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 He has been replaced by left-hand batsman Shan Masood in the squad for the two Test matches.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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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!

  • dummy4fb on August 15, 2013, 12:45 GMT

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

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