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    "I want to return to the Pakistan team as a better player" : Sohaib Maqsood

    Regarded as a top batting prospect when he burst onto the international scene in 2013, the twenty-nine-year-old Sohaib Maqsood has struggled to establish a place in the Pakistan Limited-overs teams, despite scoring nine-hundred and fifty-six runs in forty-six international appearances.

    In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Sohaib spoke about the reasons for lack of success at the international level, the experience of leading a talented Pakistan A side on the tour of Zimbabwe and looked forward to playing the next season of the Pakistan Super League for his new team Peshawar Zalmi.





    PakPassion.net : How do you feel about your progress so far in international cricket?

    Sohaib Maqsood : It’s been good in patches and not that great at other times. I suppose that is why I haven’t played that much international cricket. But one thing I have done is learn a lot from the experience I have had so far. My focus is now to do well in domestic cricket so that whenever my comeback happens, I will give a better account of myself.


    PakPassion.net : How have you found international cricket compared to the domestic version? Was the jump a tough one?

    Sohaib Maqsood : I don’t believe that move was very tough for me. The main difference between both levels of cricket is the intensity and pressure that one encounters. From my experience, I would say that the playing conditions are more favourable in international cricket for players than those encountered in domestic cricket. Of course, the quality of bowling and fielding is much higher in international cricket but batting conditions are also better at that level. Apart from that, how you fare in international cricket is dependent upon how you handle the crowd pressure and the stress of representing your country at that level. From my experience, I can tell you that when playing against another country my heart was beating much faster, but then that is something every player feels at some point. It’s all down to the way you handle pressure. Those who adjust to the pressure better tend to have a smoother ride when transitioning between international and domestic cricket.


    PakPassion.net : Is the absence of crowds in domestic games that much of an issue for emerging players?

    Sohaib Maqsood : That is a big problem for newer players as they aren't used to huge crowds and become uneasy when they face thousands when playing international cricket. On the positive side one must remember that the crowd gives you feedback which is great for your self-esteem. A player just doesn’t feel appreciated or fails to see the value of his innings unless he plays in front of a packed house.


    PakPassion.net : How much of a role do cricket coaches play in helping a player transition from domestic to international cricket?

    Sohaib Maqsood : They play an important role for sure. I suppose it was my good fortune that when I started off in international cricket, we had Dav Whatmore as our head coach. He was extremely easy going and made things comfortable for me. Forget playing against other teams, sometimes playing alongside senior players is a tougher challenge. All your life one idolises these players and now suddenly you are face-to-face and working with them; playing in the same team with household names from your own country has its own pressure. Thankfully, I did not feel that pressure as the environment was such that I was made to feel at home and I would go as far as saying that the start to my international career was the best part of my career.


    PakPassion.net : So, what went wrong after that promising start to your international career?

    Sohaib Maqsood : There are many reasons for that. To start with, if you look at my record in domestic cricket, you will note that I would normally play at the one-down position in the long and short formats of the game. When I came into the Pakistan team, I played my first two ODIs which were against South Africa at the number three position and scored fifties in both games. After those games, I was moved around a bit in the batting order. Whilst I can’t blame anyone bar myself for my performances, the fact is that I could not adjust that well to the changes in my batting position in the subsequent games. I suppose the issue is that if you are used to playing at number three then you have a different method to pace the innings as opposed to when you are batting at a later position. What I am doing now in domestic cricket is to go back to my preferred number three position and get myself back into contention for selection in the national team. The idea is to make a return to the team as a better player than I was before.


    PakPassion.net : Was shot selection another factor in your fall from grace after a promising start to your international career?

    Sohaib Maqsood : Absolutely no doubt that my shot selection was a problem which caused my downfall. However, as I said before, if a batsman is used to playing in the top-order, his shot selection is completely different from someone playing in later positions. I have played most of my cricket in UAE conditions where batting at the number three position is totally different from the number six position. So yes, my shot selection was at fault but that was probably because I wasn’t used to the position I was being asked to bat at. That is why usually around the thirty or thirty-five score I would play rash shots which were probably the demand of the hour as the team needed such hits. This obviously caused problems for me and resulted in below par scores for myself.


    PakPassion.net : Since you were struggling in your batting, did you not receive any advice from the Pakistan team coaching staff to rectify these problems?

    Sohaib Maqsood : There is always advice from the coaching staff at hand and they do try and help you out. But, I do believe that the underlying problem is the same issue of batting position for me. I have played twenty-six ODIs so far and I have probably batted at each position starting from number one to seven. In fact, I have also batted at number eight which will give you an idea of how much I have moved around in the batting order. In Asian conditions, this type of shuffling in the batting order can have dire consequences as all your previous training for playing in one settled position can go out of the window. Suddenly, shots that would give you good value at the top of the order are of no use in the lower order and so on. Having said that, the blame for not capitalising at times when I did have a good start to my innings lies squarely on me.


    PakPassion.net : Did comparisons with Pakistan’s famed batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq add more pressure on you?

    Sohaib Maqsood : I wouldn’t say that there was any pressure due to that comparison; in fact, I was honoured and motivated by the fact that I was being compared to one of Pakistan’s best batsmen. I knew that I was not in the same class as Inzamam but I suppose people made that connection as I used to play at the same club in Multan. My way of walking and height probably also fuelled that idea that I was an Inzamam lookalike. That is where the similarity ended as I could never be the same player as him. Obviously, such comparisons can be helpful but at other times they prove to be tough for your progress. Whilst I have never spoken to him about this matter, he did call me over to discuss issues with my batting and gave me some good advice. He felt that I should focus on demonstrating my skills by way of good performances during the domestic season. I totally agree with him and just like I made my way into the Pakistan team on the back of some excellent domestic performances in the past, I would like to follow the same path again. That is the only way back to the Pakistan team. I am hoping that I can top the tables in at least one of the domestic tournaments this season and get noticed by the selectors again.


    PakPassion.net : What was the experience of leading the Pakistan A team during the recent tour of Zimbabwe?

    Sohaib Maqsood : I enjoyed the experience of captaining a young and talented side. A few players were experienced but the majority were young players from the Under 19 team and there were some who had played just one season of First-Class cricket. A lot of people thought that playing against Zimbabwe A would be easy but it was anything but that. Apart from playing in their home conditions, the team we played against was almost the same as their senior team which is currently playing against Sri Lanka. The Zimbabwe A batting was very strong and the matches we played against them were very competitive. No match on that tour was easy; we won the One-Day series by three games to two which shows how closely fought these games were. Here, I would like to mention Zain Abbas and Fakhar Zaman who batted well on the tour. But if there is a find of the series, it must be Shadab Khan. He had very little experience before this series and yet he was outstanding in bowling, batting as well as fielding which was a matter of pride for the team.


    PakPassion.net : Did captaincy on the Zimbabwe tour take a toll on your own performance?

    Sohaib Maqsood : To be honest, I am disappointed that I did not put in the types of batting performances which I would have wanted to do. I couldn’t play any long innings but I enjoyed leading a side of such talented players. I do not think that it’s the pressure of captaincy as such because I have captained regional, departmental and A teams before. When I go in to bat, I don’t think about captaincy but concentrate on what I can do as a batsman. On this tour, I do feel I was in good form but unfortunately could not convert the fifties into hundreds in the One-Day matches. I guess there were a few matches where our top three played most of the overs so I couldn’t get a chance to perform as such. Apart from that the management of the team also deserves applause for making it so successful for the whole squad. I do think that such tough A tours will be very useful for producing top quality players for Pakistan in the future.


    PakPassion.net : How disappointed are you about missing out on a PCB central contract for 2016-2017?

    Sohaib Maqsood : I am not disappointed by this exclusion at all. These contracts are performance-based and probably my performance was not good enough to have been included in that list. This is not the end of the world. The main goal for each player is to qualify with one’s performance for inclusion in the national team. My aim is to perform so I can do the same and the central contracts are not a consideration or an important issue for that goal. For the moment, I will be focusing on ensuring that I contribute towards the success of my UBL team in domestic cricket. A place in the national team can only happen if I do well in domestic cricket.


    PakPassion.net : What are your aims for the ongoing domestic season?

    Sohaib Maqsood : The domestic season is an ideal time for any player who is not in the national team to perform and show what he can do. The current season is a lengthy one and there will be plenty of opportunities to prove one-self. I am working very hard and, with the Almighty’s help, will perform to the best of my abilities to give myself the best chance of making a comeback in the national team in the future.


    PakPassion.net : Coming to the Pakistan Super League, you must be pleased that it provides that platform for players to improve themselves for the benefit of Pakistan cricket?

    Sohaib Maqsood : I think this is where a tournament like the PSL has great importance to our cricket. It will benefit our players financially and give international exposure to our domestic players. There are obvious advantages for players to play alongside some top names of international cricket. The example of Sharjeel Khan is for all to see. Once he had been through the experience of the high intensity games in PSL which were played in front of a large audience, he has moved from being a specialist for Twenty20 to a player for all formats. It’s not only him but Mohammad Nawaz has also gained confidence from playing in such a tournament and the feeling it provides is nothing short of what one can experience whilst playing in international games.


    PakPassion.net : You must be looking forward to the PSL yourself with your new team Peshawar Zalmi?

    Sohaib Maqsood : As you may recall I played for Lahore Qalandars in the inaugural edition of the PSL in 2016. The set-up of the team was great and the management was excellent too. Despite all the support we had, it is sad that we did not perform that well as a team. Personally, I am disappointed that I did not get a proper chance to play for the team during the tournament. I only played two games in which I scored twenty-two and fifty-seven respectively. So, I played just two games from a total of eight that Qalandars played in the tournament. What was most distressing was that I was side-lined from my own country’s league team at a time that I was still being considered for playing international cricket. In a sense, it was more disappointing than being dropped from the national team.

    Moving on from that, I am very comfortable with my new team Peshawar Zalmi as I know Mohammad Akram who is their head coach. I have known him from the time he was bowling coach for the Pakistan team and I have a good understanding with him. Similarly, I have played a lot of cricket alongside Shahid Afridi and the fact is that Zalmi are one of the top sides in the PSL. Moving to Zalmi was a personal choice as remember, I moved from Qalandars via the ‘trade’ route. I could have chosen to change teams via the draft process but then you don’t have control over which team you go to. It was my choice to play for Zalmi so this worked out well. What was also pleasing was that when a team takes you on like that, they are doing that for a good reason and they must have a role in mind for you.

    In my discussions with the Zalmi management, I was told that I would be given ample opportunities to play which was obviously good for my self-esteem. Apart from that, in Shahid Afridi I have someone who has in my time with the national team always praised me for my good performances and supported me during times when I have not been doing too well. I am sure he will also support me at Zalmi and for my part, I will do my utmost to ensure that I can repay everyone for their trust in me.


    PakPassion.net : What does the future hold for you?

    Sohaib Maqsood : For any player, the only goal is to play for the national team as long as possible. Whether that happens is down to one’s performances. My job is to continue improving my performances and fitness which is the only way forward for me. In that sense, the domestic season is an ideal time for me to focus and work on my game to ensure that my domestic team, UBL, become champions. This alone will define whether I will figure in future series for Pakistan or not.


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    He is talented yes, which is obvious from his ball striking, but his big problem is he is both temperamentally and technically weak.

    He is out of position most of the time and struggles to keep the ball along the ground. Almost every other shot of his is a lofted one, and like Umar, he has shown a lack of temperament as well in respect to his poor shot selection and inability to construct an innings. You cannot survive without these two fundamentals as a batsman at any level and blaming your batting position is futile.
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    Very honest answers and not blaming the system etc

    Hope he gets back in form

    Also really nice of him to take the time to speak in detail to us


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    Needs to play proper cricket. You can strike at 80+ SR and still keep your composure.

    Not this Afridi gung ho nonsense.

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    Another casualty of the Misbah school of defensive captaincy. If you can tuk tuk then you will occupy positions 1-5 and if you can clear the boundary then you will be shunted down to numbers 6 and below.

    No wonder we had people like Shehzad, Shafiq, YK and Misbah himself tuking away like there is no tomorrow.

    Maqsood looked a different batsman when he batted at 3 compared to when he batted at 6.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Another casualty of the Misbah school of defensive captaincy. If you can tuk tuk then you will occupy positions 1-5 and if you can clear the boundary then you will be shunted down to numbers 6 and below.

    No wonder we had people like Shehzad, Shafiq, YK and Misbah himself tuking away like there is no tomorrow.

    Maqsood looked a different batsman when he batted at 3 compared to when he batted at 6.
    No he was demoted because he was not consistent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat_Track_Bully View Post
    No he was demoted because he was not consistent.
    You have a habit of shooting from the hip.

    See below:

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    Scores two fifties in his first two matches, gets sent to number 4 from his third match. Continues to score semi-consistently, gets sent to number 6, all downhill from there. Thank you Misbah


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    Big fan but he destroyed himself by trying to become afridi 2.0
    I agree with the other post
    They moved him around too much
    Should have been at 3/4
    He was unimpressive in Zimbabwe just now too
    Hope he can make a comeback though

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    I feel he will come back into the Pakistan limited-overs set up at some point in the future.

    I think we are yet to see the best of him.

    He just needs to sort his shot selection.



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    Needs to stop complaining about his batting position. He has no god-given right to bat at 3-4. Otherwise, good answers from a smart and educated man.


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    There are qute a few issues in his game that he needs to work on, but I'm sure he can rectify them. I particularly believe that he has what it takes to be in the Pakistan as an alternative to Shoaib Malik. An aggressive middle order batsman

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    Expressing his desire to make a return to the international cricket, Pakistan middle-order batsman Sohaib Maqsood has insisted that he is looking forward to put his best foot forward in the domestic cricket so as to emerge as a better player whenever he makes a return to the national side.

    Considered as a top batting prospect when he burst onto the international arena in 2013, Maqsood has struggled to establish a place in the Pakistan limited-overs side, despite scoring 956 runs in 46 matches he played for his country.

    "It's been good in patches and not that great at other times. I suppose that is why I haven't played that much international cricket. But one thing I have done is learn a lot from the experience I have had so far. My focus is now to do well in domestic cricket so that whenever my comeback happens, I will give a better account of myself," the 29-year-old was quoted as saying by PakPassion.net.

    Maqsood said that he is eyeing to perform to the best of his ability in the upcoming domestic season in order to show the selectors that he is still capable of contributing a lot to his country.

    "The domestic season is an ideal time for any player who is not in the national team to perform and show what he can do. The current season is a lengthy one and there will be plenty of opportunities to prove one-self," he said.

    While revealing what led to his sudden downfall from grace after a promising start to his international career, Maqsood admitted that it was definitely his bad shot selections that led to his slump.

    "So yes, my shot selection was at fault but that was probably because I wasn't used to the position I was being asked to bat at. That is why usually around the thirty or thirty-five score I would play rash shots which were probably the demand of the hour as the team needed such hits. This obviously caused problems for me and resulted in below par scores for myself," insisted Maqsood, who will play the next season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for his new team Peshawar Zalmi.

    Maqsood also stated that he is not at all disappointed about missing out on a PCB central contract for 2016-2017, saying that his performance was probably not good enough to make it to the list.

    "I am not disappointed by this exclusion at all. These contracts are performance-based and probably my performance was not good enough to have been included in that list. The main goal for each player is to qualify with one's performance for inclusion in the national team. My aim is to perform so I can do the same and the central contracts are not a consideration or an important issue for that goal," he added.

    http://www.business-standard.com/art...1100557_1.html

    http://www.newindianexpress.com/spor...d-1537394.html

    http://news.webindia123.com/news/Art...1/2988753.html

    http://www.malaysiasun.com/index.php/sid/249303027

    http://www.newkerala.com/news/2016/fullnews-141355.html

    http://www.aninews.in/newsdetail-Ng/...b-maqsood.html

    http://www.kashmirmonitor.in/Details...-playermaqsood
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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    "The idea is to make a return to the team as a better player than I was before."
    Try moving your feet.

    That might help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    Try moving your feet.

    That might help.
    Whatever he was doing it was working and he was performing with consistent string of scores against an arguably ATG SA attack. We all from day one knew that Maqsood was not the epitome of technical batsmanship but he was making runs and QUICK RUNS !!

    Then all of a sudden as @Syed1 pointed out our cricketing babas thought that we needed another Umer Akmal and he was stuffed down the order with Players like YK/Shehzad/Hafeez and Shafiq tuk tukking to their hearts content.

    I still think he is a very talented batsman who can be valuable to us in the Long run. Him and Umer Amin probably have been the most mishandled. No !!!! I don't consider Umer Akmal to be mishandled at all, that bloke just doesn't wanna work and improve himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat_Track_Bully View Post
    No he was demoted because he was not consistent.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rayyman View Post
    Needs to stop complaining about his batting position. He has no god-given right to bat at 3-4. Otherwise, good answers from a smart and educated man.
    hope u both know why he was moved from 3-4.... Answer: Steyn's bunny Hafeez..

    he won a match batting at no.7 against srilanka and carried the bat... still asked to bat at no.7 though they have batsman continuously failing from 1-5...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Another casualty of the
    Misbah school of defensive captaincy.
    If you can tuk tuk then you will occupy positions 1-5 and if you can clear the boundary then you will be shunted down to numbers 6 and below.

    No wonder we had people like Shehzad, Shafiq, YK and Misbah himself tuking away like there is no tomorrow.

    Maqsood looked a different batsman when he batted at 3 compared to when he batted at 6.
    No, It is MISBAH school of silent captaincy... Waqar destroyed his career... He was moved from 3-4 by dav for hafeez being steyn's bunny... then later vanished from 1-5 and never return...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ask_analyse_act View Post
    No, It is MISBAH school of silent captaincy... Waqar destroyed his career... He was moved from 3-4 by dav for hafeez being steyn's bunny... then later vanished from 1-5 and never return...
    Well the only position that is open now is #6. And that too if Akmal fails in the AUS series. Maqsood plays like a slogger so he might as well play there.


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    http://tribune.com.pk/story/1227852/...inzamamul-haq/

    Multan-born batsman Sohaib Maqsood’s technique has always been compared with Pakistan batting legend Inzamamul Haq, who interestingly also belongs to the same hometown, and the middle-order batsman believes it is an honour to be compared to such a great willow wielder.

    “I was honoured and motivated by the fact that I was being compared to one of Pakistan’s best batsmen. I knew that I was not in the same class as Inzamam but I suppose people made that connection as I used to play at the same club in Multan,” he said.

    Sohaib Maqsood wants to do an Inzamam ’92

    He added: “My way of walking and height probably also fuelled the idea that I was an Inzamam lookalike. That is where the similarity ended as I could never be the same player as him. Obviously, such comparisons can be helpful but at other times they prove to be tough for your progress.”

    Sohaib said Inzamam has given him precious advice to improve his batting and his only way back into the national mix is through a strong domestic performance.

    “Whilst I have never spoken to him about this matter, he did call me over to discuss issues with my batting and gave me some good advice,” said Sohaib. “He felt that I should focus on demonstrating my skills by way of good performances during the domestic season. I totally agree with him and just like I made my way into the Pakistan team on the back of some excellent domestic performances in the past, I would like to follow the same path again.”

    Reason for failure

    Sohaib believes the shuffling in his batting number caused the downfall in his performances in the national team.

    Back in the fray: Fit-again Sohaib ready to fight for his place in playing XI

    The right-hand batsman, during the 2015 World Cup, played six matches for Pakistan at the number four, five, six, and seven positions and averaged 25.50 at a strike rate of 86.93 with one score of exactly 50 against West Indies.

    His last series with Pakistan was the 2016 tour of New Zealand where he played in two of the three-T20Is and in the first of the three-match ODI series. He posted scores of 0 and 18 at the number three position in the T20Is and a score of 10 at the number five position in the sole ODI.

    “If you look at my record in domestic cricket, you will note that I would normally play at the one-down position in the long and short formats of the game. When I came into the Pakistan team, I played my first two ODIs which were against South Africa at the number three position and scored fifties in both games,” said Sohaib.


    “After those games, I was moved around a bit in the batting order. Whilst I can’t blame anyone except myself for my performances, the fact is that I could not adjust that well to the changes in my batting position in the subsequent games. I suppose the issue is that if you are used to playing at number three then you have a different method to pace the innings as opposed to when you are batting at a later position,” he added.

    The 29-year-old said he is playing on his preferred one-down position in domestic circuit to gain back the confidence.

    “What I am doing now in domestic cricket is to go back to my preferred number three position and get myself back into contention for selection in the national team. The idea is to make a return to the team as a better player than I was before,” he said.

    Maqsood hoping for limited overs’ comeback

    Sohaib further shed light on his failure at the international level blaming poor shot selection for the nosedive in performances, however, he argued that the rash shots were due to situations the team was in and not his personal preference.

    “Absolutely, there is no doubt that my shot selection was a problem which caused my downfall,” he explained. “However, as I said before, if a batsman is used to playing in the top-order, his shot selection is completely different from someone playing in later positions. That is why usually around the thirty or thirty-five score I would play rash shots which were probably the demand of the hour as the team needed such hits. This obviously caused problems for me and resulted in below-par scores for myself.”


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    I feel he will come back into the Pakistan limited-overs set up at some point in the future.

    I think we are yet to see the best of him.

    He just needs to sort his shot selection.
    Agree.

    Good interview.

    Always had a soft spot for him and he'll be back.


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    I'm sure he will make a comeback into the team.

    He is naturally strong and can clear the boundary with ease.

    I've also noticed, he does better when chasing and iirc, his ODI average jumps to around 40 when chasing.

    Also, I remember he played a blistering knock of 175 or something to chase down a total for his domestic side a few years back and it was rated as one of the best chasing knocks.

    Lastly, he played that epic knock chasing against SL is well at no. 7 with Fawad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayyman View Post
    Well the only position that is open now is #6. And that too if Akmal fails in the AUS series. Maqsood plays like a slogger so he might as well play there.
    he is a top order batsman,,, and with pak the opening slot is always vacant... he should target that....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ask_analyse_act View Post
    he is a top order batsman,,, and with pak the opening slot is always vacant... he should target that....
    Not in LOIs. The opening slot isn't open. We have guys like Azhar, Sharjeel, Khalid, Hafeez and Babar. Even Shehzad will get the nod as an opener before him.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayyman View Post
    Not in LOIs. The opening slot isn't open. We have guys like Azhar, Sharjeel, Khalid, Hafeez and Babar. Even Shehzad will get the nod as an opener before him.
    Lol only Sharjeel and Azhar has cemented that slot for now.. rest all are out of contention for ODIs, Hafeez failed and done as opener for any format as of now. Khalid having a dream run in T20Is with his form and will be a stop gap for while until that becomes vacant again...

    Babar is not moving from no.3 for a good 2 years or until Mickey is there...

    Azhar's position is always hanging to the post as captain, if he wasnt the captain would have been gone already...

    Shehzad should give up cricket and become an actor will be better...He keeps accelerating on the wrong route , not sure when will he look back on his cricket career...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ask_analyse_act View Post
    Lol only Sharjeel and Azhar has cemented that slot for now.. rest all are out of contention for ODIs, Hafeez failed and done as opener for any format as of now. Khalid having a dream run in T20Is with his form and will be a stop gap for while until that becomes vacant again...

    Babar is not moving from no.3 for a good 2 years or until Mickey is there...

    Azhar's position is always hanging to the post as captain, if he wasnt the captain would have been gone already...

    Shehzad should give up cricket and become an actor will be better...He keeps accelerating on the wrong route , not sure when will he look back on his cricket career...
    I don't see Maqsood opening in t20s though. Babar Azan can just play there. He's like a perfect foil to Sharjeel. I fear the day when I see Maqsood and Sharjeel opening together in an ODI.


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    a great interview seems like a level headed guy.

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    A talented lad, needs to get his shot selection on point. No good complaining about batting order, glad he has accepted it that his performance which has shown him the gates out of the team. Umar Akmal has been crying regarding his batting order all these years to no good, these lads need to perform.

    Another issue which i think led to his career graph shoot downwards was the expectations , hashtags like the #thenewinzi #inzi #inzifoundagain . Couple of fifties and he was expected to carry the complete middle order on his shoulders.

    Wish him all the luck, looking forward to having him in the greens again!


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    A career-best 222* (25 fours & 6 sixes) off 212 balls for Sohaib Maqsood in the Quaid-E-Azam Trophy for UBL against SSGC



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    A career-best 222* (25 fours & 6 sixes) off 212 balls for Sohaib Maqsood in the Quaid-E-Azam Trophy for UBL against SSGC
    I was here to post exactly this..

    but what you will say. most of QEA matches are for personal achievements rather than team performance as many test matches are drawn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    A career-best 222* (25 fours & 6 sixes) off 212 balls for Sohaib Maqsood in the Quaid-E-Azam Trophy for UBL against SSGC
    just checked in this particular case there was no play on day one.

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    He was really good, shame his performance dropped. Would happily take him back in the ODI and T20 squad if he keeps up his good form

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    I would take him over Asad Shafique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan Sher View Post
    I would take him over Asad Shafique.
    no comparison - different roles in my view.


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    Looked very flat footed when he last played for the national team. Hope he can improve and make his way back.

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    talented yes but struggles against spin. He often couldn't pick the spinners he came up against and that limited his scoring options particularly in Asia. Hope that's an area he focuses on

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    Mixed performance in the QEA Trophy so far.

    Needs to find more consistency.

    Some issues regarding fitness also.



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    98 off 92 balls today against HBL but his team fell just short at the end.


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    Not looking too good for Sohaib but atleast has one good score albeit in an abandoned game


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    Should be nowhere near the National team. No game sense and zero batting talent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazbati View Post
    Should be nowhere near the National team. No game sense and zero batting talent.
    he has too many aerial shots , less in strike rotation, was little less vulnerable to short balls when he first came in but later on he got out number of times playing the same shot...

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    He won't be called up anytime soon.

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    scores of 6 and 2 in the Pakistan cup so far


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    Disappoints every time he goes on to bat.

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    He was one of the only dynamic and promising batsmen in Pakistan. What a shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haz95 View Post
    He was one of the only dynamic and promising batsmen in Pakistan. What a shame.
    No he wasn't. Horrid defensive technique all the way.

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    It became clear by 2015 that he won't make it. It's not 2013 anymore, he has regressed beyond belief, which is a shame because he had everything in his locker to be a top LOI batsman. Blessed with immense timing & power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat_Track_Bully View Post
    No he wasn't. Horrid defensive technique all the way.
    Look at your display picture and name, then using that you can reply to what you said yourself .

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    He can't even score in domestic matches and T20 leagues. Has not seen any batsman regressed to this level.

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    Most of these guys perform better with their mouths than with bat & ball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    It became clear by 2015 that he won't make it. It's not 2013 anymore, he has regressed beyond belief, which is a shame because he had everything in his locker to be a top LOI batsman. Blessed with immense timing & power.
    Thats what I said in 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Bouncer View Post
    He actually played the WC with the injury.

    This makes me very very angry. I have heard he was injured prior to WC but but did not notify PCB that he was not 100% fit and took part in the competition. To me it seems like he felt insecure about his spot in the team and did not want to be sitting out of the high visibility tournament because he did not want to risk losing his spot to someone else in case his replacement has a good tournament.

    After the WC the nature of injury was revealed to PCB and that he why he did not play much after WC.

    If it is up to me, I would not select the guy for a while to punish him for his selfishness/insecurities.

    As many foreign cricket expert have repeatedly stated that Pak cricket is a culture where Individuals put their interest ahead of team's interest and that is exactly what sohaib did...i.e to not to risk to give an opportunity to potentially a fit guy to take his spot.
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    Disagree that maqsood is scoring or will score '"many"' runs due to his attitude.

    "'Any"' runs that he is going to score are going to be because he is the flavor of the year 2013 due to his couple of knocks against SA when opponents didn't know his weaknesses and will get all the chances under Misbah captaincy going forward.
    2014 - This is what I thought about his abilities when everyone thought he was next big thing.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bouncer View Post
    His batting against spin is an indication of how he mentally approaches his game. He believes in slogging and will waste opportunities to score singles and doubles (because of his inability) and will probably get couple of hoicks and score some runs & is going to be happy with himself. No self analysis, no desire to improve himself.
    and this was my response to @Mamoon in 2014 when he put Maqsood down as one good enough for all 3 formats

    Quote Originally Posted by Bouncer View Post
    I am pretty much sold at all the names you mentioned other than Maqsood. To me he is least technically and mentally capable in that lot. How ironic that he is the only name in the list that has gotten consistent chances in last few series's or is likely of given consistent chances in coming future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bouncer View Post
    Thats what I said in 2015



    2014

    2014 - This is what I thought about his abilities when everyone thought he was next big thing.


    and this was my response to @Mamoon in 2014 when he put Maqsood down as one good enough for all 3 formats
    the injury deceit was done by Haris Sohail as well when Pakistan was touring South Africa

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    Don't remember the last time he scored in excess of 20.


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    Trash player. Had ability but has regressed so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Trash player. Had ability but has regressed so much.
    Every one has ability. It's not a qualifier of anything

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    Sad the way he has gone downhill.

    Looks devoid of confidence.

    Someone needs to sit down and chat with him and sort things out.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Rose View Post
    Every one has ability. It's not a qualifier of anything

    Never said it was a qualifier was just making a point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Sad the way he has gone downhill.

    Looks devoid of confidence.

    Someone needs to sit down and chat with him and sort things out.
    I think it will take more than a chat. He always seemed like a lazy player, but had an air of elegance about him and was blessed with great timing and power - hence the comparisons with Inzy.

    But unfortunately, like not many of our young players, he did not have the hunger to improve and regressed immensely all of a sudden. He has been given plenty of chances in domestic / psl / a team since then but seems to just turn up and hope he scores some runs.

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    maqsood is history now
    we need to move on from these guys i.e maqsood shehzad jr akmal


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    He plays like a Sehwag without that range of shots with feet stuck in clay. For one to succeed with his technique you gotta be a Gayle, Sehwag with extreme hand eye co-ordination which a lot of them don't have. I can't see him being a successful international cricketer even if he makes a comeback.


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    Today, is the time for FTB'S or HACKS.

    In top 7, you can have maximum of 2 accumulators, but in Pakistan there are 7

    Had PCB been a professional board, this should have been the line up for CT

    1.S Khan
    2.S Farhan
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    4.H Tallat
    5.S Ahmed(accumulator)
    6.I Wasim
    7.A Yamin(4th pacer, should bowl maximum of 5 overs)
    8.S Khan
    9.S Khan
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    Has good Seam bowlers

    M AMIR, H ALI, S KHAN with A YAMIN and H TALLAT as support.

    Good spin bowlers

    I WASIM and S KHAN with B AZAM(Off spin) as support


    No.7, 8, 9 and 10 are good hitters

    7.AMIR YAMIN
    8.SHADAB KHAN
    9.SOHAIL KHAN
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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    You have a habit of shooting from the hip.

    See below:

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    Scores two fifties in his first two matches, gets sent to number 4 from his third match. Continues to score semi-consistently, gets sent to number 6, all downhill from there. Thank you Misbah
    He doesn't have technique to bat at 3 or 4 . Would be an easy wicket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moghul View Post
    He doesn't have technique to bat at 3 or 4 . Would be an easy wicket.
    Then how did he make 2 50s against the good SA bowling attack (Steyn, Tsotsobe and M Morkel) ... Do u think hafeez had the technique to open in any format... Angelo Mathews swing can get hafeez out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ask_analyse_act View Post
    Then how did he make 2 50s against the good SA bowling attack (Steyn, Tsotsobe and M Morkel) ... Do u think hafeez had the technique to open in any format... Angelo Mathews swing can get hafeez out...
    Hafeez is even worst, I would prefer Maqsood over Hafeez any day and anywhere. Now luckily we have Babar t 3 and hope Umar Amin will be at 4 and Harris Sohail at 5 in future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Sad the way he has gone downhill.

    Looks devoid of confidence.

    Someone needs to sit down and chat with him and sort things out.
    A chat isn't going to do anything. Needs to spend hours getting back into form like the great players do.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilal7 View Post
    A chat isn't going to do anything. Needs to spend hours getting back into form like the great players do.
    I think that the issue is more mental than technical so he needs a chat and then Nets

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    Genuinely dislike Maqsood. His lazy attitude and lack of fitness is horrible to see. He's very flat footed at the crease and doesn't seem to possess any real temperament.

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