Misbah finalises team combination for first Sri Lanka ODI

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    Pakistan’s head coach-cum-chief selector, Misbahul Haq, has finalised the team combination for the first One-day International (ODI) between Pakistan and Sri Lanka which will be played on Friday at the National Stadium in Karachi.

    Openers Fakhar Zaman and Imamul Haq will continue their partnership at the top of Pakistan’s batting order in Sri Lanka’s upcoming tour of Pakistan. Batsman Abid Ali is the third opener in the squad and is expected to be given an opportunity later in the series.

    Zaman will be given an extended run with the side in order to allow the flamboyant opener to retrieve his lost form.

    It should be noted that Zaman was successful in scoring a half-century in only one of his eight innings in the 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup. He scored 186 runs at an average of 23.25.

    On the other hand, the performance of his partner Imam was also not extraordinary during the mega event. Barring a century against Bangladesh, the opener scored 205 runs in seven innings with just one half-century.

    The third opener in the current squad, Ali, was not a part of Pakistan’s World Cup squad. Previously, Ali received just one match in the five-match series against England prior to the World Cup.

    Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed is expected to bat at the number five position in the batting order. The pace attack is likely to consist of fast-bowlers Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, and Usman Shinwari.

    Misbahul Haq has clarified that he will try to gain the maximum amount of profit from the batting abilities of Sarfaraz. This is why the wicket-keeper batsman will feature at number five in Pakistan’s batting line-up.

    All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been replaced by batsman Iftikhar Ahmed. All-rounders Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan are also expected to feature in Pakistan’s line-up.

    https://cricketpakistan.com.pk/en/n...ises-team-combination-for-first-sri-lanka-odi
     
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    this team will continue to fail when they select proven crap like imam and selfie - they just cant stop doing it. and on the other hand, guys who day in day out prove they should be given the chances that imam and selfie get, are dropped after a couple of failures, guys like Shan and fawad.

    its the same crap again and again.
     
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    In an ideal world, since SL is sending their "C" grade team, we should've use this an opportunity to try some new players. If you are not doing to induct young and junior players in your home series against a weak side than when will you do it? I know Abid is selected, however it seems like Fakhar and Imam will continue to play and enhance their avg in this series.
     
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    1. Imam
    2. Fakhar
    3. Babar
    4. Harris Sohail
    5. Sarfraz
    6. Asif Ali
    7. Iftikhar Ahmed
    8. Shadab
    9. Wahab
    10. Amir
    11. Hasnain / Shinwari
     
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    "Proven crap" like Imam. What exactly is proven? Name a better opener we've had in the last 2, 3, 5, 10 years. I don't care how much you don't like him, the guy scores runs and gets the job done.
     
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    Imam is good but he is too slow for odi and t20 cricket. He is more suited to test cricket imo. He should stick to test cricket only and play as test specialist like Mike Atherton of England. We should select Abid Ali, Fakhar Zaman and Ahmed Shahzad for limited overs cricket imo.
     
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    Besides that, Imam has an ugly technique as well which makes it difficult for him to play freely!! In my opinion, he is always short on a big hit when required and gets out when forced to score quick runs!!
     
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    Imam needed to get a move on big time against Bangladeshi left arm and leg spinners and hit them with the angle for sixes on leg side but he settled for a 100, got bottled and couldnt get a move on whereas you would expect somebody like Fakhar if he was in Imams place to play an innings similar to Champions Trophy where he took on indian spinners and hit them out of the park!! Imam unfortunately does not have this kind of game, he cant produce it the way he is required to!!
     
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    Strike rate, thats where his problem is.

    He takes too many balls to make his first 18/20 runs, which brings too much unnecessary pressure on Fakhar and the team. Also, it doesnt allow us to gain innings momentum from get go.
     
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    How about you compare Imam's SRs to some other teams' openers to actually get a sense of how bad it is. This is all nonsense perception because of Imam's "ugly technique" or whatever else the excuse is. Fakhar is a man himself - there is no pressure, he just doesn't know how to play smart most of the time.

    He's obviously not a perfect batsman and has plenty of flaws, but you always do need a batsman who can stay in and score big innings. Him and Babar are quite possibly the only two players in the team that can score 100s repeatedly, and you need that. Imam's 150+ against England after Pakistan being 3 down was an incredible innings.

    Pakistan has one of the best top 3s in the world and people still aren't happy. I am amazed. I'm happy to see Abid come in for Imam against SL and see how he fares.
     
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    And who won that game, wherein he made 150+ against England?

    His strike rate is certainly an issues, doesnt matter if you acknowledge it or not.

    As for his comparison with other openers, inline are the numbers.

    Name SR
    Jonathan Bairstow- 104.07
    Jason Roy - 107.40
    Shikhar Dhawan - 94.01
    Rohit Sharma - 88.57
    Quinton de Kock - 95.20
    David Warner - 95.55
    Aaron Finch - 89.51
    Martin Guptill - 87.34
    Colin Munro - 104.69

    Imam-ul-Haq - 80.57

    If you still dont see the problem, than nobody can help.
     
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    That's a fair comparison - it's good info. But what are their averages? How long are de Kock, Guptill, Munro even lasting at the crease?

    Some of the guys you have posted are the best batsmen in the world and we don't have remotely comparable players waiting in the wings. Additionally, Imam is still extremely young and growing as a batsman. I am not saying he's a world beater now but he's off to a very good start in his career and it just baffles me that as a fan base that has struggled IMMENSELY to find solid openers that don't get out in the first 3-4 overs wants to get rid of a guy that's scoring 50s and 100s at a decent clip.

    81 SR is not great but is not terrible. He definitely needs to improve, but the solution isn't to just drop him any chance you get. How about you focus on batsmen that are actually not performing or scoring runs and try to fix that problem first? How you about you try to find a #6 or #7 that can score quick runs at a fast rate since you have nothing going for you there?
     
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    If an opener has to play 30/40 overs than whats the point of you middle order?

    For openers in the modern cricket its vital to play above 89/90 SR, give brisk start and then players like Babar and Harry will carry on that momentum. Avg for opener isnt that imp as much as SR does and its the fact.

    Just go back go the scoreboard and check who won that game wherein Imam made 150+ run.
     
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    So looks like this:

    Fakhar Zaman
    Imam-ul-Haq
    Babar Azam (vc)
    Haris Sohail
    Sarfraz Ahmed (wk) (c)
    Iftikhar Ahmed
    Imad Wasim
    Shadab Khan
    Wahab Riaz
    Mohammad Amir
    Usman Shinwari


    Abid Ali
    Mohammad Rizwan
    Asif Ali
    Mohammad Nawaz
    Mohammad Hasnain
     
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    Replace crap imam with preferably Shan Masood or secondly Abid Ali, and perhaps swap the keepers and I think that line up is fair enough. Although I would also consider replacing Amir who clearly just wants money in international leagues.
     
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    Should have been:

    1. Ahmed Shahzad
    2. Fakhar Zaman
    3. Babar Azam
    4. Harris Sohail
    5. Sarfraz
    6. Asif Ali
    7. Iftikhar Ahmed
    8. Shadab
    9. Wahab
    10. Amir
    11. Shaheen
    Reserves: Hassan, Faheem, Yasir Shah, Abid Ali.
     
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    Harris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed and Asif Ali can share 11 overs between them.
     
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    as shit as imam is, I would have him a million times over selfie. its totally nuts to think that guy who was a failure consistently on the international scene after being given 81 chances in now all of sudden international quality.

    and in the same stroke, sidelining a guy averaging 70 or thereabouts for the past three years and another guy averaging 60ish in the past couple of years is the definition of stupidity at the selector level.
     
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    Wahab and Sarfraz must retire from ODI cricket, after the first ODI. DO NOT WASTE Rizwan! Sarfraz and Wahab's selections are a pure waste, as both may not make it to the next WC.
     

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