Pakistan in West Indies 2013 July 3, 2013

Afridi, Umar Akmal recalled for West Indies tour

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Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal have been recalled to Pakistan's ODI and T20 squads for the limited-overs tour of the West Indies later this month. Two notable players who have been dropped from the Champions Trophy squad are wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and allrounder Shoaib Malik.

Fast bowler Umar Gul, who last played in March during the South Africa tour, was sidelined again as he hadn't yet recovered from his knee surgery.

The ODI squad features the uncapped 21-year-old wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan, as a backup to Akmal, who was picked as the first-choice wicketkeeper. Ahmed Shehzad, the opening batsman, has been recalled to both squads. Zulfiqar Babar, 34, who has been part of the domestic circuit for more than ten years, figures in the T20 squad.

Pakistan were let down by their senior batsmen in the Champions Trophy in England as the side failed to pass 200 in their three games - the third match against India was rain-affected - only to be eliminated from the group stage. Malik managed just 25 runs in three matches, Kamran 23 and Farhat four in two. With the pitches in the West Indies expected to be slower, the selectors have gone with one less seamer, dropping Ehsan Adil.

Afridi had been dropped from the ODI squad twice in the last six months after hitting a slump with both bat and ball. He was first dropped for the one-day leg of the India tour in January before making a comeback in South Africa, but was left out again for the Champions Trophy. In the 21 ODIs since January 2012, Afridi has picked up 15 wickets at 57.13 and scored 308 runs at 19.25. He had been training at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore over the past couple of weeks, and passed the fitness test.

The captain Misbah-ul-Haq defended Afridi's inclusion but added that he wasn't necessarily an automatic selection in the XI. Misbah said Afridi was picked as an 'optional' allrounder who can bat at No.7 and bowl spin.

"He is an option who can help us on slower tracks (in the West Indies)," Misbah said when asked how difficult it was to pick an out-of-form player. "Malik was the one who had been helping us out with six to seven overs and was handy with the bat as well so Afridi has been recalled in place of Malik as an extra allrounder who can roll his arm on turning tracks and contribute quick runs at No.7.

"But it doesn't mean he is automatically in the XI. We first have to look at the conditions and then take a call. We are happy with the selection of 16 players and I will be ready to shoulder the responsibility of any result."

Umar Akmal was dropped from the Test side last year and was subsequently was axed from the ODI side this year. He had been working on his wicketkeeping skills at the NCA over the last two weeks under the coach Dav Whatmore. When asked if wicketkeeping would be an additional burden on him, chief selector Iqbal Qasim said that Umar Akmal was "comfortable with wicketkeeping and the decision had been taken with his consent."

"We have also added Mohammad Rizwan as a backup wicketkeeper but Umar will be doing most of the glove work and Rizwan will also be tried but it depends on the situation," Qasim said.

Umar Akmal has kept wicket in seven ODIs and the selectors have hinted at a short-term and experimental role, as his dual role could help the balance of the side.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Good team. If they would have selected this team champions trophy they could have done wonder,this team has all a medium pace allrounder,2spin allrounder,some great left quicks,a strong aggressive middle order bat who can score quick and take the game away on his own,for me the player to get a chance would be haris sohail,great averages in domestic would love to c him perform at international level,i dont like ahmed sehzad a batsmen who throws wicket away,i dont really like him,opening should be done by nasir and hafeez,asad shafiq at 3, misbah at 4,haris sohail at 5,umar akmal at 6,shahid afridi at 7,wahab riaz at 8,9 for ajmal 10 for junaid and 11 for mohammed irfan.this could be the batting order at any condition wid early wkts too or in a healthy condition too. bowling has 3 pacers and 3 good spinners and middle order has stability and lower middle order has stability with hitters.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | July 3, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    Well good to see Afridi in the squad...as it will be a litmus test for him to prove what he said earlier-"He's better than many in the current team". However Umar Akmal is a youngster and has some good future ahead so his inclusion is also justified but it would have been good if these youngsters(Mohammad Rizwan,Haris Sohail, Zulfiqar Babar)are included in playing 11 rather than carrying drinks.Being an Indian I'm not much aware of their game or seen these youngsters perform. Hope to see one or two finds in this series.My opinion Misbah should be the ODI captain and Afridi deserves to be the T20 captain.

  • POSTED BY Ibrarhunzai on | July 8, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    All three very rightly dropped. Pakistan needs to give chance to some young blood. Bad performances of these players compelled the selectors to select out of form players like Umar Akmal.

  • POSTED BY hamqad on | July 8, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Here are my 2 cents. The inclusion of Shahzad, Rizwan, Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail and Hammad Azam is encouraging; bringing Afridi back is a step backwards. I'd rather have Hammad in both formats. Also, not sure why Raza Hasan is being overlooked in favor of a much older, and much less versatile Babar.

    Also, I'd love to see Sohail and Shahzad get a consistent run in the starting 11. Sohail has been in and out for a while, without even getting a look in. Its extremely unfortunate. I feel the kid deserves his debut and an extended run in the starting 11. Shahzad on the other hand has shown glimpses of what he can do, yet he has been discarded all too easily in the past. He reminds me of a young Sehwaq. I would also like to see Rizwan get the gloves. Umar Akmal is not a natural keeper. He is error prone, and these errors can impact him mentally. That might not bode well for his batting, when we already know he needs to get his head straight.

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    this is where I don't get it why ahmed shahzad if Imran farhat is not working why go to try and test the same who have been tried before so much could be done with that position my team would be

    shahid afridi, nasir jamshed, hafeez, haris sohail, umar akmal, misbah, umar amin, saeed ajmal, abdur rehman, junaid, irfan

    its high time afridi comes to his natural place and lead and play if he wants to or shouldn't hide behind youngsters and slaughtering them he is an opener and he should open for Pakistan abdur rehman should be in the playing 11 so should umar amin if he is the medium pacer which I don't really think he is but he is what we have instead of the great razzaq would love to see haris sohail do well he is good we never got a middle order bat after asif mujtaba may be we played around with asim kamal but we never had the quality which mujtaba brought hope haris could be the answer great to see shafiq there too

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Misbah ul haq should be the first out of the side as he has been a very slow scoring player for quite a long time now and his poor defensive captaincy should not be ignored.it seems as if he has memorized the number of overs per bowler and the order in which they are to bowl.He is the worst captain pakistan ever had .

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    This is a good team if they had Shakeel Ansar in place of Mohammad Rizwan then is a aggressive team

  • POSTED BY hakim_fd52 on | July 7, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    Hi my suggestion would be Drop Shahid afridi, Kamran Akmal & Shohaib Malik Forever as they all were (3 years back minimum)asset to PCB but Likes of ponting hussey gilchrist comes to end thn I guess there is no such calibre in them to be in team althought they are a bit young plz move on PCB

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | July 5, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    My team for ODI: 1.Nasir Jamshed, 2.Ahmed Shehzad, 3.Umar Akmal, 4 and 5.Misbah-ul-haq/Shahid Afridi(Misbah comes in at 4 if 2 wickets lost before 70 runs if not then Afridi), 6.Harris Sohail/Asad Shafiq, 7.Mohammad Hafeez, 8.Wahab Riaz, 9.Saeed Ajmal, 10.Junaid Khan, 11. Mohammad Irfan/Asad Ali

    I didnt put Hafeez in the top 4 because I've noticed him struggling against quality fast bowlers (Bhuvneshwar in India, Steyn in SA). If he comes in a bit later then he will have to face spinners and he plays spinners pretty well.

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | July 5, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    I think some criticism against Afridi and Misbah is wrong. Afridi, in my opinion, has a lot of potential as a bowler (top wicket taker in 2011 WC) and as a batsman but seriously lacks consistency. I think he is a better captain then Misbah cuz his good performances boost the moral of the team and he has more aggressive fields and uses players to their strengths. Misbah is a good batsman and the most consistent as well but he plays slowly because of the mess that the top order has created before he comes in. I'm not a fan of his captaincy in ODIs because he has a defensive approach to fielding, bowling and batting. With Misbah as captain older players may make it back to the team again and again but as a batsman he is very useful cuz he stops the flow of wickets. I think Afridi's selection is better then most people might think especially cuz he's way better then Malik.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Good team. If they would have selected this team champions trophy they could have done wonder,this team has all a medium pace allrounder,2spin allrounder,some great left quicks,a strong aggressive middle order bat who can score quick and take the game away on his own,for me the player to get a chance would be haris sohail,great averages in domestic would love to c him perform at international level,i dont like ahmed sehzad a batsmen who throws wicket away,i dont really like him,opening should be done by nasir and hafeez,asad shafiq at 3, misbah at 4,haris sohail at 5,umar akmal at 6,shahid afridi at 7,wahab riaz at 8,9 for ajmal 10 for junaid and 11 for mohammed irfan.this could be the batting order at any condition wid early wkts too or in a healthy condition too. bowling has 3 pacers and 3 good spinners and middle order has stability and lower middle order has stability with hitters.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | July 3, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    Well good to see Afridi in the squad...as it will be a litmus test for him to prove what he said earlier-"He's better than many in the current team". However Umar Akmal is a youngster and has some good future ahead so his inclusion is also justified but it would have been good if these youngsters(Mohammad Rizwan,Haris Sohail, Zulfiqar Babar)are included in playing 11 rather than carrying drinks.Being an Indian I'm not much aware of their game or seen these youngsters perform. Hope to see one or two finds in this series.My opinion Misbah should be the ODI captain and Afridi deserves to be the T20 captain.

  • POSTED BY Ibrarhunzai on | July 8, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    All three very rightly dropped. Pakistan needs to give chance to some young blood. Bad performances of these players compelled the selectors to select out of form players like Umar Akmal.

  • POSTED BY hamqad on | July 8, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Here are my 2 cents. The inclusion of Shahzad, Rizwan, Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail and Hammad Azam is encouraging; bringing Afridi back is a step backwards. I'd rather have Hammad in both formats. Also, not sure why Raza Hasan is being overlooked in favor of a much older, and much less versatile Babar.

    Also, I'd love to see Sohail and Shahzad get a consistent run in the starting 11. Sohail has been in and out for a while, without even getting a look in. Its extremely unfortunate. I feel the kid deserves his debut and an extended run in the starting 11. Shahzad on the other hand has shown glimpses of what he can do, yet he has been discarded all too easily in the past. He reminds me of a young Sehwaq. I would also like to see Rizwan get the gloves. Umar Akmal is not a natural keeper. He is error prone, and these errors can impact him mentally. That might not bode well for his batting, when we already know he needs to get his head straight.

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    this is where I don't get it why ahmed shahzad if Imran farhat is not working why go to try and test the same who have been tried before so much could be done with that position my team would be

    shahid afridi, nasir jamshed, hafeez, haris sohail, umar akmal, misbah, umar amin, saeed ajmal, abdur rehman, junaid, irfan

    its high time afridi comes to his natural place and lead and play if he wants to or shouldn't hide behind youngsters and slaughtering them he is an opener and he should open for Pakistan abdur rehman should be in the playing 11 so should umar amin if he is the medium pacer which I don't really think he is but he is what we have instead of the great razzaq would love to see haris sohail do well he is good we never got a middle order bat after asif mujtaba may be we played around with asim kamal but we never had the quality which mujtaba brought hope haris could be the answer great to see shafiq there too

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Misbah ul haq should be the first out of the side as he has been a very slow scoring player for quite a long time now and his poor defensive captaincy should not be ignored.it seems as if he has memorized the number of overs per bowler and the order in which they are to bowl.He is the worst captain pakistan ever had .

  • POSTED BY on | July 7, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    This is a good team if they had Shakeel Ansar in place of Mohammad Rizwan then is a aggressive team

  • POSTED BY hakim_fd52 on | July 7, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    Hi my suggestion would be Drop Shahid afridi, Kamran Akmal & Shohaib Malik Forever as they all were (3 years back minimum)asset to PCB but Likes of ponting hussey gilchrist comes to end thn I guess there is no such calibre in them to be in team althought they are a bit young plz move on PCB

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | July 5, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    My team for ODI: 1.Nasir Jamshed, 2.Ahmed Shehzad, 3.Umar Akmal, 4 and 5.Misbah-ul-haq/Shahid Afridi(Misbah comes in at 4 if 2 wickets lost before 70 runs if not then Afridi), 6.Harris Sohail/Asad Shafiq, 7.Mohammad Hafeez, 8.Wahab Riaz, 9.Saeed Ajmal, 10.Junaid Khan, 11. Mohammad Irfan/Asad Ali

    I didnt put Hafeez in the top 4 because I've noticed him struggling against quality fast bowlers (Bhuvneshwar in India, Steyn in SA). If he comes in a bit later then he will have to face spinners and he plays spinners pretty well.

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | July 5, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    I think some criticism against Afridi and Misbah is wrong. Afridi, in my opinion, has a lot of potential as a bowler (top wicket taker in 2011 WC) and as a batsman but seriously lacks consistency. I think he is a better captain then Misbah cuz his good performances boost the moral of the team and he has more aggressive fields and uses players to their strengths. Misbah is a good batsman and the most consistent as well but he plays slowly because of the mess that the top order has created before he comes in. I'm not a fan of his captaincy in ODIs because he has a defensive approach to fielding, bowling and batting. With Misbah as captain older players may make it back to the team again and again but as a batsman he is very useful cuz he stops the flow of wickets. I think Afridi's selection is better then most people might think especially cuz he's way better then Malik.

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | July 5, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    I like the squads that are picked enough young talent in both squads but I have a problem with Tanvir being selected over Umar Gul in t20s and Wahab being selected over Gul in odis. It makes sense if Gul is still injured but if he's alright now then Gul is way better then these two just look at the SA t20 a few months ago. Abdur Rehman's selection in the odi squad is also weird cuz Ajmal is always picked over him for the playing 11. They could have brought Raza Hassan instead even is Raza doesn't get a game he would get to learn from the world's best spinner. I am expecting a better batting performance from Hafeez cuz he failed in batting just like the other 3 and i'm pretty sure he's only in the team cuz of his useful bowling. Other then that there is enough aggressive batsmen in the team now to put up a score of 250+.

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | July 5, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    HOPE this will be last chance for UMAR AKMAL. PCB should select good WKPR Batsman from Karachi zone.

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | July 5, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Umar Amin, Asad Safiq and Mr. tuktuk Misbah not deserve in ODI squad. PCB should recall Razzak for boom boom backup.

  • POSTED BY Shazy777 on | July 5, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Great selection go to see afridi back.. Shoaib Malik will also feature in all three formates.. In odi & t20 heshould be batting at no 3... in no 7 we just waste the talent of shoaib malik.. He is more successful in top order..!! Plx select Shoaib Malik for next tour & give him a prope rchance at no 3. Inshallah He will Produce Results...!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 5, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    Finallyyy... Umar Akmal is back aand so is Akmed Shehzad. I still prefer Malik over Afridi, but this is a very good team, it could be the one to win the world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | July 5, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    This Pak team is an absolute shambles, h ave dropped Razzaq for inexplicable reasons a man who would walk into any national team, Hafeez has been in such poor form that I doubt he will be able to handle the West Indies pace attack. The only positive is a return of fawad alam. People have lost faith in the Pak squad since the match fixing and it's time they started to deliver.

  • POSTED BY somethingdifferent on | July 4, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    Reasonably good selection only Ehsan Adil was a better choice than ever expensive Wahab Riaz in both formats and Raza Hasan was definitely a better option than aging Abdur Rehman and Zulfiqar Babar. Hope these young players are given extended run and all this cutting and chopping is not being done just to cool the public sentiments and we see Malik, Kamran and Farhat back in the side after a series or two.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | July 4, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    @DataQue I concur with you!!

    Under Afridi's leadership, Pak nearly beat Eng in Eng in the ODI series, whilst Pak were whitewashed 4-0 in the UAE under Misbah in the ODI series. Also, Pak lost to Aus in the UAE, which is embarrassing because they had no clue (except Clarke and Mike) against spin on that tour either but still won somehow.

    Misbah is a great captain for Tests but a disaster when it comes to ODI's and T20's. Remember, when he was in charge of the T20 squad and the performances?

    Also, when Ramdin strolled to the crease during the game against the Windies, he put long on out at the boundary and had only one slip, which was costly because Ramdin edged his second or third delivery to the second slip region against Ajmal.

    Lastly, in that WIndies game, he gave a signal to Jamshed to go after the bowling and the only reason Misbah looked good at the CT was because he selected his favourites and pals, plus turned Jamshed into a tuk, tuk like himself.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 4, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Personally even I am fed up with Umar Akmal. But the recent problem has been that Asad Shafiq who had replaced Umar Akmal has not done well in the last few series. Also the problem was when Umar Akmal was dropped people like Malik & Farhat were included in the team. So temporarily U.Akmal may be a better choice compared to Malik & Farhat.

    Although I would prefer them to towards fresh blood, bring in fresh blood like Harris Sohail etc. I JUST HOPE THAT AFTER THIS SERIES THE SELECTORS DONT GO BACK TO KAMRAN, FARHAT & MALIK.

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  • POSTED BY DataQue on | July 4, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    This great news " Afridi is back". I don't like Misbah's comments on Afridi... This mofo Misbah should be dropped all together; he is worthless leader, fielder and batsman... Afridi should be made the Captain for ODI team!!!!

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | July 4, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Bringing Umar Akmal back is a big mistake. He is Pakistan's Rohit Sharma- given plenty of chances but has not lived up to the hype.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Pak team will ever never win any matches against good teams except Bdesh and Zimbabewe under Misbah captaincy....afridi is the best choice for captaincy coz he is aggressive I remember his leading role in last WC...and where is razzaq???selection commette should consider him ...

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    Afridi and Hafeez are lucky to be in the side for the touur of Westindies.............................

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    What are they doing with Afridi? Dropped him For India Series then picked him for South Africa tour then dropped him for CT and now they pick him again.Give him atleast 3-4 series if he doesn't perform then don't look back at him again.Nothing to take away from Misbah he is a great captain but now its time for him to go.These youngsters are not capable of performing at international level so they should keep some seniors who can groom the youngsters.Pakistan should have the following squad:Ahmed Shehzad,Nasir Jamshed,Mohammad Hafeez,Asad Shafiq,Haris Sohail,Umar Akmal,Hammad Azam,Shahid Afridi,Wahab Riaz,Saeed Ajmal,Junaid Khan,Mohammad Irfan,Asad Ali,,Mohammad Rizwan,Fawad Alam

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    This team looks much better as compared to champions trophy squad, but coach and captain must work on adjusting batting order, bowling has been pretty good but batting lineup always under performs for Pakistan, Best Wishes for Pakistan Team on this tour. It can be a morale booster for the team.

  • POSTED BY pak78 on | July 4, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    boom boom back with a bang..........................we sure missed u in the ct2013 good luck for windies series cant wait.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Its good to see Afridi back in the squad..

    My ODI team line up is. Nasir Jamshed, Mohammed Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Misbah ul Haq, Mohammed Rizwan, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Asad Ali.

    T20 line up: Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammed Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Asad Ali.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 4, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq is not out because his form went bad. He is out because during the 2012 season of BPL he told the selectors that he is not fit and not available for an upcoming seires (may be england series in the UAE). But he bowled his full quotas at good pace in the BPL. That was what ticked off the selectors and they issued him a show cause notice, demanding him to explain the situation.

    Razzaq did not reply to the said notice and the selectors did not like it.

    Now here I think it is the fault of both the parties. Even the PCB did not do anything to resolve the matter. Such situations have arisen with many players with their boards. eg. Kevin Petersen, Gayle, Malinga etc, but all those boards resolved their issues and the players are back. Not with the same with the PCB though.

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  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    replace afridi with razzak, umar with muhammad yousuf or younis or azhar ali kick hafiz out of the team - thanks ...

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    ODI team is again more or less the same, selection committee is not looking forward and have no vision for 2015 World cup. I would have preferred to rest Saeed Ajmal and tested Raza Hassan in his place, should have brought Fawad Alam in place of Abdul Rahman lastly could have added Anwar Ali / Hammad Azam in place of Umer Amin.This team should be groomed for 2015 World Cup. Very clearly looks like there is liking and disliking in the team selection, what Abdul Rahman doing in the team ........by the way I am not aPakistani but ardent fan of Pakistan team and even follow your domestic tournaments.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 4, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Good selection, nice to see Afridi and U.Akmal back.Rizwan should be played regularly atleast in ODI and groom him for the future. My ODI XI..Shezad., Jamshed, , Hafeez, U.Akmal, Misbah, U.Amin, Afridi, , Rizwan, Ajmal, Junaid and Wahab.T20..Shezad, Jamshed, , Hafeez, Akmal, Haris Sohail, Afridi, Amin, S.Tanveer, Wanab, Ajmal and Junaid Khan.

  • POSTED BY guptakapil13 on | July 4, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    where is fresh young exciting talent from Pakistan, that used to be strength of Pakistan? What happened to coaches those produced those batsmen? Coaches have long life?

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    it is great to see akmal and afridi back in the team because this is strength of Pakistan and they are the most exciting players in the team a complete lift to the lower middle order.

  • POSTED BY shinewindies on | July 4, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    new commitee, old commitee, new selectors, old selectors, still you have to bat bowl and field which this Pakistani team is not capable of.

    I was really suprised when they were given the favourites tag in CT 2013 specially after they narrowly escaped defeat from Ireland.

    I put my money on Windies winning this series, and then Pakistan will rank 8th in ODIS ranking.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 4, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    I take back my statement that this comitee deserves to be sacked, because now on his own Iqbal Qasim has decided not to renew his contract wiith the PCB. (please read the the other story - Qasim calls time on selector role). As a result the present comitee may be dissolved. I hope the new commitee sees a fresh ray of hope.

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  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 4, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    @ Posted by on (July 4, 2013, 0:22 GMT) :

    Re: your personal criticism on me in reference to Hafeez.

    You are looking at the rankings. What you forget is that Afridi was also a part of those rankings. Now that he is being left out consitently, he is bound to go out of the rankings. Something is wrong in the way you look at the rankings. Regarding Hafeez's form I stand by what I said. Many like him keep coming and go. I repeat that his temporary form has started betraying him. Soon he will be out of the Eleven and then out of the fifteen.

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  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 4, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    My ODI XI: 1. Nasir Jamshed, 2. Mohammad Hafeez, 3.Ahmed Shehzad, 4. Haris Sohail, 5. Umar Amin / Umar Akmal, 6. Misbah-ul-Haq, 7. Shahid Afridi, 8. Rizwan (wk), 9. Saeed Ajmal, 10. Junaid Khan, 11. Mohammad Irfan.

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  • POSTED BY hunter77 on | July 4, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    brilliant brilliant decision

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 4, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    @ Rexton87 :- I agree that the selection comitee that selected the squad for the Champions Trophy should have been sacked. Otherwise they will keep selecting the same or similer players.

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  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 4, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    @ Posted by babarazam09 on (July 4, 2013, 10:29 GMT) :- Completely agree, including the playing eleven.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 4, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Yes u r right nayak these guy keep coming and they r going to b failed again I am sure because they r talented but they played always got out byself and so many time Afridi and umer akmal give the wicket away at crucial time when teem need to b bat so that's why our team keep going down day by day

  • POSTED BY babycricketer on | July 4, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    My ODI XI: 1 Nasir Jamshed/Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Asad Shafiq/Haris Sohail, 4 Umar Akmal (wk), 5 Misbah-ul-Haq, 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Abdur Rehman, 8 Wahab Riaz, 9 Saeed Ajmal, 10 Junaid Khan, 11 Mohammad Irfan.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    mr rohit afrid again haan he plays at number 8 in pak squad every time he comes to crease there are only three tailenders left to play with him and so it the demand of the situation that he shpuold have to play risky shots or the tail enders may got out and afridi will no one to baat with him send him as a proper middle order batsman and what he can do his odi highest avg is batting one down

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Shoaib Mallik, Afridi, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal.. these guys keep coming and keep failing. Shoaib Mallik will again come back because someone else will fail. They all are talented but don't produce any result.

  • POSTED BY Lach-Ferragh on | July 4, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    @Thrall: Abdul Razzaq's "a sound technical batsman"?!?!? Are you blind? He's got a good eye and can only do one thing: strike the ball cleanly, and that too only rarely. His ability to rotate the strike is limited. He hasn't done anything for a long time with the bat when he was in. It seems we Pakistanis suffer from selective syndrome; we only want to remember that rare innings where he hit 80-odd and forgot his majority of shortcomings.

  • POSTED BY babarazam09 on | July 4, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    GOd save pakistan cricket ... the selectors have got 30 n players which they select they drop 4 players for 1 tour n again select them ..... i think the squad is better than the cT ... MY 11 for odi 1'.hafeez 2- jamshed 3- haris sohail 4- asad shafiq 5- umar akmal (Wk) 6- misbah (C) 7- afridi 8- saeed jmal 9- junaid 10-1rfan 11- asad ali

  • POSTED BY Rexton87 on | July 4, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    I am surprised this selection committee is still in place who was responsible for recent debacle. You need vision and courage to turn things around. First of all Hafeez reamins a mouth watering mirage , an elegant batsman who can take wickets but this does not happen in reality and specially when team needs it. Can someone recounts 10 top class ODI where Hafeez turned around the game with his batting, No. Similarly do not expect much from Asad Shafiq I saw his batting in ODI against India , he was playing like saving a test match and end result 160 in 40 overs against a tem who can easily score 300 in 40 overs. Misbah should be gracefully retired from ODI team as he drags the matches into high expecttion but lacks the skills and killer punch to cross the line. Pak supporters prepare yourself for more hertache as Shaiq 41( 89) Misbah 33(62) Umar Akmal 22( 12) Hafeez with socres of 4,16, 23, 33. These performances dont win you matches.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Good Selection.Two notable(rather 'not-able') players have been dropped and they shouldn't get a look in the team again.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 4, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    They should have given Abdul razzaq chance

  • POSTED BY Thrall on | July 4, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Crazy isn't, a sound technical batsman which can be used as an opener or 1 down, is kept out due to personal disliking....... Abdul Razzaq, GOD helps the powerless

  • POSTED BY MI7 on | July 4, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    I think that Umar Akmal's comeback in the team will bring a huge amount of confidence in the batting because Pakistan needed a clean stroke player. Shahid Afridi will have to show his performance otherwise he might be ruled out of the team AGAIN. I think that Hafeez is a clever and confident captain as he has won almost all the T20 matches since he has become a captain. Adding Haris Sohail in the team might be a great recovery in the batting side of Pakistan as he had an average of 105.06 for the SIALKOT STALLIONS last season.

    Overall I would like to say that Pakistan's bowling side is just too strong to play while as we saw that pakistans batting side was extremely weak and Pakistan didnt even score 190+ runs in the champions trophy which was a great shame for us, but now that will be removed from our minds as we have 3 strong batsmen in the team.

    So good luck Pakistan and I hope we win every match. Inshallah.

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | July 4, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Afridi Again...LOL... Pakistan doesnot have any talented players left to play for their team... Afridi is only a spin bowler and not a batsman. Pakistan needs batsman who can play in difficult conditions, NOT AFRIDI who cannot connect the ball in the middle of his bat even on flat wickets.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 4, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    I have been thinking why just why umar akmal is not used as a keeper. Now when Kamran Akmal is not in squad. This is the best balanced squad for last 4 years. Great move to use umar as a keeper

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    i think misbah should give retirment and the new pakistan team captain would be shahid khan afridi he is the best captain in the world and should give chance to imran nazir

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 4, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Nice call to bring talented players like Afridi and Umar Akmal

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    misbah is a good captain i think pakistan give a excelent performance in wi tour and and squad was very good

  • POSTED BY IMcricfan on | July 4, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    There's a film called Dumb and Dumber.Except for the selectors I think every reader will the understand whom I am referring this title too.The Funniest think about Pak selectors is they want to repeat the same mistakes and look for success.It wouldn't be a surprise if in the next series they drop these players and bring back Kamran,Farhat and Malik. Misbah says '"Malik was the one who had been helping us out with six to seven overs and was handy with the bat as well".LoL if he was that much handy with bat and ball why hasthe he been dropped??? One think I am sure is that Hafeez is not captaincy material neither an opener, he can be worthy if dropped down to 7.One more question , if they can get everyone back why keep Abdul Razzak out.He consistency or lack of it is not much different than the other players in the team barring Misbah who is consistently slow which I must admit was the need of hour in CT.

  • POSTED BY SherjilIslam on | July 4, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    Can anybody tell me what crime did Abdul Razzaq committed so that he's not being considered for the selection.If Oldies like Afridi,YK and Shoab Malik can make a comeback hundred of times, then the guy at-least deserve a chance. I am an India fan, but an admirer of Abdul Razzaq's death batting.Feel sorry for the Champ that he's being ruined by the Politics.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 4, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Since Jan, 2010 S.Malik has played 29 ODI's and bowled only 86 overs. That makes it 2.9 overs per game. How can Misbah say that he used to bowl 6/7 overs. Secondly rest of his figures in the bowling department are not worth a look.

    Regarding his batting he scored 415 runs at an average of 18.86. Is this Handy. My foot. His fielding has been bad in the last year or so.

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  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 4, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Misbah and everyone over here are cleaverly avoiding Imran Farhat & Kamran Akmal in their talks. It looks like their failures will be not talked at all and very soon we may see them in the next tour.

    Anywhere else in the world these guys would be duimped for good. But PCB keeps selecting them. I remame them like this. Fartha - Mr.Sifarish no.1, S.Malik - Mr.Sifarish no.2, Kamran Akmal - Mr.Sifarish no.3. These are the three toppers in Pakistan.

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  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    My Team Squad for WI tour use this team PAK will Win: ODI Nasir Jamshed S. Afridi A. shehjad M. Hafiz Misbah U.Akmal hammad Azam W.Riaz S. Ajmal J. khan M. Akram I seen in champions trophy all players geting hard to get run Here they have good batting line and also have good bowling they can chase any score and can attack teams with grt bowling line with more option ( S. Afridi useless at no. 7 coz he can give good start if he play otherwise at No. 7 he doing nothing so u can use him as opener he can make some good score at this position and if he failed you dnt need to worry coz umar akmal and misbah r good player to play big inning nasir jamshed can also play average inning and can get gapes so easy and hafeez is grt player he can he has very gud skills to play easy shot and make easy run so he can play at no. 4 and i seen "hammad azam" play before he can make big hitting after 40-45 overs and wahab Riaz can help him too so play with this squad. I suggest this, think abt it....

  • POSTED BY MShariq on | July 4, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Again Afridi, Hafeez come on guys is These is no batsmen and allrounders in Pakistan. Both has passed their peeks and even in their peek unable to perform at top level. What to expect from them. Please drop these also like Australia has done.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | July 4, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Why is Umar Akmal the keeper? Just because his brothers Adnan and Kamral keep wicket doesn't mean that he is going to be any good.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | July 4, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Dont know why this team is not stable. It's changed every series to series. Malik was not given enough chance to get his form back. Pak have same situation with selectors of Aus and hence the same result.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    We do critisize Misbah but he has been the most consistent batsman in the Pak squad. He has been slow on occassions in the past but I think he has realized it & has put up a better strike rate.

    I agree that Hamad Azam shud have been given chance over Umar Amin. His tech is far better than him, plus a very decent stroke player.

    Let's see how Afridi goes now. Hope he & the rest of the team do well in WI. Pak is not used to playing shear pace any more, so they shud practice with wet ball & marble slabs.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    No fahad Masood, Sharjeel Khan top runs scorer in pak domestic, Umar Amin without any performence present in both ODI and T20, the new version of Imran Farhat is Umar Amin

  • POSTED BY Waqasahmed92 on | July 4, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    We dropped Malik from the T20 squad and brought in Sohail Tanvir..... Great Selection, no wonder we lost all our three CT13 matches

  • POSTED BY Manzgam on | July 4, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    i think this is the best squad its the mixture of young and senior players,but i think in place of Rehman there should have Raza Hasan and these young players should be given time then they will groom themselves

  • POSTED BY cricinme on | July 4, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    If there is a record holder for the IN/OUT from any International team then it is Afridi. How much a team depends on one man. Shame.

  • POSTED BY BluenightSsS on | July 4, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Retaining independence is much more tough than achieving independence....those who are overwhelmed with joy seeing the selection I would like to say....yes this is good selection but this could have been more perfect If Hammad/ Anawar Ali had been selected (both formats) along with Sohaib Maqsood and R hasan..why Zulfiqar babar 34!! if he is good then why A Rehman (warming bench for long) instead of him let the young warm up..let them get the taste of experience of Int. Cric. environment. More importantly these resources should be well utilized otherwise there is no use to select them. Don't send a HORSE to play like TURTLE or a TURTLE like HORSE..U Akmal (could have been like Kohli) perfect for 3/4th position. Don't waste his batting like kamran sending him down. .C'mon playing three Lefty Junaid,Riaz(EXPENSIVE) & Irfan was a joke in 11. Bring (Asad Ali/ Other Rihgty)variation into the attack. GROOM a perfect Pace bowling all-rounder (Hammad/Anawar Ali)

  • POSTED BY ICCexpert.... on | July 4, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Good step by PCB by including youngsters, but they do have to one last thing if they want to win the 2015 WC, please drop, Misbah, HAfeez and Afridi, and bring in Sharjeel Khan, Sohaib MAqsood, Ali Waqas, Rameez Raja Jr, Raza Hasan and Anwar Ali.

  • POSTED BY Xandier on | July 4, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    An excellent squad for both ODIs and T20.. Hope for the best now and the board should keep thinking about including more youngsters in the squad along with experienced lot.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Well i am not able to get it why they are missing Abdul Razzaq again and again, i think they are getting personal with him. Anyhow best of luck for WI tour.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Hammad Azam should have replaced umar amin in ODI squad

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Why Hafeez should open the innings or even play odi's, what's his past batting record? You have class batsman;s in form of Abdul Razzaq (all-rounder) , Muhammad Yusuf , Sharjeel Khan (new talented batsman he's like saeed anwar) , Fawad Alam (check his record he's talented too) . Why afridi plays at no7 that makes him useless you need to get him going early in the game as a opener and Afridi should be t20 captain as Joby George said in his comment.You need more pace bowler all-rounders . Liked the addition of Asad Shafiq,Umar Amin and Hammad Azam and disliked addition of Wahab Riaz instead Abdul Razzaq should have been included and he should play till 2015. Instead of Hafeez new talented batsman Sharjeel Khan be given chance in ODI's. Give first Chance to Rizwan to see if he;s the better option and a true backup wicket-keeper option.Importantly cant understand team selection addiction with spinners get pace bowler all-rounder;s instead of spin-all-rounders so hammad azam & Abdul Razzaq

  • POSTED BY Rolling_in_The_Deep on | July 4, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Pak team has this huge problem of a finisher.. In past Abdul Razzaq, Azhar Mahmood at number 7 played that role to good effect however now the tail is too long and middle order is filled with batsmen who are more suited to test cricket.

    Some good allrounders need to be found and groomed. Hammad Azam is one such player who can become a finisher.

  • POSTED BY WildAmigo on | July 4, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    Missing out Raza Hasan, Muhammad Talha... Asad Ali and Zulfiqar Babar are not good choices

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | July 4, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    This is a job half done after so much cry for fair selection. Like many other, I do not understand how Hafiz keeps his position, forget about giving him the captaincy. When Afridi is in the team, Hafiz should not be there. His performance in last few matches does not give him a place. Truly speaking, neither Afridi nor Hafiz deserve a place, those should have gone to two more young players, one batsman and one all rounder, if we are looking to build a team for the world cup. By 2015, both Afridi and Hafiz will lose their positions in the team. Selectors have time and again failed to try young and prospective players for the future of the team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Well, there should be Misbah-ul-Haq also in T20, as there is need of at least one slow batsman in T20 to stay on wicket at one end. In this way Misbah will try to runs fast.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    where is ABDUL RAZZAQ. He is a brilliant allrounder

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    I am a great fan of pakistani cricket even from the time of the great legend Imran Khan. No sides in the world has players with versatility as pakistan has . Pakistan has quality batsmen and no one has doubt about the quality of their pace attack and the best spinner in the world Saeed Ajmal. Again, the problem seems to be with the batting dept. No one has doubt in the caliber of Nasir Jamsheed, Umar Akmal, Hafeez, Misbah. The biggest problem after the period of Imran Khan was the lack of a good leader. India is nothing without MSD. Misbah is a good leader and dont take the captaincy from him for another 3 to 4 years and the main thing should be the batting order. I always believe that shahid Afridi should open the innings. All bowling side knows that he demolish them. His best batting records are all as opener. Also, Umar Akmal is a class batsman and i wonder why he is batting too low in the batting order.he should bat at no.3 or 4 and let him gain experience.All the best for WI tou

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Afridi is a good cricketer and Good all rounder and should be in IPL Love his attitude and love for gentelmans game Would like to see him play for Mumbai indians

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Really happy to see that Hammad Azam has been selected. I don't know why he was sidelined even he wasn't getting any chances.

  • POSTED BY MelbourneMiracle on | July 4, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    I've never seen a single Pakistan fan gets satisfied with a team selection for the past decade or so. May be there have been surprising selections on and off but there should be atleast a one off good selection. Even we as Sri Lankans have had different thoughts about our team selections but there have been times that we have backed our selection committee thoroughly based on some super selections. I think the biggest problem what PCB has when selecting a squad is to know what exactly what their fans need more than what is required to do at that moment. V.pathetic situation!

  • POSTED BY asnali4u on | July 4, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    A 34 years old player is going to make his debut, wow that's a fantastic decision from our selectors. Razzaq and Yousuf sidelined once again, bravo PCB.

  • POSTED BY ruester on | July 4, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    Regarding my comment about batting with eyes shut, look at the photo of him on this page.

  • POSTED BY ruester on | July 4, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    Afridi! Wonderful selection.......I hope he has started to bat with his eyes open again and has decided not to stand next to square leg umpire when the quicks are on?

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    Good to see Umar Akmal back easily the best ODI batsmen for Pakistan since Mohammad Yousuf was dropped and Inzimam Retired. Afridi lends experience, he is better than Shoaib Malik with both Bat and ball.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    The point is Pakistan cricket as we have known it is over. This is no longer even a test team. They are usually on the take and the PCB is a joke. They have already fallen to the level of bangladesh and soon will be at the level of zimbabwe.

    Lets just forget about it. A

  • POSTED BY Ms.Cricket on | July 4, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    One non-performing player Shoaib Malik replaced by another non-performing player Shahid Afridi. Nice game of musical chairs!

  • POSTED BY Dark.Matter on | July 4, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    Thank God that KA, SM, and IF are out. PCB should restrict MUH to test and should make SA the one day captain. It would be much wiser move.

  • POSTED BY pakassasin on | July 4, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    It's a very good squad. I am glad to see ouster of three musketeers (Malik, farhat. kamran). Majority of the team comprises of youngsters. I will request from Pak supporters to be patient with this team. Let the new brigade to nurture and hopefully they will come out good.

  • POSTED BY Happy_hamster on | July 4, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    Vic Ky on (July 3, 2013, 18:12 GMT) I am an English fan and I agree, he has provided stability and leads by example he is a model captain, look at some of the previous Pak captains (currently banned for fixing). It must be difficult to captain a team that never plays at home and lets face it is unlikely to do so for the next few years.

  • POSTED BY Hira1 on | July 4, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    I hope all new comers like asad ali, haris sohail, hammad azam, zulfiqar babargets in the playing 11 and get some game rather than coming back home without having played in even a single match. WI conditions are again difficult for Pak batsman to adjust but its better to loose by giving chance to youngsters rather than going again and again with the same tried and tested old ones.

  • POSTED BY Red_Drag0n on | July 4, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    How many Akmals are there ?? PCB should move on from Akmals. PCB should start looking for fresh faces. Sick of looking same old Dinosaurs. And also Hafeez (So call professor) needs to calm down. Don't over think the game, instead focus on your own performance.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    @ Sports4youth.... bro u need to know more about cricket.....am a fan of afridi as well...but u r putting down waqar and trying to say afridi is a big player than waqar....u must be joking and u dont know cricket at all more than those people who is waiting for afridi to come and see his batting for a while..........2 . u said hafeez is a bad fielder...again u dont watch full matches i think...u need to watch more cricket rather than looking at afridi's sixes only....i agree hafeez is not in good form with bat...but no one can question his place in the side as a bowler even....look at the icc ranking where hafeez stands in allrounders and bowlers...

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    Thanks for droping farhat and malik and kamran.Umer akmal with gloves is a better option than kamran akmal.They should have also included Awais zia inplace of shafiq

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    who is going to captain Pakistan in World Cup 2015 ???? Misbah who will be 42 by then ? looks Iqbal Qasim and selectors have no brain,Shahdid Afridi should have been captain.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    Afridi Shouldnt not be in ODIs and tanvir should not be in T20

    Zulfi and rehman should be replaced by Raza hasan in both squads overall its a good squad T20 squad is more than perfect the only thing i hate is tanvir thats it

  • POSTED BY salman.ali.rai on | July 4, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    The squad looks excellent. The one thing that I am worried about the most is the current selection committee. Those are the guys who have been selecting the likes of Farhat, Akmal and Malik consistently and I don't see a reason why won' these players get more chances after the current post-CT anger ends. I still remember Ahmad Shahzad scoring a hundred in WI tour and then dumped afterwards for Farhat. So unless we get a new selection committee, I don't see these talented youngsters given a proper run in the team. All the best team Pakistan!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    This team would probably win in Caribbean but the next wc will be played on Kiwi and Aussie pitches/conditions which are bouncy and the ball will move all over the place with absolutely no turn so there goes your vision of playing unlimited spinners and bowling all rounders.. we need better batsmen but for that you need to be a visionary and not think just to win a series or two and we know how visionary we Pakistanis are so embrace yourself for a disappointing end of wc with this approach..

    and for people who are praising Misbah like anything YES he is a goodish batman but that's all and the kind of leader he is!!! that shows on our team's defensive approach neither that they can slog nor do they build partnerships taking singles and credit goes to none other than him .. World used to watch Pakistan for their explosive all out approach and now our own people tune in to IPLl because that is more exciting than to watch Pakistan bat or maybe you people are confusing him with Dhoni :/

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    Good selection. Although I would think the summer heat in the West Indies would make the pitches faster and bouncier.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | July 3, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    Misbah's justification for including Afridi is weak. Hafeez is the one who should be filling in for Shoaib's role, and with Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shezad in the batting order, he should drop down. I'm hoping Afridi can actually perform, having been given yet another chance, but it's not a positive move for the team at all, once more turning to old hands when in trouble instead of giving new players a chance

  • POSTED BY riz309 on | July 3, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    Poor selection and management has done all the damage to Pakistan cricket the bowling dept. is doing very well then why a 34 year old Zulfiqar Babar as a bowler and whereas the batting dept. need to be looked at closely then where is Fawad Alam with an ave. of 43 in FC.Be aware Mr Iqbal Qasim Pakistan better perform well otherwise you need to go after the horrible tour of SA and the CT this should be your last chance.

  • POSTED BY Chaudry_Cricket on | July 3, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    Overall great selections happy to see some youngsters in the side and even more happy that malik, farhat, k akmal have been dropped .... Personally would have had hammad for afridi but this is the best team selection we have had for a long time PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • POSTED BY hakoonj on | July 3, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    The positives from this news: -Malik, kamran, and Imran 'useless' Farhat out of the picture -Harris Sohail, Shehzad, and M. Rizwan included -asad ali retained, hopefully he gets a few games this time -afridi back (yea he needs to prove himself, but i'd rather have him on the team than those 3 useless players mentioned above

    The negatives: -Hammad azam only in t20 squad and not in ODI's -Sohail tanvir, wahab riaz, and umar amin retained over and over again. there are a ton of other deserving players with better performances in the domestic circuit than these ppl which pretty much indicates that some sifarishi and wrong doing is still in place. -Still no razzaq or fawad alam

    Zulfiqar babar is someone who has worked realy hard and has an amazing domestic record, his only problem is that he's 34, he can no-doubtedly perform well but can probably only last as long as the 2015 wc at best, wud have been better if they selected raza hasan instead of him. Hope to see harris sohai bat well

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    @Vic Ky: hey mate don't be a conservative you are welcome to discuss cricketing issues in this forum and congrats for the recent success of India :)

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 3, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    Why is sohail tanvir in the squad and Umar Amin needs to make way for sohaib maqsood

  • POSTED BY ash-mohammed on | July 3, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    My Sqaud ODI No.1 - Mohammad Hafeez No.2 - Nasir Jamshad/Ahmed Shahzad No.3 - Umar Akmal (WK) (its time to put some responsibilty on this youngster) No.4 - Misbah-ul-Haq (C) No.5 - Asad Shafiq (Not sure if this man deserves more chances maybe Azhar Ali) No.6 - Haris Sohail/Umar Amin No.7 - Shahid Afridi No.8 - Wahab Riaz/Asad Ali* (* time to test Asad Ali in the Caribbean pitches) No.9 -Junaid Khan No.10 - Saeed Ajmal *cough* WORLDS BEST SPINNER*cough* No.11 - Mohammad Irfan

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    That's a very fine squad- great work selectors! looking forward to see Ahmed shehzad, LaLa and chota ukmal buzz!

  • POSTED BY Mr.Chandu on | July 3, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Very well said by Mr. Ahsan cric freak, absolutely right cheers!

  • POSTED BY Ahsan-cric-freak on | July 3, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    @Vic Ky: U r absolutely right mate! And yes only true cricket fans would understand Misbah's quality. And to be honest there is a deficiency of such cricket fanatics in Pakistan so u r most welcome in intervening in Pakistan cricket discussions... lol:p

  • POSTED BY hasanjawaid on | July 3, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    PCB is a highly incompetent selection board who lacks vision and thoughtfulness. How could they ignore everyone except Umar Akmal from under19 who won the world cup for Pakistan while their U19 counterparts in India are playing from national side and hammering Pakistan. Are we to believe that there is no one better than Afridi, Hafeez and Kamran Akmal and 34 years old Zulfiqar Babar. Shame on Iqbal Qasim and his cronies.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 3, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    hi I think raza hassan should be selected because he struggled for back pain ingury had a spine surgery and he is desverble to play in team as a young ester. I think the is perfect. umar gul is my favourite bowler including wahab and junaid and as a spinner seed a and raza and as as more senior hafeez and lala bahi coach be should be inzamam best batsman till is nadir and hafeez

  • POSTED BY naveedraja on | July 3, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    To make the batting stronger, Management and tour section committee have to take some brave steps, team have enough good allroundrs now, afridi and hafeez are complete bowlers, so drop ajmal from the ODI PLAYING 11 and bring in another specialist batsman, or umer amin batting all rounder, get umer akmal as wicket keeper. MY PLAYING 11 can beat any side please once. (1)Ahmed shehzad(2)Nasir Jamshed(3)HAFEEZ(4)Asad Shafiq(5)misbah(6)UMER AKMAL+(7)UMER AMIN(8)SHAHID AFRIDI(9)WAHAB RIAZ(10)JUNAID KHAN(11)IRFAN PERFECT BATTING TILL NUMBER 8 AND SIX BOWLING OPTIONS.

  • POSTED BY AamirAbuOzair on | July 3, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    Re Ahsan cric freak: My dear Razzaq has lot more cricket left than Misbah or Afridi and that's the reason why we Razzler!

    Yes he has not played domestic cricket because again due to the injustices being done to him. He was part of Lahore Loins and our fearless leader Hafeez did not even pick him for playing 11 -- Such a Shame!

    Razzaq is still one of the most demanding in any format and has played regular cricket in other leagues and English County.

    He should have been picked and made permanent member of our team. I am sure he'll prove instrumental towards winning us the next world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Just one question. What has Shafiq done to keep his place in the ODI squad. Yes he should be a part of the Tests because thats his style of batting but ODI . He averages early 20s with a strike rate which hardly reaches 70 which is POOR for ODI standard. I Think he is Misbah's close mate because he bats lower down in Tests and Up the order in ODIs. That si giving him an ideal chance and yes these averages are after being given ideal chance in more than 40 ODI matches now. If he is in the side then how will you play Haris Sohal, Umar Akmal & Umar Amin and give them a good chance . Rather than sending them at 5 or lower where they will bat in only 2 situations. Situation 1 : Pakistan lose early wickets and is under pressure. Situation 2: They come in bat after 35-40 overs and have to move on to up the run rate because the people batting before them have used up most of the deliveries with doing nothing.,

    To me this is the negative mind set that we need to get over!!

  • POSTED BY avmd on | July 3, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Generally an OK selection, but Afridi's selection is a step backward, he's not going to be in the team for 2015 WC. Shehzad should cement his place and he is the one who could be considered a future captain in 3-4 years if he performs like Kohli does for India. He is a captaincy material, a confident young players with good communication skill, which is must for a modern captain. Umar Akmal in a new role is an experiment worth taking. Hammad Azam has not impressed me much so far to deserve a place even in 20/20. Player to watch for me is Haris Sohail. He along with Umar Amin, Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Ahmad Shahzad and Jamshed are the future of Pak batting, exciting but unproved stuff.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    I am Indian and I think its not appropriate for me to comment here about Pakistan team selection but as a cricket fan I am inclined to write these comments.

    I don't understand why all the hate is directed towards Misbah. He is playing out of his skin and to keep the pride of the nation.he is better than the so called young performers.He knows about his stuff better than anyone else.He is captain cool for Pak, such a gentleman and very underrated cricketer.Now show me an example of a player who is as dedicated as Misbah considering his age.Even the stats are favouring him.If you hate misbah you have to see the troll cricket vid on youtube and reconsider your opinion.Hopefully true cricket fans understand.Thanks for reading..

  • POSTED BY Ahsan-cric-freak on | July 3, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Dear friends, Listen...! U ppl don't stop favoring Razzler. Fair enough he was unjustly pulled out of the team a year before but the problem is he hasn't done anything in the domestic circuit since then or he even hasn't taken any part in it apart from domestic t20. So now selectors have solid reason of not including him and perhaps rightly so as he has passed his hey days of cricket.

    Secondly, plz stop bashing misbah and lifting Afridi! Misbah in my opinion is one of the better captain Pakistan has produced.Ppl keep on bashing him and he keeps on performing well with bat & fielding. How on Earth can Afridi be appointed as captain?? It'll b a big joke if he becomes captain at this stage when his own place is questioned by many cricket pundits. Can't understand why our veteran players think as if they r going 2 play forever! I was myself a "huge" fan of Lala but he has indeed lost his respect in my eyes as he did in others...

    Lastly, fine team selection this time around.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 3, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    @ Posted by on (July 3, 2013, 17:14 GMT) : mate , I think you are funny.

    After Imran Khan, It is only Shahid Afridi who has Shown the same levels of agression. If Imran was the past superstar of Pak crcket then Afridi is the present superstar of Pak cricket. Misbah & Hafeez are bacchhas in front of Afridi. He is being targeted only because of the Wagar Episode in which Mohd.Ilyas was also involed.

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  • POSTED BY Hawk_Pk on | July 3, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    till the time Misbah is there, the mentality of playing uncles in the team is not going to go away. Pakistani team was known for being fearless in terms of throwing youngsters at international level. hasan raza, muhammad aamir, afridi, shoaib malik, and many more started in their teen ages even probably wasim bhai.very few at that age realize what risk they are taking. sadly this feature is not there. now misbah, saeed ajmal,a rehman, CHACHA factor has crept in...

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 3, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    @ Posted by on (July 3, 2013, 17:14 GMT) :

    Hafeez cannot play outside subcontinent pitches. This is already clear by now. Even in the SA tour, Afridi did manage two good scaores out of the 4 innings he got to bat. Hafeez was pathetic. Hafeez was always an average player. The revolving door is for players like him. Also i hate the fact that Hafeez is a bad fielder. He insists on being in the slips and drops most of them.

    Regarding bowling please take a look at the numbers before comparing Hafeez to Afridi.

    Afridi is the third highest Pakistani wicket taker (346) only behind Wasim & Waqar, Hafeez is a kid in that respect.

    Furhter, should i remind you of the fastest 100's, Afridi features 3 times in the top 5, His strike rate is at the top by a mile. He is the Worlds highest SIX hittter. ... and many more, You will need a statiscian.

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  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | July 3, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    And why was Ahmed Shehzad dropped in first place? Oh, I remember. He had a spat with one of the selectors on ground who promised to teach him a lesson. Really, it was team Pakistan that suffered at CT instead of teaching lessons to our young promising cricketers. Umar Akmal was not picked for the CT as selectors cited poor average (30) in domestic cricket. Fine! Then, going by the same logic why Harris Sohail was also not picked for the CT when he averaged over 65 or 70 in the same domestic? I really wanted Umar Akmal to come back after he has learned his lessons and now he thinks he is back because there are no other replacements. How will that help him personally to improve his game?

  • POSTED BY 14.08.1947 on | July 3, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    I was really hoping that at least Misbah ul Haq would learn from their mistakes. His statement about Afridi to let him play as 7th batsman is totally wrong. Afridi played better Cricket when he opened the innings! He needs to open with Nasir Jamshed and Hafeez has to go from the playing XI. Umar Akmal as a wicketkeeper is an other big mistake which they also did it in past.. Why always these Akmals? Rizwan is a good keeper and needs to be groomed. Playing XI: Jamshed, Afridi, Misbah", Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Akmal, Rizwan+, Wahab, Asad/Junaid/, Irfan, Saeed Ajmal!!!! Junaid Khan needs also some more time to be a wicket taking bowler. Therefore Asad should get also his chances! The statemnts of Iqbal Qasim is also just arrogant!!!!

  • POSTED BY SamAsh07 on | July 3, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Why is it so hard to understand for Pakistani fans? Remove your blindfold and look at the best batsman of CT2013 from Pakistan, yes it was none other than Misbah...he is far superior than...no wait, infact he is the only complete batsman in Pakistan XI. There I said it. Sure he is slow, atleast he scores runs?

  • POSTED BY ghazan2003 on | July 3, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    without Razzaq this team is zero. Anwar ali is also missing and i do not understand who is selecting Hafeez and what is criteria for selecting him.In champions trophy and S.A tour his performance was below average.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    @Posted by Sports4Youth on (July 3, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

    mate your this comment is so funny.

    """"Hafeez Captaining the T20 side is a joke. With his present form I personally do not understand how he gets into the team. With Afridi in the team and looking at the present form of Hafeez. Hafeez should be warming the benches and Afridi should be in.""""

    hafeez may be poor recently but if you look at same stats since jan 2012 ( given above) you may find him edging ahead. recently no3 bowler & no1 allrounder. he gets in team mainly for his bowling. batting is poor though and if not performing much should be dropped but not for afridi.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Decent and Fair Selection! But I really would have liked Soahaib Maqsood in for Umar Amin and Hammad Azam in the ODI Squad but overall nice. I don't think there is place for Razzaq, because he's been clocking 110kph on an average when he was playing a domestic tournament in Pakistan. He was good at his time, not used properly but he should call it a day. Also, I don't think Umar Amin should have been selecected and umar akmal keeping, is a poor decision, also wasting Rizwan who could be Pak's future as a wicket keeper batsman...

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    well .. this debate of misbah still being the captain .. despite we loosing almost all the ODI series in the recent past .. does not go down well with me. he surely deserves a middle order place .. but nothing more than that. he is a little too defensive .. i strongly feel afridi captained the side well during world cup .. he might have attitude issue .. but i vote for him ..

    misbah still goes by the old school of cricket .. which has vary little success in the modern dynamics of cricket. resources are important but even more important is how u manage with available resources ..

    i strongly feel its high time misbah should realise this and step down .. and let some1 else lead the team .. or else be ready for similar kind of results for the world cup 2015.

    we surely need to find few good players .. and i have no doubt in our country's talent ..

  • POSTED BY tanweeralam on | July 3, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    I loved the.. He is the fittest player around. By that logic had Hussey were playing for pakistan he would have found place in side till atkeast 60 Ahmad sehzad good move afridy worst even though I was a huge fan of him during his hey days selectors playing merry go round with 40 yr ilds next time he will be droped and malik and kamran back God save cricket pakistan

  • POSTED BY PAKisTANeee786 on | July 3, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Overall, a better selection for Team Pakistan, but it can still get better Inshallah. After this tour if these players don't perform, then there can be some quick changes like addition of shoaib maqsood, fawad alam, and possibly anwer ali. No need for Abdul razzaq and Imran Nazir's return, because they haven't showed anything in their time out of the team, specially Imran Nazir who was a such promising young players, but sorry to say he is not an international player. So good job, to the selectors for keeping that in mind. Also, i really wanted Hafeez to be dropped from the ODI's at least for some all-rounder, his performance with the bat is really poor. Also, plz don't try U.Akmal as a keeper, make him a specialist no.3 batsman with young Mohd.Rizwan keeping wickets. In a nut shell this team selected can challenge any team in the world right now Inshallah.

  • POSTED BY mhaaris on | July 3, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    and last thing is that AbdurRehman as a spinner shouldnt have been selected. i think if he was selected than, Raza Hassan a YOUNGSTER deserved more chance. rest of the selection is ok i think; i dont see big mistakes in them; and thank GOD they finally got rid of Farhat and Malik and the elder Akmal

  • POSTED BY mhaaris on | July 3, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    so as i was saying HAMMAD AZAM wasnt seen as a replacement of so called out of sorts malik!!! why keep going back to afridi! ridiculous (yes they have included hammad but havent said about him as a replacement of allrounders; not a word like grooming etc used to describe hammad) THE ISSUE OF CAPTAINCY: people are saying Afridi should be captain; OH PLEASE!!! why on earth would anyone do such shambolic decision. people argue he has shown fighting spirit. oh bhai! showing fighting spirit is not EVERYTHING! how many times dhoni has SHOWN the fighting spirit. He remains calm and does his work. SHOW is not important than work. Jeff lawson said Misbah has the best cricketing brain in Pakistan; He is dead right about it. Just see the way he constructs his innings. just watch the way he paces it. He is from the old school Inzi/Yousuf factory; After him we dont have anyone like that. some1 might argue that not including Razzaq is his fault!! its not; Hafeez is responsible- remember world t20

  • POSTED BY Asad_Khan1 on | July 3, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    @jlw74 Azhar Ali is a fine batsman with good temperament but his style is more suitable for tests. He did get a few opportunities in ODI but his strike rate was quite low in all matches. He can play anchor role in small targets but if we need anything above 250+ he will struggle because of lack of shot range for ODIs.

  • POSTED BY mhaaris on | July 3, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    THE ISSUE OF ALLROUNDER: I don't understand if Afridi is good enough as an allrounder according to the excuse given by Misbah; why is not Razzaq. If anything Razzaq has better batting average than Afridi both in ODIs and T20Is; better strike rates in bowling than Afridi. You know why Razzaq is not in the team? BECAUSE OF HAFEEZ; Razzaq threatens his place so he doesnt want him in there. Again if you look at the stats Razzaq is better than Hafeez (only in T20Is Hafeez's batting is better than Razzaq and thats primarily because he opens the batting- give that role to Razzaq and then see). All these guys going gaga over the involvement of Afridi as a captain should get a hold of themselves. Has he proven anything extraordinary in domestic cricket? NO! He has to move one; cricket is in the decline for him and he must admit that with respect (even a few good performances against windies would mean nothing). And why does Misbah not talk about HAMMAD AZAM AS AN ALLROUNDER???

  • POSTED BY umairaslum on | July 3, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    I hope A Shehzad performs. W Riaz is the fastest bowler in Pakistan at the moment and should be given new ball. Because of the previous gang, many talented players were under pressure of retainig their places in the side. Now they have the chance. The only thing wrong is the unnecessarily defensive skipper. Misbah has to play out of his skin as a captain. He seriously lacks aggression as a leader although he is a solid batsman. And listen all, if he's gonna give Ajmal last overs, Pakistan will loose matches.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Cant uderstand at the age of 34 why zulfiqar babar (nothing against him) is given a chance abdur rehman should ahave been a better choice in recent Ct its the batting that let us down not the bowling so the focus should have been on batting azhar ali would have benn include as he has good and solid technique. Hammad azam should have been in the ODI saquad and imran nazir in the t20 squad. Haris sohail should play in wi

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Imran Nazir should be in T20. Where is selector. sorry to say. here is no merit

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 3, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    I agree with many comments here that Abdul Razzaq is a much better option than Hafeez in the team. If you need two all-rounders then Afridi & Razzaq are them.

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  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 3, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    It is my prediction that Hafeez may not last another 6 months in the team. His career is marked with many entries and exits from the team. This time he made his entry in 2010 and lasted the longest. But the last 8-10 months he is being dragged. Time for him to leave again. May be soon.

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  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | July 3, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Overall, good selection by PAK selectors, even if somewhat on expected lines. The 3 non-performing players, Imran, Kamran and Malik were rightly dropped and few new players included as well. Umar Akmal should be in the team even if he is somewhat inconsistent. He is still young and can mature into a fine WK batsman who can provide balance for the team in all format. This should be truly the last chance for Afridi to be in contention for international cricket. He has been given multiple chances to succeed based on past performances alone in the past 2 yrs or so.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    @Zee_1203 Firstly Afridi is out of form and his place in team is also in danger so selectors can't make him captain, secondly Hafeez is in team because of his bowling skills, his batting was below average in champion trophy but he bowled really well (he is much better option than Afridi) and I don't understand why still people still don't like MisbahUlHaq who is only world class batsman in our team..

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 3, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Hafeez Captaining the T20 side is a joke. With his present form I personally do not understand how he gets into the team. Unnecessarily the PCB are trying so hard to keep Afridi out.

    With Afridi in the team and looking at the present form of Hafeez. Hafeez should be warming the benches and Afridi should be in. That would give the team a perfect balance with One off-spin (Ajmal), one leg-spin (Afridi), Two pacers Junaid & Irfan, and the fiftth bowler can be a specialist pacer (Asad Ali / Wahab / tanvir) or an all-rounder (Umar Amin / Hammad Azam)

    In the CT , PCB made the blunder of having three similer type of off-spinners in one team, as a result Malik never bowled, yet Misbah is shamlessly saying that Malik was giving 6/7 overs. LIES, LIES. In the last 21 ODI's Malik has taken 6 wickets and BOWLED ONLY 58 OVERS and taken 6 wickets @ 36.36.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/42657.html?class=2;spanmin1=12+NOV+2011;spanval1=span;template=results;type=bowling

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  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    again Misbah is going to lead i don't know when will pcb sack him from the captainship. 3-0 test series win against England was not by Misbah it is the effort of Saeed Ajmal and the rest of the bowlers

  • POSTED BY Ibrarhunzai on | July 3, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Hammad Azam is missing from the squad, he needs to be groomed. This may be last series for shahid afridi to perform though. Plus,em very glad to see Ahmed Shehzad in the team.

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | July 3, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Apart from the deserving guys who may have been excluded, its seems an okay selection. Both Malik and Kamran Akmal were well past their use by date. Umar Akmal is still among the best talents around, and Afridi's bowling in ODI's is good enough to get him into the team- at least against non-subcontinental teams that dont know to play spin. Steps in the right direction, I hope this will convert into good performances soon.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Pakistanis seem blind in their adoration of Afridi. This man is so vain. Who says I am better than so many in the team. Let his stats show how good he is. When was the last time he had a decent score? I don't remember. I think it was one single good score in the last 2 years or so. Yet most Pakistani fans here are dying to see him in the team. If want this loser in the team, then so be it. He will not deliver.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    this is a good team select by a new selecter. they boys have very high ablity for to perfome well in west indies special afridi and ahmad shehzad they will win they odi and t20 series very well and the bowler of pakistan will show that it is not bowling of india.have a nice tour lala.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    hafeez should not be in both squad and razzaq is much better then hammad n misbah n hafeez n sohail tanvir. this team will also lose series n hafeez n misbah are responsible of it bcoz they both dont want razzaq in team. hafeez n misbah has been ruind our cricket.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 3, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    @ Zee_1203 :- Compleately agreed on all 3 points.

    1. AFRIDI Should be Captain instead of MISBAH. Pak team neads Afridi's Agression and not Misbah's sedation as we have seen in the SA tour and the Champions Trophy. Afridi was doing fine as a Captain and as a bolwer until WAQAR spoilt his career. Anyways PCB is painting themselves in a corner by continuing the 39 year old Misbah. By the next World Cup Misbah will be 41.

    2. With the inclusion of Afridi in the team HAFEEZ has automatically become the surplus all-rounder. Afridi gives variety of leg-spin, Hafeez is a similer off-spin (to Ajmal).

    3. Fawad Alam is definately a better option compared to Hafeez. Hafeez's temporary form has started to desert him. This can also be seen from the fact that now he has to be adjusted (demoted) to no.3. Anyways, he is one off-spinner too many in the team.

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  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    better selection but still NOT complete with the exclusion of Razzaq - I still feel that Akmals have been promoted enough and have not lived up to the expecatations up till now. They are all 60 run players we need century makers Asad/Azhar both have it , they both play balanced innings and take it to 90-100 in ODI's which is what Pak team needs. I still think slowly they need to bring Hammad Azam to ODIs. Good to axe Imran Farhat , I am sure that was due to too much pressure from the public. lets see how the tour goes

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Good team selection. Hammad Azam should have been included in ODI squad as well.He is a good prospect.He could be a perfect replacement for Abdul Razzaq. Don't understand why selectors don't give him consistent shances.

    Hafeez should have been dropped fromr ODI.

    Very happy that dirty three are removed.

    This could be last chance for Afridi and Umar Akmal

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Seems like the cupboard is bare in Pakistan, I just see same old people returning, they seem to get dropped for one series, and get picked up for next. I was impressed by the likes of Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, but it sucks for them that they have to deal with this bad environment and mediocrity around them.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Nice to see shehzad and afridi back in the team. Afridi maybe a a bit childishly outspoken, but he is very charismatics, I also what he said about himself is very true. Whether he's in form or not, every opponent is scared of him. On top of that he's an awesome bowler. BTW what happened to Yunus, Pak team needs him. Anyhow best of luck from a BD team

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    At last some sensible selection,might be because of fear to loose "Chief Selector" spot. One thing i cant understand is that what Abdul Rehman is doing in the team?He's with the team every time and he's not given a chance. Probably they should select a genuine all rounder in his place like Hammad Azam or some other guy with good all round capabilities. Finally thank God Farhat is out of team. I can see good days coming now.

  • POSTED BY Dannymania on | July 3, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Fawad Alam should be called up to the team.He has earned it if we talk anything but merit. Also,Afridi has a lot of money and he has no problems bribing people,which is pretty evident from his re-call. I love the fact that 3 out of 4 people that I thought should be out of the team are indeed out.Kamran Akmal,Malik and Farhat.Now only misbah remains.He cant stay too long though,with his age reaching mid-50s or something..

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Why are Fawad Alam and Sarfaraz not included ? Fawad Alam heads the batting averages in domestic cricket and Sarfaraz is the best wicket-keeper batsman in the country. Most importantly : Why no action against the Selection Committee for their atrocious Team selection for theChampions' Trophy ? No , wonder Pakistan cricket isin deep decline .

  • POSTED BY xylofon on | July 3, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Azhar Ali can play test. Maybe ODI. But his performance in the team was awful the last time has was given the chance over several matches. I guess thats why he is out.

    But yes, like a lot of people are saying the selection hasnt been with enough new players. There are a lot of names that should go on a tour like this.

    And one of the best points by kbilgrami needs repeating: "West Indies is not among the top teams so even good performance would not mean things are fine in Pakistan cricket. They need to perform well against South Africa, England and Australia in away series."

    We have to be smart as fans and look at how they play the shots and be capable of ruling out opportunist performances etc etc, many other things. PCB has sort of taken in the bunch they first rejected before the CT trophy. Its out with the old in with the even older. More young guns please.

  • POSTED BY Zee_1203 on | July 3, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    3 things need to be corrected 1) Afridi should be announced Captain this could help him to lead the upcomming world cup, he is a tough fighter. 2) Inclusion of Hafeez don't know why he been added. 3) Fawad Alam should be in the side.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | July 3, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Finally some water rolled into the ears of the selectors, they probably read the comments here. I am not sure how Afridi will do, may be OK in WI but not with fast pitch in Eng, SA, AUS. More young players should be tried. When will Hafiz be replaced by another young prospect? See what Indian selectors did with Gamvir, Shewag and Yuvi.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    Where is Azhar Ali? He should have been selected!

  • POSTED BY umairasgharbutt on | July 3, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    hafeez should have been dropped for at least this tour ! overall good selection, best possible efforts maybe, they cant pickup more than that !

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | July 3, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    Ahmed Shehzad in the squad is great to see. Already has 2 ODI 100s and him along Nasir Jamshed is a very young exciting opening partnership we will see because they will being lots of spark and flare with their natural ability. Pakistan obviously has young exciting players, use them and stick with them and they will succeed automatically with time. Good luck for ODI series Pakistan in Caribbean tour and future series from Bangladesh fan!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    I think its good selection and great to see Boom Boom back nd shehzad pak will win all matches inshallah

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Still it's difficult for Afridi to make it to final XI in ODI's

  • POSTED BY NaeemSatti614 on | July 3, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Afridi should be announced as Captain in both ODI & T-20 formats. In ODI there should be inclusion Younis Khan or Azhar Ali implace of Abdur Rehman, because in presence of Hafeez, Ajmal, Afridi and Umar Amin Abdur Rehman should be on bench in whole series. He is in only for Misbah's Friendship. If you need a left arm spinner than Zulfiqar Babar should better choice in ODI. In T-20 Zulfiqar Babar should not be given chance as earlier exprerience of India and South Africa Series. You have only two T-20. In T-20 Asad Shafiq should be included he is a very sound and tecnical batsman in all forms of cricket. But he is not given proper chances. Who is staying on wicket in T-20 matches.

  • POSTED BY jlw74 on | July 3, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    As an Aussie cricket fan with a soft spot for Pakistan (they toured Oz when I was a kid almost as much as the great West Indies side) can somebody shed some light for me on why Azar Ali is not considered worthy of your ODI set up? Saw him get a test ton in the UAE against SL and thought he was the future of your side and somebody Pakistan could build a team around. Is that nonsense or do the Pakistan selectors not see him as a 50 over kind of player.

  • POSTED BY jettison17 on | July 3, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Fawwad Alam deserved a place having the highest first class average in the country.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    One Word Only- PERFECT

    BOOM BOOM & UMAR AKMAL Both are capable to change the situation of Match at any point of Inning,s

    I am Happy And my best wishes for both these guy,s they are Talented and have enough fire-power to pic up Quick runs in no time

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    why Zulfiqar Babar????? 35 years old yaoungster is it rite??? we have lot of spin saeed ajmal,abdulrahman,afridi & hafeez and than why Zulfiqar Babar any one thinks that west indies pitches are more help for a spinner if is it than why not usman qadir or raza hassan or any youngster all the 5 sppiners of the team are more than 32 years old and why not a youn spines with them to grome......????? when all the slectors will be sincere with PAKISTAN & cricket

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    thank god malik is out, horrible technique

  • POSTED BY kbilgrami on | July 3, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Umar Akmal is not a specialist keeper. Rizwan should keep wickets. West Indies is not among the top teams so even good performance would not mean things are fine in Pakistan cricket. They need to perform well against South Africa, England and Australia in away series. I don't see this side much different from the one that struggled to make 200 in Champions trophy. We simply don't have the batsmen with sound technique to play in seaming conditions. The sad part is that even if we drop these old failures, there is no young player capable enough to replace them. I have not seen a young talent in last 10 years to replicate what Inzamam showed when he started playing. Is there any other side in the world where top six batsmen all have their averages less than 40 and strike are less than 80? Pakistan has, and will depend on individual brilliance....

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    best possible team but one player is missing "Raza Hassan" Overall Great work from Selectors.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Very bad selection's in ODI / T20

    1 Ahmed Shehzad / Hafeez 2 Nasir Jamshed 3 Asad Shafiq 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Umar Amin / Haris Sohail 6 Umar Akmal WK / Very Bad Decision 7 Shahid Afridi / Abdur Rehman 8 Saeed Ajmal 9 Wahab Riaz 10 Junaid Khan 11 Mohammad Irfan

  • POSTED BY RANA1610 on | July 3, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    When Hafeez is in the team, then there is no hope to win.

  • POSTED BY xylofon on | July 3, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Nice to see Hammad Azam part of the T20 but like people say lets see what the playing eleven will be.

    Its extremely nice to see Zulfiqar Babar get a chance since its a decision based on merit - he has been GREAT in domestic league. But like people have said its a big challenge to choose between so many spinners but that can simply mean they wont all be playing in the same match...easy as that.

    Umar Gul the eternal destroyer - he isnt part because of an injury I assume. Otherwise he is the best Pakistani Player after Jamshed & Ajmal - even if Gul isnt top top anymore.

    Just wait until next year when Babar Azam will hopefully play in Pak A team. You guys will see he is one of the best pakistani batsmen ever. Provided he is given the support and belief by PCB and others. Best potential in a player that I have seen in years. A naturla opener and a perfect fit for captaincy. You will see.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Perfect! Shahid Afridi, Hammad Azam, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Azam are back now! Too bad Umar Gul is not in Squad due to the injury! Insha Allah Pakistan will win! Abdul Razzaq is not playing because he didn't played in domestic cricket since January 2013. Thats long time so it is not a good idea to select him if he didn't played domestic because he need to play so it helps him to be in good form.. Insha Allah he will play in domestic cricket! No worries Abdul Razzaq fans!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    what abdul razzak, uwais zia, imran nazir pls take him

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    @everyone calling for Razzaq: Wake up people, he last played competitive cricket way back in Dec 2012 and that was an T20 tournament in Pak. He scored 30 odd runs in 6 matches in this tournament. Since then he hasn't even played anything. How can you select him??

    All in all the selection is ok. With Haris, Shehzad and U.Akmal in the squad. Would have liked to see Shoaib Maqsood and Hasan Raza in as well.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | July 3, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Far far better squad than what they selected in champion trophy which was disgrace to whole nation. I am still disappointed to see guys like sohail tanvir, umar amin and to some extent afridi as well in squad but i am so glad to see Haris Sohail, Muhammad Rizwan, Umar Akmal and Ahmad Shahzad in squad. I hope they play them consistently along with nasir jamshed. i would have preferred keeping azhar ali in squad than umar amin. my playing eleven in odi would be (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Ahmad Shahzad (3) Misbah (4) Haris Sohail (5) Umar Akmal (6) M. Rizwan (7) Hafeez (8) Afridi/ Ajmal/ Rehman (9) Asad Ali (10) junaid (11) Irfan... (12) Asad

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    where the hell is Raza Hassan?

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    this is bad bad bad bad Why they not pick Abdul Razzaq hi is best

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    very balanced squad, would have been much better had Afridi been announced as Captain instead of Misbah the loosing captain. Misbah didn't able to transform his batting form into winning innings & pakistan lost previous 5 series dis-cluding the indian series which we had won.

  • POSTED BY SyedArbabAhmed on | July 3, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    On which performances Umar Akmal and Afridi is selected? Are they overcomes their issues especially Umar, no answer but no problem in Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Overall a very good squad for both the format but my only concern is the selection of 34 years 205 days old Zulfiqar Babar in T20s? I mean he is ok for ODIs but a 34 years old for T20's is no future. we need Young blood.

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | July 3, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Mohammad Rizwan looks good selection. His batting credentials from domestic Cricket are promising. Replacement of Kamran with Umar does not make much sense to me. I think Hafeez also could retain his place in the side as fifth bowler. Afridi is back. Let's see if he performs as batsman, bowler or a genuine all rounder in the series. Still my biggest worry is Misbah. Among bunch of new players in the side, would he really find someone to share the batting duties? Lot to be prepared and contemplated by Pakistan before this series. Good luck neighbors!

  • POSTED BY Mann123 on | July 3, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    So Afridi makes his 1028th comeback? Perhaps that is how pakistan cricket works and with some good individual performances they do quite well too at times, but perhaps the number of stars in the team is declining especially in batting. The need is to change the culture for a better team spirit and contributing as a group now.

  • POSTED BY Lahore-Badshah on | July 3, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Misbah and Hafeez should be out. Misbah has played enough cricket ..............no:. has played all of his life,s cricket....say good bye to him........and hafeez should be taught a lesson for very poor show in scotland,ireland and in england champions trophy..... Kamran younis should be picked instead of misbah and afridi should be given the captaincy to boost these young players for 2015 show in Australia......

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Over all ok selection. only 1 questionable selection was Afridi but it was not surprise after the media talks recently. and enough said on other cric info post. his stats for past 2 years are not so good batting wise or bowling wise. 1 off performance in SA followed by 2 poor ones. mainly he was selected with the mindset that others failed so he will play. pcb moving in circles.

    Anyway he is back and i hope it will be last chance for him to perform & he takes it like that & performs better. not like SA when 1 off innings. would be better to score consistent 30-40 instead of 1 innings followed by poors.

    if he is in squad, he will surely play.

    Hammad azam should have been in odi as well. or any other medium pace batting allrounder as pak's weak batting cant afford to go with 3 seamers.

    Umar akmal also got another chance. hope he had learned some lessons. He can keep in t20 but rizwan should do that in odi.

    i hope haris , rizwan & hammad get chance in playing 11.

  • POSTED BY bingster on | July 3, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Why is Afridi in the squad ? Yes he is better then malik but that doesnt mean he should be selected its like going back rather then moving forward..In that case Razzak is better then afridi..By picking afridi selectors have wasted a player and afridi shouldnt have been in any squad let alone both. Glad that shahzad has been picked hes someone that should be given a long run hes young and energetic in the field and has that aggression about him..

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Fawad Alam and Abdul Razzaq at any day are better then Hafeez also Sharjeel Khan should have been included in the Squad he is very much like Saeed Anwar and with little experience if chance given will be exactly like Saeed Anwar in international cricket. You need to Groom Players Like Sharjeel Khan and Fawad Alam they are surely top class players and retain All-rounder like Abdul Razzaq he is top class performer and match winner don't abuse his abilities by keeping him out of the squad for heaven sake and throwing in player like Hafeez in top batting order of ODI;s while he just acts as a bowler , you need batsman more then bowlers and certainly this goes for junaid khan you rather have sohail tanvir instead of Wahab Riaz and Abdul Razzaq instead of Junaid Khan and Fawad Alam instead of Hafeez in ODI's it would make the team a quality team. Yes this time the selection is better but still its just average thinking I would give it score of 6/10.Think about these three replacements please

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    the selection is good afridi umar akmal and ahmed shahzad back now pakistan team is strong and they will defeat easily .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 3, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    my fav umar a will perform

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 3, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    gr8 work n team my fav umar akmal is there tanvir should be dropped n razzaq in

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Good squad for ODi's but not for T20 because in T20 squad we have 7 specialist bowler excluding Afridi and Hafeez... There should be a good batsman instead of Zulafqar Baber. Already we have three Spin bowler in the squad so why Selectors go for an other spinner?

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Look like a balance site...Afridi inclusion give boost to the younger player because he always run around him otherwise his batting & bowling recent form is so poor. Akmal and Ahmed is attacking player.. Good to see that we finally get rid of akmal and shoaib malik. Best of Luck for the tour.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    sorry we need an overhaul .. these guys are not good enough mentally .. we need some serious people to come out and play for the country .

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Muhammad Hafiz doesn't deserve his place in ODI's he isn't a batsman and only does good bowling sometimes and Pakistan need good openers and not good bowlers opening the ODI match and nerve racking the whole batting order with there consistent poor performance. Abdul Razzaq is better option then both Muhammad Hafiz and Junaid Khan in the ODI's and as for T20 afridi is the Best Captain. Hafeez talks big but his performances are little and I admit he;s good test batsman and at times do perform in t20 but this isn't good enough to make him the Captain and make such bold decisions to keep good players like Abdul Razzaq and Afridi out of the Team so that it doesn't threaten his Captaincy. Simply NO to politics in Cricket .

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    I don't know what wrong Adnan Akmal has made. He is the best WK in the country. His last innings was a match saving one in SL, in which he did not throw his wicket despite a broken finger.

  • POSTED BY asad501 on | July 3, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    hmmmm.... the ssquad is not bad but lets see what wil be the playing 11

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 3, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    No abdul razzaq why?

  • POSTED BY Ali_86xz on | July 3, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Better selections this time from the selectors. But still missing a few great players. Umar Gul, the best pace bowler Pakistan had in the last decade. Abdul Razzaq, the best finisher, a match-winner, and a good bowler. Younus Khan, full of experience, excellent fielder, hope he doesn't retire after not being selected. Other players that could have been selected, Sohaib Maqsood, Fawad Alam, Hammad Azam. But the current squad has the ability to take Pakistan over the finish-line.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Younis Khan & Abdul Razzaq should be selected???????

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Iam So Happy About Recalling of Umar Akmal And LALA Shahid Khan Afridi!!!

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 3, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Good selection.

    Mohammed RIZWAN is a good young wicket-keeper batsman, But he should be given a fair opportunity. I hope he is also not treated like SARFRAZ. Altough I would have prefered Sarfraz for his experience. I JUST HOPE THAT MISBAH AND THE SELECTORS DONT FIND AN EXCUSE OF GOING BACK TO KAMRAN AFTER THIS TOUR.

    BOOM-BOOM Afridi is any day better than S.Malik. No debate.

    The ommission of Imran FARHATis a great relief. Now I think the younster will definately perform better than Malik-Farhat-Kamran. Also the form of HAFEEZ will have to be under intense scrutiny. Hafeez has been out of form for over a year now.

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  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | July 3, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    A great squad selected for both formats for once but still, there are some faults.

    Umar Amin should not feature in either of the squads, instead could have had Sohaib Maqsood or Anwar Ali (if a fast bowling allrounder was needed).

    Also, why has Sohail Tanvir been selected ahead of Gul, Ehsan, and Zia-Ul-Haq?

    Lastly, I'm glad to see Zulfiqar Babar in the T20 team because he deserves it more than anyone else and I think he could feature for Pak in Tests ahead of Rehman.

  • POSTED BY uzairamir on | July 3, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    i hope this will be hafeez,s last chance if he doesnt perform

  • POSTED BY fah4 on | July 3, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    This is good move Umar Akmal as Wicket keeper it will give him more chances to play and by no means he can do bad then Kamran. Umar is a good batsman Pakistan should utilise him more. Raza Hussan should have been pick in place of Abdur Rehman who is going as a tourist with the team. Raza did well in the minimum chances he got.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    good team except one player....Why Afridi again.....Why??? can selectors or someone of his fans tell the reason.. two years failure of this man is not enough ???

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Afridis selection will surely boost the performance in the team and pakistan team will knock west indies 5-0 and 2-0. I am missing one person here Younis khan - the back bone .

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    All over its a fantastic squad but missing hammad azam or abdul razzaq in odi squad

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | July 3, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Why they not pick Abdul Razzaq again?

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    afridi and umar were dropped on the basis of their poor performance from past couple of years that is an understandable part but what i don't understand is that on what grounds/basis they have been recalled to the team?? pathetic decision.. no body knows whats going on with the selection in this country. well by the way overall a much balanced side from CT squad. good luck team green..

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    1. Afridi comes back again? why? any body has any clue? 2. Umar Akmal as wicket keeper batsman , very nice joke (he have been tried in past and is worse than his brother Kamran ) 3. Why not Razaq? 4. What about Muhammad Yousif? If Misbah can play (at the age of 39 yrs), Yousif is far better batsman than Misbah. 5. Hafeez cant play in seem and swinging conditions, so they are facilitating him by placing him at one down and he is doing worse, if there is no pressure or competition for the place in team and a player know that he will be selected by default, he will never improve.

  • POSTED BY Ali-Sajid on | July 3, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    This looks like a much better ODI side on paper. We have got good attacking batsmen in Nasir, Ahmed and U.Akmal with Misbah, Asad and Hafeez to provided stability. A very good bowling line up (as usual) and a new wicket keeper. The only change i would like for the ODI team would be Hammad in place of Afridi. Afridi has been very poor in recent times and in his place Hammad can come and accelerate the innings. He can hit the ball cleanly and is also a bowling option and should be groomed for that number 6 or 7 spot.

    The T20 squad is in my opinion a little unbalanced. I don't see the point of having a 4th left arm fast bowler in Sohail Tanvir. I would rather bring in another batsmen/all rounder or even Umar Gul (if fit) in place of him and Raza Hassan in place of Zulfiqar Babar.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    why raza hasan and razzak not included yet.. not good choice to left these two out

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Younis Khan should have been selected, he is a class-act and taking him out now jeopardizes the rest of his career which may have been up to 2015 world Cup. The rest of the side looks good. Although I think Razzak should have been in the squad.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    I hope some of the new faces in the squad actually get to play. Where is Umar Gul?

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Good team has been selected according to available resources.I hope team management will also select a good playing 11.

  • POSTED BY Jda123 on | July 3, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    If Pakistan think they can make Umar Akmal into Ab De Villiers then they are going to be disappointed. Good to see Afridi back I believe.

    Shezad Jamshed Hafeez Misbah Sohail Akmal (WK) Afridi Riaz Ajmal Khan Irfan

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    i think afridi should not have been selected, even though he is the fittest among all players, waste of place, for is what matters, razzaq is still better & reliable than afridi, and he has conventional approach, politics is something that is hard to die in PCB, now since afridi is in the squad so he will not give way for new comer like hamad, and the story will go on and on again, may be in next series afridi will be dropped due to poor form and we will see shoaib back......PCB not willing to learn from mistakes. They are not accountable anywaysssss......!

  • POSTED BY Morfi on | July 3, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    The team looks balanced now. For a moment I got scared from the headline that Imran farhat had been selected but I was happy to see the team. Now all fans here must pray and hope that come what may in the Windies, Farhat, Malik and Akmal the 1st, never come back to the team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Why PCB still ignoring Razzak ? What he has done ??? He should be in ODI and T-20 squad.

  • POSTED BY asad501 on | July 3, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    so happy imran farhat is out with kamran akmal. sad for adnan akmal havent seen him around since quit a few matches. still hoping for pakistan to win the tour

  • POSTED BY Incisivef on | July 3, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Best Squad ever possible. Just one missing, Raza Hassan. but Zulfiqar Babar deserved a chance ahead of him. So pleased to see that Selectors finally making a right choice

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Well balanced side...hope so performed well there...good to see young blood in the team....All young Players are good domestic performers hope so they show their talent at international level also...Good Luck Team Green team Pakistan

  • POSTED BY Shantul on | July 3, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    I am Very Pleased with the selection! it is the FAR Better selection than recent years! I would have prefered Raza Hassan in ODI in place or Rehman and in t20 in place of Babar! they both are old and Raza is the PAK future! so the more experience he gets the better it is!! Thanks Pak for Nice selection! I would not be mad if pak loses couple games! because it is balanced team! GOOD LUCK!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    My only problem is why they dropped shoaib malik from t20 squad. His performance in t20 was good in India. Where he finished the game with a six. And why zulfiqar in place of raza hassan. Who is young and much better bowler than even rehman in t20. Apart from that good team selection. You should never make a lot of changes because of 3 matches in champion trophy. As India lost 2 games in a row in West Indies. They won't change the team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Hammad Azam shoud have been selected for ODI's as well.

  • POSTED BY pomkul on | July 3, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    I think this is a nice team selection. Bt asad safiq and abdur rehman and m. Hafeez selection is doubt. They r all average player. The better way is select fawad alam, s. Maqsood and h.azam replace by a. Safiq, m. Hafeez,and a. Rehman. Bocz u have ajmal, maqsood,fawad, azam,and sehzad can bowl. And also groom u. Akmal as a part time bowler.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    I guess Younus Khan should have been in the ODI team. He is a solid batsman that you need to build the innings, and on top of that an excellent fielder, a total team player. I'll miss you Younus.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Pakistan selectors don't have a clue what they are doing. Afridi and Umer akmal should have been there in the CT also.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Where Is Umer Gul & Abdul Razzaq?

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    What about Razzak????....................

  • POSTED BY Captain_Tuk_Tuk on | July 3, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Good for Pakistan cricket great job by new chairman and selectors but lets wait and see how they play against T20 champions in their own backyard.

  • POSTED BY huhohuhohuho on | July 3, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Why wasnt sohaib maqsood selected he is a great player and should have been given a chance to play in the west indies cant understand afridis inclusion

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    i think Hammad Azam should have bee in ODI as well. why they are sekecting Zulfiwar Babar & Abdur Rehman?? Raza Hasan is the BEST choice much better than both old.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Why Umar Amin Still in the Squad? Much Better Selection this time but again Ignore Razzaq, How ever Hammad is in T20i, its Good One. Now Lets hope for the Best :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    Here comes Afridi again. If there was a stat to measure the most number of drops and comebacks he would be leading that list. What's up with Younis Khan? He's missing again.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    happy to see shahid afridi back in the team

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    If this sqaud can beat any team of the world

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    not good selection asad ali and asad shafiq it was more better selectng razzak and imran nazir instant

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Good team but razzaq should be replaced by afridi

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    I am happy with both the teams.. Way to go for 2015 world cup!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    I am happy as long as Imran Farhat is out.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    A new keeper Muhammad Rizwan. Let's see how he is with gloves and bat. Hopefully better than the Akmal brothers.

  • POSTED BY classicvijay on | July 3, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Good decision that Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal both were dropped. They have been given so many chances. Umar Akmal and Afridi are deserved to be in the squad. Good luck.

  • POSTED BY huhohuhohuho on | July 3, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Why was afridi selected he is no longer a good player. He has failed as a batsman and a bowler. Why wasnt sohaib maqsood included how many more runs does he have to make to be included in the team. Happy to see haris and rizwan but cant understand afridis inclusion. Sohaib averages 42 in first class ans over 50 in list a.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Not bad but Misbh should be remove from Captaincy as soon as possible he not give chance to young and new player that is why no new player is coming in team

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Pakistani ODI team still lacking power in middle and lower order, cannot see big hitters in the middle or towards the tails, new wicketkeeper is picked, let's see how he goes, but I still think, we need to have big hitting all rounder and a six hitting wicket keeper only then we would be able to compete with good teams.

    Good to see Ahmad shahzad back in the team but it would be interesting to see how he plays, his natural game is to play aggressive and if he succeeds, then it would be good for Nasir otherwise he has to improve with his lame approach.

    Harris Sohail looks a nice player, have seen few innnings in domestic circuit, seems to have the potential, let's hope he is here to stay, as with other players, they are still following old school, take your time, settle in and then play your shots, but with Pakistani batsmen, you are bound to see two shots only, defensive push and a big slog, people criticize Misbah, I think it is the same case with rest of the player, all are same

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    I think This Squad Can beat any team... this team SHOULD BE selected for CT.. ANYWAY........ AFRIDI, UMAR AKMAL Both Are great hitters....Misbah & hafeez will calm things.. and nasir and ahmed shehzad both are attacking openers...all in all this is a v balanced team selected ....

  • POSTED BY Hassan_U on | July 3, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Finally Imran Farhat has been dropped.......that is big news. For 10 years he managed to get in the team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 3, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    shahid bhai should always b playing for Pakistan till he self retires

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Better pick up than CT. Better Luck & Go Green :)

  • POSTED BY delpihero on | July 3, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    I think the squad is selected from what the public says, just so they the selectors keep there position if they follow what the fans want.

    Never would Mohammad Rizwan (wk) be selected if the public did not mention his first class 50 average.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    thumbs up for the Haris Sohail inclusion .. thumbs down for the Sohail Tanvir inclusion.

  • POSTED BY ZMPK on | July 3, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Thank GOD Mohammad Rizwan has been picked up

  • POSTED BY MianMoosa on | July 3, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    odi squad is very good,,,i would love hammad azam to be in both formats,,, in t20 raza hassan in place of zulfiqar babar would have be great option,, Z.babar is 34 & he has no future, while R.hassan is 22...he is very good spinner, we need to groom him

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Great decision by selection comitee, After West Indies tour they will drop Shaid Afridi and Umar Akmal due to poor performance and will get Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik back after performing well in local club level tournament in Ramzan

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    good to see akmal, umaramin, haris, and ahmed shahzad back to the team.....

  • POSTED BY Cric_god_Sachin on | July 3, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    I think Afridi's time is over and they should stick to Shoaib Malik considering his hard-hitting towards the end of the innings and handy bowling. Afridi's bowling isnt that effective now and i dont even remember his last heroics with the bat..

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | July 3, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Kamran, Farhat and Shoaib dropped? And Afridi back in? 6 of one....

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | July 3, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Kamran, Farhat and Shoaib dropped? And Afridi back in? 6 of one....

  • POSTED BY Cric_god_Sachin on | July 3, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    I think Afridi's time is over and they should stick to Shoaib Malik considering his hard-hitting towards the end of the innings and handy bowling. Afridi's bowling isnt that effective now and i dont even remember his last heroics with the bat..

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    good to see akmal, umaramin, haris, and ahmed shahzad back to the team.....

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Great decision by selection comitee, After West Indies tour they will drop Shaid Afridi and Umar Akmal due to poor performance and will get Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik back after performing well in local club level tournament in Ramzan

  • POSTED BY MianMoosa on | July 3, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    odi squad is very good,,,i would love hammad azam to be in both formats,,, in t20 raza hassan in place of zulfiqar babar would have be great option,, Z.babar is 34 & he has no future, while R.hassan is 22...he is very good spinner, we need to groom him

  • POSTED BY ZMPK on | July 3, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Thank GOD Mohammad Rizwan has been picked up

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    thumbs up for the Haris Sohail inclusion .. thumbs down for the Sohail Tanvir inclusion.

  • POSTED BY delpihero on | July 3, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    I think the squad is selected from what the public says, just so they the selectors keep there position if they follow what the fans want.

    Never would Mohammad Rizwan (wk) be selected if the public did not mention his first class 50 average.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Better pick up than CT. Better Luck & Go Green :)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 3, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    shahid bhai should always b playing for Pakistan till he self retires