Pakistan in South Africa 2012-13 March 18, 2013

Tanvir called in as cover for Irfan, Gul

ESPNcricinfo staff

Left-arm fast bowler Sohail Tanvir has been called up to the Pakistan one-day squad as cover for Mohammed Irfan and Umar Gul. Tanvir, who is already in South Africa playing for the Lions franchise in the domestic Twenty20 competition, will have to juggle his participation in that event with any possible recall to the Pakistan squad.

Tanvir met with the Pakistan management during the third ODI at the Wanderers on Sunday. Misbah-ul-Haq said the team had been in discussions with Tanvir and were considering using him as back-up at the post match press conference.

The Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that Tanvir had been in touch with Pakistan but said he will turn out for the franchise on March 19 in Centurion, where they play the Titans. Should the Lions win that match, they will have taken a massive step towards qualifying for the final.

Tanvir will then fly to Durban where Pakistan play the fourth ODI on March 21. If the Lions need Tanvir, he will have to go straight to East London to play for the them again on March 22. However if he is not needed, the Lions will rest him and he can continue to be part of the Pakistan camp until the final one-day match in Benoni on Sunday, before returning to the Lions for the knockout stages.

Irfan, the seven-foot tall bowler, is struggling with a stomach bug. He had to leave the field during the Wanderers match and was treated off field. He also picked up a hamstring strain on Friday night in Centurion although Misbah clarified that "there is nothing wrong with his hamstring." Irfan returned to bat later in the match. Gul, who has been out of form, was left out of the third match with a knee injury.

Tanvir has played an important part in the Lions campaign. He is the joint second-leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 10 scalps at 16.40.

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  • dummy4fb on March 21, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    @Ali Mir : Gul picked up 5 wickets for 6 runs dude. Get your stats right...

  • dummy4fb on March 21, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Gul, who has been out of form, was left out of the third match with a knee injury. Stupid to write this. Gull picked up 4 wickets in t20 match. recently played against south africa. Is that being out of form ? stupidity

  • dmqi on March 21, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    May GOD give good sense to Captain and coach to select the right team today and Misbah play some attacking cricket. Win or loose, play with young players, not old junk. You will most likely loose as Amla, DV and Smith will hammer your bowlers. Get some tips from SA for fielding.

  • dmqi on March 21, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    @Muhammad Quddus: Are you dreaming? Did you not see what Captain Afridi did to Razzaque at the last world cup, 3-4 overs even though he was taking wickets. He will not let Razzaque come to the team along with Hafiz. Pak selectors are spineless, you know it now.

  • dummy4fb on March 21, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq & Afridi are Top Class Cricket Players they should be considered to play for pakistan top batting order and especially afridi plays really well as opener. WELL so far it feels Misbah doesn't want afridi to play as top order batsman and neither wants any other threatening senior player in team who may prove to be better option than Misbah for captaincy.Moreover i believe Afridi recent performances mean Misbah is disappointed and will try even harder to win the 4th odi for himself and his hold on the team captaincy as for if he looses the match then he would have less influence on what changes should be made to the team after the series loss especially in regards to afridi he wouldn't be able to get rid of him. Misbah is a good player but who should be the captain and who deserves to play in the team shouldn't be influenced by Misbah's decisions or those who feel more attached to Misbah. Misbah is good captain but his moral stand is really weak and disappointing,sad for cric

  • Sports4Youth on March 20, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    @ ICCexpert :

    I agree with your choice. I would only add Asad Shafiq in the playing eleven. I would also like to fit in Sadaf Hussain into the eleven. Lastly I would not prefer to see W.Riaz in the reserves, instead i would prefer Samiullah Khan & Rahat in there.

    Lastly I would also like to make Umar Akmal wait a little longer in an attempt to make him understand the importance of playing at the highest level. He has had far too many opportunities and he keeps thowing his wicket carelessly.


  • maria_01 on March 20, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    At the moment the best team Pak cric board can choose is :

    1. Nasir, 2. Imran Farhat, 3.Kamran Akmal, 3. Hafeez, 4. Younas, 5. Misbah, 6. Umar Akmal, 7.Afridi, 8. Abdur Razzak, 9. Juanid, 10. Ajmal, 11. Irfan

  • ICCexpert.... on March 20, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    if i was the selector this would be my team : Ahmad Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Nasir Jamsheed, Harris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Afridi (C), Hammad Azam, Jamal Anwar (wk) Irfan, Junaid Khan, Ajmal. If its a spinner friendly track than I will include Raza Hassan instead of Hammad. Reserves : Zia-ul-haq, Ali Waqas, Umar Amin, Rameez Raja jr, Asad Ali, Bilawal Bhatii, Sadaf Hussian, Wahab Reyaz, Anwar Ali.

  • ICCexpert.... on March 20, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    please give Jamal Anwar a chance, very talented keeper and hard hitting batsmen..

  • dummy4fb on March 20, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    bring back abdul razzak and give captaincy to afridi he'll bring back the game spirit .....

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