Pakistan news June 20, 2012

Selectors to discuss ODI future with Younis Khan

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Pakistan's chief selector Iqbal Qasim has said the panel will discuss Younis Khan's ODI future with him after the completion of the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka. Younis was left out of the fifth one-dayer, which Pakistan lost to concede the series 3-1, after making only 10 runs in three innings in Sri Lanka.

Younis, 34, was dismissed for 5, 4 and 1 in the ODIs, falling to Thisara Perera twice and Nuwan Kulasekara once. He was part of the dramatic collapse that cost Pakistan the fourth match in Colombo, where they lost seven wickets for 13 runs. Younis had made only 67 runs in four innings during Pakistan's previous one-day assignment, the Asia Cup in Bangladesh.

"It's the duty of the senior cricketers to lead the team, to carry the team and to drive it forward, but if one of your senior players is struggling then that puts pressure on the team," Qasim told Pakpassion.net. "Let the tour of Sri Lanka finish and then we will definitely discuss his future plans with him [Younis]. Younis has of course already requested not to be selected in T20s, I don't know what he has in mind regarding 50-over cricket.

"I'm sure we will have an amicable chat about his future, as Pakistan needs him for Test cricket for the future. Experience is an invaluable commodity in cricket but you have to be out in the middle performing, which unfortunately Younis has not been doing in 50-over cricket of late."

Apart from Azhar Ali, who scored 217 at an average of 54, Pakistan's batsmen struggled to post imposing totals in Sri Lanka. Qasim said their all-round performance had also been "below par".

"It's difficult to put Sri Lanka under pressure in their conditions and the variable weather conditions did not make things easy for Pakistan either," he said. "However we should not make excuses, the overall performance of the team was below par."

Qasim said the team lacked consistency in all disciplines, their performances veering from exceptional one day to ordinary the next. In the final ODI, Pakistan were shoddy in the field, with several dropped catches and missed run-out opportunities allowing Sri Lanka to win in the last over. "This inconsistency has been hurting Pakistan cricket for many years and it's about time it was eradicated," he said. "One day the fielding is outstanding, the next game it's very poor and the boys are dropping simple catches. The same with the batting, one day it clicks, the next day it misfires.

"Mohammad Sami is an example of this inconsistency, one day he bowls very well and helps the team to victory, the next day he bowls poorly and costs the team the game. It doesn't matter what your game plan is going into the game - it's very difficult to impose that game plan onto the opposition if you are inconsistent."

Despite the defeat in Sri Lanka, Qasim said the selectors would avoid making major changes for the series against Australia in August and the World Twenty20 in September. "You cannot chop and change ahead of a World Cup. There is no point selecting a player for a couple of games and then discarding him," he said. "I think it's too late to experiment now ahead of the T20 World Cup and I would expect that most of the personnel in the T20 squad in Sri Lanka recently will be retained."

"I don't think we should panic in this format and make major adjustments to the T20 squad. I think that slowly and gradually our philosophy in both the 50-over format and the twenty over format will bear fruit, but everyone has to be patient."

Edited by Carlyle Laurie

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  • shakaibkhan on June 23, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    Younus was never a good ODI player. Specially under stress he can't perfrom. Just look at his record of last two world cups. Its shameful. We must give chance to new players.

  • dummy4fb on June 22, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    In my opinion he should be given chance, because he is most experienced team member. As far as his performance is concerned.... every player remain out of form for some time....

  • dummy4fb on June 22, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    where is saeed anwar? did they drop him?

  • ExplicitPlatinum on June 21, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    This XI for ODI's is pretty good for the Australia series: Batting first- 1.) Nasir Jamshed 2.) Mohammad Hafeez 3.) Ahmed Shehzad 4.) Umar Akmal 5.) Haris Sohail/Fawad Alam 6.) Shahid Afridi 7.) Hammad Azam 8.) Kamran Akmal (Unfortunately due to batting) 9.) Umar Gul 10.) Saeed Ajmal 11.) Junaid Khan

    Chasing- 1.) Nasir Jamshed 2.) Shahid Afridi 3.) Ahmed Shehzad 4.) Umar Akmal 5.) Haris Sohail/Fawad Alam 6.) Mohammad Hafeez 7.) Hammad Azam 8.) Kamran Akmal (Unfortunately due to batting) 9.) Umar Gul 10.) Saeed Ajmal 11.) Junaid Khan

  • vrn59 on June 21, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Younis Khan was never a great ODI player. Neither is Misbah (poor strike rate), but he stays for now.

    My PAK ODI XI: Hafeez, Jamshed, Azhar, U Akmal, Misbah (C), K Akmal (wk), Shafiq, Afridi, Ajmal, Gul, Sami/Tanvir

  • dummy4fb on June 21, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    bring back imran nazir , wat a talent , and wat a waste ! he is good for any format and against any team .

  • aakash12345 on June 21, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    pak team are as under

    jamshed/azhar

    shahzad (capt)

    asad

    u. akmal (v/capt)

    fawad alam (6th bowler)

    kamran

    afridi / hafeez

    hammad /razzaq

    tanvir / junaid

    gul

    ajmal / raza hassan

  • dummy4fb on June 21, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Please kickout Younis as soon as possible and bring Imran Nazir, we need some aggressive talent now

  • Happy_AusBang on June 21, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    When there are so many players in the fringes why not try a few others? Nothing against Younus Khan, but surely there has to be a process, a system, or is the board going to persist with players until they loose all form, put themselves and the team under pressure, and then depart in humiliation? There is no reason to "kick them off" as Sonu Ilyas rashly suggests. These players are not criminals, certainly not Younus Khan that they need to be kicked. They must be allowed to depart in dignity. Having said that, I think in the case of Younus Khan I think he is still useful in the tests. I can't see many PAK batsmen with the ability to stay long at the crease to be honest.

  • Tufey_Fatos on June 21, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Its too early to decide his ODI Future,I think he should decide himself whether he can fulfill demands of ODI or not,Our players must react like Aussie and English players,if u can't play just go by yourself instead of being forced by the Board !

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