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    "Zulfiqar Babar's role is to contain so we can attack with Yasir from the other end" : Sarfraz Ahmed

    Sarfraz Ahmed at the presser after Day 4:

    "Our position in the match is very good. Another wicket would have been great with the new ball due tomorrow after 18 overs. The pitch is a bit slow so the bowlers have to put a lot of effort."

    "The pitch is as it usually is here but it's very slow. Sometimes there is a bit of bounce here but not this time. However Yasir was getting some spin in his last spell so hopefully we can get an early wicket tomorrow."

    "Zulfi bhai is playing a Test match after a long time. His role is different here, he is trying to contain runs so that we can attack with Yasir from the other end. Yasir is our match-winner and he will win the match for us tomorrow insha'Allah."

    "We knew that we have to give ourselves maximum amount of overs to dismiss them because of the slowness of the pitch. We also batted a bit slower after the events of the 2nd innings in the last match and wanted to be more careful and set them a target of 400+."

    "Some of the umpires' decisions were difficult to make so we should give them some leeway."

    "Bishoo knows a bit of Urdu/Hindi so we joke around with him sometimes."
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    Sounds like excuses.

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    You can't have a front line bowler averaging 40 plus and not taking wickets. Taking wickets is the real deal in any form of cricket.

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    ** excuse. Uncle's inability to pick wickets is showing and nawaz is as economical as babar.


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    Well TBH Zulfi did bowl well and contained the batsmen. Unlucky not to be amongst the wicket takers.

    As others have said here on PP, its time to move on and look for younger players who can fill the void. M Nawaz is a good prospect and the think tank needs to back the youngster and invest in him so that he can develop into an all rounder similar to Shakib.


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    Nawaz was treated unfairly by Misbah and that can be seen as clearly as daylight here.

    But yeah in press conference, what else can a player say.


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    Then what is the role of Nawaz in the team? Even Azhar could have bowled the same number of overs.

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    Lol a specialist container in tests? He is saying as if others were going at 6RPO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamzakhalid View Post
    Lol a specialist container in tests? He is saying as if others were going at 6RPO.
    I think he meant a good partner for Yasir - similar to fast-bowlers, one puts the pressure, the other gets the wickets.


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    So a player who is in the 11 only for his bowling is there to contain?


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    Pakistan missed a perfect opportunity to try either of gohar or asghar.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    I think he meant a good partner for Yasir - similar to fast-bowlers, one puts the pressure, the other gets the wickets.
    Nawaz is pretty good for that. Isnt he?

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    If you want someone to contain the nawaz can do a decent job and also imad as well plus it will strengthen our batting and fielding. I can't understand why would you play a bowler in test to contain.

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    I call **

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    The sooner Misbah, team management and selectors realize that fact the Zulfi is not good anymore, age is not on his side and doesn't possess ability to penetrate through in the middle order, the better it'll be for Pakistan team. Should invest into either Zafar Gohar or Mohammad Asghar.

    Nawaz role is fine as third spinner, however, in NZ and AUS we should also have Aamer Yamin in the squad due to conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    I think he meant a good partner for Yasir - similar to fast-bowlers, one puts the pressure, the other gets the wickets.
    hope kids here can understand the logic in your post

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    I don't know why you people forgetting his role against Australia in 2014. He was building pressure from one end and Yasir was striking from the other.

    If you look at Zulfiqar's economy rate then you will understand. He's yet to perform poorly, so dropping him will make no sense and will be unjust

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    Quote Originally Posted by srh View Post
    hope kids here can understand the logic in your post
    I hope kids like you understand that there is no place for containers in test cricket and if you want to select someone as a container then imad is a much better choice. For a start zulfi brings nothing to the table poor fielder, poor batsmen and an average bowler right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The King of Kings View Post
    I don't know why you people forgetting his role against Australia in 2014. He was building pressure from one end and Yasir was striking from the other.

    If you look at Zulfiqar's economy rate then you will understand. He's yet to perform poorly, so dropping him will make no sense and will be unjust
    Average of 40+ and dropping someone like him is unjust. What's next we need his batting as he has hit a 50 in test?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The King of Kings View Post
    I don't know why you people forgetting his role against Australia in 2014. He was building pressure from one end and Yasir was striking from the other.

    If you look at Zulfiqar's economy rate then you will understand. He's yet to perform poorly, so dropping him will make no sense and will be unjust
    I Dont think its OK to keep giving a specialist spinner chances because he has good economy rate. Subcontintal spinners are expected to take wickets and its criminal when you keep playing a specialist bowler who averages 40.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JibranAnsari View Post
    I Dont think its OK to keep giving a specialist spinner chances because he has good economy rate. Subcontintal spinners are expected to take wickets and its criminal when you keep playing a specialist bowler who averages 40.
    If he's playing and Mickey is happy with it then there's definitely something there which we fans cannot understand.

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    Makes sense. He did the same with Ajmal . They made a great hunting pair . Seems to be going the same way with Yasir. Yasir being a spinner needs the other blower to keep it tight so he can attack .


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    In other words give uncle ji the match fee because its one sided anyway

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    Supporting yasir by containing is all good and well But at the end of the day bowling is about taking wkts as batting is about runs

    On top of taking nothing so far babar has looked pretty innocuous And easy to play

    Surely he cant continue playing on the premise he keeps things tight for much longer

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    Quote Originally Posted by The King of Kings View Post
    I don't know why you people forgetting his role against Australia in 2014. He was building pressure from one end and Yasir was striking from the other.

    If you look at Zulfiqar's economy rate then you will understand. He's yet to perform poorly, so dropping him will make no sense and will be unjust
    Zulfi was picking wickets as well in that series.

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    Well I think it is a great response. It shows that the team is united, and that he is backing the other 10 players. Surely he can not say the opposite? Especially in the middle of a match?

    On the other hand, I hope this is Zulfiqar's last test match. Maybe one more game


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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaFighter View Post
    Zulfi was picking wickets as well in that series.
    not so much, he was supporting Yasir mostly. and his economy rate was the best among all the bowlers

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    Quote Originally Posted by The King of Kings View Post
    not so much, he was supporting Yasir mostly. and his economy rate was the best among all the bowlers
    That isn't true, he picked up crucial wickets in that series i.e. Clarke, Haddin, Maxwell, Steve Smith. He is struggling to even pick up a wicket right now. He had a poor England series in the UAE last year as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The King of Kings View Post
    not so much, he was supporting Yasir mostly. and his economy rate was the best among all the bowlers
    his economy rate is still the best among all the bowlers; some people here just dont understand the captaincy of Misbah

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    what Sarfraz is describing is basically the role of a Test All-Rounder, not a specialist bowler

    really poor strategy, it's worked against amateur batting like WI, but no doubt Babar will get tight phanti from 5-6 other batting line-ups around the world

    really close minded and short-term thinking

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    Quote Originally Posted by anakwalajinn View Post
    Well I think it is a great response. It shows that the team is united, and that he is backing the other 10 players. Surely he can not say the opposite? Especially in the middle of a match?

    On the other hand, I hope this is Zulfiqar's last test match. Maybe one more game
    Exactly Very good Point you raised

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    Just an older version of Xavier Doherty. Spins one ball every few overs and is solely designed to contain, which lays the burden of wicket-taking squarely upon his bowling partners, that too on surfaces helpful for spinners.

    Batting and fielding is nothing short of dismal, and his bowling action is an utter eyesore to put the icing on the cake, thus making him the ultimate player you would NOT want in your team.


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    Quote Originally Posted by The King of Kings View Post
    If he's playing and Mickey is happy with it then there's definitely something there which we fans cannot understand.
    Fans do not always have to agree with what mickey or misbah is doing , we have our own opinion about how things are going. We kept persisting with hafeez after southafrican failure of hafeez three years ago... The coach then saw something in him.


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    Sarfraz was so right. Yasir and Zulfi baba hunts in pack and took 8 wickets together

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