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1st February 2005, 13:20
Now that we have qualified, we need to think about the team for the final.
I think Salman Butt should have been dropped 2 games ago in favour of Hafeez. Butt is a good long term prospect but he is out of form and struggling. In today's match he didn't know what he was doing. His bowling will be useless against Aus and he also dropped an easy catch today which could have cost us the game.
Hafeez showed improvements the last time he played so he deserves a chance. I also think it is too late to select Taufeeq because he hasn't played yet.
If reports about the death of Rana's father are true then he too could be out of the finals, this would be a major loss for us.
My team would thus be:
Without Rana the Aussies would consider themselves as major favourites.
1st February 2005, 13:22
Pakistan should request replacements from back home, how is this Nazeer guy everyone is on about ? or will it be Riaz Afridi ?
1st February 2005, 13:26
If Rana isnt playing, and Azhar is, we might as well not show up. Well maybe not that bad, but we'd have lost before a ball is bowled. They better call for a replacement
1st February 2005, 13:28
well i think sami should be fit by now and really needs to suppotr the team..
they should definitely call him up for the finals..
i mean iftikhar just isn't producing the goods..
khalil on the other hand looks very good
and wat reports are u talking about rana's father passing away?
1st February 2005, 13:29
Agreed - Azhar seems really out of it - problem is that Pak will need to win the Friday game or pressure from Aus will be to hard to bear. Team selection has to be exactly right. We already have Rao not firing and more liabilities will leave us with no hope.
Batting wise, we are looking OK - I think Salman should stay and see VB series out with Akmal.
1st February 2005, 13:36
MIG is rite about salman and akmal opening..
on the other hand..i don't think we have another specialist seamer..do we?
therefore we have to opt for getting sami back and possibly even shabbir..
1st February 2005, 13:37
HAMEED needs to stay in the team in my view..
he looked alrite today and got bowled to an awkward delivery
1st February 2005, 13:42
Jahangir Khan, you are kidding me Salman should be replace by Hafeez I would not even have him in my reserve the guy is useless. I would brinng in Taufeeq if necessary for Yasir bt certainly not Hafeez..
1st February 2005, 13:58
I think everyone is being a little too harsh on Rao...He has been bowling well; swinging the ball both ways...but he needs a bit more luck.
1st February 2005, 14:22
You misunderstood me. I think Butt has more talent than Hafeez but he has had five failures out of six games. Butt wasted so many balls today and he didn't look fluent. He kept trying to pull the ball even though he was struggling with this shot.
Hafeez is a superior bowler and fielder to Butt and his batting against WI showed promise. He scored 41 from 41 balls when we were chasing a big target of 340 while Butt played a pull and got caught again. It is also not fair to play Taufeeq now and expect him to succeed. He will be under pressure.
Yasir looked good aswell so he definitely plays. Look at the example of the Aussies. People like Hayden and Lehmann are out of form so they might be dropped after being given many chances.
I know Butt is a PP favourite but he hasn't performed and is looking uncomfortable
Another factor is that we need six bowlers but I think it is not worth calling replacements, they will find it hard to settle in such a short space of time.
1st February 2005, 20:10
If Hameed has to play why shoudn't he open? What is the point of opening with Akmal? I still feel he can really add to our middle order and bat at 7. We should open with two openers with Akmal in the middle order.
My starting lineup:
1 and 2) Salman/Taufeeq/Hameed
5) Malik (I prefer him at 5 but he can go at 3 if Inzi/YY want to hide)
8) Afridi (floating position can come up before Razzak if needed)
To an extent this series has once again shown the importance of specialists. Khalil and Hameed remain better options than the allround abilities of Mahmood and Hafeez.
Taha- Hameed got out to a poor shot.
1st February 2005, 20:25
I think the winning combination should be kept as it is right now..
1st February 2005, 20:30
The team which player last nite was the single more ideal team you can have ... given the current squad.
They just need to optamize the batting order, here is what i would like to see
The lower order can be adjusted, as per required ...
19th October 2011, 08:04
What a bowling
19th October 2011, 08:06
What a bowling
What a bump.
19th October 2011, 08:07
that's a really poor team :inzi
19th October 2011, 08:15
that's a really poor team :inzi
Its actually pretty good. Bowling is just decent though
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