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Pakistan Squad for Bangladesh Tour!!!

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  1. isaacking
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    isaacking Talented

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    Ajmal returns in all format.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/story/858189.html

    Pakistan Test squad: Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sami Aslam, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Haris Sohail, Saeed Ajmal, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Sarfraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Sohail Khan, Rahat Ali

    Pakistan ODI squad: Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Azhar Ali (capt), Mohammad Rizwan, Haris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood, Sami Aslam, Saeed Ajmal, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Ehsan Adil, Sohail Khan

    Pakistan T20 squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez, Mukhtar Ahmed, Sohaib Maqsood, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi (capt), Sohail Tanvir, Saad Nasim, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Umar Gul, Junaid Khan

    Shehzad made into T20 mostly due too Afridi.
     
  2. Victorious Pakistan
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    Overall I am quite happy with the squads, quite a few additions for the better.

    Just a few disappointments:
    1. Saeed Ajmal made all three formats when we could be looking into another player.
    2. Asad Shafiq + Sohaib Maqsood in the ODI squad?
    Positives:
    1. Babar Azam and Sami Aslam have been given a chance in the Test Matches.
    2. No Akmal's.
    3. Shehzad can go away and work on his attitude.
    4. Good to see Mohammed Rizwan, Mukhtar Ahmed and Saad Nasim being given opportunities in ODI's/T20's.
     
  3. isaacking
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    I would had preferred Saad Nasim in ODI too.
     
  4. saiyan0321
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    Ajmals return is very questionable. I don't think he will be playing the 2019 world cup and his new action is highly untested. He should have been selected for the A tour of Lanka first to give better judgment of his action.

    Now for the rest of the squad. It seems shezads antics and umars poor form has finally brought them the axe
    What I don't understand is that when you drop a player on the basis of disciplinary charges you kick them out in all formats to teach them a lesson. Over here shezad is playing t20 his weakest format but not tests which looks to be his strongest. The basis only explaination I can think of this mismatch is that they wanted to drop him in all formats but afridi pushed for his selection in the format he is captain of. Don't know if this will be each him anything .

    Asad shafiq back into ODI is pretty foolish. A player who has done nothing for 50 odi won't set the world alight. Looks like PCB is hell bent on making something out of him. Glad to see Younis khan gone in odi
    Didn't deserve a place after that horror show in australia.

    The team is lacking in fire power as we got a lot of accumulators here. Fawad, haris, asad, azhar. Junaid not being picked seemed to be weird. Looks like they want to ease him back due to the injury.

    Lolz at sohail khan in tests... I can see sohail and Junaid wasting the new ball . hopefully management keeps him at bench in tests. Don't think he would get a game.

    We will have a debut in tests though... The opener slot is missing and it will be either haris or Babar or sami. There is a good chance haris might get the thumbs up since he has played odi . its not the first time we sent a middle order debutant as opener.

    Its a good squad that has positives and negatives. The good thing to see is that the management could have filled it with TTF but didn't and decided to bring in some new blood. Rizwan, Babar and sami are good selection although Babar should have been selected for odi as well. Has a killer record in list a. We are sending a new team so hopefully they do good. Azhar has a chance to make his name along with other young players.

    Hammad azam was most probably not selected due to injury he suffered some time ago. He is back but it would be risky
     
  5. Ahson8
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    My biggest disappointment is no Babar in ODIs. Not even sure he'll get a test tbh.
     
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    We will virtually be playing with 11 Azhar Alis
     
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    Amongst the three one will debut
    I get the feeling if selectors go with specialists then they may opt for Babar over sami due to that hundred he and sohail scored in tests
    ...... Babar has a better chance of debut in the test squad than the in the odi squad if he was selected which is filled with batsmen who have played before. Although I feel haris will debut in tests. The management holds him in higher regard and he has odi and world cup experience to warrant a debut over babar or sami. Opener will be the slot with hafeez.

    Although I agree he should have been selected for odi. Has an amazing list a record but better squad than expected to be honest
     
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  8. Ahson8
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    Just noticed no Junaid in ODIs. How did Sohail Khan get ahead of him ? :fp

    Stop with the pessimism man.
     
  9. ehtesham
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    If this team doesn't make you pessimistic, I wonder what will.
     
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    Some decent players in there.
    Sami, Rizwan, Babar, Haris.
     
  11. Bilal123
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    Very happy with the squad. It's not the best but dropping Akmal and Shehzad is a big achievement. Seem like all the trouble makers have gone and players are finally picked on merit (mostly).
    Sad part though is that Fawad is still not in test plans but I guess with Azhar, YK, Misbah and Asad around the middle order is pretty settled. Massive squads chosen for all three formats which means playing elevens will probably be very experimental.

    Not sure if dropping Akmal from t20s is right though. That mans game is made for this format. T20 squad looks really weak batting wise but shows the lack of talent in the country batting wise
     
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    Also whats the point of dropping Shehzad from tests? The guy has a good record in that format and his slow starts but long innings would have been useful. But what ever. Not too fusses. He's way too arrogant to sympathise for
     
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    Team announced is such a crap.
    1) Why would we drop Ahmed Shehzad from test squad only because Waqar cannot handle him.
    2)On what basis Asad Shafiq made to the one day squad when he averages below 25 in 50 plus games.
    3) Why has Fawad Alam not made to the test squad but an inexperienced Sami Aslam has.
    4) No Junaid khan in one day squad is also a surprise.
    5) Saeed Ajmal cannot be an automatic inclusion in the team without playing any first class games
     
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    Ahmed Shehzad who scored 176 in the last test innings that he played for Pakistan and did not make to the test squad because personal differences with Waqar. This kind of selection can only happen in Pakistan. No wonder why we are at where we are today as a nation.
     
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    It will not be a surprise if Saeed Ajmal turns out to be ineffective in test matches with corrected action and becomes desperate and starts chucking to be again suspended.
     
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    4 years ago Misbah also had 3/4 decent players in the side.... Supporting Misbah'esque captain/batsman is actually supporting opponents, in the long run. This team might defeat mighty Zimbos and Intimidating Bangla Boys, but their chances of doing good against better sides is about as much as Azhar Ali hitting a triple ton in an odi.

    P.s: Sami Aslam is not a decent bat, at least not when he's playing alongside power hitters like Azhar, Asad and Fawad.
     
  17. Ahson8
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    I know you don't rate Sami, but he is the leading runscorer in U19 cricket, a feat that can not be ignored. He will come good iA.
     
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    They says Saad Nasim is an all rounders...... Ha ha ha. I have seen him bowling half trackers.
     
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  19. ehtesham
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    You're being generous there, even half trackers are better.
     
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    And Fawad Alam is the leading performer in First Class with an average of 57 but I think we can ignore that.
     
  21. MR__KHAN__JI
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    laughable selections.
     
  22. isaacking
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    He bowls leg-spin & that art needs practice, lot of it. I had given away my left arm seam bowling if only I was able to release a the ball better as a legspinner.
     
  23. ehtesham
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    A left armer can't bowl leg spin, anyway :p
     
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    That what I said; that i will stop bowling with my left arm just to be legspinner not a chinaman.
     
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    some fresh names

    though
    no imran khan in tests
    shehzad not in tests
    no hammad
    afridi against BD
     
  26. SwingNSeam
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    Fawad is termed a test batsman and hence wasn't played in the world Cup. Team is announced and he isn't in the test squad. Manhoos selectors.
     
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    He is in the ODI squad, but yes he should have been part of Test squad too.


    Elaborate please.
     
  28. ThaRealSaad
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    I think the overall selection is somewhat better. However some things still bother me.

    Such as:
    -Fawad should have been picked in tests ahead of Babar and Sami. The man is made for test matches.
    -What the hell is Asad Shafiq doing in the ODI squad. (Saad Nasim would have been a good replacement.)
    -No Junaid in ODIs.
    -Very skeptical about Saeed Ajmal. I don't think he will be nearly as effective as before.
    -What is Harris doing in the T20 squad.
    -Ahmed Shehzad should have been dropped from all formats.
    -Lack of all rounders in ODIs & T20s (Only established all rounder in all formats is Hafeez.)
    -Lack of big hitters in T20s (Hammad Azam or S Malik would have served well.)

    But there are some good things as well, such as:
    -Umar Akmal & Shehzad dropped for ODIs & test.
    -Good young talent in the side. (Babar, Mukhtar, Rizwan & Sami)
    -Test middle order looks very solid but lacks Fawad in my opinion.
    -Fawad is finally back in the side!
    -Good to see Wahab & Sarfraz playing all formats.

    Overall, the pace bowling looks weak throughout the 3 formats. (Maybe due to absence of Irfan.)
    Good to see Hafeez is playing all formats though I don't think he should take the opener slot in any formats, Azhar or Sami should go instead. Hafeez is a good player of #3.
     
  29. MR__KHAN__JI
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    There are too many to even start to explain... I think I'll wait till the disastrous tour of Bangladesh is over.
     
  30. Ahson8
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    It's not that bad. Yes, some questionable selections like Shafiq in ODIs, but the teams should still win IMO.
     
  31. Bilal123
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    Tests:
    Babar
    Hafeez (if clears bowling test otherwise Haris)
    Azhar
    Younis
    Misbah
    Asad
    Sarfraz
    Wahab
    Rahat
    Junaid
    Yasir

    Perfect Team. Would beat most teams in subcontinent and would put up a show abroad too. The openers will be found out in swinging conditions but not many to choose from if balance of team is needed.

    ODI's:

    Sarfraz
    Sami
    Azhar
    Haris
    Fawad
    Maqsood
    Hafeez
    Wahab
    Yasir
    Rahat
    Sohail

    Batting is still weak but best combination from squad. Will really miss power hitters towards the end since everyone seems to be steady at best. Hafeez and Sarfraz are the only free flowing players so their roles will be massive either end of the innings. Bowling will depend massively on wicket taking ability of Wahab and Yasir, others are just containers and will need to keep things tight.

    T20's:

    Shehzad
    Sarfraz
    Hafeez
    Haris
    Maqsood/Nasim
    Rizwan
    Afridi
    Wahab
    Gul
    Sohail Khan
    Ajmal

    This squad is weakest I have seen since the format started. Batting seems abysmal and will fail to ever post 180+. 150 will be a decent effort and bowlers will need to step up like always
     
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    Not too bad a selection though there are some questionable selections.

    Saeed Ajmal - Why is he being thrusted back into intl cricket without any domestic performance behind him? Also does that mean Babar and Yasir despite good performances might be benched?

    Ahmed Shehzad - the only one format I would have kept him is test since he has performed here but if his discipline is a bigger issue than it comes across, I don't have any issues against his exclusion, maybe keeping him in the t20 squad is an incentive of some sort.

    Babar Azam - bought in for test and not ODI which I feel is his stronger suit, I would have selected him for ODI and kept him away from test, a format he has to make his way in yet.

    Sami Aslam - I don't care what the stats say, but Iseriously don't think he's ready for intl cricket, especially ODI cricket. He needs 'A' tours and plenty of them.

    Sohail Khan - ok I understand that they want him in ODI, but dropping Imran Khan for him in test is quite unfair, Imran deserved a longer run and Sohail had to force his place.

    Mohammed Hafeez - Don't get how without passing his bowling test and without any performance he's made his way back into the squad that too all 3 squads, not right.

    Fawad Alam - Just ODI? I would have had him in test as well.

    Asad Shafiq - test fine, ODI selection WTF!!

    Overall I don't think the selection has been too bad, let's see how things unfold, they're trying new guys across formats which is a step in the right direction let's hope more logic is applied in the future though.
     
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  33. Victorious Pakistan
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    A bit disappointed with no Zafar on this tour also.
     
  34. Ahson8
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    Was expected tbh. They were always going to recall Ajmal. After he fails in a few games (most likely with his new action), they'll go for Zafar.
     
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    Babar Azam in Test matches, but not ODIs while LO's have been his strongest suit yet even though he is starting to kick on in FCs too.

    lol
     
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    Asad Shafiq selected for ODIs again? When will they drop him? When he'll average less than 20?

    :fp
     
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    Your analysis is spot on
     
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    I have a feeling this guy will come good. He has the skill to make a 70 ball 60 or so. Lets see how he goes. I wouldn't have selected him but now that he's there I'm being optimistic
     
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    I don't get the problem with that guy. In Test matches too. He can look like a gem at times before he turns into shit again. He got the ability as he has shown on some occassions, but for some reason struggles.
     
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    I have no idea why he struggles to kick on so much after a 20. Guy has brain farts just like the rest of Pakistan players when they hold a bat
     

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