Pakistan in Zimbabwe 2013 August 13, 2013

Imran Farhat opts out of Zimbabwe Tests

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Imran Farhat, the Pakistan batsman, has opted out of the tour to Zimbabwe citing personal reasons. Farhat informed the national selection committee about his unavailability due to domestic matters that needed his immediate attention, which, ESPNcricinfo understands, relate to his wife's health issues. He has been replaced by left-hand batsman Shan Masood in the squad for the two Test matches.

Farhat, who was one of the five changes in the Test squad for this tour, was not part Pakistan's original squad during their previous Test series, in South Africa. He was called in for the third Test of that series as a replacement for the injured Taufeeq Umar, and scored 30 and 43. That was his only Test appearance since featuring in the 2010 Test series in England.

Masood, 23, made his first-class debut against Hyderabad in 2007 and has played 56 matches for his 3065 runs. The Kuwait-born Masood has been living in Karachi, and plays as an opening batsman for Habib Bank along with Farhat. He narrowly missed a double-century in his last first-class match, scoring 199, which is his best score in the long format. In the previous two seasons, he scored 846 runs at 33.84 and 1123 at 41.59.

A five-day training camp has started at the NCA with only bowlers appearing for the conditioning training sessions. The Pakistan limited-overs squad will depart for Zimbabwe on August 19.

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

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  • waqarboston on August 18, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    We have not had a good opener for a decade but the one with the best record is Taufeeq Umar. Its incomprehensible that he is not in the team.

    The following is an answer to BoonBoom. There is a batsman in Pakistan with a first class average over 50. His average is 55.96. He is not old and is a terrific fielder and can bowl a bit as well. His name is Fawad Alam.

    Fawad has been systematically destroyed by PCB. He could not get into the middle order when Yousuf and Younis were there, so he was asked to open. On his debut when the Pakistan team crashed for mid 300, he saved them by scoring 160 or so of them. Next tour he was not selected. He had some good T20 performances so he became a T20 specialist. He then failed in T20 and was dropped from all forms including test cricket.

    Fawad is the best Test batsman in Pakistan today. He was ruined systematically by PCB as a T20 specialist. One wishes Fawad was given the kind of chances given to Umer Akmal.

  • BoonBoom on August 17, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Shan has first class average of around 34, has only 3 centuries in 56 first class match. Hence one can easily imagine his class and available talent in Pakistan. In fact there is no current batsmen in first class in Pakistan with a batting average in 50s or high 40s. This speaks volume of dying stage of cricket in Pakistan. In test cricket there is hardly anyone in the current team having test batting average in 40s!! Bye bye cricket in Pakistan.

  • Kalan9211 on August 16, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    @Dannymania, surprised to see biased comment against Misbah. Hafiz is t20 player and he never deserves to be ( and will never be) one day or test captain. Misbah made 4 50's in 5 matched againsat WI, how many hafeez made? Without Misbah pakistan team would have lost to WI by 5-0. T20 play is different than one day and test. T20 captain is always a t20 captain.

  • on August 16, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Pakistan should have different teams in all forms.Test team should be: 1.Fawad Alam 2.Taufeeq Umar 3.Azhar Ali 4.Younus 5.Misbah 6.Shafiq 7.Adnan 8.Rehman 9.Talha 10.Ajmal 11.Junaid. In odis Misbah should call it a day and Hafeez should be the captain team should be: 1. Shehzad 2.Jamshed 3.Hafeez 4.Amin 5.U.Akmal 6.Haris 7.Afridi 8.Anwer Ali 9. Saeed 10.Junaid 11.Irfan. T20 team should be: 1.Shehzad 2.Jamshed 3.Hafeez 4.Sohaib 5.U.Akmal 6.Umar Amin 7.Hammad 8.Afridi 9.Anwer Ali 10.Raza Hasan 11.Junaid.

  • Dannymania on August 16, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    even the picture shows imran farhat getting bowled out!such a shame.

  • Airbag on August 16, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    i totally agree with Salman, it's time that Farhat should call it a day as he's not worth playing for Pakistan.

  • Dannymania on August 15, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    its good to see that Imran farhat is not playing. but the biggest problem is not imran farhat. It is Misbah ul haq but he is still there and he is going to zimbabwe because he knew that if hafeez is the captain(AND HE IS the better captain than Misbah)and he comes back after clean sweeping the series against zimbabwe, he(Misbah) might be in trouble. BUT, the exclusion of imran farhat is great news. Its good to see new blood making its way into the team. I am just surprised that almost everyone is a left hander.i think its because misbah is weak when he thinks about left handers in general.YES World, KNOW that misbah is very weak against left arm bowling & he is a worse captain against left handed batsmen.He is a bad captain anyways so i said worse against the left handers.blah..

  • spellbinder76 on August 15, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    Time to replace Fawad Alam with Faisal Iqbal.

  • on August 15, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    @ Qaisar Nadeem , Please please let these people stay away from our national team, there are many more talented players to choose from... Think about future not just the next series!

  • on August 15, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    What other better news we can expect than this... I'm so please to hear this news!

  • waqarboston on August 18, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    We have not had a good opener for a decade but the one with the best record is Taufeeq Umar. Its incomprehensible that he is not in the team.

    The following is an answer to BoonBoom. There is a batsman in Pakistan with a first class average over 50. His average is 55.96. He is not old and is a terrific fielder and can bowl a bit as well. His name is Fawad Alam.

    Fawad has been systematically destroyed by PCB. He could not get into the middle order when Yousuf and Younis were there, so he was asked to open. On his debut when the Pakistan team crashed for mid 300, he saved them by scoring 160 or so of them. Next tour he was not selected. He had some good T20 performances so he became a T20 specialist. He then failed in T20 and was dropped from all forms including test cricket.

    Fawad is the best Test batsman in Pakistan today. He was ruined systematically by PCB as a T20 specialist. One wishes Fawad was given the kind of chances given to Umer Akmal.

  • BoonBoom on August 17, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Shan has first class average of around 34, has only 3 centuries in 56 first class match. Hence one can easily imagine his class and available talent in Pakistan. In fact there is no current batsmen in first class in Pakistan with a batting average in 50s or high 40s. This speaks volume of dying stage of cricket in Pakistan. In test cricket there is hardly anyone in the current team having test batting average in 40s!! Bye bye cricket in Pakistan.

  • Kalan9211 on August 16, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    @Dannymania, surprised to see biased comment against Misbah. Hafiz is t20 player and he never deserves to be ( and will never be) one day or test captain. Misbah made 4 50's in 5 matched againsat WI, how many hafeez made? Without Misbah pakistan team would have lost to WI by 5-0. T20 play is different than one day and test. T20 captain is always a t20 captain.

  • on August 16, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Pakistan should have different teams in all forms.Test team should be: 1.Fawad Alam 2.Taufeeq Umar 3.Azhar Ali 4.Younus 5.Misbah 6.Shafiq 7.Adnan 8.Rehman 9.Talha 10.Ajmal 11.Junaid. In odis Misbah should call it a day and Hafeez should be the captain team should be: 1. Shehzad 2.Jamshed 3.Hafeez 4.Amin 5.U.Akmal 6.Haris 7.Afridi 8.Anwer Ali 9. Saeed 10.Junaid 11.Irfan. T20 team should be: 1.Shehzad 2.Jamshed 3.Hafeez 4.Sohaib 5.U.Akmal 6.Umar Amin 7.Hammad 8.Afridi 9.Anwer Ali 10.Raza Hasan 11.Junaid.

  • Dannymania on August 16, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    even the picture shows imran farhat getting bowled out!such a shame.

  • Airbag on August 16, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    i totally agree with Salman, it's time that Farhat should call it a day as he's not worth playing for Pakistan.

  • Dannymania on August 15, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    its good to see that Imran farhat is not playing. but the biggest problem is not imran farhat. It is Misbah ul haq but he is still there and he is going to zimbabwe because he knew that if hafeez is the captain(AND HE IS the better captain than Misbah)and he comes back after clean sweeping the series against zimbabwe, he(Misbah) might be in trouble. BUT, the exclusion of imran farhat is great news. Its good to see new blood making its way into the team. I am just surprised that almost everyone is a left hander.i think its because misbah is weak when he thinks about left handers in general.YES World, KNOW that misbah is very weak against left arm bowling & he is a worse captain against left handed batsmen.He is a bad captain anyways so i said worse against the left handers.blah..

  • spellbinder76 on August 15, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    Time to replace Fawad Alam with Faisal Iqbal.

  • on August 15, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    @ Qaisar Nadeem , Please please let these people stay away from our national team, there are many more talented players to choose from... Think about future not just the next series!

  • on August 15, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    What other better news we can expect than this... I'm so please to hear this news!

  • ever_green on August 15, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Where is Taufeeq Umar?. He should have been selected for test matches.

  • hamqad on August 14, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    I have no idea what the selectors have been smoking. Shan Masood should have been way down in the pecking order. Nasir Jamshed, Haris Sohail, Taufeeq Umar, Umar Akmal?

  • on August 14, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Good replacement, Shan Masood scored 199 as Opener in 1st inning in Feb 2013 in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, by facing 372 balls and 529 minutes on pitch. Good Temperament and especially against Pace Attack of Karachi Whites. Whilst Imran Farhat's withdrawal is a GREAT NEWS

  • on August 14, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    It is good news for Pakistan cricket that Imran Farhat has opted out from the tour of Zimbabwe. In my opinion he along with Faisal Iqbal and Mohammed Hafeez should not have been selected for the test squad. For the good of Pakistan cricket the selectors need to quickly identify half a dozen or so batsmen and stick with them if they are going to improve their test ranking in the future as Misbah and Yunus are only short term solution. Looking ahead I would like see following players making up the test squad: 1. Jamshed, 2. Shehzad, 3. Azhar (captain), 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Shafiq / Sohail, 6. Batting all rounder possibly Umar Amin, 7. Sarfraz Ahmed, 8. Umar Gul, 9. Wahab Riaz, 10. Junaid Khan, 11. spinner. Azhar Ali should also be encouraged to bowl as he started out as a bowler. To this list of 12 three other promising youngsters can be added.

  • on August 14, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    I wasn't going to watch the Pakistan vs Zimbabwe matches in protest! I might just watch them now.

  • on August 14, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    A special gift from Imran Faraht to the nation on independence day.

  • mzm149 on August 14, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    This is a blessing in disguise. I hope Nasir Jamshed regains his form in T20's and ODI's and scores a century or two. Selectors would be forced to include him in test squad.

    Hafeez will once again fail against new ball even if the opponent is Zimbabwe. He is not even a batting all rounder let alone an opening batsman. He should play at no. 6 and that too if he performs there. Four bowlers are enough in a test team. I don't see his place in test team.

  • Morfi on August 14, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    I consider this an ironic case of divine justice. Though I wish him all the best with the domestic issues, his selection was not merited. I hope the remaining Pak openers perform well enough to never allow Farhat back in and I also hope that Nasir Jamshed is not done the injustice that has befallen so many other good players. NJ needs to be in the test team on a consistent basis.

  • MurtaMac on August 14, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Another Karachiite selected! Moin Khan's mission of bringing NOT new blood but Karachiites continues!! I have no problem if these players are actually good, as I am a Pakistani and would not care if the whole team came from a small town in Balochistan, as long as they represent my country and are actually good!! but with selections of flops like Fiasal Iqbal and Khurram Manzoor, I can't help but think we are doomed to fail!!

  • on August 14, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Pakistan should give chance to Fawad Alam in test cricket. His avg in FC is almost 55 which is very very good

  • Chaudry_Cricket on August 14, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    Woah !!!! Donald Farhat opts out the best news ever. (hope his domestic problems are not too serious). Anyways I hope in this break he realises nobody wants him in intl cricket (till date I have never ever ever seen a Farhat fan). Anyways coming to Shaan Masood we can not really judge him on his domestic stats if we did then people like Farhat, Malik should never be dropped from the national team. Besides I doubt he will even get a game with 'Blessed in all facests of the game' Haffez opening and Khurran Manzoor opening. But I have heard technically he is solid but lets see how it goes

  • Imran-Akram on August 14, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Poor Selection...... Fawad Alam, Sohaib Maqsood, Haris Sohail, Usman Salah ud Din might have been better options.

  • devilz_cry on August 14, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Pathetic Replacement.............I dont know what was the criteria for Shan Masood's selection, whatever it was surely it wasn't performance in domestic. Have a look at his previous 7 domestic outings:

    6 Habib Bank v PIA 4 Habib Bank v Port Qasim 8 Habib Bank v State B of P 8 Leopards v Wolves 5 Leopards v Falcons 29 Leopards v Zebras 25 Leopards v R Rams

    Moreover, his first class average is merely 34. God Save Pakistan Cricket Team!!!

  • Stark62 on August 14, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    @ Elyas Ahmed You say Shan is better than Farhat but guess what, you are wrong!!

    Farhat averages 42.88 in FC after 156 matches, whilst Shan averages 34.82 after 56 matches and his scores in the last five games have been 6, 4, 8, 8 and 5.

  • golgo_85 on August 14, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Instead of getting another new player as a replacement, they really should've either brought jamshed back in or get Umar Akmal to play. He won't even get a chance because of Khurram Manjoor. I also think Haris Sohail could've been another inspired choice to open with Hafeez who by the way shouldn't be in the Test team to begin with. In place of Hafeez, Farhat and faisal Iqbal, there should've been Jamshed, U Akmal and H Sohail/H Azam. Why would you want another newbie in the squad when there are others waiting for their turns? Under an attacking captain, Nasir Jamshed, U Akmal and H Azam would've had more established careers by now. I also don't understand the inclusion of Asad Shafiq in ODI squads series after series - H Sohail looks to seal that spot in the future.Pakistan need to groom and stick with the same bunch of players instead of getting new faces in to startle players who are still trying to cement their places in the sides.

  • huhohuhohuho on August 14, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    @asim229 imran farhat has an average of 32 and faisal iqbal has an average of 26 that may be good enough for you but not for the team. Once a player is dropped many players are given a chance before putting him back.

  • smalishah84 on August 14, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Good decision Imran. Now please stay out and take Faisal Iqbal with you....and oh, I wish your wife the best of health. Hope she gets well soon.

  • on August 14, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    hope that Faisal too follows Farhat foot step and allows youngster to get a chance to show their worth .thanks, Farhat, wish you well.

  • on August 14, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    Maybe Farhat Opted Out After The Criticism Over his Selection.. God Knows.. Anyways I Guess Who Ever this Shan Masood is, Must Be Better Than Farhat, And No Harm Trying Young Players Against A Weak Team. Anyhow Pakistan May Have To Face Some Difficult Matches Against Zimbabwe...

  • on August 14, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    Imran Farhat has been exposed several times in the international arena and he does not have a solid technique. Sadly this is not the last time we have seen Farhat and I bet he will be back in an important series like India or Australia.

  • syed.r.karim on August 14, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    Why this ordinary player been replaced? Is there any quota system in team selection? Harris shoial should have been selected. We are waiting for the personal reason of faizal iqbal.

  • swingstowin on August 13, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    As glad i am that Farhat is out of the series,the reason behind his opting out is the health of his wife. Lets hope she gets better soon. Also lets hope Shan Masood is the answer to our troubles at the top of the order. Best of luck Pakistan.

  • on August 13, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    Thanks God, he is not playing.

  • on August 13, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    I agree with most of the more savy people here.Farhat had no place in the first place.Nasir jamshaid is the best choice,he should be in the original side.The selectors are nuts here living on a different planet.Hope his personal problems are resolved but he does not deserve to be in the side as well as Faisal Iqbal.These people have been tried and tested numerous time.It seems Powa talking big time?

  • harrdstone on August 13, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    I wish him all well for his personal problems.His selection was astonishing. Same is the case with Faisal Iqbal.Pak selectors can make ridiculous decisions.NJ scored back to back centuries in India in pressure ODI's but has been dropped for Tests.Surely the great Imran Khan would not have allowed this to happen to a courageous player.One should look for character and big match temperament in players.Selectors consider Asad Shafiq good for ODI's but not Azhar Ali.I think either both of them are good enough or none because there is hardly any difference in the pace with which they score their runs. If Azhar had been given as many chances as Asad then we could compare but i have no idea what yardstick selectors have to decide which one of them is good for ODIs.Najam Sethi has really been a disappointment because Chairman gives final approval of the team and in spite of a man of his standing at the helm Farhats and Faisals are still getting selected at the cost of finding new talent.

  • am5786 on August 13, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    I always say to my friends whats the point of domestic cricket if you are not planning to give chances to top performers. Every year at the end of the first class season they should select at least two players most runs scorer and wicket taker regardless of giving them chance to play in final eleven. There would be a competition in domestic cricket to at least get selected in National team.

  • on August 13, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    To be honest with everyone, I cringe every time I see names of Misbah, Hafeez, Faisal, Kamran in Pakistan team. Misbah and Hafeez may be good, but I just do not see any future for these guys if Pakistan are to have any chance at WC15. For god sake, look at the way our U19 and list A boys are playing, with little facilities they are hammering teams in their backyard. why can't we just induce some players from their and give them a free hand. I am sure they will be world beaters. High time for Pakistan team is not far away inshallah:)

  • on August 13, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Totally ridiculous. The good part is that Farhat is out but Ali Waqas, Nasri Jamshaid and Harros Sohail were the obvious choice. How come Asad Shafiq gets selected for the ODIs again. He is good for test matches but is poor in ODIs and didnt perform too has an average of 28 and strike rate hardle reaches 70 which is poor and has been given many chances too. I am sorry but I think this team selection show involvement of politics to me. Farhat should not have been originally selected anyway. Faisal Iqbal ?? how ? why ?

  • t20cric on August 13, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    I hope Farhat's problem gets resolved and its not much of a problem. His replacement doesn't seem to be much better then him based on the stats but he may I guess its worth a shot. Those who are very worried about Shan getting to play should know that he may not even get a chance to play. I still think others deserve a shot over him but he may surprise everyone. Any Pak team can beat Zimbabwe in this test series but it was a good chance to give promising players a chance.

    On a side note the Pak U19 team is doing some amazing batting in England with at least one guy making a century in every match if they maintain this form then Pak's batting problems could be gone when these guys reach international level.

  • Kak-mal_Khan on August 13, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Why not take a chance and blood one of these under-19 players who have achieved 4 out of 4 victories playing on English soil. This is a series against Zimbabwe and a youngster would benefit greatly under the guidance of Misbah. I have no doubt the crop of players that are going will play attractive cricket, just as Farhat would have done to regain his spot only to get undone by a decent attack. This series is shouting for a couple of younger players to come and show their skills and benefit from International exposure.

  • IdreesAhmed95 on August 13, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Pakistan selectors are just mad. How they have this guy ahead of Haris, Nasir, Fawad and so on is beyond me. I'm glad Farhat is out, but wow, we'll never be #1 team in test with selections like these, maybe in ODI and T20 because of good selections but test is the best form of cricket! Please do something! Why don't they listen to the fans who seem to know more than that of the selectors?! -_-

  • Jda123 on August 13, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    If Farhat was out then Jamshed/Sohail should have been in the Test squad... Poor choice

  • Sports4Youth on August 13, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    Thank God that Farhat has opted out of the series involving the minows.

    But however, instead of replacing him with some promising younsters having long term prospect the selectors have chosen this guy who does not have great figures yet. I believe the selectors could have done better.

    .

  • wrenx on August 13, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    A lot of calls for Nasir in Farhat's place. Fair enough, but Nasir had posession of the opener's slot, and while I don't think a run of low scores is a reason to drop a newcomer, Nasir's shown problems with his fitness, concentration and work ethich. These are problems that you don't work on on the international stage, you do it back at domestic, so it's fair that he be dropped and told to work on it. Shame that Fawad is still being ignored.

  • wrenx on August 13, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Let's face it, even against Zimbabwe, it's going to be the Misbah-ul-Haq show with the bat again in the tests. Hafeez will perform fine in the ODIS and T20s again, but he's not up to taking on the top nations. Hope Pakistan give Ajmal a break and play Rehman instead.

  • asim229 on August 13, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    I still dont understand why people keep bashing players like Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal only because they are the relatives of some former players and selectors when so many other batsmen in the team havent performed for ages. For example Hafeez havent performed since SA series. Misbah although playing brilliantly in the last 1 year but wasnt performing for a long time before that and there are so many other batsmen. Nasir Jamshed is a good talent but he is also not performing since SA series. Farhat had a bad CT but before that he was performing well when given chances e.g this match(http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-pakistan-2013/engine/match/567371.html) and he was also performing well in domestic. So Farhat is not the only man responsible for the batting failures. Its the whole selection process and the management is also responsible.

  • on August 13, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    It is interesting to know that PCB has a ranking system in place but it is an irony that none of the 5 top ranked batsmen are in the Test squad. Ali Waqas, Haris Sohail and Fawad Alam are the top three in that order. This is a reflection on how PCB groom its youngsters. Ali Waqas and Haris Sohail should have been in the original Test squad in place of Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal. Now this Shan Masood has come into the picture from nowhere. There is definitely something very wrong with Pakistan cricket set-up.

  • on August 13, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    It may be interesting to know that PCB has a ranking system for First Class cricket in Pakistan and it is an irony that none of the 5 top ranked batsmen are in the test squad. Ali Waqas, Haris Sohail and Fawad Alam are the top three in that order. This is a reflection on how PCB groom their youngsters. Ali Waqas and Haris Sohail should have been there in place of Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal in the original squad. I think the selectors themselves don't know that there is a PCB ranking system in place.

  • xylofon on August 13, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Fawad Alam was chosen for T20 even if that wasnt his natural temperament, he derves a second chance because he can perform consistently. If chosen for Tests and even ODI at a good postition people would see the real Fawad. He is one of the best Pakistani batsmen if looking at averages.

    T20 county/domestic league doesnt prove much even Misbah is good at that. But Fawad has 5 years left in him, PCB should consider him.

  • on August 13, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Haris Sohail averages 52+ its unfair to select shaan instead of him

  • on August 13, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    i have seen masood he might not have the best stats but he is a tall guy and plays with very straight bat..technically he is good unlike most others though nasir jamshed or taufeeq umar would have been much better options

  • zzby on August 13, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Another random selection by selectors

  • delpihero on August 13, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Shan Masood is clearly in form from his last few matches. 6, 4, 8, 8, 5, 29, 25

  • on August 13, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    why not shoaib Maqsood........who averages above 40 in first class cricket,,again bad selection

  • badmaash on August 13, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    I agree with Nadeem that Fawad Alam has not been given a proper run in tests, which is his natural format. Even in ODIs and T2os he was always sent lower down in the order. Despite this his average remains better than that of many other players in the national team - above 40 in tests and close to it in ODIs.

  • on August 13, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Shan Masood, who averages just 33 runs per innings in first-class cricket with just 3 centuries so far, is preferred over Nasir Jamshed, who averages 41 runs per innings and has already scored 15 centuries. This is Pakistan for you .. lol

    Pakistan needs selectors who have a long-term vision and who are sincere and just.

  • CricketChat on August 13, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    In the past, Farhat flattered to deceive many times. Whatever the reasons are, his absence will benefit a more deserving player.

  • romirom on August 13, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    FC avg of 35 with 3 century in 56 matches. i don't understand on what basis pcb select the shan masood. hope for the best

  • on August 13, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    I dont know why imran farhat would do this i hope everything is alright. For pakistani fans, this is good news. However, shan masood does not look to have decent stats. Maybe should have gone with hariis sohail or any of the many batting talents. I think sohaib maqsood could have been a good option aswell.

  • on August 13, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    why not jamshed? come on!! why spoiling him? shan masood may be fantastic, but this would have been a golden opportunity for jamshed.

  • on August 13, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Adding him to the squad was a bad decision anyways. I mean he has been completely out of form and doesn't really deserve to be given another chance. There are a lot of other batsmen who can replace him. Adding Shan Masood to the squad is a good decision. I hope he performs

  • on August 13, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Why they keep ignoring Fawad Alam, who is genuine test player. Does any one remember his 168 when he came as an opener.?? He must be given chances in Tests rather than T20.

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  • on August 13, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Why they keep ignoring Fawad Alam, who is genuine test player. Does any one remember his 168 when he came as an opener.?? He must be given chances in Tests rather than T20.

  • on August 13, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Adding him to the squad was a bad decision anyways. I mean he has been completely out of form and doesn't really deserve to be given another chance. There are a lot of other batsmen who can replace him. Adding Shan Masood to the squad is a good decision. I hope he performs

  • on August 13, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    why not jamshed? come on!! why spoiling him? shan masood may be fantastic, but this would have been a golden opportunity for jamshed.

  • on August 13, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    I dont know why imran farhat would do this i hope everything is alright. For pakistani fans, this is good news. However, shan masood does not look to have decent stats. Maybe should have gone with hariis sohail or any of the many batting talents. I think sohaib maqsood could have been a good option aswell.

  • romirom on August 13, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    FC avg of 35 with 3 century in 56 matches. i don't understand on what basis pcb select the shan masood. hope for the best

  • CricketChat on August 13, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    In the past, Farhat flattered to deceive many times. Whatever the reasons are, his absence will benefit a more deserving player.

  • on August 13, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Shan Masood, who averages just 33 runs per innings in first-class cricket with just 3 centuries so far, is preferred over Nasir Jamshed, who averages 41 runs per innings and has already scored 15 centuries. This is Pakistan for you .. lol

    Pakistan needs selectors who have a long-term vision and who are sincere and just.

  • badmaash on August 13, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    I agree with Nadeem that Fawad Alam has not been given a proper run in tests, which is his natural format. Even in ODIs and T2os he was always sent lower down in the order. Despite this his average remains better than that of many other players in the national team - above 40 in tests and close to it in ODIs.

  • on August 13, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    why not shoaib Maqsood........who averages above 40 in first class cricket,,again bad selection

  • delpihero on August 13, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Shan Masood is clearly in form from his last few matches. 6, 4, 8, 8, 5, 29, 25