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View Poll Results: Which opener should partner Azhar Ali in Tests for Pakistan's tour of Ireland and England?

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  • Sami Aslam

    26 48.15%
  • Imam-ul-Haq

    3 5.56%
  • Fakhar Zaman

    25 46.30%
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    Which opener should partner Azhar Ali in Tests for Pakistan's tour of Ireland and England?

    Sadly, Shan Masood is out of contention.

    Sarfaraz has suggested that Azhar will be back at the top of the order after a short stint back at #3 so that's one slot that's taken.

    It's between Sami/Imam/Fakhar.

    I'll go with Imam but it'll be harsh on him to debut in England against Jimmy and Broad, hopefully he has the strength of character (and technique :asad) to thrive.


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    Fakhar, Imam and Sami are all good candidates but I'd have to say Fakhar is the best one. Him at the top allows us to have an attacking player and a defensive player opening for us. Fakhar can potentially play the role Warner (had) played for his side over the past couple of years, which was to keep the run-rate ticking

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    Sami. Not convinced with Imam at all and I don't think its fair to debut Fakhar in such conditions where his style of play at the top of the order isn't usually successful.

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    Sami

    Fakhar and Imam should have been tested earlier.

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    Imam

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    Sami.


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    Fakhar.

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    Playing 11

    Sami
    Imam
    Azhar
    Haris
    Usman
    Asad
    Sarfaraz
    Shadab
    Aamer
    Rahat Ali
    Abas

    bench:
    Meer Hamza
    Hasan Ali
    Asgar
    Babar Azam

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    Sami

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    Sami Aslam. Not fair on Fakhar to make him debut on this tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PakSarZameen View Post
    Sami Aslam. Not fair on Fakhar to make him debut on this tour.
    Wasn’t fair in the CT either.

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    Sami Aslam


    [QUOTE=Mamoon;9742871]Don't see us ascending from 7th/6th in the near future. 5-0 in England and South Africa awaits us, we will be lucky to even draw one match. [/QUOTE]

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    really surprised to see so many people supporting Sami Aslam to be a Test opener - y'all really need to check his domestic records

    His strength is limited over cricket, thats where he's piled on the runs. He's totally looked out of sorts in Tests

    Having Aslam open is tests is akin to having Azhar open in ODIs - need to put people where they are strongest, not keep experimenting

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    Fakhar Zaman, I feel he will be our David Warner in tests.

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    Whoever performs in the practice matches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Sadly, Shan Masood is out of contention.

    Sarfaraz has suggested that Azhar will be back at the top of the order after a short stint back at #3 so that's one slot that's taken.

    It's between Sami/Imam/Fakhar.

    I'll go with Imam but it'll be harsh on him to debut in England against Jimmy and Broad, hopefully he has the strength of character (and technique :asad) to thrive.
    I wont watch any matches


    [QUOTE=Mamoon;9742871]Don't see us ascending from 7th/6th in the near future. 5-0 in England and South Africa awaits us, we will be lucky to even draw one match. [/QUOTE]

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    Imam
    Would have gone for Sami if he had started to switch from gear 1 to gear 2 or 3 atleast if not 4 and 5.
    He blunts the new ball well, but defends unnecessarily even the poor balls which could easily be dispatched to the boundary which ends up putting a lot of pressure on him and the team. And now with the cool heads of Younis and Misbah gone, I don't expect the likes of Shafiq and Sarfraz to handle the blockathon pressure created by the top order bats.

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    Tough pick between Sami and Imam. In the end, I'd go for Sami.

    I am not convinced regarding Fakhar's test ability and completely pointless to debut him in foreign conditions.

    Thank goodness, we don't have Shan Masood available. That guy is a sitting duck in English conditions. Not that these three are all that great either.

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    Sami Aslam.

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    Imam couldn’t handle the swing of Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage. Hope he proves me wrong though.

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    Wont mind Fakhar too but Sami should get another chance first.


    Sarfi as captain'll lead us to glory.Babar'll be our best odi bat & Haris'll be world class in tests

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    Think Fakhar can do it but needs some serious coaching before he can go for this role!


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    Undoubtedly Sami Aslam.

    His 80 odd in UK last time was great to watch. Could have been the youngest centurion at that ground ever had it not been Hafeez causing the run out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalentSpotterPk View Post
    Undoubtedly Sami Aslam.

    His 80 odd in UK last time was great to watch. Could have been the youngest centurion at that ground ever had it not been Hafeez causing the run out.
    It was Azhar

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    Sami Aslam

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalentSpotterPk View Post
    Undoubtedly Sami Aslam.

    His 80 odd in UK last time was great to watch. Could have been the youngest centurion at that ground ever had it not been Hafeez causing the run out.
    Azhar ran him out.

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    Fakhar, might as well be 40-1 after 6 overs in a test then 10-2 at lunch with Azhar/Sami or Imam opening.

    Also with 3 tests been played in UK why do we need 4 openers in the squad?

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    Imam-ul-Haq.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyRabbit View Post
    Imam
    Would have gone for Sami if he had started to switch from gear 1 to gear 2 or 3 atleast if not 4 and 5.
    He blunts the new ball well, but defends unnecessarily even the poor balls which could easily be dispatched to the boundary which ends up putting a lot of pressure on him and the team. And now with the cool heads of Younis and Misbah gone, I don't expect the likes of Shafiq and Sarfraz to handle the blockathon pressure created by the top order bats.
    He himself has realised this as he once in an interview after Australia tour accepted his slow paced innings is doing harm to himself also and vowed to give pace to his innings in future.

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    Fakhar. Go all out.
    Last edited by UN talkz; 16th April 2018 at 15:56.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFM View Post
    It was Azhar
    Exactly and then Mr. Acha Bacha decided to get out on the last ball of the day to a ball that was 2 feet outside the off stump. Singlehandedly changed a position of strength into weakness the sole reason we went onto lose that test. If it weren't for acha bacha's brain fade we might have won our last tour to England.


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    With Fakhar = Warner being said, I am sure he is not far from being the regular Test opener.


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    Went for Sami Aslam. If Zaman plays, maybe he can play a dasher role in the middle order

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    Sami should be groomed. He can be good in OD as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Exactly and then Mr. Acha Bacha decided to get out on the last ball of the day to a ball that was 2 feet outside the off stump. Singlehandedly changed a position of strength into weakness the sole reason we went onto lose that test. If it weren't for acha bacha's brain fade we might have won our last tour to England.
    We still had a 100+ lead. It was the fault of the bowlers and the collapse on the last day that made us lose that Test.

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    Fakhar. Can't stand boring batsmen, even in Test cricket.

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    Judging by the squad selected it's pretty clear that Azhar Ali will play at 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kashmiri_Pak_fan View Post
    He himself has realised this as he once in an interview after Australia tour accepted his slow paced innings is doing harm to himself also and vowed to give pace to his innings in future.
    Didn't see anything different from him in SL series. Scored a slow 50, a 30 and two slow single digit scores. What probably hurt the most was his 4th inning dismissal in 1st Test at Abu Dhabi. Chasing 127 and this guys is defending for his life.

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    Fakhar all the way. No need for useless Sami and Imam is a newbie.

    The team needs some dynamism upfront instead of the snail show of Azhar-Sami.

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    Sami. He can see off the new ball. Performed well when he last time played there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sshakir411 View Post
    Judging by the squad selected it's pretty clear that Azhar Ali will play at 3.
    We dont have to good opening options so all that will happen is he will end up facing new ball anyways! clearly lessons from last tour of UK havent been learnt!

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    Sami played well the last time he was there. Retain him in the opening spot

    Sami
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    Shafiq

    Frankly, i don't think we should take more than 6 batters. We need 5 legit bowling options. Amir, Hasan, Shadab are three. We need one more quick and one all rounder.

    I don't see how having 7 batters is going to prevent a batting collapse. So i would highly recommend just 6 batsmen. Either our batting is going to click or it isn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Destroyer View Post
    Imam-ul-Haq.
    Am sure Anderson will be happy with new bunny replacement from shan masood.

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    Sami Aslam.

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    Sami Aslam


    [QUOTE=Mamoon;9742871]Don't see us ascending from 7th/6th in the near future. 5-0 in England and South Africa awaits us, we will be lucky to even draw one match. [/QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amjid Javed View Post
    Am sure Anderson will be happy with new bunny replacement from shan masood.
    What makes you say that?


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