Pakistan in West Indies 2011 April 18, 2011

'Chance to establish career' - Intikhab Alam

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Pakistan's tour of West Indies is an opportunity for youngsters in the squad to establish their careers, team manager Intikhab Alam has said. While Pakistan have it in them to be successful on the tour, discipline, he said, will be key.

"We've brought some youngsters with us and I think it's a golden opportunity for them to make a name for themselves, to make a career in the sport," Alam said. "Umar Akmal has special talent. The people of the Caribbean will like the way he plays because he's so entertaining and hits the ball exceptionally.

"Now [after the semi-final finish at the World Cup] the expectations are even higher for this tour, because we have never won a series out here before. Overall all the boys need to put in the hard work, commitment and discipline for us to leave the Caribbean happy.

"It was a long journey from Pakistan but we travelled well and the boys are well," said Alam, who played the last of his 47 Tests at the Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad in 1977. "We enjoy touring the Caribbean. I personally have spent a lot of time here and cherish the friendship of greats like Sir Garfield Sobers, Clive Lloyd and others."

Pakistan, who arrived in the West Indies on Friday, had their first training session in St Lucia on Saturday and will play their first tour game there on Monday, against Vice Chancellor's XI led by Combined Campuses & Colleges captain, Omar Philips. The first ODI is on April 23 in St Lucia.

Vice Chancellor's XI squad: Omar Phillips (capt.), Miles Bascombe, Nkrumah Bonner, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Kyle Corbin, Keron Cottoy, Fidel Edwards, Kevin McClean, Gilford Moore, Kjorn Ottley, Shervon Penco, Raymon Reifer, Chadwick Walton

Pakistan squad: Shahid Afridi (capt.), Misbah-ul-Haq (vice-captain), Abdur Rehman, Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Hammad Azman, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Salman, Sadaf Hussain, Saeed Ajmal, Tanveer Ahmed, Taufeeq Umar, Umar Akmal, Usman Salahuddin, Wahab Riaz

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  • on April 20, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    ... HOPE That new yOUNGSTERS WILL PERFORM WLL...!! THEY have a good oportunity

  • on April 20, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    ... HOPE That new yOUNGSTERS WILL PERFORM WLL...!! THEY have a good oportunity

  • abbyk2 on April 19, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Somebody must tell Younis Khan he is no longer a one day player anymore and Shahid Afirdi is no longer an allrounder he gets more wickets than runs nowdays. Pakistan desperately need a batting coach. Waqar is a bowling coach.If Maindad is not intrested in coaching the younsters than surely there must be someone else in Pakistan who will travel abroad with the team.Why doesnt Mosin Khan do the job himself if he partly responsible in picking the team and Wasim Bari coach the wicketkeepers.

  • tick on April 19, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    pak won by 68 runs...score pak 287/8..hafeez [capt] 101,shehzad 49.akmal,57..uwi x1 219/8..dwayne bravo 63

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 19, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    This should be an interesting series. Both teams are under strength.

  • Khanno1 on April 19, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    Pakistan has golden chance to beat West Indies and won the series of all three format As Pakistan has psychological edge West Indies, having beaten West Indies in World Cup.

    Feel Afridi should return to test cricket?

    Khan R.

    Bradford, United Kingdom.

  • Geonewz on April 18, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    Being a Pakistani myself,one thing I seriously don't understand about Pakistani cricket fans is the fact that most of them have criticised Misbah Ul Haq after that India vs Pakistan World Cup Semifinal. Many have said he should retire, others say he doesn't have a place in the team or he should go down to the lower order etc. But they should realise he is their most consistent runscorer in oneday and tests this year, without him Pakistan have no stability in the middle order. In fact you should thank him for being a player whocan atleast bat for one whole day in a test,something many Pakistani player of the recent era have lacked. And who can not forget his unbrocken streaks of 50's this year! I admit he didn't play at his best against India but he shouldn't retire because of this.

  • on April 18, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    all the youngsters should be given equal chance in this series...

  • on April 18, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    I don't know about Misbah, or why he is vice-captain, but Pakistan has a really good team right now. Shehzad and Hafeez should open. Personally, I would like Afridi to open, he used to be really good at it. Umar Akmal's talent is being wasted down. Let him play at 5. I think Afridi should play 3 or 4. It is time for him to construct innings, and play like a captain. Asad Shafiq should play either 3 or 4, and then Misbah should be lower down the order.

  • mso797 on April 18, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    i'm so confused!!!!!!!!! Can somebody please explain. Pakistan champions league ( the first one ever) starts in a few days. I f team on tour then how can they host the event The main reason the karachi champions leagues was a succes was because it had karachi famous greats. Big players must be in event. Will they really hold it without big players

  • on April 20, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    ... HOPE That new yOUNGSTERS WILL PERFORM WLL...!! THEY have a good oportunity

  • on April 20, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    ... HOPE That new yOUNGSTERS WILL PERFORM WLL...!! THEY have a good oportunity

  • abbyk2 on April 19, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Somebody must tell Younis Khan he is no longer a one day player anymore and Shahid Afirdi is no longer an allrounder he gets more wickets than runs nowdays. Pakistan desperately need a batting coach. Waqar is a bowling coach.If Maindad is not intrested in coaching the younsters than surely there must be someone else in Pakistan who will travel abroad with the team.Why doesnt Mosin Khan do the job himself if he partly responsible in picking the team and Wasim Bari coach the wicketkeepers.

  • tick on April 19, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    pak won by 68 runs...score pak 287/8..hafeez [capt] 101,shehzad 49.akmal,57..uwi x1 219/8..dwayne bravo 63

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 19, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    This should be an interesting series. Both teams are under strength.

  • Khanno1 on April 19, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    Pakistan has golden chance to beat West Indies and won the series of all three format As Pakistan has psychological edge West Indies, having beaten West Indies in World Cup.

    Feel Afridi should return to test cricket?

    Khan R.

    Bradford, United Kingdom.

  • Geonewz on April 18, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    Being a Pakistani myself,one thing I seriously don't understand about Pakistani cricket fans is the fact that most of them have criticised Misbah Ul Haq after that India vs Pakistan World Cup Semifinal. Many have said he should retire, others say he doesn't have a place in the team or he should go down to the lower order etc. But they should realise he is their most consistent runscorer in oneday and tests this year, without him Pakistan have no stability in the middle order. In fact you should thank him for being a player whocan atleast bat for one whole day in a test,something many Pakistani player of the recent era have lacked. And who can not forget his unbrocken streaks of 50's this year! I admit he didn't play at his best against India but he shouldn't retire because of this.

  • on April 18, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    all the youngsters should be given equal chance in this series...

  • on April 18, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    I don't know about Misbah, or why he is vice-captain, but Pakistan has a really good team right now. Shehzad and Hafeez should open. Personally, I would like Afridi to open, he used to be really good at it. Umar Akmal's talent is being wasted down. Let him play at 5. I think Afridi should play 3 or 4. It is time for him to construct innings, and play like a captain. Asad Shafiq should play either 3 or 4, and then Misbah should be lower down the order.

  • mso797 on April 18, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    i'm so confused!!!!!!!!! Can somebody please explain. Pakistan champions league ( the first one ever) starts in a few days. I f team on tour then how can they host the event The main reason the karachi champions leagues was a succes was because it had karachi famous greats. Big players must be in event. Will they really hold it without big players

  • msidd on April 18, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    what establishment.. its just westendies tour not a tour with the likes of Australia.... its just going to be checking period for backup players... and followed by zimbabwe tour pak will try even more upcoming players....

  • on April 18, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Well i am a indian but a big fan of the talent which pakistan produces.Imagine a guy like Wahab Riaz who comes from no where and like i heard that he used to trucks.With so much talent which pakistan i feel at times its just the direction which is missing.If they are provided with proper direction there is no reason why pak cant dominate world cricket especially as far as bowling goes.I mean its just the direction which they lack.I mean first of all in the longer format goes they should recall Yasir Hameed he has pretty good technique and also they need to find a wicket keeper who can catch well

  • Shah-Ji on April 18, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Mr Alam You always forget to mention Asad Shafiq ,Record shows He is equally talented but a lot more responsible.

  • veeezel on April 18, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    cricket is not something that you play with pen or pencil in your hand and a drawing board in front or not something can be won or lost by words,action what speaks not words Pakistan have talent every one knows that but why could not they produce a consistent team who perform well most of the time is the real question just look in this world cup we lost in the sami final(great achievment?) but all our praise was how united the team looked and team spirit looked good but for god sake shouldn't this be the case whenever you put your countrys shirt on and evey one should walk into that cricket field putting their country first all the time.Why since i have started watching cricket and believe me that is few decades nothing has changed in pakistan cricket.PCB is totally out of touch of real world and modern cricket and its demands,if team do little good and you see chairman all over in media& if do something wrong and he disapears after S/L attacks &other cock ups he still hold the job y?

  • irfans1 on April 18, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    Afridi need calmness and maturity in his captaincy to work with this new look team(not that new though)... i think, youngsters would be looking towards their captain to inspire them... Afridi need mature as captain(very imp for him and pakistan team).

  • jorock on April 18, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    I always love to c Pakistan in action. They have lot of naturally talented players in the country. I still feel sorry for someone like Mohammed AAmir one of my favorite player wasted with the lack of nrturing from the part of PCB. Just tell Mr.Afridi that he is the one who is going to lead the side in the next world cup then give him a say in the selsction of the players also then you can see the golden era of pak cricket. An inspriing personality who has respect as well as Karisma to take things in his hands.If they do this they are going to handle wrold cup trophy after 2015 else bottom of the table.

  • on April 18, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Pakistan's team .. the even under-achieving team of young guys.. who is all attitude with no brains.. incl. the captain. I hope they learn their lesson after getting beaten by this another no brainer team.

  • on April 18, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Inshallah Pak will win, and I think this is the first comment...hehe lol jk

  • Happy_AusBang on April 18, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    So, Mohammed Yousuf's career is really over? What a shame!

  • on April 18, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    Establishing a career and playing in pakistan team i heard it first time and this is good custom if applied. We saw in other teams players establishing their career in last 10 years. In India we saw Yuvraj, sehwag, harbhajan, zaheer, dhoni, gambhir and new ones like kohli and ashwin establishing their carrers. In aus we waw watson, clarke, johnson established their carrers. in south africa we saw de villers, smith, steyn, duminy, amla, established. In england we saw strauss, cook, anderson, broad, pietersen established their carrers. In sri lanka sangakkara, jayawerdene established their carrers. this is story of top 5 sides of decade. but pakistan players did not establish their permanent place in team look at younis khan, abdul razzaq, kamran akmal, misbah, sami, hafeez, gul, imran nazir these are bright name in pakistan cricket but they did not performe well enough and not on consistently to win pakistan big matches. these words from intikhab are like diamond if new players do so.

  • on April 18, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    ONLY WAY TO FIX U ON THE TEAM .

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  • on April 18, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    ONLY WAY TO FIX U ON THE TEAM .

  • on April 18, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    Establishing a career and playing in pakistan team i heard it first time and this is good custom if applied. We saw in other teams players establishing their career in last 10 years. In India we saw Yuvraj, sehwag, harbhajan, zaheer, dhoni, gambhir and new ones like kohli and ashwin establishing their carrers. In aus we waw watson, clarke, johnson established their carrers. in south africa we saw de villers, smith, steyn, duminy, amla, established. In england we saw strauss, cook, anderson, broad, pietersen established their carrers. In sri lanka sangakkara, jayawerdene established their carrers. this is story of top 5 sides of decade. but pakistan players did not establish their permanent place in team look at younis khan, abdul razzaq, kamran akmal, misbah, sami, hafeez, gul, imran nazir these are bright name in pakistan cricket but they did not performe well enough and not on consistently to win pakistan big matches. these words from intikhab are like diamond if new players do so.

  • Happy_AusBang on April 18, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    So, Mohammed Yousuf's career is really over? What a shame!

  • on April 18, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Inshallah Pak will win, and I think this is the first comment...hehe lol jk

  • on April 18, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Pakistan's team .. the even under-achieving team of young guys.. who is all attitude with no brains.. incl. the captain. I hope they learn their lesson after getting beaten by this another no brainer team.

  • jorock on April 18, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    I always love to c Pakistan in action. They have lot of naturally talented players in the country. I still feel sorry for someone like Mohammed AAmir one of my favorite player wasted with the lack of nrturing from the part of PCB. Just tell Mr.Afridi that he is the one who is going to lead the side in the next world cup then give him a say in the selsction of the players also then you can see the golden era of pak cricket. An inspriing personality who has respect as well as Karisma to take things in his hands.If they do this they are going to handle wrold cup trophy after 2015 else bottom of the table.

  • irfans1 on April 18, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    Afridi need calmness and maturity in his captaincy to work with this new look team(not that new though)... i think, youngsters would be looking towards their captain to inspire them... Afridi need mature as captain(very imp for him and pakistan team).

  • veeezel on April 18, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    cricket is not something that you play with pen or pencil in your hand and a drawing board in front or not something can be won or lost by words,action what speaks not words Pakistan have talent every one knows that but why could not they produce a consistent team who perform well most of the time is the real question just look in this world cup we lost in the sami final(great achievment?) but all our praise was how united the team looked and team spirit looked good but for god sake shouldn't this be the case whenever you put your countrys shirt on and evey one should walk into that cricket field putting their country first all the time.Why since i have started watching cricket and believe me that is few decades nothing has changed in pakistan cricket.PCB is totally out of touch of real world and modern cricket and its demands,if team do little good and you see chairman all over in media& if do something wrong and he disapears after S/L attacks &other cock ups he still hold the job y?

  • Shah-Ji on April 18, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Mr Alam You always forget to mention Asad Shafiq ,Record shows He is equally talented but a lot more responsible.

  • on April 18, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Well i am a indian but a big fan of the talent which pakistan produces.Imagine a guy like Wahab Riaz who comes from no where and like i heard that he used to trucks.With so much talent which pakistan i feel at times its just the direction which is missing.If they are provided with proper direction there is no reason why pak cant dominate world cricket especially as far as bowling goes.I mean its just the direction which they lack.I mean first of all in the longer format goes they should recall Yasir Hameed he has pretty good technique and also they need to find a wicket keeper who can catch well