Pakistan Tests squad for Ireland & England tour announced

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Pakistan Tests squad for Ireland & England tour announced

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Munna, Apr 15, 2018.

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    Inzamam-ul-Haq on announcement on squad:

    "I would like to thank the board for allowing us to pick 16 players squad instead of 15 players."

    "We have tried to make our batting strong as I believe we should have batting strength on our bench."

    "All 25 players in the camp met our expectations. Any player not selected for this series should not lose hope as we have more series coming ahead in UAE."

    "I've personally spoken to players. I've asked them to not lose hope and continue their hard work."

    "Hasan Ali has done really well for us in ODIs. I think he is a very good Test bowler as well."

    "We are going to England at a time when swing will play a big role. More than pace, we have looked for bowlers who can move the ball."

    "See, this is not my team or Mickey Arthur's team. We can not select and drop players based on favoritism, no one can do this."

    "When we analyzed, we felt Wahab Riaz has not performed the way we had hoped for."

    "There is no doubt he is a good bowler as he has played for Pakistan for so many years."

    "We have to look at other bowlers too and if we analyze we'll find their performances to be very good as well"

    "Not having Yasir Shah is a big loss for us. In the last 2 years, he has taken 89 wickets in 16 Tests. He was our main performer in all the Tests that we had won."

    "He is a bowler who can take wickets in all playing conditions for Pakistan."

    "I pray he recovers as soon as possible because we have big series ahead even after Ireland & England tours."
     
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    1. Don Quixote
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      Selections of Imam and Sami are not justified at all. Look at their FC averages. Who even made Inzamam a selector? Fawad and Sadaf ignored yet again. Rahat is an International level failure, yet selected, and that too over Imran Khan.
       
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      Barring Haris, this batting line up looks really fragile, even against Ireland.
       
    3. Mohammed Bilal
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      Why Imam?

      #Justice for Fawad

      Looking on the bright side, ever since I have started following pak cricket a player in the position of Saad Ali very rarely would get selected, he is a gem of a player, it’s good to see that we are utilising the best Talent in the country.
       
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      Shocked at no Fawad. Would give this team the much needed experience.

      I'm sorry but I've gotta hope for Imam to get injured because he has no place in this squad.
       
    5. MR__KHAN__JI
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      No Fawad after Younis and Misbah are gone? ??

      What is going on?

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    6. Patriot
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      RIP Fawad Alam International career
       
    7. godzilla
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      total bs squad. we will continue to languish in the bowels of the test team rankings thanks to inzi and his stupidity.

      asad is mediocre and is the least bad of the following who should never have been selected for a test team based on their performances and circumstances:

      amir - since he has stated multiple times both public and private that he doesnt want to play
      sami aslam - is a far better odi player, and crap fc one, but they select him for tests
      imam ul Haq - unproven, no performances, and far inferior to selfie (who I hate but facts are facts)
      babar - proven incapable at playing the long game by his performances in FC and tests, v good LOI player yet they pick him for tests on LOI performances, because they are thick
      shadab - way out of his depth in the long form of the game.

      so thats 4-6 bs picks out of a squad of 16. whats the point of even following this rubbish, let alone supporting it?
       
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    8. Ahson8
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      Amir loves bowling in England; leaving him out would be a terrible decision. Shadab is not a bad pick considering spin won’t play a major role at this time of the year in England. All he needs to do is keep it tight and allow the pacers to attack, and contribute with the bat.

      Babar has potential, just needs to show it at test level. Sami / Imam might be ordinary, but if not them, then who else as opener ? I’d have taken Fawad ahead of one of them, but still need atleast one of those as a reserve opener in the squad
       
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      if babar has potential, which im not disputing, let him perform at the domestic level, why carry someone with no form throughout his entire fc career? the fact is he is being taken along because as per usual, they are mixing formats - something which no one else with any professionalism or common sense does. it doesnt matter who it is, if they perform, by all means pick them, if they do not, dont.

      fair enough on shadab, and I dont know who they should have picked instead since in their wisdom they havent picked an understudy the past few years.

      alam is a middle order bat, not an opener, despite his successes there - selfie is far far far better than either imam or sami. it has (sadly) been proven.

      farad should have been picked over shafiq for the middle order. if mickey had any intellectual integrity about him, he would have applied the correct logic he did to wahab, to shafiq - an average of less than 33 over the past two years for a senior player is not good enough.

      with amir, its not about choice - we've already seen him underperform in tests, and he has been talking for at least two years about giving up on tests. england was a place for him in pre-history - none of that applies now, but are you really going to be surprised if he trundles in at 80 mph not taking any wickets again?
       
    10. Mohammed Bilal
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      Shafiq will make runs in England.
       
    11. Ahson8
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      I think they will eventually make a call on Babar, if he doesn’t perform in the next few series, surely he will be dropped, but as of now he’s been picked because they believe he has the ability to perform in test cricket despite not having much to show for it. He did score a 90* the last time we played on a green pitch in swinging conditions (vs New Zealand in New Zealand)

      I’d prefer Zafar Gohar over Shadab if we were playing in the UAE. Or even Asghar, although Zafar is the far superior bowler but provided that spin won’t have a big role in this series, Shadab isn’t the worst pick

      Shafiq has been very inconsistent, but he was never going to be dropped in a fragile batting lineup that is already low on experience. I would have liked Fawad as a reserve batsman though.

      Shehzad’s confidence is down and he is mentally shot in recent times. It would be a gamble to pick him in my opinion. Besides there’s not much evidence that he would do well in seaming conditions; all his test runs have come in the UAE, he even failed in Sri Lanka where there was just a hint of lateral movement. I dislike Sami for batting way too slow, but he did alright the last time we toured England

      Amir has obviously been hinting he doesn’t want to play in the UAE. He’s always loved bowling in England and tends to give his 100% when we’re playing England or Australia. It’s a poor mentality to have but he’s probably one of the better bowlers in Pakistan capable of extracting swing when it’s available and I feel him and Abbas will make a very good opening combination, with Hasan as 3rd pacer
       
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    12. Munna
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      Baki sab to theek hai but what is Garfield Ashraf there for?
       
    13. Red Devil
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      Amir will do alright if they hold on to catches at slips.
       
    14. Patriot
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      he can swing and bat i guess
       
    15. ASLI-PATHAN
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      I would be surprised if this batting lineup scores 300+ runs consistently on this tour.

      Sami
      Fakhar
      Azhar
      Asad
      Babar
      Usman
      Sarfaraz
      Shadab
      Hasan
      Amir
      Abbas

      Only Fakhar (making his debut) and Azhar are capable of scoring runs.
       
    16. Ahson8
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      Uh...Haris ?
       
    17. ASLI-PATHAN
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      Oh forgot about him.
       
    18. Ahson8
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      Probably our second best batsman in this test side
       
    19. iZeeshan
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      I think Usman will debut. Excited to see him, been floating around the squad about forever.

      Not gonna think about Fawad - there will always be a player each decade that goes wasted by Pakistan. In the 2000s it was Hasan Raza and now it’s Fawad.
       
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      Babar doesn't have any special potential in the longer format, as evident from his FC record.

      Even if Amir has always loved playing in England and gives his 100% there, still he failed last time in England. Failed in Australia as well, where Wahab out bowled him. Wahab even out bowled him in England last time. The thing is, he is only a good T20I bowler, that's it. This series should be his last free ride in the Test team, if he fails.
       
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      We have missed a trick by not selecting a tall fast bowler. Sadaf or Shaheen should have been selected. We also lack a genuine pacer, like Wahab, who can click 150 kph with ease. Wahab, who is only 32, should have been selected, as he has been our best Test fast bowler recently. Ridiculous decision to drop him in this format, at 32. This fast bowling line up seems one dimensional to me.
       
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      NA body slams inclusion of Imam in Pak squad, Dropping of Wahab, Fawad also under criticism

      ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief selector Inzamamul Haq’s decision to include his nephew Imamul Haq and drop speedster Wahab Riaz for England tour came under harsh criticism in the National Assembly Standing Committee on IPC Monday.

      Imam who scored just 222 runs in five Quaid-i-Azam Trophy matches with poor average of around 27 runs per innings this year was preferred over two dozen of batsmen having better average in the Trophy. Iqbal Mohammad Ali an MNA from Karachi said it was unjust to include Imam and drop consistent Fawad Alam from the touring party. “Imam is totally raw and not worthy of selection for tough England tour. If you are nephew of chief selector that does not mean you are qualified to play for the national team. Your performance in Quaid-i-Azam Trophy is almost zero. Why then Imam finds a place on team. In comparison Fawad who has been scoring heavily in domestic cricket has yet again been dropped.”

      Iqbal Mohammad Ali also criticised Wahab Riaz exclusion saying he had a speed to take wickets under given circumstances. “I feel decision to drop him is totally unjust. He is the only Pakistani bowler who can touch 150km and has the ability to trouble batsmen with speed. Why he has been dropped?” he questioned.

      https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/30...-na-body-slams-inclusion-of-imam-in-pak-squad
       
    23. Patriot
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      you really think these newbies will survive the extreme swinging conditions of england lol
       
    24. Donal Cozzie
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      You guys realise all these garbage batsmen will pile on runs against us and secure with that their spots for the next three test series?
       
    25. Don Quixote
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      If it is a green pitch, then I don’t think so.
       
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      Pakistan team to depart for England on April 23

      ISLAMABAD: Pakistan cricket team, announced for the Ireland and England tour, will depart on Monday (23 April 2018).

      The national team have started its training camp under the supervision of Head coach Micky Arthur at Gaddafi stadium Lahore on Wednesday.

      The 16-member team which includes five uncapped players in the test squad practiced on the first day on the training camp.

      Pakistan included five uncapped players in the 16-man squad for their Tests with an eye on the World Cup next year. The five include openers Fakhar Zaman, 28, and Imam-ul-Haq, 22. Batsmen Usman Salahuddin and Saad Ali, and allrounder Faheem Ashraf are the other three uncapped members of the squad.

      Pakistan suffered a major setback last week when ace leg-spinner Yasir Shah was ruled out of the tour with a hip bone fracture.

      Shah was replaced with teenager Shadab Khan, who has only played one Test.

      “Yasir’s absence is a big loss for us,” chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said.

      “If we look at his numbers for the last two years, he has more wickets than any other bowler for Pakistan. He was our strike bowler. He played a big part in all the games we won.”

      Sarfraz Ahmed, the captain, is the only specialist wicketkeeper in the squad.

      Ireland will play their first-ever Test against Pakistan from May 11-15 in Dublin. Pakistan will then play two Tests against England — at Lord’s (May 24-28) and Headingley (June 1-5).

      https://arynews.tv/en/pakistan-team-depart-england-april-23/
       
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      Didn't know you have a kaali zubaan

       
    28. Mohammed Bilal
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      I’ve always loved the sight of a pure green wicket.
       
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    30. Shahzad.Firdous
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      1. Sami Aslam
      2. Azhar Ali
      3. Imamul Haq
      4. Harris Sohail
      5. Asad Shafiq
      6. Babar Azam
      7. Sarfraz
      8. Shadab
      9. Amir
      10. Hassan
      11. Rahat
       
    31. Shahzad.Firdous
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      Prediction of results:
      Pakistan will win one off test against Ireland and draw series with England 1-1. First test will be won by England. Pakistan will fight back to win final test.

      @SwingNSeam
       
    32. Shahzad.Firdous
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      For first two tests, playing 11 of warmup match currently ongoing.

      For final test:

      1. Azhar Ali
      2. Fakhar Zaman
      3. Babar Azam
      4. Harris Sohail
      5. Asad Shafiq
      6. Sarfraz
      7. Fahim Ashraf
      8. Shadab Khan
      9. Amir
      10. Hassan / Abbas
      11. Rahat
       
    33. Shahzad.Firdous
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      For first two tests, same playing 11 as that of warm up match/ For final test:

      1. Azhar Ali
      2. Fakhar Zaman
      3. Babar Azam
      4. Harris Sohail
      5. Asad Shafiq
      6. Sarfraz
      7. Fahim Ashraf
      8. Shadab Khan
      9. Amir
      10. Hassan Ali
      11. Abbas
       
    34. Shahzad.Firdous
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      Squad I would have picked would be following:
      Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Babar Azam, Harris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Hussain Talat, Sarfraz, Shadab Khan, Amir, Hassan, Rahat, Fakhar Zaman, Kamran Akmal, Asghar, Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Aamir Yamin / Fahim Ashraf.
       
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      My ideal pak Squad:

      1:Farhat
      2:Butt
      3:Fawad
      4:Azhar
      5:Sarfraz
      6:Fakhar
      7:Yamin
      8:Yasir Shah
      9:Wahab
      10:Mir Hamza/Rahat
      11:Abbas
       
    36. Shahzad.Firdous
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      I dont agree with the squad selected cus first of all there are too many batsmen in this squad - 9 of them~ They needed another specialist fast bowler (Shaheen Afridi ideally could have been selected as the find of PSL) and a specialist spinner as backup for Shadab (Asghar should have been selected as cover for Shadab). Plus, they need a backup for Sarfraz too. Although, Kamran Akmal is an atrocious keeper we all know that but he has turned into one of the most valuable batsman of our domestic circuit in last several years! And there are not better alternatives./ Suppose if you do go for Rizwan who never seems to mature! Kamran Akmal covers two bases in one, he can cover as opener or middle order batsman as well as 2nd keeper. He would only keep if Sarfraz gets injured! I would be looking to bat Kamran in the middle order in test cricket if Asad Shafiq or Harris Sohail or Babar Azam get injured,. He can also play as an opener if need be!!
      Fawad Alam would have been first name on my squad! He is better than entire squad! He is the best of them!
       
    37. Shahzad.Firdous
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      In next warmup match, they should have 14 players playing for each side. 11 batting and 11 fielding. 11 batting should be:

      1. Sami Aslam
      2. Azhar Ali
      3. Imamul Haq
      4. Harris Sohail
      5. Asad Shafiq
      6. Babar Azam
      7. Fakhar Zaman
      8. Sarfraz
      9. Fahim Ashraf
      10. Shadab Khan
      11. Hassan Ali
      11 fielding should be:
      1. Sarfraz
      2. Amir
      3. Hassan Ali
      4. Rahat Ali
      5. Abbass
      6. Shadab Khan
      7. Fahim Ashraf
      8. Harris Sohail
      9. Asad Shafiq
      10. Azhar Ali
      11. Sami Aslam (cus he is a slip fielder)
      they can rotate men on field.
       
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      Lol wonder what the opinion about this squad is now :D
       
    39. Shahzad.Firdous
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      should have been two less batsmen - imam (he did not merit selection before the tour, he justified it afterwards) and saad ali out. in place of them a fast bowler - shaheen afridi and a spinner as cover for shadab - nawaz.
       
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