Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Colombo

Should Pakistan play an extra batsman?

With only five specialist batsmen in the line-up, Pakistan are overly dependent on their bowlers to deliver in every game

Kanishkaa Balachandran in Colombo

June 12, 2012

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Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali have a chat during practice, Colombo, June 12, 2012
Misbah-ul-Haq: "Azhar's got a fine temperament and technically one of the better batsmen in our side" © AFP
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Pakistan came in to the ODI series with the recent head-to-head record overwhelmingly in their favour. A big reason for their consistency, not only against Sri Lanka, is their penetrative and balanced bowling attack. The presence of two spin-bowling allrounders has given them the option of playing more specialists, depending on the conditions and opposition.

For all their strengths as a unit, Pakistan now find themselves in a predicament similar to Sri Lanka's after the first ODI at Pallekele. Their bowlers may have conceded 280 against an inconsistent batting line-up, but as the captain Misbah-ul-Haq conceded, the batsmen had to shoulder the blame for a heavy defeat.

Both teams have gambled in the two matches so far. In the first game, Sri Lanka invested their senior-most batsmen at the top, but in the process exposed a relatively inexperienced middle order. It prompted a reshuffle and helped them double their score in considerably better batting conditions two days later. For the hosts, it was a matter of identifying the ideal batting positions for their line-up, which has a mixture of youth and experience. Pakistan gambled by playing just five specialist batsmen in both games. It didn't matter in the first game, where they were chasing 136, but in the second, they were caught short in their big chase of 281.

It has put Pakistan in a scenario where they're made to rethink their composition. Unlike Sri Lanka, it isn't merely a case of playing around with the batting order. It's about bringing in the extra specialist, at the cost of a bowler, to give themselves more security.

Misbah, however, didn't drop any hints. "We will have a look at the conditions, see the wicket and decide," was his straightforward response on the eve of the third ODI at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

The pitch at Pallekele was seamer-friendly for the opening ODI, aided by the recent rain and moisture. It prompted a three-man seam attack, which shut Sri Lanka out of the game before the Pakistan batsmen could pad up. Pakistan retained the composition for the second game - albeit weakened by Mohammad Sami's absence - but later had to digest the truth that if the bowlers have a forgettable day, the pressure piles up on a batting line-up low on resources.

It compounds when the seniors fail. On the one hand, it can be seen an ideal opportunity for someone like Umar Akmal to show he has the temperament to occupy the crease, knock the singles and marshal the middle-and lower-order. It could also boost his chances of a Test recall. After Younis Khan and Misbah failed to make an impact, it left the lower middle order much to do, increasing the responsibilities on Azhar Ali, who worked hard for his 96. He dispelled the tag of being a stodgy Test player by breezing to his fifty, off the same number of balls. If only support was more forthcoming at the other end.

Akmal got a poor decision, and it left Shahid Afridi a lot to do. Afridi has shown in the past that he can play responsibly after a top-order collapse, like in Sharjah against the same opposition last year. However, inconsistency has been his biggest enemy, which explains why, by his own admittance, he's a bowling allrounder.

Misbah was honest in his assessment of the team's failure. "I have always felt that a strong middle-and lower-order is important if we have to win games. From the position we were in, we should have at least scored 250-260 runs. It should have been a closer game."

The bright spot was the ease with which Azhar settled into his new role as opener. "He's got a fine temperament and technically one of the better batsmen in our side," Misbah said. "With the two new balls at either end it's important we have a batsman who has the technique to face the new ball and especially in Sri Lanka where the ball does a bit early on. I think he can be a consistent performer for Pakistan in the opening slot."

The defeat has sent signals to the seniors, including Misbah, to step up. But picking another specialist, like Asad Shafiq, wouldn't hurt either.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by cricket_pak419 on (June 14, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

The pakistan attack would be 1nasir.j 2azhar.a 3younis.k 4misbah.h 5umar.a 6hafeez 7afridi 8sarfaz.a 9sohail.t 10umar.g 11saeed.a

Posted by kupakwasheem. on (June 14, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

i am a big fan of pakstain, and over the yrs i have bn really impressed with their bowling, the bowlers have really been working hard and am sorry that i can really say the same to their batting. Pakstain rily nid a agressive batsman at the top that will make a flyer start to the runrate, I think Afridi will do, Because guys remmember that 2004/5 series Pak vs India wher Pak won 4-2... Afridi that series really played with freedom and that rily gev the other top order batsman more time to settle. Ausie have Warner, Srilanka have Dilshan, India have Sehwag, WI now have Gayle. Also Pak nd a wicketkeeper batsman.... the one who we can really rely on... I think Kamran Akmal is our guy... of course he is average as a keeper but he can change the game as a batsman will all know that. This is my team if i were a selectors, it has fresh blood as well as seniors.... 1.M. Hafez 2. S. Afridi 3. A.Ali 4. Shafiq 5. Misbah 6. U. Akmal 7. H. Azam 8. K. Akmal 9. S Tenvir 10. Gul 11. Ajmal......

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (June 14, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

I cant beleive he did play sami in last match. How many middle order players you are gona put in a team? why dont you understand mr Misbah its ODI and you need proper openers. Openers bring a different flow of runs. Middle order batsman playing up the order can not give a kind of agression like a proper opener does. I am afriad you are not good ODI captain. PCB should reconsider this role of ODI captaincy.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

I believe Pakistan needs to do some reshuffling with their lineup and most importantly make some changes in their team. The team does not looks vigorous since I have doubts if this team is fit enough to play against Aus, Eng, Ind, or even S.Af. Both the bowling & batting needs to be changed, we cannot expect with the lights of 3-4 bowlers cum batsman can change an entire game. I would strongly suggest & advise bringing back Azhar Mahmood, Imran Nazir, Abdur Razzaq. The talent is indeed in the team but to play against strong teams, i believe this is not sufficient. No doubt they have quality youngsters who can deliver the goods but this is cricket, even one needs to be consistent and show them with their performance. We have this tendency in Asia to exaggerate players and sometimes tends to overrate them.

Posted by Bay-Lagaam on (June 14, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

My Playing XI: 1)Hafeez, 2)U Akmal (Openers), 3)Ahmed Shahzad, 4)Azhar Ali, 5)Asad Shafiq, 6)Misbah, 7)Afridi, 8)Sarfaraz, 9)Saeed Ajaml, 10)Umar Gul, 11)Sami/Tanveer This will be the most balanced side for Pakistan for ODIs ... 3 Specialist bowlers and 2 all rounders, Hammad Azam can be added as an extra allrounder in place of Azhar or Asad...

Posted by junziboy on (June 14, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

its about time to give yonis khan a break to warn him pr complete drop and bring in asad shafiq and give him his last chance to perform.....hafeez nees to sort his batting technique out or dropped him at lower position and play im as allrounder and play a solid oppener......i still think pakistan needs to get rid of misbah as age is catching up n we need to look ahead of the world cup and not prepre for next series and dn keep changing captains.

Posted by WildAmigo on (June 14, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

We need attacking batsmen at top because.. we are not been able to score quickly thats what pressurize the later order batsmen like Afridi, Hammad to score at battering pace lately. Nasir Jamshed was a loss to this squad we should bring in Ahmed Shehzad in for him.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

i think batting needs serious changing hafeez and younis not performing up to level good players ahmed shehzad or nasir jamshed needs to back and Pak batsmen should attack rather going to be defensive all the time

Posted by Khan.Amjad on (June 14, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

My Playing XI for ODI - 1) Hafeez 2) Afridi(Opener & Captain) 3) Azhar Ali 4) Misbah 5) Asad 6) Umar Akmal 7) Afridi 8) Kamran Akmal(wk) 9) Gul 10) Saeed Ajmal 11) Sami/Tanvir...

Posted by   on (June 14, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

SA in WC 2011 were a batsmen short. Played Botha at 7 and lost QF. India in WC final 2003 were clearly a bowler short when Ponting went on a rampage. Balance is important and full utilisation of resources is also important.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

what make me unhappy is about pak is ,isnt there a good batsman in pakistan like azhar ali?i dont see why younus khan is in the squad?why malik?u can replace them with razzaq who gives up his heart for cricket;

Posted by   on (June 14, 2012, 2:54 GMT)

Hafeez, Younis should replace with Hammad Azam and NasirJamshed. Because Hafeez and Younis Khan are the most inconsistent players in batting unit. And if possible then please bring kamran akmal to replace with Sarfarz. or even Adan Akmal can bat better than Sarfraz. In short Pakistan dnt need extra batsman, they just need to replace some inconsistent players with some new talent.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2012, 0:50 GMT)

Pak team deserves some respect, need to prepare for next world cup and beef in some young bloood..

Posted by   on (June 14, 2012, 0:02 GMT)

Hafeez needs to be dropped and Asad Shafique should be in as opener

Posted by PDTM on (June 13, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

Sarfraz came back into the side because his batting improved. It is time he was given some responsibility and more importantly, a chance. If the selectors are not going to do that, bring in Granite Hands and bat him at 5.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (June 13, 2012, 19:05 GMT)

Pakistan needs some sensable selectors who can find some better bastmen than Hafiz etc. They should include the young players in the team 1- Babar Azzam 2-Nasir Jamshid 3-Umar Akmal 4- Misbah 5-Haris 6-Kamran Akmal 7- Hammad Azam 8- Afridi 9- Mohammad Sami 10-Umar Gul 11-Said Ajmal

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (June 13, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

Is Pakistan short of a batsman? NO, they are short of 6 batsmen because non of them is competent enough to be called a world class batsman. It is time that Hafiz is dropped. He can't just be in the team because he can bowl too. It is time that Pakistan call back Kamran Akmal and Abdul Razzaq.

Posted by applethief on (June 13, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

More than another batsman, Hafeez really needs to sort out his game; his place isn't justified as a bowler alone who can occasionally turn out as an opener. He either needs to figure out a way of consistently posting respectable opening stands, or consider dropping down the order. His last century was against a woeful Indian bowling attack and means very little. Need to see some half-centuries from him this tour, or at least getting to double figures more consistently, or he needs to drop down and give another opener a chance

Posted by Rexton87 on (June 13, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

I so much admire the enthusiasm and passion of pakistani fans but Unfortunatley our team is going nowehere as long as selectors commentators and fans in general keep singing praises for players like Younus Khan, Hafeez and especially Umar Akmal. I hear the clamour to bring Kamran Akmal. Younus clearly fails when Pakistan need him, Hafeez is only a 20, 30 man though he has style and panache but no longevity. Umar Akmal will always be school boy cricketer or under 19 cricketer at best,you dont expect boys to do a man's job. A strange streak I have seen in this pakistan team is to be complelty oblivious to climbing run rate. They would be seen to be smiling and taking it easy while their task become difficult with each wasted oppurtunity and that lead to loss of wickets.In the past players like Manzoor Elahi,Saleem Yousuf,Imran, Sarfraz and several others could smash few lusty blows to bring run rate down so that other batsmen can chase, this does not happen anymore.

Posted by Sam_SRT_Fan on (June 13, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

Pakistan are missing Mohammed Yousuf. Fact.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

I cant believe some of the nonsense I am reading in this forum, clearly people either dont understand cricket or have no idea about the pakistan teams strengths or weaknesses. The problem here is Younis Khan who not only bats in test mode like Misbah, he is beginning to show his age, he should be replaced by Shafiq. In addition, we need to invest in Hamad Azam as a future all-rounder at no.7 which gives Afridi more license at no. 6. The bowling line up is then completed by Gul and Ajmal and Tanvir/Sami/Riaz/Rahat competing for last slot. Pak should not waste time with Cheema as he is old and unlikely to feature in next WC.Pak have the most varied and skillful bowling attack in the world and will win most games whilst the batting needs some experience. In tests, we need to replace Younis with Yousuf who is keen for a comeback and probably still our best test batsman.

Posted by Neo2K on (June 13, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

Why people forget about Hammad Azam he is a genuine allrounder...pacy and very good hitter...please don't waste his talent !!! we need to groom him for the coming World Cup.. he can fit in any format

Posted by Bryce27687 on (June 13, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

Pakistan have three spinners who are all automatic selections, so they need to play three seam options to balance this. Afridi & Sarfraz have to bat 7 and 8, as neither one has the credentials to bat as high as 6. Conclusion: Pakistan need a seam bowler who can bat in the top six. But no one exists who can do this in Pakistan.

Conclusion: Ajmal has to be left out of the limited overs side when 60% of the overs cannot be guaranteed to come from spin, for the sake of the balance of the Pakistan limited-overs side.

The only other option is to beef up the lower-order - 6.Afrdi 7.Sarfraz 8.Azam.

It is peculiar in this day and age that none of the Pakistani batsmen can offer up even part-time overs.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

@RAJ934 ,I m Indian But I not like ur comments as Bangladesh are better than Pakistan.......etc etc.If those sentence helping your Cause Pakistan performed better than our Indians in last last 2 years and beating No 1 test side like England 3-0in the process is not an ordinary stuff.Yes there batting is vulnerable and their are some seniors who are deserved to be thrown out but still on all accounts they mask their problem with the brilliant bowling display in the middle.Perhaps they are the only side in the World who can fancy to win after setting medicoire Total

Posted by NALINWIJ on (June 13, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

PAKISTAN HAS LOST 2 WICKETS AND WITHOUT DEPTH THEY WILL STRUGGLE. WITH 2 SPINNING ALLROUNDERS AND AJMAL THEY NEED A FAST MEDIUM ALL ROUNDER SUCH AS AZHAR OR RAZZAQ BUT WHAT IS THEIR FORM LIKE? OR THEY NEED A WICKET KEEPER BATSMAN LIKE KAMRAN BUT WHAT IS HIS FORM. THE YEAR AFTER THE WORLD CUP IS THE TIME TO REBUILD AND MISBAH AND YOUNIS WILL NOT BE THERE AT NEXT WORLD CUP AND PAKISTAN HAS TALENT THAT NEED TO BE DEVELOPED BEFORE 2015.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

My furure XI for pakistan, 1. Ahmed Shahzad 2. Nasir Jamshed 3. Azhar Ali 4.Umar Akmal 5. Asad Shafiq 6. Hammad Azam 7. Sarfraz Ahmed 8. Gul/ Talha/Sadaf hussain 9. Amir 10. Usman Qadir/ Raza hasan 11. Zia ul haq 11. I don't see misbah , younis, malik, ajmal , hafeez and afridi playing after the 2015 WC. Usman salahuddin , umar amin, harris sohail and anwer ali might get a spot.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

btw... where is fawad alam??? he is a gud batsman and handy with the ball too... he did well in both tests in odis.. its a surprise that he doesnt even feature in the squad.. i think the coach and the management need too looks into this...

Posted by RAJ934 on (June 13, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

Bangladesh is best compare to Pakistan as they got good young agressive captain who bats well and also a good wicket keeper...Pakistan is now more or less fall in same category of Zimbabe or Kenya,Pakistan who team has no agression to perform as they know even they failed 2 or 3 series they will retain in the team not like Ausis as Ausis debutant leave a mark and prove their selection...AFRIDI is the only good and legal selection in Pak cricket others including Misbha,younis all dont deserve its years passed they scored 50Plus

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

The Problem for Pakistan is their Batting,They dont have the batsman who can guaranteed them to serve very well in next 3-4 years,Misbah, Younis khan, Akmals etc are the Good player not great batsman.They are far below the league of Indian counterpart.Yes they have good bowling attack but back up Fieldin g is equally Poor.From Sri lanka their Batting seems to be ok not as bad as Pakistan.they just require one or Two good bowlers who can perform in international side addition to that they are better fielding side in Subcontinent

Posted by khurramsch on (June 13, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

yes agree pakistan badly need a batting medium pace allrounder. if there is no razak after him they should have groomed hammd or some1 else. 3rd seamer should be a batting allrounder. Sohail tanvir does not come to allrounder category. Afridi is bowling allrounder who can score sometimes but not reliable & consistant batsman. & keeper also not so good in batting so with ajmal/gul/smai/sohail + afridi + sarfraz pakistan batting is very very thin & on top of that younas khan's form umar's not sensible batting is making it worse. they should now start grooming a medium pace allrounder.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Well, the way I see it is to take Hafeez out for a game, and bring Farhat in, even though i know that it would weaken the bowling department, but still the quicks, Umar Gul, Tanvir, and Sami have been in good form and if Ajmal and Afridi click then yeah we have an advantage. We should also take out Rahat Ali and bring in Shafiq. But I think that we should keep Younus, i have a feeling he's really gonna attack today and we should give Misbah a breather too and bring Cheema in, so then we have 3 quicks and 2 spinners, but out quicks and spinners are in good form. And for me this also strenghtens the top and middle order so this is my squad if i were Misbah and Dav Whatmore

1.Imran Farhat 2.Azhar Ali 3.Younus Khan 4. Asad Shafiq 5.Umar Akmal (w) 6.Sarvraz Ahmed 7. Shahid Afridi 8.Aizaz Cheema 9.Umar Gul 10.Saeed Ajmal 11.Sohail Tanvir

Posted by Crictationer on (June 13, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

As for as my recmondation is concerned u have to we have to replace younis khan and bring asad shafiq in replace and as for as opening is concerned i never know why the afridi has not been tested fr5om long time as an opener and till how long we always returning imran farhat we got better choices like imran nazir ahmad shazad or omer ameeen and if we replace any of the bowler like sohail tanveer or rahat why we dont bring Abdul Razzaq as an all rounder

Posted by AmjadZork on (June 13, 2012, 5:24 GMT)

Since Nasir Jamshed is injured, we dont have a choice but to bring in Imran Farhat as an opener & remove Younis Khan; then bring in Asad Shafiq in place of either Sohail Tanvir or Rahat Ali - I suggest Rahat Ali should be given more opportunity as he is a newcomer. & brin M. Sami as he is in form after long long time.

Posted by mujtaba87 on (June 13, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

Pakistan batting order has never been consistent, but it is now consistently below average since 2007. Batting consists of players who lack ability to identify & seize the opportunity to score quickly. The key cause of batting failure has been failure of top & middler order to rotate strike and maintain good run rate. In the lower middle order, there is only one player who can get you 15-20 runs in single over and ability to clear big boundaries under pressure. Younis Khan has never been even an average ODI batsmen, he lacks consistency and struggles when easily singles are blocked early on in his innings. Misbah is ready to go in shell even in slight pressure. Umar Akmal is playing just as U19 player, who never learns from his misktakes. Pakistan team does not need 6th batsman just needs five good batsmen, at least 3 of which who can score quickly with strike rate of 77%. Mind you pakistan has recently played with a batting order in which Razzaq comes at No. 9!

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

zafar, sami is injured ..

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

The need of the hour is an Azhar-Mehmood-esque fast medium bowling all-rounder I reckon, one who's either a handy wicket taker or a reliable economy bowler to be able to fill the third pacer's slot. That ought to balance Pak's batting lineup a load lot. Hammad Azam not being as much good enough a bowler is not the answer however, unless he improves to become a bowler as decent as an Azhar Mehmood or a Shane Watson. I also agree that whoever has been deciding to bench Asad Shafiq and Hammad Azam (as purely a batsman) has been making a terrible decision. Asad should literally be made to play every single match to gain him experience, like Umar Akmal. Hammad Azam would play in my ODI and T20 team too, he's shown shades of an Inzamam-esque late order finisher's talent with the bat.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

Having another batsman won't help. Pakistan is a bowling heavy unit and their strength lies in bowling the opposition out cheaply. What they need to do is play their role properly as batsman. Misbah needs to bat till at least the 40th over along with Younis. So that Ukmal and Afridi can come in with the big hits. An additional batsman will just weaken the bowling meaning they will be under pressure if batting first to score 250+. With the current attack even 200-220 is very defend able. What Pak really need is a solid all rounder like Rasaq but they dropped him for no apparent reason which has caused a bit of an imbalance.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

Rahat Ali was a big disappointment..... Waqar Younis said....he is the next big thing for Pak team after Shoaib....

Posted by cisco420 on (June 13, 2012, 2:14 GMT)

Asad Shafiq should be a permenant in our playing 11 in all formats. Its shocking that he is not playing.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2012, 22:30 GMT)

its great that all the fans understand the need of a batsmen but in my opinion our seniors are performing well below par. Yonus better put some runs on the board and so does the Umar and Misbah I mean if you are playing with less batsmen than u better have the Sr. batting lineup in form which we dont. Also exclusions of Hammad Azam/ Sami / Razzaq is mind boggling we need guys who have proven stats in the past!! period.

Posted by pk_cric_rox on (June 12, 2012, 21:27 GMT)

under normal circumstances 4 good batsmen and couple of small cameos can give u a total of 270+ runs so u need 6 batsmen so 4 of them can score in almost every match.but pakistan does not have that kind of batting line up so they definitely need 7 batsmen and then keeper/batsman to stand a chance of winning when the game goes above 250. their bowlers cant always get the opposition out for 220 or less.

Posted by MRPakistani69 on (June 12, 2012, 20:56 GMT)

I agree at the point that pakistan need a good seambowling all rounder. if they are not trying hammad or yasir please get back to razzaq. he is sill one of the best all rounder pakistan had after imran wassim. use hem wel en he wil win you machtes. this wil let the pressure of afrid as wel to make runs fast and hit.

Posted by Altamash.Baig on (June 12, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

what do you expect when your opening batsman is bowling the most overs. Hafeez is a good partnership breaker and left hand batsman specialist but he should concentrate more on his batting.

The number of batsman does not matter, the number of runs they score on the day matters. Sri Lankan batting in the first 2 matches has proved this point. Just compare the scores in 2 matches with the unchanged SL team. And in my opinion what Pakistan actually needs is a medium pace bowling all rounder, who will bring some batting but will not reduce bowling strength. All the strong Pakistani teams in the past had those e.g, Imran, Wasim, Razzaq, Azhar, and all the current strong teams have them Watson, Bresnan, Kallis and even Broad to some extent and also, Matthews and Perera. Hammad Azam and Yasir Arafat can do the job for Pakistan.

Posted by a.syed81 on (June 12, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

Kick out useless Younis and Sohail Tanveer. Bring is Asad and Sami/Cheema. Give more chance to Rahat. PERIOD

Posted by   on (June 12, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

eh.. being the most unpredictable team in the world Pakistan would win any match against any team with exactly the same team members they have right now or just lose it stupidly. one more bowler or batsman wouldn't make much difference. when its their time they will just win the most unwinnable game there is, its just the way they are.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

We desperately need another batsman in place of someone like Rahat Ali (who was utterly disappointing).

Posted by smalishah84 on (June 12, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

Pakistan definitely need another batsman in the side

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (June 12, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

Pakistan is worse team in the world when it comes to chasing. If you score 200 runs against Pakistan in ODI that means 90% match is over. It was 280 so there is nothing to regret just move on to next match try bowl well and then try to chase well. Pakistan team will never improve in chasing even if you give them 10 specialist batsmen, we don't have shrewd players like Miandad any more.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

I think it was too much to ask of Afridi in the end.... I believe Umar Akmal should be played at Number 3 with Younus Khan coming later... This should be his final test.... Very very heartbreaking to see that Hammad Azam isnt even in the squad!!! Handy young player, great shots..... No idea what the selectors are playing at....

Posted by   on (June 12, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

u should ha ve some agression in opening [patnerships promot sohail tanveer or shahid affriddi plz and change this keeper with kamran akmal pleaze

Posted by onkar4in on (June 12, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

Pakistan need someone like shoaib malik to strengthen their batting line up.. He has the temperament as well as the class to fit into the one day squad

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (June 12, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

Get any of to akmals to keep. and bring nasir jamshed and asad shafeeq in odi,s

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