Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2012 June 4, 2012

Sohail Tanvir retained for Sri Lanka ODIs


Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Tanvir has been retained for the ODIs in Sri Lanka and will replace the injured opening batsman Nasir Jamshed in the squad. Tanvir impressed in the two Twenty20s in Hambantota, bowling economically and taking four wickets. He also picked up the Man-of-the-Series award.

On the request of team management, chief selector Iqbal Qasim in consultation with the National Selection Committee has recommended the inclusion of Tanvir in the ODI Squad for the series. The chairman of the PCB has approved the replacement.

"In view of the request from the team management and keeping in consideration the current form of Sohail Tanvir, the selection committee has decided that he may be retained for the ODIs in Sri Lanka." Qasim said.

Jamshed, who was originally named in the ODI and T20 squads, was ruled out before the team left for Sri Lanka due to a fractured left index finger. The PCB hadn't named a replacement back then.

Tanvir, who was named only in the Twenty20 squad for the current tour, last represented Pakistan in ODIs during the tour of Bangladesh in December 2011 where he played two matches but failed to pick up a wicket. He will miss at least the first two matches of this season's Friends Life t20 after signing up with English county Worcestershire.

The five-match ODI series starts on June 7 in Pallekele.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on June 7, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    Nasir jamshed with imran nazir will be best partnership.

  • dani on June 6, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    @prasadGunawardane-totally agree with u !! tanvir is a dangerous bowler in swinging conditions,especially when the batsmen r eager on hitting...his batting skill also earned him a spot in odi, although his feilding is terrible...otherwise tanvir n sami r not a threat to any oppositon...apologies to all sami fans but i think sami n naveedulhassan r the two bowlers who have everything-speed,style,rhythm,action,aura-but they just loose that something special when they play for the national for fawwad alam's supporters-no comments :D

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2012, 11:02 GMT


  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    what about our Mohammaed Aaamer

  • Zohaib on June 6, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Bowling attack looks good now, Sohail T, Sami, Afridi, Ajmal and Hafeez. Now the question is will they play Gul? and I think they should to keep the balance right!

  • John on June 6, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Glad to see sohail tanvir is back in good bowling form, he will be useful with the bat in a brittle lower order as well. A very pressing matter is Umar Gul's inconsistency it seems like he loses his rhythm and only comes back in form near the end of what ever series he is playing. Pakistan should really try out the new comer Rahat Ali in Gul's place. Pakistan needs to bring up their pace bowling back to the standard it used to be because spinners are not going to win them matches in next years tour of south africa!

  • Idrees on June 5, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Someone out there, please bring Imran Nazir to the odi and the t20 team and play Hamad Azam aswell. These 2 players are perfect for our team. Also please get Nasir Jamshid fit and ready ASAP.

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    mohammed sami umar gul and sohail tanvir!!!

  • Prasad on June 5, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Well, as per my view Tanvir won't be that awkward for Sri Lankans in coming ODI series as he was in T20s. Reason would be, batsmen do not need to be hurry like T20s and Tanvir become less dangerous in the waiting game. However in Pakistani perspective, selection of Tanvir would be really fruitful with his swinging ability as Sri Lankan conditions are completely different to what you can see from other sub-continent nations. Particularly at night games. When it comes to Sami, he does not seem to be that dangerous even though he managed to trouble the Lankan lower order in that difficult chase with that conditions. Whoever the seamers are introduced to the Pakistani team, the main role will have to be played by the two main spinners in coming D/N ODIs.. That's for sure..

  • khurram on June 5, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Pakistan seriously need a batting medium pace allrounder if there is no razak or hammad then find some 1 else. sohail may be good bowler to fit in as 3rd seamer but serioulsy batting is not that much.

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