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    "We will be going to England with a very well settled squad" : Mickey Arthur

    Mickey Arthur speaking to the media today:


    Look I think it is going to be a formidable World Cup. There are seven teams that can seriously win it.

    My head says that England and India are the favourites but Pakistan and South Africa are the next 2 for me, so that will be my top 4; India, England, Pakistan and South Africa

    For us this isnít so much about us and Australia; itís about the final couple of positions for the World Cup and the opportunities that have been created for a lot of our bench.

    We need to find what our next players are in every position and if we can do that out of this series, then this series will be a success for us

    When we designed this series, a long while ago, we designed it with the fact that we are going to test our bench strength

    This series didnít just happen, there was planning that went into it; Sometimes people think its adhoc, that we sort of make it up as we go

    This series has been planned so we can test the bench strength, we could have a look at our combinations

    We know who our major players are going to be at the World Cup, but this series will sort out the final couple of places

    Once we are finished here, we are going to into some testing and some camps in Lahore

    We will be going to England with a very well settled squad, one that knows where it exactly stands in terms of its role etc and we would have done everything we possible could to be have the best preparation for the World Cup

    But as I have said to the boys, this is a series of opportunity and we donít have to be rocket-scientists to work out that there are couple of positions available for the World Cup

    This is an opportunity for these young players to put their hands up, some not so young and try and make those places their own

    Sarfaraz Ahmed needs rest as do Babar Azam and all the guys who are resting such as Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan

    I have been telling the Australian boys that we have been in hotels since the 12 of September last year, so we would have been stupid if just kept on playing our guys; if we keep on playing our guys, they will get injured, they will get injured and they will also have fatigue; We have a series in England which will be a perfect preparation for us going into the World Cup

    So, we would be silly not to use this month to rest our most valuable assets for what is the biggest challenge of all, the World Cup

    Australia are a fantastic side; they have sort of bubbled away and are playing some really good cricket at the moment

    To comeback from 2-0 down in India, and to win that series by a 2-3 margin is a fantastic achievement

    They have some fine players; We speak about Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon has bowled well, Pat Cummins is in good nick and they have a couple of youngsters

    I am sure they will be resting and rotating through the series; there is no such thing as a weak Australian team


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    This squad would probably be the most settled squad sent for a world cup in decades.

    For once ,no controversies before a world cup

    No bowlers called for chucking just before the world cup (Ajmal 2015)
    No captains or bowlers suspended for spot fixing (Butt, Amir, Asif 2010)
    with MoYo and Malik Glaring omissions for the worldcup squad of 2011. Imagine if they were playing in 2011 world cup semi final in Mohali, instead of Shafiq and Younus Khan/Misbah.

    No bowlers suspended for drugs ( Asif, Akhtar 2007)

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    The question is that even if anyone of the replacements perform well, how will Mickey find a place for them in the "settled" squad. Is he willing to drop the likes of Hafeez, Malik, Fakhar, Aamir, etc.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Odd_One View Post
    The question is that even if anyone of the replacements perform well, how will Mickey find a place for them in the "settled" squad. Is he willing to drop the likes of Hafeez, Malik, Fakhar, Aamir, etc.?
    They are supposed to warm the bench just incase one of these get injured or lose their form.

    11 players aren't enough you need 15 good players to win such a tourney.


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    According to him 4 positions are available. I wonder what 4 those are?

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    Quote Originally Posted by a_tahir View Post
    According to him 4 positions are available. I wonder what 4 those are?
    *Those 4 are

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    Quote Originally Posted by warcry View Post
    This squad would probably be the most settled squad sent for a world cup in decades.

    For once ,no controversies before a world cup

    No bowlers called for chucking just before the world cup (Ajmal 2015)
    No captains or bowlers suspended for spot fixing (Butt, Amir, Asif 2010)
    with MoYo and Malik Glaring omissions for the worldcup squad of 2011. Imagine if they were playing in 2011 world cup semi final in Mohali, instead of Shafiq and Younus Khan/Misbah.

    No bowlers suspended for drugs ( Asif, Akhtar 2007)
    We've lost our best bowlers everyrime. Hafeez in 2015 too


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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince of Pakistan View Post
    They are supposed to warm the bench just incase one of these get injured or lose their form.

    11 players aren't enough you need 15 good players to win such a tourney.
    I think he used the term squad which essentially means 15 players which will most likely be:

    1. Fakhar
    2. Imam
    3. Shaan
    4. Babar
    5. Hafeez
    6. Malik
    7. Haris
    8. Akmal
    9. Sarfraz
    10. Shadab
    11. Imad
    12. Faheem
    13. Aamir
    14. Hassan
    15. Shaheen

    Who will Mickey drop let's say if Abid Ali hits 3 centuries in this series?

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    Quote Originally Posted by warcry View Post
    This squad would probably be the most settled squad sent for a world cup in decades.

    For once ,no controversies before a world cup

    No bowlers called for chucking just before the world cup (Ajmal 2015)
    No captains or bowlers suspended for spot fixing (Butt, Amir, Asif 2010)
    with MoYo and Malik Glaring omissions for the worldcup squad of 2011. Imagine if they were playing in 2011 world cup semi final in Mohali, instead of Shafiq and Younus Khan/Misbah.

    No bowlers suspended for drugs ( Asif, Akhtar 2007)
    Still the most baffling thing for me was Malik and Yousuf not in that world cup squad playing the semis against INDIA in Mohali. Especially when they were instrumental in defeating India in the champions trophy the last time the 2 teams met. Malik and Yousuf for Younis/Shafiq/Misbah.....

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    With a "Settled Squad" like this, Pakistan would be very fortunate to win this World Cup.

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    Mickey needs to be honest

    There are loads of question marks

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    If we pick the following team for England then I would be happy:

    1. Fakhar Zaman
    2. Imam-ul-Haq
    3. Babar Azam
    4. Haris Sohail
    5. Shoaib Malik
    6. Sarfaraz Ahmed
    7. Shadab Khan
    8. Umer Khan
    9. Hassan Ali
    10. M Abbass
    11. M Hasnain
    12. F Ashraf
    13. Ahmed Shehzad
    14. Shaheen Afridi
    15. Umar Akmal

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    Hope the rest somehow helps Shadab. Been woeful and since the selectors are not trying other spinners( other than Yasir), we need him at his best if we want to compete in WC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Odd_One View Post
    I think he used the term squad which essentially means 15 players which will most likely be:

    1. Fakhar
    2. Imam
    3. Shaan
    4. Babar
    5. Hafeez
    6. Malik
    7. Haris
    8. Akmal
    9. Sarfraz
    10. Shadab
    11. Imad
    12. Faheem
    13. Aamir
    14. Hassan
    15. Shaheen

    Who will Mickey drop let's say if Abid Ali hits 3 centuries in this series?
    are you really going into the WC with 3 main seamers...come on man

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    Pakistan will take 5 fast bowlers into the WC

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    Quote Originally Posted by UsmanhailsAfridi View Post
    are you really going into the WC with 3 main seamers...come on man
    You are right. Haris will probably not make the 15 member squad. Faheem has almost a guaranteed spot. The 5th pacer will be Junaid or Usman or Hasnain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by warcry View Post
    This squad would probably be the most settled squad sent for a world cup in decades.

    For once ,no controversies before a world cup

    No bowlers called for chucking just before the world cup (Ajmal 2015)
    No captains or bowlers suspended for spot fixing (Butt, Amir, Asif 2010)
    with MoYo and Malik Glaring omissions for the worldcup squad of 2011. Imagine if they were playing in 2011 world cup semi final in Mohali, instead of Shafiq and Younus Khan/Misbah.

    No bowlers suspended for drugs ( Asif, Akhtar 2007)
    If malik and Yousuf were playing , Pakistan would have won the WC , because they both were good players of spin , and could rotate strike easily

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    Quote Originally Posted by warcry View Post
    This squad would probably be the most settled squad sent for a world cup in decades.

    For once ,no controversies before a world cup

    No bowlers called for chucking just before the world cup (Ajmal 2015)
    No captains or bowlers suspended for spot fixing (Butt, Amir, Asif 2010)
    with MoYo and Malik Glaring omissions for the worldcup squad of 2011. Imagine if they were playing in 2011 world cup semi final in Mohali, instead of Shafiq and Younus Khan/Misbah.

    No bowlers suspended for drugs ( Asif, Akhtar 2007)
    Rightly said.

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    Guy is delusional. The is a very unsettled squad. Our middle order and lower order is a joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iRfaN_LA View Post
    Guy is delusional. The is a very unsettled squad. Our middle order and lower order is a joke.
    not to mention not one proper spinner


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    As always the batting will be our biggest concern. No matter what bowlers we take our attack will be amongst the best. A leg spinner in England always does well yet I can't think of one at the moment.


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    It is very strange when you say this and rest your senior players. Pakistan has been struggling with ODI combination for sometime now and has not won a series against a top side for a while. Failed to make the finals in Asia cup, Lost to South Africa, drew against New Zealand etc. Now the coach says that Pakistan will get to England with a settled squad when they are not even playing their first choice XI 2 months before the World Cup. One of the players rested has been having horror run in ODIs for sometime now.

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    It is very strange when you say this and rest your senior players. Pakistan has been struggling with ODI combination for sometime now and has not won a series against a top side for a while. Failed to make the finals in Asia cup, Lost to South Africa, drew against New Zealand etc. Now the coach says that Pakistan will get to England with a settled squad when they are not even playing their first choice XI 2 months before the World Cup. One of the players rested has been having horror run in ODIs for sometime now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justcrazy View Post
    If malik and Yousuf were playing , Pakistan would have won the WC , because they both were good players of spin , and could rotate strike easily
    not just batting, Malik would probably have caught tendulkar's catch as well.

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    A very settled squad with a very predictable outcome

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    First opportunity coming tomorrow for Arthur (& team PAK) .....

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