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    Pakistan announce 16 Member ODI Squad for tour of South Africa

    16 Players:

    Sarfraz Ahmed(C)(Wk)
    Babar Azam
    Fakhar Zaman
    Faheem Ashraf
    Hasan Ali
    Hussain Talat
    Imad Wasim
    Imam Ul Haq
    Mohammad Amir
    Mohammad Hafeez
    Mohammad Rizwan
    Shadab Khan
    Shaheen Afridi
    Shan Masood
    Shoaib Malik
    Usman Shinwari

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    The middle and lower middle order are extremely weak especially for these conditions. Hafeez and Malik aren't going to do much.

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    Didn't expect Hussain Talat to be named but he's picked for the right format this time. He didn't have the power hitting necessary for T20s and is more of an accumulator.

    Imam-ul-Haq being retained is a joke, his ODI numbers are inflated by minnow bashing. Shan Masood will keep him out. Haris Sohail out is a blow as he can handle pace well. Asif Ali is out too so not much powerhitting in the squad.

    The selection of the Sainted Seniors Hafeez and Malik were sadly expected. Hopefully SAF pacers will do Pakistani selectors job for them so we don't have to carry these two duds against pace to the World Cup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Didn't expect Hussain Talat to be named but he's picked for the right format this time. He didn't have the power hitting necessary for T20s and is more of an accumulator.

    Imam-ul-Haq being retained is a joke, his ODI numbers are inflated by minnow bashing. Shan Masood will keep him out. Haris Sohail out is a blow as he can handle pace well. Asif Ali is out too so not much powerhitting in the squad.

    The selection of the Sainted Seniors Hafeez and Malik were sadly expected. Hopefully SAF pacers will do Pakistani selectors job for them so we don't have to carry these two duds against pace to the World Cup.
    Junaid Khan is also dropped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Didn't expect Hussain Talat to be named but he's picked for the right format this time. He didn't have the power hitting necessary for T20s and is more of an accumulator.

    Imam-ul-Haq being retained is a joke, his ODI numbers are inflated by minnow bashing. Shan Masood will keep him out. Haris Sohail out is a blow as he can handle pace well. Asif Ali is out too so not much powerhitting in the squad.

    The selection of the Sainted Seniors Hafeez and Malik were sadly expected. Hopefully SAF pacers will do Pakistani selectors job for them so we don't have to carry these two duds against pace to the World Cup.
    They'll be there. Hafeez with his bowling capabilities will be useful, plus he ,along with Malik, is the best player of spin in the team.

    Malik will be there anyway.

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    Junaid has done better than Shenwari. Unlucky to miss out.

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    Hafeez is back, new year gift to Styne. Imam is in the team on family quota.

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    We don't have any proper middle-order batsman that's what concerns me. Shoaib, Hafeez, Hussain all are all-rounders. Unless they select Rizwan to play as a fielder batting in the middle overs he's the only hope we have.

    A lot of bowling options available which will be important to find the right combination before the World Cup, (Imad could be very handy with the ball and bat).

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    Pakistan announce 16-member squad for 5-match ODI series against South Africa

    Pakistan squad for South Africa ODIs announced

    Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq says consistency, recent player performances and looking ahead to the future have been the main criterion

    Inzamam says Abbas has been rested, feels Junaid needs to work harder on his bowling after regaining fitness

    Lahore, 9 January: The chairman of the Pakistan men’s cricket selection committee, Inzamam-ul-Haq, today announced the 16-member squad for the upcoming ODI series against South Africa, which will start in Port Elizabeth on 19 January.

    The side will be led by Sarfaraz Ahmed and includes three openers (Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood), four middle-order batsmen (Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Hussain Talat), two all-rounders (Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf), one spinner (Shadab Khan), four fast bowlers (Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi and Usman Shinwari) and Mohammad Rizwan as the second wicketkeeper/batsman.

    There are five changes from the Test side, which is presently in Johannesburg preparing for the third and final Test. Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Abbas and Yasir Shah have been replaced by Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hussain Talat, Usman Shinwari and Imad Wasim, respectively.

    There are three changes from the 15-man ODI side, which drew with New Zealand in the UAE after the final ODI was washed out. Asif Ali, Haris Sohail and Junaid Khan have been replaced by Mohammad Amir, Hussain Talat, Mohammad Rizwan and Shan Masood.

    “The selected team is a unanimous choice of the selection panel, including Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur. While selecting the squad, we have tried to maintain consistency, taking into consideration player performances in white-ball cricket as well as looking ahead to the upcoming ODI challenges, including the World Cup,” chairman of Pakistan’s cricket selectors Inzamam-ul-Haq said.

    Commenting on the non-selection of fast bowler Mohammad Abbas, Inzamam said: “He is very much in our scheme of things, but we have to manage his workload intelligently and smartly. He has just made a return following an injury, and we would like to give him sufficient rest before considering him for future assignments.

    “Amir’s good performance in the Test series not only made him an automatic selection, but also helped us inthe decision to rest Abbas.

    “Junaid Khan has not been considered for this tour because we feel he has to work more on his bowling since the fitness issues that he had cut short his series against New Zealand.

    “Asif Ali has been dropped due to an inconsistent and below-par performance. In his place, we have decided to give Hussain Talat an opportunity to show his mettle and skills. He is a good left-handed batsman, who can also bowl.”

    Hussain is the only uncapped player in the side, but he has represented Pakistan in 11 T20Is. In 59 List-A 50-over matches since making his debut in 2018, Hussain has scored 1,402 runs at just under 38. He has also picked up 14 wickets with his medium-past bowling. In the 2018-19 season, Hussain has scored 194 runs in seven matches with a century, while he took six wickets.

    Inzamam added: “Before finalising the squad, we spoke with the team management, which has confirmed that all the players are fit for the ODI series.”

    “I have had separate discussions with the coach and captain, and while they are disappointed with the performance in the Test series, they remain optimistic and confident that they can turn things around.

    “I have complete faith and believe in the side that is presently in South Africa. It is just that it has been a tough and difficult tour for them. I have been in this situation in the past and I know exactly what they are going through.

    “That said, I am confident that this tour will make them better and stronger cricketers.”


    The squad for the three-T20I series will be announced in due course.

    Pakistan squad for ODIs:

    1. Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain, wicketkeeper)

    2. Babar Azam

    3. Faheem Ashraf

    4. Fakhar Zaman

    5. Hasan Ali

    6. Hussain Talat

    7. Imad Wasim

    8. Imam-ul-Haq

    9. Mohammad Amir

    10. Mohammad Hafeez

    11. Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper)

    12. Shadab Khan

    13. Shaheen Afridi

    14. Shan Masood

    15. Shoaib Malik

    16. Usman Shinwari


    Series schedule

    19 January – 1st ODI, Port Elizabeth (d/n)
    22 January – 2nd ODI, Durban (d/n)
    25 January – 3rd ODI, Centurion ((d/n)
    27 January – 4th ODI, Johannesburg (d)
    30 January – 5th ODI, Cape Town (d/n)
    Last edited by MenInG; 9th January 2019 at 17:42.


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    If there's any minnow basher its Shinwari. Junaid did not deserve to be dropped unless it was due to an injury.

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    There was no right reason for playing Hussain Talat ahead of Saud Shakeel, am I wrong?

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    Fakhar Zaman
    Imam-ul-Haq
    Shan Masood

    Mohammad Hafeez
    Shoaib Malik
    Babar Azam

    Sarfraz Ahmed (wk)(c)
    Mohammad Rizwan (wk)

    Shadab Khan
    Imad Wasim

    Faheem Ashraf
    Hussain Talat

    Mohammad Amir
    Hassan Ali
    Usman Khan Shirwani
    Shaheen Shah Afridi

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    i think power hitter should be replaced by power hitter in place of asif ali should have gone with khushdil shah as he has proven in A side and also Abid Ali in place of Imam ul haq

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    Harris Sohail (unfit) dropped for Mohammad Rizwan
    Asif Ali (performance) dropped for Hussain Talat
    Junaid Khan (unfit) dropped for Mohammad Amir

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    Where is Asif Ali? Smh

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    I think junaid Khan should have played would have done well In this series. Asif Ali being dropped I don't mind so much like that they will give Hussian Talat a chance. Would like to see asif Ali in t20 squad when they play the South Africans.

    Personally don't like that imam is still their but hopefully it's his last series

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    Chachu Inzi at it again.... Everyone can be dropped except bhateeja.


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    Inzi seems to be talking directly to us at PP

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    Saud not selected again. Should have been a straight swap with haris as he's injured. Pathetic

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    Some tough calls there.

    Hard on Junaid Khan, he was the 2nd most experienced bowler after Amir but he only played one match against NZ due to fitness issues.

    Asif Ali played some good knocks in the SA T20 league so knew the conditions but cant argue much.

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    Need proper batsmen in the middle, Hafeez and Malik aint it.

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    One could argue for this or that but really, all ODI players are almost like-for-like replacements. It is a mid-table talent pool.

    The only argument I will have is to bring in younger players and replace older players - even if those players are decent. The young ones are more fearless.

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    Needed Umar Akmal.

    Especially in speaking conditions. At worst hed average 30 at SR of 100. Best be average of 40+ with. Strike rate of 120 plus.

    Needed that style of batting and ease and confidence of playing pace.

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    Shan
    Fakhar
    Babar
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    Hussain Talat
    Sarfarz
    Shadab
    Amir/Faheem
    Shaheen
    Hasan Ali

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    looks like hafeez will retire after failing in world cup and term it as a favor to us all.


    It is either a heartache or a headache ..Argh relationships.

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    No matter who they select, you cant keep out Hafeez Malik and Kaptaan and that is one disgusting middle order

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    I was hoping to see umaid Asif in there. And yes I am optimistic that Malik and Hafeez will make a strong case for their retirement before the World Cup.

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    Glad to see Asif Ali dropped!

    Squad looks decent otherwise..

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    U need to bring players from domestic

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    Lol at playing both hafeez and malik in 2019. You can, at most, carry one of them. What about Khushil Shah who's supposed to be scoring heavily? Good to see Shan there. Must open.


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    If Asif Ali is not part of the WC plans then we need Hafeez batting at no.6 like he did in the CT final. There are no other players who have shown any hitting ability against pace bowling.

    Fakhar
    Imam (he won't be dropped)
    Babar
    Shan Masood
    Hussain Talat
    Hafeez
    Imad Wasim
    Sarfraz (shouldn't bat any higher than 8)
    Hasan Ali
    Amir
    Shaheen

    Batting looks woeful against pace with the likes of Imam, Hussain Talat and Shoaib Malik in particular.

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    My 11 out of this squad

    Imam
    Fakhar
    Shan
    Babar
    Rizwan
    Hussain
    Malik
    Shadab
    Amir
    Hasan
    Shaheen

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    Quote Originally Posted by topspin View Post
    If Asif Ali is not part of the WC plans then we need Hafeez batting at no.6 like he did in the CT final.
    Mohammad Hafeez batted at 5 in the CT Final.

    I wonder if a day will come when PPers will stop playing Fantasy Cricket and putting together these XIs with Hafeez at 6.

    It's not going to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CricketDon View Post
    Needed Umar Akmal.

    Especially in speaking conditions. At worst he’d average 30 at SR of 100. Best be average of 40+ with. Strike rate of 120 plus.

    Needed that style of batting and ease and confidence of playing pace.
    Umar Akmal's ODI career in South Africa: Average of 29 at a SR of 80.11.

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    Of course accumulators galore.

    Sarfraz, Malik, Rizwan, Imam.

    You cannot expect these players to perform and especially not against pacers.

    They're the worst we have against pace bowling and you select them against south Africa!

    Genius.

    Babar, Hafeez and Talat are the ONLY stroke makers against pace.

    Heavily relying on these 3 for us to win.

    Otherwise no hope.

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    An atrocious squad. Doomed to lose.

    Everyone can be dropped but not Imam.

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    Hafeez has a torrid time in the BPL so far not sure how much it will affect his confidence. But i think its fair to say him and malik both will be in world cup squad so need to be persisted with

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    Quote Originally Posted by topspin View Post
    If Asif Ali is not part of the WC plans then we need Hafeez batting at no.6 like he did in the CT final. There are no other players who have shown any hitting ability against pace bowling.

    Fakhar
    Imam (he won't be dropped)
    Babar
    Shan Masood
    Hussain Talat
    Hafeez
    Imad Wasim
    Sarfraz (shouldn't bat any higher than 8)
    Hasan Ali
    Amir
    Shaheen

    Batting looks woeful against pace with the likes of Imam, Hussain Talat and Shoaib Malik in particular.
    Hussain Talat should be good against pace.. at least from what I saw in PSL 2. OR maybe it was 1.

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    Good squad though I would have liked Saud S instead of Talat, the latter may well develop as good player too. I cannot see why anyone would criticise inclusion of Malik he has been our most dependeable middle order batsman. He does need to work on his bowling to help the team.

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    Imam, Rizwan, Hafeez and Malik are fazool selections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PakPremi View Post
    Good squad though I would have liked Saud S instead of Talat, the latter may well develop as good player too. I cannot see why anyone would criticise inclusion of Malik he has been our most dependeable middle order batsman. He does need to work on his bowling to help the team.
    Malik is our worst cricketer against any top 5 side, and against every side outside Asia.

    And against pacers he's worse than a tailender. Don't be fooled by Zimbabwe bashing.

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    Fakhar Zaman
    Shan Masood
    Babar Azam
    Mohammed Hafeez
    Shoaib Malik
    Sarfraz Ahmed
    Faheem Ashraf
    Shadab Khan
    Mohammed Aamir
    Hasan Ali
    Shaheen Afridi

    Solid to be honest. Hafeez and Malik will come good. You heard it here first.

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    1.Shan Masood
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    3.Babar Azam
    4.Sarfraz Ahmed (c) (wk)
    5.Shoaib Malik
    6.Mohammad Hafeez
    7.Hussain Talat
    8.Faheem Ashraf
    9.Imad Wasim
    10.Mohammad Amir
    11.Shaheen Afridi

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    Inzi has been getting a lot of flak on this forum, but this is a good squad probably the best we have available minus Haris Sohail.

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    Why is IMAM still there??

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    Only two batsmen in a sixteen member squad. I see a whitewash.

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    Hafeez and Maliks presence means that most of the youngsters selected in this series won’t even get a game.

    They’ll most likely go with imad and faheem at 7 and 8 to accommodate hafeez, Malik and Sarfraz at 4,5 and 6.

    What a horrible middle order.

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    He's injured, is he not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye View Post
    Hussain Talat should be good against pace.. at least from what I saw in PSL 2. OR maybe it was 1.
    I agree he's pretty good in PSL (season 2 and 3) against the pacers however from what I've seen of him in national colours in T20Is he's batted quite sedately against some weak bowling attacks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gotham Cronie View Post
    Mohammad Hafeez batted at 5 in the CT Final.

    I wonder if a day will come when PPers will stop playing Fantasy Cricket and putting together these XIs with Hafeez at 6.

    It's not going to happen.
    He came in at 5 but remember Pakistan only lost 3 wickets inside 40 overs and he played the finisher role superbly that day.

    I don't see any other players in the squad who have any proven hitting ability to bat at 6.

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    Hope imam isn’t selected in XI
    Both Malik and hafeez in XI will trouble us only one should be there


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    It’s 2019 & management is still persisting with bits & pieces cricketers in Malik & Hafeez

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    Quote Originally Posted by in_cutter View Post
    It’s 2019 & management is still persisting with bits & pieces cricketers in Malik & Hafeez
    They will never be dropped till the World cup

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    So we should expect a thrashing 5-0 defeat. Inzi needs to go but unfortunately he has too many back up.

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    Fakhar
    Imam
    Babar
    Hafeez
    Malik
    Sarfraz
    Faheem
    Shadab
    Hassan
    Amir
    Shaheen

    Can almost guarantee this will be the 11 smh

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    Each sqaud inzi picks gets worse and worse. Well done Mr Revolutionary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Da_Future_Knick View Post
    Fakhar
    Imam
    Babar
    Hafeez
    Malik
    Sarfraz
    Faheem
    Shadab
    Hassan
    Amir
    Shaheen

    Can almost guarantee this will be the 11 smh
    Yup.

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    Javed Miandad, MohammadYousuf, and Inzamam once batted at No 4 for Pakistan. Now its an aging Mohammad Hafeez. He is arguably the worst No 4 in the world.

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    If Sarfaraz could be dropped we could have a pretty decent team.

    1.Fakhar
    2.Shan
    3.Babar
    4.Talat
    5.Malik
    6.Rizwan
    7.Hafeez
    8.Faheem
    9.Shadab
    10.Hasan
    11. Shaheen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye View Post
    Of course accumulators galore.

    Sarfraz, Malik, Rizwan, Imam.

    You cannot expect these players to perform and especially not against pacers.

    They're the worst we have against pace bowling and you select them against south Africa!

    Genius.

    Babar, Hafeez and Talat are the ONLY stroke makers against pace.

    Heavily relying on these 3 for us to win.

    Otherwise no hope.
    Shan Masood also brother.


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    Playing Malik and Hafeez in the same team feels very much like playing with 10 men. InshaAllah Hafeez's action gets pulled up again in this series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameemlutfi View Post
    If Sarfaraz could be dropped we could have a pretty decent team.

    1.Fakhar
    2.Shan
    3.Babar
    4.Talat
    5.Malik
    6.Rizwan
    7.Hafeez
    8.Faheem
    9.Shadab
    10.Hasan
    11. Shaheen
    You can't get away with playing 3 spinners in South Africa, nor England for that matter.

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    Please Bat Hafeez at#6 think out of the box sometime..

    Fakhar/Shan (but I know Imam will play no matter what)

    Babar/Malik/Hussain needs to be the middle

    Hafeez/Faheem/Sarf lower

    Hasan/Amir/Shinwari

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    I mean if we could develop Shadab/Faheem/Hasan into big hitting tail-enders, and Amir as he is currently just a rotator of strike, that could easily make this team very strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil_cric View Post
    Shan Masood also brother.
    Totally forgot Shan Masood.

    People singin his praises today will be abusing him in Lois. Everyone's so happy to see him lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye View Post
    Malik is our worst cricketer against any top 5 side, and against every side outside Asia.

    And against pacers he's worse than a tailender. Don't be fooled by Zimbabwe bashing.
    That may be so in each series , and not just Zimbabwe, he ends up producing one or two significant innings. He also has good ability with big hitting. He has a goid brain and does not give away his wicket easily like other so called good pace players.I do not give up the match till Malik is batting. Do agree that we should only play one of Hafeez or Malik.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arsalan Pro View Post
    16 Players:

    Sarfraz Ahmed(C)(Wk)
    Babar Azam
    Fakhar Zaman
    Faheem Ashraf
    Hasan Ali
    Hussain Talat
    Imad Wasim
    Imam Ul Haq
    Mohammad Amir
    Mohammad Hafeez
    Mohammad Rizwan
    Shadab Khan
    Shaheen Afridi
    Shan Masood
    Shoaib Malik
    Usman Shinwari
    should have dropped Imam-ul-Haq. You dont need him when you have Shan and Fakhar as openers and Hafeez as senior.

    should have instead selected Saad Ali. healthy competition between Saad Ali and Hussain Talat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye View Post
    Totally forgot Shan Masood.

    People singin his praises today will be abusing him in Lois. Everyone's so happy to see him lol.
    ODIs are his strongest format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topspin View Post
    He came in at 5 but remember Pakistan only lost 3 wickets inside 40 overs and he played the finisher role superbly that day.

    I don't see any other players in the squad who have any proven hitting ability to bat at 6.
    Hafeez is a clean hitter of the ball, probably one of the best in Pakistan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Hussain is the only uncapped player in the side, but he has represented Pakistan in 11 T20Is. In 59 List-A 50-over matches since making his debut in 2018, Hussain has scored 1,402 runs at just under 38.
    Saad Ali on the other hand has scored 1705 runs at 46 in 58 List-A matches. So why Saad Ali was not selected for ODI team? Another bad decision by Inzimam

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    There is only one and a half spinner. Shadab's ten and hafeez's five.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srh View Post
    Saad Ali on the other hand has scored 1705 runs at 46 in 58 List-A matches. So why Saad Ali was not selected for ODI team? Another bad decision by Inzimam
    And Saud Shakeel has scored 1987 runs at 52.
    Last edited by Abdullah719; 9th January 2019 at 21:54.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CricketDon View Post
    Needed Umar Akmal.

    Especially in speaking conditions. At worst he’d average 30 at SR of 100. Best be average of 40+ with. Strike rate of 120 plus.

    Needed that style of batting and ease and confidence of playing pace.
    Be realistic at best he will average about 15 at a strike rate of barely touching 100 while at worst he will be out for a duck in every innings he bats in! We DON'T need his style of incompetent batting and inability to move due to being so overweight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by babajee View Post
    ODIs are his strongest format.
    How can you tell that, without playing a single ODI. I know his List A stats are great - but that's made entirely in PAK domestics where Sami, Asad & Ahmed has equally impressive stats, and Kamran has been king in last 4-5 years.

    He has scored lots of runs, so deserves a chance - let him play few games before judging. At current form, I do believe he'll score ODI runs as well, but ODI/T20 isn't his game and he should focus on becoming PAK Test opener for next 10 years, may be Captain as well for few years.

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    so the biggest 2 changes are: Rizwan in for Harris, and Talat in for Asif

    Not bad, but nowhere near enough for this to make it a competitive series

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    How can you tell that, without playing a single ODI. I know his List A stats are great - but that's made entirely in PAK domestics where Sami, Asad & Ahmed has equally impressive stats, and Kamran has been king in last 4-5 years.

    He has scored lots of runs, so deserves a chance - let him play few games before judging. At current form, I do believe he'll score ODI runs as well, but ODI/T20 isn't his game and he should focus on becoming PAK Test opener for next 10 years, may be Captain as well for few years.
    I'm basing off the fact that he translated that domestic List A form over to A team level too. He may fail in ODIs though who knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srh View Post
    Saad Ali on the other hand has scored 1705 runs at 46 in 58 List-A matches. So why Saad Ali was not selected for ODI team? Another bad decision by Inzimam
    Talat is being set up to fail so Imam keeps his spot.

    @MMHS

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    Imam getting selected is a disgrace.. fire-able offence for Imzamam

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chokli View Post
    Hafeez is a clean hitter of the ball, probably one of the best in Pakistan.
    He's a useful limited overs cricketer who should never have been opener but he's always got his way and insisted to bat where he likes in the order otherwise the likes of Steyn will be all over him again. We have better batsmen to occupy the top 5 as well anyway, so its best he bats at 6 since there aren't any other hitters available from the squad.

    We need his right arm finger spin more than his batting, I just hope his remodelled action is effective otherwise he'll resort to chucking again.

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    PCB I think is trapped in their own cage and Arthur has put himself in a sacking position by allowing to drift things. He should have forced PCB to drop Hafeez, Malik after CT win. So close to WC, I understand that Inzi can't drop the senior trio (3rd one Captain as well), but it's a hopeless situation if PAK's 4-6 are Hafeez, Malik, Sarfraz (In any order - doesn't matter swapping ABC, or CAB or BCA).

    Playing is Asia and outside has a fundamental difference - in Asia, batting is often head heavy because wickets are best for batting in early stages, it only gets slower & lower by time once the ball gets softer (& not much reverse these days), therefore teams can hide their middle order weakness through a strong start by top 3. But in SAF or ENG, middle order's role is more prominent and I don't see PAK competing well with that middle order. And, if they drop one of Shan or FZ to accommodate Imam.....

    Shan, Babar
    FZ, Hafeez, Malik, Sarfraz,
    Shadab, Fahim,
    Amir, Hasan & Shaheen

    - is likely their starting XI, at least for 1st 2 ODIs. PAK's record in SAF in recent past is excellent : 4-4 with one series each, and against full strength SAF squad. This time, I am not sure which squad they are going to play (overshooting the quota by playing too many whites in Test XI, they'll have to offset that somewhere), but I hope they'll pick their WC probables, to see where PAK actually stands. My hunch is, it's going to be an one sided Series, not only in terms of W/L, but individual games as well - contest over inside 70-75 overs.

    It's also good that they haven't picked Saud, Saad, Zeeshan, Umar, Maqsood, Irfan, Amad, Gohar .... because after WC, there'll be a mass clear out and I think it's better to be out of Sarfraz's squad now, than in. One WC is sacrificed to pamper some bang average players, but it had to happen for bringing a much needed change in the sick thought process.

    But, must appreciate Ul Haq for dropping Asif Ali, and bringing Talat in.


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