Pakistan in South Africa 2012-13

Shahid Afridi makes ODI comeback

Umar Farooq

February 20, 2013

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Shahid Afridi takes catches during training, Lahore, December 15, 2012
Shahid Afridi is expected to play his first ODI since September last year © AFP
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Shahid Afridi has made a comeback to Pakistan's ODI squad for the series in South Africa, after being omitted for the tour of India in December last year. The selectors chose him because of his previous success as a legspinner against South Africa, despite him being out of form at present. Batsman Asad Shafiq and spinner Abdur Rehman were the other inclusions for the five-match series that begins on March 10.

The players left out from the ODI squad that went to India were Anwar Ali, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail and Zulfiqar Babar. There was only one change to the Twenty20 squad, with Wahab Riaz replacing Sohail Tanvir, who was part of the team that had travelled to India.

The inclusion of Afridi generated plenty of debate and the chief selector Iqbal Qasim had to answer a barrage of questions. Qasim said that this series was Afridi's "last chance and he has to perform."

"He [Afridi] played against Afghanistan, basically we wanted to assess his fitness and he is fully fit," Qasim said. "They [South Africa] are playing well against fast bowling and our pacers are struggling, so having variety in spin will prove beneficial. The decision to pick Afridi is based on his quality of right-arm leg spin.

"I am not saying go and play him in the XI, my mind says we have to have some variety. Our task is to select the best lot to play against South Africa and Afridi has a role to play with his variety in his bowling."

Afridi was dropped from the ODI squad last year due to his poor form both with ball and bat. In his last 12 international innings across ODIs and T20s, he averaged 7.00 with the bat. He failed to make an impact for Pakistan A and the Hyderbad-Karachi team in the recently concluded home games against an Afghanistan XI. However, he is the most successful Pakistan spinner against South Africa, with 26 wickets in 27 ODIs.

Riaz, 27, last played for Pakistan 11 months ago in the Asia Cup but is having a productive ongoing first-class season. He was selected for the recent tour of India but did not play a game. He was preferred over Aizaz Cheema and replaced Tanvir in the T20 squad because of his ability to bowl over 140 kph.

ODI squad: Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Imran Farhat, Abdur Rehman.

Twenty20 squad: Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Amin, Zulfiqar Babar, Asad Ali, Junaid Khan.

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Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

I think In ODI we are missing a fast bowling alrounders.Anwar Ali is better then injured Junaid Khan.My batting line up in ODI Hafiz, Nasir Jamshed,,AsadShafiq,Younus,Umer Akmal,Misbah,Kamran Akmal, Saeed, Ajmal,Umer Gul,Junaid khan.You can include Afridi in place of Umer Akmal if you are afraid of one bowler short.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

Pakistan need him as a more batman in SA.he s good at pace.but steyn is good than every man

Posted by Riz000 on (February 23, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

Guys Guys listen Shahid afridi is to old and blind to see the ball he is bad influence on young players like umer akmal asad extt plz plz 4 sake of Pakistan's future get rid of this guy forever he is nt a cricketer just a slog er

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 4:56 GMT)

It's a shame that Afridi, Farhat and Younis Khan are getting picked ahead of young talents such as Hamad Azam, Fawad Alam and Haris Sohail. They most likely won't get picked for the side until they're in their early-mid 30s.

Posted by Uzi-Khan on (February 22, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

Once again the PCB are proving their stupidity by picking a wasted all rounder and two of the most ridiculous players in recent years (Akmals).

I feel bad for Anwar Ali, Fawad Alam and Hammad Azam. Its pathetic that these brilliant performers wont play for Pakistan due to this pathetic politics.

South Africa, please beat Pakistan 5-0 so that they will learn for good that this old useless players are not worthwhile.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

Shoaib Malik Again You gotta be kidding me

Posted by SheikhNaveed on (February 22, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

SUGGESTED CHANGES IN ODI squad: AHMAD SHAHZAD (i/p of Kamran Akmal .. Umar Akmal to keep wickets) , Aizaz Cheema (i/p of Umar Gul ... rest / rotation), ZULFIQAR BABAR (i/p of Imran Farhat ... level playing field for him and A Rahman AND test SA bowlers against quality left arm leg spin), Abdur Rehman. ... Summary : 8 batsmen; 6 bowlers' 1 Afridi

ANNOUNCED ODI squad: Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Imran Farhat, Abdur Rehman.

Twenty20 squad: One change Aizaz Cheema ( i/p of Junaid Khan ... rest for health & fitness)

Posted by Kashif.Anwar on (February 22, 2013, 5:08 GMT)

Afridi is a good inclusion to the side. I don't know why people emphasises on his batting only. He is one of the best leg spinner in the current players, a good fielder and a lively presence in the field. His batting is just a plus which if clicks, is another value added to his brilliant talent.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 1:43 GMT)

I have lost all my faith and trust in the PCB selectors, still they continue to pick Misbah and Afridi in ODI's, I think they should look at newer younger talent such As Fawad Alam and Hammad Azam, AND WHAT ABOUT RAZZAQ AND YOUSUF????? Still they continue to neglect them when they have done nothing wrong while continually rewarding Afridi and Misbah.

Posted by pak78 on (February 22, 2013, 0:15 GMT)

welcome back boom boom u sure have been missed looking forward to seeing u bk in action pcb shuld use u and razor razzak in every t2o international until u hang your boots up and in odi aswell bring jamshed no3 and hafeez no 4 in batting order or is that a wishfull thinking .........................................................

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 21, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

Welcome Back Boom Boom.. Playing XI should be: Nasir Jamshed Kamran Akmal Younis Khan Misbah-ul-Haq Umar akmal Hafeez Malik Afridi Ajmal Gul Irfan

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

not a good selection....they can recall mohammad yousuf...he is a good player.odi avarage is 42.12...at this moment pakistan middle order is very weak...pakistan need him,,,,.pcb selection is not good...they always neglect him,,,

Posted by Crick_Expert on (February 21, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

PAK ODI team shoud be as; 1)Hafeez 2)Nasir 3)Imran Nazir 4) Imran Farhat/Taufeeq(WKTkeep) 5) Afridi(CAPT) 6) Razzak(ViceCapt) 7) Ifran 8) Junaid 9) Haris S. 10) Hammad 11)Ajmal

Posted by kamsys007 on (February 21, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

misbah,younis time to go home now!! bring hammad azam n raza hassan!!

Posted by CricFanster on (February 21, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

Mat Runs HS Avg Wkts Best Avg Catches

1996-2010 27 610 77* 23.46 0 26 3/25 39.11 0 7 0

Thats Afridi's Performance against SA over the years Guys lol Wake Up all u Fans PCB Should Groom youngsters like Hammad , Fawad Alam , Raza Hassan & H.Sohail etc rather than sticking to spent forces . I know many would disagree but numbers do speak when we analyze the Game !

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

They really find a way to select good for nothing Imran Farhat.... i seriously think Pakistan need to select Ahmed Shahzad and let him open in Odi and T20 and let Hafeez Bat one down... Misbah should have been rested in this Odi series and they should have let Hafeez lead the side... as Misbah does not have much cricket left in him...

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

Great to see Afridi back!You need these sort of players like him in difficult conditions.He should be given a chance.I think Asad Shafiq will miss out in Odi's.You need different teams in different forms of cricket.What has Misbah done with the bat in recent past.Hafeez also plays one or two good innings.The team should be Hafeez/Shafiq,Nasir,Younis,Misbah,UmarAkmal,Kamran,Afridi,Wahab,Ajmal,Junaid, Irfan

Posted by Jahhhan on (February 21, 2013, 13:07 GMT)

I don't know why is everyone against Afridi.......... When Misbah was made the captain Afridi had catained a team that nobody thought that this team will play in Semi. Thanks to the Brilliant bating of Misbah and Younas that we lost against India. Misbah made the match difficult and then was not able to do any good. If Umar Akmal scored a single of the first ball the other 5 balls were blocked by Misbah. Is that good performance that made Misbah the Captain and remove Afridi. Pakistan win by the Individual performance not because of the good captainc.

Posted by Dannymania on (February 21, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

With afridi,kamran akmal is also back!we wanted these two out before,now we want them back?i dont think so.This is the last chance of afridi,what abt kamran akmal?how many chances will he get?and yeah,there was that left arm spinner who did really well in the world T20I.where is he?why was he not picked?I think Rehman gives Pakistan every possible variety in the bowling thats possible.we dont need kamran akmal and afridi in our lives anymore.they've been given ample opportunities and they've always NOT done well.Kamran akmal has lost pakistan lots of matches due to his keeping.why not just play him as a batsman then?huh?see,so many questions.if the decisions were right and the right teams were selected,there wont be this many questions.ponder people,ponder..

Posted by cricket.lover.at.his.best on (February 21, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

What was the fault of Raza Hassan and Hammad Azam. No bad performance and still they are out of the team?????

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 21, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

@ rfankiani :

You are comparing Adnan's test stats with Sarfraz's ODI stats. This cant be done. Please recollect that The same Adnan who you think is good was a disaster in the ODI serries against England in the UAE and then he had to be dropped. That was in the UAE which has subcontinent like conditions.

However, You are not looking at one fundamental question. When both these guys are playing the same firsst class tournaments, in the same country, against the same set of players, then why is SARFRAZ averaging 40+ in FC games and why is ADNAN averaging about 28 in FC games. That is a fair comparison. That is why I come to a conclusion that Sarfraz is a much better batsman than Adnan. It is Plain Logic and Simple Maths. When Adnan improves his average better than Sarfraz, I will start supporting him.

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Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

Where are Raza Hasan and Hammad Azam?

Posted by CRICKETILOVEU on (February 21, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

all those people who are against afridi should keep that in mind that in bowling department for one days we don't have better bowler then afridi apart from ajmal, and his batting is a bonus for the team which at current no other spinning all rounder can perform apart from hafeez who is alredy dere.

Posted by Kingzzzz on (February 21, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

Afridi is an ordinary player!

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

@Araiz Murad, good points! What an idea, we should make Ajmal the captain of the three formats, who has a charasmatic personality and aggression and is well liked by all, the team members, the management, the opposition, the viewers as well as the commentators!! He is also the only permanent guy for the next two three years and is well respected as well. But PCB wont go for it i am sure, who never think out of the box life SA board does...

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

If Pakistan go on to lose the ODI series, not just afridi but misbah will also be shown the door. Anyway this may just be Misbah's last year. Younus and Afridi wont play till the next world cup either. Pakistan should seriously hunt for new talent in fast bowling, batting and wicketkeeping sooner than later just like the aussies are doing.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

good for the team with also a addition of bowling option from afridi

Posted by CricketFirstLove on (February 21, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

This will be a sad day. A man who has been given so many chances and now holds the world record of maximum failures in a career despite having got the maximum chances is taken yet again to block one slot. I tell you he will fail again and the team will again play with 10 players. His inclusion ensures that. Look up his record the number of matches he played and lets see how many fifties he has?

Posted by keptalittlelow on (February 21, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

Afridi's contribution is going to be hardly anything other than psychological, how many times he has been given 'the last chance', the guy has run his course, he is a spent force, give chance to new blood for Pakistan's cricket sake.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

I don't know why Pakistan play afridi at No. 7, He could be extremely dangerous if he bats at top of the order when field restrictions are on.Even a quick 25-30 can be handy and will set the momentum for the batsmen to follow. Barring one or two contributions, i don't remember anything significant from Afridi at No.7. As far as his bowling is concerned, he is a clever bowler and always does well against non-s

Posted by Staphylococci on (February 21, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

OOOOOh Dear Old Mind selectros with short of memories. where is Raza hassan. do you remember him is one of the star of cricket world in t20 world cup.

Posted by irfankiani on (February 21, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

@ Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 21, 2013, 7:41 GMT) I don't know how you compare sarfraz batting with kamran akmal look at his stats he just score 32 runs in 6 innings of 3 test matches even if u exclude his test carrer(he plays test with stronger teams in difficult conditions as you say) look at his odi carrer just 172 runs in 23 matches( he played most of which in subcontinent) even adnan akmal is much better than him as he scores 2 ffifties in 16 test matches at the average of 27 (remember he counts wrost wicketkeeper batsman in pakistan team)

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (February 21, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

I am with GetsetGoPak on this: Pakistan can do well with Afridi. He surely has done enough to get a final chance. He is a player who can create some shiver in opposition ranks and his record against SA is very good. Apart from his bowling, I also recall his 77 in SA where he had hammered SA pacers for huge sixes. Azhar Ali had done enough to stay. I am not a fan of Imran Farhat who has been around for a decade but still has not done enough. However, Imran Farhat has scored heavily in domestic circuit so selectors had to chose him. Another disappointment is that why Pak is not selecting Hammad Azam. If Razzaq was not selected then surely Hammad shud be given a chance! Same applies for Khurram Manzoor and Fawad Alam. Now test series may be at 2-0, but this result is misleading! First test had four very crucial decisions against Pak and in second, Pak batting lost match for Pak, however, Pakistan has already been most competative team in SA against SA for quite some time!Many positives!

Posted by TaqiSharp on (February 21, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

Here come the Entertainer...even Though he fails to bat or Bowl but he engraves a long lasting impression in field and co ordination with captain...his name is Ample for most of the teams....he is a "crowd puller"...he Always put himself completelyin game...make him Captain and see what happens...he will put seal on most of haters and will definately show his excellence...

Posted by omar_choudhary on (February 21, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

Awais Zia is probably the closest player to Afridi in terms of batting and hopefully Afridi performs well otherwise ALLAH HAFIZ AFRIDI...

Posted by DataQue on (February 21, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

It is about time Afridi is part of the ODI squad!!! Now: Who is Iqbal Qasim to say that this is Afridi's last chance to play for Pakistan!!! Afridi will play for Pakistan as long as HE wants and not the other way around... Iqbal just RESIGN from ur job!!!

Posted by missionbegins2011 on (February 21, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

PAK has an absolute dismal record against SA in ODI's, its 18-38 in favor of SA, implying that winning % overall for PAK against SA is a meager 32%. This is amazing domination by SA against a test playing nation. Looking at the present scenario ,this series is gonna be another whitewash by SA which will further deteriorate PAK's win % against SA

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 21, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

I don't know why Pakistan play afridi at No. 7, He could be extremely dangerous if he bats at top of the order when field restrictions are on.Even a quick 25-30 can be handy and will set the momentum for the batsmen to follow. Barring one or two contributions, i don't remember anything significant from Afridi at No.7. As far as his bowling is concerned, he is a clever bowler and always does well against non-subcontinent sides. So, not a bad selection, but going by the number of opportunities he's got, this should be his last chance. Nevertheless, a good limited overs player.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

S. Afridi is always a gamble as he is not pushing himself upto his potential. I strongly believe that A. Razzaq should be in every squad as he is much reliable all rounder. Not a strong selection anyway but what else can you expect from PCB and Pak. cricket team.

Good luck to them

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 21, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

some people happy here with the absense of Sarfraz, as if Kamran has scored in India. SA bowlers are no.1 in the world and SA pitches are most pacey and boucey So if Sarfraz failed in SA , It is not a big deal , because even Hafeez, Jamshed & Azhar have failed Misserably and as far as Younis is concerned he got a face saving century in the 2nd test. Infact other than Shafiq noone else has impressed. Then why Target Sarfraz.

Kamran is lucky that in the ODI usually there are batting wickets. But still i tell you he will fail miserabley just as he did in India and even for that..

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

will squad i am happy and welcome to afridi plz 2wikt 2six hit in this sires

Posted by irfansyed on (February 21, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

we always expects runs from afridi, just see as a bowler he is much better than any specialist bowler

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 21, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;orderby=wickets;team=7;template=results;type=bowling

Afridi haters please find above the record of the best bowlers that pakistan has ever produced. Afridi is 3rd in the all time list. He is also the holder of several records in batting. He is the best fielder pakistan has ever produced. In a county were fielding and batting has always been proor these are stagering feats.

Now you guys please answer what Kamran, Younis, Misbah & Gul have done to earn a place in the ODI team.

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Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 21, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

All those guys criticising Shahid Afridi & supporting Akmal brothers, please note that at present Afridi is the biggest celebrity in pakistan cricket. And he has earned this status through his sheer capability.

He is the holder of so many ODI records and still performs well. Kamran drops catches fails with the bat still is in the team. Fastest century. Youngest centurian, most sixes, fastest strike rate and above that with 346 wickets he is 3rd on the all time highest wicket takers list for Pakistan, just behind Waqar(416) & Wasim(502).

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;orderby=wickets;team=7;template=results;type=bowling

Afridi haters please read thease stats. .

Posted by FATEHALIHYDERI on (February 21, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

Salam n hru all, Its great news to know that shahid afridi returned in a team. Dear he is the only player whom nation likes and good to watch on TV too, if he is in team, which player we have more stylish, more aggrisive and most public demanded ONLY SHAHID AFRIDI now........... as cricket is pressure game player in team its tens for opposition, he scored or not... like sachin... any time he can changed to game.... keep him how long he play we love him we want him to play.... INSHA ALLAH.... he will do something ... SHAHID BHAI U SHOULD ALSO... otherwise sorrrrrrrrrrry also......... thanks

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 21, 2013, 7:14 GMT)

If people like Kamran, Younis, Misbah, Gul & Wahab can be selected in the limited overs format then why only target Afridi.

Everyone has seen what Kamran had done in india. I think this highest score was 2 or 3. But nobnody is complaining. Since the last 3 years Kamran has been torturing the fans everyday but everytime he just walks in the team.

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Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 21, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

Posted by Umar Ali on (February 21, 2013, 6:14 GMT) :

I completely agree with you Umar. As far as the limited overs format is concerned Misbah & Younis continue to be in the team, even though they never deserved to be in the team.

So Now there are Misbah, Younis & Gul all of whom are going to be a liablity on the team. And People are complaining that Afridi fires once in a blue moon or once out of ten games. But that is still better than Younis, Misbah & Gul who have not fired in the one day game since the last 3 years. Atleast Afridi has got his bowling to backup his claim in the side alongwith razor sharp fielding. What have Younis & Misbah got if they fail with the bat ?

I feel even in the limited overs series the Pakistanis will be eaten alive by a monster known as Dale Styen Gun and his associates like Amla, Kallis, Devieliers etc.

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Posted by Kamran_Pakistan on (February 21, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

Hahahahaha, good performance against Afghanistan, Afridi has earned his spot, hahahahahaha. It's the begining of a new era for Pakistan cricket where we are going to be playing associate teams to choose our ODI players and begging others to play cricket in our country, way to go PCB.

Posted by Naim_Pitafi on (February 21, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

its good news for all pakistanis to see shahid bhai back in team. may he perform well

Posted by Lahore-Badshah on (February 21, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

Good teams except Misbah in One dayers. Should replace him with Hafeez as captain . And also look for middle order batsman in place of Misbah for 2015 World Cup............................Pak team selectors plzzzzzzzzzz Its the time Hafeez need time to grow his captaincy skills more in one dayers.................Do it Now......

Posted by rohanblue on (February 21, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

shahid afridi makes his 177th comeback...........

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

They had to select a leg spinner for this tour and who could be better than afridi as far as his wrong one is concerned. He is still better player than misbah and younis and if they are in the team then afridi really deserve a slot in that team.

Posted by mohsanjammu on (February 21, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

its good news for all pakistanis to see shahid bhai back in team. may he perform well

Posted by rienzied on (February 21, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

More comebacks than John Farnham

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

Great Decision by the selection Committee. Shahid- Afridi is the only man in this team who can destroy RSA batting line up with his leg spin & even fruitful with the bat later in the inning. In spite of these fact Shahid has to come up with definite plans how to bat in crucial circumstances & how to bowl effectively to RSA batsman when he will be given the ball to attack RSA. Being his true supporter since he first came into Pakistan side i wish him great luck & huge success not only in this match but every single game he plays until 2015 WC. we love to see him playing in the 2015 WC.

Posted by Fanatic_cricko on (February 21, 2013, 4:57 GMT)

It is better to drop Misbah from ODI squad. He is totally an ametur for ODI game and the man behind losing the semi-final against India in Mohali in 2011 and also the last ODI in Delhi this year. In his place should be Afridi and a new Captain (Hafiz is good and should be given chance to mature). Even he fails with the bat, his bowling and fielding are outstanding. On top is the moral booster in the Pak team. No one else is so vibrant and energetic.

Posted by AmjadZork on (February 21, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

Iam really not in a favor of Misbah in the ODI. He is a burden on the rest of the playing XI.

Posted by AmjadZork on (February 21, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

Welcome back La La.... His psycological pressure is more than enough to put opposition under pressure.... !!! Exactly, why is Imran Farhat getting so many chance, when will he get a last chance. Only when Mohd. Ilyas is removed from the selection committe of PCB?

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 4:42 GMT)

Good to see that Pak hasn't forgotten Afridi. He is match winner on his day.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 4:38 GMT)

I am posting here as I cannot post where I earlier posted as it had been closed. I know India, Pakistan and Bangladesh was one once a upon a time. "Why am I concerned?" Sounds Rude! Well there's nothing to be concerned about. It's just that I love reading cricket history. Maybe it doesn't sound fascinating to you. I know it was not the correct forum to ask but I was not finding any link to read about Pakistan's cricket history domestically, so I thought there would be many expects who may help me here, and if it was such a question which doesn't matter the forum editor would not post my question As far as Pakistan team is concerned anyone with a little knowledge of cricket knows how dangerous and talented the Pakistani boys are. Pakistan and South Africa are both capable of defeating each-other on a given day. I just love cricket history so wanted to know which city in Pakistan has the oldest club? Lahore,Karachi, Peshawar or any other city.

Posted by Shahbaz Alam on (February 21, 2013, 4:28 GMT)

Haris Sohail or Umer Amin should be included in place of Imran Farhat. Abdul Razzaq played the innings of life in Dubai Vs. S.A. I think Selectors have some personal issues with Razzaq. Plz think for fair play. Best of luck for Afridi, Umer & Kamran all three have last or second last chance. it would be tough for Kamran to perform with the gloves.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 2:14 GMT)

Afridi should be playing in all 3 formats from now until the 2015 world cup..cricket is just not cricket without him in the team.

Posted by Cricket_theBestGame on (February 21, 2013, 1:22 GMT)

i hope afridi retires after this series with dignity. why wasn't wahab riaz picked for the tests in SA??

Posted by Faridmalek on (February 21, 2013, 0:32 GMT)

Ok this is afridis last chance but what about Imran farhat I guess he will keep going on paid vacation courtesy of PCB

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 0:17 GMT)

So Hilarious. Same policy which PCB adopted for Afridi (to let him play even he was highly consistent inconsistent) they are about to make another star Hafeez. How come someone who has under 20 average after played 52 ODIs can open the batting for particular team. Now he is our captain :D

Posted by rayyan2013 on (February 20, 2013, 23:52 GMT)

The selectors chose him because of his previous success as a legspinner against South Africa ? 26 wickets in 27 odi matches with a bowling average of 39.11 is a success ! The PCB will never change

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 23:32 GMT)

This is insane! Why have they selected Imran Farhat in ODIs? He took Ahmed Shahzad's place ... Ahmed Shahzad should have been in ODIs instead of Imran Farhat.

My 11:

Nasir, Hafeez, Asad, Younus, Misbah, Umar Akmal/Malik, Kamran, Afridi, Saeed, Junaid, Irfan/Gul

WHERE IS ABDUL RAZZAQ????

I personally think only 1 should play between Younis and Misbah but they will play both .. I think younis deserves to be in the side if there is a toss between Misbah and Younis - because Umar Akmal should get a chance to play at no. 4 or no. 5

Posted by avmd on (February 20, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

What exactly Afridi did to earn a call back ?? I'm glad Kamran is back, we tried many other keepers , no one is good enough, some are pathetic ( Sarfaraz ), keep looking for one but Kamran is OK for now. Shoiab can play only in cemented wickets, will be a flop. Ahmed Shehzad deserves a permanent place now in ODIs also, and in test in 1-2 years. Wahab earned a place back with shear hard work and performance, is now 4th best pacer after Jinaid, Irfan and Gul. Is Adil Ehsan that bad ? didn't get picked for ODI or t20, why was he picked in test team ??

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (February 20, 2013, 22:29 GMT)

You know what.. Mohsin Hassan Khan was best selector we had.. even in Butt administration he did a great job. This new guy is insane and baised. How would you drop Haris Sohail, Ehsan Adil and anwar ali even without giving a chance?? and keep imran farhat, afridi, gul and malik in side without giving any performance from years n years now? I am really disappointed with this selection panel. and thanks God they droped Azhar ali from ODI side altleast. and no matter how many tiem you select Umar Amin he will never be an international level talent like faisal iqbal etc.

Posted by cricket_pak419 on (February 20, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

Okay this is the biggest trash ever! Afridi is back. He is done now no more. Why is Raza Hasan not in the team. His spot should be here. The selection committeemen is clearly crazy.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 21:18 GMT)

THIS IS DISASTER. In past, Javed Minadad, Inzamam had played well against South Africa. Moreover, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis were also good against South Africa. Iqbal Qasim (The Chairman Selection Committee),should bring them back also if he brought back Afridi owing to his past performance. The first ODI Series in which Pakistan dropped Afridi was won, that too against India. TO ALL AFRIDI FANS, AFRIDI CANNOT BAT,BOWL AND FIELD ANYMORE. If Haris Sohail is fit, he should not have been dropped. I do not know why Anwar Ali was never given a chance and why was he with the team if he was not be offered a game. AFRIDI FANS FORGOT TO READ THIS IN THE ARTICLE "Afridi was dropped from the ODI squad last year due to his poor form both with ball and bat. IN HIS LAST 12 INTERNTIONAL INNINGS ACROSS ODIS AND T20s, HE AVERAGED 7.00 WITH THE BAT.. He failed to make an impact for Pakistan A and the Hyderbad-Karachi team in the recently concluded home games against an Afghanistan XI". Death of Merit

Posted by jinnx on (February 20, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

come on Umar Amin is odi batsman not t20. Are they kidding me. Give the guy proper chance. They used him against england in england and at that time conditions were good for bowler even for english standard .

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

@themaster668: He still got average of more than 37 and strike rate 84 plus, don't you check ? Even we have not seen him performing in many matches. He is in his bad days I must say, like every great player goes through it in life. Inzimam also went through these days, but then he shone again and became a greater player in history. Same was with Tendulkar and other greats.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 20:58 GMT)

so no Abdul Razzaq but there is imran farhat...wow -_-

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 20:58 GMT)

good news to see Boom Boom back he will perform inshallah

Posted by Master_uv_Puppetz on (February 20, 2013, 20:58 GMT)

Oh ya thats wat we wanted. Leave every youngster from the side. They are the menace. Thanks God we got rid of all those brats. Lucky we have Afridis and Akmals and Young Misbah, and who can forget Shoaib Malik.

Thats the recepie of success... dont keep any emerging or talented player even for the sake of getting experience training with the older ones :(

Posted by dontlikecricket on (February 20, 2013, 20:53 GMT)

@Posted by Husnain Malik on (February 20, 2013 17:21 GMT); You said "Umar Akmal is making centuries in every 2nd match, look at the stats b4 u talk"!!!! You are wrong he has made 1 test century in 30 innings, 1 one day century in 71 ODI and made 9 centuries in 99 first class innings. In last 10 matches (t20, first class, against AFG etc etc) he has actually made one century. I think you need to look at stats before posting false comments instead asking other to do so!! For your convenience the link is: http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/player/317273.html

Posted by shiraz210 on (February 20, 2013, 20:43 GMT)

i think this is the time to move on. we should look fwd for 2015 ODI WC Misbah,Afridi,Gul wahab and cheema. we have enough potential who can replace them. just give them chance and make sure them that they are not for one series they will play till WC or whole year.

ok Haris sohail is not fit but ahmed shehzad azim guman and many others are there those are waiting for chance.

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

Afridi is a real character - I'm glad he's back, even though he has this annoying habit of taking vital wickets against SA in limited overs games.

Posted by ilyas on (February 20, 2013, 20:23 GMT)

Definition of insanity - keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result. This of course applies to picking afridi and Malik. Afridi has been finished for the last couple of years and Malik is hopeless against pace bowling. Their won't be a happy ending for either of them on this tour. People are giving umar akmal a hard time but they need to understand he is still young and is always under pressure as a result of some of the mistakes he made. We should pick him and tell him that he is in the side for the whole series so he can relax. If he does not do well by the end then fair enough drop him but he is still the most talented young batsmen we have and its not as if Pakistan have lots of batsmen as we have seen.

Posted by dontlikecricket on (February 20, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

Oh dear, not entirely sure what's PCB thinking behind this selection? Some players like Kamran, Shoaib, Farhat keep on being selected. Afridi case is a little different. He can play as spinner in the team, however they can only have either Shoib or Afridi in the team. Kamran batting is ok as compared to other available keepers however his keeping is not great and he has lost PAK a lot of games because of his erratic keeping. I am no tentirely sure about Umar Akmal, however he is still young so needs a little more grooming and coaching to improve his temprament. May be getting dropped from the test side will wake him up a little. I think PCB should start thinking to have atleast t20 and one day team purely based on young players. Offcourse atleast in one day PAK needs couple of senior batsmen, but I think they can replace all other senior players and have a new look team with young players in them.

Posted by zeeforzafar on (February 20, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

It is so sad that we set Sarfraz against world no.1 team, he failed like all others in the team & now we want only Sarfraz out and want Akmals back who (both) failed more then Sarfraz? If failing in four innings is the decisive factor then Akmal brother should not be part of this discussion as both culprits have failed more then four times. Also why only Sarfraz is in discussion, what about other 9? they all failed as well. Why no one is talking about Hafeez, Misbah, Yunis, Azhar. They all failed in at least 3 innings. As long as injustice continues in Pakistan, this will never regain its digniity in cricketing world

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 20, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-pakistan-2013/content/story/605494.html

in the stats provided above please check Riaz & Gul's records compared to other pakistani bowlers.

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Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

He is back :) its now or never

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 20, 2013, 19:58 GMT)

Finally Waqar has got his wish. Wahab Riaz has been named in the ODI & T20 teams. This will help Umar Gul because it will make Gul look better. . Some comments here protesting the dropping of Harris Sohail. Well he was injured at the start of this tour, remember ?

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Posted by Shazaib_ali on (February 20, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

Afridi iz in just because he is a cunning cricketer who can play with the mind of BATSMEN.Hammad Azam is alwayz dropped on the bsis of lack of pace.HE only bowls at 120kph.Abdul Razaq should have also been selected because he has not only won a match for Pakistan single-handedly but he also performed well in his last appearance that was back in t-20 wc. He is a very dangerous player and at the twilight of his career,he would also wanted to retire with a BANG...just like Jason Gillespie

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

umer akmal is a another waste of time just like imran nazir dont know how to handle international cricket.

Posted by Stark62 on (February 20, 2013, 19:34 GMT)

Farhat, Younis, Malik, Wahab, Gul, Amin and Rehman, AGAIN?!?!

Where is Naved Yasin, Harris Sohail (will most likely recover for the ODI series), SADAF, Raza Hasan and Alam (ODI and Tests only)?

Why aren't the selectors giving youth a chance?

Harris, is one of the finest Pak batsmen around and if given a chance, I'm sure he'll grab it with both hands and push out the likes of Misbah, Malik and Younis, hence he is being neglected.

The last time a youngster was given a chance, he made back-to-back centuries against Ind in Ind!!

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 19:32 GMT)

Usman is right umar akmal is a talented player. But I have 1 question from selector why we chose a bundle of fast bowlers why the drop ehsan adi ??? I think we need a young left hand batsman in middle in3 type of cricket. From cople of years we didn't think about that.

Posted by PakPacer on (February 20, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

Reminder of the last Umar Akmal match winning innings (since someone asked)T20 World cup against SA last year, while everyone remembers Guls fireworks ppl forgot it was Umars steady hand that kept the scoreboard ticking, not to mention the 6 off of Morkel in the last over.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

afridi is match winner ....he was going thrrogh his bad path hope he regain hqis form in batting n bowling n be da man of series ......where as team concern razzaq should be selected n imran farhat no where .... n umar akmal should be rested ...

Posted by doberankallan on (February 20, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

So happy to see the great man back. Shame on the selectors for dropping for India serious. We need to drop the selectors! Bring in proffestional people in selection committee.

Posted by ausaff on (February 20, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

I think the team is barring couple of players..imran farhat wont be first choice opner so why have him take a youngster along and groom him.why afridi if he didnt perform why not take other youngster .if u dropped these two you will have Anwar Ali and zulfiqar baber .Haris is injured so no issues there and i believe azhar ali comes in team as soon as misbah or younus retire as he will play a sheet anchors role .The only thing pak is missing in there line up is a finisher though U.Akmal can be one but he has far too frequent brain freezes.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

where is abdul razzaq?????????plz for God sake do justice with him... and why haris sohail and ehsan adil missed out without giving a single chance????? and why imran farhat is in odi squad??????

Posted by Major85D on (February 20, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

Pakistan desperately needs a wicketkeeper, who can score. Kamran and Safraz both can not! This position could be an advantage for a team, because you don`t need an extra batsman. Look at AB de villiers or MS dhoni! Misbah and younis khan should be droped from ODI squad.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

No surprise for me. Everyone knows how inconsistent PCB it is, not sure what is the criteria of team selection. What Afridi did in last 2 months to select in ODI ? Pakistan won the series against India just because Afridi was not in a team and captain/coach had no pressure to select him in final 11, but now he will play every single match no matter how bad his performance. Kamran Akmal still better choice because Sarfaraz doesn't know how to bat . Pakistan disparately needs a medium pacer bowling all rounder like A Razzaq and A Mehmood , if they want to win outside of subcontinent and at least 1 or 2 aggressive batsman like S Anwar or Warner , most of Pakistan batsman are test player, you can win every ODI/T20 not only for bowling.

Posted by Shaheerk88 on (February 20, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

IMRAN FARHAT...... Really? So these so call selectors are telling us that he is the best batsman in Pakistan available for selection?

AND, what did Anwar Ali, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail and Zulfiqar Babar did to be left out? THEY didn't even get a change to play in India?

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

Can't understand the logic behind Afridi's selection. Are they gonna go in with 3 spinners & 2 seamers? If not, they will have to go in with 6 bowlers which means that Kamran & Afridi will be coming at number 6 & 7. A batsman short! With M.Hafeez,Malik & S.Ajmal already in the line up, do we need another spinner in Afridi? Somebody tell them that we aren't playing in the sub continent.I'll agree with Amjad Mahmood Falki that there has to be some other reason behind Afridi's selection. Younis's selection is also beyond imagination. What has he done during he last 4 years in the ODIs. An average of 26 with a strike rate of 70.Where is the planning for the coming WC. Misbah will be 40, Younis 39(actual age) & Afridi also something around 39(actual age) in Feb 2015. Have they decided to go in with all these players in the WC?? How many more chances, Malik will get in the ODIs. He has failed badly in the ODIs over the last 4 years. However still succeeds in making a come back. No planning a

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

Not a bad team selection...but I want to remind all of you guys that two things must change for Pakistan to win 1. Fielding 2. Steve Davis

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

I will suggest PCB to have TWO Teams.... 1. Public Choice Team. 2. Selectors Choice Team. You will find out the Public will always be fighting. They will never be happy on anything. By the Way Shahid Afridi is always included as a Spinner not Batsman

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

I am wonder why don't they pick Imran Nazir for T20?

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

Afridi should only play T20s. I think It was a wrong decision considering his batting form, South African conditions magnify the problem even more and his fitness, which does not allow him to bowl long spell in ODIs anymore. I hope he performs well which seems highly improbable

Posted by Beertjie on (February 20, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

Never thought I'd write this but Kamran should walk from the plane to the coach and play at Centurion on Friday! Anyone is better than Sarfaraz Ahmed, even Umar Akmal! But Afridi was picked out of nostalgia, so agree entirely @by Khurram S Chaudhry on (February 20, 2013, 16:04 GMT): Keeping him in squad and not playing in 11 will be a hard task for touring management

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

Why there is Imran farhat and no Abd Razzaq ????

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

@ Eastgreen Raza Hasan is having Spine injury. Sad, not to see Hamad Azam, at least he can be considered in for T20 squad.

Shahid Afridi can be a good bowling option. Really excited to see limited over leg of the series. It is gonna be tought South Africa. my guess!!!! Chokers Vs Unpredictables ;)

Posted by rajuirfan on (February 20, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

i m v sad that selectors hv nt choosen Razzaq.i do nt see such an outstanding cricketer.they spoiled him while sending at no.7 or 8.Afridi's entry is good and i do nt like CHOTA akmal at all.he plays for himself and never for his country

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

The selector should have picked all rounder who can bowl quick as well as can score runs when required, Kamran Hussain from BWP really suit for this role, already make 600 runs with the average of 90+ and 30 wickets with the average of 21 in the Quaid e azam trophy but still over looked,,,, can any body ask the selector what is l the criteria to get selected , if some one scoring with 90+ average and picking wickets regularly and we dont have a quality all rounder in the team....

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

Hi there. I believe Afridi is a true Match-winner. He won is quite a few games in WC 2011 and in SriLanka as well. He should be made the captain of the national team, and Saeed Ajmal should be made his deputy! Ajmal is the best person to groom as a leader. He is ignored a lot by PCB, and his leadership abilities are being wasted, for this TukTuk called Mis-bah

Posted by uzairamir on (February 20, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

imran farhat just why imran farhat???????????

Posted by uzairamir on (February 20, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

not even 1 match and anwar ali and haris sohail gone what is the pcb doing and kamran akmal they should be looking towards a new keeper and also umar amin is a test and odi player he will not be able to prove himself in t20s

Posted by John_Johni on (February 20, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

Wow great..this is what only pakistani selectors can do, thay picked up Afridi becoz of his wonderfull performance against Afghanistan, his highest score was 3..lol

Posted by themaster668 on (February 20, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

@ Husnain Malik where on the earth umer akmal made centuries in every 2nd match? here are stats http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-pakistan-2013/content/player/317273.html

you gone too eager to praise him ohh yes he's got tons nd tons of "CENTURIES" in every 2nd match a total of 2 international and 9 FC. what a great player nd moreover its his attitude that speaks

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

@usman ahmad. dont favour umer he is just a freak. he doesnt knw how to play in a run a ball situation. dont forget we lost the last t20 and last odi against india just because of him where a aprtnrshp were needed and we were chsng just 164 i guess and he came dwn the wkt to jadeja needleesly and jst gfted his own wkt and the match. He should have showed some responsibilty. could u plz remind me any good match winning innings of umer in last two years ?

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

Lala is back . wonderful. He is addition as a late allrounder and also he can add variety to bowling. Remember he is a partnership breaker and he has not been scoring because he batting slot has been pushed furthur down. How do you expect him to get runs when the top order plays one day cricket like test. Misbah should retire from one day cricket and kamran akmal should be kicked out. Afridi should bat at no 4 or 5 position rather than 7 or 8

Posted by malepas on (February 20, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

People who r against Akmal's, Just check their stats and ur heads, Kamran is the best batter PAK has who can play fast bowlers on fast tracks,he should be opening the innings all the time or at no 3, otherwise he is wasted. Not sure about Afridi and Malik though, Malik can't play fast bowlers and has no chance in SA to succeed,Afridi is passed his sell by date and will be same hit and more miss. I think Pakistan should nourished Hamad Azam to slot at no-7, he has got talent and look very much like Razzaq when bats, so investing in him should be a good idea as Pak desperetley needs a Razzaq type all rounder.Shehzad should be playing in ODI's as well, he plays fast bowlers well. The rest of the team is OK.

Posted by Eastgreen on (February 20, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

where are Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan? Raza Hassan is an excellent player but he is been overlooked again and again... Why is Imran Farhat in the team?

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

@Kashif javid, why dont u become a selector then ? Afridi was just getting a break, he is not making any "come back" he is a dangerous player 2 have in the team! Umar akmal is making centuries in every 2nd match, look at the stats b4 u talk, and kamran akmal is the keeper of the team, or i suggest you want sarfraz ahmad ? Hammad azam, has been the biggest flop in domestic at the moment, with shoaib malik saving many matches for us, infact he should be in the test squad..

Joe Thompson: Look at his stats, if he is overrated, so is tendulkar :)

Wrong dec. this time are, umar amin for t20, Umar gul as the bowler, they have wahab, irfan and junaid, overall good selection :) Pak will rock !

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

@ash muhammad what are you talking about? dou know anything about ceicket. sami averaged 50 in tests and ypu think he shoud be in the tests. umar akmal average is 38 in odis and he is pak top rank batsman in both odi and t20. world of cricket recognize umar as one of the best emerging talent. just check the stats

Posted by hamza1982 on (February 20, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

They still cant get rid of Imran Farat....how connected is this guy?

Posted by hamaadqureshi on (February 20, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

this is total injustice why they have selected afridi, hammad azam would have been a better choice. In past Afridi used to click in 1 out of 10 inings, now that 1 ining has tottaly disappeared. Also why have they dropped haris sohail without giving him a single chance

Posted by Mariakutty on (February 20, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

Afridi, the most irresponsible player as a batsman for Pakistan. His entry to world cricket at a very young age and the the number of opportunities he has had, he should've been way ahead of Tendulkar and other greats. Highly talented irresponsible player.

Posted by jabbarahmed on (February 20, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

realy good to see afridi in ODI ....and wahab in t20...good selection.......but give haris sohail a chance..hez fantastic player........

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

where is Abdul Razzaq. He is always good against proties ...... he should have been in the both squads ....

Posted by romirom on (February 20, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

Harsh on anwar ali and haris sohail. Drop without any game. Sohail might be due to injury. But y ali. Afridi back. He was great cricketer for pak but what he has done in this few months so that he selected after exclusion in india series. Pcb again took 1 step back by selecting same tried and failed players. Best of luck pak

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

@ash muhammad what are you talking about? dou know anything about ceicket. sami averaged 50 in tests and ypu think he shoud be in the tests. umar akmal average is 38 in odis and he is pak top rank batsman in both odi and t20. world of cricket recognize umar as one of the best emerging talent. just check the stats

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (February 20, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

why anwar ali and haris sohail are droped and afridi n malik and gul are selected for?

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

So many unheard names have been omitted. probably means someone has been undone harshly. Afridi should have stayed out for a new talent to come in for good. I dont know which clown made this decision.

Posted by PAKISTANiLive on (February 20, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

everyone talking about RAZZAQ, PCB said that he is not playing domestic that's why he is not in the team!

Posted by themaster668 on (February 20, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

The Pak selector's and think want to ruin the cricket in pak totally, what miserable team selection, again n again, Shahid, afridi, mailks and akmals nd co. they are up again to destroy pak team morale, such n such greedy selfish players how do they even represent pak team, they just play for their own reasons. curse on selfish players like these.

Posted by kingpathan on (February 20, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

this should be the last chance for umar akmal,younus......and asad ali and imran farhat ki koi zaroorat nahi thi....t20 mai razzaq/azhar mahmood ko hona chahye...

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

Useless selection y did Afridi make a comeback when he was even struggling against Afghanistan. Akmal brothers ??? gimme a break , shoaib malik ?? we are officially back to square one. Why cant Umar Amin make it into one day team, Hammad Azam Zulfiqar Babar. Selectors should use sense , infact i think after sending of Tanveer Ahmed as a replacement they should automatically resign.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

Such an overrated player! definitely not boomboom just a slogger who clicks 1 in 10 innings or something for boomboom :)

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

where is anwar ali &hammad azam?

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (February 20, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

good to see afridi back in the squad. i hope he will play well.

Posted by cricexpert786 on (February 20, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

Not sure if this is good news for Pak or SA

BTW why razzaq is not being selected?

Posted by jijekjjj on (February 20, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

5 SPINNERS FOR ODI AND 4 FOR T20S.They r thinking they will make spin picthes again like they did in last test.never...that was a blunder.but coz of pakistani batsmen they won.not again..pakistan need allrounder who bowls fast medium or medium.

Posted by cricketeria on (February 20, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

Please, please no more Shahid Afridi. He changed Pakistan cricket for the worse. No longer did you have to have real talent to get in the team. You just need nice hair. Because of Afridi we got mediocre talents like Shoaib Malik, and soooo many others in the team.

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

exclusion of Haris Sohail is very harsh. He hasn't been given any chance. He is the most promising player in the domestic circuit and he should be properly groomed.

Posted by ash-mohammed on (February 20, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

Malik should've also been in the test team as well as pakistan needs a fast allrounder in the test form and they also need a backup wicketkeeper such as....... A.Akmal or Z.Haider

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

A fast bowling allrounder like hammad azam might have been handy in s african conditions instead of S Afridi and Reza hassan should have been in there for Abdur Rehman just becoz u need to groom young talented players for future as ajmal and A rehman will not be there in two-three years time.

Posted by Aizikhan on (February 20, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

Good decision though ! and Hammad Azam did not show performance in domestic , he better sit out and watch other players . And afridi , he always showed performance in Bouncy pitches.. we should not forget when Pak made 358 in Johanesberg and afridi was one of top scorers

Posted by ash-mohammed on (February 20, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

Why on earth r they choosing a player like umar akmal, he's a huge flop, n y not choose players like razzaq who has huge experience against south africa. has everyone else forgotten the 109* off 75 balls he made against them 4 years ago, n y wasn't sami in the test side. Basically PCB selector is F**King abot, also wat abot fawad Alam and raza hasan. Not to forget about Nazir and Arafat twenty20 players.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Anwar ALI excluded ?!? Was selected for ODI's series against Aus and India, and then excluded from the squad without having play any match in either series ! :/ Bad selection !

Posted by SettingSun on (February 20, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Here's the predicted Cricinfo commentary when he has his first bat:-

"41.1 - Peterson to Afridi, SIX, Boom Boom is back! He's whacked this over long on about 25 rows back. This should be fun!

41.2 - Peterson to Afridi, OUT, oh dear, slogs across the line and is bowled middle stump."

Posted by MSHG on (February 20, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

"The players left out from the ODI squad that went to India are Anwar Ali, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail and Zulfiqar Babar.' Its strange that Anwar Ali, Haris Sohail & Zulfiqar Babar are out 'without given a single chance' to show their capabilities. Poor fellows, they should have been given proper opportunity. I don't think we can develop players in this manner. God knows when Pakistan team selection will purely be on merit ?

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

Shahid Afridi : The Ultimate Warrior

This is the Real Battle for him at this stage.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

afridi has a chance to perform now if he fails to perform then he must retired from cricket because his performance is poor for last two years particularly in batting, his performance against afghanistan is not up to the required standard. ahmed shahzad doesnt deserve for selection his technique is so poor and his attitude is also very poor in the field

Posted by Ahtizaz on (February 20, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

Boom Boom needs to fire now, neither selectors will not only drop him forever, he ll be sued ,

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

Pathetic selection , Seam all-rounder Hammad Azam or Ali khan , New Young wicket keeper for T20 and Akmal for One day only , No place for Afridi . Also they have to drop Umar akmal for Two three series so he can understand the importance of playing and put umar ameen , Harris sohail or Babar Azam.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

unluckey for Anwar Ali Zulfiqar Babar should also be in ODIs. IMRAN FARHAT??????????????????

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

YAY, Finally we have a good fielder, a good all rounder. Lets hope afridi shines because he has done well on African pitches in the past recalling his twenty world cup performances in the past.

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

Haris Sohail should be in ODIs nd Asad Shafiq in T20s...

Posted by naeemhussain on (February 20, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

What is th fault of Sadaf Hussain wehy he is never picked for any type of cricket.

Posted by applethief on (February 20, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

Was this recall merited? The team did well without Afridi, there's no space for another match where they are 6 down and in trouble, only to see Afridi come in and throw his wicket away trying to save the day. If he's back, then I'd like to see him bat high up the order, playing longer innings instead of just being a tail-end hitter.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

some afridi fans may not like this but i think in SA you have to get in 3 seamers and then ajmal/hafeez and on batting shoaib malik as allrounder to strengthen batting. if you get in afridi as bowler that means you have 5 bowlers and only 6 batsmen for already troubled batting line up. afridi can be in on asian pitches or when you have a batting medium pace allrounder.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

what a joke... he was not included on India tour. I dont think Afridi did any thing extra ordinary to be included in ODI that too on South Africa? By the way where is Hamad Azam?

Posted by ammirr on (February 20, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

Shahid Afridi,s comeback is always a good one. so we are expecting a good one this time too..

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

Pakistan lack a medium pace batting allrounder. these days 3rd seamer should be a batting medium pace allrounder. if no razak then why not hammad azam or any one else but they need 1 in.

Strange to see afridi in odi squad instead of t20 only. he was droped from india odi for poor form avg only 15 in last 16 odis and 43 with ball. and failed vs Afghanistan.

In odi how they will fit him in playing 11? its in SA you need 3 fast bowlers & already 2 spinners in? Afridi can only be in as batsman which he is not these days. he can play as bowler on asian pitches but not in those conditions.

Keeping him in squad and not playing in 11 will be a hard task for touring management.

I think no place for him in playing 11 in SA unless ajmal/hafeez injured

Posted by luvcricket_new_gen on (February 20, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

AFRIDI - the player with infinite shelf life - all the best

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