Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2014 July 9, 2014

Hafeez dropped for SL Tests, Younis recalled for ODIs

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Mohammad Hafeez has been dropped from Pakistan's Test squad for the forthcoming tour to Sri Lanka. The selectors have recalled Younis Khan to the ODI squad, while Umar Akmal, who last played Test in September 2011, has been called up for the longer format after nearly three years in place of Hafeez.

Hafeez has been struggling in Test cricket and was dropped from the squad for the South Africa series in the UAE last year. However, he was recalled for the Tests against Sri Lanka and scored 113 runs in two games, including a fifty, after which he was dropped for the final Test of the series. In five Tests against South Africa and Zimbabwe in 2013, Hafeez had scored 102 in 10 innings. He fared poorly against the moving ball on Pakistan's tour to South Africa and struggled against their pace attack.

Younis, a regular in the Test team, last played an ODI for Pakistan in March 2013 and has been handed a chance in place of Asad Shafiq. Younis had recently stated that he wanted to revive his ODI career before the 2015 World Cup and aimed to retire on his own terms rather than be dropped for good by the selectors. Shafiq, meanwhile, has been retained in the Test team.

Najam Sethi, then Chairman of the PCB, had pressed for Younis' inclusion*. "Younis is a popular player and there is huge demand for his inclusion in the one-day side which is why I told the selectors and management he should be in the side for Sri Lanka."

Younis acknowledged the faith from the administration and hoped to live up to it. "I am looking at this positively and I will try to not let down either the chairman, the selectors or team management with my performances in one-day matches in Sri Lanka," he told PTI.

With Mohammad Irfan out due to fitness issues, Pakistan's fast-bowling attack will be led by Junaid Khan. Irfan is expected to return to limited-overs cricket this year, ahead of the 2015 World Cup. Umar Gul was ruled out after aggravating a knee injury recently. He insisted he was fit for the shorter formats but the selectors have refrained from picking him and have asked him to rest.

Left-arm pace bowler Wahab Riaz, who last played a Test in 2011 against West Indies, has replaced Gul in the squad. Riaz's last ODI for Pakistan was in November last year and he has not established a regular place in the side due to inconsistent performances. He was also recently fined Rs. 500,000 (approximately $5000) by the PCB for playing disapproved cricket in the United States. However, Riaz was among the fittest players during a month-long training camp in May and this was a significant factor in his inclusion.

The selectors have ignored wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal despite his recovery from a finger injury, opting instead to back Sarfraz Ahmed, whose quickfire 49 helped Pakistan pull off an astonishing chase in the Sharjah Test against Sri Lanka. Allrounder Bilawal Bhatti has been axed to fit fast bowler Mohammad Talha in both the teams.

Pakistan will play two Tests in Galle and Colombo from August 6 and 14 respectively before the teams play a three-match ODI series between August 23 and 30.

Test squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Khurram Manzoor, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Talha, Junaid Khan, Rahat Ali, Wahab Riaz

ODI squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Talha, Wahab Riaz, Zulfiqar Babar

*This story has been updated with Najam Sethi's support for Younis Khan on Thursday

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • Dannymania on July 15, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    i am really disappointed that Fawad Alam is yet again NOT included in the test side.Najam Sethi's comment is childish.."He is popular thats why he's included"..What?are you serious? I mean I am thrilled that Younis khan is back in the ODI team and i think he is a great player but this reason is so stupid.Just say that he is the best batsman available right now, to pakistan!Thats the truth! If we keep going on popularity then mark my words, afridi will still be playing at the age of 50 which isnt that far away from the look of things.Misbah is almost 50 too isnt he?

  • Tornado1 on July 14, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    Good to see Umar Akmal back in test squad. He is a genuine player with potential and talent.

  • on July 14, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    I Think Fawad Alam will be a better choice than umer akmal to replace hafeez in test matches

  • on July 13, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Pakistan A country obsessed with speed. Thats why Rahat ahead of Sadaf.

  • on July 11, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    and younas is the best middle order playet

  • on July 11, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    its a good decision

  • Khalid63 on July 11, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    Can we not find a better bowler in Pakistan than Junaid Khan, he is good, but is not really electrifying is he? Also any update on the captaincy of the T20?

  • on July 11, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Experiment with the lineups is the key for Pakistan Keep Nasir jamshed sharjeel khan and ahmed shehzad all in contention for opening with equal opportunities till WC Make hafeez an option of number 6 before afridi Promote sohaib to Num 3 misbah at 4 and umer akmal at 5 to utilize them We need Umer gul M Irfan and junaid khan fit for every game with Talha and Wahab as replacements as in Nzl and Aus we need all fast bowling attack Nasir/sharjeel, ahmed, sohaib/younis, misbah, umer akmal, hafeez, afridi, gul, ajmal, junaid, Irfan If hafeez or afridi fails, bring a specialist batsman at his place and 5 bowling options wouls still be prevalent. Ajmal is a must on every pitch This team combination can defeat any team in any circumstances

  • Buuu on July 11, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    and even Hafeez why play on No 3 place we have a better No 3 Player which is Sohaib Maqsood whos Avg is more then 50 at no 3 so why he are wasted him. i request to our captain thought about it.

  • Buuu on July 11, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    There is no place for Asad Shafiq and Rahat Ali in test matches and where is muhammad irfan in odies ?????????????????????????????????????

  • Dannymania on July 15, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    i am really disappointed that Fawad Alam is yet again NOT included in the test side.Najam Sethi's comment is childish.."He is popular thats why he's included"..What?are you serious? I mean I am thrilled that Younis khan is back in the ODI team and i think he is a great player but this reason is so stupid.Just say that he is the best batsman available right now, to pakistan!Thats the truth! If we keep going on popularity then mark my words, afridi will still be playing at the age of 50 which isnt that far away from the look of things.Misbah is almost 50 too isnt he?

  • Tornado1 on July 14, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    Good to see Umar Akmal back in test squad. He is a genuine player with potential and talent.

  • on July 14, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    I Think Fawad Alam will be a better choice than umer akmal to replace hafeez in test matches

  • on July 13, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Pakistan A country obsessed with speed. Thats why Rahat ahead of Sadaf.

  • on July 11, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    and younas is the best middle order playet

  • on July 11, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    its a good decision

  • Khalid63 on July 11, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    Can we not find a better bowler in Pakistan than Junaid Khan, he is good, but is not really electrifying is he? Also any update on the captaincy of the T20?

  • on July 11, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Experiment with the lineups is the key for Pakistan Keep Nasir jamshed sharjeel khan and ahmed shehzad all in contention for opening with equal opportunities till WC Make hafeez an option of number 6 before afridi Promote sohaib to Num 3 misbah at 4 and umer akmal at 5 to utilize them We need Umer gul M Irfan and junaid khan fit for every game with Talha and Wahab as replacements as in Nzl and Aus we need all fast bowling attack Nasir/sharjeel, ahmed, sohaib/younis, misbah, umer akmal, hafeez, afridi, gul, ajmal, junaid, Irfan If hafeez or afridi fails, bring a specialist batsman at his place and 5 bowling options wouls still be prevalent. Ajmal is a must on every pitch This team combination can defeat any team in any circumstances

  • Buuu on July 11, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    and even Hafeez why play on No 3 place we have a better No 3 Player which is Sohaib Maqsood whos Avg is more then 50 at no 3 so why he are wasted him. i request to our captain thought about it.

  • Buuu on July 11, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    There is no place for Asad Shafiq and Rahat Ali in test matches and where is muhammad irfan in odies ?????????????????????????????????????

  • Islamic on July 10, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    Misbah must play aggresive cricket as a batsman and captain too. dont worry about results just prepare for WC15

  • ShahmirRuhail on July 10, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    I don't know about the ODI squad bcz it is full of a number of quality players. How will they arrange the batting order. Shezad and Sharjeel will open, younus in at 3 than akmal at four, fawad at five than shoaib at six misbah at seven afridi at eight and han they will only play two ballers which I think are not suficient.

  • t20cric on July 10, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    For the ODI squad there is quite a lot of middle order batsmen. Mohammad Hafeez will have to settle for back up opener cuz there are better batsmen who can take the no. 3 spot. Its nice to see Fawad Alam still in the squad after his success in Asia Cup. I think Mohammad Irfan should have been there instead of Mohammad Talha. Also what happened to Hammad Azam who had to join the U23 team a year ago after being in the t20 team against WI. He could be a god all rounder for Pakistan. I also think Raza Hassan should be their for Zulfiqar since Raza is the future of Pak spin attack.

    ODI XI: 1. Ahmed Shehzad, 2. Sharjeel Khan/ Mohammad Hafeez, 3. Younis Khan/ Sohaib Maqsood, 4. & 5. Misbah-ul-haq & Fawad Alam (whatever order they want), 6. Umar Akmal, 7. Anwar Ali, 8. Shahid Afridi, 9. Muhammad Talha/ Wahab Riaz, 10. Saeed Ajmal, 11. Junaid Khan.

    This team has a solid middle order in younis, misbah and fawad. For those asking where Umar Gul is I think he injured himself in MCC vs ROW game

  • t20cric on July 10, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    Its good to see that in the test team Ahmed Shehzad has been retained and Umar Akmal has been included. This shows that now Pakistan want some fast scoring batsmen in the team. I think Sadaf Hussain should have been there in place of Rahat Ali. Sadaf's FC stats are 211 wickets in 79 innings @ 18.37 avg with 36.2 SR. Compare to Rahat Ali 180 wickets in 88 innings @ 23.27 with 47.8 SR. The only place where Rahat is better is in economy 2.92 vs Sadaf's 3.03. Talha has even worse FC stats than Rahat but he has better test stats. Sarfraz should remain wicket keeper if Akmal makes it into playing 11 but Akmal should replace Shafiq. It would be nice to have Fawad Alamo in tests seeing that he averages almost 56 but his style of play is like Misbah and Younis. When they retire then Fawad and Harris Sohail can replace them.

    Test XI: Ahmed Shehzad, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-haq, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Talha/ Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan.

  • on July 10, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Please respect the senior player and let them retire with honour .Pls give chance to Razaq

  • piptheninjafrog on July 10, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    Good that U.Akmal in Test squad- would like to see Zulfiqar babar or Fawad Alam (FC avg. over 55) there soon. If U.Akmal becomes more responsible and finds form he should definitely be in the team.

    Pak Test XI:1.Shehzad 2.Manzoor 3.Azhar 4.Misbah 5.Younis 6.Akmal/Shafiq 7.Sarfraz 8.Rehman 9.Ajmal 10. Junaid 11.Talha/Wahab/Rahat

    p.s. Where is Gul in both squads??

  • Mustafa0801 on July 10, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Hafeez shall be excluded from all the three formats of the game, Razzak shall be re-called in order for Pakistan to win the series....Razzak is the only allrounder who can help Pakistan to win....

  • Mustafa7861 on July 10, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    This is again a biggest mistake, where is the world best all rounder Abdul Razzak, he is again dropped. Again a poor selection.....

  • on July 10, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    A well balanced side good luck Team PAKISTAN

  • syed.r.karim on July 10, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Where is fast bowling all-rounder?? PCB should announced why Riaz has been tested in most of the occasion? Riaz should have been given at least one move chance. He have some serious batting ability and a fighter.

  • Mayar on July 10, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    Excellent move by selection committee to pick Younis Khan for both tests and ODI, the only capable batsman in current lot.

  • on July 10, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Why Wahab riaz avg:35 ??? Even Rahat is not much impressive avg:45.

    All over Pak there are no bowlers left ?

    Where is this guy Ahmed Jamal who won Nation wide pace competition ? http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/story/633024.html

    Ahmed Jamal, the Pakistan Customs fast bowler, has won a 'King of Speed' competition, a nationwide search to unearth new pace talent. His fastest delivery was clocked at 143kph and won him Rs 1 million in prize money.

  • Hassan_U on July 10, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Good squad. Hafeez was never a top order batsman. Even in ODI he should bat down the order around 6-7 the best.

    Overall Waqar will improve the players with Grant Flower we hope they will do well in coming tours.

    I will like to see Sami Aslam and Usman Qadir given a chance.

    All the best.

  • MianMoosa on July 10, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    for some ppl asking that why wahab riaz is in both squad there are 2 reasons... 1st due to injury of umar gul & muhammad irfan he has to come back...he has some experience and also he is one of the fastest bowlers in pakistan...2nd in recent summer camp he was one of the fittest player...and yes I know sadaf Hussain should also in squad

  • on July 10, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    For God Sake now please forget Taufeeq Umar and Imran Nazir they haven't done anything in domestic circuits for a long time and spending their time to play ramzan trophies and T20 formats.

  • on July 10, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    I'm in Australia so obviously not hugely familiar with FC cricket in Pakistan, but why is Sadaf Hussain not being considered? 211 wickets in 44 FC matches at an average of less than 19 and from what I can see he's pretty consistent and bowls quick. Is there some reason his name isn't being thrown into the mix?

  • RapidCommentsPlz on July 10, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    fawad alam is a young talent. he needs to be given an ample time to adjust. His century against in Asia cup this year was as elegant to watch I have seen in years from pak youth talent. NO FLAWS. UMAR coming back is a good sign. howevr I still think Hafeez must be given chance. the team is slightly in metamorphisis state and you might need some experience.Any signs of Irfan?? Pak must be badly missing his services.!!

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 10, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Where is Taufeeq Umar? The opener who last scored a double century against Sri Lanka? The last opener to score one for Pakistan against any team since, well Aamir Sohail against England in 1992. Dropping him is not a good idea.

  • on July 10, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Where is Muhammad Irfan ?

  • on July 10, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    first time selection has been done on merit

  • on July 10, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    It's a very good squad, they've made brave desicions, dropping Bilawal and getting Younis back! Now, we have good bench strength! Fawad Alam, Younis Khan and Sohaib Maqsood will be in a competition for the no.4 spot or maybe if Sharjeel doesn't perform again, then Hafeez should be prompted to go as opener and then one of these three can be your no.3 and one can be no.4, it's a good squad

  • on July 10, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    Test team Shan, ahmed, azhar, younis, misbah, asad, sarfaraz, rehman, rahat, ajmal, junaid Giving umer akmal a go straight away is not beneficial for both. Healthy competition must arise. In tests, a proper keeper is must because if u drop a player on 150, than it can cause u the whole game. Odi team should b Sharjeel shehzad hafeez younis umar misbah afridi wahab/babar, talha ajmal junaid

  • on July 10, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    I am amazed that people are still asking for Billawal Bhatti in squad, he is neither very good with batting nor good with his bowling. In his current form, he doesn't deserve chance in squad

  • on July 10, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    @MAHafeez, Shahid Afridi is retired from test and Bilwal Bhatti is inconsistent. Fawad Alam deserves chance but he needs to prove himself in ODIs first. This was first time I am satisfied with selectors, only thing that I don't like in squad is Shan Masood, he should be replaced by Nasir Jamshed.

  • sohanpandey578 on July 10, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    @fkhawaja I agree with you.

    Umar Akmal shoul be the W/K in place of Sarfaraz Ahmad.

  • sohanpandey578 on July 10, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    Umar Akmal should keep wickets even in Test Matches.

  • MAHafeez on July 10, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    Fawad Alam, Shahid Afridi and Bilwal Bhatti should have been in both format of the game. What more they have to do to be included.

  • on July 9, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    I Don't understand why Hafeez has been dropped from the test. He can play tests well because he has a good defense technique.

  • on July 9, 2014, 22:49 GMT

    the Management is ignoring Abdul Razaaq to get him on track for world Cup 2015, it in Australia not in subcontinent, where the ball swing with great edge, the selectors, couches and management should consider play conditions in Australia and select Accordingly. I believe the players would be Afdridi, Razzaq, Maqssod and Sharjeel Khan they will create difference, where most of batting order goes defensive.

  • on July 9, 2014, 22:08 GMT

    where is bilawal bhatti .. . . . . . ?

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 9, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    Good to see umar akmal back in test side. Very avg fast bowling department. Spin is good. Sharjeel should only be kept in t20's. Nasir Jamshed is far better batsman than him in odis. Don't understand the reason of taufeeq umar getting dropped as rest opener. He was doing v good job.

  • on July 9, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    I see people posting comments on how azhar ali and sarfraz ahmed should be in the odi squad... But they cant just deny the fact that we need good players who can play at strike rate of over 80. (90 is the ideal strike rate in odis but it should be 80 for Pakistan for apparent reasons) Now lets come to the point why the two shouldn't be in the odi set up because they simply cant bat the way top odi players play like.... and teams with that kind of players succeed where teams like Pakistan lose wickets when chasing a big score because they have players who are not naturally the players who play at the particular strike rate. I massively support and respect younis khan as a cricketer but in the past few years his test performance has picked up because he wasn't playing other kind of international cricket which helped him.. Now as he's in both squads, I think Younis might not be at his best because he wont be able to concentrate properly. Simple as. So please look at the realistic side.

  • hqureshi78 on July 9, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    So who is going to do fast bowling? This attack is awful. I don't even rate Irfan high, he might be better but we need a genuine wicket taking bowlers.

  • on July 9, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    Best decision! Hafeez is OUT. He deserves it. Good news for Pakistan

  • hassubaby on July 9, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    I think Fawad Alam and Sohaib Maqsood should be included in the test side since both younis and misbah will be ready to leave after the 2015 world cup!

  • on July 9, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    wow a Pakistani team without a Malik hehe

  • on July 9, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    Where is Mohammad Irfan....i think tht he is fit now

  • on July 9, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    TEST: Shahzad, Shan, Azhar, Younis, Misbah, U. Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Muhammad Talha, Rahat Ali/Abdur Rehman

    The bowling is a little weak for test standards. I wonder what Pakistan will do when Ajmal retires.

    ODI: Shahzad, Sharjeel/Hafeez, U.Akmal, Misbah, S. Maqsood, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Junaid Khan, M. Talha

    Sharjeel is a destroyer and we need to give him time (like we did to A. Shahzad) to grow in International cricket. He can be a dangerous batsmen. If he does not perform in few matches, you can drop him and take Hafeez.

  • on July 9, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    umar akmal finaally in the test team !! his stats are far better rhan other players !!i hope he play in final 11 ...thts the best team with bst players i hope they play well !!

  • on July 9, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    I think it's a very good decision to bring Younis back to the ODI set-up. Pakistan need a consistent group of batsmen if they want to do well in the world cup. Younis and Misbah will form a decent middle-order. Hafeez was never one to bat against quality bowling in testing conditions. He can be successful in Asia, but not in places like SA, Australia and England.

  • on July 9, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    where is nasir jamshed i thing he is batter choice then sherjeel he deserves another chance

  • on July 9, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    sarfaraz should be in odi and fawad in tests

  • on July 9, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Umar Akmal back in test after 3 years, and we all know that he has good stats than many of the other batsmen. So that`s nice job by the selectors

  • SharryBoomboom on July 9, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    i think its a wise decision.... Hafeez should part of shorter version of game,, Younus Khan is good choice and player like him is much needed in Pakistani bating lineup

  • on July 9, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    imran nazir to play in ODI team he is best oppner player in ODI

  • fzsTrio on July 9, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Overall, a balanced team except Wahab Riaz. Hope that Younis hang his boots on a higher note.

  • on July 9, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    What about Hammad Azam & Abdul Razzaq.. Next world cup is in Australia, we need fast bowling all-rounder badly.. Why our selectors are ignoring that fact??

  • on July 9, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Fawad Alam just had to be in the test side. Just look at his recent form in international cricket and his first class record. We're wasting a gritty fighter.

  • on July 9, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    The squad announced for test and ODI are satisfactory. However, in the ODI I would have liked to have seen Azhar Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed. My view is Umar Akmal should solely focus on his batting, he is no De Villiers or Sangakara. If Younis Khan who has been included in ODI squad under performs than Pakistan need to consider replacing him with Azhar Ali. Furthermore, I do not understand why Nasir Jamshed is no longer being considered for the ODI squad. In my view he should be in the Squad in place of Sharjeel Khan who has so far failed to impress me in the few opportunities he has been given.

  • on July 9, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Selectors have chosen good squads there however I still can't believe they have chosen Rahat Ali. He has nothing to bring to the team, he is inconsistent & cannot put in the performances.

  • sssuhail on July 9, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Keeping the next world cup in mind, I feel it is a good one, particularly the ODI squad. Younis Khan will provide the much needed experience of playing in Australia, apart from being a senior stats-man and deserving a chance to retire up to his will. Now it is up to him to prove the critics wrong. Fawad and Umar akmal also have played a bit in Aussie conditions and that should help the team. Sarfaraz deserves a chance after that performance against the Srilankans & more importantly we don't want K Akmal again in the WC. Ahmad Shahzad, S Ajmal, Junaid , Afridi and Misbah remain the unquestioned selections. Sohaib Maqsood, Hafeez, Sharjeel & Anwar have still many questions to answer & justify their places in the ODI scheme of things. I would have liked Bhatti in place of Anwar & Jamsheed in place of Sharjeel or Hafeez just because of conditions favoring those two in Autralia. Mohammad Talha, Wahab Riaz and Zulfiqar Babar are there just because there are not many bowling options left.

  • on July 9, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    Good decision by the Selectors to get back MYK into the ODIs.

  • on July 9, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    Azhar Ali should have been given a chance in ODI IN 2012 he did well remember his counter attacking 96 he made n Pakistan need a solid batsmen like him who can play a sheet anchor role like currently done by yo unis khan n misba ul haq . In my opinion he is a solid 3 batsmen n with world cup approaching i think selectors missed out a chance.

  • Taimor-016 on July 9, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Good selection apart from Wahab's inclusion. I believe this should be his last chance because he hasn't be consistent in bowling in last 2-3 years.

    The test team looks good with the exclusion of Hafeez. The regular XI looks good itself.

    Hopefully Pak does well (inshallah) in Sri Lanka in both of the formats because in last 2 tours over there, Pak has played some poor cricket.

  • on July 9, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    Muhammad Talha is a much better bowler than bilawal bhatti. he deserves both the spots on the teams.

  • on July 9, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    It's a good and welcoming NEWS Hafeez gone Younis in. Hafeez should retired now as he doesn't take too long staying on the crease. Give away his wicket very easy I am sure there are most talented players in Pakistan then they are in Pakistan team. Just need to hunt for them and polish them a bit.

  • on July 9, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Where is Muhammad Irfan, the Fast Bowler...

  • on July 9, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Selection seems okay but Pakistan have as of yet ignored the most talented batsman they have...Nadir Jamshed

  • hamqad on July 9, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Why is Fawad Alam not part of the test squad. A player who has done really well in the ODIs recently, and has scored a 168 in tests despite limited opportunities (2 tests I think) does not find a place in the test team. Also, I am not sure why we keep dropping Taufeeq Umar after just a couple of bad performances, while players like Imran Farhat have been offered unlimited opportunities to fail. Taufeeq provides the much needed stability at the top in the long format. A change for the sake of change is dangerous.

  • on July 9, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Nice to see sanity returning back - welcome back Younis Khan. If there is one player in the whole team who can survive 50 overs, then that's him.

  • KarachiKid on July 9, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    Wahab Riaz again ?????????? there are some PCB favorites that just never disappear. Kakmal, Riaz, Farhat.

  • Z.Saleem on July 9, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Team Pakistan are really struggling for good fast bowlers, only Junaid Khan looks threatening in this squad.....rest are just for filling numbers. Look at their averages per wicket: Rahat Ali 45.31, Mohammad Talha 36.00, Wahab Riaz 34.11 - they are all mediocre bowlers!

  • idrizzy on July 9, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    I like the fact Hafeez has been dropped FINALLY in tests. However, why not pick Fawad Alam in the test squad after he showed WHY he should be our star batsman in them ODI's?? Bizarre. I like the fact Younis Khan is in the ODI squad since he'd have a bit of experience with the Aussie pitches come WC15. A low point is that Pakistan seem to have hardly any genuine world class pacers :\ I like Junaid Khan a lot, still young, but other than that, who else?!? I hope Irfan does get back soon because our bowling looks weak without him. But still, Bhatti, Tahla, Anwar, Riaz, all of these aren't really that good. Hopefully they've improved over the past few months, bring on SL!!

  • on July 9, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    Bilawal Bhatti should have been in TESTS for wahab riaz and in ODIs for muhammad talha. Never seen a player selected just because he is FITTEST in the training camp.May be they selected him as a FIELDER ONLY. Wahab riaz dont deserve a place in any format.

  • on July 9, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Bilawal Bhatti should have been a part of one of the squads...smh

  • on July 9, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    Umar Akmal should be the Wicketkeeper even in Test Matches.

  • on July 9, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    selecting younis khan in odi is rally good dicision but please select taufeeq umer and fawad alam in test in place of shan masood and umer akmal

  • on July 9, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    that is rally good decision giving chance to younis khan in odi but i reqwested to the selectors please taufeeq umer and fawad alam in test squad and drop umer akmal ana shan madood from test

  • on July 9, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    fawad alam should replace asad sahfiq and good to see younas khan in odi team. hafeez should have been in the squad yeah he is not in good form but his form against sri lanka in recent ODI Series was absolutely awesome.... Where is Umar Gul?

  • on July 9, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Selector did a great job to get back Umer akmal in test squad and the great YOUNAS KHAN. See you Sri Lankan very soon

  • on July 9, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    A good combination for both Tests & ODIs ... but the trauma is the wastage of talent by the Pakistan's selectors .... Taufeeq Umar .... a genuine Test opener with impressive record .... experienced, around 3,000 test runs under belt .... 7 test 100s .... just wasting all the energies in the dumb domestic circuit ... tragic !!!

  • Farrukh1971 on July 9, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    Where is Raza hasan? He is a good spinner.

  • Kundian on July 9, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    @Muttee

    Younus khan has average of 18.37 in Australia with Strike rate of 56 in 9 ODIs he played in his entire career. Then how can you say that " he is one of the only batsmen who can actually bat in Australia with ball moving around off the seam."

    LOL

  • on July 9, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    Younis Khan should not play for ODIs.its his retiring age.or else he can play only in test at his best , Fawad should be there even Malik too cuz they r defenders . they make runs by waiting game. YOUNIS KHAN is test player even , his plan of reviving back before WORLD CUP 2014 WAS NOT GOOD DESICION.. I wud say Younis should retire from ODI

  • on July 9, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    well impressive selection. not many things to point out. fawad might have been included in tests as well but over all very good selection. fast bowling though may be an issue with irfan not playing and wahab in.

    good to see no hafeez and no adnan in tests. umar is coming back. have to wait and see if he has learned anything while not part of test team.

    in odis, irfan again will be missed. anwar as all rounder is good selection. wahabs inclusion is though not that good. younas is included may be for 2015 world cup but it may also mean that fawad or maqsood will be sitting out. sharjeel got another line but i think they will go with ahmed and hafeez as openers to get in hafeez as 5 th bowler.

  • on July 9, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    I thought they will pick Fawad Alam in place of Asad Shafiq in the test squad but I don't know what else they want Fawad to do so he can make a comeback into the test again! So someone who has the highest batting average in Pakistan atm gets ignored for someone who flops the whole series and then gets a score in the end.... that's the selectors that that want one of the best first class players to play one or two tests like they did!

  • on July 9, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    hafeez should have been in the squad.....yeah he is not in good form.but his form against sri lanka in recent ODI Series was absolutely awesome....anyway we r looking forward for a another cracker of series between friendly foes......cheers

  • on July 9, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    fawad alam should replace asad sahfiq

  • on July 9, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    good to see younas khan in odi team

  • amumtaz on July 9, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Where is Taufeeq Umar? The opener who last scored a double century against Sri Lanka? The last opener to score one for Pakistan against any team since, well Aamir Sohail against England in 1992. Dropping him is not a good idea.

  • laho111 on July 9, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Fawad Alam should replace umer akmal in test while Bilawal bhatti and asad shafiq should be in ODI in place of Wahab and Younus Khan. Serfaraz should be in ODI in place of Sohaib maqsood.

  • on July 9, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    As for as I know I think they selected the best available players for all formats just need to shuffle them nicely according to match situation and conditions. As for Younas selection is concern for ODIs I think we needed him badly to help Misbah and it's a preparation for the World Cup where you need experience it's all about pressure I'm sure he will announce his retirement if he can't perform before World Cup. Last but not least please guys show some respect for our legends a player who lead Pakistan in all formats and won the world got the B category contract from PCB which the whole world criticised ant then PCB has to change the decision but why making such silly decision in the first place.

  • RANA1610 on July 9, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    How come Wahab Riaz got into the both squad. He is the most expensive bowler in terms of bowling economy rate (5.53)? Additionl to that, he is given at the last over to bowl always and push the opposition to win easily by giving lots of run. What a mess! Where is Umar Gul?

  • Muttee on July 9, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    I think the main reason Younis Khan is selected because he is one of the only batsmen who can actually bat in Australia with ball moving around off the seam. We need youth and experience for the WC and for that i think it is a really good selection. Akmal back in tests is also good news and Farhat, Kamran and Shoaib Malik's ommission has all but made me like the selections for once. Good luck for the next year or so, I hope we perform good in the coming series especially against the Australia in tests.

  • Morfi on July 9, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    At some point, Shan Masood or Khurram Manzoor may make way for Fawad Alam as Ahmed Shehzad is already one regular opener in the side. Add a god fast bowler (drop Rahat Ali, please) and you have a good bowling unit as well.

    Please bring back Bhatti in the ODIs, drop Wahab or Talha. Maybe they want to make sure that Anwar Ali plays every game as Bhatti is always selected ahead of him as all rounder.

  • Morfi on July 9, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    This is finally a sensibly selected team. Both moves, to drop hafeez from Tests and add U. Akmal are positive signs. Some time in the near future, I see Fawad Alam making it to the Test side as well, if one of the younger middle orders dont perform. On the bowlers side, Rahat Ali is a weak link in the fast bowlers with no performances to back him. Wahab is a touch and go in tests as well.

    In the ODI side, Bhatti's exclusion is most notable and unjustified. Talha and Wahab, both need not have been there and Bhatti should have been included. In the batting Younis' coming back is a welcome move. He will provide the necessary experience and stability as he has been preferred over Asad Shafiq.

  • on July 9, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Where is Bhatti..?? Fast bowling is week because of the absense of Gul & Irfan.Only Junaid is highlighted quick in the squad.

  • Gowza on July 9, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    It's about time Umar Akmal is back in the test squad, i hope he plays and never looks back.

  • on July 9, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Why is younus khan picked in odis? he doesnt deserve to play odis. what has he done to get such special treatment. he has not even played or made 100s in domestic cricket. Poor selection.

  • Pakistan_Foreva on July 9, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    OMG seriously? Watching Pakistani team squad selections just makes one want to smash his own head through a wall. AGAIN 35 year old Younis Khan for ODI's? Even though he's only made one 50 in his last 12 innings (half of which he was out for single digits)? Azhar Ali (who averages 50+ in limited overs cricket) deserves more to be in the ODI side along with Babar Azam. This will probably unfortunately means that either Sohaib Maqsood or Fawad Alam will have to make way for this old horse, what a waste of potential talent. Alam (who has the highest first class average in Pakistan) is still ignored from the test squad (even though he averages 40 from the 3 tests he's played, one in which he made a 100, that too in SL against SL). And dont even get me started about that useless bowler Wahab Riaz being back in the team, I dont know when Pak selectors will finally get their act together. I am happy though Umar Akmal is back in the test side, let's hope he preforms!

  • Aroundthelegsgoogly on July 9, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    His 23 runs will not be missed.

  • on July 9, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    finally thank God no more haffez in tests i would love to see fawad alam in tests he showed maturity in te asia cup our pace bowling looks weak but i m not gonna worry about that because waqar is back as head coach and i remember when he was there last time our fast bowling was the best even wahab was bowling good back then good to see yunis back in odis but i dnt want fawad or maqsood to sit out they are our bright futures from now on junaid will be our pace attaker so let see how he will do and guys idk why masood and other test opeer getting so much hate they did better then haffeez anyways finally we dont hav a free wicket in the top order i really miss irfan from this team he is the x factor of our pace bowling i hope he get well soon and make a comeback

  • Sachit1979 on July 9, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    It's sad to see that Imran Nazir has been signed off completely from Pakistan scheme of things. He was one of the great talents and should have been given more chances.

  • mumerashfaq on July 9, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    "Hafeez dropped for SL Tests"; its not a big news not sure why it was a headline. He hasn't done well enough in this format. Very obvious, if he is not selected.

  • rawjns on July 9, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    @fkhwaja ... play umer akmal as WK in test ...do you even understand cricket.... Fawwad should have been selected in Test Squad too. Bhatti should still have made the ODI thankfully no shoaib malik, imran farhat or kamran akmal in the side ...after a long time there seem to be no parchies in the team not even umar amin wh was not in 30 people at the camp but still got a contract...

  • waqas-mazhar on July 9, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    Agree with Zeeshan Razzaq, Fawad Alam is very sensible now and shd hv bin considered for tests.Dropping Hafeez is a very good move but recallingYounis to ODIs can prove risky.

  • on July 9, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Where is umar gul and muhd. Irfan . Poor selection of fast bowlers

  • HawksEyeFocused on July 9, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    I think Wahab Riaz is a big liability in our side. He should play only domestic cricket. He has been given many chances but everytime he proved out to be below par and toothless just like Indian bowlers!!!

  • on July 9, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    It's a good squad for t20 and one days both .To move out Hafeez from test is a good move. But Pakistan fast bowling is about to concern

  • on July 9, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Fawad Alam should be in the Test squad as well!!

  • on July 9, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Wahab Riaz will be very usefull for the coming world cup in Australia.

  • fkhawaja on July 9, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    the playing eleven will be almost the same that played against SL in sharjah. i think we should play Umar Akmal in pl of sarfraz as batsman keeper. Ahmed Shehzad, Khurram Manzoor, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal (wk), Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Talha, Junaid Khan,/ Wahab Riaz .

  • on July 9, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Why Zulfiqar Babar was left out from the Test Squad. Sri Lanka's pitches support spin a lot and Zulfiqar Babar was better option then Abdur Rehman, as He give more flight to ball as compared to Abdur Rehman

  • on July 9, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Ahmed shehzad, shan masood, khurram manzoor and add to that asad shafiq - a perfect recipe for disaster

  • on July 9, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    very balance test and odi squad but fawad alam should be include in place of umar akmal for test

  • on July 9, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Bhatti is the notable omission from the ODI squad and our fragile Umar Gul has no place in either squad due to his injury and Irfan has not recovered yet as well.

    Too many options in ODI yet our batting is so weak. We have Younis Khan, Fawad Alam, Maqsood, Akmal and Misbah for 3 batting slots to choose from. Because of Younis, Fawad and Maqsood will sit in the bench

  • rise_of_the_ashes on July 9, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    What's in the world that they dropped Mohammad Hafeez from test squad. He was in a very good form against SL in ODIs in Middle east and he can surely continue his form in test. Nevertheless he was a good option over Shan Masood or Khurram.

  • on July 9, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    Who is the Keeper?? Umar should always keep wickets.

  • wrenx on July 9, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Terrific. Good to see Hafeez getting the boot and Azhar properly re-instated. Hafeez's place is as a bowling all-rounder batting way down the order - if he refuses to accept that and insists he's a top-order batsman, then we're better off without him in the side. Ajmal and Rehman are a good enough spin combination, with the option of Azhar bowling some leg-breaks.

    Is Gul still injured from his 2 overs at the MCC game? Can't see him in either squad

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  • wrenx on July 9, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Terrific. Good to see Hafeez getting the boot and Azhar properly re-instated. Hafeez's place is as a bowling all-rounder batting way down the order - if he refuses to accept that and insists he's a top-order batsman, then we're better off without him in the side. Ajmal and Rehman are a good enough spin combination, with the option of Azhar bowling some leg-breaks.

    Is Gul still injured from his 2 overs at the MCC game? Can't see him in either squad

  • on July 9, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    Who is the Keeper?? Umar should always keep wickets.

  • rise_of_the_ashes on July 9, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    What's in the world that they dropped Mohammad Hafeez from test squad. He was in a very good form against SL in ODIs in Middle east and he can surely continue his form in test. Nevertheless he was a good option over Shan Masood or Khurram.

  • on July 9, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Bhatti is the notable omission from the ODI squad and our fragile Umar Gul has no place in either squad due to his injury and Irfan has not recovered yet as well.

    Too many options in ODI yet our batting is so weak. We have Younis Khan, Fawad Alam, Maqsood, Akmal and Misbah for 3 batting slots to choose from. Because of Younis, Fawad and Maqsood will sit in the bench

  • on July 9, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    very balance test and odi squad but fawad alam should be include in place of umar akmal for test

  • on July 9, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Ahmed shehzad, shan masood, khurram manzoor and add to that asad shafiq - a perfect recipe for disaster

  • on July 9, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Why Zulfiqar Babar was left out from the Test Squad. Sri Lanka's pitches support spin a lot and Zulfiqar Babar was better option then Abdur Rehman, as He give more flight to ball as compared to Abdur Rehman

  • fkhawaja on July 9, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    the playing eleven will be almost the same that played against SL in sharjah. i think we should play Umar Akmal in pl of sarfraz as batsman keeper. Ahmed Shehzad, Khurram Manzoor, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal (wk), Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Talha, Junaid Khan,/ Wahab Riaz .

  • on July 9, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Wahab Riaz will be very usefull for the coming world cup in Australia.

  • on July 9, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Fawad Alam should be in the Test squad as well!!