realise that the South African pitches are tough for inexperienced batsman. The Pakistani batsmen struggled against the bounce. Yousuf batted superbly in England in 2006. There was alot of seam movement and he made some massive scores. Misbah must include Irfan (if passed fit). Adds a different element to the bowling attack.

Posted by Dishonored on (February 5, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

I can still remember Yousuf played an excellent inning of 83 on a difficult wicket in the second test match on the last tour of South Africa against the likes of Pollock, Ntini, Nel and Kallis. So he should be picked for this tour.

Posted by Muttee on (February 5, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

I really hope they send Muhammad Yousaf, highly unlikely but would be a wise decision, keeping in mind the recent test's first innings..

Posted by Dishonored on (February 5, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

The replacement should be Mohammed Yousuf because he is a class player and he has played in South Africa before. Pakistan desperately needs an experienced batsman like him for the remaining two test matches against South Africa.

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