Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2012 May 10, 2012

Mohammad Sami and Faisal Iqbal recalled

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Fast bowler Mohammad Sami and middle-order batsman Faisal Iqbal, neither of whom have played for Pakistan since 2010, have been recalled to the Test squad for the series in Sri Lanka starting next month. Afaq Raheem, the 26-year-old Islamabad batsman, and 32-year-old Sialkot batsman Mohammad Ayub, who were the top two run-getters in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy this season, were the new faces in the 16-man squad.

Sami also featured in the one-day pool for the tour of Sri Lanka, and there was a recall for opener Imran Farhat, who was dropped for the Asia Cup. Rahat Ali, the 23-year-old Khan Research Laboratories left-arm fast bowler, was a new inclusion in the ODI squad, while fast bowler Wahab Riaz and allrounder Hammad Azam were left out.

Wahab was also excluded from the Test squad and so was Mohammad Talha, the 23-year-old National Bank of Pakistan fast bowler. Neither of them had played the Tests against England though they had been part of the squad. Umar Akmal and Farhat, two other players who had been on the fringes of the Test starting XI, were also left out.

Ayub, who took one of their spots in the batting line-up, has been close to national selection for several years, having been among the top performers on the domestic circuit. He has played 93 first-class matches and was last in contention before the England series earlier this year.

Raheem is also an experienced batsman, having played 75 first-class matches. His career was disrupted by a knee injury which cost him nearly two seasons starting from June 2009. He returned last year and capped a successful season by top-scoring in the Quaid-e-Azam.

Opening bowler Ali had not played much List A cricket in the 2011-12 season, but put in a fine showing in first-class cricket, in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Division Two. He finished fourth on the wickets charts, with 44 scalps from nine games at 17.45.

Comeback man Iqbal has previously failed to make establish himself in the Test team, playing 26 matches over the past decade. The highlight of his career came in early 2006, when he scored a second-innings century to help set up Pakistan's 341-run win against India in Karachi. Following a steady Quaid-e-Azam 2011-12 season, in which he averaged 46.87, he scored two hundreds in the two games he played for Sind in the Faysal Bank Pentangular Cup. He aggregated 263 runs at an average of 87.66 in the tournament, a performance that probably prompted his national recall.

Test squad: Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal (wk), Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Sami, Faisal Iqbal, Junaid Khan, Afaq Raheem, Mohammad Ayub, Aizaz Cheema

ODI squad: Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Umar Akmal, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Rahat Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Sami, Asad Shafiq, Aizaz Cheema, Azhar Ali, Imran Farhat

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  • golgo_85 on May 13, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    Mohsin Khan had it right, so, now they got a foreign coach to bully covertly and have their own brand of mediocrity to reintroduce - Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal, Sami, Malik. If they needed a back up Test opener, why not give Nasir Jamshed a chance, who did well in ODIs recently? Do they really need to add more middle order batsmen? Wouldn't it only pile up more pressure on emerging talents like Azhar and Shafiq. If they had any brain at all, they would've added a bowling all rounder in the playing XI. Having Hammad or even Razzaq can only bolster a batting line up and as the bowling unit isn't kicking, having one of those two would've given them an easy 3rd seamer option. It's just painful to watch any team fielding a 2 man pace attack on any pitch, let alone a Pak attack. Don't see Cheema and Gul doing any better than they have been the last 6 months, so they'd need a 3rd pacer to come forward given that if, he(whoever that might be) did get a chance. *

  • dummy4fb on May 13, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    pakistan test squad shud be m.hafeez, t.umar, y.khan, m. yusuf, misbah, u.akmal, a,akmal, rehman, gul, ajmal and j khan

    pakistan odi: M.hafeez, N. jamshed, Y.khan, Misbah, U.akmal, K.akmal, Afridi, A.Razzaq, Gul, ajmal and Cheema

    Pakistan T20: Imran Nazir, Awaiz Zia, Mohammed Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Sohaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan!!!!!!

  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    i would like to know why Imran farhat has been included once again in the squad and for what reason has Hammad Azam been left out unless he has sustained a major injury..? The rest of the Squad seems okay and i do agree with Mr.Hussain ..Imran Nazir must be given a chance to represent Pakistan in the shorter formats of the game..he is too talented not to be included..!

  • deshwani on May 12, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    in ODI sqaud,... there is no place for Azhar Ali and Imran Farhat... both should replaced from Abdul Razzak and Hammad Azam

  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    keeping in view the future of Pak cricket, M.Hafeez is a wise appointment as captain and vice captain.The selection of Faisal Iqbal is not seem good he has got many chances earlier but didn't perform well to keep his position permanent so we should try some new guys. I also think Shahid Afridi has forgot to bat and bowling gone below average so time to induct some young blood in his place.

  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    why shoaib malik is not there in odi squad n imran farhat and azhar ali are going there?

  • dummy4fb on May 11, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    hafeez as a captain with such a bad performace near past very bad decision..i don't consider him as a opening batsmen with such a low average with bat n the opener who is just playing because of his bowling..Pakistan batting can never improve with such kind of decisions..

  • dummy4fb on May 11, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    why imran farhat, faisal iqbal,yasir arafat,and mohd sami but no imran nazir and razak can any body tell me please

  • sharadpower on May 11, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    WHY TO BRING BACK DEAD WOOD AGAIN AND AGAIN???????????????? GIVE YOUNG FAST BOWLERS A CHANCE FOR GOD SAKE.................. WHOLE WORLD KNOWS DAT MOHD YOUSUF Z A CLASS BATSMEN...... HE MUST BE IN DA TEST TEAM IN PLACE OF MISBAH WHO Z MEDIOCRE..... IQBAL QASIM Z A MUCH MORE PATHETIC SELECTOR THAN ILYAAS....... GOD SAVE PAKISTAN CRICKET.............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tanveer131 on May 11, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Imran Nazeer should have get another chance

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