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    "I want to be mentally prepared for, and have the right training for all formats" : Khurram Manzoor

    Having represented Pakistan in 26 matches, the Karachi born opening batsman Khurram Manzoor is a key member of the Karachi Kings squad in the ongoing PSL 3 tournament.

    In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Khurram Manzoor spoke about being selected to play for Karachi Kings, the experience of playing alongside Shahid Afridi, his thoughts on team Coach Mickey Arthur and how a successful performance in PSL 3 could improve his chances of playing in the 2019 World Cup.





    PakPassion.net: What are your thoughts on playing Test cricket given that lately you seem to be concentrating on the shorter formats of the game?

    Khurram Manzoor:
    My views on this issue are simple and are a result of the coaching setup I have been a part of all my life. I've been taught that no matter what format you are playing, you have to try to apply yourself in it and to do the best in whatever format you play in. We all know that Pakistan plays less Test cricket compared to other nations, so as players we donít have too many choices and have to get on with whatever opportunities we can get to play cricket. What we need to make sure is that when we do get that chance, we perform to the best of our abilities and make the most of that opportunity.


    PakPassion.net: Does it worry you that by playing one type of cricket, you will be tagged as a specialist for that format?

    Khurram Manzoor:
    A great player is one that knows how to perform according to the match situation. If you play accordingly to the situation, then people won't assign tags to you about being a Test or LOI cricket specialist. As for me, I've been amongst the top scorers in the last two domestic tournaments held in Pakistan. I was part of the Karachi Whites team which recently won the Regional One-Day Cup and was the joint second-highest run-scorer in that tournament. And in the National T20 Cup before that, I scored a century and had 246 runs to my name in six matches. There are a lot of factors that matter when it comes to be a good player, but the most important one is how a player works hard and and prepares during the off-season for the upcoming season. All that hard work usually pays off in the end and my aim is to be mentally prepared for any format. I donít want to be termed a specialist in any one format, instead I want to be mentally prepared for, and have the right training for all formats including Tests, One-Days, T20s or even T10 which is a newer format of the game.


    PakPassion.net: Were you surprised by your selection for Karachi Kings?

    Khurram Manzoor:
    I wasn't really surprised because in the past 5 years, I've often managed to be amongst the top 3 run scorers or close to it in T20 tournaments. Karachi Region for which I play, have played in several finals, although we have one just one title. I've been a part of the playing team for all those tournaments which is a testament to my consistent performances. I've been such an integral part of their setup that I havenít been dropped till now. I am now taking part in our nation's premier cricket tournament, and it stands to reason that because I've been amongst the top performers in domestic cricket, one of the franchises has picked me up. So, there is nothing surprising about my selection for Karachi Kings because if you are amongst the top 300 players of your country, then you will surely be included in the draft and more than likely make it to one of the teams in the PSL. I am of course honoured and proud that it is Karachi, the city of my birth, which has selected me for their team.


    PakPassion.net: Whatís the spirit in the Karachi Kings team like at the moment?

    Khurram Manzoor:
    I'm never make big claims before playing any tournament as I know that success is in the hands of the Almighty, but we are all very confident of doing well in this yearís PSL. Last year, Karachi made some mistakes that we are looking to rectify, and each individual player is looking to avoid making those mistakes. I am also pleased in the way our management is supporting us and the way the team is gelling together. What is also impressive is Imad Wasimís captaincy and the influence of our Coach Mickey Arthur, and the presence and contribution of seniors like Shahid Afridi and Ravi Bopara as well as Colin Ingram which altogether explains the success that we have achieved so far.

    Remember that cricket is a team game unlike other sports like tennis and squash where an individual performs well and gets the job done. Even the players who are benched have an important role as their eagerness to win and their prayers have enabled us to perform so well. The team is fighting every inch to win, and one cannot ask more from a group of players.


    PakPassion.net: How different is the pressure of playing in a Twenty20 League compared to that you would have experienced when playing for Pakistan?

    Khurram Manzoor:
    Playing for Pakistan is always an honour and a matter of pride. There is more pressure playing for Pakistan as compared to playing in a Twenty20 league. But regardless of which level you play in, what really matters is how you prepare for the task ahead. There are many players who start preparing 2 or 3 months before a league or series and then there are players who start prepping 6 months beforehand, which is what I prefer to do. I plan out what I have to do and learn during the 6 months leading up to the start of the series or tournament. This preparation includes weight reduction, cardio, training, diet, batting etc. The fact is that if all these things are done properly then it can make a world of difference for the player regardless of whether you are representing your country or a franchise like Karachi Kings.


    PakPassion.net: How is it like to be playing alongside Shahid Afridi?

    Khurram Manzoor:
    There is no doubt in my mind that Shahid Afridi is an inspiration for all of us. Everyone who observes him has something to learn from him. He puts in more energy than most youngsters and his presence, intensity and passion on the field is something which others can learn a lot from. He is a very good team man and whenever there is a tough situation for the team, he steps in and always chips in with valuable advice to the captain and players alike. In my view, the mark of a truly great player is in the manner in which he can pass on valuable knowledge to others around him, which is something Shahid Bhai does very often. Salman Iqbal, owner of Karachi Kings, recently said that he always wanted Shahid Afridi to play for Karachi Kings and I am sure that the people of Karachi also want him to play for their city and win them the trophy. We are proud to have Shahid Afridi in our team and he has been an inspiration for us on the field and I hope he continues to do well for us till the end of the tournament.


    PakPassion.net: How does it feel to work with the Head Coach of the Pakistani Cricket team, Mickey Arthur?

    Khurram Manzoor:
    We are extremely fortunate to have Mickey as our coach. He is a very good at what he does and works on all facets of the game with players. He talks to each player individually, no matter whether he is a spinner, a middle order batsman or an opener. He knows how to assign roles to players for each match and if the player isn't sure then he will encourage the player to ask him to clarify any doubts. A lot of coaches tell the players the game plan but don't guide players individually about their roles. What Mickey does is go the extra mile and provide further insight into what is expected of each player and encourages them to fulfil that role, regardless of whether team wins or loses.

    Mickey makes meticulous plans for all the players before each game with details of what a player must do during different phases of the game. In this way, he won't burden the captain with handling the whole team by himself and provides excellent support for the skipper. We have all seen on TV screens how involved and proactive he is with the team and he is always involved with the support staff during training, whether it is with the bowling coach or fielding coach.


    PakPassion.net: Do you think that if you do well in PSL 3, it will improve your chances of playing for Pakistan in the 2019 World Cup?

    Khurram Manzoor:
    Every player desires to do well and to achieve great feats and represent his nation in an ICC tournament. But, I believe that the 2019 World Cup is a little too far in the future. The main thing for me right now is to keep it simple and not to repeat the same mistakes as I have done in the past. My aim is to take this opportunity of playing in the PSL to make a case for the national team, but then I also know that to burden myself by that pressure is counter-productive and not fair to Karachi Kings as well. For now, I am focusing on the present and I am trying my best to stay in-form and consistent. Insha'Allah if I continue like this, then I will automatically make a case for the national side which would be an excellent outcome for me.


    PakPassion.net: Do the players feel excited when they think about the Karachi team reaching the finals in Karachi itself?

    Khurram Manzoor:
    Yes, we all definitely feel very excited about the prospect of playing the final in Karachi. We have made a pledge to Salman Iqbal that we will play top-level cricket and will do our best to try to reach the finals. Obviously, we feel the goosebumps when we think about lifting the trophy in front of thousands of our fans in Karachi. Having personally experienced such a moment during the Regional One-Day Cup, I can tell you that no words can do justice when describing such an experience. We will continue to try our hardest to win and if we do win, then everyone will be able to witness such celebrations by us, insha'Allah.


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    You are in Afridi's team mate!

    Good to see a Karachi boy in the team. Wish Sami was there too. Earlier years we've had Sohail Khan as well

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    Given lack of options and his own domestic form I can see Manzoor getting picked again. If so he needs to follow Fahkar’s example and play for the team

    There is no point being in a lion in domestic cricket only to be a timid wreck on the intl scene

    If recalled he needs to be striking at around a 100 in Odis and 130 in t20s


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    IF SHAHID AFRIDI IS AN INSPIRATION FOR THE NEW GENERATION THAN GOOD LUCK TO PAKISTAN CRICKET AND ITS FUTURE.

    U had greats like Inzamam, miandad, imran as inspiration as they were legends and amazing cricketers. Real fan of cricket don't consider him even a good players, he was a slogger and nothing more.

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    Mickey Arthur said that he needs work on strike rotation - hope he pays heed


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    Big chance for him tonight


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    Khurram Manzoor will need to get his skates on today - little slow.


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    144 from 89 so far chasing 290 odd.

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    looks like he listened to you tonight

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    He didn't do much in the PSL so I can't take innings like this seriously

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    Hes a domestic bully Hes failed every time hes played intnl cricket and frankly has a hack of a technique

    Move on

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    Legend with another hundred


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    His List A stats are amazing

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    Quote Originally Posted by hadi123 View Post
    He didn't do much in the PSL so I can't take innings like this seriously
    Sure, Let's bring back the best Pakistani batsman of last Psl.

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    Back to back hundreds.

    111 off 99 today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueDoritos View Post
    Sure, Let's bring back the best Pakistani batsman of last Psl.
    He doesn't deserve a call up either.

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    He deserved an extended run in ODIs. Scored like three 50s in his seven ODIs.

    But he is too old now.

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    Still plays the cut shot with a angled bat, even an amateur can see that.

    He kept getting out due to this angled bat problem that he has and he still hasn't rectified it yet.

    Who to blame - the player or the coaching staff


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    If Kamran Akmal can be recalled then why not Manzoor who never got a consistent opportunity in ODIs?

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    He is doing well in domestic so why should he not be considered for the international team?


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    Mickey did say he has a lot of potential and they are working on making him an international cricketer

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    Quote Originally Posted by babajee View Post
    Mickey did say he has a lot of potential and they are working on making him an international cricketer
    When did that happen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adijazz1706 View Post
    when did that happen?
    psl

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    Best Batsman - Khurram Manzoor (KPK) 393 runs.

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    Had a good domestic season but no contract for him - just not up to International Standard.

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    Khurram Manzoor scored 199 of 204 balls, really unlucky to miss his 200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeeraq View Post
    Khurram Manzoor scored 199 of 204 balls, really unlucky to miss his 200.
    Time to pack up the domestic tournament, guys like Manzoor are hitting double tons

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Time to pack up the domestic tournament, guys like Manzoor are hitting double tons
    Domestic cricket system needs a big revamp. I hope Ehsan Mani is able to accomplish this task.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeeraq View Post
    Khurram Manzoor scored 199 of 204 balls, really unlucky to miss his 200.
    The scorecard says he was run out! That must be heart breaking

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    Out for 197 today.

    Seems to be struggling in the 190s

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    another heart breaking

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    He looked like a total hack in international and PSL games. Maybe he improved

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    He was decent enough for ODIs and should have been given a consistent run.

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    he has 3 190 and one or two 180 and a few century in this year and also top scorer in recent tournament and in previous tournament . do selectors knonw this?

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    If inzi brags about domestic regarding Shaan that doesn’t apply to Khurram
    Clearly you can see favouritism and nepotism


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    Quote Originally Posted by Asif321 View Post
    If inzi brags about domestic regarding Shaan that doesn’t apply to Khurram
    Clearly you can see favouritism and nepotism
    Khurram is a TTF. Well out of depth in international cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Usman Chadda View Post
    Khurram is a TTF. Well out of depth in international cricket.
    Maybe in Tests

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    Quote Originally Posted by Usman Chadda View Post
    Khurram is a TTF. Well out of depth in international cricket.
    What is Shaan? Brian Lara ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Flanders View Post
    Maybe in Tests
    Had a horrendous stint in the Asia Cup 2016. Good bowlers eat him alive in international cricket. Looked mediocre in the one stint he had in the PSL too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Usman Chadda View Post
    Had a horrendous stint in the Asia Cup 2016. Good bowlers eat him alive in international cricket. Looked mediocre in the one stint he had in the PSL too.
    I should have been clearer, I meant in ODIS he wasn't a TTF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Flanders View Post
    I should have been clearer, I meant in ODIS he wasn't a TTF.
    TTF with regards to international cricket. By your logic, Shan deserves a chance moreso than Khurram since he has a brilliant domestic LOI record and hasn't been given a chance yet. But we all know how he will inevitably go fishing and leave us one down within five overs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Usman Chadda View Post
    TTF with regards to international cricket. By your logic, Shan deserves a chance moreso than Khurram since he has a brilliant domestic LOI record and hasn't been given a chance yet. But we all know how he will inevitably go fishing and leave us one down within five overs.
    Khurram never got consistent run in the ODI side.

    Neither has Shan, he should definitely be given a go.

    You can't judge how a player will do in one format if you look at another formats performances.

    If Younis Khan only played ODIs do you think we would have thought he'd make a great Test batsman?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Flanders View Post
    Khurram never got consistent run in the ODI side.

    Neither has Shan, he should definitely be given a go.

    You can't judge how a player will do in one format if you look at another formats performances.

    If Younis Khan only played ODIs do you think we would have thought he'd make a great Test batsman?
    YK was actually a world-class ODI player from 2005-2008 I believe. Went downhill from there though due to the increasing demands of LOI cricket.

    Fair enough I get your point. But I still don't believe Khurram will cut it. Too many flaws as an opening batsman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Usman Chadda View Post
    YK was actually a world-class ODI player from 2005-2008 I believe. Went downhill from there though due to the increasing demands of LOI cricket.

    Fair enough I get your point. But I still don't believe Khurram will cut it. Too many flaws as an opening batsman.
    He was decent at best.

    Honestly, on merit Shan really deserves a run.

    But our selectors and people in charge are stupid. No idea what Shan is/was doing in the Test squad.

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    Typical selectors pick Fawad Alam in limited overs cricket and Khurram and Shan in Test cricket and then get rid when they fail in the format that they are least suited to...... no wonder things feel so bleak currently with cricket in Pakistan!

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    I remember his batting stance was all over the place. Could drive a car through his so called defence


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    He was a beast when he played against India

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Flanders View Post
    Khurram never got consistent run in the ODI side.

    Neither has Shan, he should definitely be given a go.

    You can't judge how a player will do in one format if you look at another formats performances.

    If Younis Khan only played ODIs do you think we would have thought he'd make a great Test batsman?
    As far as I remember Manzoor was a test-first player (bit like Azhar Ali) who was a slower version of Salman Butt in ODIs hence dropped (because Butt was in form of his life during those days).

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeusathon View Post
    As far as I remember Manzoor was a test-first player (bit like Azhar Ali) who was a slower version of Salman Butt in ODIs hence dropped (because Butt was in form of his life during those days).
    His First Class and Test record is trash, whereas his List A was phenomenal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PakLFC View Post
    I remember his batting stance was all over the place. Could drive a car through his so called defence
    Are you getting Fawad and Khurram mixed up?

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    It's 2018 and were still talking about this guy .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Flanders View Post
    Are you getting Fawad and Khurram mixed up?
    No. Fawad is a left hander where as Khurram a right handed one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Flanders View Post
    His First Class and Test record is trash, whereas his List A was phenomenal.
    He is not that bad in tests, in ODIs he could do Azhar Ali very well, but cricket requires Imran Nazirish openers these days.

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    Scores of 62, 79 and 53 today in Nat T20 - doing well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Scores of 62, 79 and 53 today in Nat T20 - doing well.
    He was given a shot in the world t20 based on similar numbers but looked out of his depth


    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    He is also on of those guys who should retire. King of domestic but woefully inept at international level.

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    Why do all these domestic cricketers have such a victim mentality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j_kazmi View Post
    Why do all these domestic cricketers have such a victim mentality.
    Khurram and Kamran both have the same mentality. Both are kings of domestic but it has already been seen that they are failures at the international level.

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    On merit he deserves a chance in ODIs.

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    Khurram Manzoor has expressed his disappointment at not being picked for Pakistan or Pakistan A team despite being top performer in two formats this season.

    In his latest interview Khurram said that his reliable sources tell him that He, Fawad Alam & Sohail Khan are labelled as those who are not “ International Products “


    Khurram was asked a question about getting dropped by KK in PSL and he said :


    “ I scored 52 runs of 40 balls in a match where Babar Azam scored 50 of 61 balls and I was dropped for next 4 games “


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    Personally I do not rate Khurram Manzoor but the biggest weakness I see in him is his fitness and fielding. He needs to lose 15 kg weight atleast.


    Fitness wise best openers in Pakistan are Salman Butt and Shan Masood. Both are superfit.



    Khurram’s strongest format is List A but He is not in Good book of Mickey Arthur.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TalentSpotterPk View Post
    Personally I do not rate Khurram Manzoor but the biggest weakness I see in him is his fitness and fielding. He needs to lose 15 kg weight atleast.


    Fitness wise best openers in Pakistan are Salman Butt and Shan Masood. Both are superfit.



    Khurram’s strongest format is List A but He is not in Good book of Mickey Arthur.
    One word ,he got his chances and did not cpitalise so rightly dropped.Not good enough simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalentSpotterPk View Post
    Personally I do not rate Khurram Manzoor but the biggest weakness I see in him is his fitness and fielding. He needs to lose 15 kg weight atleast.


    Fitness wise best openers in Pakistan are Salman Butt and Shan Masood. Both are superfit.



    Khurram’s strongest format is List A but He is not in Good book of Mickey Arthur.
    Mickey is spot on when he says Manzoor is not an international level player.

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    Arthur is a class coach, wonít let thrash like this & salman butt anywhere near the team.

    His already trying to get rid of deadwoods like sarfraz azhar & Asad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalentSpotterPk View Post
    Khurram Manzoor has expressed his disappointment at not being picked for Pakistan or Pakistan A team despite being top performer in two formats this season.

    In his latest interview Khurram said that his reliable sources tell him that He, Fawad Alam & Sohail Khan are labelled as those who are not “ International Products “


    Khurram was asked a question about getting dropped by KK in PSL and he said :


    “ I scored 52 runs of 40 balls in a match where Babar Azam scored 50 of 61 balls and I was dropped for next 4 games “
    I saw that show a few days ago and double-checked, Babar made 55 off 53, not 50 off 61.

    Personally, this is the quote that stood out for me: "Yasir Shah is a must in next game as you know all Europeans fail to play spin" About the 2nd Test at Cape Town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    I saw that show a few days ago and double-checked, Babar made 55 off 53, not 50 off 61.

    Personally, this is the quote that stood out for me: "Yasir Shah is a must in next game as you know all Europeans fail to play spin" About the 2nd Test at Cape Town.

    Khurram should have double checked before saying that about Babar Azam.


    " Europeans " :-)


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    Quote Originally Posted by TalentSpotterPk View Post
    Khurram Manzoor has expressed his disappointment at not being picked for Pakistan or Pakistan A team despite being top performer in two formats this season.

    In his latest interview Khurram said that his reliable sources tell him that He, Fawad Alam & Sohail Khan are labelled as those who are not ď International Products ď


    Khurram was asked a question about getting dropped by KK in PSL and he said :


    ď I scored 52 runs of 40 balls in a match where Babar Azam scored 50 of 61 balls and I was dropped for next 4 games ď
    Babar took his chances; you didn't
    Simple as

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    In the Asia cup 2016 match where Pak played India.
    Khurram Manzoor made 10 runs off 18 balls and got run out.
    In an interview, he said he hit like 4 fours (he hit only 1 four) and was batting really well and was set up by the non-striker.

    Why would u want a person like Manzoor in your team that constantly back chats about his own peers?

    He's simply not good enough for international cricket.
    I'm with Mickey Arthur in this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a_tahir View Post
    In the Asia cup 2016 match where Pak played India.
    Khurram Manzoor made 10 runs off 18 balls and got run out.
    In an interview, he said he hit like 4 fours (he hit only 1 four) and was batting really well and was set up by the non-striker.

    Why would u want a person like Manzoor in your team that constantly back chats about his own peers?

    He's simply not good enough for international cricket.
    I'm with Mickey Arthur in this one.
    We should be with Mickey for all these decisions. Manzoor, Fawad and Sohail are not good enough for international cricket. There are some players who just don't make the step up, either due to technical deficiencies or mental weakness.

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    57 today for Punjab vs KPK


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    Its a rarity when this guy score some anything less than 50 in domestic cricket. But his one of those players, no one actually cares about if he scores. Similar to Kamran Akmal. Both fit the definition of TTFs.

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    So far Khurram Manzoor has scored 112* runs off 87 balls against Sindh in Pakistan Cup.

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    I feel for this guy, although I don't want him in the team. Imagine being a guy that smashes centuries and top scores all the time. But has no chance of making it to the national side.

    It is like a highly qualified and well spoken man always being denied at interviews. It's gut wrenching.

    Manzoor's best format was Odis he scored 3 fifties in 9 matches. And in list A averages 52 with 23 100s. Similarly, fawads best format was tests with an average of 40, but only played 3 tests.

    Pakistan ruined both of these players, by playing them in the wrong formats.

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    One of the Worst players to play for our team.Cant forget his horrible technique and batting in Asia Cup.Pathetic player.Even if he scores truckload of runs should never be recalled

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    Never really seen him bat live but an Average of 54 with a SR of 85, 24 100s and only played in 7 ODIs in which he got 3 50's.

    Have to feel sorry for this lad. He got 16 games in tests whereas in FC he only averages 38. He got played more in tests than his strongest format.

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    Khurram Manzoor scored 110 runs off 178 balls against Ghani Glass in Patron's Trophy Grade-II
    Last edited by Zeeraq; 24th April 2019 at 20:52.

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    50 off 42 today for Sindh vs Central Punjab


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