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    "We are not here at the Champions Trophy to just make up the numbers" : Mickey Arthur

    In a detailed interview, the Pakistan Head Coach Mickey Arthur spoke about his satisfaction with the recent match-winning performance of Faheem Ashraf, Pakistan's preparations and chances in the Champions Trophy, the teams to watch out for at the Champions Trophy, explained his point of view regarding Umar Akmal's fitness issues and looked forward to the iconic India-Pakistan clash at Edgbaston.




    PakPassion.net : How much did you know about Faheem Ashraf before his blistering batting display against Bangladesh?

    Mickey Arthur :
    We held a fringe players camp for 30 of the players that we thought would be close to the squad at some stage. Inzamam-ul-Haq and the selection panel got those 30 boys together so the coaching staff and I could have a look at them and Faheem Ashraf was one of those 30 players and he really impressed us during that five-day camp we had. So much so, that we kept him in for the next camp where he impressed all of the coaches and the selectors again. That's why he got an opportunity to go to the West Indies where he didn't play a game but we worked and worked with him and all the coaches saw something in him that we thought could be quite good. He's a diamond that we have just got to smooth over and cut, but he has potential to be quite good for us.


    PakPassion.net : Do you think it's a fair assessment to say that Pakistan are underdogs in the Champions Trophy?

    Mickey Arthur :
    I think it's totally fair. If you look at the rankings we are number eight in the world and cannot run or hide from that. We are at number eight because we have not played well or consistently over the last three or four years period when they do the rankings. We've worked extremely hard on our One-day game over the last year and it's been a priority for me and my coaching staff since we've come in. But we are getting there and we are getting better but the underdogs tag is fair. For us this tag gives us the opportunity to prove a lot of people wrong and it gives us an opportunity to play with freedom as we are not playing with a massive expectation and people are not expecting us to get through. Everybody is mentioning India, Australia, England and South Africa as potential winners but we are here to cause a surprise. I said to the players we have nothing to lose, so play with freedom but understand that we are here to win the Champions Trophy and we are not here to just make up the numbers.


    PakPassion.net : You mention playing with freedom, but that has not been evident for the Pakistan top order in the One-Day format in recent times has it?

    Mickey Arthur :
    Interestingly in the last year we rank three out of teams getting scores of 300 or more in One-Day internationals which is very pleasing and we've got six scores of 300 or more since the start of the England series. We are trying, we are trying hard to play with a bit of freedom and we are working hard on our dot-ball percentages and on rotating the strike. We've analysed all of our batsmen's strike rates and we've spoken to them individually and collectively. We need to get those strike-rates up a little bit and that's the difference between getting 270 and 300.


    PakPassion.net : The opening slots in the Pakistan One-Day team must be a concern for you?

    Mickey Arthur :
    Azhar Ali is a wonderful player and technically he is one of our best and his record in Test cricket in the last year has been outstanding. In English conditions if the ball is seaming around then he can play a very important role for us. Ahmed Shehzad has come back with a point to prove and he's showing that intensity in his game that wasn't there previously. He knows exactly what is required of him and he is going about his business in a decent manner and he is working extremely hard. Then we have Fakhar Zaman, let's see what he can bring to the party. I think we have a good choice of openers to pick from for the first game against India.


    PakPassion.net : There have been calls for Pakistan to adopt a more flexible approach to the One-Day batting order. Is there a temptation to send Imad Wasim or Sarfraz Ahmed up the batting order?

    Mickey Arthur :
    Yes I think that's a fair call. I think what we have developed with Imad at number seven and Sarfraz at number six are roles which are undervalued in One-Day cricket. These are the pressure roles and ones that define games. These two are batting at the end and they've got to get the team over the line and those roles are so important.

    Babar Azam has played beautifully at number three and Hafeez has shown all the right attributes at number four since we gave him a clear role and told him the parameters we want him to bat in. He's had some success and I thought his innings against the West Indies in the final ODI was phenomenal and encompassed everything we have spoken about. However, the 88 that he got in the 1st ODI in the West Indies we thought he should have scored quicker. We had a good honest chat after that innings in the 1st ODI in the West Indies and to be honest, he has shown all the attributes of a genuine number four. Then having an in-form Shoaib Malik at number five is wonderful for us because he has won us numerous games in that position. When we reach 300 in a ODI it's normally on the back of a Shoaib Malik cameo somewhere and he is vital to us so 6 and 7 are vital positions to us and Imad and Sarfraz are doing well there for us.


    PakPassion.net : You've been the Head Coach in some huge clashes over the years, but none comes bigger than India versus Pakistan does it?

    Mickey Arthur :
    I'm unbelievably excited about the match on Sunday. It's a game that when I saw the fixtures come out I immediately got excited about. The buzz, the passion, I think it's going to be wonderful and I think it's going to be an amazing day and an amazing game. I've been fortunate to coach in some big games but never in a final of an ICC event, but nothing provides the intensity, adrenaline and passion of an India versus Pakistan clash and I am really looking forward to experiencing it.


    PakPassion.net : Any specific plans for Virat Kohli on Sunday?

    Mickey Arthur :
    We will plan for everybody in the opposition team just like we always do. If we only have our eye on Virat Kohli then we are missing the ball. We have to plan for everybody and go about our business like we always do. We will put our plans together for every player that we think is going to be effective and we will try and pick a team that fits the tactics we want to play. Our planning will be methodical and will be very good as it always is and it won't just be centred around Virat Kohli.


    PakPassion.net : Do you think England are the favourites to win the Champions Trophy?

    Mickey Arthur :
    Look, there are some wonderful cricket teams at the moment. It's hard to pick a favourite but I guess England would be a nose ahead because they have home advantage. But other than that the sides are very closely-matched. I've been watching the England and South Africa ODIs and they are phenomenal games of cricket with no fear of failure and guys are coming in and whacking the ball. Then when we were in Australia in good batting conditions, Australia were just amazing and came in and took the game on right from the start. I think the game has changed and you have to attack all the time and this is something we have been working on. Our batting is getting there but our bowlers are looking to take wickets so you'll see more attacking fields and us searching more for those wickets because that is the only way of curtailing the run-rate especially against teams who bat all the way down. It's going to be a great competition.


    PakPassion.net : The Champions Trophy match against South Africa is going to be special for you isn't it?

    Mickey Arthur :
    Yes but I guess the novelty has gone a bit as I coached against them when I was coach of Australia. But I have always had an eye on South Africa because many of the players came into the side under my watch. Morne Morkel, AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, all these players came into the team under my watch and I have always had a special place in my heart for them and I always watch with a very keen eye. But I would certainly love to turn them over when we play against them.


    PakPassion.net : Was there more to Umar Akmal being sent back to Pakistan than a fitness issue?

    Mickey Arthur :
    Absolutely not. Every one of our players in the Pakistan team know the standards and they know what levels of fitness that they have to maintain and adhere to. We are not settling for mediocrity and for us to compete in a One-Day tournament, we have to be quicker between the wickets and we need to be able to potentially run 12 singles in the shape of six twos an over. It also helps in our fielding because we are able to concentrate for a longer period of time. Our fielding has gone up considerably since the tour of Australia and we have put a lot of effort into that because the guys are fitter. Obviously, just because the guys are fitter doesn't mean they will score more runs and take more wickets but it gives them a far better chance of doing that.


    PakPassion.net : Do you think there is an underlying issue with Umar Akmal that needs to be fixed before he returns to international cricket?

    Mickey Arthur :
    We have got standards and we are not going to accept mediocrity. Those are the standards and if people do not adhere to those standards then they have not shown a hunger to play for Pakistan. We are not talking about massive standards here, we are talking about the minimum requirements which are less than the requirements I had with Australia and South Africa but it's a starting point for us and it's a reference point. Umar Akmal missed the tour of the West Indies because we gave him five opportunities to pass the fitness level and he never got close to passing in any of them. If it was me and I had missed a tour because I was unfit, then I would have gone back, trained hard and made sure I did the right things so that it never happened to me again.


    PakPassion.net : What happened with Umar Akmal when he arrived in England for the Champions Trophy as some say he is being singled out?

    Mickey Arthur :
    Well he arrived here and we did our mandatory fitness tests. There was no witch-hunt as we have fitness tests every two months to check where our players are and their fat percentages. It was a routine test and he failed. We gave him another opportunity and he failed again. So we have given him seven opportunities to pass this test. We have not been unfair to him, we want him to pass as he is a wonderful cricketer but Umar Akmal needs to go away and think about what he wants to do about his future and think about how hard he wants to work to get back into the Pakistan team.


    PakPassion.net : What did you say to Umar Akmal before he left the squad to return to Pakistan?

    Mickey Arthur :
    I said to him, Umar the ball is in your court. We think you are a wonderful player and I put my neck on the line to get you selected after you were dropped because I thought you were a wonderful player. Umar arrived in Australia unfit, in fact he was one of a couple of players in that condition. My worry is what do they do outside of our system as we cannot be getting them fit when they arrive into our setup. We have too many other things to do, we have to get them batting, bowling and ready to roll, we cannot get them fit as well. We want players who look after themselves because that eventually transfers into the cricket you play and it's part of your discipline and part of your work ethic.


    PakPassion.net : Do you think the issue of fitness isn't taken seriously in Pakistan cricket?

    Mickey Arthur :
    Fitness is a personal responsibility. After the tour of Australia we put our marker in the sand and said we are going to have some standards you guys are going to have to adhere to. Yes we will give you opportunities to meet those standards and there were a couple of players who failed the tests the first time but they passed it the second time and got through those tests because they suddenly knew what the standards were.

    Gone are the days when cricket was just about hitting a cricket ball and taking wickets. There's a lot bigger responsibility that players have because the schedule is so tough and the players have to be so unbelievably fit. What it also does is that it prevents injury and it allows you to recover quicker which is crucial as games are coming thick and fast. So those are the standards and I make no apologies for that and any guy that does not get to those standards will have the same issue again. I'm hoping this sends a proper message to say we are serious about it and are not happy to just wallow in mediocrity anymore. We want you to be doing the work behind the scenes that nobody sees to maintain your shape and fitness.


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    Should have asked him for first thoughts on haris Sohail


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    Excellent interview.

    Thank You PP.


    Mickey & Sarfraz's statements before clash against India are veey methodical and well weighed. Announcing 12 one day beflre was refreshing aswell. I hope we deliver on the grand atage today InshaAllah.

    Brilliant Answers to well versed questions of SAJ. Well done Mickey & Saj


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    Good to see you pushing him regarding the issue of openers. I think he's realized they are not the answer but wants to give them a fair chance before dropping them.


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    Someone should asked on what basis Yamin not selected, Haris and Fakher not selelted ahead of Shehzad and Azhar. All talk!!!

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    I guess that has shed light on the mystery regarding Umar Akmal's issues. Indeed he should be ashamed of having been caught in the same position when he was specifically told to improve his fitness.

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    So , apparently azhar has not been asked to change his game much.


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    But no doubt Mickey is consistent, he made an example out of Irfan and has now made an example out of Umar Akmal. Let's hope the message is clear to the rest of the squad and that no future episodes occur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Destroyer View Post
    Good to see you pushing him regarding the issue of openers. I think he's realized they are not the answer but wants to give them a fair chance before dropping them.
    What makes you think like that? He clearly believes in seaming condition and so on in an ODI played in England. Thus rates Azhar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shafi View Post
    Someone should asked on what basis Yamin not selected, Haris and Fakher not selelted ahead of Shehzad and Azhar. All talk!!!
    Yamin could not handle pressure and failed to defend 10 runs off 2 balls.

    Haris has been out for a long time and we can't just bring him back in such a high pressure match against India.

    Same for Fakher, we can't immediately throw him into such a high profile game.

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    @Saj What is Arthur upto by backing Azhar, Shehzad, Wahab and Hafeez?

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    so now what? after todays humiliation what should we do? continue on and hope for the best? i think arthur is trying his best but the leeches in our system just wont let it succeed!!

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    Really dont understand why the coach cant see azhar, shezi and hafeez are all lost causes!

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    He is right, to make up the numbers you need points, runs , wickets, we have nothing .

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    Either micky is too timid or his hands are tied with medoicre selections. One thing I have noticed with sarfraz even in psl he selects rubbish players like anwar ali that never perform. His captaincy was really defensive today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amjid Javed View Post
    Really dont understand why the coach cant see azhar, shezi and hafeez are all lost causes!
    He is given a squad by the selectors.


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    The new Bangladesh of ICC trophies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    He is given a squad by the selectors.
    The "selectors" lead by the great Inzi who still thinks its 2003 and is a sleep most of the time when doing his job, Its clear to most people that the so called "experienced players" he wanted in the sqaud who have "experience of UK" conditions arent up to task.

    Sadly the "experienced" selection culture will continue to kill pakistani cricket in limited overs cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    He is given a squad by the selectors.
    Right but he had Haris Sohail and Fahim Ashraf to pick. Could have dropped two of them and selected both.


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    Words need to be backed up deeds ..... Sir. Your Team has been hopelessly outclassed by the Indians, and I am sure nothing will change when we play SA.

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    When will Pak play SA?


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    Two years on from a poor showing in the 2015 World cup and we are still a minnow side in regards to ODIS. It seems no lessons are being learnt with current ODI side what so ever. We had the perfect oppurtunity to start a fresh after that tourney to look to build a side over a 2 to 4 year period which would eventually be atleast competative in ODI cricket once again. Yet all we have got is pathetic decisions in terms of selection and team planning over last 2 years.

    Look at england for example in 2015 they were a pretty poor ODI outfit and the way they played ODI cricket was backwards and not with the times just like Pakistan. Yet the finally decided after many failures players like Cook, Ballance, Bell werent suited to requirements of Modern ODI batting, England started to back new players and have given them plenty of time to settle in international cricket. Look at Jason Roy (Hes been good at times but now going through a bad patch but hes been given backing) not once have england looked to get rid of him and replace him with Cook, Bell etc... and go backwards. If Roy is replaced it will be by a new player like Billings. England have drawn a line up selecting Tried and test failures and players not suited to the modern game.

    What do we do we keep selecting Shezhad, Kamran Akmal, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Hafeez etc.. hoping for a miracle that they will come good or will provide experience to the side. These guys in some cases have been failures for a decade in international Limited overs cricket. Yet the selectors will expect these guys to improve and lead us into next world cup in two years time.

    All i read from so many posters on PP is that players like Haris sohail, Fakar Zaman etc.. shouldnt be risked in high profile games etc.. and even ex players/current coach/Selectors are thinking same and not risking picking these type of newer players in starting 11 and giving them a run in side.

    Id rather see Fakar Zaman (Just an example name here) type players for 2 years and try and develop them then watch players like Hafeez, Azhar etc.. continue to shame the team in ODI cricket. Sadly pakistan is not willing to take big risks and try and develop a team over long term... its all about short term and picking so called "experience" and proven garbage. I hope we dont make the next world cup if things dont change as currently we are an embrassement to Cricket in ODIs.

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    I have a lot of respect for Mickey Arthur and genuinely believe he has the best interests of Pakistan cricket at heart and isn't one of those coaches who is jusy interested in making money in the role.

    We've seen with the Umar Akmal recent episode that he is not willing to just lie down and take whatever comes his way from the PCB. He will stand his ground.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    I have a lot of respect for Mickey Arthur and genuinely believe he has the best interests of Pakistan cricket at heart and isn't one of those coaches who is jusy interested in making money in the role.

    We've seen with the Umar Akmal recent episode that he is not willing to just lie down and take whatever comes his way from the PCB. He will stand his ground.
    Don't you think he should look forward from players like Hafeez and Azhar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamza_ View Post
    Don't you think he should look forward from players like Hafeez and Azhar
    I'm not sure if Mickey Arthur wants both of them in the team. At the end of the day Arthur cannot pick the final XI on his own.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    I'm not sure if Mickey Arthur wants both of them in the team. At the end of the day Arthur cannot pick the final XI on his own.
    The selectors have given him the squad of 15 with younger players. It is up to the captain and coach to select the squad of 11 with those younger players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    The selectors have given him the squad of 15 with younger players. It is up to the captain and coach to select the squad of 11 with those younger players.
    If the 15 is made up of a few out of of form and weak players, namely 2 openers, then what to do.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    If the 15 is made up of a few out of of form and weak players, namely 2 openers, then what to do.
    But the squad of 15 included Fakhar, Faheem Ashraf and Harris Sohail. Fakhar and Fahim Ashraf were on the WI tour, what prevented the captain and coach from playing Fakhar in all the T-20's and ODI's in the openers role instead of Kamran Akmal and Shehzad?

    What prevented Arthur and Sarfaraz from playing Fahim Ashraf on that tour? What is prevented Arthur and Sarfaraz from playing Fahim Ashraf now in place of Azhar Ali?

    Inzi is not perfect but he has done a better job in including younger players in the team compared to his predecessors, ultimately the final 11 has to be selected by the captain and coach.

    Even Haroon Rashid in various interviews claimed that he selected a squad of 15-16 players but it was up to Waqar, Afridi and Azhar Ali to give the younger players in the squad like Aamir Yamin and co an extended chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    But the squad of 15 included Fakhar, Faheem Ashraf and Harris Sohail. Fakhar and Fahim Ashraf were on the WI tour, what prevented the captain and coach from playing Fakhar in all the T-20's and ODI's in the openers role instead of Kamran Akmal and Shehzad?

    What prevented Arthur and Sarfaraz from playing Fahim Ashraf on that tour? What is prevented Arthur and Sarfaraz from playing Fahim Ashraf now in place of Azhar Ali?

    Inzi is not perfect but he has done a better job in including younger players in the team compared to his predecessors, ultimately the final 11 has to be selected by the captain and coach.

    Even Haroon Rashid in various interviews claimed that he selected a squad of 15-16 players but it was up to Waqar, Afridi and Azhar Ali to give the younger players in the squad like Aamir Yamin and co an extended chance.
    Is Fahim Ashraf an opening batsman? If he is then show me where he has opened?

    What I am saying is that I'm not convinced that the 15 man squad currently in England is exactly what Mickey Arthur wanted.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Is Fahim Ashraf an opening batsman? If he is then show me where he has opened?

    What I am saying is that I'm not convinced that the 15 man squad currently in England is exactly what Mickey Arthur wanted.
    What i want is Azhar to be dropped, Hafeez to open and for Faheem to come later in the order. It is important to have a striker down the order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    What i want is Azhar to be dropped, Hafeez to open and for Faheem to come later in the order. It is important to have a striker down the order.
    Inzi selected a squad of liabilities. Azhar, Hafeez, Shehzad, Wahab and Junaid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Is Fahim Ashraf an opening batsman? If he is then show me where he has opened?

    What I am saying is that I'm not convinced that the 15 man squad currently in England is exactly what Mickey Arthur wanted.

    Agree with this. Don't think he wanted Azhar and Hafeez definitely.

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    There could be 7 players he won't have selected (including replacements), definitely 4.

    Absolutely no reason, why he should pick these 5

    Umar, Azhar, MoHa, Wahab, Shehzad (? - because he is young & better fielder)

    Others are
    Haris - not sure about his fitness. Arthur had been sold dummy few times in past
    Raees - He would have liked a new ball bowler
    Imad (?) - I don't see any role for him in UK, in June

    That's too many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    There could be 7 players he won't have selected (including replacements), definitely 4.

    Absolutely no reason, why he should pick these 5

    Umar, Azhar, MoHa, Wahab, Shehzad (? - because he is young & better fielder)

    Others are
    Haris - not sure about his fitness. Arthur had been sold dummy few times in past
    Raees - He would have liked a new ball bowler
    Imad (?) - I don't see any role for him in UK, in June

    That's too many.
    @MMHS How can you say he wouldn't have picked MoHa? There are reports of him requesting his inclusion in tests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamza_ View Post
    @MMHS How can you say he wouldn't have picked MoHa? There are reports of him requesting his inclusion in tests.
    You have to give better evidence than this. Or do you want e to believe that Mickey wanted MoHa, Inzi declined.

    If it has come to any newspaper, must be done by paid agents ......

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    You have to give better evidence than this. Or do you want e to believe that Mickey wanted MoHa, Inzi declined.

    If it has come to any newspaper, must be done by paid agents ......
    Should be fearless against Hafeez and Azhar.

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    Well done Mickey and team management!

    Still massive flaws in the side but good tactical decisions and selections post India game


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Agree with this. Don't think he wanted Azhar and Hafeez definitely.
    So shouldnt the coach be telling Inzi what players he wants selected in the sqaud?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amjid Javed View Post
    So shouldnt the coach be telling Inzi what players he wants selected in the sqaud?
    Really? Don't think it works that way. The selection committee is responsible for selecting the best players the country can offer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Amjid Javed View Post
    So shouldnt the coach be telling Inzi what players he wants selected in the sqaud?

    Hafeez is rated too highly. Not sure why Arthur couldn't put his foot down for Azhar's selection though.

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    Surely you guys have proved that you aren't here to just make up the numbers..

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    One more win and you will bring the cup home.
    just Go for it mickey and sarfaraz.
    #BringTheCupHome

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    Credit must goes to Mickey Arthur...

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    No credit to Inzi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    No credit to Inzi?
    The same Inzi that selected Shehzad, Wahab Azhar, and Hafeez?

    The only reason the former two aren't playing is because of themselves.

    If you can't say something nice, don't say anything!

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    Wow Mickey.


    Now please get rid of Hafeez.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LegendAli View Post
    The same Inzi that selected Shehzad, Wahab Azhar, and Hafeez?

    The only reason the former two aren't playing is because of themselves.

    If you can't say something nice, don't say anything!
    But Inzi also selected Fakhar Zaman, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Ruman Raees

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    But Inzi also selected Fakhar Zaman, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Ruman Raees
    Jury's out on Inzy - cannot be blamed for success AND failure!


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    Leicester 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Really? Don't think it works that way. The selection committee is responsible for selecting the best players the country can offer.
    So failures like azhar, hafeez, shehzad are best the country can offer? Its laughable how we give new bowlers a go and draw a line under bowlers after they fail over a period. But tried and tested failure batsmen are best we have to offer. Excellent joke!

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    Mickey has got it spot on most of tournament. Please Mickey now get in Fahim in place of Imad against India.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamza_ View Post
    Mickey has got it spot on most of tournament. Please Mickey now get in Fahim in place of Imad against India.
    yup, Imad needs to make way for Faheem or Amir..his gentle non spinning deliveries are too friendly for India. To add Imad's batting has gone from bad to worse...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazza619 View Post
    yup, Imad needs to make way for Faheem or Amir..his gentle non spinning deliveries are too friendly for India. To add Imad's batting has gone from bad to worse...
    Faheem should come in. We must not make our tail longer. Fahim can be brutal in the end

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamza_ View Post
    Faheem should come in. We must not make our tail longer. Fahim can be brutal in the end
    yeah, but Amir can take 2 or 3 crucial wickets which can also make a difference. To be honest, it is a nice little headache to have..

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazza619 View Post
    yeah, but Amir can take 2 or 3 crucial wickets which can also make a difference. To be honest, it is a nice little headache to have..
    Unfortunately Rumman has to miss out for Amir then, He will surely get his chances soon.

    Fakhar
    Azhar
    Babar
    Hafeez
    Malik
    Sarfraz
    Fahim
    Shadab
    Hasan
    Amir
    Junaid

    This should be the line up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamza_ View Post
    Unfortunately Rumman has to miss out for Amir then, He will surely get his chances soon.

    Fakhar
    Azhar
    Babar
    Hafeez
    Malik
    Sarfraz
    Fahim
    Shadab
    Hasan
    Amir
    Junaid

    This should be the line up.
    there is absolutely no way I am dropping Rumman...this guy is tight with the new ball, lethal in the middle overs and deadly at the death overs..to add his body language is awesome..

    Unfortunately we cant play both Faheem and Amir...

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    I think we should go with this team

    1. Fakhar
    2. Azhar
    3. Babar
    4. Hafeez
    5. Malik
    6. Sarfraz
    7. Shadab
    8. Amir
    9. Hassan
    10. Raees
    11. Junaid

    Let's go with our best attack and show the intent to get wickets

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    Imad will play since Indians have alot of right handers, and Imad bowls into them....

    So imad shadab and hafeez malik will be our spinners...

    Or if its a batting flat track, get fahim ashraf in for Shadab I guess...

    Rumman will sit out for Amir

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazza619 View Post
    there is absolutely no way I am dropping Rumman...this guy is tight with the new ball, lethal in the middle overs and deadly at the death overs..to add his body language is awesome..

    Unfortunately we cant play both Faheem and Amir...
    Lol Roman reigns will get carted all over the place. Might as well play Faheem at his place at least he can bat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRSN View Post
    Lol Roman reigns will get carted all over the place. Might as well play Faheem at his place at least he can bat.
    Roman can bat as well, he is an all rounder

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Roman can bat as well, he is an all rounder
    Since when?


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    Quote Originally Posted by aliasad1998 View Post
    Since when?
    A bowling allrounder but he is no mug with the bat, can hit the big shots

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    A bowling allrounder but he is no mug with the bat, can hit the big shots
    No wonder we have Sohail Tanvir roaming around thinking that he is the second coming of Sobers and Anwar Ali calling himself Kallis when people call Ruman raees an all rounder
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    Rumman RAees has a domestic one day average of 10. Kuch tu sharam karliya karo Savak Bhai

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    Rumman RAees has a domestic one day average of 10. Kuch tu sharam karliya karo Savak Bhai
    Like i said a bowling all rounder, have seen him hit sixes of pacers in domestic cricket which means he is not exactly a clueless tail ender.

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    Our greatest coach!


    A skilled hawk conceals its talons.

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    Best coach we've ever had


    Please allow me to introduce myself: I'm a man of wealth & taste.

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    Everyone thought we are here just to make up the numbers. Here just to get the formalities done.

    They didnt knew we had a secret plan.

    We got hammered in our first game by India. They said business as usual.

    We defeated South Africa.
    They said rain saved us.

    We defeated Sri Lanka.
    They said Sir Lanka gifted us the win.

    We defeated England.
    They said the picth helped us.

    We defeated India.
    They handed us the trophy and never realized what hit them.

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    Well done Mickey.

    A genuine coach working hard to revive Pakistan cricket. Finally we have a coach after Bob Woolmer.


    The Underdogs

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    What a legendary statement! Will be remembered forever.


    A skilled hawk conceals its talons.

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    @Saj bhai waiting for the next part of the interview.

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    You certainly were not Mickey!


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