Pakistan in Zimbabwe 2011 September 16, 2011

Mohsin praises Pakistan performance

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Mohsin Khan, the Pakistan chief selector, has said picking a young team for the Zimbabwe series will help in planning for the contest against Sri Lanka in the UAE next month.

Mohsin had been criticised for selecting an inexperienced side to tour Zimbabwe - in the only Test, of their three fast bowlers two were debutants and the other had played only one match - but Pakistan ended up winning the Test and sweeping the one-dayers.

"As a whole, the team performance is very satisfactory and even though Zimbabwe was not a weak opposition, our boys played well and won every game," Mohsin told theDawn on Thursday. The tour ends with two Twenty20 matches, one on Friday and the other on Sunday.

Several of the new players picked and those recalled for the series, such as fast bowler Aizaz Cheema and opening batsman Imran Farhat, have performed reasonably well. "This tour of Zimbabwe will help us a lot in putting together a solid combination for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka, which is one of the best teams in the world," Mohsin said. However, the final call on the squad for the UAE will be made with the region's playing conditions in mind. "Since the Sri Lankan series will be played in the UAE where the conditions are different, we will make the combination accordingly."

Pakistan face Sri Lanka in three Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 in a series that starts on October 18.

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  • shahid on September 16, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    On behalf of my friends and me a big thanks to WAQAR YOUNIS for his coaching periode. Pakistan has won quite a few matches even when problems were caused by Asif, Amir and Afridi.

  • shahid on September 16, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    Mr. Mohsen is boasting unneccesarly here. Zimbabwe is a week team and any pakistan top first calss team is supposed to beat them. Secondly, whole batting line is of older guys, be it hafeez, Farhat, Younis, Misbah, Umar or Shaoib, all of them are experienced players. At the moment pakistan do not have any fast bowler who could be considered as a world beater so having Wahab, Gul or Aizaz and Junaid doesnt make any big difference. And old Said Ajmal is there to pick most of the wickets anyway. And for Mohsen's information, he should thank zimbabwe for dropping 7 catches and then thank Hafiz for his bowling for the test win. Had zimbabweans held on to their catches, Mohsen could have been hiding his face some where now.

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    The tour of Zimbabwe is good for Pakistan, but some players miss opportunities especially Taufiq Omer and Shoaib Malik in Batting department, Pakistani bowling is also not good, Sohail Tanvir don't controlling ball and so many wide balls in the series, only Cheema is doing good job, Sohail Khan, Junaid Khan and Sohail Tanvir disappoint in fast bowling, Saeed Ajmal also not getting wicket in crucial times, Hafeez is improving day by day as a all rounder, and behind these all success only one man WAQAR YOUNUS, he should stay with Pakistan because GREATS NEVER TAKES BREAKS.

  • Azim on September 16, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Actually, Mohsin is praisesing his own performance. This is his best performance after his first marriage.

  • Imran on September 16, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    Well done to the boys they played really well, and to be honest I thought Zimbabwe played really well also, they pushed Pakistan close in the test, until the 2nd innings of thier batting, I was really impressed with Aizaz Cheema, looks to be a great fast bowler, and also in the latter match of Yasir Shah who looks as though can become a very good leggie. I was one to critisice the selection, of leaving out players like Wahab and Umar Gul however Wahab has played well for Kent and seems to be learing and gaining experiance of bwoling his inswinging delivery, a on the other hand I was least impressed with the efforts of Sohail Khan after watching him bowl so well in the domestic circut, but the picthes in Zim were less then helpful to bowlers. Pakistani's will always miss Asif & Amir but time does fly and inshallah they can both stay fit and come back with a BANG for us, I hope they have learned a lesson from what happend to them, the future for Pakistan looks good inshallah.

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