Pakistan in South Africa 2012-13 March 13, 2013

Former openers call for Kamran Akmal promotion

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Mudassar Nazar and Mohsin Khan, the former Pakistan opening pair, has urged the team to settle on the opening three positions in the side, in order to bring about stability to the batting line-up. They support the idea of Kamran Akmal being used either as opener or at No. 3 in limited-over matches, in order to get the best out of the wicketkeeper batsman.

During the ongoing South Africa tour, both captain Misbah-ul-Haq and vice-captain Mohammad Hafeez were reportedly at loggerheads over playing Kamran Akmal in the opening slot. Hafeez was asked to bat at No. 3, but this apparently did not sit well with him.

Akmal has played 62 of 144 ODIs as an opener, scoring 1617 runs (55.15 %) of his career runs. He has been asked to compromise in the past by batting in the late middle-order. In the middle order slot, he has scored 669 (22.82 %) of his runs, with only one hundred. His other four hundreds were scored as an opener.

Hafeez, in his last ten ODI innings, has scored 233 runs at an average of 23.30, including three ducks. He has consistently played as opener since Salman Butt's exit in 2010. During the recent Test series against South Africa, Hafeez averaged 7.16 in six innings as an opener. As a result, Hafeez was demoted in the batting order.

"I don't know what is going on, but demoting yourself down the order is difficult and tough only when you are insecure," Mohsin said, who started his career as a No. 3 batsman, opened on the request of his captain Imran Khan. "It's all for the sake of the team, and if you continue to be stubborn it will eventually cost the team and become a liability."

The key reason for Kamran's selection is because of his skills with the bat, although there are other wicketkeepers on the domestic circuit who can replace him. Mohsin, who was a former chief selector, believed Kamran is there for a reason, and should be utilised accordingly. "Using Kamran in the middle order is ineffective," Mohsin said. "Despite being a talented batsman, he is being misused. If your top five batsmen aren't performing, then it's unfair to expect something big from the number six."

After the Nazar/Mohsin pair, and the departure of Aamir Sohail and Saeed Anwar, Pakistan have been experimenting with several players in the hope of finding a reliable opening duo. The last enduring opening pair in limited-overs was that of Salman Butt and Kamran, between 2005 and 2010. Both added 1000 ODI runs in 29 matches. In the last ten years, several combinations have been tried, but a stable pair is yet to be found.

"Pakistan have not backed their opening combinations since early 2000s, and this is the main reason we have not achieved stability yet," Nazar said. "We can stick to Hafeez and Nasir at the opening slot, but the scoring rate by Younis and Misbah is very slow and that is damaging. We need to reshuffle the batting order in order to make it steady. The No. 3 batsman is very important and at the moment I see Kamran as the best man [for the position]. Playing him at No. 6 or 7 is wasting him."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • zah1231 on March 15, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Misbah, Younis, Malik & Afridi have passed their prime and should be dropped from ODI. IMO it should be 1) Nasir 2)Shehzaad 3)Kamran 4)Umar Akmal 5) Hafeez 6) Asad 7)Razzaq 8)Junaid 9)Ajmal 10) Umar Gul 11)Irfan

  • on March 15, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    play ahmed shahzad and umar akmal both and attack africans

  • on March 15, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    kamra needs propmotion or omission he is not a good wicketkeeper batting can save him or find a good wicketkeeper batsman

  • AmjadZork on March 15, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Iam hugely in favor of promoting Afridi & bringing him as an opener. If he stays jus for the power play - i guess then we are pretty well on track !!

  • on March 15, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    It's pretty funny when you said but a stable pair is yet to e found. Hafeez and jamshed as a pair are excellent. Stats tell the story :)

  • kamranwasti on March 15, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    " Mohsin said, who started his career as a No. 3 batsman, opened on the request of his captain Imran Khan."

    Mohsin did not start opening because of Imran Khan. After Sadiq's decline and Majid's reluctance to open post-1979, Pakistanis struggled with openers. Basically, after the 1978 series with India the two never opened together. Mudassar became the automatic opener. Mohsin had actually been a makeshift opener in the Melbourne test of 1979 (the one in which Sarfraz took 9 for 86 with the 7 for 1 spell). So when Pakistanis took a teenaged Rizwan uz Zaman to Australia and found him struggling, they had an SOS for Mohsin who had already opened once in Australia and he ended up showing how naturally gifted he was at playing fast-bowling. Mudassar and Mohsin ended up opening through the Australian tour and then the series in Sri Lanka and by the time Imran was made captain, were already the settled opening pair.

  • fareeds28 on March 15, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    Current pair is perfect one give them more chances they will come up one day

    my openers

    MOHAMMED HAFEEZ

    NASIR JAMSHEED

  • on March 15, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    Mohammad Hafeez has done well at No 3 (T20 in case) and should play there. K Akmal to open.

  • on March 14, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Kamran still bats like an over eager 19 year old. Perhaps hes just good for t20 cricket.

  • ammar7may on March 14, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    IMO, 1) Nasir 2) Hafeez 3) Younis 4) Afridi 5) Misbah 6) U Akmal 7) Kamran 8) U Gul 9) Ajmal/Ab Rehman 10) Junaid 11) W Riaz/Irfan

    Agree to Ibrarhunzai for not sending Younis (Score: 6928, Centuries:6, Fifties: 48), Misbah (s:3090, c:0, f:20), Malik (s:5335, c:7, f:31) and Asad (s:935, c:0, f:7). They all are dead slow. Afridi (s:7109, c:6, f:33) has the technique, so after over # 20, he must be given a go. He is the most dangerous cricketer, and with his presence, the score will surely move with pace. With 5-6 innings at this position, he will get the much needed confidence to extend the innings towards the end of over # 50. Umer Akmal (s:2001, c:1, f:16) still has a long way to prove, but being world no.15, he is not given appropriate chances, by keeping him too lower the order. Kamran Akmal (s:2932, c:5, f:9) is a reliable batsman, but not a reliable wicket keeper.

  • zah1231 on March 15, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Misbah, Younis, Malik & Afridi have passed their prime and should be dropped from ODI. IMO it should be 1) Nasir 2)Shehzaad 3)Kamran 4)Umar Akmal 5) Hafeez 6) Asad 7)Razzaq 8)Junaid 9)Ajmal 10) Umar Gul 11)Irfan

  • on March 15, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    play ahmed shahzad and umar akmal both and attack africans

  • on March 15, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    kamra needs propmotion or omission he is not a good wicketkeeper batting can save him or find a good wicketkeeper batsman

  • AmjadZork on March 15, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Iam hugely in favor of promoting Afridi & bringing him as an opener. If he stays jus for the power play - i guess then we are pretty well on track !!

  • on March 15, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    It's pretty funny when you said but a stable pair is yet to e found. Hafeez and jamshed as a pair are excellent. Stats tell the story :)

  • kamranwasti on March 15, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    " Mohsin said, who started his career as a No. 3 batsman, opened on the request of his captain Imran Khan."

    Mohsin did not start opening because of Imran Khan. After Sadiq's decline and Majid's reluctance to open post-1979, Pakistanis struggled with openers. Basically, after the 1978 series with India the two never opened together. Mudassar became the automatic opener. Mohsin had actually been a makeshift opener in the Melbourne test of 1979 (the one in which Sarfraz took 9 for 86 with the 7 for 1 spell). So when Pakistanis took a teenaged Rizwan uz Zaman to Australia and found him struggling, they had an SOS for Mohsin who had already opened once in Australia and he ended up showing how naturally gifted he was at playing fast-bowling. Mudassar and Mohsin ended up opening through the Australian tour and then the series in Sri Lanka and by the time Imran was made captain, were already the settled opening pair.

  • fareeds28 on March 15, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    Current pair is perfect one give them more chances they will come up one day

    my openers

    MOHAMMED HAFEEZ

    NASIR JAMSHEED

  • on March 15, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    Mohammad Hafeez has done well at No 3 (T20 in case) and should play there. K Akmal to open.

  • on March 14, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Kamran still bats like an over eager 19 year old. Perhaps hes just good for t20 cricket.

  • ammar7may on March 14, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    IMO, 1) Nasir 2) Hafeez 3) Younis 4) Afridi 5) Misbah 6) U Akmal 7) Kamran 8) U Gul 9) Ajmal/Ab Rehman 10) Junaid 11) W Riaz/Irfan

    Agree to Ibrarhunzai for not sending Younis (Score: 6928, Centuries:6, Fifties: 48), Misbah (s:3090, c:0, f:20), Malik (s:5335, c:7, f:31) and Asad (s:935, c:0, f:7). They all are dead slow. Afridi (s:7109, c:6, f:33) has the technique, so after over # 20, he must be given a go. He is the most dangerous cricketer, and with his presence, the score will surely move with pace. With 5-6 innings at this position, he will get the much needed confidence to extend the innings towards the end of over # 50. Umer Akmal (s:2001, c:1, f:16) still has a long way to prove, but being world no.15, he is not given appropriate chances, by keeping him too lower the order. Kamran Akmal (s:2932, c:5, f:9) is a reliable batsman, but not a reliable wicket keeper.

  • on March 14, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Simple is that! Bring Afridi Back on top... If he stays on wicket for 5 overs.. Then Dam sure you,ll get very good start

  • Ibrarhunzai on March 14, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Dont change the opening pair, its the best ODI pair currently. Kamran may be promoted to number 3 but not to the opening. Plus put Umar akmal in between Younus and Misbah. Yunus, asad and misbah should not bat one after another in the batting order.

  • imranalikh on March 14, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    I believe Pakistan think tank should revise batting order by promoting Kamran Akmal for opening pair along with Nasir Jamshed. Hafiz should be placed at No. 3. Shoaib Malik should be dropped in replacement of Umer Akmal.

  • RaadQ on March 14, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    This is a logical solution. Either groom Umar Akmal as a WK/batsman, but if you are too short sighted to that, then at least promote Kamran up the order where he is far more effective than down the order.

  • Iddy on March 14, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    @Ubair Ahmad. You cannot be serious about Misbah being the best captain. Also he made most runs in the last game so what as a one off. Every time he his batting he creates pressure for his batting partner and the rest of the players to follow. As a captain he is so unaware of the games sitiuation and does not react quickly enough both when the Pakistan team is batting or bowling. As ever in the last game you could see he was just going to defend even when it was a delivery to be put away then when the asking rate jumped he tried to slog but it was all too late. Too old, too slow and no buzz about him. Not needed in ODI's or T20's.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on March 14, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Pakistan's problem is having too many spin bowling allrounders like afridi, hafeez and malik.. there is no replacement of Razzaq in side. which got to be find quickly.. wicket keeper batsman has been a long issue now.. give rizwan a chance or make umar akmal trained for this.. and honesly with due respect its the time for misbah and younas to only play in test matches. gul in omly t20s.. please make a middle order for ODIs with umar akmal, asad shafeeq, haris sohail.. my team would be: (1) Nasir jamshed (2) Ahmad Shahzad (3) Hafeez (4) Asad Shafeeq (5) umar akmal (6) Haris Sohail (7) Rizwan (8) Anwar Ali (9) Ajmal/afridi (10) Junaid khan (11) Irfan

  • on March 14, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    i Preffer Kamran nd Afridi...coz Afridi use to open with Suhail once upon a time....get back his grip by opening him in every game.....!!

  • Manzgam on March 14, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    i think pakistan is just doing wrong in selection and batting order Ahmad shehzad is olaying in 20 20 but not in 50 over game how can he become mature batsman Misbah,Younis, should be in test team and the one day team should be 1kamran 2jamsheed/Ahmad Shehzad 3umar amin 4M.Hafeez 4 Asad Shafeeq 5 Afridi 6umar akmal 7 Hammad Azam 8 Ajmal 9 umar gul 10 junai khan 11 M.Irfan/Wahab

  • on March 14, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    @Iddy, Please do not forget that Misbah-ul-Haq scored more runs than any other Pakistani batsman in the 1st Odi. by looking at this fact, you can't just remove him from the team. and one more thing, he is the best captain in pak history!

  • on March 14, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    After shameful defeat in 1st ODI the selectors should pay some respect to the comments of the public. Change the team and batting order for better results. Sorry to say that there is no place for Misbah and Younus in the team if dignity is to be maintained in future World Cup. The results of current Test Series against South Africa should be enough for PCB and related officials.

  • on March 14, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    This is ridiculous!!! why Akmals , have they ever played a winning knock God please get rid of them - Fresh blood is waiting for a chance and still they are deprived. We need to pay attention and get it right now its been a while. here is the playing squad: Hafeez, Jamshed, Shafiq, Younus, Malik, Afridi, Razzaq,Ahmed Shazad, Ajmal, Irfan, Junaid, Hammad Azam, Imran Nazir, Wahab Riaz

  • Desihungama on March 14, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    Why is it these former cricketing experts usually come to same conclusions as fans of Cricinfo?

  • Don_Alkz on March 14, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    Test XI

    1.Nasir Jamshed 2.Babar Azam 3.Abdul Razzaq 4.Azhar Ali 5.Younis Khan 6.Asad Shafiq 7.Umar Akmal (w/k) 8.Hammad Azam 9.Saeed Ajmal 10.Junaid Khan 11.Mohammed Irfan/Umar Gul

    *Hammad Azam could be replaced for a outright fast bowler if conditions require.

    *Abdul Razzaq purely on batting capabilities, has ability to play in seaming conditions, has played different knocks through out his career, can play according to the situation, has previously shown perseverance.

    *Babar Azam is in the team as he is a young talent and if a player is to be nurtured in test cricket at such a young age over a period of time he will become a complete batsmen. We already have too many Gung Ho type batsmen who are technically flawed.

    *PCB also needs to stop discriminating against players from other regions such as Sindh, Baluchistan etc. Give them equal opportunity as players from Punjab. It benefits Pakistan cricket team. As new talent will be unearthed.

  • Don_Alkz on March 13, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    Best XI ODI's

    1.Nasir Jamshed, 2.Ahmed Shahzad 3.Abdur Razzaq 4.Asad Shafiq 5.Mohammed Hafeez 6.Umar Akmal (w/k) 7.Shahid Afridi (C) 8.Hammad Azam/Mohammed Irfan 9.Saeed Ajmal 10.Umar Gul 11.Junaid Khan

    *Abdur Razzaq - Selected purely for batting, if required could help out with a few overs.

    *Hammad Azam/Mohammed Irfan selection depending on conditions and of course Saeed Ajmal would move to No.8 to accommadate M.Irfan at No.11

    LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK GUYS.

  • Iddy on March 13, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    Kamran Akmal is ideal for Pakistan in ODI's and T20's. For me yes he should open and is good at clearing the infield in powerplays. You need someone with a bit of aggrression in these formats. I am fed up with defend defend and defend. Don't get me wrong you need players to build an innings but what happens with Pakistan is that tuk tuk Misabah just puts pressure on all of the team then you have Younis and Malik. You hardly score and then loose a wicket thus creating pressure all round. I have seen other wicket keepers in the Pakistan team in Kamran Akmal's absence and all lack batting skills so please give Kamran a decent run as a opener. One more missing combination is please please bring back Abdur Razzaq or find one like him(maybe Hammad Azam) instead of either Misbah, Malik or Younis. ODI team for me: 1-K Akmal 2-Jamshed 3-Hafeez 4-Younis 5-Shafique 6-U Akmal 7-Afridi 8- Razzaq 9-Gul 10- Ajmal 11-Junaid.

  • on March 13, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    pakistan best x1 for mini world cup

    nasir jamshid..,kamran akmal...umer akmal....asad shafiq...haris sohail...mohd hafiz captain umer amin .. junaid khan...mohd irfan....umer gul/wahab riaz ....saeed ajmal bcz condition in enlgland not souited three spiners and afridi only play in asia in place of one seamer so pak have tu try this combination for world cup 2015 also try this in south africa and leave misbah younis can play in the place of shafiq or sohail but umer amin is a use full bwler and hard hitter like raina in india im a big fan of afridi but if he is a batting all rounder can replace with hafiz bcz in australia if they both played pak will one batsman short,,,,, am i rite...

  • on March 13, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    I completely agree that Kamraan should play openere or 2, 3 , 4 whatever. The Akmal family owns the Pak team. Who cares that kamaran akmal hasn't had a decent score in a long time.

  • on March 13, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    people should look at nasir khan and left arm quicky i think his name hussain?I forget his first name,and lets be honest we dont have anyone better then kamran akmal as a wicket keeping batsman.And also afridi needs to be the captain!Ahmed shahzad MUST MUST MUST as a opener with kamran akmal with nasir jamshed at no.3.we need specialist players not bits ad bob players....wat do you guys think!!oh and also i think that hafeez should take over asad shafiq at no.4.so my batting order,shahzad,akmal,jamshed,hafeez,u.akmal,malik,afridi,ajmal,j.khan.a.rehman.gul.

  • HRZV on March 13, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Why can't PCB selectors look beyond Kamran Akmal? Surely, he is not the only wicket keeper batsman around. His batting isn't the best and his wicket keeping is getting from bad to worse. He is 30 now (officialy). Give someone younger a chance.

  • on March 13, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Akmal has been a non performer as a batsman for several years now and he has the well deserved title of the worst wicket keeper in the world . He should be sacked forthwith ,

  • on March 13, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Whether we all like it or not but Kamran Akmal is in the team and I don't see him being dropped in near future as well so we might as well get the best out of him. I definitely agree with the veteran cricketers that he should bat in the top order. Piercing the inner field with ease against the new ball is one of the few traits of K Akmal (when he is in flow). I would prefer for Hafeez to bat at 3 and Akmal opening with Jamshed. This would be good blend of aggression at the top, consolidation in the middle and flair at the end with guys like Afridi, Malik/ U Akmal and Gul giving it everything.

  • MSMAK on March 13, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Great idea...this will definitely work (...wink wink) while the young talent enjoys the domestic circle. Then again we have Misbah and Younis with sensible batting for Pakistan to make sure the RR stays well below the required.

  • Crick_Expert on March 13, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Kingsland selection Board present following PAK ODI TEAM 1)Afiridi(CAPT) 2)Abdul Razzak(Vice-CAPT) 3) Nasir 4)Hafeez 5)Ahmed Shahzad 6)Imran Nazir 8)U. Akmal(WKT)/Haris Sohail 9)Ajmal/Rehman/Sohaib 10)Junaid 11)Irfan 12)Owias Zia(little boom)

    Sorry no place for Misbah, Younis, Asad, Gul in ODI format.

  • wrenx on March 13, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Hafeez should nibble on some humble pie and accept that he's not up to the standard of an international opener. His value is as an all-rounder, and should take Shoaib Malik's position in the team, and allow for another proper batsman to move to the top order. That could be Umar Akmal, who can bat a lot better when he's not jumping around at the crease at number 7 in the final 8 overs of a match.

  • on March 13, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    I completely agree with you Kamran has to play as a opener or at No.3

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 13, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Akmal for me doesnt deserve to be in the PAK team simply because his wicket keeping skills arent up to scratch.

  • ICCexpert.... on March 13, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    please drop Misbah, Yunis, Kamran, Malik and Gul, bring in Harris Sohail, Ahmad Shehzad, Hammad Azam, Hasan Raza, Anwar Ali, Asad ALi, Ali Waqas, M. Rizwan, Zial-ul-Haq.............youth is what we need for 2015 world cup

  • on March 13, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    They should now think of dropping Akmal rather than promoting him up the batting order.

  • on March 13, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    kamran is very best openers in pak side with nasir

  • ICCexpert.... on March 13, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    i wonder why new talent is ignored, on what basis are Misbah, Yunis, Malik and Kamran in the team. where are payers like, Ahmad Shahzad, Asad Ali, Raza Hasan, Anwar Ali, Ali Waqas, Mohamad Rizwan (wk), Zia-ul-haq, Hammad Azam, will they get a chance whrn they will also be 39 like Misbah ?

  • cricketeria on March 13, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Kamran Akmal is a bad wicketkeeper, and not a good enough as a batsman alone. Please just drop him. Keep Sarfraz Ahmed as a specialist keeper and play 6 specialist batsmen. Test bats: Jamshed, Hafeez, Azhar, Younis, Shafiq, Misbah ODI bats: Jamshed, Hafeez, Azhar/Ahmed Shehzad, Younis, Shafiq

    I feel Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq should play all formats and become the backbone of tomorrow's Pakistani batting.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on March 13, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    First of all i must tell that Mohsin did a great job as a cheif selector. I think PCB should definatly reconsider him for this position. Again he is making good sense as kamran is not helful at no.6 and he should open with Nasir Jamshed. Hafeez should play at no.3. He also mentioned other wicket keeper batsman guys in domestic like Rizwan should be given a chance. For next series i would rather have this ODI side: (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Kamran Akmal (3) Hafeez (4) Asad Shafeeq (5) Umar Akmal (6) Haris Sohail (7) Afridi (8) Anwar Ali (9) Ajmal (10) Junaid khan (11) Irfan reserve (12) Ahmad Shahzad (13) Rizwan "wicket keeper batsman" (14) Wahab riaz Pakistan must find a replacement of Abdur razzaq quickly.

  • ICCexpert.... on March 13, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    My team would be Ahmad Shehzad, Jamshed, Hafeez, UmarAkmal (wk) Umar Amin, Afridi, Hammad Azam, Anwar Ali, Wahab Reyaz, Junaid Khan and Ajmal, very solid team....what do you say guys ?

  • PakCricketistanLover on March 13, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    ODI XI (batting order) 1. N Jamshed 2. K Akmal 3. M Hafeez 4. U Akmal 5. M ul Haq 6. S Malik / A Shafiq 7. S Afridi 8. U Gul 9. S Ajmal 10. M Irfan / A Rehman . J Khan

    Y Khan should gracefully retire from ODI, and so should M ul Haq after Champions Trophy.

  • on March 13, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Afridi should open read the pitch condition for 1-2 overs then start play acoording to nature of wickets i am sure if stay even just fr first 10 overs runrate will cross 9-10.Team & cricket lovers of pak should consider that his wkt is just to increse the run rate n not fr scoring centuries the gilchrist n one srilankan batsman used to do with sanath .You take my word pakistan will hv good start n shape of the game would b changed.For SA pacers attack near off stump is the only option let his partner gv him max strike

  • on March 13, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    batting lineup should be: 1. Jamshed 2. Shehzad 3. Hafeez 4. Kamran Akmal 5. Afridi 6. Shoaib Malik 7. Misbah-Ul-Haq 8. Adur Rehman 9. Umar Gul 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Junaid Khan

    Mohammed Irfan should be considered to replace Junaid or Gul depending on format and form

  • haq33 on March 13, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Open with akmal and afridi. Then jamshed then hafeez. then younis, misbah, Malik. Misbah is a decent slogged and could be good in the last ten overs. Seriously that is the best order.

  • on March 13, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Pakistan is no short of Good Opening batsmen. We have Ahmed shehzad, Awais Zia in our reserves..Kamran should be given a long streak as an Opener and Nasir Jamshed should be given a place at number 3 with either of Ahmed shehzad or Awais zia at the top. Hafeez seems picture perfect for Number 5 position in ODIs. At number 4 we should employ asad shafique and umer akmal at 6 is a good option with a talented Hammad Azam at 7 and Afridi at 8 with 2 seemers and ajmal ...This is a good combination which can defeat any team

    Kamran--awais/shehzad--Nasir--Asad--Hafeez--Umerakmal--Hammad Azam--Afridi--Gul--Ajmal---Junaid

    This team has power packed openers...3 batsman in the middle to strengthen the innings...3 batsman towards end to lift up the tempo in power play and post power play overs..3 seemers and 3 spinners and a talented fielding outfit...

    Don't know upon what parameters YOUNIS AND MISBAH are still the part of limited over inventory....Hafeez should be given captaincy till wc2015

  • hamza1982 on March 13, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    How about we just drop Kamran forever, because he cant bat, or catch. Its amazing how we just cant get rid of this guy. Why dont they show such perseverance with Safraz Ahmed, who is much more talented with the gloves, and has shown domestically that he can bat, with a first class average of 42. He just needs to be given some backing, so he can bat with some freedom, rather than thinking the moment he fails with th bat he will be dropped. Whereas Kamran has been awful since 2006, yet we just cant get rid of him???

  • on March 13, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Agreed With The Former Opening Pair! Hafeez sHOULD Come At No. 4 While Afridi At 3 And Jamshed And Kamo At 2 and 1 (respectively) Now The Problem That Arises Is That Although Umar Akmal Can Score Down the Order But He Can Not Give off His Best So We Should Do Something Bout That' And Now U Akmal At 5 Malik At 6 Misbah At 7(What Would Be Best IS THAT HE SHOULD NOT PLAY) So In That Case Either 5 Bowlers Or Shafiq Or Any Other Batsman!!! Misbah And Younus Is The Unstability In The Team! And The Bowlers, Gul Should Give His Best If Not Then Give Up, In That Case 8-Wahab 9-Saeed(We Should Think Of Someone Of Replacing Him As I Think He Is Now 35)(Might Be Raza Hasan) 10 Juni 11 Irfan!!

  • on March 13, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Hafiz who can't respect his captain then how much surety that he will get respect from other players when he become Pakistan captain.this is ridiculous.without a doubt he is humiliating himself :)

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on March 13, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Afridi and Nasir Jamshed should open and Karman Akmal should come at number three.

  • satishchandar on March 13, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Either play him as opener or move him out of the team. Jamshed or Hafeez moves to 3. Asad at 4, Only one of Younis or Misbah should play at 5. Umar Akmal at 6, Malik/Afridi at 7 followed by Riaz/Irfan, Gul, Junaid and Ajmal. This would be the best combination Pakistan can get. Give Hafeez, Malik and Afridi the role of batsman who can do good finishing job with bat and spinner role as secondary thing. Hafeez if not able to do the job at top order, remove him and move Malik to 3. Malik had played many good innings in top 3 than Hafeez.

  • on March 13, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    I totally agree with the former great pair of openers kamran akmal is the best at no 1 position because he can score quick fire 40 or 50 runs in the medatory power play which will result in decreasing the pressure on middle order and on misbah and younus also so i requests the team management on tour to please come out of their shells cricket is very changed nowadays you have to adjust to the situation and game plans changes as per the situation but management is sticking with the conventional one. Teams nowadays uses analyzers and planners to carry out the plans as per the demand of match situation but i don't know what the hell the management of pak team is doing please for god's sake let the players play to their potential and to the best suited positions.

  • AK47_pk on March 13, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Batting order should be. Ahmed shazad 2 kamran akmal 3 nasir.jamshed 4 umar akmal 5 mohammad hafeez 6 shoaib malik/ asad shafiq 7 shahid afridi 8 umar gul 9 saeed ajmal 10 junaid khan 11 mohammad irfan. 12th man harris sohail. Reserves wahab riaz , sadaf jussain nd hammad azam. This should be our team building towards wc 2015.

  • on March 13, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    I agree with the view expressby our former players. Misbah is doing good job as a skipper.He has two major problem.First he is too defensive in his approach in selecting team,bowling change and batting order resuffle as per situation of the game.This is the reason he is hesitating in introducing new players, innovation in field placing and trying spinne in ODI from one end.As we all know that SA batsmen are playing good against fast bowlers.We have to attack them with spinners.My team for second ODI is Nasir Jamshed ,Kamran Akmal,Hafiz,Younus,Asad Shafiq,Misbah,Umer Amin,Afridi,Saeed Ajmal,Junaid khan, M.Irfan..If require run rate is higher than you can send Afridi at no.4

  • on March 13, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Absolutely right, i am also of the view that Kamran should open alongwith Jamshed and Professor should containt No.3 spot in the team. He is being wasted at the moment.

  • on March 13, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    I totally agree with Mohsin Khan, Kamran Akmal should open with Nasir and Hafeez should come in at No#3

    I feel the format of your One day team batting line up till end of World Cup 2015 should be: Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal (WK), Mohammad Hafeez (VC), Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan Extras: Awais Zia, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Sohail Tanveer, Ehsan Adil, Shoaib Malik and any other new players

  • on March 13, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    In Odis,T20s you don't need specialist WK & Kakmals W. Keeping We all know. I think Uakmal should play in place of him as WK. AB, SangaKara, Dravid & A.Flower all keep wickets. UAkmal can do the same. Kakmals not a good batsman neither a keeper. Kakmal had a patched history as player too. Out of current 15 players I would prefer 1-Jamshed 2-Malik 3-Hafeez 4-Asad 5-Misbah 6- U.Akmal 7- Afridi 8- Wahab 9- Ajmal 10- Junaid 11- Irfan

  • Dil-Dil-Pakistan on March 13, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    i tootly agree with statement of Former openers of pakistan,kamaran is butter cuoice as a opner in ODIs & T20 also he has a good stike rate batsman and got quick scoring run in both format.and also LALA pormotion is very Necessary is now becouse he is in a good form and pakistan should able to get quick run in powerply.

  • Shahbaz Alam on March 13, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Yes 100% agree that Kami should open in ODI and T20 as he is best of all available in current pakistan reserves. Avg. 55 as open why Mishbah and Hafeez & Whatmore want from his. No one else in Pakistan history to average as high as he is as an opener. BUST OF LUCK KAMI

  • CricketMaan on March 13, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket and Pakistan fans - seriously!! do you guys still believe Misbah and Younis will carry you into 2015 WC? Do you guys have no other back up? If Hafeez is leading T20 well, why not give him the charge in ODI? Are you still believing Afridi will dig you out of the hole when he himself is inside a batting hole? Where are Harris Sohail and Babar?

  • Mysterious_Man on March 13, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Yeah, agreed that Kamran Akmal is wasted at No.7. But what about Shoaib Malik??? If Kamran Akmal is moved up the order then don't they think Shoaib Malik is wasted at No.7 or if he is replaced by Umar Akmal then he will be even a bigger waste. Everybody will move one step down the order to make place for Kamran. Misbah will be wasted at No. 6 as well. If Management is looking to improve the team for future then they should give more chances to youngsters upfront likes of Asad Shafiq or Umar Akmal or anyone else. This is not a Tournament in which you just plan to win by making short-term changes. Bi-lateral series are to experiment and make a better team.

  • Hira1 on March 13, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Hafiz demoted himself to number 3 in T20 when he himself is captain but is rigid under Misbahs' captaincy, as far Kamran Akmal is concern even a child know he is good at the top else there is no place for him in the side but God help Whatmore and Misbah they are the only two intelligent in the world who cannot understand this simple basics of cricket

  • on March 13, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Kamran Akmal is the worst wicket keeper in the history of Pakistan Cricket, and the Worst wicket keeper in current International cricket. A Person whose sole job is to take catches and cannot must be removed from the team!

  • on March 13, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    yes 100% agree. it will settle their batting. i would say open with kamran akmal. it will benefit in 2 ways. hafeez will do well down the order to no 3 or even below. specially on bouncy wickets . hafeez has a problem against moving ball.

    And kamran akmal is a proper waste down the order as proved by the stats above. if he is playing he should play as opner and hafez down.

  • binu.emiliya on March 13, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    I am from India nd great fan of Saeed Anwar,always coming good aginst Us,I think Sami Aslam of U19 is same kind of batsman,let him pair with Nasir Jamshed and Hafees can play @ 3 will make a solid top 2 for PAK

  • malepas on March 13, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    100% AGREE,,been saying this for ages, if u play Kamran, play him in top 3 otherwise no use,his best shot is up between covers and thirdman position, when he play as an opener,he can play this shot,score quick runs and by the time field spread out, he is set,when he plays at 7,he is getting caught a boundary cos he had no time to settle, so makes no sense playing him that down,as for AKMAL BASHERS,,guys calm down,,some of the comments just makes no sense,sombody saying to "COACH" Sarfraz for batting is rediculous,he also dropped about 7 catches in tests and a useless batter,I think PAK management must give Umer and Kamran backing and confidence and sure they will deliver,,they are under lot of pressure,Umer very unfairly and Kamran with some reasons but they have potential and PAK top and middle order needs them,,Hafeez/Jamshed/K.Akmal/Younas/U.Akmal/Shafiq/Afridi/Gul/Ajmal/Junaid/Irfan.

  • MianAmmar on March 13, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Why they don't give chance to afridi at no. 3 or 4?????he did very much for pakistan and i am sure that he can do more for pakistan....

  • Smiling on March 13, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Aaahhhhh Pakistan politics. Does anyone realise the captain and coach have no say in selection? Maybe if they did, the line up would be a winner.....

  • on March 13, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    well..... its fine playing him at no.3 but opening is suicide. Hafeez and Jamshed is the Best Opening Pair in the Whole Country.... Not Just in Scoring but in Scoring Fast. The Asia Cup Proves it. 224 runs opening Partnership against India, 125 runs opening partnership against Bangladesh. And their Average Opening Stand is worth 70 Runs.

  • fah4 on March 13, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Kamran Akmal is one of my favorite player in world cricket and I always want to see him open in both one day and 20-20. He is a good batsman at the top of the order though his wicket keeping is poor. I thik if he is in team he should open or no.3 other wise hand over gloves to Umar Akmal better batsman at no.6 and not too bad with the gloves.

  • xylofon on March 13, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Kamran Maybe. But never ever Umar Akmal - unless he performs consistently in any league cricket and keeps away from his usual comedy run outs and super poor selection shots in the need of the hour just like Imran Nazir.

    Nasir Jamshed is a godsent for both ODI & T20 (he can play test too to some extent, even if all failed during the last series). Batting should be centered around him.

    One important thing is that PCB and selectors should try out youngsters more, not just let them travel but actually put them in tough conditions during a match at a make or break situation - this will help determine if they got it or not. Perfect example: Hammad Azam, the new Abdur Razzaq. This guy is made for T20, Pakistan had a tour against Australia in prep for T20 world cup and played him very very little (if at all). The series would have been a perfect time to see if the was in form and if he had it at all.

    Also, Babar Azam, the best pakistani test batsman alive today, he can also play ODI

  • kami_alvi on March 13, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Most of the people will agree on this. But it is up to the tour selection committee and it lead by Misbah and Hafeez. And Hafiz not like to bat lower order.

  • on March 13, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    nasir and hafeez have done well in 2012 as an opening pair albeit they didn't play together in any foreign conditions , so for now, making any change won't be so beneficial, but they should put someone attacking at 3 because by the time Pakistan's 4 and 5(tuk tuk) come at crease, the run rate drops by either 1 to 2 rpo , but still feel the need of Abdul razzaq in foreign conditions, he is probably by far the best attacking batsman of fast bowling than even any yet in Pakistan squad.

  • MohammadUmair on March 13, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    I too agree he has no place in the playing eleven. A wicketkeeper has 2 primary jobs, if hes failing both, he absolutely deserves no place. Sarfaraz should be coached for batting as he at least catches the ball cleanly. Kamran dropped one and almost dropped another in the first ODI vs SA, he wasnt able to keep the doosra of Saeed Ajmal. I think others deserve a chance more than he does. PK is not a place that is short of talent. Selectors need to rethink.

  • on March 13, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    well this topic is too long to discuss, i will make it quite short and choose my best playing 11 out of current bunch for now and for next one year possibly until WC15! i.e. Hafeez/Jamshed/K.Akmal/ShoibM/U.Akmal/Shafiq/Afridi/Gul/Ajmal/Junaid and Wahab Riaz

  • fareeds28 on March 13, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    For me Pakistan has got right openers Hafeez and Nasir. I dont think Pakistan should make any change in there opening pair. They can split Younis khan and misbah by asking Kamran to bat at no 4 so that the pace in of the innings remains and there will be solidity in the late order

  • vivekrathee9792@gmail.com on March 13, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    absolutely agree with mohsin as kamran akmal is primarily playing as a batsman who can keep wicket as well but keep playing him at no 6 or 7 is not fair.He is good against new ball compared to older ball and this is what his stats shows.For me team mangement should take a decision for his promotion in batting order and misbah just after younis is just a wastage of time and balls.Misbah wants every team player like himself that's he has drpooed Umar Akmal from both one day and test matches.You should have those players in your team who can change the complexion on their day especally when you have enough players who can let down the scoring rate.He should be there in team instead of shoaib malik who i don't know for what reason in the team.Umar Akmal is still their best batsman along with nasir jamshed.

  • RANA1610 on March 13, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Hafeez should be at no. 6.

  • Dannymania on March 13, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Yeah,i agree that IF he's playing in the team,he should b shuffled in the upper or upper-middle order. Pakistan have a solid enough middle order with younis khan,Misbah,Shoaib malik and Asad Shafiq.What they lack though,is an attacking batsman in that middle order. If Kamran Akmal can adjust in between Younis khan and Misbah somewhere,that'ld b the best.Honestly speaking though,I'ld rather have Umar Akmal playing than Kamran Akmal.Kamran has proven over and over again that he isnt a regular keeper.Umar Akmal can keep wickets at the same level if not better.

  • mzm149 on March 13, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Kamran Akmal deserves no spot in playing eleven. We can use Umar Akmal as wicketkeeper until we find a proper wicketkeeper batsman. Umar Akmal is much better than his brother. As far as this series is concerned,full chance should be given to Kamran at opening position. He will not be able to perform even there but at least everyone will know that he is not fit enough to play anywhere.

  • Aristotle01 on March 13, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    For all the talk of of Kamran's batting skills, the very fact that the Paksitan team calls him talented and a good batsman despite him averaging 26 with the bat just goes to show the appaling lack of depth in Pak batting. Now wonder they have had all sorts of problems in all formats of the game aganst good opposition and in big , crunch matches. Where is Yasir Hameed guys? He was a good player isnt it?

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  • Aristotle01 on March 13, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    For all the talk of of Kamran's batting skills, the very fact that the Paksitan team calls him talented and a good batsman despite him averaging 26 with the bat just goes to show the appaling lack of depth in Pak batting. Now wonder they have had all sorts of problems in all formats of the game aganst good opposition and in big , crunch matches. Where is Yasir Hameed guys? He was a good player isnt it?

  • mzm149 on March 13, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Kamran Akmal deserves no spot in playing eleven. We can use Umar Akmal as wicketkeeper until we find a proper wicketkeeper batsman. Umar Akmal is much better than his brother. As far as this series is concerned,full chance should be given to Kamran at opening position. He will not be able to perform even there but at least everyone will know that he is not fit enough to play anywhere.

  • Dannymania on March 13, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Yeah,i agree that IF he's playing in the team,he should b shuffled in the upper or upper-middle order. Pakistan have a solid enough middle order with younis khan,Misbah,Shoaib malik and Asad Shafiq.What they lack though,is an attacking batsman in that middle order. If Kamran Akmal can adjust in between Younis khan and Misbah somewhere,that'ld b the best.Honestly speaking though,I'ld rather have Umar Akmal playing than Kamran Akmal.Kamran has proven over and over again that he isnt a regular keeper.Umar Akmal can keep wickets at the same level if not better.

  • RANA1610 on March 13, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Hafeez should be at no. 6.

  • vivekrathee9792@gmail.com on March 13, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    absolutely agree with mohsin as kamran akmal is primarily playing as a batsman who can keep wicket as well but keep playing him at no 6 or 7 is not fair.He is good against new ball compared to older ball and this is what his stats shows.For me team mangement should take a decision for his promotion in batting order and misbah just after younis is just a wastage of time and balls.Misbah wants every team player like himself that's he has drpooed Umar Akmal from both one day and test matches.You should have those players in your team who can change the complexion on their day especally when you have enough players who can let down the scoring rate.He should be there in team instead of shoaib malik who i don't know for what reason in the team.Umar Akmal is still their best batsman along with nasir jamshed.

  • fareeds28 on March 13, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    For me Pakistan has got right openers Hafeez and Nasir. I dont think Pakistan should make any change in there opening pair. They can split Younis khan and misbah by asking Kamran to bat at no 4 so that the pace in of the innings remains and there will be solidity in the late order

  • on March 13, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    well this topic is too long to discuss, i will make it quite short and choose my best playing 11 out of current bunch for now and for next one year possibly until WC15! i.e. Hafeez/Jamshed/K.Akmal/ShoibM/U.Akmal/Shafiq/Afridi/Gul/Ajmal/Junaid and Wahab Riaz

  • MohammadUmair on March 13, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    I too agree he has no place in the playing eleven. A wicketkeeper has 2 primary jobs, if hes failing both, he absolutely deserves no place. Sarfaraz should be coached for batting as he at least catches the ball cleanly. Kamran dropped one and almost dropped another in the first ODI vs SA, he wasnt able to keep the doosra of Saeed Ajmal. I think others deserve a chance more than he does. PK is not a place that is short of talent. Selectors need to rethink.

  • on March 13, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    nasir and hafeez have done well in 2012 as an opening pair albeit they didn't play together in any foreign conditions , so for now, making any change won't be so beneficial, but they should put someone attacking at 3 because by the time Pakistan's 4 and 5(tuk tuk) come at crease, the run rate drops by either 1 to 2 rpo , but still feel the need of Abdul razzaq in foreign conditions, he is probably by far the best attacking batsman of fast bowling than even any yet in Pakistan squad.

  • kami_alvi on March 13, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Most of the people will agree on this. But it is up to the tour selection committee and it lead by Misbah and Hafeez. And Hafiz not like to bat lower order.