Pakistan news March 26, 2013

'We need to improve a lot' - Misbah

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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has called the results of the South Africa series a disappointment and accepted that his team needed significant improvements. He was speaking after the Pakistan side returned home from a two-month tour of South Africa. Pakistan lost the ODI series by 3-2 and Test series by 3-0, though the team managed to win the two-match Twenty20 series 1-0, after the first match was washed out.

The biggest concern for Pakistan has been the batting as no batsman proved consistent enough. The team reached South Africa 10 days ahead of the first Test to get used to the conditions but struggled to find their feet. They lost the first Test by 211 runs, the second by four wickets and the third by an innings and 18 runs with batting regularly failing against a top-quality South Africa attack. In ODIs, they performed a bit better but remained inconsistent with Misbah being the top scorer for Pakistan, collecting 227 runs at 56.75.

"The tour was disappointing," Misbah said, on arriving at the Lahore airport. "We struggled throughout the Test series and it's an alarming situation, we need to improve a lot in various aspects. We couldn't do much in the Test series but recovered well and were better in the one-dayers. We played irresponsible shots and we need to address our batting problems."

Several of Pakistan's key players couldn't deliver. Mohammad Hafeez was clueless against Dale Steyn, Shahid Afridi was erratic, Younis Khan failed in the limited-overs matches and Umar Gul was below his best. Hafeez managed to score 43 in six Test innings, and 118 in five ODIs, Younis scored 184 in the Tests and 116 in ODIs while Afridi, who was picked as a legspinner failed to take a wicket, though he clubbed 126 runs in the ODIs.

Misbah, however, refused to single out any particular player and left it to the concerned authorities to pass judgement on the performances ahead of the Champions Trophy. "Everyone has seen who did what (in South Africa) but it's the board and the selectors who will gauge the performances of the players and they will look into the future."

Responding to a question, Misbah brushed aside any off-the-field clash that affected the team in South Africa. "There was nothing like that (in-rift) and it isn't a reason for the performance. We should accept that they were the better side and played better than us and at the end of the day, they won."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY Nastro on | March 28, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    I fail to understand how Umar Akmal our highest world ranking ODI batsman fail to make it into the ODI team !!! Afridi needs to go he loses more matches for us than he wins. Nasir Jamshed needs to be given more of a chance although he has not scored I think he has got the best technique in the team. Sohail Tanvir needs to also be given a chance rather that wahab riaz ......

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | March 28, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    Wait What? I thought Pakistan is the PERFECT team :O. According to their fan they've the most talented batting line up and their bowlers are the BEST. If that is true how come Misbah says Batting is weak :O?

  • POSTED BY hellothereeveryone on | March 28, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    I am surprised why now suddenly Misbah realised Pakistan batting is weak. Pakistan batting has been weak and inconsistent eversince Imran Khan's tenure ended. It only clicks once in a while against weak bowling attacks especially on flat surfaces. Against quality bowling in bowler friendly conditions I have not seen it perform for a longtime now. Gone is the era when Pakistan batting used to perform against quality oppositions like West Indies at their best in the 80s. I dont see any batsman in the current team of the stature of Miandad, Rameez, MudassarNazar, Saleem Malik and the great Imran Khan himself. They were all fighters and didn't gave up easily. Their body language showed that they are there to win. Even Sallem Yousif who was not all that talented and was a keeper used to go out and fight it out against the best. They were all there to win the game so much unlike the current team who are mostly mentally defeated even before the match starts.

  • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Old with the old and in with the new!! - Pakistan need to get rid of the old guard..

  • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    pakistan need to replace old players with young talents like ahamed shehzad, shehzab hussain, umar akmal, harris sohail, fawad alam,asad shafiq, Sharjeel Khan. too many chances given to imran farhat, younis khan, wahab riyas. these players are talented but not consistent enough to play for pakistan. selector must think future of pakistan.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | March 28, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    @ Asif Kidwai. You check all the comments in last 2 years written here. You will see more than 75% supports Razzaque's inclusion. You are a pathetic biased looser for afridi, the biggest failure of 2013. My team : Ahmed Shezad, Nasir, Haris Shoail, Asad, Fuad alam, Umar Akmal, Misbah, Hafeez, Razzaque, Ajaml, Junaed, Irfan, plus a wicket keeper. No place for old spent forces . Ajmal the Captain, no more Hafiz. Misbah retained for middle order stability, no more captainship. How many years will it take for Misbah and company, to improve a lot with old spent forces and flat track bullies? Please give us a break.

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | March 27, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    @Moin Pakistan may have rocked under a bowler captain but they won the world cup under an alrounder captain (Imran Khan) so I think Hafeez should become captain cuz he has experience of captaincy from T20s and we are actually a pretty strong T20 team under his captaincy. Also Hafeez is younger then Ajmal and probably has more years of cricket left.

  • POSTED BY AK47_pk on | March 27, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    @anas. Is there anybody left who u want to include lol

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | March 27, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    Our selection masters are probabely bhang counsumers. They have no authority or may be no ability to use it. They select a team according to captain and coachs liking only. One should ask then why are you there, let the captain choose the team. Then they are weak enough to oblige others like miandad and ilyas. Why do they pick faisal who has got 52 international matches and could never do better than an average of 24. PCB and its selectors are ruining it. What is wrong with Fawad Alam, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail and Usman Sallahuddin that you select faisal?

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | March 27, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    The worst batting drought. Not a single batsman able to play long innings axcept Younis who rarely perform these days. A batsman of international standards should at least score a 100 every 6 matches, try evaluating present batsmen on this scale.

  • POSTED BY Nastro on | March 28, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    I fail to understand how Umar Akmal our highest world ranking ODI batsman fail to make it into the ODI team !!! Afridi needs to go he loses more matches for us than he wins. Nasir Jamshed needs to be given more of a chance although he has not scored I think he has got the best technique in the team. Sohail Tanvir needs to also be given a chance rather that wahab riaz ......

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | March 28, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    Wait What? I thought Pakistan is the PERFECT team :O. According to their fan they've the most talented batting line up and their bowlers are the BEST. If that is true how come Misbah says Batting is weak :O?

  • POSTED BY hellothereeveryone on | March 28, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    I am surprised why now suddenly Misbah realised Pakistan batting is weak. Pakistan batting has been weak and inconsistent eversince Imran Khan's tenure ended. It only clicks once in a while against weak bowling attacks especially on flat surfaces. Against quality bowling in bowler friendly conditions I have not seen it perform for a longtime now. Gone is the era when Pakistan batting used to perform against quality oppositions like West Indies at their best in the 80s. I dont see any batsman in the current team of the stature of Miandad, Rameez, MudassarNazar, Saleem Malik and the great Imran Khan himself. They were all fighters and didn't gave up easily. Their body language showed that they are there to win. Even Sallem Yousif who was not all that talented and was a keeper used to go out and fight it out against the best. They were all there to win the game so much unlike the current team who are mostly mentally defeated even before the match starts.

  • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Old with the old and in with the new!! - Pakistan need to get rid of the old guard..

  • POSTED BY on | March 28, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    pakistan need to replace old players with young talents like ahamed shehzad, shehzab hussain, umar akmal, harris sohail, fawad alam,asad shafiq, Sharjeel Khan. too many chances given to imran farhat, younis khan, wahab riyas. these players are talented but not consistent enough to play for pakistan. selector must think future of pakistan.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | March 28, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    @ Asif Kidwai. You check all the comments in last 2 years written here. You will see more than 75% supports Razzaque's inclusion. You are a pathetic biased looser for afridi, the biggest failure of 2013. My team : Ahmed Shezad, Nasir, Haris Shoail, Asad, Fuad alam, Umar Akmal, Misbah, Hafeez, Razzaque, Ajaml, Junaed, Irfan, plus a wicket keeper. No place for old spent forces . Ajmal the Captain, no more Hafiz. Misbah retained for middle order stability, no more captainship. How many years will it take for Misbah and company, to improve a lot with old spent forces and flat track bullies? Please give us a break.

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | March 27, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    @Moin Pakistan may have rocked under a bowler captain but they won the world cup under an alrounder captain (Imran Khan) so I think Hafeez should become captain cuz he has experience of captaincy from T20s and we are actually a pretty strong T20 team under his captaincy. Also Hafeez is younger then Ajmal and probably has more years of cricket left.

  • POSTED BY AK47_pk on | March 27, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    @anas. Is there anybody left who u want to include lol

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | March 27, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    Our selection masters are probabely bhang counsumers. They have no authority or may be no ability to use it. They select a team according to captain and coachs liking only. One should ask then why are you there, let the captain choose the team. Then they are weak enough to oblige others like miandad and ilyas. Why do they pick faisal who has got 52 international matches and could never do better than an average of 24. PCB and its selectors are ruining it. What is wrong with Fawad Alam, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail and Usman Sallahuddin that you select faisal?

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | March 27, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    The worst batting drought. Not a single batsman able to play long innings axcept Younis who rarely perform these days. A batsman of international standards should at least score a 100 every 6 matches, try evaluating present batsmen on this scale.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | March 27, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    Pakistan needs to sort out Gul's spot in the bowling. His bowling is gone downwards and he is not even able to protect a third bowlers spot in the team. He cant go on like this, but if he does then 2015 is not far when Mohammad Ammar will push him out to partner with Junaid and Irfan.

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    we fail in selection most of the times , going to play against NO 1 test team on their home soil n u r bringing 3 new debut fast bowlers keeping ur 2nd best line up aside , this was bound to happen n then afridi is still in team while he have`nt got a wicket from last 6 matches , u bring imran farhat again n keep ur future player nasir jasmheed aside n so on

  • POSTED BY BaigSaqib on | March 27, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    Hafeez should be playing at number #6 or 7 and with his bowling he could be an asset. I don't think he has proved that he is a good #1,2 or 3. My team (1) Nasir (2) kamran (3) Haris Sohail (4) Asad (5) Malik (6) Umar (7) Hafeez (C) (8) Razzaq (9) Saeed (10) Junaid (11) Irfan.

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    PCB needs to change its mindset. T players ar comming back from ages they hav failed most of t time. Younus khan 255 match afridi 350 match imran farhat 88 match shoib malik 180 match kamran akmal 150 match. Haffez more than120. So this shows that our of 11 your 7 players hav faiked most of t time there avg is around 25-30.its better now 2 change t time n groom younster n give them aroun 30 -40 matches. Pakistan hav always rocked under a bowling captain. So plz make SAEED AJMAL the captain.he is t only player whos pkace is secure n he have around 4-5 yrs cricket in him.new team Ahmed shazad. Nasir jamshed. Umer akmel.Harris shohil.fawad alam.ashad shafiq.saan makshod. zulfikar baber. Razahasan. Zia ul haq.sami aslam.plz Anwar ali. Ehsan abil.

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    First of all afridi should not allowed to play cricket he should go in america and play base ball instead. Misbah plays well when he wont to show off and make score of 50. we have world class bowling attack and pray to god that Amir is allowed to play for Pakistan again.

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    kingsland for god sake leave these flop batsman alone we do not need Abdul Razzak who scores once in a year. His bowling is worst than any part timer and Hafeez got enough chances that he should be only playing domestic cricket where scores the most. My line would be as follows 1) Afridi 2) Ahmed shahzad 3)Nasir Jamshed 4) Harris Sohail, 5) Imran Nazir 6)Hammad Azam 7)Asad Shafiq 8)Irfan 9)Junaid 10)Ajmal 11)Abdul Rehman 12)Umar Akmal 13)Anwar Ali 14)Owais Zia

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    my squad for the champions trophy 1-Mohammad Hafeez , 2-Nasir Jamshed , 3-Shoaib Malik 4-Umer Akmal , 5-Misbah-Ul-Haq , 6-Ali Khan/Abdul Razzaq , 7-Kamran Akmal/Gulraiz Sadaf , 8-Anwar Ali , 9-Junaid Khan , 10-Saeed Ajmal , 11-Mohammad Irfan , 12-Imran Farhat/Ahmad Shehzad , 13-Abdur Rehman/Raza Hasan/Zulfiqar Babar , 14-Bilawal Bhatti/Sadaf Hussain , 15-Asad Shafiq/Haris Sohail...

  • POSTED BY SaadRocx on | March 27, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    We need fresh Blood in our team./ Its time fr Misbah and Younis Khan,Afridi to retire at least from ODI'S and young guys like Fawad Alam (excellent Fielder), Harris Sohai, Umar Amin,Raza Hassan,Asad Shafiq (if he learns to score at a higher strike rate),Sadaf Hussain,Ehsan Adil and many other youngsters who are highly talented and can become a prospect if utilized properly..Old BLOOD needs to be replaced with new talented ones...(Our Bowling is pretty ordinary at the moment..i hope Mohammad Amir or Someone of his Caliber strengthens our bowling attack)...WE NEED A BETTER BOWLING COACH and a LOCAL BATTING COACH..)...need shuffling in the batting order and discipline in our Bowling and Fielding...otherwise i'm afraid Pakistan will be the first team to be eliminated from this group of DEATH..!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Pakistan n India always struggled in SA..Apart frm the batting, Misbahs captaincy was just ovr the top..Hafeez took a wicket in his first over of the last ODI,but he was replaced after tht..Y???? no one knoes....There wre many matches whn Pak put a small total on board but still went on to win the match wid thr bowling and attacking approach!! Hafeez and Jamshed has proved thm selves in India, on the basis of SA tour they shud not be kicked, Younus Khan must think abt his future in ODIs, U.Akmal and Asad Shafique shud be included in the final 11 on regular basis..The real problem is wid the middle order now..evn if thr wre haris sohail or any new batsman, they also wud hve faced problems while batting on SA pitches..and Farhat,y the hell we rope him in again n again, I dun see any solid reason to pik him in the squad!!

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | March 27, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    They need a seperate teams.. Afridi, Malik, Kamran Akmal are good in only t20's. Younas only in test matches. Pakistan Next ODI Team should be:

    (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Hafeez (3) Asad Shafeeq (4) Haris Sohail (5) Misbah (6) Umar Akmal (7) Rizwan "wk" (8) Anwar Ali (9) Ajmal/Rehman (10) Junaid Khan (11) Irfan

    (12) Ahmad Shahzad (13) ehsan adil (14) Ali waqas

  • POSTED BY javed.agrawala on | March 27, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    We are weaker than the Sri Lankans. |Remember Galle, recently; poor umpiring notwithstanding! We were hammered!! Improvements---- well that can be for those below 25. Can't teach the above 30's too much when there is so much to improve on. Forget those near 40!!! We are not even investing in the future but at least the failing youngsters would have learnt for the future, at least. Such honesty coming from Misbah is refreshing. Hafeez does not even believe that Steyn had the wood on him! A most deplorable performance from an opener who maintains otherwise?!! He should have come in lower for his all around skills. Younus is ok for tests until a replacement for Misbah is made( please see ahead) and then his performance may be evaluated too. Misbah and Gul should bow out as Gul was just okay even at Joburg on a seamer's paradise. Junaid and Ifran should train to bring the ball in occasionally to the guessing right handers. As for the dropped catches at Joburg; we know who is responsible.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | March 27, 2013, 7:13 GMT

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

    Sadaf Hussain - - (23) -- 171 - 17.43

    Samiullah Khan -- (30) -- 373 - 18.79

    Ehsan Adil - - - - (19) -- 059 - 18.94

    Rahat Ali - - - - (24) -- 152 - 21.01

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

    M. Rameez - - (23) -- 166 - 22.06

    Bilawal Bhatti - (21) -- 204 - 22.13

    Imran Khan - (25) -- 205 - 22.54

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

    Nasrullah Khan-(28) -- 188 - 23.02

    Yasir Arafat - -- (30) -- 752 - 24.22

    Riaz Afridi - - - (28) -- 328 - 24.60

    M. Irfan - - - (30) -- 131 - 26.23

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

    Umar Gul - - - - (29) -- 326 - 28.26 - - - - 162 - 34.06

    Mohammed Sami - - (32) -- 479 - 29.28 - - - - 85 - 52.74

    W.Riaz, U.Gul & M.Sami are at the bottom of the FC performance table (sorted by average). How do they get selected regularly? It is clear that guys above him have performed better in International level also.

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  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Ahmad Abdullah Shahid apart from every thing which u said do u considered Fawad Alam a telent. who is technically a flope batsman and they way he score his runs its amazing to see him his strike rate is always in Mid 150s ahahahhaha If you considered Fawad Alam a batsman then Misbah is far better then him. I am not against him but a cricketing brain didn't accept him as batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    No body talking about Pak domestic cricket performers like, in Batting , Sohaib Masood and Haris Sohail made lot of runs and also a very handing part time bowler and in bowling Sadaf Hussain is getting lot of wksts, so please see these young peoples, they are the future prospects of Pakistan Cricket

  • POSTED BY 100Asraf100 on | March 27, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    Now PK Management facing a lot of problems becaz they have no strong pipe line players. They should allowed the young player to play at BPL or Dhaka league which may help them to get some player like Ahmed Shahzad, Nasir Jamshed ,Imran Farhat or Ajmal who were the product of BPL or Dhaka league. Best of luck PK team.......

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | March 27, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    PCB should wakeup now and make 3 different teams for 3 formats. PCB should add fast players like Imran Nazir, Ahmed Shahzad, Shahzeb Hasan, Razzak, Owais Zia, Hammad Aazam in ODI Team. There is no place for Younis, Misbah, Asad, Wahab, K. Akmal in ODI team. AFIRIDI(CAPT)-ODI Team HAFEEZ(CAPT)-T20 Team MISBAH(CAPT)-TEST Team

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | March 27, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    Kingsland Selection Board ODI team for Champions trophy-UK. 1)Afridi(CAPT) 2)Abdul Razzak(Vice-Capt) 3)Ahmed Shahzad 4)Nasir Jamshed 5)Hafeez 6)Umar Akmal(WKT) 7)Imran Nazir 8)Imran Farhat 9)Haris Sohail 10)Ajmal 10)Junaid 11)Irfan 12)Shahzab Hasan 13)Owais Zia 14)Abdul Rehman

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    It Will Be Interesting to see the squad of champions trophy as UK is completely different frm South Africa. In My Opinion, Pakistan's current situation makes it impossible to win the champions trophy, we must drop inconsistent players like gul, younus, kamran, malik, misbah, and afridi and pick the young guns instead like ahmed shehzad, anwar ali, raza hasan(where has he gone??), haris sohail, umar akmal, and a very good keeper like zulqurnain haider who can also bat. In a tour, provide a player 2 or 3 chances in a series and if he doesnt perform kick him out and give the new talent a chance like fawad alam. Brave moves like this must be made like india left out sehwag and australia left out watson!~

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | March 27, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    Younis actually plays the most high-risk cricket in the team, batting slow in hopes of a pay-off with a big innings. When he fails to do so, he leaves Pakistan in a deep hole. Younis, Kamran, Afridi, Shoaib, Farhat out. Jamshed, Hammad, Sarfraz, Shehzad & Umar Akmal in

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    I have been the biggest of fan of Shahid Afridi ad Younis Khan and even Shoaib Malik but after this poor series, I think selectors need to call time on them. Younis can probably still on merit deserves a place in Test but certainly not in ODI's, Malik never bowls and has lost his batting, you can not just have him in the team for his fielding. Afridi has been very disappointing for a very long time, it hurts me to say that he has past it now, he can still play domestic and T20 tournaments around the world and will definitely destroy bowlings but at the elite level in Internationals he will struggle now and he should retire now. Misbah, no matter how much he performs is always under the cosh, he is eldest by far in our team is one of the fittest and most consistent in ODI's still Hafeez always seems to be trying very hard to undermine Misbah's authority. Gul is only good for T20, Basically we need a whole shake up of our team, people are only playing based on their reputations.

  • POSTED BY ak_dragon on | March 26, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    Mr.Misbah...Thanks for your all services its time for change.

  • POSTED BY Mappi on | March 26, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Pak think tank now needs to sit and think for the future seriuosly keeping in mind to construct a team for WC 2015, they have less then 2 years in hand, if today they srtart thinking for future then only they will stand some chance to compete on top level otherwise it seems pakistan lack very badly to compete. PCB should take advice from players who retired in last 10-15 years rather talking to players who were playing in 70's. Does anyone ask Why Pakistan not coming up with some good players because the domestic structure is not creating Internationl kind of competition, in domestic cricket they play quantity and not quality , if anyone saw QA Trophy final the standard was disgusting, quality was very poor by the finalist. Its time to address real problem in Pak cricket, talent i not everything the talent has to be groom.

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | March 26, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    Pakistan's bowling seem's good with Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan but Umar Gul is definitely better then Wahab Riaz. There is just 2 years left until Mohammad Amir's ban is finished and one of those 3 will have to make space for him cuz he is an excellent fast bowler. Pakstan's spinners are great to but Hafeez, Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Afridi and Malik are all over 30 so Pakistan must bring in a new young spinner ideally under 25 to learn from Hafeez, Ajmal and Abdur Rehman how to become a great spinner. Also for the Champion's trophy in Australia/ New Zealand Pakistan need a fast bowler allrounder and they could use Abdul Razzaq for that role. To correct the bowling/batting technique of our players Pakistan have to make pitches that are more like ones in SA, England, NZ, Australia, WI so that they don't just perform well only in Pakistan, India, SL, Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | March 26, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    I think Younis Khan should retire from ODIs and Misbah should step down from ODI captaincy buz he is about 39 years old now and will be about 41 in the upcoming ODI world cup. I don't think Misbah should retire yet cuz he performed well in this series, he should try to get a century atleast once and then retire with respect from ODIs. Umar Akmal should come in for Younis Khan and if he doesn't perform then we still have Asad Shafiq, Ahmed Shehzad and many other young batsmen. Mohammed Hafeez should become the ODI caotain and he should either learn how to bat against quality fast bowlers or move down the order. Nasir Jamshed should continue as an opener because he regularly bats good but just needs experience to improve his batting. Abdur Rehman should become the third spinner if Afridi continues his poor form in bowling. If Afridi continues to be this inconsistent then he should retire from ODIs. Malik should only be used as a batsman and not as a bowler.

  • POSTED BY shaan1112 on | March 26, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    Well if selector are listening then please open your eyes and fix the bating and line up. Hafeez is no good as a opener he should down the order. here is what i think we do not need shoaib malik or afridi or younis (they are no good any more). Pakistan need an original all rounder like HAMMAD AZAM (or some one even better). Pakistan winning eleven for champion trophy should be if we really want to win : 1) ahmed shehzad 2) imran farhat 3) naseer jamshed 4) umar akmal(wk) 5) misbah 6) hafeez 7) hammad azam 8 )umar gul ) irfan 10) saeed 11) junaid. We have to consider winning team. in england we need 4 seamers and we will get it from hammad azam and 3 other bowlers.we will get spin from saeed and hafeez along with some batting (obiviously hafeez is not a batsmen is has a average of 26 run) 4 seamers 2 spinners . we only have 50 overs and the rest should be batsmen THE GENUINE.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | March 26, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Bring back Hamad Azam and Razzaque in place of Malik and Afridi. Umar Akaml and Asad should be in. Younus, Malik, Afridi should take rest or quit ODI . Old Misbah is slow to understand so is Iqbal Qasim. Need to change half the team with younger players. Flat track bully Hafeez should not play in fast pitch. Make one team for subcontinent and another for overseas with few overlap. Who will replace Misbah? No One. He did not groom one, neither did PCB.And OF COURSE, captain should make plan to retire. Finally, drop catch will loose match, plain and simple. So, no solution for Pak team. Cheers.

  • POSTED BY GermanPlayer on | March 26, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    If Afridi is selected in the squad for the Champions trophy, then it means even after 16 years of watching him play, no one has learnt the lesson. It is pathetic to see a person with over 350 ODIs of experience to never use his mind when he has a bat in hand.

  • POSTED BY abmughal on | March 26, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    for me in all world cricketing teams ..... young players are coming forward and old fashioned players are removed from teams for example SA, Ind, Aus, NZ, WI Srl but as for as pak is concerned story is totaly different .... they are finding replacements from old bullies .... imran farhat replaces nasir jamshed, shoib malik for umer akmal, younis khan for asad shafiq, ....... this is the biggest problem for me in pakistan team..... for me team for icc champios trophy nasir, ahmed, asad, misbah, umer hafeez kamran junaid irfan ajmal they can find new bowler fast bowler may be ehsan adil or someone else. ahmed shazad can bowl a bit .... if it continues like this i dont think any team can beat this ..... in this team agression at the top and some pinch hitters at the bottom .....may my wish be ful filled

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    For champion trophy: nasir jamshed should be in

    malik & younas give way to 2 off umar akmal/umar amin/asad/ahmed shehzad/haris sohail hafeez bat in middle order with misbah and anchor innings. instead of opening and just getting out against moving ball.

    kamran ( if in can open )

    medium pace batting all rounder in place of afridi. Champion trophy is in UK no need for 3 spinners.

    plus this medium pace all rounder gives pak an option to drop a fast bowler and play a genuine batsman. as all rounder can fill place of 3rd seamer.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    some key players didnt perform.

    and some selection issues as well. younas should not play odi. whats malik's rle in team? if only batsman then can have any better batsman than him. he hardly bowl.

    Afridi, dont know why he is in team? as a bowler? well 55 overs without wicket and before that 7 in 16 odis, that quiet a stat for a bowler? and as a batsman? 1 off innings in every 20 matches is nt enough. he can not be in team like this. need to show some responsibility after playing this many games, he can play only in sub continent where we need spinners.

    Hafeez: i dont knw why so called "PROFESSOR" is not understanding that he is not good against good new ball bowlers.that happened in india and SA. why doesnt he bat down the order?

    pak need a batting medium pace all rounder instead of spinners. you cant go with 4 spinner on these wickets.

    we need a batting keeper. but if none the kamran will go.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    For Odis, selection of players was really questionable. Younas, afridi, Malik. MAny fans would say that afridi scored 88 off 48 balls but the problem is inconsistency. what came after that innings? in 4th match he cam and gone 2nd ball trying to hit, in 5th he did same when 15 overs were remaining. and in 4th it could have gone worse for pak if SA didnt missed chance to run out malik.

    if he is playing as bowling allrounder then the stat show how good is his bowling. before that last wicket he has taken 6/7 in more than 10 odis.

    Younas should leave odis now. simple is that.

    Pakistan need a good batting medium pace allrounder. spinners not good in these type of wickets. Champion trophy is also in england. after razak paksitan need to find 1. but they have moved to select 4 spinners in team.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Pakistan should play Umar Akmal. In the odi ranks he is number 15, which is the highest rank right now for any pakistani batsmen in odi. Next is misbah so they should play umar akmal. For all the people that say Asad Shafiq should play, he is not a one day player. He is only made for tests so play Umar Akmal. Younis Khan is also not a one day player. He should retire and play test matches only.

  • POSTED BY Omarrz on | March 26, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Only way to improve is to invest heavily in school cricket. You cannot change a technique who is already 18 years old. You have to correct the technique at the school level, of 8-9 years of school going kids.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    I have only one thing to say............get rid of the old dogs and bring in the new dogs who will hungry for some positive result. We should get rid of Yonus, Malik, Akmal brothers, Hafeez, Gul, Wahab Riaz. We have plenty of people to replace them for example Asad Shafiq, Harris Shohail, Anwar Ali, Sadaf Hussain, Hammad Azam just to name a few..................

  • POSTED BY bouncer709 on | March 26, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Sorry Misbah , we do not need to improve many things, we just need brave captain who can make right decision at right places, and kick out players who are not performing but still playing in top order, we need a captain who can surprise opposition with unpredicted decisions.

  • POSTED BY real26_03 on | March 26, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    I have some issues with the current line up of the Pakistan team..

    Ahmed Shehzad should have been given chances along with Asad Shafiq and I feel pitty for Abdur Rehman who have been carrying Water Bottle for ages!! Plus they should look into the future and thereby in the process should remove OLDIES(with outmost respect) like Younis Khan,Misbah( he will be 40 years old in the next world cup!!) and Shahid Afridi..

    My first 11 should be - 1)Ahmed Shehzad 2)Nasir Jamshed 3)Mohammed Hafeez 4)Asad Shafq 5)Fawad ALam(!!) 6)Umar Akmal(Wk) 7)Shoib Malek 8)Umar Gul 9)Ajmal 10)Junaid Khan 11)Mohammed Irfan..

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Pakistan team have always struggled on bouncy wicket even when Inzi and Yousaf were the part of Pakistan team so i think we have to take some serious steps.and prepare green Top Bouncy wickets in Domestic tournaments and also Improve there Technique.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | March 26, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Finally i want to say that if pakistan had fielded well and if they held on to their catches the result would have been 4-1 in faovr of Pakistan. Even in the last match dropping Develiers on 1 by younis cost the match.

    When ever they dropped Amla or develiers's catch they lost the match. WHAT IS THE FIELDING COACH DOING? NO ONE IS ASKING THIS QUESTION.

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  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    this is not an excuse professional players can perform in any conditions , this is just a rubbish statment .If u pick a cricket player from street and give him training for 40 days he can be better player than Younis khan..

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Live on | March 26, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Misbah is only good at giving statements. Some1 needs to remind him he is not media manager of team but captain unfortunately. He first needs to look at himself before he judges others. A batsmen who cant rotate strike at will cant be considered professional and doesn't belong in National team. If captain job is only to stop the ball, then we don't need him. There are many examples, T20 WC or the last WC, where we lost games bcuz of him and so was the case in SA ODI games. He blames others, what did he do in the last ODI? If he is only going to stop the ball then he should come as number 10. As a captain, he should have replaced Younis with Umer/Asad & Wahab with A.Rahman like he did with Naser with Imran (Stupid) but then again he is not in charge. His negative approach and wasting deliveries is why opposition gets in commanding position and we lose before the game is over. He is too old to leaad for the future. Should have self respect and leave, before he is pushed out like others.

  • POSTED BY Hira1 on | March 26, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    after loosing 5th one day Misbah realized that batsman are not performing, when one can clearly see Hafiz, Younis, Malik, Wahab are unable to perform than why Misbah didn't gave chance to Asad and Akmal, even if with young players we have lost this can be taken as a learning curve for the champions trophy but now Pak will try once again from start and go in champ trophy with new combination, still I hope they do that and get rid of these tried and tested old players.

  • POSTED BY BOND_OO7 on | March 26, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Lol, A country that has been playing test cricket for 70 years still needs to improve!!a lot !!! Well, let me know when your improvement process is done!

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    We should stick with Jamshed and Hafeez as openers and replace Younus with Asad at number 3. Kick out Afridi who has played over 100 ODIs more than he deserved. Wahab if he can improve his bowling can be a good prospect as an all rounder.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Yup. Misbah is right, Pak really need some drastic changes in the batting line up. I'd say, rather than batting line up, its the batting attitude that need to be addressed.

    PCB must make the people clear specially Hafeez, Kamran that Misbah will be the ODI and Test Captain atleast for next Worl Cup.

    Fielding is an other concern, if Younis doesn't miss the dolly catch, the results probably would have been different.

    Kamran Akmal need to perform the Magic Shows in Schools and even in public places because he has really Got the Magic Gloves which neither can bat nor can hold a catch or a stump.

    Shoaib Malik should make a permanent member of Playing XI, i bit unluck here Asad Shafique as he the right man for the right job but currently there is no place in middle order for him.

    Umar Akmal must be kicked out, at least for 5 years until he gains some maturity.

    Hafeez must be played in lower down the order, probably at 6 or 7.

    Ahmad Shehzad can be given a chance for a longer term.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | March 26, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Why does the Pakistan Media want to portray that they keep losing just because of off field clashes? In the first and third tests Pakistan didn't have a chance as their batsman don't have the technique to survive/thrive on fast, bouncy pitches. It was only in the second test they had a decent chance. They spurned that one as well with some loose shots. ODI Series could have been won by Pakistan if they had played Irfan in the first match or had caught AB DeVilliers in the last match.

  • POSTED BY LillianThomson on | March 26, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    It is impossible to arrive as late as 10 days before the First Test in alien conditions, play a single First Class match, then expect to perform properly.

    Most countries are cutting their preparation for Test series far, far too short.

    When Pakistan toured England in 1992 they arrived 35 days before the First Test and played 4 one-day matches and 3 First Class matches before the First Test.

    In 1987 they arrived 40 days before the First Test and played 5 First Class matches and 5 one-day matches before the First Test.

    On the 3 Test tour to England in 1982 they arrived 50 days before the First Test and played 11 First Class matches and 2 one-day matches before the First Test.

    That's the only way the likes of Azhar, Jamshed, Sarfraz and Shafiq were ever going to consistently perform. Lots of First Class matches on tour before the First Test.

    They should have arrived in early-December and played against every South African First Class team at every major ground, 6 x 3 day matches.

  • POSTED BY farhan4050 on | March 26, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    I don't get the problem with the Pakistan seniors. They should themselves call out from a format where they feel they aren't performing. Look at Younis, he was never a success in ODI's, no he is now. He should himself stop wearing the colored dress before he is asked or forced to. That would end his career in an absurd way. Same was the case with Yousuf, he wasn't performing he should have respectfully retired instead of asking to play again at the age of 39 where already more then Half of Pakistan players are above 32. This is what i admire the Aussies and the British. Look at Hussey, Punter, Flintoff, Strauss, Gilly, how legendary they were, they still retired when they felt becoming a burden to the team!

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  • POSTED BY farhan4050 on | March 26, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    I don't get the problem with the Pakistan seniors. They should themselves call out from a format where they feel they aren't performing. Look at Younis, he was never a success in ODI's, no he is now. He should himself stop wearing the colored dress before he is asked or forced to. That would end his career in an absurd way. Same was the case with Yousuf, he wasn't performing he should have respectfully retired instead of asking to play again at the age of 39 where already more then Half of Pakistan players are above 32. This is what i admire the Aussies and the British. Look at Hussey, Punter, Flintoff, Strauss, Gilly, how legendary they were, they still retired when they felt becoming a burden to the team!

  • POSTED BY LillianThomson on | March 26, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    It is impossible to arrive as late as 10 days before the First Test in alien conditions, play a single First Class match, then expect to perform properly.

    Most countries are cutting their preparation for Test series far, far too short.

    When Pakistan toured England in 1992 they arrived 35 days before the First Test and played 4 one-day matches and 3 First Class matches before the First Test.

    In 1987 they arrived 40 days before the First Test and played 5 First Class matches and 5 one-day matches before the First Test.

    On the 3 Test tour to England in 1982 they arrived 50 days before the First Test and played 11 First Class matches and 2 one-day matches before the First Test.

    That's the only way the likes of Azhar, Jamshed, Sarfraz and Shafiq were ever going to consistently perform. Lots of First Class matches on tour before the First Test.

    They should have arrived in early-December and played against every South African First Class team at every major ground, 6 x 3 day matches.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | March 26, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Why does the Pakistan Media want to portray that they keep losing just because of off field clashes? In the first and third tests Pakistan didn't have a chance as their batsman don't have the technique to survive/thrive on fast, bouncy pitches. It was only in the second test they had a decent chance. They spurned that one as well with some loose shots. ODI Series could have been won by Pakistan if they had played Irfan in the first match or had caught AB DeVilliers in the last match.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Yup. Misbah is right, Pak really need some drastic changes in the batting line up. I'd say, rather than batting line up, its the batting attitude that need to be addressed.

    PCB must make the people clear specially Hafeez, Kamran that Misbah will be the ODI and Test Captain atleast for next Worl Cup.

    Fielding is an other concern, if Younis doesn't miss the dolly catch, the results probably would have been different.

    Kamran Akmal need to perform the Magic Shows in Schools and even in public places because he has really Got the Magic Gloves which neither can bat nor can hold a catch or a stump.

    Shoaib Malik should make a permanent member of Playing XI, i bit unluck here Asad Shafique as he the right man for the right job but currently there is no place in middle order for him.

    Umar Akmal must be kicked out, at least for 5 years until he gains some maturity.

    Hafeez must be played in lower down the order, probably at 6 or 7.

    Ahmad Shehzad can be given a chance for a longer term.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    We should stick with Jamshed and Hafeez as openers and replace Younus with Asad at number 3. Kick out Afridi who has played over 100 ODIs more than he deserved. Wahab if he can improve his bowling can be a good prospect as an all rounder.

  • POSTED BY BOND_OO7 on | March 26, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Lol, A country that has been playing test cricket for 70 years still needs to improve!!a lot !!! Well, let me know when your improvement process is done!

  • POSTED BY Hira1 on | March 26, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    after loosing 5th one day Misbah realized that batsman are not performing, when one can clearly see Hafiz, Younis, Malik, Wahab are unable to perform than why Misbah didn't gave chance to Asad and Akmal, even if with young players we have lost this can be taken as a learning curve for the champions trophy but now Pak will try once again from start and go in champ trophy with new combination, still I hope they do that and get rid of these tried and tested old players.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Live on | March 26, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Misbah is only good at giving statements. Some1 needs to remind him he is not media manager of team but captain unfortunately. He first needs to look at himself before he judges others. A batsmen who cant rotate strike at will cant be considered professional and doesn't belong in National team. If captain job is only to stop the ball, then we don't need him. There are many examples, T20 WC or the last WC, where we lost games bcuz of him and so was the case in SA ODI games. He blames others, what did he do in the last ODI? If he is only going to stop the ball then he should come as number 10. As a captain, he should have replaced Younis with Umer/Asad & Wahab with A.Rahman like he did with Naser with Imran (Stupid) but then again he is not in charge. His negative approach and wasting deliveries is why opposition gets in commanding position and we lose before the game is over. He is too old to leaad for the future. Should have self respect and leave, before he is pushed out like others.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    this is not an excuse professional players can perform in any conditions , this is just a rubbish statment .If u pick a cricket player from street and give him training for 40 days he can be better player than Younis khan..

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | March 26, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Finally i want to say that if pakistan had fielded well and if they held on to their catches the result would have been 4-1 in faovr of Pakistan. Even in the last match dropping Develiers on 1 by younis cost the match.

    When ever they dropped Amla or develiers's catch they lost the match. WHAT IS THE FIELDING COACH DOING? NO ONE IS ASKING THIS QUESTION.

    .