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    "There were never any doubts about my fitness" : Sohail Khan

    Sohail Khan shot to fame during the 2015 World Cup when he took five wickets against India, including the prize scalp of Virat Kohli. His aggressive style of bowling also saw him pick five wickets in an innings in the 4th Test at The Oval in 2016 but since then he has struggled to find a place in the Pakistan side.

    In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Sohail spoke about the current domestic season, proudest moments of his career, his relationship with Pakistan Head Coach Mickey Arthur and bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, the fiery incident involving Yasir Shah in the 2018 edition of the Pakistan Super League and why he feels he can continue playing for Pakistan even at the age of 34.





    PakPassion.net: It's early days in the current domestic cricket season but how do you feel it's going for you so far?

    Sohail Khan:
    The season is going well but then these are early days and there is plenty of cricket to be played in the coming few months. I always aim to be the top bowler in domestic cricket and if you look at my track record, I have achieved this honour a few times in all forms of the domestic game and there are close to 12 trophies at my home to prove that point. This season is a long one with 4-Day and One-Day games and then we also have the National T20 tournament followed by PSL and the Grade 2 competition as well. There is a lot of cricket to be played so I will try and take some time off in the middle as well.


    PakPassion.net: Weather conditions are very tough in terms of high temperatures, so it must be difficult to play cricket nowadays?

    Sohail Khan:
    The temperatures are extremely high in most parts of the country and I hear that one of the players passed out due to the heat which is not good. I feel it is completely excessive to hold any matches in such weather, but I suppose, this is our bread and butter and we players will keep on playing regardless. Even in the past we have played in cold and hot weather, so I suppose this is not different but regardless of that, this is a very tough season. There are so few gaps between games and I am at a loss to understand the point of this schedule where we are playing a 4-Day game, then have a day’s rest, followed by a One-Day game and so on. The Board should take into consideration such issues with weather and whilst I am used to playing in harsh conditions like Dubai or even in Karachi, I am sure other players aren’t used to them and that’s why we are hearing news about a player collapsing and some others also refusing to play due to the heat. This is not right and should be changed.


    PakPassion.net: What has been your proudest moment when playing for Pakistan, so far?

    Sohail Khan:
    There are a few memorable moments that I cannot forget as they brought me so much joy. The first was the time when I took 5 wickets against India in the 2015 World Cup game in Adelaide. This was special because I had challenged myself and others to accomplish this task and I was able to do it and also picked up the prize wicket of Virat Kohli as well. In the same tournament, I claimed the crucial wicket of AB de Villiers which was important for our victory in that game. Then of course, the performance in the 4th Test at The Oval against England in 2016 where I took 5 wickets in England’s first innings is also a proud moment for me. It was even more special because not only did my performance help in squaring the series, it also contributed towards Pakistan’s rise to the number one position in the ICC Test Rankings.


    PakPassion.net: You have only played 27 international matches so far which must be disappointing?

    Sohail Khan:
    I have absolutely no regrets or disappointments about not playing more cricket for Pakistan. To be honest, it is due to the blessings of The Almighty that I have played whatever international cricket I have played so far. I am a firm believer in the fact that it's always been through the blessings of The Almighty that I have represented Pakistan and that is how it will be in the future. I am very close to Inzamam-u-Haq who has taught me a lot about cricket and the amount of respect I have for him is more than I have for any other senior player. Yet, I will say that my playing in the national eleven is not in his hands but in the hands of The Almighty. Of course, I have a lot to learn and I am doing that every day, but I will put in my best efforts and the rest is beyond my control. Let me also add that I am excluded from the Pakistan team not due to any deficiency on my part, but strangely enough I am not included in the side despite having performed well. I have a Test batting average of over 25, I have taken crucial wickets in Tests and also performed well in the World Cup, yet I haven’t been picked for the national side since 2016 in Tests and ODIs and last played for Pakistan in a T20I in 2017. But, I am not a negative thinker and I am enjoying domestic cricket and also focusing on leagues such as the PSL and the T10. My aim is to continue playing for Pakistan and I feel that even if I am given half the chances that some players have been given, I will achieve a lot more for my country than many others.


    PakPassion.net: There were question marks over your fitness when you were playing for Pakistan. Was that an unfair assessment?

    Sohail Khan:
    That is totally incorrect. There were never any doubts about my fitness and as you can see from my recent figures in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, I took 6 wickets at a time when we have reports of players fainting due to extreme heat. The facts are that I have had no issues with my fitness and I am doing very well. I always make sure that I am fit as this is a requirement if you need to be playing in such long domestic seasons. And for those worried about my fitness, let me assure them that I wouldn’t be able to be a top bowler in the past domestic seasons without having a good level of fitness.


    PakPassion.net: You are pretty fired up when you bowl but do you think the current crop of Pakistan bowlers lack that sort of aggression?

    Sohail Khan:
    It was Wasim Akram who taught me the idea of having aggression when bowling to the opposition. His point was that if a fast-bowler does not have anger and fire in him, then he cannot be classed as a fast-bowler. Let me tell you that we have one bowler who is currently playing Test cricket for Pakistan who after completing his delivery, just turns around and walks back to start of his bowling run-up. Such bowlers have no real aggression which is in contrast to what the likes of Shoaib Akhtar and Wasim Akram had in them. It is this style of bowling that I have learnt from some of our great bowlers and this is what you see whenever I bowl.


    PakPassion.net: How would you describe your relationship with Mickey Arthur?

    Sohail Khan:
    I have a great relationship with Mickey Arthur as he treats me like his own child. He really praised me when we were in Australia and I feel he is a great coach simply because he has delivered what he had promised to do.


    PakPassion.net: How are your relations with Azhar Mahmood?

    Sohail Khan:
    Azhar Mahmood has a been an excellent teacher for me. I didn’t get enough chances to work with him but whatever time I have spent with him recently, I can confidently say that he has taught me aspects of cricket that I had not learnt before in my career. He is like an elder brother to me and I respect him immensely as a teacher.


    PakPassion.net: How has the Pakistan Super League experience been so far and are you looking forward to the next season?

    Sohail Khan:
    I had an injury problem in the previous edition of the PSL where I was representing Lahore Qalandars. I had a bad fall whilst I was fielding which resulted in my not playing a few games. I take my fielding very seriously and that effort probably resulted in the injury. Looking ahead, I am very interested in playing the next edition of the PSL and regardless of which franchise I represent, I will aim to become the top wicket-taker in the tournament and more than that, I want to show some special skills in my fielding as well.


    PakPassion.net: What happened between you and Yasir Shah at the PSL and how was it resolved?

    Sohail Khan:
    Let me start by saying that I know Yasir Shah since the time we were kids and we are as close as brothers. Only a few days ago, I spent some time at his home, so we have a great personal relationship. What happened in our game against Quetta Gladiators was that Yasir had a towel on him which he would use to dry the ball. I didn’t have any cloth or towel on me, so my intention was to throw the ball towards him and ask him to wipe the ball for me. Unfortunately, he wasn’t looking at me even though I gestured at him before throwing the ball to him. He was surprised by the ball being thrown at him and that was simply a bit of a misunderstanding. I did clarify the issue with him afterwards and that was the end of the matter. Like I said, he is as close to me like a family member and I do spend a lot of time at his place so there really is nothing more to it.


    PakPassion.net: At 34, do you still believe that you can play for Pakistan?

    Sohail Khan:
    I don’t consider age an issue at all for me regarding international cricket. For me, it's simply a case of being able to play on as long as my body will allow and to serve Pakistan to my fullest abilities.
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    Good to know he isnt begging for selection like a lot of others.

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    This guy's definition of aggression is hurling a cricket ball at Yasir Shah just to get his attention.

    And he has not only struggled with fitness issues in the past but still continues to. Just recently, he was signed as Leicestershire's back-up overseas player for Mohammad Abbas. He was to play for them for the time Abbas was busy playing the Ireland and England tests but alas he couldn't because he got injured months after signing the deal

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    The only reason there are no doubts about his fitness is because he has proved it is rubbish!

    In 9 Tests he has:

    24 first innings wickets at an average of 31.50.

    3 second innings wickets at an average of 123.00.

    Thatís all anyone needs to know.

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    This guy is like what, 6'4 110kg?, way to big for fast bowling, needs to get to under 100kg.

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    He just needs to look at his speed in his second and third spells. One can not improve himself if he can't admit he has a problem.
    Who is the non-aggressive fast bowler in our test team is he talking about? Abbas?

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    Sohail was a trier who made a real difference in the 2016 England series with his excellent right arm swing bowling.

    However his stamina was definitely a problem and he's kidding himself if thinks that wasn't the case. He was huffing and puffing in his later spells even in the cooler climates of England and New Zealand.

    Also the comment directed towards this "non aggressive" Test bowler was unnecessary.

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    You could see there was an issue with his fitness. Honestly he should have gotten a chance earlier in his career than he did.

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    Thats like some of the politicians saying they never ate any commission

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    It is not for him to decide.

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    Love this guy attitude, not begging for anything like the rest of our players

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    Is he deluded?

    He's made a number of statements in this interview which fly in the face of the truth.

    Also based on what he said it seems LQ will be letting him go for PSL4.

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    One thing is for sure about Sohail is that he always gave 100% in his first spells at least.

    A wholehearted cricketer who always tried hard and spoke his mind



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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Sohail was a trier who made a real difference in the 2016 England series with his excellent right arm swing bowling.

    However his stamina was definitely a problem and he's kidding himself if thinks that wasn't the case. He was huffing and puffing in his later spells even in the cooler climates of England and New Zealand.

    Also the comment directed towards this "non aggressive" Test bowler was unnecessary.



    Re: Stamina issues: Totally agreed, couldn't have said this any better myself.

    As for that non-agressive test bowler comment, it seems more out of jealousy than anything else; every bowler has had a certain style, even aggressive bowlers like e.g. Andy Roberts, never stared at the batsmen; after every delivery, they just turned to go back to the top of their run up and let their next delivery do the talking!

    Pakistan cares zilch as long as Abbass keeps taking wickets at the same SR and Average, this non-aggressive bowler has already won us a few matches (or played a major hand) and InshaAllah will win us numerous more. Sohail is deluded about what a fast bowler should look like (Holding/Imran like physique not a body builder like wannabe) and about aggression from fast bowlers (more like Roberts, Imran etc. and not the huffing and puffing chest thumping brigade like himself).

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    Seems to have only played 3 FC games this domestic season and none in the shorter formats, wonder why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Seems to have only played 3 FC games this domestic season and none in the shorter formats, wonder why.
    But he said he was fit, there's no way he would lie

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    I recall when Sohail Khan opened our bowling with Aizaz Cheema. Now at 34 it will be hard for him to make a comeback. Could have done far better then what he did, was a decent lower order batsman as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PakLFC View Post
    I recall when Sohail Khan opened our bowling with Aizaz Cheema. Now at 34 it will be hard for him to make a comeback. Could have done far better then what he did, was a decent lower order batsman as well.
    as far i remember they never played together
    Cheema played his last game in 2012 while sohail khan returned in 2015

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    Aizaz Cheema wasn't that bad at all.

    Same with Sohail Khan.

    Mickey destroyed Sohail Khan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mir jibran View Post
    as far i remember they never played together
    Cheema played his last game in 2012 while sohail khan returned in 2015
    I saw them play together years back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PakLFC View Post
    I saw them play together years back.
    In the international side?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Flanders View Post
    In the international side?
    Definitely. It was many years back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PakLFC View Post
    Definitely. It was many years back.
    Yup I believe it was sometime in 2011.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Flanders View Post
    Yup I believe it was sometime in 2011.
    you are right they played together in 2011 test vs Zimbabwe

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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyRabbit View Post
    He just needs to look at his speed in his second and third spells. One can not improve himself if he can't admit he has a problem.
    Who is the non-aggressive fast bowler in our test team is he talking about? Abbas?
    Think Sohail needs to think again

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Think Sohail needs to think again

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    No benefit of aggression if you can't get the job done. Sohail on his part, was unable to get the job done in second innings every time he played.

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    Sohail Khan with his Macho talk would have been Shastri's golden boy....

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    Sohail bowling at 140kph+ consistently for the first time in years, but line and length all over the place as usual.

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    3/55 from Sohail Khan for KPK in a high-scoring game.


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    Batted like Sohail Akhtar today.

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    Man of the Final! but seems to work in fits and starts.


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    Sindh’s Sohail Khan has been fined 50% of his match fee for a level 2 offence relating to personal abuse of a player, player support personnel, umpire or match referee during a match in his team’s round four four-day first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match against Southern Punjab at UBL Sports Complex, Karachi.

    The incident happened on Monday when the 35-year-old used abusive language after getting dismissed.


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    4/15 in 4 overs! Take a bow Sohail Khan

    Including the prize wicket for a duck of...

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    The man is back! Included in the 29-man squad - Lets see if he does get a chance to play in England.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    The man is back! Included in the 29-man squad - Lets see if he does get a chance to play in England.
    Misbah on his inclusion:


    “Sohail Khan has been recalled to further strengthen our fast bowling department. He had two five-fors when he last played in England in 2016. The selectors also felt he bowled much better in the 2019-20 domestic season than his figures reflected.”


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    A pathetic selection by Misbah. Would have had a good career if he had been selected earlier in his career.

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    At the age of 32 in 2016 this lumbering old man couldn't buy a wicket in the Second Innings.

    And now he's back at 36!

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    Come back at 36. WOW!!!

    So many other options to pick yet Sohail Khan gets recalled.

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    This is arguably the worst selection I've ever seen in 15 or so years of following both Pakistan and Australian cricket closely. At least with players like Junaid Zia you could understand the selection potentially being done under outside pressure, but this is just plain incompetence from Misbah. I really thought giving Musa Khan a test debut would be as bad as it got but here we are.
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    I liked Sohail, was an honest trier. But come on, a 36 year old seamer making a return after 4 years ? Doesn't pass the logic test.

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    Average of 39 in first class cricket although he has taken 22 wickets

    They should have gone with ehsan adil if they were after experience in international cricket
    Rahat ali was the obvious choice but his probably not going to fill the number 8 spot on the batting line up
    Waqas maqsood and mir hamza should also have been in contention

    Like for like Anwar ali and bilalwal bhatti probably have a lot to be paranoid about


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    His experience will be useful for the youngsters and he can be a useful.number 8 who can score some runs. Don't mind him playing if his fitness has improved.

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    Age is just a number

    I thought Mohammad Irfan might have been selected too



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    Misbah completely undoing Mickey Arthur's selections

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    Donít think Pakistan cricket will survive much longer under Misbah

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    Misbah just doesnt have a clue im afraid Who recalls 34-36 year old bowlers from the wilderness

    He seems to be living in the past this isnt 2014-2016 anymore

    Dear oh dear

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeymurBlake View Post
    Come back at 36. WOW!!!

    So many other options to pick yet Sohail Khan gets recalled.
    thats MISBAH for u...his love for seniors is over the moon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    At the age of 32 in 2016 this lumbering old man couldn't buy a wicket in the Second Innings.

    And now he's back at 36!
    The irony is that a player from Pakistan that is 36 is actually 39-40.

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    36 wow and he is not even good. And people are defending this selection, they defended Irfan too and look how that went.

    There is nothing you can say to justify selections of the likes of Sohail and Imran, not even that they are there for net practice will cut it.

    Mickey might have had his problems but atleast he put his foot down on these things and we got better as a result. Misbah is dragging us back to square one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Misbah completely undoing Mickey Arthur's selections
    Thiers only a few decisions that are very questionable like imran khan,sohail khan,bhatti,wahab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaz View Post
    Misbah just doesnt have a clue im afraid Who recalls 34-36 year old bowlers from the wilderness

    He seems to be living in the past this isnt 2014-2016 anymore

    Dear oh dear
    They thier as back up bowlers sohail and imran are not guaranteed to even get a game

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    Quote Originally Posted by ask_analyse_act View Post
    thats MISBAH for u...his love for seniors is over the moon
    He also loves his kids azwell

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    Selection of Sohail Khan is as ridiculous as the selection of Irfan for the Australian T20 series.

    We all saw how that panned out.

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    What message does his selection give to other bowlers about selection criteria in Pakistan.

    I think it feels like, throw some names in a hat and see which ones you pick out.



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    Even a mediocre Junaid Khan would have been a better selection considering his performances in 2017. How does Misbah come to these decisions? It's appalling.


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    The guy was struggling to bowl 4 overs on the bounce last time he was in England. They literally had to carry him off the field.

    He's an honest trier and gives 100%, but his selection is very strange.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    The guy was struggling to bowl 4 overs on the bounce last time he was in England. They literally had to carry him off the field.

    He's an honest trier and gives 100%, but his selection is very strange.
    That's very untruthful, Saj. He picked up two five-fers during that series and also performed push ups right after the innings. Bowled his heart out. But is definetly too old now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    The guy was struggling to bowl 4 overs on the bounce last time he was in England. They literally had to carry him off the field.

    He's an honest trier and gives 100%, but his selection is very strange.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sher Khan View Post
    That's very untruthful, Saj. He picked up two five-fers during that series and also performed push ups right after the innings. Bowled his heart out. But is definetly too old now.
    No, @Saj is correct.

    He took five wickets in the first innings twice, but after 9 Tests - and 103 overs - he has only ever taken 3 second innings wickets at an average of 123.00.

    He always had the talent, but never the fitness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    No, @Saj is correct.

    He took five wickets in the first innings twice, but after 9 Tests - and 103 overs - he has only ever taken 3 second innings wickets at an average of 123.00.

    He always had the talent, but never the fitness.
    Test cricket has never really catered for 1st innings specialists.

    If only cricket would allow for substitutions after the 1st innings.



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    3-42 for Sohail in the 4 day game

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    This guy is terrible. He doesn't even have the ability to bowl a third spell. I could think of 20 fast-bowlers I would select before selecting him. Really hope he doesn't get a game.

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    5/50 in the practice match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedwoodOriginal View Post
    This guy is terrible. He doesn't even have the ability to bowl a third spell. I could think of 20 fast-bowlers I would select before selecting him. Really hope he doesn't get a game.
    He would probably now only fit in as a bowling allrounder like Faheem a few years back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince of Pakistan View Post
    He would probably now only fit in as a bowling allrounder like Faheem a few years back.
    I don't agree. He can swing the bat and get away with a few cheeky runs but he doesn't have any discernible batting skills. His best FC score is still the 50 he got against Australia and if you look at his FC stats he has pretty tailender-like numbers.

    Faheem may be a struggling all-rounder but he is an all-rounder. And his FC numbers are not bad in both facets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedwoodOriginal View Post
    I don't agree. He can swing the bat and get away with a few cheeky runs but he doesn't have any discernible batting skills. His best FC score is still the 50 he got against Australia and if you look at his FC stats he has pretty tailender-like numbers.

    Faheem may be a struggling all-rounder but he is an all-rounder. And his FC numbers are not bad in both facets.
    Not that I would take any of them in the playing XI but right now Sohail Khan is a better Batsman, Bowler and All-rounder than Faheem Ashraf. Picked up a 5-fer in the ongoing game and has picked a wicket or two in other warm-up games as well while Faheem despite bowling more hasn't got a wicket and is going at almost 4 rpo and not to mention he can't last more than an over while batting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrentDevil View Post
    Not that I would take any of them in the playing XI but right now Sohail Khan is a better Batsman, Bowler and All-rounder than Faheem Ashraf. Picked up a 5-fer in the ongoing game and has picked a wicket or two in other warm-up games as well while Faheem despite bowling more hasn't got a wicket and is going at almost 4 rpo and not to mention he can't last more than an over while batting.
    I disagree with you fahim should play as the all rounder if I had to choose between two as fahim can bowl long spells and more than 2 spells

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrentDevil View Post
    Not that I would take any of them in the playing XI but right now Sohail Khan is a better Batsman, Bowler and All-rounder than Faheem Ashraf. Picked up a 5-fer in the ongoing game and has picked a wicket or two in other warm-up games as well while Faheem despite bowling more hasn't got a wicket and is going at almost 4 rpo and not to mention he can't last more than an over while batting.
    Faheem might bat better in Tests as he wouldn't be required to play those slogs or hooks in the death overs.

    Faheem hasn't improved much but if he could replicate his performances of 2018 that would be phenomenal. He'll remain a risk though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    I disagree with you fahim should play as the all rounder if I had to choose between two as fahim can bowl long spells and more than 2 spells
    I didn't say i would go with SK over Faheem, i wouldn't want any of them, it's a waste of spot in the playing XI. Faheem is going at ~3.6 rpo in warmups, i ain't sure how that's gonna help the team, it's infact gonna overburden the bowlers more as he will be taken off for leaking runs and he hasn't taken any wicket, not even a tailender

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    Faheem doesn't have a defence so forget this idea of Faheem being a Test quality all-rounder.

    Also this fraud of him being a good Test bowler in SENA is based on a tiny sample and will be exposed eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrentDevil View Post
    I didn't say i would go with SK over Faheem, i wouldn't want any of them, it's a waste of spot in the playing XI. Faheem is going at ~3.6 rpo in warmups, i ain't sure how that's gonna help the team, it's infact gonna overburden the bowlers more as he will be taken off for leaking runs and he hasn't taken any wicket, not even a tailender
    I'd play shadab hes more than decent with the bat but needs to improve in the bowling department. If it's a fast bowling pitch I'd play faheem but he needs to hold an end up that's the best 2 options we have

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    Well Sohail is your next pick if Shaheen, Abbas or Naseem are unfit.

    He'd be next in the pecking order ahead of Shinwari and Faheem I reckon.



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    Quote Originally Posted by TrentDevil View Post
    Not that I would take any of them in the playing XI but right now Sohail Khan is a better Batsman, Bowler and All-rounder than Faheem Ashraf. Picked up a 5-fer in the ongoing game and has picked a wicket or two in other warm-up games as well while Faheem despite bowling more hasn't got a wicket and is going at almost 4 rpo and not to mention he can't last more than an over while batting.
    Did you start watching cricket yesterday? It's a practice game where half the squad is playing the other half. It's practically meaningless beyond the point of getting practice; i.e having a good knock, getting your lengths right.

    Faheem Ashraf has picked up wickets in actual test matches in England, Ireland and South Africa. Whereas, Sohail Khan due to his horrendous fitness standards struggles can't even bowl a third spell. You are welcome to make all the arbitrary sweeping statements you want but the simple fact is that Sohail Khan with a bowling average of 41.6 shouldn't be anywhere near international cricket.

    And no, he's not an all-rounder. Getting one fifty against Australia and playing like a tail-ender for the rest of your life does not make you an all-rounder.
    Last edited by RedwoodOriginal; 20th July 2020 at 01:37.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Well Sohail is your next pick if Shaheen, Abbas or Naseem are unfit.

    He'd be next in the pecking order ahead of Shinwari and Faheem I reckon.
    Wow really

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedwoodOriginal View Post
    Did you start watching cricket yesterday? It's a practice game where half the squad is playing the other half. It's practically meaningless beyond the point of getting practice; i.e having a good knock, getting your lengths right.

    Faheem Ashraf has picked up wickets in actual test matches in England, Ireland and South Africa. Whereas, Sohail Khan due to his horrendous fitness standards struggles can't even bowl a third spell. You are welcome to make all the arbitrary sweeping statements you want but the simple fact is that Sohail Khan with a bowling average of 41.6 shouldn't be anywhere near international cricket.

    And no, he's not an all-rounder. Getting one fifty against Australia and playing like a tail-ender for the rest of your life does not make you an all-rounder.
    Sohail trumps Faheem in bowling though and by quite a stretch as well.

    He may not be express but he does have a knack of taking wickets against the run of play. Agreed on the batting part but playing Faheem who is neither here neither there when it comes to batting or bowling would literally be akin to playing with 10 men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahmedwaqas92 View Post
    Sohail trumps Faheem in bowling though and by quite a stretch as well.

    He may not be express but he does have a knack of taking wickets against the run of play. Agreed on the batting part but playing Faheem who is neither here neither there when it comes to batting or bowling would literally be akin to playing with 10 men.
    Faheem has delivered with the ball in test cricket thus far. He has performed in domestic cricket and reaffirmed his place in the side. And his FC batting stats are good enough for an all-rounder. I would much rather give him a go then stick to some failure like Sohail who is not even a decent bowler to begin with. There is much more to gain from playing Faheem because if he does well that will solve a great many of Pakistan's problems. And he definitely has some ability with the ball. You need ability to take wickets in South Africa and England.

    Playing Sohail brings no benefit to the side. Even if he does well you just know his fitness issues will re-emerge. The there will be match where he will go for 200 runs at 4.5 RPO and people will be wondering why we even played him in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahmedwaqas92 View Post
    Sohail trumps Faheem in bowling though and by quite a stretch as well.

    He may not be express but he does have a knack of taking wickets against the run of play. Agreed on the batting part but playing Faheem who is neither here neither there when it comes to batting or bowling would literally be akin to playing with 10 men.
    Faheem has delivered with the ball in test cricket thus far. He has performed in domestic cricket and reaffirmed his place in the side. And his FC batting stats are good enough for an all-rounder. I would much rather give him a go then stick to some failure like Sohail who is not even a decent bowler to begin with. There is much more to gain from playing Faheem because if he does well that will solve a great many of Pakistan's problems. And he definitely has some ability with the ball. You need ability to take wickets in South Africa and England.

    Playing Sohail brings no benefit to the side. Even if he does well you just know his fitness issues will re-emerge. The there will be match where he will go for 200 runs at 4.5 RPO and people will be wondering why we even played him in the first place.

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    Well......again he couldn't take any wicket in the second innings.

    His inability to take wickets in the second innings is the reason, Mickey dropped him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedwoodOriginal View Post
    Did you start watching cricket yesterday? It's a practice game where half the squad is playing the other half. It's practically meaningless beyond the point of getting practice; i.e having a good knock, getting your lengths right.

    Faheem Ashraf has picked up wickets in actual test matches in England, Ireland and South Africa. Whereas, Sohail Khan due to his horrendous fitness standards struggles can't even bowl a third spell. You are welcome to make all the arbitrary sweeping statements you want but the simple fact is that Sohail Khan with a bowling average of 41.6 shouldn't be anywhere near international cricket.

    And no, he's not an all-rounder. Getting one fifty against Australia and playing like a tail-ender for the rest of your life does not make you an all-rounder.
    I think if you go through my post again, i am simply giving my opinion and not implying anything on anyone and I never advocated for Sohail in the playing XI, I think that's pretty clear from my post

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    If Test matches were one innings only, this guy would be a legend.




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