Pakistan in Zimbabwe 2011 July 28, 2011

Raja, Cheema, Sohail included in squad for Zimbabwe

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Pakistan have rewarded some of their consistent performers in domestic cricket by including three uncapped players - top-order batsman Rameez Raja, legspinner Yasir Shah and seamer Aizaz Cheema - as well as fast bowler Sohail Khan, who has played only one Test, in the squad for the tour of Zimbabwe that starts on August 28. There are also recalls for opening batsman Imran Farhat, who hasn't played for Pakistan since the one-day series against South Africa in the UAE in October 2010, and left-arm fast bowler Sohail Tanvir, who was last included for the New Zealand tour earlier in the year.

The squad seems to be an experimental one, with the bowling attack in particular featuring several new names and missing some of the senior players. Umar Gul, Tanvir Ahmed and Wahab Riaz, who have been Pakistan's three premier fast bowlers in recent times, have all been rested, with Sohail Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Cheema and Junaid Khan making up the pace attack. There is also a change in the spin department with Abdur Rehman being rested and Yasir being given an opportunity.

Pakistan's chief selector Mohsin Khan explained that the fresh look to the squad was an effort to blood youngsters. "We have to bring in young players along with seniors so that they could be groomed," he said. "Because it's a short tour we have selected only one squad for all three formats of the game and have rested Riaz and Gul in a hope to try out some youngsters."

Adnan Akmal has reclaimed the wicketkeeper's spot in the squad, meaning Mohammad Salman, who failed to impress with the bat in the West Indies and Ireland, makes way. Allrounder Hammad Azam also failed to have an impact on those tours and has been kept in the standbys to make place for Raja. Ahmed Shehzad, who was dropped after the tour of the West Indies, has been left out again.

Another development is the inclusion of Shoaib Malik, the former Pakistan captain, in the list of standbys. Malik has been involved in a battle with the PCB, whose integrity committee has not cleared him for selection since the controversial tour of England last year. Mohsin said Malik would only be included if he managed to obtain clearance from the PCB. Meanwhile, legspinner Danish Kaneria, who has taken his fight to get clearance to the Sindh High Court, continues to be ignored.

Raja's call-up comes on the back of consistent domestic performance in all formats. He was the leading run-getter in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Division One last season, and was top of the run charts again during the recent Faysal Bank Super Eight Twenty20 Cup. His performances in the T20 competition, which included a 97 in the semi-final and a half-century in the final, led to calls for his inclusion in the national side.

Sohail Khan, Sohail Tanvir and Cheema were all recently part of an emerging players camp at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, where they received tips from former Pakistan fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz. Sohail Khan and Sohail Tanvir both brought themselves back into the limelight during the Super Eight Twenty20 competition; the former took 14 wickets in Karachi Dolphins' road to the finals, while the latter captained Rawalpindi Rams to the title. Cheema, 31, earned his call-up through another strong first-class season in which he took 57 wickets in eight games in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

Yasir impressed with his 16 wickets in four games during the Faysal Bank Pentangular Cup at the beginning of this year, and then took 3 for 29 for Pakistan A against Afghanistan in a one-dayer. Farhat also did well in the Pentangular, hitting a century and two fifties, and was leading run-getter in the domestic one-day competition before that.

Pakistan squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Taufiq Umar, Imran Farhat, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Rameez Raja junior, Adnan Akmal (wk), Saeed Ajmal, Yasir Shah, Sohail Tanvir, Sohail Khan, Junaid Khan, Aizaz Cheema.

Standbys: Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Khurram Manzoor, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Talha, Hammad Azam, Shoaib Malik (subject to clearance from PCB integrity committee)

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  • ExplicitPlatinum on July 31, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    @Ahsan_Shere Mohammad Salman is an alright wicketkeeper but he doesn't even know how to bat and managed to hit a 6 with the worst technique I have seen. Adnan Akmal is possibly the best WK in the Akmal brothers I pressume? He still hasnt shown his talent in batting though but I do hope he does soon. The only reason why people are against Younis Khan is of his poor performance against India but overall he is a neccessary player who plays somewhat plays like Rahul Dravid but better.

  • Ahsan_Shere on July 31, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    I can't believe some are against Younis khan's inclusion. Just tell me is there any player other than Yousuf have a better Test average than him in near future even better than Inzamam's. For limited overs (ODIs), no man available has more runs to his name than Younis has.

  • Ahsan_Shere on July 31, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Where is Muhammad Salman? Why Hammad Azam in standbys? Ok you want to test your in-line bowlers but why giving rest to 3 bowlers; isn't it too much? Why they included Imran Farhat, Aizaz Cheema? Don't we have a clear example of Marcus Trescothick? Once he was sacked from international side they never look back to him just because its no mean spending on players who can't benefit you for more than 5 years or so, despite the fact that he is the most consistent than any other opener of the English County. Why don't PCB give proper run to players? Why always they judge on one or two series performances. Even player of Sanath Jayasuria's class didn't manage 20 runs in his first 10 innings......

  • ExplicitPlatinum on July 31, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Thank you everyone for tellign me about the issue with Imran Nazir. But I do hope Afridi comes back to play for Pakistan after the Big Bash tournament in Australia. Does anyone think he will come back?

  • AmjadZork on July 31, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    @ mso797 - Yes, correct (Jamal Anwar) was the wicket keeper & he is a very good batsman. A better batsman than Adnan Akmal & a better keeper than Umar Akmal. Not sure if he is better than Sarfaraz ... This young talent should be given chance & i agree with my other friends here - Imran Nazir should have been included.

  • MusarratBhayo on July 31, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Only thing was missed in the squad was Manssor Amjad (Leg Spinner & can bat Bat is well).. Bob Woolmer rated him the 2nd best Leg spinner in the country so it is disappointing as for as me concern, he only played on T20 against Bangladesh and 3-3 in Just one overs, and have one ODI is well both matches in 2008 so he needs some more chances for sure..

  • mso797 on July 30, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    @I. F. Butt what about asad shafiq

  • mso797 on July 30, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    @zork.amjad jamal anwar personally he and sarfraz are equally good

    sarfraz for odi (possibly tests) is anwar becomes consistent then he should battle with sarfraz for odi wicket keeper spot

    adnan best wicket keeper in pakistan for test but not the best of batsmen

    jamal could play t20 bu really umer akmal could keep in t20

  • on July 30, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    imran nazir ....should be there!!!!

  • on July 30, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    It is sad But it must be said. The way Bangladesh is setting themselves up do not be surprised if they overtake Pakistan. They are building themselves up around a young 24 year old captain and they are getting younger. Why would we get Cheema who is 31 and has never played an international match before? BAD SELECTIONS: YOUNIS, FARHAT, RAMEEZ RAJA, SOHAIL TANVIR, AIZAZ CHEEMA. We really want to see young talent. Not some rich people's sons who have no fire and ability.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on July 31, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    @Ahsan_Shere Mohammad Salman is an alright wicketkeeper but he doesn't even know how to bat and managed to hit a 6 with the worst technique I have seen. Adnan Akmal is possibly the best WK in the Akmal brothers I pressume? He still hasnt shown his talent in batting though but I do hope he does soon. The only reason why people are against Younis Khan is of his poor performance against India but overall he is a neccessary player who plays somewhat plays like Rahul Dravid but better.

  • Ahsan_Shere on July 31, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    I can't believe some are against Younis khan's inclusion. Just tell me is there any player other than Yousuf have a better Test average than him in near future even better than Inzamam's. For limited overs (ODIs), no man available has more runs to his name than Younis has.

  • Ahsan_Shere on July 31, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Where is Muhammad Salman? Why Hammad Azam in standbys? Ok you want to test your in-line bowlers but why giving rest to 3 bowlers; isn't it too much? Why they included Imran Farhat, Aizaz Cheema? Don't we have a clear example of Marcus Trescothick? Once he was sacked from international side they never look back to him just because its no mean spending on players who can't benefit you for more than 5 years or so, despite the fact that he is the most consistent than any other opener of the English County. Why don't PCB give proper run to players? Why always they judge on one or two series performances. Even player of Sanath Jayasuria's class didn't manage 20 runs in his first 10 innings......

  • ExplicitPlatinum on July 31, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Thank you everyone for tellign me about the issue with Imran Nazir. But I do hope Afridi comes back to play for Pakistan after the Big Bash tournament in Australia. Does anyone think he will come back?

  • AmjadZork on July 31, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    @ mso797 - Yes, correct (Jamal Anwar) was the wicket keeper & he is a very good batsman. A better batsman than Adnan Akmal & a better keeper than Umar Akmal. Not sure if he is better than Sarfaraz ... This young talent should be given chance & i agree with my other friends here - Imran Nazir should have been included.

  • MusarratBhayo on July 31, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Only thing was missed in the squad was Manssor Amjad (Leg Spinner & can bat Bat is well).. Bob Woolmer rated him the 2nd best Leg spinner in the country so it is disappointing as for as me concern, he only played on T20 against Bangladesh and 3-3 in Just one overs, and have one ODI is well both matches in 2008 so he needs some more chances for sure..

  • mso797 on July 30, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    @I. F. Butt what about asad shafiq

  • mso797 on July 30, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    @zork.amjad jamal anwar personally he and sarfraz are equally good

    sarfraz for odi (possibly tests) is anwar becomes consistent then he should battle with sarfraz for odi wicket keeper spot

    adnan best wicket keeper in pakistan for test but not the best of batsmen

    jamal could play t20 bu really umer akmal could keep in t20

  • on July 30, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    imran nazir ....should be there!!!!

  • on July 30, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    It is sad But it must be said. The way Bangladesh is setting themselves up do not be surprised if they overtake Pakistan. They are building themselves up around a young 24 year old captain and they are getting younger. Why would we get Cheema who is 31 and has never played an international match before? BAD SELECTIONS: YOUNIS, FARHAT, RAMEEZ RAJA, SOHAIL TANVIR, AIZAZ CHEEMA. We really want to see young talent. Not some rich people's sons who have no fire and ability.

  • on July 30, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    Imran nazir is the most inconsistent opener u will ever see ExplicitPlatinum

  • PKcric4evr on July 30, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    @getsetgo i agree w/ u completely...the only person that needs to be replaced is waqar himself,its as if the team is broken becuz of him.

  • Raja_naveed_khan on July 30, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    ExplicitPlatinum imran nazir is on the same place where all the other stars like afridi, Razzaq etc are, Imran farhat is the only one who performs in the domestic cricket lolz

  • zee96 on July 30, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    where is upcoming PROPER ALLROUNDER FOR THE FUTURE

  • ExplicitPlatinum on July 30, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Excuse me everyone but is it ok for someone to tell me where Imran Nazir is? He hasn't played an ODI for two years and why hasn't he been playing for Pakistan? Please someone who knows this reply back to me.

  • Raja_naveed_khan on July 30, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    Why not fawad Alam His average in test 42.00, ODI 38:00 and First Class 57:00. Which is higher than imran Farhat and any other current player in the team or domestic cricket. Don,t know what is the criteria they are selecting the teams,with this technique he is scoring thousands of runs, why he should change it, atleast he can be much better opener than imran farhat, he is brillian fielder and part time leg spinner as well,

  • Khan.Amjad on July 30, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    Agree with Basoo - There was a keeper who scored tremendous amount of runs in Rawalpindi RAMS.... where is he?

    Also, Afridi should be inn & Ijaz Butt should be out ?

  • getsetgopk on July 30, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    I wonder what would poor Misbah be thinking while playing in zim. having a coach looking from the balcony that has stated publically that Misbah isn't the right choice and that Misbah is only there because we are looking for a suitable replacement. what a shame! waqar needs to keep his childish suggestions to himself atleast and show some respect to the on field captain. Raja and Cheema are good inclusions but cant comprehend Imran Farhat's yet another recall. And why has Anwar Ali been neglected for so long.

  • cricinme on July 30, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    Whatever the team composition, not a big deal. We are only playing Zimbabwe.

  • rayees.mattoo on July 30, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    im a big fan of pak cricket but wt disappoints me is the behaviour of pak slectors and chairman p.c.b towards pak players.somebody plz tell me where is razzaq,imran nazir.i think both these players deserve to be in one day squad as razzaqs talent iz known to one and all and imran nazir iz a more dangerous player than sehwaz.if given chance.he iz a very good fielder also.i also miss m.yousuf s.mallik and s.afridi.rana naveed.

  • on July 30, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    Without Afridi Pakistan team nothing sorry......

  • donda on July 30, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    Meaningless tour so why to question selection, play what ever players you want to play.

  • on July 30, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    I do ?nt understand why Abdul Razzaq is not included in Zimbzwe Tour.He is very capable All rounder. How many All rounders you have in this squad.Fawad alam should be given another chance, JALALI

  • on July 30, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    how many more chances is imran farhat gna get

  • on July 29, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    it illudes me why abdul razzaq is left out of this tour. He is such an explosive player who is difficult to come by, as his performances in UAE and New Zealand have shown. Why not experiment by moving him up a few places in the batting order? Good to see sohail tanvir back in the attack, and not playing wahab riaz is also another interesting move.

  • KarachiKid on July 29, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    How can you have Imran Farhat and to some extent Taufiq Umar on the team when we have likes of Hammad Azam, Khalid Latif, Umar Amin, Fawad Alam, Yasir Arafat etc All the players I have named have only been given chances in bits and pieces while Farhat is a proven failure. I dont konw what was the need to rest Tanvir Ahmed. We are not really playing any cricket anyways. I am happy to see Gul and Riaz out of the team as both of them actually need a layoff and let them get their mind back. Finally I am happy to see Sarfaraz Ahmed in standby players, in fact he should have been selected ahead of Adnan Akmal. Salman Ahmed was an okay wicket keeper but he did not perform even once with his batting, so probably a good decision.

  • Basoo on July 29, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    I am very disappointed, HASSAN RAZA should have been given chance, and there was keeper from Rawalpindi who scored 50 in the final and kept the wickets very well through out the tournament. Rawalpindi RAMS had the best bowling attack and he kept the wickets very well..

  • nasir159 on July 29, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    why is imran farhat in the squad, in my view hammad azam should be in the squad instead of mr farhat

  • on July 29, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Once an again question mark of imran farhat selection.

  • JawadSyed on July 29, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    Hammad Azam hardly got a chance to play in the West Indies series. Afridi did not give him the full overs in any match and he did not get batting in three matches

  • on July 29, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    what happe to Afridi? Y not he called for this tour?

  • on July 29, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Why revert back to imran farhat?? he has been tried 39 times before in test matches and so far has failed to impress. Azhar Ali should have been promoted to opener because he has been playing nicely and he would open with Taufeeq Umar, then younis khan at 3. Also asad shafiq is a poor selection, rameez raja has been selected too soon, also sarfraz ahmed shud be keeper instead of adnan. When is Fawad Alam going to be given an opportunity?? he is the man for the job, he can play in the middle order with misbah and umar ackmal

  • banglafan on July 29, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Good choice of team. Best to try out new players against a weak opposition so that they are ready for the strong ones.

  • on July 29, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    i am surprise about IMRAN FARHAT. He is always ? mark for me but after that many years we are same. good work mohsin khan, Ijaz BUTT and IDRESS..

  • on July 29, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    In my opinion it is not a balance team there isn't any All-rounder I know Hafeez is there but it is still early days for him, secondly Sarfaraz Ahmed is much better player than Adnan Akman and what is Mr. Imran Farhat doing in the squad in-fact selection of both the openers i.e. Imran Farhat and Taufiq Umar is a question mark.

  • liaqathussain on July 29, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    i think the likes of azhar memmood and abdul razzaq both shud be permenent members for the t20 squad,, azhar's recent preformances in the uk proves his still very capable ,, if not better,

  • Farrukh5555 on July 29, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    can anyone tell what is imran farhat doing in the squad ? i m not sure hes even player to picked for a lahore team

  • S.F.Ali on July 29, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Misbah will enjoy captaincy as he has his coach, manager and chairman's support.

  • on July 29, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Well the kind of Jeopardy Pak cricket is in, it might not be surprising to even see Rameez Raja Sr to come and play again for Pakistan

  • on July 29, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    I think Misbah Ul Haq and younis khan shuld be rested and IJAZ BUTT AND MOHSIN KHAN shuld be included in the squad. by resting Gul, Razaq n wahab riaz i dont understand wt Mr. Butt is trying to prove. N young guns can be groomed around seniors n not by kicking out seniors. look at india their young players have got Dravid, Tendulkar, Sewag VVs laksman to learn from n look at pakistan squad....LEARN URSELF N IF U DONT PERFORM IN 1ST MATCH U WILL KICKED OUT N U WILL NEVER BE GIVEN 2ND CHANCE EVER!!!!!!! PCB A SHAME ON U!!!!

  • KingofRedLions on July 29, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    @ Bilal Khan - Misbah must stay captain for as long as he is capable of doing so. He is an able captain, and is in good form, so he must stay in the side to hold it together, as has done so far.

  • BUTT_093 on July 29, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    My only problem with this squad is the policy the selection committee has adopted in choosing it. Why haven't the youngsters that were 'blooded' in previous tours given another go. There's a reason why Sohail Khan has only played 1 Test to date and will play his 2nd after two and half years in the waiting. My message to Mohsin Khan is that if you want to groom fresh talent for the future, make sure you stick with them long enough to be given a proper shot to establish themselves on the international circuit and not thrown back in the wilderness based on a few bad performances. Take a leaf out of England and Australia's selection policies. They may not be the best at all times but their consistent policies encourage results that are always towards the higher end of the spectrum. Secondly, there is no logical explanation plausible enough that will allow you to drop your entire bowling attack for a tour. Pakistan hasn't played cricket for some time. Why would its players need rest?

  • JawadSyed on July 29, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Hammad Azam was not properly utilized by Shahid Afridi. Didn't even let him ball in the first match. I believe, Afridi treated Hammad Azam in the same way he treats Abdul Razzak.

  • on July 29, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    Pakistan needs to finalize one captain and name him from an indefinite period of time. Thats lame, nobody knows who is the captain.

  • anver777 on July 29, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    Pak selectors should have been given another chance to Abdul Razzaq....... I think still lots of cricket left with him & can serve alot for his country in future !!!!!

  • La_Bangla on July 29, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    Zimbabwe will be Destroyed. Just the way Zimbabwe will destroy Bangladesh. Go Pakistan!!!!!!!!

  • S.F.Ali on July 29, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    Still a good team for Pakistan against Zimbawve... I hope these young bloods will white wash the host

  • on July 29, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    Apart from the inclusion of rameez raja junior and the long awaited inclusion of aizaz cheema, this squad is as ignorant as it gets.

    Enough is enough.You need to change the captain and groom a new young player.Misbah is 37 and isn't getting any younger.

    Imran Farhat? This is what, his 10th comeback? They should have included nasir jamshed instead.

    good to see a new spinner in the side.I hope to see azhar ali in the one day squad now.

    Its time we made someone like an umar gul who has been fit and consistent, the captain of Pakistan.Asad Shafiq could be groomed to become one someday

    Bilal, Pakistan.

  • on July 29, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    AIZAZ CHEEMA IS VERY GOOD

  • on July 29, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    Im happy to see Aizaz Cheema given a chance, the man really deserves it, i've been watching him from 5 years, each year i hear positive remarks.. he improves alot.. he can also swing the ball at pace, which will trouble top order batsmen, he is Speacialist for his slow ball delivery, which would be good for t20.. IF YOU ACTUALLY COMPARE, AIZAZ CHEEMA'S BOWLING AVERAGES AND STRIKE RATE, U WILL FIND IT IS BETTER THAN MOST BOWLERS E.G.. UMAR GUL, WAHAB RIAZ, FAHOOD MASOOD, MOHAMMAED TALHA, SOHAIL KHAN, IFTIKHAR ANJUM, SOHAIL TANVIR, MOHAMMED IRSHAD.. AND IF YOU EVEN COMPARE WITH INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS, YOU WOULD FIND THAT HE IS BETTER STATISTICLY SPEAKING, AGE IS NOTHING BUT A NUMBER, EXPERIENCE MATTERS IN GAMES, DO YOU THINK A YOUNG PERSON WOULD HAVE ENOUGH CONFIDENCE FOR BIG GAMES, AGE IS ONLY A NUMBER, PEOPLE NEED TO REALISE THAT.. MOST OF THE PAKISTANI PLAYERS HAVE THEIR AGE DOWN, AND AIZAZ CHEEMA ISNT ONE OF THEM.. GUL IS ABOUT 32.. TANVIR AHMED IS 38, ASIF IS 35.. GOOD LUCK CHEEMA :)

  • Meety on July 29, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    Hope Pakistan have not taken Zimbabwe too lightly! Particularly given pakistan's record in Zimbabwe is not great!

  • I.F.Butt on July 28, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    Some disappointing names in the squad and also unjustice done to some players; Hammad Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sharjeel Khan. Sharjeel Khan, a star performer for Pakistan A should have been selected way ahead of the nepotism based player; Imran Farhat. For the rest, Sohail Tanvir is a random selection and is overrated. Taufeeq Umer has been given enough chances and just lacks the skills and shots for the shorter format of the game. He is a steady player and needs to be limited to just Test. Add those three players and it will definitely be a balanced squad and Yasir Shah is a interesting selection. If he is given a fair chance and does not sit on the bench, he might just do something in favour for Pakistan. My ODI Team from the names above; 1) Mohammad Hafeez 2) Sharjeel Khan 3) Rameez Raja 4) Shoaib Malik 5) Umar Akmal 6) Misbhah-ul-haq 7) Hammad Azam 8) Adnan Akmal 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Yasir Shah/Sohail Tanvir 11) Aizaz Cheema/Sohail Khan

  • CricketChat on July 28, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    Given that opposition is not strong, selectors rightly chose some new players to give them int. exposure. Their selection only makes sense if they actually play them rather than carry drinks.

  • wickysbest on July 28, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    Raza Hasan we miss u that shows what selectors are doing.....nothing Imran Farhat & Adnan Akmal (wk) are not good choice they in due to references......

  • on July 28, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    what is imran farhat doing? where is Muhammad Yousuf? Muhammad Yousuf should be back

  • unknownname on July 28, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    Why is Fawad Alam continuing to be ignored? He has a very impressive first class average of 57, better than anyone else in the Pakistan team, and also when he did play, he batted at no. 7 to finish the innings, when that is not his role! In his debut test, against Sri Lanka he got 168 opening the batting when he is not an opener! Why do the PCB keep ignoring him.

    Also, finally Shoaib Malik back in the team will be positive, and Razzaq should definitely be there, remember his innings against South Africa? He should be in the team for the next 10 years for that legendary performance.

    And the PCB should also get Kaneria back in the team. I could do a much better job than the PCB. And the inclusion of Imran Farhat? No comment.

  • on July 28, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    come on pakistan team u should bring afridi back he is real hero

  • shayad on July 28, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    20 Player for all 3 formats I Farhat,I Nazir,Y Khan, M.Haq(Cap.),S Malik, S Afridi, A Safiq, A Razzaq, N Jamsed,M Hafeez, K Akmal, A Akmal, U Akmal, U Gul, S Tanvir, W Riaz, S Ajmal,N-ul Hasan, M Sami, D Kaneria,(these 2 for test only)

  • mso797 on July 28, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    @Dale-force_winds_steyn_the_pitch rameez raja was part of the world cup winning team he does alot of commentry

  • likeintcricket on July 28, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Fast bowling looks hopelessly week.Wahab Riaz is the future hope and needs to be groomed. Umer gul was out of form in WI and he needs to be given more chances to come back into form. No point of giving chance to Yasir shah over Abdul Rehman who is a very good bowler. Sarfaraz missed out again and Danish Kaneria's career seems to be over now. Very sad!! I am not a fan of Kamran Akmal (the keeper) but his batting average in Test is better than Rimiz's first class batting average.

  • on July 28, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    adnan akmal parchi . he should be in reserve player list in place of Sarfraz

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on July 28, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    There is a big Question mark on Farhat's selection...He does not look like a batsman because he got worst technique...Long Live Mr. Alyas and make road for Imran Faraht in the National side..

  • on July 28, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    Raza Hasan should have been given a chance, e deserved it. For me I think, Hafeez and Asad Shafeeq should be opening and then followed by Younis Khan, Umar Akmal and Misbah.

  • on July 28, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    even agianst weaker team they wont give youngsters chance in playing 11. whay imran farhat is in squad? 2nd hamad should be in 15 men . & whwre is sadaf who was on benches during whole WI series. they should have rested younis, toufiq, imran farhat & give youngsters a chance against zimb

  • on July 28, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    Where is Mirza Munir?????!

  • on July 28, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    Where is razzaq? where is imran nazir? support my team no matter what but with this selection we cant beat big team!!

  • on July 28, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Where is razzaq? He is the best!

  • on July 28, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    i think its a good team all youngsters r included.........

  • SAIFI_84 on July 28, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    where is raza hassan. who bowled brilliantly in faysal bank t20 cup. he outclassed big hitters like khalid latif, ramiz raja and shahzeb hassanin the final. shahzeb was not able to touch a single ball of the super over bowled by him..... why dont you give him a chace...he is the future of pakidtan's spin department

  • on July 28, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    where is sarfaraz ahmed???

  • Faridoon on July 28, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    Maybe, just mayyyybe, Imran Farhath might find it in himself to prove all of us wrong and perform for a change. Wouldnt that be a big surprise.

  • bohurupi on July 28, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Why Ahmed Shehjad and Raza Hasan were not preferred over Yasir Shah, Aizaz Cheema and Imran Farhat?

  • a_rahat on July 28, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    sarfraz ahmed should be given a chance instead of Adnan akmal as we saw adnan isn't a good batsman. It might be better if Gul or Wahab would there in the squad in the place of cheema as he is on the older side. Hopefully the middle order will be strong. That's why a young and exciting opener could be experimented. May be calling Imran farhat back isn't a good decision. And Azhar Ali should bat at 3 in both forms of test and one day. He can be a good choice for future captain of pak.

  • khurramsch on July 28, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    couldnt understand this, strange. why imran farhat in? & ok you should give chances to younsters but where is sadaf hussain? who was selected in WI tour & sit on benches during whole series? why hamad azam not in 15 squad? mean u send them 1 series & drop next & give new one's cap. 2nd important thing will these new guys get chance in playing 11? or it will be the same which hapend in past sit on benches. & even against weaker team we wont put youngsters in playing 11. hamad & sadaf should have been given full chance. & toufeq, imran, younis should have been rested. during ireland series they send younis specialy from pak ,

  • on July 28, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    insha alla.....lets hope ZIM to win this battle easily....

  • on July 28, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    I think, for ODI and T20 ''Sharjeel and Awais Zia'' should have been included. They really performed well in domestic. FARHAT is poor selection and Younis should only be in Test squad. There is no merit of selection according to performance. why Kamran Akmal is out??

  • on July 28, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    y abdur razzak suffered because of world cup.he bats at no 8 and not bowled 10 overs overall in world cup so how can u judge his performance such player should be given chance again

  • on July 28, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    Bring in Shoaib Malik, he's the only choice on bases of experience and performance to take the role of Shahid Afridi who will be greatly be missed

  • on July 28, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    i hate dis guy imran farhat even i can bat better than him, Ahmed shehzad or sharjeel khan wud a been better option to open !!!

  • on July 28, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    its good to see a few young faces, but disappointed to see Hammad Azam being ignored like that. I guess Azhar Ali should play in tests and odis. Ahmed Shehzad, well he has got some time to do his homework. really bad to see imran farhat back in the team! the guy has been a failure many times!

  • BravoBravo on July 28, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    The matches between PAK vs ZIM will be more resmbling to the recently concluded series between WI vs IND. The 3rd test match between WI vs IND was really eye opener as it showed the real sporting spirit, and IND should be lauded for that.

  • Dale-force_winds_steyn_the_pitch on July 28, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Rameez Raja- Isn't there an ex-Pakistan player of the same name?

  • ExplicitPlatinum on July 28, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    I can't believe they still haven't included Imran Nazir. Correct me if I'm wrong but is he still a consistent player like he is? Why has he not played for Pakistan for so long?

  • on July 28, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    where is imran nazier?????they should include yunis khan and yousuf!!!!

  • wnwn on July 28, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Imran Farhat has been given too many chances and hasn't taken them so shouldn't be there. The rest of the players have earnt their places in the squad.

  • cric_fanatics on July 28, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    given the condition of both teams..it will be probably an even contest..with probably zimbabwe having the upper hand with MILES better FIELDING and a sensible captain.

  • BoonBoom on July 28, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Its so funny that some players are being ''rested''..... Pak hardly paly any cricket yet PCB gives rest to players!!! How shall they have continuity and consistency if they keep changing team combination under the pretext of rest. Give some rest to that old man called Butt.....

  • rao.pervaiz on July 28, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Why Imran Farhat again... where is Sharjeel Khan , Awais Zia & Khalid Lateef... -------There is no merit ------------

  • aahd81 on July 28, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    How many are surprised at Imran Farhat's recall after Afridi's spat with selector M. Illyas (Farhat's father in law) about Illyas wanting Farhat in the team? My Butt talks so much about eliminating player power...maybe he should have worked harder on eliminating idiots in the selection committee?

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    What and why Imran Farhat again...............this guy is pathetically useless.....Rameez Raja shud be fun to watch.....Cheema and Shah have points to prove....lets c what happens next

  • Pathan.777 on July 28, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Imran Farhat again in the squad???? I can't believe it.... Well any thing can happened in Pakistan cricket... They should had included Ahmad Shahzad.. That guy is the future SRT of Pakistan... and what has Hammad Azam done wrong??? He is must need of PAK in the absence of Razzaq... Well we can just pray for Pakistan cricket... I hope that they beat atleast ZIM...God bless PCB...Amin!!!!!

  • ImranKhanUSA on July 28, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Imran Farhat again, WHYYYYYYYYYYY WHYYYYYYYYYYY WHYYYYYYYYY. Wow Being Son In-Law of a selector really has its benefits, Cant Play no problem, married my daughter; in return you can play for Pakistan anytime. Sad b/c he is worthless and has not done anything to prove he is worth a re-call.

  • Ayzaz on July 28, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    How many chances does Imran Farhat get? Wish my father in law was a selector too!

  • Jokekiller on July 28, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Good thing Adnan Akmal is back. I don't know why he was dropped in the first place. I don't understand the inclusion of Imran Farhat. He has failed to cement his place in the team countless times. Yet he keeps coming back. I suppose he has been brought back to open in the T20's. Why are Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz and Tanvir Ahmed being rested for? They haven't played international cricket in 4 months. That should be rest enough.

  • a4ahsange on July 28, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    No Shame in Ijaz butt's game...::

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Imran farhat...afridi was so right about imran farhat inclusion issue in the team...farhat is only in the team bcuz of selector ilyas....Imran farhat...afridi was so right about imran farhat inclusion issue in the team...farhat is only in the team bcuz of selector ilyas....

  • loveb on July 28, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    PAK cricket transformation.........

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    if only they let everyone who are selected play and not keep them as extras and play the old regulars ... For the Test ... Raja- Farhat, Azhar ali , Asad Shafiq, Misbah Adnan Akmal (WK) Sohail tanvir,Sohail khan, Junaid, aizaz, yasir. If waqar really wants the youth to develop ..this should be the line-up against zim

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    Is this the Test squad or ODI squad?

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Imran Farhat again? We all know how he came back to the side.

  • Stark62 on July 28, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    HAHAHAHA

    A squad full old and mediocre players with the exception of some players!

  • Cruzan on July 28, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Right now both these teams are at par, Pakistan a tad stronger, but Zim can sping surprises and improve their ranking. Pak. team is highly divided and also indiscipline seems to stick in, while Zim are quite a disciplined side. So very interesting. Raja can be of course a great difference.

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    imran farhat IN ONLY IN PAKISTAN ONLY IN PAKISTAN

    NO WONDER WE ARE DOOMED

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Youngter : Aizaz Cheema 31+ Afridi out Imran Farhat in reason Illyas Ahmed

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    malik should be included in the squad also wahab and tanvir ahmed should be there give chance to juniors but keep upcoming players with u dont drop or pick abruptly

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  • on July 28, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    malik should be included in the squad also wahab and tanvir ahmed should be there give chance to juniors but keep upcoming players with u dont drop or pick abruptly

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Youngter : Aizaz Cheema 31+ Afridi out Imran Farhat in reason Illyas Ahmed

  • on July 28, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    imran farhat IN ONLY IN PAKISTAN ONLY IN PAKISTAN

    NO WONDER WE ARE DOOMED

  • Cruzan on July 28, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Right now both these teams are at par, Pakistan a tad stronger, but Zim can sping surprises and improve their ranking. Pak. team is highly divided and also indiscipline seems to stick in, while Zim are quite a disciplined side. So very interesting. Raja can be of course a great difference.

  • Stark62 on July 28, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    HAHAHAHA

    A squad full old and mediocre players with the exception of some players!

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Imran Farhat again? We all know how he came back to the side.

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    Is this the Test squad or ODI squad?

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    if only they let everyone who are selected play and not keep them as extras and play the old regulars ... For the Test ... Raja- Farhat, Azhar ali , Asad Shafiq, Misbah Adnan Akmal (WK) Sohail tanvir,Sohail khan, Junaid, aizaz, yasir. If waqar really wants the youth to develop ..this should be the line-up against zim

  • loveb on July 28, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    PAK cricket transformation.........

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Imran farhat...afridi was so right about imran farhat inclusion issue in the team...farhat is only in the team bcuz of selector ilyas....Imran farhat...afridi was so right about imran farhat inclusion issue in the team...farhat is only in the team bcuz of selector ilyas....