Zimbabwe v Pakistan, only Test, Bulawayo September 6, 2011

Mohsin lauds Cheema's debut effort

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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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  • 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.

  • imirfan on September 8, 2011, 11:31 GMT

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

  • 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......

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • imirfan on September 8, 2011, 11:31 GMT

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

  • 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......

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • dmqi on September 7, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    It is not the youngsters who performed, it is the experienced 30 plus bowlers. You need a mix of young and experienced. The only young, below 20 players to impress from the beginning were the two W's. In the recent past it were Asif and Amir, the two doped ones. You need to give chances to more under 20's with WI, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh and from there pick them for the big guns. I hope cheema plays 2 more years with good form.

  • on September 7, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    Mohsin Khan you must be joking at lauding a debutant bowler who is 32, an age when most bowler are thinking of retiring.

  • on September 7, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    can't think of an Indian fast bowler, playing his first match and performing like this.. how does Pak produce these fast bowlers..

  • US_Indian on September 7, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    I hope the indian selectors take a cue out of your thinking process specially keeping the future in mind and having a good pool of fast bowlers and try some untried rookies who are good now and may be turn into better bowlers in the course of time thereby enabling to form a pool of good 8-12 fast bowlers so that will help in rotation and also keep fit everyone and prolong some careers. Now coming back to pakistani fast bowling, they are pretty fortunate to have this conveyor belt of fast bowlers right now what i know there are pretty good fast bowlers like bannned Amir, Asif, and then u have umar gul,sohail tanveer,mohd sami, wahab, cheema, junaid, sadaf, sohail and a few more knocking the door which augurs well as usual for Pakistani cricket-fast bowlers are the real glamour of cricket. I hope Indian can copy and do the same atleast if they are 60% successful then I would consider that a real blessing.

  • Toescrusher on September 7, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    Mohsin Bhai looks very much in the positive fram of mind with one negative i.e. what is Farhat doing there? Farhat holds the status of another Mansoor Akhter in the Pakistan side. Paying extra attention to bowling is fine but the real issue is batting; we are not producing quality batsmen, please pay special attention in finding durable, long lasting batting talent for Pakistan and please, please, please...n+1 do not ignore the deserving batsmen like we did in the case of Asim Kamal, Saleem Elahi, Hasan Raza, M. Wasim and many more!!

  • KrazyCricketKid on September 7, 2011, 0:32 GMT

    I want to see him bowl to teams like Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and India

  • on September 7, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    Well Cheema is ok but I dont see him becoming a front line bowler - he may spend few years as a back up.

    Junaid Khan is however an extreme potential and Pakistan should make sure that this guy is trained properly and doesn't end up being the next Aamir! Also Wasim Akram should spend some time with him.

    If Aamir can come back in 2-3 years instead of 5 then we would have a deadly left arm combo with Aamir, Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz!!!

  • on September 6, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    pakastan need to find some1 like malinga or shoaib akhter kind of extraordinary bowler and prepare for next t20/and otherworld cup plus umer akmal should be keeping in ODIs or drop him if he denys for the sake of his brothers

  • on September 6, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    International cricket these days is so demanding that very few of the young players who get a change at the age of 20-22 will be able to ply at highest level for ten years or more. so all the fellows criticizing the age of cheema should keep in mind that if he gives good 3-4 years to Pakistan cricket it would be handy. A fast bowler these days may not play for more than 7-8 years due to ever increasing international commitments. peace.

  • mrhamilton on September 6, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    i forgot to say well done to cheema he deserves to keep his place and be given a full tour against a stronger side to prove himself further. Im upset at why tanvir ahmed and rehman were rested and why the pak team didnt schedule a second test and bred in different players in each test particulary the bowlers. guys like riaz and the others deserve a chance to make some money in country cricket what with the IPL ban. The pak players have been welcomed as a god send in country cricket, and no doubt the BIG BASH, and sri lankan premier league will welcome them too. As a south african i am a real lover of pakistan cricket but just wish we could see a strong domestic league emerge there

  • Jakhtar on September 6, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    I dont see Sohail Khan has any talent to even consider for pakistan crricket. Cheema has a heart of a fast bowler and deserve few more chances to evalutae him for future considerations before we discard him as we have seen many times before hapened to many others. Junaid Khan has talent can be a part of pakistan fast bowling future. I still see we need to fill up some gaps in batting department.

  • Zulo on September 6, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    Dear Mr. Mohsin Khan ( The Chief Selector ),

    Please also justify the selection of Taufeeq Umer who you giving chance after chance from last 5-6 years but he is still can't compete at this level.

  • R.Sankar on September 6, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    Would have helped if the selectors had experimented with the opening batsmen with a view to finding a settled, competent pair. Despite his century, I don't see Hafeez as a long-term test opener. Nor as a frontline test spinner. Resting Wahab Riaz was curious, to say the least. The guy has just begun his career and is still learning to be a good test bowler. And he hasn't played that much cricket lately to require a rest. Abdul Rehman, the left arm spinner would have been a better selection for the test than Sohail Khan.

  • on September 6, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    I don't understand why people are making fuss of age 32 ? and why is everybody forgetting the condition of the pitch and what it offered for fast bowlers. Get a life fans. Atleast the fast bowlers didn't leak runs. obviously the selection was a risk but i guess it has paid off. Seeing the condition of the pitch, it was a myth that it would bring out any result. The job done by cheema should be appreciated. Its all about passion, not the age.

  • on September 6, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    if Cheema is good enough to do well in test cricket at the age of 32, why shouldn't he be selected? it would be kind of stupid to ignore Cheema and go for a younger, less accomplished, bowler solely on the basis of age. he still has 2-3 years of cricket left in him, and then Sadaf Hussain will take over

  • on September 6, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    @ Binu joseph .... yup i second you anwar ali should get his chance instead likes of sohail khan atleast otherwise it would be too late..... i even want to see sadaf ( fast bowler) in action in international arena.... and i don't want younas khan to see him playing in ODIs and wanna see both unar akmal and asad shafiq instead. and even on this tour i guess we don't have a 2nd option for wicket keeping as well .. i am afraid where is salman or sarfaraz?????????????? this selection is not justifyable Mr. chief selector !!!!!!!!!!

  • on September 6, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    @ Ashik Sarwar.......lol..ur statement is funny budy.....that made irresistable to ask u one question.......Dnt u have any bowler of any age????????? what a poor talent pool....:P

  • on September 6, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    @Ashik Sarwar - an indian having a go at the pakistani bowling talent - height of irony!

  • Crackguy on September 6, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    I don't know why everyone is talking about age here... Ryan Harris is 31 and D.Bollinger is 30! Its not with the age but the fitness level... We all saw S.Akhtar struggling during the WC while Lee(who is just an year younger from Akhar) was superb!

  • SaadRazzaqKhan on September 6, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    32 years old 'young pacer'!!! Pakistan team and board needs complete revival!

  • on September 6, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Mohsin Plz tell me why Riaz needed to rest. He is young, there is no series immediately before and after this series. Plus he is playing county cricket right now.

  • Sachit1979 on September 6, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    When you talk about grooming a Cricketer, you can't really forsee beyond 4 years for him and I think Cheema can still maintain his form and fitness for another 4 years so not at all a wrong selection choice. I have seen so many Cricketers around the world who emerged like a big sensation at their early 20s and disappeared completely at mid 20s so I would still say that committment, fitness and consistency is the key to success and not the age. Well done Cheema and all the best for future.

  • CricketChat on September 6, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Cheema bowled with a bit of fire and looked like taking a wkt any time. I hope he can build on this performance and play for another 3/4 yrs. Don't know why he wasn't picked early in his career. The same can't be said of Sohail Khan. There was nothing special about his bowling. He also lacked pace.

  • on September 6, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Where is anwar ali...who took 5 wickets in the final Vs India in WC2009 with swing bowling.I remember his partners also Naseer Jamshed and Akther AyubI ilike to see this boy is bowling in international cricket...!

  • poderdubdubdub on September 6, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    It is a laughable statement from Mr.Mohsin Khan, GOD save Pakistan cricket from the selectors of Mr.Mohsin Khan's calibre. Who in his right frame of mind will call Cheema a young blood? Can we have some sensible selectors please?

  • on September 6, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    32 years ..And The Chief Selector Calls him a Youngster... @Ashik Sarwar: You better look at Indian Selection and performance in England.

  • on September 6, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    this is madness. soon this guy turn 32 years. how many year he can play for pakistan. we see lot's of pakistani fan moaning abt there fast bowling pool. don't u have any younger player. what a poor selection.

  • on September 6, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    He can afford to say this beacause of the Zimbabwian collapse in the second innings, and Cheema was a part of it, otherwise all of his first innings wickets were tail enders. And apart from Cheema the other two were utterly disappointing. So you cant say the experiment was a success because of two wickets of frontline batsmen against the lowest ranked team. Rather it has exposed the lack of quality backup in our cricket.

  • Punter-Fan on September 6, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Mohsin r u sure you have selected cheema in the team on performance base or that big BUTT ordered you to select him....Dumb selector you can not call some one young when he is in 30s....shame on Big BUTT administration..we need people like Miandad & Ramiz to run PCB & also we need some one enthusiastic like Afridi to captain the team in T20 & ODI...

  • Stark62 on September 6, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    Oh great, Tanvir Ahmed + Cheema = 64 yrs of age but only 5 Test matches played.

    A youngster would have learned a lot from this Zimb tour but the selector is a fool and thinks Cheema can carry on playing till his 50.

    Isn't 32-35 the age of a retiring bowler?

    How long can their old bodies sustain the grueling cricket schedule?

    What was wrong with trying Sadaf Hussain, Rizwan Akbar or Mohammed Rameez?

  • Navzkhan on September 6, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Mr.Mohsin cheema is already 32,can u find some young talent like junaid etc.pak have plenty of fast bowlers, we should look for some solid batsmen also.

  • cricinme on September 6, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    For me Cheema is not a long time option. His stature does not look good for bowling long perioids. He may go the Mohamed Sami way. He puffs out over what stamina he has. Such bowlers do not last long. Junaid can be a better option.

  • poderdubdubdub on September 6, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Aizaz Cheema is fine, but he is 32 years old! Mohsin Khan should be looking for 18 years olds (new Akrams, Aamirs and Asifs, also protect them from so called "agents"). Frankly the majority of the current Pakistani fast bowlers are nothing more than mediocres, it is a disappointing statement from Mr.Mohsin Khan.

  • AftabLaddu on September 6, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    "This tour was the best opportunity for youngsters and they justified our decision, especially Cheema". So as per Mohsin Cheema is a youngster at 31!!! Can't help but laughing out!!!!

  • on September 6, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    at ant point zimbabwe puts you away for 400+ the desicion to leave your top 2 fast bowlers out is not justified. And Aizaz cheema was indeed not too shabby but what about sohail khan and junaid khan? they were both less than impressive and if not for our spinners i dont think we have a pacebowling attack right nw capable of picking up 15 to 20 wickets in a test...

  • on September 6, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    cheema is a good find i guess he needs to be trained by some quality fast bowler wasim waqar or shoaib we need 2 or 3 top class fast bowlers for future for sure after departure of shoaib asif and aamir !

  • Fakh_36 on September 6, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    good justification for his selection, but tell us how much cricket GUL & Riyaz playing, when u resting them, this is not resting them, trying to spoil their careers, why not playing sohail tanvir, eventually, it comes true that this administration trying to axe all the senior stars, n griping the team, to play with their way. completely nonsense. why each and every series is going in experimentation, look at other teams they r playing with their full strength teams, n look at the ranking, where we are now. please bring back all the star players, like Afridi, Razzak, Gul, etc. and concentrate to have improved ur ranking, don't experiment for whole of ur life.

  • khurramsch on September 6, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    main thing now is to give cheema more chances in playing 11. problem with pakistan is that they dont give more chances. sadaf husain was included in WI squad but never played & this time no where in team. same hapend with usman & hammad azam not given enough chances & now not selected.

  • khurramsch on September 6, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    yes cheemas debut performance good. yes it was agianst zimb but none of others did anything well. sohail khans 2nd test was as disaopinting as 1st one. he is total disapointment. yes junaid didnt get much wickets as well but he did trouble batsmen. cheema should be included in ODIs. inclusion of malik, farhat, toufeeq will definately take any youngsters space in ODis. i think only place for malik to be in odi is opener.

  • Hummi on September 6, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Welldone, very welldone by all pakistani players specially M Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal also bowled well in the match. but why was Fawad Alam not included in the squad?

  • MOHAMMAD-AHMAD on September 6, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    What a joke this is? Your are not selecting the boys at 16 to 20 but in 32 or 36 Like Misbah and Justifying you mistake.

    Hahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Rakim on September 6, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Good job by selectors, although one can say that these players are not young enough, but still Kudos!!

    I was hoping if they let Asaf Shafiq play a bit more

  • on September 6, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Pakistan won more coz of zim's ineptitude than bowlers brilliance, this guy ddnt really do anything!

  • Alam17 on September 6, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    Mr. Chief Slector, who told you he is a youngster??? he is 32 years old man, come on wake up and how long he can play for Pakistan?????

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  • Alam17 on September 6, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    Mr. Chief Slector, who told you he is a youngster??? he is 32 years old man, come on wake up and how long he can play for Pakistan?????

  • on September 6, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Pakistan won more coz of zim's ineptitude than bowlers brilliance, this guy ddnt really do anything!

  • Rakim on September 6, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Good job by selectors, although one can say that these players are not young enough, but still Kudos!!

    I was hoping if they let Asaf Shafiq play a bit more

  • MOHAMMAD-AHMAD on September 6, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    What a joke this is? Your are not selecting the boys at 16 to 20 but in 32 or 36 Like Misbah and Justifying you mistake.

    Hahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Hummi on September 6, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Welldone, very welldone by all pakistani players specially M Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal also bowled well in the match. but why was Fawad Alam not included in the squad?

  • khurramsch on September 6, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    yes cheemas debut performance good. yes it was agianst zimb but none of others did anything well. sohail khans 2nd test was as disaopinting as 1st one. he is total disapointment. yes junaid didnt get much wickets as well but he did trouble batsmen. cheema should be included in ODIs. inclusion of malik, farhat, toufeeq will definately take any youngsters space in ODis. i think only place for malik to be in odi is opener.

  • khurramsch on September 6, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    main thing now is to give cheema more chances in playing 11. problem with pakistan is that they dont give more chances. sadaf husain was included in WI squad but never played & this time no where in team. same hapend with usman & hammad azam not given enough chances & now not selected.

  • Fakh_36 on September 6, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    good justification for his selection, but tell us how much cricket GUL & Riyaz playing, when u resting them, this is not resting them, trying to spoil their careers, why not playing sohail tanvir, eventually, it comes true that this administration trying to axe all the senior stars, n griping the team, to play with their way. completely nonsense. why each and every series is going in experimentation, look at other teams they r playing with their full strength teams, n look at the ranking, where we are now. please bring back all the star players, like Afridi, Razzak, Gul, etc. and concentrate to have improved ur ranking, don't experiment for whole of ur life.

  • on September 6, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    cheema is a good find i guess he needs to be trained by some quality fast bowler wasim waqar or shoaib we need 2 or 3 top class fast bowlers for future for sure after departure of shoaib asif and aamir !

  • on September 6, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    at ant point zimbabwe puts you away for 400+ the desicion to leave your top 2 fast bowlers out is not justified. And Aizaz cheema was indeed not too shabby but what about sohail khan and junaid khan? they were both less than impressive and if not for our spinners i dont think we have a pacebowling attack right nw capable of picking up 15 to 20 wickets in a test...