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    [REPORTS] List of 25 players in consideration for Pakistan's squad for 2019 World Cup

    I saw on social media that we have selected our 25 man squad for the WC which will be cut down at a later date. Apparently this is the list.

    1. Sarfaraz Ahmed 2. Shan Masood 3. Fakhar Zaman 4. Imam Ul Haq 5. Abid Ali 6. Babar Azam 7. Shoaib Malik 8. Muhammad Rizwan 9. Muhammad Hafeez 10. Muhammad Amir 11. Muhammad Abbas 12. Asif Ali 13. Shadab Khan 14. Hasan Ali 15. Junaid Khan 16. Shaheen Shah Afridi 17. Usman Khan Shinwari 18. Yasir Shah 19. Hussain Talat 20. Faheem Ashraf 21. Mir Hamza 22. Imad Wasim 23. Waqas Maqsood 24. Haris Sohail 25. Rumman Raees


    Can @Saj @MenInG @Abdullah719 confirm if this is true ? If it is I am sorry this squad is very very worrying. Abid Ali and Imam aren't even ODI players. Haris Sohail and Ruman are injured. Waqas Maqsood hasn't even played an ODI. Same with Mir Hamza. Yasir Shah is a proven failure in LO and is still being considered for the WC.

    Thoughts on picking 15 out of this 25 for the WC? And how good or bad do you think these names are? @MMHS @Mamoon @Markhor @Chief Destroyer

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    I hope it's not true but these names have been repeatedly selected in the LOI squads for the past 18 months so I doubt they'll introduce many new faces like Saud Shakeel or Saad Ali at this stage.

    We will have to wait for the inevitable debacle at the World Cup before the necessary changes.

    I count only 6 specialist batsmen in the entire 25 man pool !

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    Asif Ali in consideration for WC but not picked for SA ODIs? Is he injured or something? I can't wait for Hafeez's farewell tour, it will be glorious

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    They should wait after the PSL and somewhere near the Australian series.


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    What happened to Amin? He never got a real chance in the Top 3. Played one ODI then discarded iirc.

    Asif Ali has failed as a specialist bat. Imam has bashed minnows.

    Masood hasn't played one game. If you're gonna select a debutant, why not Saad or Saud?

    Playing Abbas in ODIs might backfire, especially considering he has no experience.

    Other than this, the rest of the names are expected.

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    Why are so much bowlers in consideration? Names like Mir Hamza and Waqas Maqsood should not be in consideration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Viper View Post
    Why are so much bowlers in consideration? Names like Mir Hamza and Waqas Maqsood should not be in consideration.
    Fair point. Could at least have another specialist spinner on there in place of one of those fast bowlers.

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    I think it is more or less expected. They are unlikely to make significant changes between now and the World Cup.

    However, I hope that by the end of the tournament, at least 10 of these players are booted out for good.

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    Every team needs atleast 5-6 power hitters, 1-2 at the top, a few in the middle and most importantly at the death. One consolidator will do. Players will also have to be selected keeping in mind the conditions.

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    Wont be shocked if this squad is true, looks like inzis favourites and family are getting a free ride in squad until world cup. Seems there are to many protected players when it comes to our batting. Get ready for a poor showing during world cup just like the last one.

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    My God please just slide Saud Shakeel and Saad Ali in there PCB, that's all I ask for.

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    Well I'm sure the 15 man squad won't include anyone who is NOT in the above list, unless someone has an excellent PSL

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    Even if this list is true if anyone has an exceptional PSL they will be in the running.

    Big chance for the likes of Saud, Kushdil Shah etc.

    Pakistan need to get rid of players like Yasir Shah, Waqas Maqsood, Abid Ali. I canít believe they think these players can play LO, I wouldnít even consider Abbas for LO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Da_Future_Knick View Post
    Even if this list is true if anyone has an exceptional PSL they will be in the running.

    Big chance for the likes of Saud, Kushdil Shah etc.

    Pakistan need to get rid of players like Yasir Shah, Waqas Maqsood, Abid Ali. I can’t believe they think these players can play LO, I wouldn’t even consider Abbas for LO.
    Yaar don't worry, I doubt they'll make the 15 man squad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    I saw on social media that we have selected our 25 man squad for the WC which will be cut down at a later date. Apparently this is the list.

    1. Sarfaraz Ahmed 2. Shan Masood 3. Fakhar Zaman 4. Imam Ul Haq 5. Abid Ali 6. Babar Azam 7. Shoaib Malik 8. Muhammad Rizwan 9. Muhammad Hafeez 10. Muhammad Amir 11. Muhammad Abbas 12. Asif Ali 13. Shadab Khan 14. Hasan Ali 15. Junaid Khan 16. Shaheen Shah Afridi 17. Usman Khan Shinwari 18. Yasir Shah 19. Hussain Talat 20. Faheem Ashraf 21. Mir Hamza 22. Imad Wasim 23. Waqas Maqsood 24. Haris Sohail 25. Rumman Raees


    Can @Saj @MenInG @Abdullah719 confirm if this is true ? If it is I am sorry this squad is very very worrying. Abid Ali and Imam aren't even ODI players. Haris Sohail and Ruman are injured. Waqas Maqsood hasn't even played an ODI. Same with Mir Hamza. Yasir Shah is a proven failure in LO and is still being considered for the WC.

    Thoughts on picking 15 out of this 25 for the WC? And how good or bad do you think these names are? @MMHS @Mamoon @Markhor @Chief Destroyer
    Donít think itís reliable. For WC, I think teams first need to give 30 names; then final squad. Normally, they call 30-35 players for first camp. Also, I am sure theyíll wait for the end of PSL, probably PAK Cup as well before finalising priliminary squad.

    In any case, I am sure these 25 will make the first cut of 30-35, therefore no judgment can be put on this squad - itís the final 16 that matters & I donít trust Inzamam. Latest, he has dropped JK because of toe injury but his Test squad was carrying 3/4 semi fit players.

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    Well no surprise, these players have been around the ODI and T20 setup of the team in last couple of months so its not surprising. With that being said I am not satisfied with this team. There's names that should be mentioned in that list that aren't and there are players like Waqas Maqsood, Mohammad Hafeez and Yasir Shah plus so many more that are there.

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    I will boycott every single game if these are all the players that are being considered.

    Umar Akmal should be the first name on the sheet for the WC19, the only guy whose proven to be a match winner on the big stage.

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    list of 25 players is irrelevant, we have a very good idea of who the 15 will be.
    Pretty much the SA ODI team, give or take an Asif Ali or a Junaid Khan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    I think it is more or less expected. They are unlikely to make significant changes between now and the World Cup.

    However, I hope that by the end of the tournament, at least 10 of these players are booted out for good.
    Unfortunately, after the 10 players are booted out you will get the recycled 10 that would include the likes of Shehzad, Akmals, and what not. You can argue that those guys are better but the records show they all are the same. Inept.

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    Most are proven bums and am now convinced that they have susars in the PCB or that PCB selectors like to watch certain select few men on their TV screen, either way, no judgement. Very progressive if the latter.

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    Anyone who is following Pakistan cricket for some time could have guessed these names for the pool of players for WC, except for some major changes in form of players, one can even predict the WC squad correctly.

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    - the list leaves an opportunity for Abbas but not sure how he gets there without playing the next SA ODI series

    - what is Yasir Shah still doing in the list.


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    500 might be breached by other teams in this world cup.

    And Pakistan might breach 250.

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    They will let saud shakeel reach his 30s and then select him when he is all done.


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    The fact our captain,coach and chief selector are banking on a middle order of malik, hafeez and Sarfraz to win us a world cup shows that a poor failured showing is on its way in another world cup.

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    So Inzi only knows this 25-30 players and select any squad from these players. his guy is too lazy to look for new players.

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    No Amin, Yamin, Iftikhar, Saad, Saud. WTH?

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    If this rumoured short list is somewhat true, it's an awful squad but that's what you get with Inzi. This stems back to his captaincy days when he hardly gave opportunities to new blood. Given the trend of his selections it is deeply concerning from what appears to be with Mickey Arthur having little say with his preferences.

    I hope this isn't an illustration of what final squad might look like otherwise the WC campaign will end in tears.

    Either way Inzi needs to be booted out asap. Picking known names is not the way to go about your role. PSL 4 is a breeding ground for LOI team and it is imperative those involved in the selection process test out the new finds. There are hardly any batsmen from that squad who can play pace bowling. I just hope Wasim Khan doesn't sit back and allow all this incompetence to continue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sshakir411 View Post
    Unfortunately, after the 10 players are booted out you will get the recycled 10 that would include the likes of Shehzad, Akmals, and what not. You can argue that those guys are better but the records show they all are the same. Inept.
    Their is talent crisis in Pakistan, so even if we get fresh faces, they are unlikely to transform the team.

    However, that does not mean that underperformers should be given a free run because they replacement are not any better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topspin View Post
    I hope this isn't an illustration of what final squad might look like otherwise the WC campaign will end in tears.
    Its for fans not for Inzi for sure.
    Also Ik proved that he still living in the time of between late 80s and early 90s. None of his selection in PCB is any good for modern day cricket or merit based selection. The selection of Mani, Wasim Khan, W Akram, Mohsin Khan.... along with retaining Inzi as selector will not bring any fortune for our cricket. These people are there for high pay cheque and they will not interfere each other's work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Their is talent crisis in Pakistan, so even if we get fresh faces, they are unlikely to transform the team.

    However, that does not mean that underperformers should be given a free run because they replacement are not any better.
    What is the actual role of W Khan? Does he have power over Inzi to interfere in selection? or just for show?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shafi View Post
    What is the actual role of W Khan? Does he have power over Inzi to interfere in selection? or just for show?
    If Inzi's selection need to be overridden then the Chief Selector post is clearly not serving its purpose.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shafi View Post
    Its for fans not for Inzi for sure.
    Also Ik proved that he still living in the time of between late 80s and early 90s. None of his selection in PCB is any good for modern day cricket or merit based selection. The selection of Mani, Wasim Khan, W Akram, Mohsin Khan.... along with retaining Inzi as selector will not bring any fortune for our cricket. These people are there for high pay cheque and they will not interfere each other's work.
    While I agree the other names may somewhat be appointments that PCB may end up ruing however Wasim Khan is an excellent appointment who has the skills to perform his role. I just hope no one gets in his way and is allowed to perform his role without any constraints.

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    Same old same old...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    If Inzi's selection need to be overridden then the Chief Selector post is clearly not serving its purpose.
    Inzi needs to be disciplined or warned for his useless selection.

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    Well well as expected. Surprised to see around 10 pacers but no real middle order players. So Haris, Malik, Hafeez have no real replacements

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    Clearly the shameful defeats against NZ and the pathetic Asia cup showing has had no effect on selection change on team. Mediocre seniors and family will keep being picked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Their is talent crisis in Pakistan, so even if we get fresh faces, they are unlikely to transform the team.

    However, that does not mean that underperformers should be given a free run because they replacement are not any better.
    Which is exactly why Imam needs to be dropped now.


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    With Inzamam as chief selector
    Don't we all know the WC squad already?

    Keeping Inzamam will explode on the face of PCB chairman Ehsan Mani and Imran Khan during World Cup. Yesterday when he announced his hilarious picks, public on social media started targeting Mani. Asked him why is nepotistic Inzi still being supported? He is completely emboldened now does'nt even need to explain why he is picking Imam, this is th level he has stoop down to.

    Najam Sethi used to ensure that PSL performers are considered by selectors and picked for the squad. With him not there the good performances in PSL will also go to waste.

    Can say no PSL performer will make the side this year.

    Coach Arthur needs to meet with PCB chairman and govt.. and fix this crisis. Leaving it to Inzamam will lead to disaster same as Pakistan's exit from 2007 World Cup.
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    Inzi start as chief selector as boom does not mean he wanted to introduce new players but he didn't have any choice. Most of the players back then were either injured or too old to represent team. You can see his action for last 2 years. He still keep same bunch of players he started with whether they perform or not.
    He does not have any understanding about team selection regarding the situation, ground or abilities. He will select same bunch of players from same 30 players pool whether its in UAE, England, Sri Lanka or South Africa. Same bowlers will be selected whether its spin, flat or swing pitch. Same way same batsmen will be selected in different formats whether they are fit for that particular format or performing bad/well.

    I think he is the worst selector I have ever seen. At past we always had 1 or 2 surprise players in the team and some of them come really good. Now its boring and there is not much passion in his work.


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