Zimbabwe v Pakistan, only Test, Bulawayo

Mohsin lauds Cheema's debut effort

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 6, 2011

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Aizaz Cheema's figures were the second best by a Pakistan bowler on debut, Zimbabwe v Pakistan, only Test, 5th day, Bulawayo, September 5, 2011
Mohsin Khan: "I watched each of his [Cheema's] deliveries and he impressed me with his fitness and commitment" © AFP
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Mohsin Khan, Pakistan's chief selector, has praised fast bowler Aizaz Cheema's performance in the one-off Test against Zimbabwe and said it justified the selection committee's decision to use the tour as an opportunity to blood uncapped but promising players. Cheema finished with match figures of 8 for 103, the second best by a Pakistan debutant.

"This tour was the best opportunity for youngsters and they justified our decision, especially Cheema," Mohsin told the Express Tribune. "I watched each of his deliveries and he impressed me with his fitness and commitment.

"I won't rate the win as a huge achievement. The win wasn't against a top-class team but we have achieved our target of finding a fast bowler who can support the other pacers."

Pakistan rested their first-choice fast bowlers Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz for the Zimbabwe tour and opted for a new-look pace attack that included Sohail Tanvir, Sohail Khan, Cheema and Junaid Khan. Cheema, Khan and Junaid played the Test and picked up ten Zimbabwe wickets among them.

"According to our plan, we are giving chances to new players and Cheema with his performance has proved he will be a useful prospect for Pakistan in future," Mohsin told the News. "He bowled with a great heart on a dead pitch. Sohail still has time to prove himself."

The selectors were criticised for the experimental nature of the squad but Mohsin said he was "not afraid of taking these chances for the betterment of Pakistan cricket" and that he had the "full support from the PCB."

"I am here to prepare a strong team with a strong back-up for which you have to take calculative risky steps," he said.

Four Pakistan batsmen got past fifty in the Test, though only Mohammad Hafeez went on to get a hundred. Mohsin said Pakistan needed to guard against complacency in the upcoming limited-overs series. "Zimbabwe will be tough in that format and the team should not take the hosts lightly."

Pakistan and Zimbabwe next play three one-day games and two Twenty20s. The first ODI will be played in Bulawayo on September 8.

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Posted by nawabraza on (September 9, 2011, 11:12 GMT)

Pakistan has been always recognized for her raw talent and specially the young stars have always hit the headlines. Now is the time to build a team and there should be strict discipline. The current team has performed well but many would like to see the Asian giants to beat top teams in all the versions of the game. In the next 2 years the team should have 2 excellent opening batsman and 2 lethal fast bowlers. The PCB should think about the team rather than thinking about their power and seat.

Posted by imirfan on (September 8, 2011, 11:31 GMT)

No body is emabarassed about imran farhat. Yaa Allah when will they ever learn.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2011, 20:35 GMT)

i personally dont think u shud mock mohsin for his selection,because the people deserving to play shud be allowed to play not some one younger than 20..... let the 20 year old learn more or perform more in domestic and after some time he cud make it,unless u find some one as good as aamir u need not include a very young player.... his performance in domestic tournament + fitness shud be taken as the criteria to build a strong player which leads to building a strong team.... australia used to be the best team in the world and virtually undefeted if u look @ the team u wont even find some one less than 25 playing...... they take players doing really well in domestic cricket and having good domestic cricket experience......

Posted by Farrukh5555 on (September 7, 2011, 12:38 GMT)

Mr.Mohsin plss dont praise a 32 year old younger lol n tell us about the inclusion of Mr.Imran farhat

Posted by   on (September 7, 2011, 12:08 GMT)

I don't understand our cricket analyst and cricket lovers.One hand they say that we should give a chance to those who perform in domestic cricket on other hand they critise chief selector Mohshin for picking some good performer.I think Mohshin is doing a great job by picking a good side.We should have to change.We should appreciate good work done by Mohshin.We should give credit to someone who deserve.His hand are still not free from pressure of bord members and some influence people to get their man selected.Cricket is change due to T20 and IDI.We require a cool headed technically solid players.We do not need entertainers in the side.

Posted by tauseef_ntpc on (September 7, 2011, 10:41 GMT)

Mr Mohsin Khan is making mockery by saying a 32 years old player a youngster. i want to ask Mr Mohsin why Mohammad Yusuf is out of Test squad. Can he give me a single valid reason. If Misbah(37 years102 days) and Dravid(38 years 239 days) can play then why can't Yusuf(37 years 11 days) play.

Posted by GreenCrazy on (September 7, 2011, 6:38 GMT)

@Tahir Mirza : Well Said Bro.. Pakistan Selectors Gone Mad.. First of All Ijaz Butt Should Go.. And Afridi Should Come. If They Want To Give Changes For New Faces, Then They Should Consider About Younsters.. Age Below 25..

BUT PAKISTAN SELECTOR NEVER GOING TO DO THIS... HUH..

Posted by A.R.AHSAN on (September 7, 2011, 6:11 GMT)

MOHSIN KHAN HAS VERY GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR BY SAYING A 32 YEAR OLD MAN "NEW BLOOD". THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT HE BOWLED EXCELLENTLY AND MAKE THAT MATCH FOR PAKISTAN TO WIN AND SHOULD BE SHARING MAN OF MATCH AWARD.I DONT KNOW ABOUT ASAD SHAFIQ'S ABILITY OF WICKET KEEPING BECAUSE IN HIS PROFILE IT IS GIVEN THAT HE IS A WICKET KEEPER,,,PLEASE DO CONFIRM IF SOMONE KNOWS,,,,GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN AND WE HOPE THAT ONCE THE SENIORS WILL COME BACK THESE GUYS SHOULD NOT BE IGNORED.

Posted by imirfan on (September 7, 2011, 5:20 GMT)

Well well well its funny how people just praise themselves for one good decision and what about all the remaining bad decisions which led to pakistan cricket to its current situation. No one in the selectors or board officials is taking any responsibility for that.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2011, 4:59 GMT)

hey mohsin...hold on...what did u say...infusing new young blodd....for god sake....cheema is 32 years plus.....wont serve the cricket in longer term.....go for last of the teen stuff like amir khan and plan for future....and stop deceiving us and urself

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