Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Harare September 15, 2013

Former Pakistan cricketers demand changes

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Misbah-ul-Haq and Pakistan's batting have come under severe criticism from the former players with the team's loss in the second Test against Zimbabwe being termed as "embarrassing and shameful". Pakistan dropped two places to sixth in the ICC Test rankings and became the first team other than Bangladesh to lose a Test against Zimbabwe in 12 years.

Ramiz Raja, who has been Misbah's vocal supporter, said his captaincy was bereft of fresh ideas. "Misbah contributed to a change of environment and gave stability to the team," he said. "He has given all he could to Pakistan cricket as captain but there is now a predictability and staleness in his captaincy and our brand of cricket."

"He seems to have ran out of ideas, so we need someone with fresh ideas," Raja said. "I think Misbah's shelf-life is over and with these ideas we will stand nowhere before South Africa (in UAE). It seems excitement and aggression is at the lowest point in our cricket, we want to avoid defeat and this hot-and-cold, up-and-down performances must change.

"No one likes to back a losing side, we need to rethink our priorities and set a new direction or else people will stop following cricket. This is the right time now to have a new captain and introduce some new players. The defeat is embarrassing, frustrating and shameful."

The month-long Zimbabwe tour was one of Pakistan's easier assignments this year and was thought of as preparation ahead of the upcoming tour against South Africa in the UAE. But Pakistan lost the first ODI and in Tests, crossed 300 just once in four innings.

Shoaib Akhtar said that Pakistan have "hit rock bottom as a cricketing nation" and they must address "the batting woes as they were letting the team down"."Misbah is leading the worst-ever Pakistan team," he said. "We don't have good bowlers, we don't have good batsmen and if Misbah is prominent amongst the batsmen then it shows because, with due respect, Misbah is not world class."

Inzamam-ul-Haq declined to comment on the team's performance as he has stopped watching them play.

However, the interim chairman of the PCB, Najam Sethi, took a more balanced view and said that the Pakistan team is in a rebuilding phase. "So what if we lost against Zimbabwe," Sethi said. "Winning and losing is part of the game and even Australia are down these days, so it's a pattern of ups and down. Pakistan had fallen in depths of disgrace over fixing issues, but things are stable now and they have started respecting us back.

"They talk about Misbah and Younis being an older player but Misbah is holding the team, Younis scored double hundred that day. I know where are the problems, if I am able to last longer in the PCB, I will work to make the team (better). But you can't do it at once."

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

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  • on September 16, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    World class or not, ( As Shoib Akhter says) Misbah is the only standout batsman for Paksitan in the last two years. Had they not re considered Younis he would be retired and commentating like Shoib on one of these channels . There is a genuine lack of quality batsmen in Pakistan for a decade or so. Its not going to be resolved over night. Pakistan needs two aggressive batsmen and perhaps one of them is Umar Akmal. The other could be one of Haris Sohail, Ahmed Shehzad, Fawad Alam. Pakistan 's bowling also did not hit the mark and let Zimbabwe score far more than they should have.

  • dmqi on September 20, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Pak cricket is at rock bottom, no question, but is the Captain responsible for that or the selection process? Will captain train the players or the coach? How about the administration? When you have only 2 old batsmen in the team to score, how can you deserve to win? When you are changing players from game to game, how can you have a unit to play and produce results? Is PCB/Selectors/coach able to give an opening pair or a wicket keeper in last 10 years? Go back to the root cause before blaming a solid performer. Why do Ramiz and Shoeb do not question position of Hafiz in the team? Is it the responsibility of 2/3 players to win a match? New blood needed 5 years ago, but PCB did not find replacement of Malik, Kamran, Afridi and so on. You are paying the price now. Take a leaf from other countries. Ponting, Shewag, and many big names had to go for not performing. You can not even make Hafiz to bat at lower order. That is the true story of Pak cricket. 3-0 by SA.

  • alischeme on September 19, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    We all want NEW players but look how they are performing in that CLT20. Disgraceful..........

    But I agree with Akhtar as well. "We don't have good bowlers, we don't have good batsmen and if Misbah is prominent amongst the batsmen then it shows because, with due respect, Misbah is not world class."

    In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.

    He's our only hope in the batting line up.

  • on September 18, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    include Imran Nazir and Abdul Razzaq ino the team

    1.Imran Nazir 2.Mohammed Aamir 3.Asad SHafiq 4.Misbah 5.Shehzad 6.Umer Akmal 7.Abdil Razzaq 8.Umer gul 9.Junaid khan 10.Shahed khan Afridi 11.Ajmal

  • Morfi on September 17, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    My playing 11 against South Africa would be Taufiq, Jamshed/Khurram, Younus, Misbah, Azher Ali, Asad Shafiq/Umar Amin, Umar Akmal(wk), Abdul Rehman, Ajmal, Junaid, Gul. Take Haris Sohail and Rahat as back up with Aizaz Cheema. Drop Azher to 5 for he is out of form at the moment. You do not have a better 11 on merit than this at the moment. Azher can bowl part time leg spin and younus part time seam if at all there is a need. The 2nd seamer is very important and rahat ali is not up to standard. Need Gul back who will add to the batting as well.

  • Morfi on September 17, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Pakistan definitely need to sit back and do some stocktaking. The real problem is not Misbah or Whatmore or any other individual. The problem is rooted deeper and the fact that there are no international level classy batsmen left in the side after Misbah and Younus. That is something the board and talent hunters need to keep in mind and plan for the future. Instead of panicky blame games and calling for heads, the approach should be pragmatic and with a longer vision in mind

  • Travian.Cricket on September 17, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    @Faisal Nawab. A highly ignorant comment. I doubt even a batsman like Ponting can release pressure when you've got no capable batsman at the other end. There was only 1 partnership in the match that in my opinion was cool and calm and it never looked like a wicket was around the corner and that was of Younis and Misbah. Please stop criticising Misbah for the team's failure. He is the only one in the team that can play swing and pace confidently. All the rest can't play even when Ivory Coast is bowling in swinging conditions.

  • ihaq1 on September 17, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    i think the team needs two more batsmen..the clear failures were hafeez and asad shafik...they should be replaced as batsmen with ahmed shehzad opening and sohaib masood in teh middle order...the fast bowling looked ordinary until the last match when teh wicket had huge cracks...maybe adding mohammed irfan would do teh trick...he has much more variety than rahat and junaid...at the moment we donot have an obvious choice for a new skipper so will have to continue with misbah even though he does seem ordinary and is not willing to experiment...with ajmal getting older two spinners is a necessity...although we could toy with the idea of ajmal as captain as he has been playing since 1998

  • on September 16, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    I have never seen a match in which Misbah scores and pakistan win the match, A great batsman releases the pressure from the team whereas Misbah increases it. Misbah Bats at a snails pace and the pressure increases, that results in loosing matches. Misbah seems to be impressive if we look at his statistics in 2013 but He is not that much better

  • on September 16, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Our test square should be Khurram Manzoor,toufique Umer, Younus khan,Mishbah (captain),Umer Amin,Fawad Alam, Faisal Iqbal,Harris shohail,Asad Shafiq,Adnan Akmal,Junaid khan,Rahat Ali, Ehshan Adil, Saeed Ajmal, A. Rehman

    Our ODI squad should be Nasir Jamshed, A.shehzad, hafiz, Younus khan ( captain)Umer Amin, Shoaib maqsood,Harries Shohail, Zulfiqar Babar,Saeed Amjad, Umer Gul, Afridi, Umer Akmal, Junaid, Rahat Ali, Wahab Riaz, Shan ,

    Our T20

  • on September 16, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    World class or not, ( As Shoib Akhter says) Misbah is the only standout batsman for Paksitan in the last two years. Had they not re considered Younis he would be retired and commentating like Shoib on one of these channels . There is a genuine lack of quality batsmen in Pakistan for a decade or so. Its not going to be resolved over night. Pakistan needs two aggressive batsmen and perhaps one of them is Umar Akmal. The other could be one of Haris Sohail, Ahmed Shehzad, Fawad Alam. Pakistan 's bowling also did not hit the mark and let Zimbabwe score far more than they should have.

  • dmqi on September 20, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Pak cricket is at rock bottom, no question, but is the Captain responsible for that or the selection process? Will captain train the players or the coach? How about the administration? When you have only 2 old batsmen in the team to score, how can you deserve to win? When you are changing players from game to game, how can you have a unit to play and produce results? Is PCB/Selectors/coach able to give an opening pair or a wicket keeper in last 10 years? Go back to the root cause before blaming a solid performer. Why do Ramiz and Shoeb do not question position of Hafiz in the team? Is it the responsibility of 2/3 players to win a match? New blood needed 5 years ago, but PCB did not find replacement of Malik, Kamran, Afridi and so on. You are paying the price now. Take a leaf from other countries. Ponting, Shewag, and many big names had to go for not performing. You can not even make Hafiz to bat at lower order. That is the true story of Pak cricket. 3-0 by SA.

  • alischeme on September 19, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    We all want NEW players but look how they are performing in that CLT20. Disgraceful..........

    But I agree with Akhtar as well. "We don't have good bowlers, we don't have good batsmen and if Misbah is prominent amongst the batsmen then it shows because, with due respect, Misbah is not world class."

    In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.

    He's our only hope in the batting line up.

  • on September 18, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    include Imran Nazir and Abdul Razzaq ino the team

    1.Imran Nazir 2.Mohammed Aamir 3.Asad SHafiq 4.Misbah 5.Shehzad 6.Umer Akmal 7.Abdil Razzaq 8.Umer gul 9.Junaid khan 10.Shahed khan Afridi 11.Ajmal

  • Morfi on September 17, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    My playing 11 against South Africa would be Taufiq, Jamshed/Khurram, Younus, Misbah, Azher Ali, Asad Shafiq/Umar Amin, Umar Akmal(wk), Abdul Rehman, Ajmal, Junaid, Gul. Take Haris Sohail and Rahat as back up with Aizaz Cheema. Drop Azher to 5 for he is out of form at the moment. You do not have a better 11 on merit than this at the moment. Azher can bowl part time leg spin and younus part time seam if at all there is a need. The 2nd seamer is very important and rahat ali is not up to standard. Need Gul back who will add to the batting as well.

  • Morfi on September 17, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Pakistan definitely need to sit back and do some stocktaking. The real problem is not Misbah or Whatmore or any other individual. The problem is rooted deeper and the fact that there are no international level classy batsmen left in the side after Misbah and Younus. That is something the board and talent hunters need to keep in mind and plan for the future. Instead of panicky blame games and calling for heads, the approach should be pragmatic and with a longer vision in mind

  • Travian.Cricket on September 17, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    @Faisal Nawab. A highly ignorant comment. I doubt even a batsman like Ponting can release pressure when you've got no capable batsman at the other end. There was only 1 partnership in the match that in my opinion was cool and calm and it never looked like a wicket was around the corner and that was of Younis and Misbah. Please stop criticising Misbah for the team's failure. He is the only one in the team that can play swing and pace confidently. All the rest can't play even when Ivory Coast is bowling in swinging conditions.

  • ihaq1 on September 17, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    i think the team needs two more batsmen..the clear failures were hafeez and asad shafik...they should be replaced as batsmen with ahmed shehzad opening and sohaib masood in teh middle order...the fast bowling looked ordinary until the last match when teh wicket had huge cracks...maybe adding mohammed irfan would do teh trick...he has much more variety than rahat and junaid...at the moment we donot have an obvious choice for a new skipper so will have to continue with misbah even though he does seem ordinary and is not willing to experiment...with ajmal getting older two spinners is a necessity...although we could toy with the idea of ajmal as captain as he has been playing since 1998

  • on September 16, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    I have never seen a match in which Misbah scores and pakistan win the match, A great batsman releases the pressure from the team whereas Misbah increases it. Misbah Bats at a snails pace and the pressure increases, that results in loosing matches. Misbah seems to be impressive if we look at his statistics in 2013 but He is not that much better

  • on September 16, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Our test square should be Khurram Manzoor,toufique Umer, Younus khan,Mishbah (captain),Umer Amin,Fawad Alam, Faisal Iqbal,Harris shohail,Asad Shafiq,Adnan Akmal,Junaid khan,Rahat Ali, Ehshan Adil, Saeed Ajmal, A. Rehman

    Our ODI squad should be Nasir Jamshed, A.shehzad, hafiz, Younus khan ( captain)Umer Amin, Shoaib maqsood,Harries Shohail, Zulfiqar Babar,Saeed Amjad, Umer Gul, Afridi, Umer Akmal, Junaid, Rahat Ali, Wahab Riaz, Shan ,

    Our T20

  • on September 16, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    Ahmed sehzad,Khurram Manjoor,Imran Farhat,Yunus khan,Misbah ul haq,umer Amin,umer Amal,Saeed Jamal,Abdul Rahman,zunaid khan,rahat Ali .....pick this eleven if you want to win...

  • wrenx on September 16, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    In 2012, Misbah was receiving nothing but praise for his captaincy: steady character, calming influence, bonding the team, ringing in the bowling changes to rip through teams for low totals. Now, for some reason, he's become the easy target for the team's failings. I wish I could apologise to Misbah on behalf of so many people who send mis-directed criticism his way - he's a treasure and we don't deserve to have him in our side considering how he's treated.

  • on September 16, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    test match is a game of patience. if players like hafeez dont understand patience then what can u expect from youngsters. misbah is no where to be blamed. he batted with batsmen who got out. he batted with bowlers who tried their best to keep their wickets. if the batsmen are not responsible then give them coaching and experience instead of giving the captain the whole blame. the run rate wasnt the issue in the last innings that we blame misbah for playing slow. now u cant expect misbah to bat for the whole team. in the end its the batting that needs to be done!

  • on September 16, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    misbah is a good test captain and should stay as long as he retires, i think they need to sort the opening out and it will look a better team. hafeez should be tried in shafiqs position and jamshed should play in the uae.

  • on September 16, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Guys, it is not fare to criticize Misbah and his leadership. He is defensive because he know if he gets out all other fall very cheaply. Dont u guys remember the Pak v W.I match which was cut short to rain and they need to score quickly in order to win and who did it. It was Misbah. I mean what do u expect when score card is saying like 20-3 in a test or one day match. He just makes sure team plays full fifty overs in one day and bat as long as possible in tests. The problem with him is he cannot promote himself to no. 3. because then there is no one to rebuild after cluster of wickets are gone. The main problem is that all the other batsmen have lots of technical flaws against seaming ball no matter what pace. Asad is a class player and he should be played regularly in one days and in tests also. These are the guys the team managment should make them work hard on physical and mental fitness. I only criticize Misbah for not winning any toss whatsoever.

  • wrenx on September 16, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    It's not really the time for reckless decisions before a series against the toughest opposition. Misbah has been playing like a champ and is the best captain we have. We should show confidence in Azhar and Asad, they have the most promise and have come through in the past. If anything, give them more opportunities in ODI cricket too. It doesn't matter if our keeper isn't a century-maker, as long as he's reliable behind the stumps. Just get Fawad in at the top, and some more experienced fast bowling to help Junaid. Ajmal will look after himself

  • aciazad on September 16, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    I am not finding any issue why people are so serious about Misbah....why they don't see the performance of other players like shafiq,azhar,the consistent failure hafeez.not only that a genuin wicket keeper is needed. a stroke palyer like u.akaml is need to take the opposition under attack.Misbah is the wall of middle order. so if u want to ch ..change other bring taufiq, u.amin, even fawad alam, k.akmal shoul trained but he is the best wicket keeper batsman.

  • pontingkhan on September 16, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Although i appreciate Misbah's/Younis's consistency and his presence in the team, his scoring technique does not ease the pressure, but increases it for other players. I guess we need a long-term specialist batting coach and pump in some fresh blood with good technique, right attitude and a drive to succeed

  • wrenx on September 16, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Very unfair criticism from former players, and little praise for Zimbabwe who have built upon their cricket all summer. Misbah, Junaid and Younis played like heroes. Khurram is making a comeback, and scored well (as well as getting a rough umpiring decision). It's always tough to criticise Ajmal or Rehman too much. Azhar and Asad are no veterans, and have never had the advantage of playing at home to boost their confidence (and averages). They deserve a lot of latitude. Adnan also batted responsibly in the series. Problems then reside with Hafeez - his ample experience leaves him nowhere to hide. And the selectors have failed to provide proper fast bowling support. Rahat is new, and they clearly got the selection wrong when Younis Khan was having to bowl within the first 20 overs of the test match. We were a seamer down from the start, and we placed far too much pressure on Junaid's young shoulders. He bowled admirably though

  • on September 16, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Now a days brand of Cricket played by Pakistan is " Lets not loose the Match" instead of " Lets win the Match".

  • tuktukrock on September 16, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    Thats Radicoulous statement by shoaib Akhtar and Rameez Raja. Pakistan is playing with 2 batsman and all tailunders. Its very clear before the inning starts that 2 wickets are required that is of misbah and younis khan others give them all as gift.younis played well but very disappointing at the end as he never looks compose in last innings. Its happening from the last 15 years or so with pakistan batting. if misbah is not in the team it can be same as it happens way back in Sharjah between pakistan and Australia team bowled out on 54 and 56.

  • on September 16, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    its time to wake up..... what we call a reality check !!!! Misbah has played his part now its time for a bold decision like South Africa did when they opted for Smith as a captain at a very young age ...... So PCB take some decision like this make some new guy a Captain

  • on September 16, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Mibah is a stand out player. Every time he bats, he watches players play the most stupid shots. Who says our players are not aggressive, but they use that aggression at a very wrong time. In the past few series, Misbah is the one who is always staying till the end. The best example of his captaincy is him leading by example. On the field, he is calm and is always encouraging the players. No one in the team is as fit as him. Blame the other players who refuse to work hard or control their shots. I don't think Misbah tells any players how to play, he just tells them to play sensible. BECAUSE he has given that freedom to the players, they are misusing it. ONCE AGAIN, Misbah is NOT the culprit. It is players like Hafeez & Shoaib Akhtar, where one makes no runs and all the latter does is criticize when he himself did not lead by example. Didn't Shoaib get involved with taking steroids and all that? He has no right to criticize. Misbah is the top scoring player in the team, period!

  • omar_choudhary on September 16, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar does not have the right to degrade the team like that, especially terming Misbah as not being world class. Was Shoaib world class? He has no right to comment, after all he has taken more from Pakistan cricket than give back to it. I see his post match interviews and he is always complaining about the team, my question is what has he done to help? Most of us Pakistani fans, lose our mind and let emotions get the better of us... We forget how much Misbah has given back to the team, one min the team is being praised as if they are the world champs, next min we say the whole team should be sacked... What logic? ADVICE TO ALL PAKISTANI FANS, BEFORE YOU COMMENT, PLEASE THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING, IS IT LOGICAL? Definitely we need some changes to the team but no such drastic measures as former players are calling for.

  • on September 16, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    There is one problem from decades with Pak team that is batting which has let them down many many times because they come under pressure when they batting and do defensive stuff. Misbah is defensive captain you need some one aggressive which is strategy against all the teams is not same. Misbah is responsible for batting failures because he wants players to be defensive as well.

  • on September 16, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    We need more quality batsman like Misbah, Unfortunately only he is a complete batsman in this team now, all other are walking wickets. Younis performs once in 5 matches and Misbah 5 out of 5. Even Rameez or Inzamam I don't think were able to perform as consistent as Misbah is. And Muhammad Asif was much better bowler than Shoaib. We all know bad habits of Akhtar. I hate those who blame Misbah the team man with 10 selfish players.

  • on September 16, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Oh my God, Another (politically appointed) PCB chairman raising the REBUILDING STAGE slogans?We have been rebuilding since post WC2007. Are you people listening carefully?Ramiz didnt say anything about Misbah the batsman, he is criticizing Misbah the Captain. And I think If Pakistan board can kick out Moh. Yousuf from captaincy and team, i doubt Misbahs stats are anywhere near him. The biggest exam of the LACK OF IDEAS came in the ODIs in my opinion, where he stuck to the batting plan of saving wickets and hitting out late. It didnt matter what the conditions were, what team or what attack it was, it was a premeditated plan. Thats how predictable he is! Also,if a captain cant select a team properly and kick out players like hafeez,thats favoritism and ineptness at the least. Lastly, he is way to defensive, and his negativity rubs off on the youngsters. Misbahs tenure and stats as a captain are wrongly inflated by series in UAE, greatly influenced by Ajmal.hes record away is shameful.

  • on September 16, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    what the hell is going on , instead of criticizing the other batsman for their dismal performance in zim blaming misbah 4 this debacle is totally unfair . Misbah is the most consistent batsmen in pak line up for almost two years and stand like tall a wall in crisis. Yes his approach is Tuk-Tuk ,but tell me what u gonna do if find yourself at the crease at 3 or 4 down not even crossing the three figure mark .If he had not scored those runs we would have seen this dismal picture a year before . You cant win a battle with blunt swords , for me Misbah is a fighter and a boon in disguise for pak cricket ....................hats off to him ..........(indian fan)

  • satzzz on September 16, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    It is a wake up call Pakistan. Its high time that the youngsters pull up their socks and step up badly. They should work v.hard and raise their bar keeping in mind that only top 4 team would make it to the World test championship. I(and many fans across the world) wish to see a India Vs Pakistan match there which will be the right ambassador for Test Cricket across the globe.

  • satzzz on September 16, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    I am not able to agree with these greats of Pakistan Cricket. Misbah is the only good thing to have happened to Pakistan. Other batters are not holding it for them. As for what Shoaib said, though Misbah is not a world class batsman he has exceeded his boundary and playing like a savior for his team. We can easily say that Pakistan's batting is the poorest among top 8 test playing nations. Some old legends should step up and should thrive to put the team back on track. Inzi lived his life with cricket and even after retirement he joined the rebel ICL. Now he is looking like more a selfish player through his attitude towards this situation. It is a wake up call and Pakistan should work v.hard thinking in mind that only top 4 team would make it to the World test championship. I want India Vs Pakistan as one of the matches there which will be the right ambassador for Test Cricket across the globe.

  • on September 16, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    And this is our chairman saying so what if we lost till when will be in a rebuilding phase and if we lose to a team who has not won a test in 12 Years then there is a problem. A BIG problem. Its part of the game but to keep playing Hafeez who has average below than seaad ajmal at test level is unacceptable in this year. Misbah is scoring runs but are they in the winning cause and he is scoring runs at a rate that takes us no where Its all power game we all know it Hafeez wants to captain the side but he is not getting his wish like before all the players are greedy to captain the side PCB cannot take action against players who make rift in the side and just dont play for the team but for themselves to stay in the team making groups so the team will not perform for a specific captain.

    So either PCB needs to take action against players who don't perform or Pakistan cricket is going down the drain.

  • AnotherCricketer on September 16, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    SA-11 is ready to face Pakistan Pak-10. The eleventh Pak player, Hafeez, is simply an oversight since he only shows up on the pitch for a photo shoot, nudge an outswinger to the keeper and then back to the pavillion. Since he is quoted as a future captain in the Test format as well, he is "untouchable" and attached to the hip.

    For the upcoming SA series, I will only be watching T-20 games live. For other game formats, I am planning to watch the news updates the following day. There is only so much of Misbah you can see glued to the same end of the pitch. In fact, the secret of Misbah's longevity is that his viewers are aging faster by his slow scoring rate.

    Lastly, I wish to see more of Chishti Mujahid in the commentary box. Can someone please find another gig for Rameez who is incapable of filling the airwaves with anything of substance?

  • AnotherCricketer on September 16, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Hafeez, Shafiq, and Azhar looked out of sorts in the first test. And yet, the same players were on display for the second test. This defies logic. The team should have taken a chance and replaced at least one of these players with a couple of new names that they brought along with them. Though PCB follows the car manufacturing industry example of producing a model team for a tour that come with same standard parts. They won't even change a player until one goes bust due to a major injury.

    Misbah may be able to use more ideas, but he needs the best available options day in and day out. If a person didn't perform in one game, put them on ice and try another option. Though PCB is in no hurry. The contracts are baked and the harvest of new players and new faces will come at the turn of next year. Even then, they will priority-ship a 30-something "hopeful" rather than a 20-something "promising" player. And our journey continues ...

  • on September 16, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    80% of the players in this team earned their test spots at a time, so I don't blame it entirely. But when you keep the best domestic performers out of the squad - let alone the playing XI - you know that you are doing something terribly wrong. Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Sadaf Hussain (in Tests), Sharjeel Khan, Haris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood, Bilawal Bhatti (in ODIs) should have been selected.

    Secondly, you don't know how to differentiate between an opener and a bowling all-rounder. Last, but not the least, as Rameez Raja rightly identified, although there is a level of calmness and stability, the team has become terribly predictable. Even Zim could exploit that. There are no surprises left in the team - neither with the playing mindset nor with the selection. I believe there will be no major changes, as the problem is of the 'will' involved.

  • ProdigyA on September 16, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    This is the old song that ramiz sang after losing to India in 2011 WC. He said get rid of Misbah, after so many years Misbah is still the highest scorer by a long margin.

  • Sachit1979 on September 16, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    It's unbelievable to see that former Cricketers are still blaming the captain who has given his heart and soul out to save Pak Cricket from shambles. Had Misbah also did not perform like his other counterparts, Pak would have lost all their matches in last 1 year.

    People say he is short of ideas but my question is, tell me the match in which Pak did not bowl well. The department they need to improve is fielding and the one in which they desperately need to improve is batting. If captain has to be held responsible for poor fielding and pathetic batting then what are the roles of coaches and selectors in the team management. Moreover if no Misbah as captain then who else? Is it Hafeez who merely averages 20 with the bat in last many a matches?

    I hope Pak selectors and board sensibly consider the real issues behind poor performance and try to bring in right guys to fix the problem rather than taking senseless decisions and pushing Pakistan Cricket more deeper into the pit.

  • on September 16, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    And whose your guy with the fresh ideas Mr Raja?

  • asim229 on September 16, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    I will repeat what mudassar nazar was saying in one of the programs in tv that it is not difficult to bat at the snail pace in the middle order at 5 bcse at that time the ball is old and batsmen is not facing fresh new ball bowlers.Even in ODIs teams dont attack too much in the middle overs and just consolidate.That is one of the reasons that misbah is able to score so many runs last year.Also he knows that no matter how he plays or if the team wins or loose but his place in the team and captaincy is confirmed do it also gives him more confidence then other batsmen.

  • on September 16, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    I am sorry to be back. I was just looking at the average of ramiz raja in tests and crickets with the bat. He averages just 32 & 31 in ODI's and tests respectively. And he's commenting who should play and who shouldn't. Bravo and hats off to him.

    As for shoaib akhtar is concerned a man with 178 test and 247 one day wickets is talking who's who. Being a controversial figure all his life, now he's gonna suggest who should b where. That's really cool. And I'm sorry to say on part of cricinfo team, you get comments from such experts.

    Ramiz's English is good doesn't mean he is a cricket expert. Please please please please ask someone with some sense of cricket.

  • Guduji71 on September 16, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    I think some people go too far when there is a defeat. I don't think you need to change Misbah from captaincy. He is a good fighting captain. He almost won the test for you. The problem is not captain the problem is batting. Hafeez should not be in the test team. He should only play ODIs and T20. Asad Shafiq is not performing for some time, now. And he has technical errors in his batting. He leaves a lot of gap between the bat and the pad while defending. I think we should bring Umar Akmal back in the tests for Asad Shafiq and Hafeez should be left out for Shan Masood, Nasir Jamshed or Taufeeq Umar. Wahab should play for Rahat Ali as Wahab is a good bowler and a reliable lower order batsman. Pakistan does need a batting coach badly.

  • on September 16, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    I have been following cricinfo since long and I am a great cricket lover. I never have commented ever but I really felt for Misbah, and today I wrote my heart out.

    Everytime we loose we come up with this idea from the pseudo experts yo change coach, change captain. How's that going to help? Does the coach comes on the field and play? Has anyone looked at the young lot of batsmen? Tell me a single player who has been better in conditions outside subcontinent? Anyone? At least I don't see anyone capable of doing good in the near future.

    Best of luck cricket Pakistan. We can only pray for you.

    I have never liked Misbah but he's at least earning my respect. He's a man of steel and great cricketer. Wish him the very best in his life

  • on September 15, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    I have been following Pakistan cricket. But one thing I don't understand why players like shoaib akhtar, ramiz raja give their opinion about who should be in the team and who shouldn't be. May, as a cricket lover and follower, I dare ask what's the contribution of both of these pseudo cricket experts of cricket to Pakistan cricket. What ramiz has done in his career? Shoaib Akhtar's contribution?

    I understand the loss but to blame the man who has stood always up for Pakistan (Misbah) is being blamed. Come on show some respect and integrity, he is giving more than 100% to the game. Always try more than what he is capable of. He's old but doesn't mean he ain't capable. He is much better than many in the team. Having said all that, I'm not fan of Misbah but that's the truth he is truly a man of character and crisis. We must at least appreciate his greatness and not always rant and talk after him.

    Sorry but I didn't like the comments made by shoaib and ramiz.

  • Baundele on September 15, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    Misbah is the best thing happened to Pakistan cricket in the last few years. He has been holding the team together with every possible way. He is performing 200% of his ability. It is not his fault that others can not do a half decent work along with him.

  • on September 15, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    Change the Captain, Remove Hafeez, bring in new players, bring M.Yousuf back, be aggressive. All well said but with no international cricket at home, with a faulty local structure, no participation in IPL, where are the players going to come from? Players are groomed in home tests, we don't have any, always playing on foreign grounds unknown to you can be tricky. In addition, why high hopes? We were in shambles in 2010, it was Misbah and Misbah alone who brought stability. Remember the Allan Border days, he was the greatest tuk tuk I had ever seen but there were players around him who grew. Nothing is growing around Misbah because there is nothing to grow due to reasons mentioned above. Selection committee is to be blamed for showing no imagination not the Captain, he is given the team and he has to manage with what he has, with court cases against Chairman PCB etc, the whole system has collapsed, why blame the Captain alone. What would the new faces do without experience?

  • on September 15, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Mr. Inzi you were lucky, when you were captain there are very good players around you. If you are the captain of this side then this for you "Your mouth have shutdown" Shame on all of you three ex-cricketers. Blame all eleven or ten except Misbah.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on September 15, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    To be honest the Pcb needs a complete revamp without goverment interference our inept domestic structure needs rebuilding. More emphasis is needed on club cricket and school cricket to ensure youngsters are mentally strong. We need a young aggresive captain. Misbah should continue as senior batsman. The team managment need changing we should have Pakistani coaches. We need to host talent tournaments in villages around Pakistan to give hope to people from villages and then prepare them for the international stage. We need better facilities across Pakistan targeting rural and urban places. Coaching standards need to be improved.

    By making these changes Pakistan cricket will be given a new lease of life and a fresh aggresive direction. Pakistan has always been a flairful and aggresive team and we should continue to play like that.

    But to be honest I do not see anything changing with Najam Sethis comment and Misbah calling former players dirty people wanting to remove senior players. !!

  • on September 15, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    What people's like Inzi, Shoaib and Rameez are showing by using worng words against Misbah. I don't like say any word against Shoaib or Rameez because Misbah is 10 out of 9 times better than these two guys, stats tells that.

    But Mr. Inzi what you did after losing from Ireland in 2007 and just 18 runs in whole 2003 world cup. You were playing around good players and Misbah is only player in this Pak batting. Losing from Ireland is Worst i think than Zimbabwe. Mr Inzi Why you haven't stop watching then!

    These three needs to speak against team selectors and other ten players and needs to praise Misbah, What he did for this Country. Shame on Inzi, Shoaib and Rameez.

  • Y.Raza on September 15, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    Either its Misbah or whatmore...they are destroying young players by changing natural batting styles. Ahmad Shahzad and Jamshaid were aggressive players and now both are so defensive. Hence, no more effective

  • on September 15, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Totally agree with Raja and I like what Akhtar said as well that Misbah is no world class. And don't you wonder why Inzi stop following pak cricket? Cuz it sucks and soon alot fans will stop watching them as well. This is the time for change, this is the time to rebuild and Misbah and even Watmore they aren't the answer. We need to get back to our cricket what we are known off. We known of aggression and skills and we not showing that at all. Misbah and his style is a burden on pak cricket. We need change and we need that now. Please someone need to do mke these changes. I'm so disappointed and disheartened that I wouldn't even bother watchin Pakistan cricket anymore. We have our own great past players bring them in as coaches or managers. Seek help from them, we are a very rich cricket nation with huge talent this cannot keep on.

  • UmarRiaz on September 15, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Umar Akmal should be next captain. No place of Hafeez, Azhar, Asad Shafiq & Abdul Rehman.

  • imranmujtaba on September 15, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Najam Sethi said captain, management and selection committe will be accountable .... lets see how can justify this lost against worse team in test rank .....

    world is laughing and supporting Misbah who is maintaining his average but destroying Pakistan cricket history.

  • imranmujtaba on September 15, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Totally agree with Raja - Misbah self life is over, he is clue less what to do. HIs selfish attitude killing pakistan cricket and killing cricket lovers' interest - As they are stopping to watch and support Pakistan cricket ...... there is clear requirement for change and new young captain is required to energise team bring back some energy and agression in the team.

    Please make a change before it get worse - Just one of the broken heart fan .....

  • on September 15, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    I think we are in a rebuilding phase since 2003. Misbah brought some sense of responsibility but as Raja says he is clearly short of ideas. he keeps on playing same guys again and again. and to be honest he is not a good judge of cricketing conditions. he knows not when to be aggressive and when to be defensive and he cant even plan his own innings. it was writing on the wall that our tail would not survive when the new ball is taken yet he scored at snail's pace and didnt finish the game early.

  • Jason_Mcphee on September 15, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    Few suggestions

    1) Players should be selected on merit (Where is Fawad Alam,Sohaib Maqsood, Harris Sohail, Sharjeel Khan, Shahzaib Hassan, Muhammad Rizwan, Sadaf Hussain, Raza Hassan)

    2) Get an aggressive captain in.

    3) Get help from Wasim Akram or Imran Khan or Zaheer Abbass, to put Domestic Cricket on right path in Pakistan, otherwise they are going no where. There was a time when people used to follow Pakistan Cricket (Example is when Pak played Aus in England, large no of crowd turned up), but now even Inzamam doesn't follow this bunch of useless players.

  • on September 15, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    "So what if we lost against Zimbabwe," Sethi said it may not bother you but we the fans care about our team. Please go back to where you came from. Our problem has always been that we've had people like him in charge who no nothing about cricket, until we solve this probem we will never move forward.

  • on September 15, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    The main issue I see is that their "captain in waiting" is Hafeez. Hafeez does not warrant a test spot right now, that much is abundantly clear. Its all well and good saying that they should axe Misbah as captain, but who do you replace? Whose your new captain? Younis has already rejected the offer and even appointing him is nothing more than a stop-gap approach. Bringing back past players does nothing for the team. They need to build to the future and right now there isn't any other option really available to them. Mohammad Yosuf is an option to consider bringing back as his experience will no doubt help the younger guys but what good does that do when he's taking a spot from the younger guys? Long term goals need to be set and plans need to be put into place to achieve the goals. Winning isn't a goal. Winning is a by-product of the goals you set. If they feel azhar ali is the next test captain then they need to appoint him as vice captain and make it clear that he's the next captain

  • on September 15, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    I agree that Pakistan have problems, but this nonsense from Akhtar is quite something:

    "Shoaib Akhtar said that Pakistan have "hit rock bottom as a cricketing nation" and they must address "the batting woes as they were letting the team down"."Misbah is leading the worst-ever Pakistan team," he said. "We don't have good bowlers, we don't have good batsmen and if Misbah is prominent amongst the batsmen then it shows because, with due respect, Misbah is not world class.""

    Ahem, yes he is, actually. Misbah averages 45 in Test cricket and ODIs. And let's just point out that with Akhtar's previous history, he knows a thing or two about letting Pakistan down.

  • on September 15, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Changing misbah alone is not the solution. Take a look at batting chart for this series. Younas - misbah are on top and then Khurram with 2 50s - then adnan & azhar for 1 innings in 4 . then Ajmal. hafeez and asad are lower than ajmal . and apart from 2/3 rest have not made 100 runs in 4 innings.

    A team can not win only by 3/4 players. We have world's worst batting tail (8-11) and then we have a keeper who can not bat. ( this is happening in odis ). Our opener averages 10 in tests this year. sadly he is termed our next captain for last 2 years.

    Captain should be changed but not now. whe have not looked to any one else for last 2-3 years apart from hafeez whose own place in team is a big question mark.

    Players may have bad patch but selecting all going through bad patch in playing 11 means you are just filling space.

    Azhar alis performance is also dropping rapidly.

    from this team 3 of hafeez, adnan, asad & azhar have to be dropped for others. & stop bringing same players back.

  • Rubic on September 15, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    In preparation to SA series..I'd set-up two teams..First one lead by a mediocre batsman..our dear Misbah..will give him all Hafizs, Farhats, Maliks, akmals and his other choices… The other would lead by a mediocre test leg spinner..Afridi..will give him everyone else Misbah rejects and will put them to play a three test series…I am 100% sure..just an aggressive mind set will do miracles for the second team and that will be the REAL PAK CRICKET…

  • S.Alis on September 15, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    So when we will stop talking about rebuilding phase and spot-fixing. What does these terrible performances especially from batting department had to with spot-fixing which was done years ago. Who is this Najam Sethi? An anchorperson? Well, that tells you the story why Pakistan cricket hit rock bottom.

  • Desihungama on September 15, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    When Ramiz Raja talked about Misbah being bereft of fresh ideas he was clearly pointing toward Misbah's insistence on going with same eleven day in day out in any series without being aware of dynamics of the game and pitches. It's a damn shame Hafeez was not dropped for the second Test.

  • on September 15, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    This was a disaster expected as the ship was on course to hit the hard rock ! Hafeez has a pathethic average on away series and his performances st home series is marginally better. Though he has performed reasonably well at ODIs but his position in the test team has never been source of comfort. Azhar ali and asad shafiq has shown decent performances st test level in the first few series as they began their careers post 2010 especially azhar ali. But for last few series both have failed to provide consistency at test level which is huge concern. I do believe shafiq is test class batsman but he needs to regain is condidence at donestic level and possible Pakistan A team tours. For now i would keep azhar ali in the team as he has performed better than shafiq at this level for longer periods and that too at number 3 position against better bowling attacks compated to zimbabwe.

    Bring back taufeeq umar in opening position and umar akmal or fawad alam at number six instead of shafiq.

  • RANA1610 on September 15, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Hafeez have been doing continuously bad performance having low run rate. But nobody is looking at him. Rather Misbah is showing continuously good performance with over 50 run. Unfortunately he is now undermined. This wrong judgement can take the team down.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on September 15, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    As an outsider, the impression I get is that Misbah never gets the credit he deserves. True, he's perhaps reached the end of his shelf life as captain, but Pakistan desperately need the solidity he brings to the middle order. I suspect Pakistani supporters will realise his value after he retires.

  • johnstanley on September 15, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    The response from PCB is not balanced and continues to back players who do not belong and then make excuses. Do not compare Pakistan and Australia who are doing something about it. Review: Hafeez is not an opening batsman (bat at no. 5 or 6). Shahzad should be the opening bat with Khurram Manzoor and ask Nasir Jamshed to get his fitness up as he is a poor fielder and stop hanging his bat outside the off stump. Assad cannot play cricket and has demonstrated that amply. Drop him! Since PCB wants to persist with experience, bring Razzak back and hand him the captaincy. He is smart player and a good all-rounder and does not play politics. Umar Amin should be back in the team and PCB should seriously consider Zafar Gauhar who is an excellent spinner. Younis Kahn should be playing on permanent basis. Continue with Adnan Akmal, Rahat Ali, Junaid, Saeed Ajmal but teach the tail enders to bat and make their wicket expensive. PCB wake up before you lose complete credibility.

  • on September 15, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    This was bound to happen, sooner or later. Hafeez and Asad Shafiq in our batting lineup, a keeper in modern day cricket who can't score a test century, tail-enders (number 8 to 11) that, in today's cricket, can't even score 20 runs combined. And why don't we have a stable opening partnership for even 2 consecutive series? Because we keep on going back to the same players every now and then; Farhat, Taufeeq, Hafeez and now Khurram Manzoor. It's mind boggling to imagine that there aren't 2 decent opening batsmen in the whole country. And with the limited batting talent we have, we dropped Fawad Alam whose first class record and consitency is exemplary for a Pak batsman. Try Haris Sohail or Sohaib Maqsood. If they fail too then the management can say that we are in a "transition". They can't make this excuse with the already tried and tested players.

  • on September 15, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    i am not agreeing with any one.Misbah is doing fine job. our main culprit is batting and bowling. We need to replace Hafiz, Azhar Ali,and Bowling Dept We need Pace Bowling attack. i have no clue why we have played with Abdul rehman. asad shafiq should have batted no 3 position. our maim bowlers are Junaid and Saeed and 2 Batman Younis and Misbah. with 4 players you dont win matches.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on September 15, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    I agree with Rameez Raja Misbah can play as a player as long as he is scoring runs but we need new leadership and also agree with Shoaib Akhtar 50s are in vain if they don't help team in winning Misbah should give up captaincy on high note.

  • Abbas_G on September 15, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    When you play, then you loose as well, although losing from Zimbabwe is disappointing, but it does not mean that we lose our confidence in team. I still back Misbah, no doubt he is Mr. Dependable for Pakistan in recent days. Critics why are being made for only Misbah, dont forget that the each team has 11 palyers, coach and other officials, so why dont you think about all other gray areas of Pakistan Cricket. It is just a frustration showed by formal senior players, they need to calm down and think about the other areas as well. If we want to win then we should not worry about losing any game. take this is a lesson and do your hard work for the upcoming games.... Best of Luck team Pakistan

  • on September 15, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    absolutely spot on.. i know pak is suffering bcoz of playing away from home but its not an excuse of performing so consistenly poorly with bat even against teams like zimbabwe. pakistan has been mediocre bcoz of sselecting mediocre players. there is no place for hafeez, asad shafiq, azhar ali in the team. they have no idea of how to construct an innings. all these three men are performing poorly and surprisingly all of them are playing in same eleven...so how could you win a test match when your number 2, 3 and 6 together scored lesser than number 10 saeed ajmal!!!!

  • Narbavi on September 15, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Extremely disappointed with Inzi's reaction, i hope he just said that out of utter disappointment and nothing else, the former players need to back the team and try and offer help, and wow Shoiab, you still say Misbah is not a world class batsman? Just have a look at the number of 50's he has scored in the last 18 months or so, the only guy who has stoop up to the opposition and he is almost 40 yrs old. But it does tell you something when your team's best batsman is a 40 yr old guy!!

  • Narbavi on September 15, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Extremely disappointed with Inzi's reaction, i hope he just said that out of utter disappointment and nothing else, the former players need to back the team and try and offer help, and wow Shoiab, you still say Misbah is not a world class batsman? Just have a look at the number of 50's he has scored in the last 18 months or so, the only guy who has stoop up to the opposition and he is almost 40 yrs old. But it does tell you something when your team's best batsman is a 40 yr old guy!!

  • on September 15, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    absolutely spot on.. i know pak is suffering bcoz of playing away from home but its not an excuse of performing so consistenly poorly with bat even against teams like zimbabwe. pakistan has been mediocre bcoz of sselecting mediocre players. there is no place for hafeez, asad shafiq, azhar ali in the team. they have no idea of how to construct an innings. all these three men are performing poorly and surprisingly all of them are playing in same eleven...so how could you win a test match when your number 2, 3 and 6 together scored lesser than number 10 saeed ajmal!!!!

  • Abbas_G on September 15, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    When you play, then you loose as well, although losing from Zimbabwe is disappointing, but it does not mean that we lose our confidence in team. I still back Misbah, no doubt he is Mr. Dependable for Pakistan in recent days. Critics why are being made for only Misbah, dont forget that the each team has 11 palyers, coach and other officials, so why dont you think about all other gray areas of Pakistan Cricket. It is just a frustration showed by formal senior players, they need to calm down and think about the other areas as well. If we want to win then we should not worry about losing any game. take this is a lesson and do your hard work for the upcoming games.... Best of Luck team Pakistan

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on September 15, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    I agree with Rameez Raja Misbah can play as a player as long as he is scoring runs but we need new leadership and also agree with Shoaib Akhtar 50s are in vain if they don't help team in winning Misbah should give up captaincy on high note.

  • on September 15, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    i am not agreeing with any one.Misbah is doing fine job. our main culprit is batting and bowling. We need to replace Hafiz, Azhar Ali,and Bowling Dept We need Pace Bowling attack. i have no clue why we have played with Abdul rehman. asad shafiq should have batted no 3 position. our maim bowlers are Junaid and Saeed and 2 Batman Younis and Misbah. with 4 players you dont win matches.

  • on September 15, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    This was bound to happen, sooner or later. Hafeez and Asad Shafiq in our batting lineup, a keeper in modern day cricket who can't score a test century, tail-enders (number 8 to 11) that, in today's cricket, can't even score 20 runs combined. And why don't we have a stable opening partnership for even 2 consecutive series? Because we keep on going back to the same players every now and then; Farhat, Taufeeq, Hafeez and now Khurram Manzoor. It's mind boggling to imagine that there aren't 2 decent opening batsmen in the whole country. And with the limited batting talent we have, we dropped Fawad Alam whose first class record and consitency is exemplary for a Pak batsman. Try Haris Sohail or Sohaib Maqsood. If they fail too then the management can say that we are in a "transition". They can't make this excuse with the already tried and tested players.

  • johnstanley on September 15, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    The response from PCB is not balanced and continues to back players who do not belong and then make excuses. Do not compare Pakistan and Australia who are doing something about it. Review: Hafeez is not an opening batsman (bat at no. 5 or 6). Shahzad should be the opening bat with Khurram Manzoor and ask Nasir Jamshed to get his fitness up as he is a poor fielder and stop hanging his bat outside the off stump. Assad cannot play cricket and has demonstrated that amply. Drop him! Since PCB wants to persist with experience, bring Razzak back and hand him the captaincy. He is smart player and a good all-rounder and does not play politics. Umar Amin should be back in the team and PCB should seriously consider Zafar Gauhar who is an excellent spinner. Younis Kahn should be playing on permanent basis. Continue with Adnan Akmal, Rahat Ali, Junaid, Saeed Ajmal but teach the tail enders to bat and make their wicket expensive. PCB wake up before you lose complete credibility.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on September 15, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    As an outsider, the impression I get is that Misbah never gets the credit he deserves. True, he's perhaps reached the end of his shelf life as captain, but Pakistan desperately need the solidity he brings to the middle order. I suspect Pakistani supporters will realise his value after he retires.

  • RANA1610 on September 15, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Hafeez have been doing continuously bad performance having low run rate. But nobody is looking at him. Rather Misbah is showing continuously good performance with over 50 run. Unfortunately he is now undermined. This wrong judgement can take the team down.

  • on September 15, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    This was a disaster expected as the ship was on course to hit the hard rock ! Hafeez has a pathethic average on away series and his performances st home series is marginally better. Though he has performed reasonably well at ODIs but his position in the test team has never been source of comfort. Azhar ali and asad shafiq has shown decent performances st test level in the first few series as they began their careers post 2010 especially azhar ali. But for last few series both have failed to provide consistency at test level which is huge concern. I do believe shafiq is test class batsman but he needs to regain is condidence at donestic level and possible Pakistan A team tours. For now i would keep azhar ali in the team as he has performed better than shafiq at this level for longer periods and that too at number 3 position against better bowling attacks compated to zimbabwe.

    Bring back taufeeq umar in opening position and umar akmal or fawad alam at number six instead of shafiq.