Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by chandtara, May 15, 2012.
Mahmood gone next ball. Poor game all round for him
13 off 10
Razzaq would still be useful to Pakistan in limited overs cricket, hes a better batsman than most of our specialists in that form of the game. Problem is Pakistan tend to pigeon hole players, they just cannot seem to understand that a player like Razzaq with 10+ yrs experience in all kinds of conditions can bat at the top of the order and really be useful in T20 especially opening the bat or one down. Dont want to use Imran Khan as an example because Razzaq isnt in that class but Imran as he got older, bowled less but batted higher up the order and Razzaq i believe would be suited for a similar role.
WaQaReD! I think Abdul Razzaq usually bats better than most of our specialists but even more I think he's been pigeonholed with the ball, nearly every time he's bowled a decent spell--as in 5 or more overs, the sort you'd expect for a medium pace support seamer--I've seen Abdul Razzaq bowl well. Yet he's been messed about more with the ball than anybody
With the blade I'll admit Abdul Razzaq had a poor 2011 but imho he's still a handy lower-order player--definitely better than Afridi types who usually play above him. I don't really think he's in the top order class though, he always gets bogged down in that role trying to be responsible I guess
the only reason he tends to get bogged down up the order is because he is usually sent in to stop a collapse happening. If they promoted him up the order and said play your natural game and we'll give you a decent run there too i am pretty certain he would perform better than most of our batsmen.
Razzaq is older now, he would be better off playing as more of a batsman using that experience who bowls a bit than batting at 7/8 and trying to bowl 10 overs.
Hes not always bogged down at the top, not many Pakistani batsmen score a century in SA against South Africa like Razzaq did coming in the top 3.
Not just that, but going by recent performances Abdul Razzaq has nearly always done well with the ball...either taken
wickets or had a good economy or both. With the bat he's been decent but more inconsistent.
Imho a No 7 spot and 7 odd overs regularly would be ideally suited especially when you consider that Abdul Razzaq is usually quite thrifty and usually bottles an end up well, while the likes of Gullay and Sami who can win or lose matches on their rhythmare our strike bowlers at the moment.
Pakistan spin bowler Abdur Rehman is poised to join Somerset later this month.
Director of cricket Brian Rose has this afternoon confirmed that Rehman has signed a contract to make a switch to the County Ground, and will join up with the county in mid-July, subject to a visa being agreed.
Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose
Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose has announced the signing of Pakistan spin bowler Abdur Rehman
Rehman, 32, has played in 16 Tests for Pakistan, as well as 23 One Day Internationals, and Rose hopes he will be available in time for Somerset's Lv= County Championship game against Warwickshire at Taunton on July 18.
“He has an excellent first class record, with a bowling avarage not dissimilar to Murali Kartik’s," Rose told the official Somerset CCC website.
"He has played in 16 Test Matches for Pakistan, the latest in Sri Lanka being only last week.
“Rehman also bats reasonably well, going in around number eight, so that was also a plus point when it came to signing him.
“The other positive is that he is not currently in Pakistan’s T20 side, so once he joins us he should be available for the remainder of our season.”
This should be a good experience for him, playing the longer form of the game in foreign conditions.
It should do him well especially if he gets some spin friendly tracks.
Good for him. Will be a good experience for him.
Though I do wish our young batters could get to play more county cricket instead of our bowlers. People like Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq would greatly benefit from such experiences.
No visa, no county stint for Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir
Karachi: Sohail Tanvir and Shahid Afridi, the Pakistani cricketers, will not feature in this the Friends Life Twenty20 championships in England this year due to visa-related hassles.
Worcestershire had initially planned to have Tanvir for the entire T20 season, but his recall to the Pakistan squad for the One-Day International series in Sri Lanka last month deemed him unavailable for the first half of the tournament. And now, with visa issues refusing to be resolved, the county will have to do without the lef-arm paceman for rest of the tournament too.
"It has been well documented that obtaining visa for overseas professionals is becoming more and more difficult," said David Leatherdale, Chief Executive of Worcestershire County Cricket Club. "We are very disappointed that Sohail won't be joining us. But with just four group matches remaining, and still no guarantee that the visa process has been completed in Pakistan, his stay with the club is no longer practical."
Sohail's unavailability meant Worcestershire have only one overseas player in Phil Hughes, the Australian opener, for their T20 campaign. The team, though, is on course for a quarterfinal berth after four wins in their first six matches.
Afridi, the former Pakistan captain, who was supposed to be available for Hampshire's entire T20 campaign, is also unavailable. The delay in obtaining a visa meant that Hampshire stuck to their current set of players for the remainder of the tournament.
"We are deep into the 2012 competition and the side is settled so we don't feel it is right to change that now," said Giles White, manager of Hampshire County Cricket Club.
Afridi was one of the shining stars in the county's campaign in 2011. His 17 wickets in ten matches helped the side qualify for the semifinal, which they lost to Somerset in the one-over eliminator. Hamsphire, however, did not rule Afridi out for the future. "The door is still open for him to return to Hampshire in future years should circumstances suit both parties," said White.
Me and Shahid Afridi rulez are going to be at the Lancashire vs Yorkshire game today, IA.
Nice to see Abdur Rehman landing a slot.
No updates NO 1 AFRIDI FAN
Or was it raining :fp
Game was abandoned without any play.
Somerset still unsure about Abdur Rehman coming to Taunton
The Somerset County’s director of cricket Brian Rose on Friday revealed that his county was still unsure whether Pakistan spinner
will get a visa to join the county for the final six LV= County Championship matches of the ongoing 2012 season.
Speaking to media reporters today, Rose said that they were in touch with the Pakistan off-spinner as well as the British high commission in Pakistan, however he was unable to confirm any proceedings in this regard.
“The situation with Rehman is still the same – we have got the tracking number on his visa and we have asked the embassy in Islamabad if we can fast-track it,” said the Somerset coach.
Rehman, the 32-year-old left-arm orthodox bowler from Pakistan, was initially scheduled to join
for the final seven county championship matches of the season. But due to visa issues, he has already missed one of those.
Rose said that they have been quite patient in this regard and cannot wait too much longer. The county is next scheduled to play
in the County Championship Division one match, at Liverpool next week, and Rose wants the
off-spinner in place by then.
“The paperwork is in place but I don’t think I can wait too much longer, to be honest,” said Somerset’s director of cricket in an irked tone.
“I want him over for Liverpool. As with a lot of things this season, I have a Plan 15b in place, so I have potential options if he doesn’t come. But I’m not going to let it go – I’m going to pursue it right down the line – because he is the bloke we want,” he added further.
Meanwhile, good news for the Taunton fans is that Cricket
has agreed to allow hard-hitting opening batsman
and experienced all-rounder
to play for Somerset on Friends Life t20 Finals Day next month. Marcus Trescothick-led side will play
in the second semi-final of the day, at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, on August 25.
This will be Somerset’s fourth successive appearance on the finals day, though they have failed to make it count on the last three occasions.
feel sorry for rehman..
9 wickets from Rehman in first innings http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-cricket-2012/engine/match/542549.html
Not been in the loop for a while.
I know Amir is playing this year for Essex, are any other Pakistanis representing?
Pakistani paceman Mohammad Amir continued his rich seam of form from the Champions Trophy win over India, striking early for Essex using a pink ball on a landmark day for English county cricket.
Amir trapped Middlesex Nick Gubbins-lbw as the latest round of county championship matches got underway on Monday. The new day/night format led to the use of the pink ball with a black seam—ideal preparation for England’s Test players for a match with the West Indies from August 17-21 at Edgbaston.
Amir praises Cook's role in welcoming him to Essex
Mohammad Amir hopes to inspire Essex to the County Championship title after revealing the extent to which new team-mate Alastair Cook has attempted to welcome him.
The fast bowler has joined his new team after excelling for Pakistan during their Champions Trophy triumph.
He made his debut for the Championship leaders on Monday against Middlesex, the latest development in a career almost undermined by a conviction for spot-fixing in 2010 that led to a five-year ban.
When Amir was granted a visa to tour England last summer, then-England Test captain Cook insisted match-fixers should be banned for life to protect the sport’s integrity.
In November it was then confirmed Amir would join him at Essex, but instead of any potential hostility, the new arrival says their relationship is already “very good”.
“I met him the first day when I arrived and he was very nice,” said the 25-year-old.
“He said to me, the funny thing, ‘I want to learn Urdu (Amir’s native tongue), so you have to teach me’.
“No (there are no issues between us), nothing.
“He’s always nice and very supportive.
“Everybody knows he’s a good batsman and a very nice human being, so I think it will be a very good journey with him.
“The way the people treat me, they are very nice to me; the way they gave me a reception was very, very inspiring for me.”
Amir got off to the perfect start as he claimed a wicket during his first over as an England bowler.
But Amir admitted the move has not gone down well in his homeland.
Amir said: “Some people (in Pakistan) are angry (at this transfer) because they said ‘You should come home first’, but it’s a good opportunity for me, my career.
“It’s the standard of cricket. County cricket is going up and this standard of cricket you can’t find anywhere else.
“I can improve my cricket and that was the reason to come here.
“I do believe (I can help deliver a Championship).
“When you do the basics right anything is possible. Let’s see what’s going to happen.”
>Simon Harmer blasted a massive hole in Warwickshire’s batting at Chelmsford to take the first 14-wicket haul of his career and move Essex clear at the top of the County Championship last week.
Harmer took eight second-innings wickets for 36 runs - career-best figures for an innings - to finish with figures of 14 for 128.
Essex won by a resounding innings and 164 runs.
Ravi Bopara hit a stunning 192 for Essex in their innings.
They are currently playing Middlesex in the County Championship, in the first day/night trial with the pink ball.
Junaid can spark a Red Rose Blast bid
Karl Brown is hoping Lancashire will benefit from an improved Junaid Khan in this summer’s T20 Blast, with the Pakistan ace set for his third Lightning debut on Friday.
Junaid, who Brown has described as “one of the best yorker bowlers in the world”, has missed the first two matches due to visa problems.
But the left-armer’s arrival in England is imminent – a little over a month after leaving with the Champions Trophy under his belt.
The 27-year-old overseas star was named in the ICC’s Team of the Tournament thanks to eight wickets from four matches.
His latest debut is expected to come in Friday’s 19,500 sold-out Roses clash with Yorkshire Vikings at Old Trafford (6.30pm).
“I think Junaid’s going to be a massive player for us this year,” said opening batsman Brown.
“We know what he brings, and it’s nice to have somebody back that’s played for us before. He’ll be part of the team straight away, which is great for everyone.
“He’s one of the best yorker bowlers in the world, and that’s massive towards the end in T20 cricket.
“If you know you’ve got a player like that in your side, you will win the odd game you probably shouldn’t do.
“You know how tight the games can be. A lot are won within the space of 10 runs. So to have someone like Junaid, who can take wickets up front or at the end, it makes a massive difference.”
Junaid has taken 31 wickets in 18 Blast matches for Lancashire across two seasons in 2011 and 2014, including a career best 4-12.
In 2011, he helped the Lightning reach Finals Day but could not play because he was touring Zimbabwe with Pakistan, where he made his Test debut.
“I can remember one game at Northants a few years ago when we were defending a small target (111 – Junaid took 2-12 in a three-run win), and he bowled one of the best spells I’ve ever seen,” said Brown, who is no fan of facing him in the nets.
“He’s just got a real belief in his game that when he stands at the top of his mark, he’s going to execute what he wants to do.
“It’s the trajectory he bowls. It’s just different because he isn’t as tall.
“Even if his yorkers aren’t right on the button, it’s still difficult to hit because he doesn’t get the bounce
other bowlers get. That helps him.
“He’s been brilliant for us. If he’s anywhere near where he was the last two times, he’ll be great again.
“More international experience can only benefit him, and hopefully he comes even as an improved player. If he does, it will be unbelievable.”
Brown has scored 35 and four at the top of the order in Lancashire’s opening two matches this season - a win at Durham on Friday and defeat against Leicestershire at Liverpool on Sunday.
He has scored fifties in Roses wins against Yorkshire at Old Trafford in each of the last two seasons.
“It’s a game I always look forward to,” he added.
“I find it really easy to get up for and focus in that game.
“They’re big rivals, and I think that competitive edge comes out a bit more. But I’m sure it does for everybody else in both sides.
“It’s just a game I really enjoy playing in. And it’s always nice to get one over on the Yorkies. Everybody knows that!
“We’ll be looking to do it again.”
Sussex Sharks host Hampshire and Shahid Afridi in NatWest T20 Blast
Actually, Boom Boom - Pakistan legend Shahid Afridi - went bang, bang, bang, bang as he took four wickets for Hampshire with his leg-spin in their 22-run win over Glamorgan in Cardiff.
Live NatWest T20 Blast Cricket
Sussex vs Hants
July 12, 2017, 6:00pm
Sky Sports 2 HD
The 37-year-old will line up for Hampshire in Wednesday's Sky Live game, too, as he, young leggie Mason Crane, skipper James Vince and the rest of the team head to Hove to face Sussex Sharks (6pm, Sky Sports 2).
Afridi be looking to rip through Sussex - who began their Blast campaign with an eight-run defeat to Glamorgan on Sunday - alongside Crane, who will show Sky Sports a few tricks of his trade before the game starts.
Reece Topley was Afridi's accomplice against Glamorgan on Friday night, though, with the former Essex paceman taking three wickets as Hampshire successfully defended 167-5.
Sussex are blessed with another ex-Essex left-armer, too, in Tymal Mills, and although a hamstring injury will prevent him from playing against Hampshire, the quick will be on our commentary team in the Pod.
We will also be catching up with Sussex's Barbados-born seamers, Joffra Archer and Chris Jordan, ahead of a match which can't come soon enough for Luke Wright, with the former Sussex skipper having smashed 101 from 53 balls against Glamorgan over the weekend.
Watch Sussex Sharks v Hampshire in the NatWest T20 Blast, live from 6pm, Wednesday, Sky Sports 2.
Imad Wasim to feature for Durham in England’s T20 Blast
KARACHI: Twenty20 cricket’s top ranked bowler Imad Wasim is all set to feature in the Twenty20 blast in England for Durham county, the all-rounder said on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old is waiting for his visa and if it is issued he will fly to feature in the Twenty20 blast.
“It’s a great opportunity to play for Durham in the Twenty20 blast. I am waiting for the visa,” said Imad, who retained his world number one Twenty20 bowler ranking on Monday.
He has replaced South African Imran Tahir as world’s top ranked Twenty20 bowler.
Imad also received good news of his elevation to “B” category in the central contracts issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board. H was placed in “C” category in the contracts announced last year.
Mohammad Amir is representing Essex and Shahid Afridi is playing for Hampshire in the T20 blast in England.
Hampshire win again but Afridi has a quiet game. Scored 5 and went wicketless
solid bowling by JK for Lancashire
Sarfraz looking forward to dream T20 stint with Yorkshire
KARACHI: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has said he's looking forward to get maximum advantage from the much-awaited opportunity to play county cricket during his stint with Yorkshire.
Sarfraz, who led his team to a dream victory in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, was signed by Yorkshire last week for a short stint in the NatWest T20 Blast.
The 30-year-old said that he has always wanted to play county cricket and hopes that the spell with Yorkshire will help him become a better professional.
"I always wanted to play county cricket and when the opportunity to represent Yorkshire came I couldn't say no to this fantastic offer," he said.
"It's a dream come true for me and hopefully this stint with Yorkshire will help me become even a better professional,” added Sarfraz, who was recently handed Pakistan's Test captaincy.
Sarfraz signs up for Yorkshire in England’s T20 Blast
Sarfraz is likely to feature in five T20 Blast matches and join the team on July 27. He is currently waiting for his visa.
The skipper said he is proud to be part of Yorkshire, a team which was previously represented by legends like Inzamam-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.
"Yorkshire are a big club with a big reputation and I'm proud to be following in the footsteps of other Pakistanis who have played at Headingley such as Younis Khan and Inzamam-ul Haq,” he said.
Sarfraz, who has led Pakistan to seven victories in eight T20Is as captain, said he is aiming to contribute his part in making Yorkshire victorious in the event, adding that playing in the tournament will also be a learning opportunity for him.
"I hope I can contribute in as many victories as I can in my five-match stint and provide the crowd the sort of entertainment they are looking for," he said.
"I am learning every day as a player and as a captain as well, so it would be nice to have a taste of the T20 Blast," he added.