Pakistan in Zimbabwe 2013 August 6, 2013

Jamshed, Irfan left out of Pakistan Test squad

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Pakistan have left out Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Irfan from the 15-member Test squad for the tour of Zimbabwe. The other players to miss out from the squad that played in South Africa in February are batsman Haris Sohail, wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, batsman Taufeeq Umar and fast bowler Umar Gul, who is out due to injury. They have been replaced by fast bowlers Wahab Riaz and Rahat Ali, along with batsman Imran Farhat (who was not part of the original Test squad in South Africa), batsman Khurram Manzoor and wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal.

Pakistan announced their ODI and T20 squads too, selected by a three-man selection committee contracted to the PCB, but without a chief selector. The announcement was made via a press release without any explanations on the reasons for the changes in the squads, though ESPNcricinfo understands that Irfan has been temporarily relieved from the longer-format, while Jamshed has been restricted to the limited-overs squad to allow 27-year-old Manzoor to assume the opening slot. Manzoor last played for Pakistan during their 2010 tour of Australia.

Irfan's fitness has been a crucial factor in his cricketing life thus far, with concerns over his ability to bowl long spells. He is the tallest cricketer ever to play Test cricket at 7'1", and has played for Pakistan since their December 2012 tour of India. He was retained for both limited-overs squads, besides the three fast bowlers - Junaid Khan, Asad Ali and Anwar Ali. Sarfraz Ahmed, who was part of Pakistan's previous Test squad, lost his spot to Adnan Akmal. Sarfraz was decent behind the stumps, but averaged 13.83 with the bat in three Test matches against South Africa.

Wahab Riaz, who played four ODIs during the recent tour of West Indies, managed to take only two wickets and was subsequently dropped from the one-day and T20 squads, with Anwar Ali replacing him in both formats. Peshawar batsman Mohammad Rizwan, who was also part of the squad in the West Indies, has been left out because of his inclusion in the Pakistan Under-23 squad.

The selectors also recruited a new batsman, Multan-born Sohaib Maqsood, for the Twenty20 squad. Maqsood finished as one of the leading runs scorers in the President's One-day Cup, where he scored 427 runs at 71.60. He also scored 402 runs at 50.25 in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy, and was the top-scorer for WAPDA in the President's Trophy, finishing with 618 runs at 41.20. Anwar Ali, who first gained recognition with his swing bowling during the 2006 Under-19 World Cup, has only played one T20 International against Zimbabwe in 2008.

Moin Khan, whose appointment as chief selector was ruled out by the Islamabad High Court two weeks ago, has been named team manager for the tour. Fast bowling coach Mohammad Akram has also been asked to continue despite his contract running out in the middle of August.

Test squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Asad Shafiq, Khurram Manzoor, Adnan Akmal (wk), Faisal Iqbal, Younis Khan, Azhar Ali, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Rahat Ali, Ehsan Adil

ODI squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Asad Shafiq, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal (wk), Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Abdul Rehman, Asad Ali, Anwar Ali, Haris Sohail

T20 squad: Mohammad Hafeez (capt), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Asad Ali, Anwar Ali, Haris Sohail

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

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  • ARFB on August 6, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Ajmal should have been rested.He is 35 and taking too much burden.We should have saved him for the important upcoming series with SA & later with Srilanka.He needs to take some rest, he will be the most crucial player in these fixtures.Zimbabwe wont make spin tracks so Rehman should have been given the complete charge of spin attack.This would have given him some match practice for the series with SA. Poor selection of Imran farhat.I agree with selectors for not selecting NJ for test series.Let him concentrate on ODI's & fix his place in the format as of now.Adding him in test squad would put extra burden on him, & he would think that alot is expected from him & this would put extra pressure on him.He was rushed in to the SA squad & that turned out to be a bad decision.He got under pressure, couldn't perform in tests & lost his ODI form too.

  • jack500197 on August 13, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    I am glad Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi are in the ODI and T-20 squad. They bring in positive energy which is very important to the Pakistan cricket team. Giving Anwar Ali an opportunity in the ODI and T-20 is an excellent idea. Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal might be in the test squad but they don't have to play, in fact, I request Pakistan selectors to not make them play. As far as Misbah being the captain for the test series is inevitable because we don't have a replacement, Hafeez cannot do the job. However, we need to work on a replacement because he can probably play another couple of years. He is very calm and an excellent captain.Remember Imran khan played at 40 and with his leadership and support of his team won the world cup. We are missing Abdul Razzak, please bring him in the team. He is an extremely talented all rounder and will be an amazing asset to the present and future of pakistan cricket. It is probably a good idea for Hafeez to not play test and focus on ODI and T-20.

  • Aura123 on August 12, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Agree with Umar Riaz below *** SELECTED *** FAISAL IQBAL: Batting avg of 26 in 26 test since 2001 and only one hundred. M HAFEEZ: Scored 30 run in 3 test 6 innings against SA in last series. Flawed batting technique to become an opener at Test level. IMRAN FARHAT: Failed in almost every series in recent years is being selected again and again and a worst fielder. YOUNIS KHAN: Was a star batman once but his time is over. A youngster should be given a chance against a team like Zimbabwe MISBAH UL HAQ: Great Test batsman but is age 39. A youngster should be given a chance against a team like Zimbabwe* NOT SELECTED * UMAR AKMAL: I think the most talented batman in Pakistan since Javed Miandad. He had proved that in last series against WI while batting low down at #6. Scored with avg of 50+ & strike rate of 100+ both in ODI and T20. UMAR AMIN: had excellent domestic season. Played an excellent in the only opportunity given in WI tour. HARIS SOHAIL: young & best batman in domest Safarish sys

  • asad501 on August 12, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    i wish Pakistan had chosen a better squad the playing 11, for the test matches should have been like this taufeeq umar nasir jamshed khurram manzoor umer amin misbahh ul haq adnan akmal mohaammad hafeez wahab riaz saeed ajmal junaid khan mohammad irfan

  • on August 12, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    Pakistan feed youngsters against England , SA, Australia and other big teams just to show how poor they are .. they get chances for one tour and thats it. Hafeez occupied the position of batsman but failed everytime and tried to prove himself good with the ball. Misbah will be 41 by the 2015 worldcup but he is selfish enough to lead the team even against Zimbabwae, Imran Farhat married a daughter of some high-up in PCB , everybody knows. Who cares, its PCB, governed by Sethi :P Teams who are looking forward to 2015 Wcup have defined their strategies. look at Strauss he is now sitting in the commentry box with old chaps but we just have Misbah & Hafeez , otherwise we'll lose every single match :P its not strange , its funny

  • FourthStump on August 11, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    To be successful in bringing in new players you must back them in all formats for a fair amount of time. The likes of Kohli, Raina, Sharma are not dropped for new faces each series or just told to be ODI players.

    In the West Indies we picked Nasir Jamshed, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal and Haris Sohail. They showed promise so if these are the best we have then we need to back them for 12 months across all formats.

    This selection is a joke. I feel for Misbah and Dav how can you run a successful team when the PCB hierarchy are so incompetent. The Zimbabwe Series should be used to develop our young players not hand out extra test caps as favours to old failures like Faisal Iqbal and Imran Farhat.

  • on August 11, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    we should learn from india they tested so many youngsters and they rose to the occasion . if not much 4,5 young faces should have been in squad .we have shehzad, umar amin, haris who hopefully get chances.like rahane rayudu unadkat, mishra got.

  • Needii on August 9, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    a golden opportunity is wasted by selectors to get some new talent... players performing superbly in domestic circuit are not getting chances.. disappointed to see this..

  • on August 9, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Nasir, Shahzad Ahmad, Umar Amin, Harris Sohail, Umar Akmal Misbah, Adnan, Junaid, Rahat, Anwar Rehman ... should have been playing XI,

  • on August 9, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    *** SELECTED *** FAISAL IQBAL: Batting avg of 26 in 26 test since 2001 and only one hundred. M HAFEEZ: Scored 30 run in 3 test 6 innings against SA in last series. Flawed batting technique to become an opener at Test level. IMRAN FARHAT: Failed in almost every series in recent years is being selected again and again and a worst fielder. YOUNIS KHAN: Was a star batman once but his time is over. A youngster should be given a chance against a team like Zimbabwe MISBAH UL HAQ: Great Test batsman but is age 39. A youngster should be given a chance against a team like Zimbabwe

    *** NOT SELECTED *** UMAR AKMAL: I think the most talented batman in Pakistan since Javed Miandad. He had proved that in last series against WI while batting low down at #6. Scored with avg of 50+ & strike rate of 100+ both in ODI and T20. UMAR AMIN: had excellent domestic season. Played an excellent in the only opportunity given in WI tour. HARIS SOHAIL: young & best batman in domestic circuit

  • ARFB on August 6, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Ajmal should have been rested.He is 35 and taking too much burden.We should have saved him for the important upcoming series with SA & later with Srilanka.He needs to take some rest, he will be the most crucial player in these fixtures.Zimbabwe wont make spin tracks so Rehman should have been given the complete charge of spin attack.This would have given him some match practice for the series with SA. Poor selection of Imran farhat.I agree with selectors for not selecting NJ for test series.Let him concentrate on ODI's & fix his place in the format as of now.Adding him in test squad would put extra burden on him, & he would think that alot is expected from him & this would put extra pressure on him.He was rushed in to the SA squad & that turned out to be a bad decision.He got under pressure, couldn't perform in tests & lost his ODI form too.

  • jack500197 on August 13, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    I am glad Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi are in the ODI and T-20 squad. They bring in positive energy which is very important to the Pakistan cricket team. Giving Anwar Ali an opportunity in the ODI and T-20 is an excellent idea. Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal might be in the test squad but they don't have to play, in fact, I request Pakistan selectors to not make them play. As far as Misbah being the captain for the test series is inevitable because we don't have a replacement, Hafeez cannot do the job. However, we need to work on a replacement because he can probably play another couple of years. He is very calm and an excellent captain.Remember Imran khan played at 40 and with his leadership and support of his team won the world cup. We are missing Abdul Razzak, please bring him in the team. He is an extremely talented all rounder and will be an amazing asset to the present and future of pakistan cricket. It is probably a good idea for Hafeez to not play test and focus on ODI and T-20.

  • Aura123 on August 12, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Agree with Umar Riaz below *** SELECTED *** FAISAL IQBAL: Batting avg of 26 in 26 test since 2001 and only one hundred. M HAFEEZ: Scored 30 run in 3 test 6 innings against SA in last series. Flawed batting technique to become an opener at Test level. IMRAN FARHAT: Failed in almost every series in recent years is being selected again and again and a worst fielder. YOUNIS KHAN: Was a star batman once but his time is over. A youngster should be given a chance against a team like Zimbabwe MISBAH UL HAQ: Great Test batsman but is age 39. A youngster should be given a chance against a team like Zimbabwe* NOT SELECTED * UMAR AKMAL: I think the most talented batman in Pakistan since Javed Miandad. He had proved that in last series against WI while batting low down at #6. Scored with avg of 50+ & strike rate of 100+ both in ODI and T20. UMAR AMIN: had excellent domestic season. Played an excellent in the only opportunity given in WI tour. HARIS SOHAIL: young & best batman in domest Safarish sys

  • asad501 on August 12, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    i wish Pakistan had chosen a better squad the playing 11, for the test matches should have been like this taufeeq umar nasir jamshed khurram manzoor umer amin misbahh ul haq adnan akmal mohaammad hafeez wahab riaz saeed ajmal junaid khan mohammad irfan

  • on August 12, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    Pakistan feed youngsters against England , SA, Australia and other big teams just to show how poor they are .. they get chances for one tour and thats it. Hafeez occupied the position of batsman but failed everytime and tried to prove himself good with the ball. Misbah will be 41 by the 2015 worldcup but he is selfish enough to lead the team even against Zimbabwae, Imran Farhat married a daughter of some high-up in PCB , everybody knows. Who cares, its PCB, governed by Sethi :P Teams who are looking forward to 2015 Wcup have defined their strategies. look at Strauss he is now sitting in the commentry box with old chaps but we just have Misbah & Hafeez , otherwise we'll lose every single match :P its not strange , its funny

  • FourthStump on August 11, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    To be successful in bringing in new players you must back them in all formats for a fair amount of time. The likes of Kohli, Raina, Sharma are not dropped for new faces each series or just told to be ODI players.

    In the West Indies we picked Nasir Jamshed, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal and Haris Sohail. They showed promise so if these are the best we have then we need to back them for 12 months across all formats.

    This selection is a joke. I feel for Misbah and Dav how can you run a successful team when the PCB hierarchy are so incompetent. The Zimbabwe Series should be used to develop our young players not hand out extra test caps as favours to old failures like Faisal Iqbal and Imran Farhat.

  • on August 11, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    we should learn from india they tested so many youngsters and they rose to the occasion . if not much 4,5 young faces should have been in squad .we have shehzad, umar amin, haris who hopefully get chances.like rahane rayudu unadkat, mishra got.

  • Needii on August 9, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    a golden opportunity is wasted by selectors to get some new talent... players performing superbly in domestic circuit are not getting chances.. disappointed to see this..

  • on August 9, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Nasir, Shahzad Ahmad, Umar Amin, Harris Sohail, Umar Akmal Misbah, Adnan, Junaid, Rahat, Anwar Rehman ... should have been playing XI,

  • on August 9, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    *** SELECTED *** FAISAL IQBAL: Batting avg of 26 in 26 test since 2001 and only one hundred. M HAFEEZ: Scored 30 run in 3 test 6 innings against SA in last series. Flawed batting technique to become an opener at Test level. IMRAN FARHAT: Failed in almost every series in recent years is being selected again and again and a worst fielder. YOUNIS KHAN: Was a star batman once but his time is over. A youngster should be given a chance against a team like Zimbabwe MISBAH UL HAQ: Great Test batsman but is age 39. A youngster should be given a chance against a team like Zimbabwe

    *** NOT SELECTED *** UMAR AKMAL: I think the most talented batman in Pakistan since Javed Miandad. He had proved that in last series against WI while batting low down at #6. Scored with avg of 50+ & strike rate of 100+ both in ODI and T20. UMAR AMIN: had excellent domestic season. Played an excellent in the only opportunity given in WI tour. HARIS SOHAIL: young & best batman in domestic circuit

  • on August 9, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    Where is taufeeq umer??? Why Imran Farhat is back in squad. He has no performance in international or domestic in recent past.

  • SaleemHatoum on August 8, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal are the worst nightmare for Pak test...I'll take M. Yousuf anytime over these two.

  • TMuhammad on August 8, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    Finally after a long time and consistent efforts and performance, Khurram Manzoor, Anwar Ali, Sohaib Maqsood, Rahat Ali, Ehsan Adil and Harris Sohail are in the team. They should also be given chance to play. Unfortunately Sarfraz and Akber ur Rehman though able but not selected by the selectors once again. Performances of all these players can be seen at the Cricinfo site.I am surprised why some people are against selection of players from Karachi, Karachi is playing finals and winning most of them for a very long time. Its high time that the deserving players should be given their due chance regardless of their domicile. Some are saying that Khurram Manzoor have be given chance time and again and Hammad Azam should be given chance, I am amazed with their comments. On the contrary, if you see their performances Hammad has played 8 ODI's with a total score of 76 with career best of 36 where as Khurram Manzoor has played 7 ODI's with a total of 236 and career best of 83 with 3 50s.

  • on August 8, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    Can't understand why Imran Farhat is recalled again and what bases. And where is regular opener Taufiq Umer.

  • on August 8, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    imran nazir is best player for t20 ....

  • on August 8, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    o my God...... I think this team is not selected my National selectors.. .... I was happy that on Zibbabwe tour, PAK team will have new Faces and some brilliant new young guns but the pakistani team selectors have disappointed me a lot.... Those players who have been getting chances and chances over the years r again back in the team............ i think Zib. tour was a brilliant chance for selectors to test the abilities of young blood...... But i think they don't want to prepare a young and balanced squad for the next world Cup 2013...... Very disappointing Selection!!!!!!

  • on August 8, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    In the ODI and T20 squad I would have liked to have seen Azhar Ali (ODI only), Kamran Akmal, Wahab Riaz and Hammad Azam. I think it is very unfair to drop Kamran and for me Umar Akmal should focus totally on his batting. I still do not understand why Asad Shafiq is in ODI squad as he is not an ODI player. With regard to test squad there is very little to justify inclusion of Mohammed Hafeez, Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal. They simply are not good enough to be in test squad. My fear is that they will score runs against Zimbabwe and later claim a place for much harder challenge against SA and SL when they will flop. The selectors have also been unfair to Sarfraz Ahmed because nearly everyone failed in SA. He should have been persevered with as to me he looks technically more competent as a batsman than Adnan Akmal. With Adnan he probably succeed against Zimbabwe and then will fail with the bat in the tough test matches against SA and SL. Ajmal like Irfan should also have been rested.

  • on August 8, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Imran farhat my favorite player is back on the team, time to celebrate.

  • on August 8, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    Where is that new wicket keeper ? This tour is the perfect one where we can test the new talent. Further, if anwar ali does not got to play here agian then this shall be really unfair with him.

  • SyedAbidHussain on August 7, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Farhat and Faisal will continue to get selected untill they are 35. Thats a given. Its politics. My thoughts on the selections: Tests: Farhat, Faisal, Riaz OUT; Jamsheed, U Akmal, Asad Ali / any young pacer IN ODIs : Shafiq, Abdur Rahman OUT; Hammad Azam, Raza Hasan IN T20Is: Perfect for now

  • on August 7, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    so back again are farhat, riaz, etc ... i don't understand the compelling force behind their repeated selections besides the fact that they are related to the PCB officials. Why not give shoaib malik another chance and why not kamran akmal ... team india and team pakistan are moving in polar opposite directions ... only one is moving towards youth and performance based selections and look at the results. the only thing we can count on is luck and nothing more.

  • on August 7, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Ordinary cricket lovers would have made better selection in all formats than the selectors

  • on August 7, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    i think shoaib maqsood should be included in odi's as well as he has performed in the presidential cup he also showed brilliant performance in quid e azam trophy averages above 50 and 60 in those two tournaments. he should have given the chance of playing odi's plus the decision about imran farhat is just could not understandable that guy has been given chances since when he begun his career. i think at his place selectors should include some young blood... anyway i would rather happy to see new young team against zimbabwe.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 7, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    I like the ODI and T20 teams. But I would have found a place for Hammad Azam. The Test team is the worst 15 man selection I've ever seen. It's abysmal. Disgusting. Farhat, Iqbal, Riaz and Manzoor are pathetic sub standard technically deficient selections. If we Pak fans genuinely believed these players were all Pak had, we would be content. Its the fact we know there are a dozen better players than these wastes of space that irks so much. What's worse is that we're damned if they do and damned if they don't. If Pak loses the Tests, then humiliation. If we win then these disgustingly bad players will keep getting picked.

  • on August 7, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    It would have been better if some one other than Imran Farhat would have been selected. It is obvious that Imran Farhat does not have what it takes to play international cricket. Even if he performs against a weak team like Zim he will again fail against the likes of SA and SL. Waste of time sticking with Farhat, a youngster should have been given a chance. Also Ajmal should have been rested and priority should have been given to youngsters.

  • Witty_thoughts on August 7, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    On a more serious note such a pathetic team selection by a group of aware and awake national selectors responsible for building the future team for 2015 WC would not be possible unless and until they had guns pointed at their heads . Thought for all the Team think tankers : ~ " A group of donkeys led by a lion can defeat a group of lions led by donkey " ~

  • Hira1 on August 7, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    why not Umar Akmal was included in the test squad, he is the best batsman after Misbah in the current team and brings in so much energy to the lifeless team which going always with 1 or maximum 2 an over run rate. if given a chance he had regain his confidence which can only help Pak benfitting in future.

    Selecting Wahab Riaz, faisal iqbal and imran farhat is nothing but pleasing some of the higher officials of PCB .............God help our country.

  • on August 7, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    @witty thoughts ,hahaha brother what a valid point ,i think selectors have forget that murderous ton at perth by none other than , Sir Shoiab Malik , and that bloodbath by the bat of hafeez in sa tour ,were his score was wooping 27 in 6 innings , All hail sir shoib malik, sir hafeeez and sir kamran ...

  • Witty_thoughts on August 7, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    I was wondering where have the old good humored pakistani comedy artists have disappeared, but suddenly i've found them back , this time disguising themselves as of pcb's national selectors , and O'boy have they made a comeback ?, they have left the fans ROFL gasping for breath of fresh air by displaying pak teams squad for zimbabwe tour and including Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal withinin the squad, however they were thoughtful enough to not to leave fans dying out of laughter by not selecting "SIR Shoaib Malik" .. :P :'(

  • on August 7, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    This is a low profile series that will be followed by two very important series againt SA and SL. Selectors should have given chances to the youngsters who can gain some confidence. Irony is that we blood in young guys at highest level and against the toughest oppositions like Azhar and Amin debuted in all important England tour 2010 and Nasir and Ehsan were rushed in against SA.

    Farhat again... makes no sence to me, he should be replaced with Harris. Wahab in test squad is again a bad choice, this is is not test match level stuff. Raza Hasan or any other young spinner should have been included in limited overs squad. Exclusion of Irfan is good, he should be preserved for WC 2015.

  • Zimfan9966 on August 7, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Zim needs to fight well against these big boys or quit cricket !

  • Needii on August 7, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    great respect for Sir Imran Frahat, how legendary player he is.. and PCB no words for you, for this selection.. great people, great thinking... we cricket fans are ordinary people we can never understand these legendary player, legendary board, legendary selection.. just respect...!

  • on August 7, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    Will somebody please please please tell me how bad Imran Farhat has to become for him not to be picked?!!!! If I was Nasir Jamshed I would be apoplectic. I have never seen Farhat make any worthwhile consistent contribution to Pakistan. This absolutely wreaks of nepotism!

  • on August 7, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Poor selection Complete SNGPL team selected.

  • ADARSH100 on August 7, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Its ridiculous. I guess Pak board has done this to win mathces against a team like Zimbabwe but not to nurture the youngsters. I expected Pak will send its young team to Zimbabwe with new captain and fresh players like India did. The form of Ajmal and Misbah is at peak and they should have rested against a weak team like Pakistan. By seeing this approach, I guess Pak wants mere rating in Tests and ODIs by winning against weak team. Misbah, Jamshed, Ajmal, Irfan, Junaid, Afridi should have been rested. Hafees should be the captain in all the 3 formats against Zimbabwe.

    Pak is not luking towards the future. Strong Pak line up must be againt SA and SL not against Zimbabwe.. :(

  • on August 7, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Zimbabwe needs proper infra structure. When Ind toured Zim they should have also have played tests. Test matches are so impirtant that shows the calibare of the captain also the individual players.

  • on August 7, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Imran farhat, wahab riaz,faial iqbal should not have been selected but some how made it in. I am a bit in favour of nasir exclusion from test, but it should have been some 1 else if he is not there. not imran farhat.

    For tests i think they should not experiment much as these 2 tests are only match practice they will get before big SA series. & havent played any test/1st class matches since SA tour in which most of batsmen were out of shape.

    About odis, i think they could have selected some new players.

    shoaib maqsood should have been in both odis and t20s.

    the mistake pcb made was that they selected all the youngsters, which were part of squads recently, in U23. hence they were not available for this tour. likes of hammad azam, rizwan, usman etc should have been tried here not in u23.

  • Hassan_U on August 7, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    WHAT A JOKE......Nasir should have been selected for test matches too to build his confidence.

    Perchi system continues....Farhat, Iqbal and now Hafeez have to go too.

    Harris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Azar Ali (ODI), Umar Amin and Umar Akmal should be given more and more chances.

    It just shows how much Farhat and Iqbal have backing to be selected regardless of their below par performances !!!

  • on August 7, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    why is umar akmal not in the test squad?!?! We want him to be a proper batsman, don't we?

  • SyedArbabAhmed on August 7, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    What Imran Farhat has done for Pakistan in the last 12 years? I wonder why he is always selected, Hafeez did not perform since long he must have been dropped from test squad and Nasir is the future must be allowed to play in test, khurram is not a good batsman at all, Haris good prospect needs to be in test squad. "Poor selection"

  • on August 7, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Ah ,here is sir Frath and medicore hafeez , zim. team should wear mask of steyn ,these above sir,s will be down in no time , sir hafeez,s score in last 6 inning os wooping 27 runs and by the way when will be sir shoib malik and sir kamran recalled back ,as it was sir ,shoib who had hit that breathtaking ton ,at perth last time , ,....woe to these players of selfish character.

  • on August 7, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Do not our selectors have common sense? Why Imran Farhat is back?

    and why did they not select a young fresh team with new captain, like india did??

  • MurtaMac on August 7, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Moin Khan seems like he genuinely wants this team to have representation from Karachi hence he has selected tried and tested flops like Khurram Manzoor and Faisal Iqbal. Yes, Imran Farhat is hopeless but so are Manzoor and Iqbal. They will score big runs against a minnow and fail miserably in the following series against SL and SA.

    What a horrible team selection Moin. Seems we have absolutely ZERO young talent coming through, which is clearly not the case but Moin wants Karachi to have more representatives than just Asad Shafiq. Shameful!!!

  • on August 7, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Ah ,here is sir Frath and medicore hafeez , zim. team should wear mask of steyn ,these above sir,s will be down in no time , sir hafeez,s score in last 6 inning os wooping 27 runs and by the way when will be sir shoib malik and sir kamran recalled back ,as it was sir shoib who had hit that breathtaking at perth last time , ,....woe to these players of selfish character.

  • loke_cricfan on August 7, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    I think they haven't learned the lesson from India. They should look for the future 2015 world cup is not too far away. They should have send the young Pakistan team to Zimbabwe. They should have rested Misbah and Ajmal, both were 35 plus players, and are proven match winners....

  • on August 7, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    the should choose usman salahuddin instead of Faisal Iqbal for test and babar azam for place of imran farhat if they like to build future prospect.and also give fair amount of chances to young ehsan adil.Asad shafiq fit only for test.

  • on August 7, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Weird selection all over again

    Ajmal and Misbah should have rested on this whole tour. It was the best time to test our bench strength. Inclusion of Wahab Riaz, Imran Farhat, Ahmed Shehzad and Rahat Ali is quite shocking. The point that Maqsood has been selected for T20s based on his One Day Cricket Performance is quite hilarious too

    I can't understand why they needed to take so many players for 2 Tests and 2 T20s

  • Muxammil on August 7, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Why Imran farhat again??????? he has a Zero performance but having a strong relations in PCB ... they must dropped Hafeez too in this series and give chance to Awais shah (Rawalpinidi left handed batsmen)

  • FarhanSyed on August 7, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    Imran Farhat is back again :-D yayyyyy!!!

    *** Farhan, Syed runs all over and smashes his head into pieces with the nearest rock ***

    HIS LAST WORDS

    " Oh my dear Lord !... why shall thou naught bless all with same fate as Imran Farhat's " :-|

  • on August 7, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    Passing a fitness test is matter of concern to all cricketers playing the game at national and international levels. Earlier the selectors always made it a point not carry passengers and it is not to carry the unfit. When a team is picked for a tour there is no 100% guarantee that they will remain fit throughout the tour. That means a back up team of equal number of players needs to be available at home in case of an emergency. Secondly the issue of why players become unfit quite often also needs to be looked into. Player burn out, over exercising and rigid codes of behaviour while on tour could be the reasons. However this may not be true for Pakistan.

  • Rohit... on August 7, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    In tests, Pakistan will clean-sweep Zim.... But I still believe that Zim will win the ODI serires.

  • on August 7, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    I wonder why Farhat is selected for this series as it is not a tough tour. I hope Farhat will not be in the playing 11.. Best of luck Green Shirts...

  • avmd on August 7, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    Mind boggling stuff, don't know what these two folks, Imran Frahat and Faisal Iqbal have to do, not to get selected. They have done everything possible over last 12 years to be discarded, but for some strange reason, they keep coming back to the team, unbelievable indeed. Pakistan has limited opportunities to introduce new players and Zimbabwe tour was the best time ahead of much tougher series against SA and SL. Now Farhat, as he has been doing, will score some runs against the weaker attack and we will stuck with him for another year or so. Don't know what kind of planning is that.

  • Master_uv_Puppetz on August 7, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    I don't have a single doubt in my mind we will see Imran Farhat in Pakistan team in 2021 season.

  • Attractivue on August 7, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    IMRAN FARHAT AGAIN? This guy must have some serious connections!

    Now he might get a fifty or two and will try to get in the SA squad where South Africans will slaughter him!

  • Lach-Ferragh on August 7, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    Well, we all know why Farhat is back in the side. Same reason as always. Some people just do not have any shame whatsoever. And will people stop asking for Malik to come back. He'd struggle to make most international team's B-side. And why on earth leave out Jamshed unless he has weight problems (which he does)? If anything, this is the perfect opportunity for him to find some form against a weak Zimbabwe side. Inexplicable decisions and choices as always from the PCB.

  • on August 7, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    Like Irfan, Misbah & Ajmal Should take rest as they are playing non stop cricket and their age is already over 30. Its best opportunity to groom young players to play entire series instead of getting chances. Faisal Iqabal is a good choice to back in longer format.

  • on August 7, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal are two huge sins for Pak cricket. Seems they have such big contacts to be able for selection despite being the most ugliest people played the game ever. We all just HATE them BIG TIME. God help Cricket

  • on August 7, 2013, 0:17 GMT

    Really poor selection... Well I think misbah, hafeez,afridi,irfan & Ajmal should be rested and capt. For tests should b younis & for odis & t20s should be U. Akmal also youngsters like Babar azam, hammad azam, zain Abbas, zia ul haq, shahzaib hassan , raza hassan, Mohammad rizwan, sami aslam, m.Talha and saad naseem should be selected and why the hell did imran farhat and faisal Iqbal selected AGAIN!!! I think The reason team has less youngsters bcuz of u23 series

  • on August 7, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    Why hafeez is not dropped? Since his primery job is openng which he is a failure over the year or so.. Why imran farhat n faisal iqbal? They r kings of flop batting always.

  • hamqad on August 6, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    Also, this was the perfect opportunity to give Muhammad Rizwan a look in. Why do the selectors want the team to wobble along using temporary fixes to the wicket keeping problem? In Muhammad Rizwan, you have someone who could potentially fix that problem in all formats. It is disappointing that we do not even have the tiny amount of courage needed to blood him in against Zimbabwe. Pakistan cricket is in a sad state, not because of a lack of talent coming through, but because of the management's inability (or myopia) to put their trust in that talent. An odd series win against West Indies cannot overshadow the fundamental mental challenge that the administration is suffering from.

  • S.Jagernath on August 6, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    Another tour of Zimbabwe?Aren't Pakistan lucky!

  • hamqad on August 6, 2013, 23:49 GMT

    Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal? Why God why? Haven't we had enough of them already?

    Inclusion of Sohaib Maqsood is encouraging; exclusion of Taufeeq and Nasir Jamshed from the test Squad is not. Quite why these changes to the test squad were necessary is beyond comprehension. Why fix something that is not broken? Taufeeq has done reasonably well up the order, and Jamshed looks like someone who can do his bit in all formats, given the right amount of time. I can already see Imran Farhat scoring big runs against Zimbabwe, leading to his inclusion in all formats yet again. Why can't the selectors see what the rest of the world has seen over and over again?

    I almost forgot about the existence of Khurram Manzoor. I don't remember him as someone who had the potential to make it at this level. But then again, the selectors know more than any of us; Imran Farhat's inclusion is a testament to that.

  • on August 6, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    Dont know why they always selected Imran, shoaib and kamran even they are not performing !! and why they are not giving chance to Razzak and yousuf the great players always

  • Solid_Snake on August 6, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    Lol..Now Imran Farhat would hit centuries & then cement his place in the team..Great plan by whoever sitting up on the driving seat :P

  • mshyder on August 6, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    Amazing selection! Imran Farhat has played ONE test in last 3 years with scores of 30 & 43, and in those 3 years have only been deemed fit for ODI. Since he has been dropped from ODI due to his disgraceful performance suddenly he has become a test opener. Can any one justify his selection. Faisal Iqbal has a disastrous career of 26 test at an average of 26 !! His last test was 3 1/2 years ago where he scored 27 & 7. What are his amazing / invisible achievements since then which forced this recalled is only known to the selectors.

  • on August 6, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    jamshed should not get dropped. he should be allowed 3 or 4 years without getting dropped.especially not for farhat. who will get a 100 against ximbabwe and the selectors will use that ws an excuse to keep him in the team for tougher series.

  • SaadRocx on August 6, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    Well its good that Jamshed got dropped (though many would disagree with me on here)..But he's not a Test player..didn't you all see how he struggled in South Africa..? and he's a pathetic fielder...in Test Cricket you can't compromise on your fielding as well..Farhat is a better fielder at least..his batting skills are almost as good as Jamshed in Tests,though..but we don't have any good openers at the moment for test level..

  • on August 6, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    This is an outrage!! An absolute farce!! Logical minds have not picked these squads...!!

  • kc69 on August 6, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    Both the teams might be poised equally for the series as far as batting is concerned but when it comes to bowling Pakistan is way too stronger than Zimbabwe. Hope to see a few close matches this series.

  • SuperChallenger2011 on August 6, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    Imran Farhat ... Are you kidding me ?? Why again and on what basis ?

  • on August 6, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    i know you wont publish it but who is the supporter of imran farhat and manzoor on planet earth ?

  • on August 6, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    in these abject conditions where pakistan lost all three matches in CT13, we were expecting some sensible changes in team. I cant understand the logic of selecting fisal iqba,imran farhat and khurram manzoor.. i mean what the heck is wrong with selection committee? Arent we bored with selecting these players again and again? there are a lot many players in domestic circuit that are performing well then why arent we giving chance to them. I bet these three will fail badly again and if they perform vs zim that wont be much noticeable i guess. if they get selected for saf and sl tour in light of the performance of this tour against zim then it it will be the biggest mistake of board again. i appeal to selection committee not to rotate same face time and again and instead of this include those players who are talented and well technical to bat in seam and swing conditions!

  • on August 6, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    Looks Like imran Farhat is the Sir jadeja of pakistan . even though jadeja is the number 1 bowler in the odi`s and has had a fantastic debut in test but still his record last year was just terrible but he kept getting chances .

  • on August 6, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    Poor selection... PCB continue with the same pattern...they should have tried new players instead of the old players....Imran Farhat is again there because of his father in law. He is tried tested and failed again & again. Instead a new player should be given a chance....

  • on August 6, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    Senior players should have been rested! Bad planning.

  • Obaid6453 on August 6, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Adnan Akmal Replace Sarfaraz Ahmed because of Sarfaraz Scored at an avg 14 but S.A Bowling attack was too Good Steyn,Morkel,Philander But Akmal Get a Bonus Sit In Africa Tour and Come back in Zimbabwe It Was Terrible might be Unfair.

  • on August 6, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Give chance to Anwer Ali, He can fulfil space of great Abdul Razzaq. Anwar Ali is a big hitter and bowls with good pace and swings both way. Don't waste Anwar Ali by keeping worst players like Wahab Riaz.

  • on August 6, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    Taufiq Umer should have been selected. He got unfit just before the start of SA series but did reasonably well before that. I still couldnt get selectors love for Imran Farhat.

  • glowing_ss on August 6, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    WHEN cricinfo will publish my any comment... I always wander as much as i am wandering that why selectors selected the Imran Farhat and Dropped the Nasir Jamshaid..

  • amumtaz on August 6, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    Tours against weaker opponents are ideal grounds to test new and raw talent. Players who are on the fringes to making the National team should be preferred over old and tried horses. Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal both have had 10 years to prove their worth. But both have failed each time. Selecting them over Nasir Jamshed in Tests is not only a death blow to aspirations of youngsters but also sends the wrong signal to others.

    Furthermore, players like Saeed Ajmal should have been rested especially when we already have Hafeez and Rehman in the squad.

  • Fineline on August 6, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    It is a good decision to drop Nasir Jamshed by watching his performance but taking Imran Farhat again is a poor choice.

  • Fawwad_Siddiqui on August 6, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    Agreed with ARFB: Ajmal should have been given rest. He is already overworked and thats the reason of him not being effective in the recent few series. People talking about Malik, Please leave him, he is no more an international cricket material, too much involved into politics too. Faisal Iqbal and Imran Farhat have seen their prime time and they weren't good at the top most level even at their prime. They should make either Ahmad shahzad play, and let him gain maturity against minnows. Had they wanted to go with experienced player, Taufeeq Umar was a much better choice. I would say for middle order replace Faisal either by Fawad Alam (He is more of middle order who doesn't slog, so is less suitable for T20s) or Haris Sohail. The guy seem to have better technique than most of the batsmen who showed up lately. Shoaib Maqsood is a good inclusion, should have tried Shan Masood too. Giving Irfan rest in tests is a wise move, let him concentrate on limited overs for now.

  • on August 6, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal ???? Hope less PCB

  • on August 6, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    @kdevil3 oh we saw India's FULL strength when we toured them this year . You still remember that don't you ?

  • on August 6, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    Imran Farhat back... why? Faisal Iqbal back ?? really why ? Jamshaid out ... well here goes the talent out of the door Taufiq Umar out ... really ?? why ? Mohammad Rizwan out why ?? Asad Shafiq retains his place in the ODI side why why why ???

  • on August 6, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    What a disgrace after all they gained lost again.What if Pakistan actually loses the Odi series or the T20.What then no where to run then.No offence to Zimbabwe non of the other top eight Test playing nations would have sent a full team.Plus why are they still curbing Umar akmal from the test squad i know he might not find himself in the playing xi but still i player sees a ray of hope and works hard for the spot.And once again the master of come backs no other person has had so many come backs in history of cricket then Imran Farhat has returned .Take a bow selection committee Pakistan

  • on August 6, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    I am Pakistani and I know there are lot of talented cricketer around in domestic level. Misbah and Hafeez will not allow young player. Hafeez the worst player in the world. Even no 11 of most team have better technique.

  • Unconstitutional_PCB_Chief on August 6, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    Imran Farhat again???? Lord mercy ....

  • on August 6, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Iqbal and Farhat really are useless.Taufeeq Umar should be opening in Tests matches as his record is better than any other current opener.He should have been played as practice for the important South Africa and Sri Lanka series later this year.

  • on August 6, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    Pcb should give a chance to umer akmal and nasir jamshed in test matches atleast they can built there confidence and also should give rest to misbah irfan and hafeez for this series

  • on August 6, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Imran Farhat no idea why he is always selected....

  • on August 6, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    many old horses once again, and senior players not rested, disappointed with the team selection.

  • on August 6, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Well , I think Malik should be selected in T20I as well as ODI'S because his performance is now better than some player in the squad.

  • on August 6, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    PCB should take lesson from Indian Cricket Board to introduce young blood... to develop strong back up for the World Cup 2015.....

  • on August 6, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    why can't we send some new players to a country like zimbabwe? india just sent a team which didn't even have players like dhoni (their captain) . why can't we send some new players? new captain? why?

  • kdevil3 on August 6, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Pakisthan basically selecting the full strength when india sent thier 2nd string...Ha ha show the confidence .Thet should have easily given Misbha a break.Any how still I doubt pak to win ODI & T20.Test I dont think Zim are capable of beating PAK

  • on August 6, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Awaiz zia should have been selected his potential opening hitting could be a boost for middle orde youngsters to settle and they could have let Aizaz cheema a go before he retires, misbah hafeez ajmal should take rest

  • ClarkChris on August 6, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Sir Imran Farhat is back after great performance... Oh am i dreaming

  • on August 6, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Why old horses that have never taken the opportunity given to them namely Faisal Iqbal and Imran Farhat.? Ia ma South Arican and have been following the results of thses two guys.

  • cisco420 on August 6, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Ajmal, Hafeez and Afridi should have been rested. Young players should have been given chance. Hafeez has been exposed should have been rested. Afridi you need to retire bro and let some young guy get groomed for the next worldcup.

  • Junaid_S on August 6, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    It's finally nice to see that quite a few players have made the squad from Karachi and the Pakistan team is no longer a Punjab dominated side. This shows that the selection committee is picking players based on performance and not sifarish. They should have picked Fawad Alam as well.

  • Major85D on August 6, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Pakistan will never be on top of world cricket again, because of their selection. instead of bringing young talented players, pakistan select again and again old players like farhat and younus khan. poor selection!

  • on August 6, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    and y all the senior players are there. i would have even given the Captain Cap to a youngster to gauge the potential next Captain. this selection is driving me nuts. :(

  • on August 6, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    PCB's selections never make sense....

    Mohammad Hafeez, who is out of nick in batting could have been easily left out from the limited overs leg, which could have helped him in a longer stint at CPL, but yet he is retained!

    Abdur Rehman, who was hopeful of being signed by Somerset, will never be a first choice spinner ahead of Ajmal... But yet he is selected so a month long tour will mean that Somerset will look for somebody else! (P.S. Zulfiqar Baaber is his potential replacement)

    Pakistan's representatives at upcoming CLt20, Faisalabd Wolves, have just two big names... Misbah and Ajmal, they could have been rested quite easily for the test series but they have also been selected which will mean Wolves side will be a depleted one at CLt20 qualifiers which diminishes their chances (if any) of qualifying to the main round!

    And no words about comebacks of Imran Farhat.... Because we have lost words to describe this misery!

    Totally Ridiculous and pathetic selection!

  • on August 6, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    that was quick for imran farhat to come back. will be looking forward to kamran and malik's return.

    Maqsood should have been included in 2 if not all formats. i think they will play with full strengths in tests as these 2 will be the only games they will play before SA series. So i dont think many will make it in playing 11.

    Positives are Anwar ali, and maqsood. good to see haris in shorter format also.

    would have been better if rizwan and other guys who were with the squad recently were selected but they are with U23 squad so not available.

  • on August 6, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    So the young wicket keeper Rizwan gets dropped without getting a chance.This was a perfect opportunity to test new faces.

  • BMDeep on August 6, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Am I dreaming? Wait,NO, it is indeed d reality. Jamshed dropped from test side? After all d hard work he have done in ODI's to transform himself in to a mind blowing test match batsman, being dropped? For a moment I thought that I was reading that " Jamshed has been dropped from ODI team". As always I dont understand d logic of PCB in dropping him from d test side. IMHO he would make a good test outfit. I dont know whether they were fed of him after giving just 2 chances or they thought he was too good to be wasted by playing against Zim. Either way,I think it is a ridiculous decision. Anyway, all d best for Pak and Zim. Hope Zim be competitive so that both teams can take some thing out of this series. I am also happy that Zim will be eased of with some burden of debts and earn some bucks for their players welfare. I reallyt felt puty for them after reading their hardships to represent their country.

  • on August 6, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    I feel ZCU should take tough decisions if they want to succeed in international cricket again.. i 100% guarantee this squad will be tough time for pakistan..MY SQUAD would be BATSMAN :Vusi Sibanda,Hamilton Masakadza,Brendan Taylor,Sean Williams,Malcolm Waller,Sikandar Raza,Craig Ervine,Greg Lamb WICKET KEEPER:Charles Coventry (WK) FAST BOWLERS:Kyle Jarvis,Shingi Masakadza,Keegan Meth,Brian Vitori,Chris Mpofu SPINNERS : Prosper Utseya,Graeme Cremer,Peter Moor Allrounders: Elton Chigumbura,Glenn Querl,Nathan Waller

  • on August 6, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Guys, Moin Khan did not select the team as he was ruled out by the Islamabad high court so don't blame this pathetic selection on him. Secondly, likes of Hammad Azam, Mohmmad Rizwan, and Usman Salahuddin were picked for the U-23 cup, so they weren't available. The only positive thing from this selection were the Batsman Shoaib Maqsood and Khuram Manzoor and likes of Rahat Ali,Anwer Ali, and Ehsan Adil in the bowling department. Other than that, same Wahab, Farhat, and Iqbal god knows when they'll be kicked out, as they are just not int'l cricketers. I also feel that Ajmal, Misbah and Hafeez should have rested and we should have induced another opener.

  • ahmad_khalid2 on August 6, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    I think this is not good squad for Zimbabwe tour. they should bring some new players because its not top team we have seen Zimbabwe vs India how ever india dont have some good qulity bowlers but they didnt play good.

  • on August 6, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Imran farhat is in and shoaib malik and kamran akmal will be next to in... it is my prediction. why are we forced to see those players. please for GOD sake get rid of them and select some new blood.

  • NaeemSatti614 on August 6, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    Droping Taufeeq Umar, Sarfraz Ahmed and inclusion of Imran Farhat is totaly baised. Taufeeq Umar is one of the best opener in the present slot of Pakistan cricket arena. Inclusion of Khrrum Manzoor is a good decison. In ODI squad specialist wicket keeper llike Sarfraz should be included. Anwar Ali, Sohaib Maqsood are also good inclusions. Abdur Rehman getting trips in ODI squads till Misbah is there as Captain of ODI team.

  • Amjad_Gilani on August 6, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    OMG. their r so many options in wickt keeping but i dont know y every time akmal brothers???????? Imran Farhat. Faisal Iqbal...what r they doing here??????? Saeed Ajmal,, M Irfan and Hafeez Should be rested and given a chance to Raza Hassan,, Awais Zia, for the prepration of World Cup 15

  • on August 6, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    It's a bad squad. Should've given new guys a chance. Not ones like Rahat Ali whose pace is in no way threatning.

  • on August 6, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    I think should be given a chance to Imran Nazeer, Abdur Razzaq and the emerging players

  • TheProfPak on August 6, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Only PCB can make such radical changes....so ridiculous to have Taufeeq and NJ dropped and have Mr. Farhat in....pathetic selection. Imran Farhat will make some score on this tour and will be retained for SA and SL series....

  • ISHAIKH82 on August 6, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Just when I think the selectors are getting it right they make another baffling decision why drop a player for the futre and bring back someone who always seems to fail. If Jamshed gets his fitness issues right as the potential to be the next Saeed Anwar. What is Farhat going to offer the Pakistan team apart from constant failure. I guess its a case of who you know and not how good you are typical Pakistan.

  • RaadQ on August 6, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    I think Jamshed should have been picked, he is a potential future star and this series would have helped him. No debutant opener will succeed against the current SA pace attack in seaming SA pitches, so it is unfair for him to be dropped. At the same time, Farhat's position is warranted with his performance in the last test match. My Test XI: 1. Jamshed, 2. Farhat, 3. Azhar Ali, 4. Younis Khan, 5. Misbah, 6. Hafeez, 7. U Akmal and then the bowlers. Hafeez will probably play at #3 and have some success against Zimbabwe, so he will retain his spot and then fail against the big teams during crunch time.

  • on August 6, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    poor team composition all aged players

  • on August 6, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    imran farhat yet again ? thats ridiculous nasir jamshaid would surely have been better options .he may have not scored enough runs recently but that was due to runs outs caused by wrong calls from his partners ,besides he looks to have best technique as opener

  • pakstarr on August 6, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    The T20 Team is a chance for some new players to impress and those experienced to take on responsibility. Is this format for Mohammed Irfan? Can S. Tanvir deliver a consistant performance? Will we see new players prove their selection is warranted.

    The ODI squad is relatively unchanged, which is good for creating momentum off the back of winning series vs Windies. I'd question Abdur Rehmans involvement which seems to be as a benchwarmer, I take it Raza Hasan is on other cricketing duties or injured to not be selected. Some newer members of the team like Anwar Ali may get a chance to impress.

    The Test squad, has experience, glad to see Younis Khan involved, very important with SA round the corner. We get a chance to see Azhar Ali & safe hands Adnan Akmal rightfully returns to keep. Khurram Manzoor and Faisal Iqbal return, will be good to see them get a game. Most SHOCKINGLY is the inclusion of IMRAN FARHAT chance No.1000, total joke..better then Jamshed?Shehzard?T.Umar? No!

  • on August 6, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    I think farhat has some super natural powers that he uses to get in the side every other series. against a quality bowling side we have seen over & over he is not good enough. For God sake let him just play domestic try new guys against zim. We always cry about not having a genuine all rounder, well we need to groom hammad azam to be one and this would have been ideal opputunity for him. Razzaq and afridi became good all rounders because they were given the opportunity to bowl their overs and bat up in the orders. you can expect a guy to come up with 6 balls left and start smoking them. have sone common sense, dont please your friends and relatives by snatching sone one els's right.

  • grahaam on August 6, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Just good news for Zimbabwe that Pakistan are taking in such a complete tour, Zimbabwe and Pakistan should try to arrange a return tour, Zimbabwe really need some cricket away from home.

  • on August 6, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    imran farhat????? are you kidding me... what that guy has to do to be dropped all together. when will the selectors learn.

  • on August 6, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    in place of imran farhat they should go for taufeeq umar. Imran Farhat have got enough chance but didn't give any positive result. Taufeeq umar is better option instead of imran if the PCB has no ability to find some new faces as opening batsman. PCB should give chance to umar akmal as well to make himself a real batsman and test matches are the sure way to achieve this... KHURAM manzoor is a good selection BEST OF LUCK TO PAKISTAN!!!

  • aminur3095 on August 6, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Again it's Hafeez or Farhat who is going to open the batting...this is absolutely ridiculous..Imran farhat is back but no place for Nasir Jamshed !!!! It's high time to drop Hafeez from the test squad, at least.. In a test, Hafeez should not be needed as an all-rounder, and as a batsman only,he should have been replaced by Umar Akmal. And Abdur Rehman should be in the test squad only, he should have been replaced by Zulfiqar Babar in the one day squad. But Khurram Manzoor and Adnan Akmal, both of them deserve their places.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on August 6, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    From my perspective, choosing the correct Test XI from this entire Test squad can demonstrate that Pakistan is moving forward with youngsters. Khurram Manzoor was selected due to his regular door-knocking innings in domestic cricket. He has demonstrated before that he is a capable opener international cricket. Don't forget about the bowling too, Mohammad Irfan was dropped due to the reluctant inclusion of Rahat Ali and Ehsan Adi to carry the team forward as long term optionsl. So all in all, a safe XI can be expected with Farhat and Faisal being perceived as replacements if a player was injured. The same role they played against Sri Lanka in the 2012 Tests.

  • on August 6, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    The only thing I found positive in this squad selection is ANWAR ALI coming back I wish he makes it to playing XI to provide the much needed balance after Abdul Razzak. I can see Misbah captaining in WC 2015. Imran Farhat must be ranking 1st in the list of players given most chances & flopping, & he wont diappoint again.

  • on August 6, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    I think that I should have been picked instead of farhat......yes he's that bad!

  • Obaid6453 on August 6, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Terrible Adnan Akmal Dropped for S.A Tour only and return for Zimbabwe Tour amazing Sarfaraz Ahmed is just pick for difficult Tour S.A and Dropped in Easy Tour where Chances are probable that sarfaraz performed and retain in the Team.

    Faisal Iqbal ?? Why not Fawad Alam AVG around 55 Or Haris Sohail Avg Above 50

  • on August 6, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Absolutely ridiculous selection. Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal? these guys have been in and out for the last decade. What does the selection team POSSIBLY expect from them? and dropping Hammad Azam and Muhammad Rizwan without ever giving them a fair chance? This is madness.

  • on August 6, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    jamshed should not be dropped in test he has only played against south Africa he should get a chance in test to boost himself on in Odis and t20s and I ran farhat should be dropped

  • shanazpk on August 6, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    worst team selection i wont say it is biased=GOD KNOWS BEST but it is inefficient selection for tests faisal,farhat and adnan should have been out from tests replaced by future pak players u. akmal,jamshid and rizwan, shafiq should have been out replaced by maqsood odi sqad and t2o squad is perfect

  • on August 6, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    I can't get my head around on the selection of farhat.. I think awais zia should get another chance instead ... Sadaf Hussain should have been given a chance too..

  • on August 6, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Pakistan should test new players in all the formats not understand why the senior batsman younus khan has include in test while umer akmal not included we should lern lesson from India who rested even dhoni for the Zimbabwe tour

  • on August 6, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    and y all the senior players are there. i would have even given the Captain Cap to a youngster to gauge the potential next Captain. this selection is driving me nuts. :(

  • HaseebF786 on August 6, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    One bad series and Azhar Ali's odi career is over... but the likes of Hafeez are still playing every match up- utter rubbish. And why have Pak left out Jamshed Umar Akmal from the Test side, are ZIM the new RSa now or what? Farhat.. well u got to feel for him, he's not that bad. The only happy thing here is Khurram Manzoor's call back.

  • on August 6, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    they once again have neglected Azhar Ali..............He is a classic batsman of Test and ODIs to some extent

  • on August 6, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    pcb shouldve learnt something from the bcci they tried out all the youngsters while we are stil attached to imran farhats extra odinary phenomena umar akmal nasir jamshed anh umar amin shouldve been in test squad

  • on August 6, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    No Umar Akmal in tests? this is a joke

  • Solid_Snake on August 6, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    They are taking Khurram Manzoor there & he would most probably come back without playing any match.It's obvious that Farhat would be given a chance.I just dont get it.Why giving Farhat chances after chances & this time against a team like Zimbabwe.Come on..Give chances to as many youngsters as possible in tours like these.It's a golden chance for youngsters to perform there..But no..We Pak selectors have to do the same routine job ie bring back old out of form players

  • on August 6, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    What is wrong with the PCB? This was a perfect chance to test the youngsters. And they`ve chosen the same side yet again. Where is Raza Hassan? Where is the backup that was supposed to be tested in the series? They`ve left out Haris Sohail, a very good future prospect. And yet again we have to suffer Imran Farhat. Poor Selection. Probably worse than the CT 2013 Squad.

  • on August 6, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    I cannot understand why nasir jamshed and umer akmal are out of test side this will ruin there confidence and it is a best chance for there temprament to get settle and a big innings from both player will be moral booster for them selves and also for pak team

  • Jda123 on August 6, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    The TEST squad should have Jamshed in it if he is in the ODI/T20 squad, horrible decision with Farhat and Sohail should be given a chance in the test squad also.

    Rehman should get a chance and Ajmal should be rested.

  • SandipManjrekar on August 6, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    A question for PAK friends........

    Why don't selectors able to find good wicket-keepers? I mean Sarfraz Ahmed omitted & one of Akmals included. Is he good enough as far as concern to wicket-keeping skills? I feel Sarfraz good enough. Umar for ODI & T20. It was bad performance from him w.r.t. wicket keeping in WI tour. If you have quality bowling attack, you should have excellent keepers. In the end it results into par bowling side due lack of support from wicket-keeper. PAK has tradition of excellent wicket-keepers.

  • somethingdifferent on August 6, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Worst possible selection. Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal are selected again, based on contacts and connections. Goodness! it is impossible to keep Farhat away from the team. Wait for a few months and we will see Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal back in the side as well. Only a mindless person can prefer Wahab Riaz over M. Irfan honestly. How can they sleep ? Don't they have any guilt over such selection.

  • criclover05 on August 6, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Good balanced side apart from Imran farhat , Nasir JAmshed should have got another chance this will hurt his confidence.

  • shahu72 on August 6, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Not sure what Imran Farhat is supposed to be in the team now! I considered his career to a full stop the time he was last dropped from the team...And bringing him back replacing Nasir Jamshed is a sheer surprise for me. Time and again, Imran Farhat has shown himself more like an ordinary club player. Against zim, any opening player is expected to perform better and provided Nasir had been provided this chance, it could have added a lot to his confidence, a much needed one for Pakistan to tackle future concerns.

  • on August 6, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    They havent given a chance to much youngsters

  • Morfi on August 6, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    This is a balanced squad with a mix of youth and experience. It was quite expected because Pakistan have to remain good performers and cant afford to have a blip in their momentum so cant field a completely raw squad. However, one or two names are not particularly merited. I feel that Taufiq Umar has been given a raw deal and so has Nasir Jamshed. Taufiq has been performing well since his return to the Test squad except the tour to South Africa where no one else performed either. Other than that, I feel Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal do not merit selection. Farhat has had too many chances. Faisal Iqbal has done nothing of note.

  • on August 6, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal should have been rested to give Abdur rehman a good go...Imran and faisal in tests is a little surprising but if this is the team they are gonna land against Aouth Africa,then it will be a good outing for them as the test team has not played for a while.

  • Sunman81 on August 6, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Imran Farhat for Jamshed is a poor choice... Jamshed has the skill to be one of the finest batsmen for his country and the Pakistan selector should show some patience and wait for his transformation Farhat is a worth a try in T20 but not in a test match!

  • Chaudry_Cricket on August 6, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    To be honest rather than havd a rant at the pcb because I have nothing good to say. All I wish to say is the current pakistani fans aged 20 or below (i am 17) are the most unluckiest reason being that first we missed the glory days of imran, wasim, waqar, miandad, inzi etc and instead we get to watch pakistan quicky and effincently become minnows and recylce third class trash and the pcb become a bigger circus day by day. But I will not lose hope I belive good days are not far In Shaa Allah.

  • MianMoosa on August 6, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Some terrible decisions by selector,s to see imran farhat again in the team my head is just tearing off,,there is no logic to drop talented youngsters like umar akmal, nasir jamshed or umar amin for the sake of always failed IMRAN FARHAT,,,,and also we should have rest seniors like irfan,ajmal,afridi,,,misbah(from odi,s) & hafeez from test to give our new players some opportunities,,, but it seems like our selector,s have no faith in them

  • on August 6, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Only god knows why farhat is back in the sqaud. This could have been a good time to give youngsters a go in the team instead of taking tried and tested players if god forbid farhat gets 50 or 100 he will always bring that up if he is dropped again.sohaib maqsood should have been included in in odi squad as in t20 you have to go for it ball one if he gets out early people will label him a flop. the bowlers that worked under wasim akram prior to the champions trophy where have they gone why arnt new faces in the team??? god knows when was the last time faisal iqbal played for pakistan. for odi we should have sent a team that will play the 2015 wc not players that are 30 plus in age.

  • USAMAAJMAL678 on August 6, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    well i see everyone criticizing that there are no new faces in the squad....yes i have my reservations on the odi and t20 squad over a couple of players like afridi and hafeez should have been left out.....but pakistan original odi and t20 squad is a very young squad already...look if this team plays jamshed,shehzaad,umar amin,haris sohail,misbah ul haq,umar akmal,afridi,anwar ali,junaid khan,irfan,saeed ajmal...than its already a very young team...yes a couple of young bowlers should have been given a chance but the batting line is already very young.....and about the tests side..i think its fine to play a settled experienced test side coz all teams over the world play an experienced test side no matter who u play ..its the odis and t2os in which new players are added......and its already looking like that with new selector moin khan he is gonna prefer karachi based players over others like in this team majority of the new inclusions from last series are karachi based players..

  • on August 6, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Not happy with the squad.... Pakistan should have played lots of youngsters as its a weak team

  • _king13_ on August 6, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    first of all who has selected this team becoz there aint any selector.and how does imran farhat gets a place in ths team?i mean on which performance????hes hardly scored any centuries in his 12 year career.and wahab does not deserve a place in any format.he cannot bowl with the newer ball neither the older.and he does not that capable to do well at test level

  • axe_hay on August 6, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Why are the selectors ignoring fast bowler Sadaf Hussain ? And when will Fawad Alam get a recall ?? This was the best platform to test new young players however all those have been included who have failed in the past. Haris Sohail should be in the test side instead of Faisal Iqbal.

  • getsetgopk on August 6, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    it has now become a bit insulting to fans of Pakistan cricket to see Imran Farhat back so soon after years of mediocrity. Whatever happened to bringing in new blood and preparing for the future, look past the old known failures. Thats right, nothing ever good happens, things change but only for worse. I really have to question those running cricket in this country, more nepotism and less cricket. When a youngster in the team looks up to someone like Farhat he'll say to himself, yeah well that is how international cricketers look like and thats how they play. How does that bode for the future, I dont have to say it, but lets hope we dont loose to Zim!

  • class9ryan on August 6, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Pakistan Board has to look for good batsmen now. Maybe they feel Hafeez and others are good enough but the way they played vs South Africa there seemed no intent. This had to be a learning curve for younger batsmen but they may have lost some valuable chance here.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on August 6, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Worse selection, Fawad Alam should have been included in place of Imran Farhat and seniors like Misbah, Irfan, Afridi should voluntarily rest for this series and give young players chance. Umar Akmal should be given T20 captaincy and Hafeez as ODI captaincy but PCB will never learn no matter who is chairman.

  • SwingReverse on August 6, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Why not include Zulfiqar Babar and Sohaib Maqsood in ODIs too? T20 is the wrong platform to expose a player to International scene.

    Why would you take Farhat back in Test squad? I would rather have Malik back in then him....thumbs down on this crap selection.

    Atleast Anwar will finally get a chance to play. Seems like he is only good enough to play against Zimbabwe.

  • Surajrises on August 6, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Y would they drop a talent like Jamshed? I mean this is ridiculous! He is a calm character, leaves the good balls alone and build his innings nicely. Only god knows what do the Pakistani selectors think! Farhat is nowhere close to Jamshed in terms of talent and application. Not a great thinking by the selectors...

  • on August 6, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Poor selection. It was a good opportunity to try a few youngsters but look at our selectors. Imran farhat, again!!!

  • on August 6, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    I don't understand why Faisal Iqbal and Imran Farhat are in the Test side ahead of batting talents like Umar Akmal, Taufeeq Umar, Nasir Jamshed, Haris Sohail, and Umar Amin. Imran Farhat might be able to score some runs, but Faisal Iqbal is washed up and a poor cricketer overall.

  • huhohuhohuho on August 6, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    every other team in the world would have selected a young side with a few experienced players like only misbah hats off to the PCB selectors who are treating zimbabwe like australia. Why was imran farhat selected if he cant play well in odis how do you expect him to be good in tests on what basis was faisal iqbal selected haris sohail umar amin and sohaib performed better than half the team. Younis khan, hafeez should have been rested. Muhammad rizwan and umar akmal should have been selected,sohaib umar amin and haris should also have been included. Have we already forgotten how bad farhat played in the ct how bad wahab bowled. I pray to god that pakistan lose the test series vs zimbabwe so that the selectors get some sense knocked into them.

  • on August 6, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Decent selection apart from 1 or 2 players, shohaib maqsood is good addition in T20 squad, he should also be included in ODIs squad.

  • on August 6, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    It is a pathetic selection, there is no way you can drop Nasir Jamshaid from Test team, the only solid opening partner you have at the moment. He would have gained so much confidence had he been part of team. What is the point of having Farhat when you are going to drop him anyway, similar to Faisal and Khurram (who no doubt are great talent but then have gone past the age now). Harris Sohail needs to be there in Test so does Umar Akmal (after all you dont want a keeper who can keep but you need a batsman who can keep, I think both Umar Akmal and Younis Khan could have shared the keeping). good luck any way team - Zimbabwe can be strong for you on a day.

  • 96NotOut on August 6, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Dumbest squads ever. Aren't we supposed to be trying out new players for the WC15? Why do the selectors persist with the same old players? We should be giving Ajmal, Misbah, Irfan and even Hafeez a rest if we want them to stick around longer. I would've liked to see Hammad Azam, Umar Akmal, Ehsan Adil, Zulfiqar Babar and Haris Sohail in ALL three squads. And why the hell is Imran Farhat back? In place of Nasir Jamshed? NJ has the potential to score more in one game than Imran Farhat's combined scores! He has scored merely 3 ODI 100s in 12 years, and only 14 fifties.

  • Taha98 on August 6, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    I think Pakistan should select the new players for the tour of Zimbabwe and groom them with the captaincy of Misbah buzz Pakistan should give to some rest to their senior players like Muhammad hafeez,Saeed Ajmal,Muhammad irfan,afridi so that Pakistan can make their team for World Cup 2015 and I think Muhammad hafeez should have be drop from test and ODI team because his performance is not up to the mark.but inshallah Pakistan will win the series

  • wrenx on August 6, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Disgusted to see Imran Farhat's name back on the team sheet. Fair enough to rest Irfan, but why not Ajmal as well? He's been playing too much cricket, and we have an able alternative in Abdur Rehman, one of the finest spinners in the world right now. Probably should have dropped Jamshed from the ODI and T20 squads too, and tell him to go work on his fitness. Maybegive Awais Zia another tryout, this time against an easier assignment?

  • Stark62 on August 6, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    You have got to be joking me!!

    Wahab, Iqbal and Farhat in the Test squad?!?! Also, where is Mohammed Rizwan and Hammad Azam?

    This tour was meant to Test the youngsters and give the seniors a rest but nothing has changed from the previous tour or from the last selection committee.

    I hope the newly appointed PCB chairman fires moin khan, as quickly as possible!!

  • cricket_craze234 on August 6, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    how come we are touring zimbabwe and somehow farhat, faisal have still found a way back. where is the "young blood". i think PCB doesnt have confidence in the youngsters except haris no ones new in the last few years. and even he couldnt make the squad. on what basis would you remove him. Did he not bring enough drinks during the breaks!?

  • on August 6, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Why couldn't they fill a squad with mostly young players and give the senior ones a break?

  • on August 6, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    good balanced side and good to see some youngblood along with senior but why Mr. imran farhat is again the part of squad? muhammad hafeez must need to be perform however the oppositions are week.

  • asraruwant on August 6, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Pakistan Selectors For God's Sake please DONT select Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal in the test team. They will play and perform against a weak Zimbabwe team by scoring few fifties and hundreds and then book a place for themselves against sri lanka and south africa and then will fail in those series and then you will drop them again. Stop this cycle PLEASE. Instead of that Test young players like Harris Sohail, Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Mohammed Rizwan (WK) against Zimbabwe and give them confidence. Mark my words players like Mohammed Hafeez, Imran Farhat will score hundreds in test matches against Zimbabwe and then FAIL miserbably against sri lanka and south africa. And this same thing has been happening for the last 3-4 years. PLEASE FOR GODS SAKE LEARN TO NOT REPEAT THE MISTAKES.

  • on August 6, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    What is this .. The same team .. We should have played some new faces and we'd have rested Irfan too, he is continuously playing since his comeback .. Misbah, Ajmal should have been given rest too .. Hafeez shuld be given a chance .. But don't understand what selectors are doing .. Why don't they give a chnce to youngsters against a weak team as India did..

  • on August 6, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Pakistan should not be dropping anyone. Its not like they play alot of cricket as it is they should all be trying to get in form for the South Africa series. Imran the flop Farhat getting another chance looks like politics is still not extinct in the Pakistani board.

  • on August 6, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Pathetic selection .... problem is with batting, they should have tried as much as possible options for batting on this tour.... and we are sticking to same old batting order ..... pathetic, very pathetic !

  • Anwar-Lara on August 6, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    why is Imran Farhat back??? any logical reason? saeed ajmal, Misbah and Irfan should have been rested for the whole tour so that they are fresh for South Africa and Srilanka.

  • on August 6, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    why is Farhat there in tests?? Taufeeq is much better

  • on August 6, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Imran Farhat? Man that guy has some strong backing in the selection panel. Apart from that squads are decent. Also instead of the likes of Faisal Iqbal and Khurram Manzoor, Umar Akmal should have been picked up for the tests too, he needs grooming at test level.

  • PANKAJ_GOGIYA on August 6, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    why irfan is dropped from side???can anyone explain??

  • on August 6, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Why would you drop Nasir Jamshed from the test team??

    Mohammad Irfan I can understand for fatigue reasons..but why drop a top order bat when he needs an extended run on the top in any case.And when the batting has been in shambles...do the selectors even know anything about cricket?

  • on August 6, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Best wishes for Team Pakistan for Zimbabwe tour

  • on August 6, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Best wishes for Team Pakistan for Zimbabwe tour

  • on August 6, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Why would you drop Nasir Jamshed from the test team??

    Mohammad Irfan I can understand for fatigue reasons..but why drop a top order bat when he needs an extended run on the top in any case.And when the batting has been in shambles...do the selectors even know anything about cricket?

  • PANKAJ_GOGIYA on August 6, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    why irfan is dropped from side???can anyone explain??

  • on August 6, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Imran Farhat? Man that guy has some strong backing in the selection panel. Apart from that squads are decent. Also instead of the likes of Faisal Iqbal and Khurram Manzoor, Umar Akmal should have been picked up for the tests too, he needs grooming at test level.

  • on August 6, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    why is Farhat there in tests?? Taufeeq is much better

  • Anwar-Lara on August 6, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    why is Imran Farhat back??? any logical reason? saeed ajmal, Misbah and Irfan should have been rested for the whole tour so that they are fresh for South Africa and Srilanka.

  • on August 6, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Pathetic selection .... problem is with batting, they should have tried as much as possible options for batting on this tour.... and we are sticking to same old batting order ..... pathetic, very pathetic !

  • on August 6, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Pakistan should not be dropping anyone. Its not like they play alot of cricket as it is they should all be trying to get in form for the South Africa series. Imran the flop Farhat getting another chance looks like politics is still not extinct in the Pakistani board.

  • on August 6, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    What is this .. The same team .. We should have played some new faces and we'd have rested Irfan too, he is continuously playing since his comeback .. Misbah, Ajmal should have been given rest too .. Hafeez shuld be given a chance .. But don't understand what selectors are doing .. Why don't they give a chnce to youngsters against a weak team as India did..

  • asraruwant on August 6, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Pakistan Selectors For God's Sake please DONT select Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal in the test team. They will play and perform against a weak Zimbabwe team by scoring few fifties and hundreds and then book a place for themselves against sri lanka and south africa and then will fail in those series and then you will drop them again. Stop this cycle PLEASE. Instead of that Test young players like Harris Sohail, Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Mohammed Rizwan (WK) against Zimbabwe and give them confidence. Mark my words players like Mohammed Hafeez, Imran Farhat will score hundreds in test matches against Zimbabwe and then FAIL miserbably against sri lanka and south africa. And this same thing has been happening for the last 3-4 years. PLEASE FOR GODS SAKE LEARN TO NOT REPEAT THE MISTAKES.