World Cup 2011 March 11, 2011

All eyes on the brothers Akmal

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A finger injury to Umar Akmal has lessened the chances of him replacing brother Kamran as Pakistan's wicketkeeper in the match against Zimbabwe on Monday in Pallekele. Though the injury to Umar's right index finger is not thought to be serious, it is unlikely now that the management will risk using him behind the stumps, allowing Kamran to probably retain his place in the XI despite his horror show in the 110-run loss to New Zealand on Tuesday.

Umar picked up the knock in fielding practice on Thursday at the Asgiriya stadium in Kandy, when he also kept wickets for a while. He sat out the practice session on Friday at the same venue, with his finger in strapping. According to manager Intikhab Alam, scans and an x-ray revealed no damage but no risks were taken in putting him through a practice session.

In the immediate aftermath of the New Zealand game, captain Shahid Afridi said they would consider using Umar as a wicketkeeper - a role he has filled in one ODI and three T20s - after Kamran fluffed three chances, including missing centurion Ross Taylor twice in three balls when he was on 0 and 8. Since then, despite criticism from all quarters, Pakistan have spoken of the need to back Kamran though they've stopped short of confirming his place in the XI.

The timing and consequence of Umar's injury is bound to raise eyebrows, especially in light of what happened after the infamous Sydney Test in early January 2010. Then, after another poor display behind the stumps from Kamran hurled the side towards a stunning Test defeat, Umar reportedly refused to play the next Test in Hobart if his brother was dropped. Eventually Kamran was replaced by Sarfraz Ahmed, despite telling the press repeatedly in the run that he would retain his place. The brothers were both subsequently fined by the PCB after an inquiry committee looked into the incident.

As Umar sat out, Pakistan underwent an extensive, three-hours plus training session at the Asgiriya in which they simulated match-play in a bid to give their struggling openers some valuable batting time in the middle. With Waqar Younis umpiring and coaching, Umar Gul and Shoaib Akhtar took the new ball and bowled by turn to Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez, who in four matches have put on 11, 28, 16 and 5; the pair has 93 runs between them and neither has gone past 32 individually.

They didn't particularly flourish today, being dismissed a few times each as Abdur Rehman and Abdul Razzaq also bowled. "We especially focused on the top order in today's practice because they got out early in the previous games and didn't get much practice with the new ball," Misbah-ul-Haq said. "They practised for 20 overs so that they get used to it and have their confidence back. It was a good thing keeping in mind the match situation which will be helpful."

Eventually all players in the squad were given a run-out in the same situations; Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq batted together, Misbah and Afridi, Misbah and Razzaq and then Kamran and Razzaq; Wahab Riaz and Saeed Ajmal, who have played only one match each, bowled in tandem, mixing with Junaid Khan and Afridi. Younis kept wickets while Kamran was batting.

Though the beginning of the session lacked the energy of previous practices - understandable perhaps given the nature of their loss - the contests soon picked up. "At the moment our focus is on our own game and we will try to restore our confidence levels which were shaken in the game against New Zealand," Misbah said. "We will try to line up all our basics in the game against Zimbabwe before and I have every hope that the side will bounce back."

All eyes, however, were on the brothers Akmal and particularly Kamran's keeping. He looked sharp and perky enough though there were a few fumbles as well. There was greater certainty with the bat, however, as he pulled and cut the faster bowlers to the boundary regularly while at the crease. Misbah sketched out the team line later, a growing show of support behind the wicketkeeper.

"It makes difference when you give such chances but then anyone can have a bad day, whether its keeper or anyone," Misbah said. "As a team we have to stay together. We're going to support each other, back each other because these are the players who commit mistakes and these are the same players who win you matches.

"It's mentally tough for him in this situation and he has faced such situations before too. Our full effort is to support him because wicketkeeper is a key member of the team and the way he is, the way he comes back in difficult situations and gives good performances I hope he will make a comeback and do well again."

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • shakaibkhan on March 14, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    I think Kamran Akmal desreved dropping from team a year earlier. I don't think any one can be given so many chances with such under performance. Let's get rid of Kamran Akmal. I do believe anyone in the team can keep behind the wickets better than him.

  • sgg1983 on March 14, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Full name: Asad Shafiq Fielding position Wicketkeeper

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/316397.html

    Why he is sitting out????????????????

  • zaheer20 on March 14, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    WHY UMAR AKMAL. WHY CAN'T YOUNUS KHAN. YOUNUS DID WELL BEHIND THE STUMPS. MY OPINION IS YOUNUS KHAN TO TAKE CHARGE OF WICKET KEEPING

  • pintu01 on March 13, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    Pakistan team, please get rid of both the Akmal brothers. Let Younis/Asad do the keeping.

  • Jimmy1984 on March 13, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    i dont know why afridi is not trying himself for opening because at no 7 he is not performing at all with Bat.

  • atif.abbasi on March 13, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    Afridi and team managment should think to bring Junied Khan,Asad Shafiq instead of Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Akmal.

  • reality_check on March 13, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    @cric_fan12: So you want to get rid of WK and make all spinners and swing fast bowlers useless. No chance of stumping or caught behind. What a great idea.

  • anwaralam on March 13, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    The Pakistani batsmen must play according to the conditions prevailing. On a grassy pitch against Canada their top order batsmen failed due to injudicious strokes. Thay must adapt themselves and play on merit. A fifty over match-Ahmed Shehjad starts slogging from the very firstball he faces. The ruthless Ross Taylor teared the bowling attack apart because the bowlers had no plan to curtail him. Shohaib and Razzak should have bowled low full tosses slightly outside the offstump. Australian bowlers do the same with success. The coach, Captain and the manager must teach the players their homework well. In case of failure to learn they should be allowed to go. Only learning makes a man perfect- Basics at all cost must be adhered to. Finally Kamran Akmal should play only as a batsman and a new reliable wicket keeper take on his responsibilities. It is time now for them to follow set rules while playing for their country. Enough is enough.

  • ShahidAkhtar on March 13, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    I think Kamran can be used to bring water and stuff for players during the game. Hope he doesn't drop that either. Or may be he can be used as a bowler. Perhaps Shoaib Akhtar can do the keeping while Kamran is bowling.

  • AamirHameed on March 12, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Food for thought for all readers, is Pakistan really that thin in talent that they cannot find a decent wicket keeper other than Akmal Brothers! Younis Khan has kept before and he should give it a go. Rest both Akmals there is no room for players who are looking after their personal agenda. We'll be better off without them.

  • shakaibkhan on March 14, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    I think Kamran Akmal desreved dropping from team a year earlier. I don't think any one can be given so many chances with such under performance. Let's get rid of Kamran Akmal. I do believe anyone in the team can keep behind the wickets better than him.

  • sgg1983 on March 14, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Full name: Asad Shafiq Fielding position Wicketkeeper

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/316397.html

    Why he is sitting out????????????????

  • zaheer20 on March 14, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    WHY UMAR AKMAL. WHY CAN'T YOUNUS KHAN. YOUNUS DID WELL BEHIND THE STUMPS. MY OPINION IS YOUNUS KHAN TO TAKE CHARGE OF WICKET KEEPING

  • pintu01 on March 13, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    Pakistan team, please get rid of both the Akmal brothers. Let Younis/Asad do the keeping.

  • Jimmy1984 on March 13, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    i dont know why afridi is not trying himself for opening because at no 7 he is not performing at all with Bat.

  • atif.abbasi on March 13, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    Afridi and team managment should think to bring Junied Khan,Asad Shafiq instead of Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Akmal.

  • reality_check on March 13, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    @cric_fan12: So you want to get rid of WK and make all spinners and swing fast bowlers useless. No chance of stumping or caught behind. What a great idea.

  • anwaralam on March 13, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    The Pakistani batsmen must play according to the conditions prevailing. On a grassy pitch against Canada their top order batsmen failed due to injudicious strokes. Thay must adapt themselves and play on merit. A fifty over match-Ahmed Shehjad starts slogging from the very firstball he faces. The ruthless Ross Taylor teared the bowling attack apart because the bowlers had no plan to curtail him. Shohaib and Razzak should have bowled low full tosses slightly outside the offstump. Australian bowlers do the same with success. The coach, Captain and the manager must teach the players their homework well. In case of failure to learn they should be allowed to go. Only learning makes a man perfect- Basics at all cost must be adhered to. Finally Kamran Akmal should play only as a batsman and a new reliable wicket keeper take on his responsibilities. It is time now for them to follow set rules while playing for their country. Enough is enough.

  • ShahidAkhtar on March 13, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    I think Kamran can be used to bring water and stuff for players during the game. Hope he doesn't drop that either. Or may be he can be used as a bowler. Perhaps Shoaib Akhtar can do the keeping while Kamran is bowling.

  • AamirHameed on March 12, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Food for thought for all readers, is Pakistan really that thin in talent that they cannot find a decent wicket keeper other than Akmal Brothers! Younis Khan has kept before and he should give it a go. Rest both Akmals there is no room for players who are looking after their personal agenda. We'll be better off without them.

  • hasannaveed on March 12, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Why blame Kamran for the loss alone, agreed he was the main culprit but what about other co stars like Shoaib, Razazak in bowling, the openers , younis, misbah , captain and others. It is unfair to pin all the blame on Kamran alone. Every member of the team should take the blame for the loss especially the captain who captained if as captaining a club team

  • Stark62 on March 12, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Can someone please tell the team management that A. Shafiq can wicket keep!

  • LOVEUCRIC on March 12, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    dear Friends Inshallah we will win the W.C we need to give full support to our players. beilieve me this is very easy to chat or talk over the performance of players right from the keyboard but it is much difficult to play there in the ground and while there is also a lot of pressure on you due to the worse performance. we are preying to our team and we hope we can bring the cup to our homeland. This will be a huge pleasure for the Nation. and i wish to see open the innings with Razzaq and Hafeez -3 younas4-Misbah-5 umar Akmal-6 Shahid Afridi-7 Kamran Akmal- 8 umar gul-9 Abdul Rehman-10 Shaib-11 Junaid khan we should also try this guy. he can get some confidence by giving him a chance agianst zimbabwe and even against Austrailia. best wishes team pakistan

  • Umair_umair on March 12, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    In addition to my previous comment. Asad Shafiq has played all his cricket infront of Afridi's eyes. His first T20 was under Afridi's captaincy for Karachi Dolphins. He has played several matches under Afridi's captaincy in domestic cricket. So if Asad was a wicket keepr (which I am sure he is not) Afridi would have been the best person to know that. He does not need to be informed about this by us, who never even saw Asad plying domestic cricket. Its funny how we all just route for something without even thinking and confirming. Still we think Asad is a wicket keeper?

  • rawjns on March 12, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    I have just noticed Asad Shafiq's fielding position is a wicket keeper in his profile why has no one spoke a word about him keeping ???

  • Mekun on March 12, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    InshaALLAH kami will show up with a better performance with bat and ball...ajmal should be given a chance again in place of rehman or hafeez...

  • umkhan on March 12, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    also i agree with SURE SHOCK that we cannot add bowler Allrounder in order to hide batting weakness. we need to add wicket taking bowler

  • rjmajid on March 12, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    I believe he will come good in big times. he is a fighter who try to involve himself all activities in the filed and thus lose focus on his duty. Only advz for Kamran keep focus on your job. This is the best contribution from you to team success.GODD LUCK PAKISTAM

  • Jerukhan on March 12, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    Pak needs a longer term replacement for kamran, he is finished now. We can do nothing for the world cup. I would like to see Adnan Akmal as he is a very impressive wicket keeper.

  • PakoP on March 12, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    Asad Shafiq is also a Specialist Wicket Keeper, Read his profile too. I do not understand why he is not given a chance

  • nabs85 on March 12, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    Very good article Osman. Could you please mention in your next article before Pakistan next match..WHats wrong with Asad Shafiq? he is a good wicket keeper and a perfect middle order batsman. WHy they dont see it. Akmal brothers are not the end of the world. They should see the big picture.

  • shaan1112 on March 11, 2011, 23:07 GMT

    Ok pakistani team just need the right line up to win this world cup and now is the time. Here is my sugestion 1. shahid afridi(The 3 fastest century out of top 6,you should be coming to the top that is the only way you can score and help the team man up afridi ) 2. hafeez 3.abdul razzaq(He is a great batsmen and is being wasted on number 7) 4.younis khan 5. misbah 6.umar akmal (he is doing a good job unlike his brother) 7.( either akmal or shehzad or asad shafiq either one doesnt matter) 8.umar gul 9.shoaib akhtar 10.ajmal (great bowling wicket taker not a batsmen so what?) 11. wahab or fawad khan (we need 4 specialist bowling that is how we gonna win , just look at australia if we can not win with 7 batsmen then one more is not gonna make a difference but bowling will that way we will have 7 bowler and 7 batsmens. PLEASE FOR PAKISTAN SAKE MAKE THE CHANGE NOWW BEFORE ITS TOO LATE.

  • anah on March 11, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    Well one thing is for sure with Kamran Akmal and his no matter how much talented brother Umar in the playing slide, Pakistanis should give up the dream of reaching the semi-finals let alone winning the cup. For the time being it seems Pakistan will persist with the Akmals, with Kamran being the "specialist wicketkepeer" So for now what I want to see is will the management be sensible enough to drop Kamran for good after Pakistan crashes out of the world up or would it again be one series and the bros are back!!!!

  • El_Toro_Loco on March 11, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    Keep him in the team if the management wants ( I furiously dis-agree) but make him the 12th man for the rest of the tournament. Ciao

  • haider777 on March 11, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    Pakistan should enter Pallekele with the same squad they geared up against New Zealand in the last encounter. Zimbabwe are not the greatest players of spin and seam. If Pakistan can offer a decent blend of seamers and spinners with good line to avoid extras, they can restrict them to a paltry total of less than 150. Although if Pak bats first, they have to do something about Ahmed Shahzad whose been unnecessarily been placed at the top slot in the batting order. He's not a huge swatter of the ball, ordinary techniques to get ball between the gaps and to the boundaries, just defending more than half the balls he faces and flicking the rest for singles. Bowlers on the other end shower him with their experience with bowling a variety of balls. What happens and the end? Ahmed Shahzad ends with a catch behind stumps or a clatter. Imran Nazir would been a better choice.

  • durranee on March 11, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    In my opinion pak is in great need of changing the line up. My team would be (in correct order) kamran akmal, hafeez, younis, misbah, umar akmal, asad shafiq, afridi, wahab riaz, umar gul, shoaib akhtar, ajmal

  • SunnGazzer on March 11, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    Why not Shahid Afrdi thinking on playing Asad Shafiq and put both Akmals out of the ground & made Younus kahn the keeper.. i know he can keep also..

  • QasKs on March 11, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    It's Seems like Pakistan will never learn.I am sure this keeper will keep on dropping catches that cost big time.

  • TahirK on March 11, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    A reality check: I don't hope for Pak going beyond QF. That team in 1992 didn't play up to its potential in the beginning. It needed some luck, it got it, then won the WC on the basis of its talent. As they say, the luck favors the brave, it favored the talent. The current Pakistan team will never have that journey, and I guarantee it, you mark my words.

    Why I say it, because this is a mediocre team, the weakest Pakistani team ever went to the WC. NO Mediocre team ever won the WC. When you have half a batsman playing at no. 3, half a keeper wicketkeeping, one opener is playing because he is a useful bowler, the other opener is unknown (now known), the best bowler and batsman are 36 yrs old, and the fielding is as bad as ever, I will dare not hope from this team the kind of a feat achieved by the group of cricketers, some of whom have been the best ever played international cricket.

  • Umair_umair on March 11, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    To Cricinfo: All the confusion among fans about Asad Shafiq being a wicket keeper is because of Asad Shafiq's profile at cricinfo web. Which syas "Fielding position Wicketkeeper".

    Actually its not true. Asad Shafiq is not and have never been a wicketkeeper, just see the scorecards of the ListA and FirstClass matches he has played so far. He was never playing as a wicket keeper.

    I don't know from where did Cricinfo comeup with this info that Asad Shafiq is a wicket keeper.

    From a common sense point of view, see Asad's record on same cricinfo page. It says; 20 cath in 39 First Class Matches and 16 catches in 33 list A matches. That means 0.5 catch per match and Zero Stumpings. Is that record of a wicket keeper? Still anyone mistaken that he is a wicket keeper? Cricinfo please remove "Fielding position Wicketkeeper" in Asad Shifq's profile.

  • cric_fan12 on March 11, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    I believe pakistan can do well without having a keeper behind the wicket (if that is allowed). That way they can have an extra fielder in the ring and bowlers can try to bowl straighter!!

  • aagh on March 11, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    hello, we will win Inshaallah my team is Pakistan pakistan Zinda bad

  • pipsonian on March 11, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    Ever since i have found out that Asad Shafique can keep wickets, i have favored this option. He looks like a solid batsman who can bat one day, open or down in the order. Has more shots in his armory and also presents great hope for the future. He should be given this chance.

  • sami01 on March 11, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    both should be kick from Pakistani team..immediately send them back to pakistan and send Surfaraz in the WC who is scoring lot of runs in pentagular cup..

  • khan1011968 on March 11, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    Both Akmal brothers are two faces of the same coin. Afridi should put the keeping gloves in Younis hands.

  • Umair_umair on March 11, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Guys. This clearly is the same issue. Umer has injured hsi finger but its a dramd. without any doubt it is a drama. Even yesterday we are discussing among friends that "if one brother does not play, other also refuses". Surpirzed to see that no one commented on that.

  • shakkw on March 11, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    We are better without these brothers in our team.

  • ummii on March 11, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    The all of sudden finger injury can be tactic of Akmal brothers to keep the elder akmal in team. Pakistan Team must get rid of Kamran Akmal if they wishes to go ahead in this world cup.. Bring Asad Shafiq in place of him...

  • tahir on March 11, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    In the current wc squad kamral is the best option for keeping wickets. kamran akmal is better option for opening than shezad. let akmal open with hafeez and add wahab riaz, also bring back saeed ajmal in place of rehman. eitehr razzaq or afrid should come in at #3.We will bounce back against zim and aus.. best of luck pak team.

  • ishtiaq_ahmad on March 11, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    kamran should come late in the order and concentrate more on wicket keeping than batting he should be switched with afridi at number 7 Shezad and Hafeez, Afridi, Younis, Misbah, Umar, Kamran, Razzak, Gul, Rehman, Akhtar of if umar doesn't play Shezad and Hafeez, Afridi, Shafiq, Younis, Misbah, Kamran, Razzak, Gul, Rehman, Akhtar

  • alihafeez on March 11, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Time for change... gambled enough with the Akmals... get the U19 players onboard. They have won the U19 world cup. let them earn this one aswell...

  • daniraza on March 11, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Asad Shafiq is an excellent example , y the talented players neglecting...

  • khurramsch on March 11, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    yes certainly a eyebro raiser. but any way. if they wnt to give shezad 1 last chance then go ahead but he needs to be replaced & kamran should open. & if they want a batsman then include asad in late midle order. or a bowler. rehman should also b replaced by ajmal / riaz & in kendy ground if u r bowling 2nd then u dnt need many spiners coz of dew.

  • roxap on March 11, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    He should be thrown out of team, as he is consistently performing badly for the last many years,

  • naeem378 on March 11, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    Now it is right time that Asad Shafiq may be given a Chance as wicket keepr!

  • SureShock on March 11, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    I agree with Imran Khan comment which he has recently made that at this stage of the tournament its not advisable to make drastic change as we can easily go towards self destruction but moving forward we have many good and young wicketkeepers like Sarfraz Ahmed and as our requirement is that he should bat well, he has 3000 runs with an average of 41 in first class plus he has recently made 212 against Punjab. My believe is that Wicket Keeper is an specialist position and we cannot rely on part timers. When we would understand that whether WIcket Keeper bat well or not he should hold all chances as thats what his primary joib is. For same reason we include Abdul Rehman bcoz he bat well as compare to Ajmal. How many more batsmen we need. Ajmal has lot of variety and he is wicket taking bowler. Ajmal's or Rehman's primary job is to take wickets and not to make runs. We cannot hide batting weaknes by adding more batsmen

  • zain-gee on March 11, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    After all happened in last few days, I respect Wasim Akra comments to keep regular keeper behind the stumps, so I request Dear Kami ! be patient & think positively and try your level best keep active when the bowler take start to deliver the ball ! I have another bad news regarding BIRTHDAY phenomena Mr. Elton Chigumbura the captain of Zimbabwean is born on 14th March 1986, so avoid such things.

  • MehrAftab on March 11, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Why don't they consider Asad Shafiq as a wicket-keeping option check his profile http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/player/316397.html Full name: Asad Shafiq Born: January 28, 1986, Karachi, Sind Current age: 24 years 153 days Major teams Pakistan, Karachi Blues, Karachi Dolphins, Karachi Whites, Karachi Whites, Karachi Zebras, North West Frontier Province, North West Frontier Province Panthers, Pakistan A, Pakistan Cricket Academy, Sind, Sind Dolphins Batting style Right-hand bat Bowling style Legbreak Fielding position Wicketkeeper

  • sunnymachoo on March 11, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Ok, retain him. But please no more blunders Kamran!!! Please!

  • AliKhanXI on March 11, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    Why aren't they including Asad shafiq as a Wicket keeper batsmen?

  • BulBul_Pak on March 11, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Lets hope he'll do better this time. Afridi plz hit some sixes now.

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  • BulBul_Pak on March 11, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Lets hope he'll do better this time. Afridi plz hit some sixes now.

  • AliKhanXI on March 11, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    Why aren't they including Asad shafiq as a Wicket keeper batsmen?

  • sunnymachoo on March 11, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Ok, retain him. But please no more blunders Kamran!!! Please!

  • MehrAftab on March 11, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Why don't they consider Asad Shafiq as a wicket-keeping option check his profile http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/player/316397.html Full name: Asad Shafiq Born: January 28, 1986, Karachi, Sind Current age: 24 years 153 days Major teams Pakistan, Karachi Blues, Karachi Dolphins, Karachi Whites, Karachi Whites, Karachi Zebras, North West Frontier Province, North West Frontier Province Panthers, Pakistan A, Pakistan Cricket Academy, Sind, Sind Dolphins Batting style Right-hand bat Bowling style Legbreak Fielding position Wicketkeeper

  • zain-gee on March 11, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    After all happened in last few days, I respect Wasim Akra comments to keep regular keeper behind the stumps, so I request Dear Kami ! be patient & think positively and try your level best keep active when the bowler take start to deliver the ball ! I have another bad news regarding BIRTHDAY phenomena Mr. Elton Chigumbura the captain of Zimbabwean is born on 14th March 1986, so avoid such things.

  • SureShock on March 11, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    I agree with Imran Khan comment which he has recently made that at this stage of the tournament its not advisable to make drastic change as we can easily go towards self destruction but moving forward we have many good and young wicketkeepers like Sarfraz Ahmed and as our requirement is that he should bat well, he has 3000 runs with an average of 41 in first class plus he has recently made 212 against Punjab. My believe is that Wicket Keeper is an specialist position and we cannot rely on part timers. When we would understand that whether WIcket Keeper bat well or not he should hold all chances as thats what his primary joib is. For same reason we include Abdul Rehman bcoz he bat well as compare to Ajmal. How many more batsmen we need. Ajmal has lot of variety and he is wicket taking bowler. Ajmal's or Rehman's primary job is to take wickets and not to make runs. We cannot hide batting weaknes by adding more batsmen

  • naeem378 on March 11, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    Now it is right time that Asad Shafiq may be given a Chance as wicket keepr!

  • roxap on March 11, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    He should be thrown out of team, as he is consistently performing badly for the last many years,

  • khurramsch on March 11, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    yes certainly a eyebro raiser. but any way. if they wnt to give shezad 1 last chance then go ahead but he needs to be replaced & kamran should open. & if they want a batsman then include asad in late midle order. or a bowler. rehman should also b replaced by ajmal / riaz & in kendy ground if u r bowling 2nd then u dnt need many spiners coz of dew.

  • daniraza on March 11, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Asad Shafiq is an excellent example , y the talented players neglecting...