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    "Shahnawaz Dhani's inclusion in the Pakistan Test squad is surprising" : Sohail Tanvir

    In his latest blog for PakPassion.net, Sohail Tanvir writes about the postponement of PSL 6, his recommendations for improvements to the bio-secure environment, Shahnawaz Dhani’s selection for the tour of Zimbabwe, why he feels good domestic players should not be fast-tracked to the national side and how the break in PSL 6 could be beneficial to Multan Sultan’s chances of winning the tournament.


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    Saddened by the postponement of PSL 6 but glad that players are safe

    Undoubtedly like all Pakistanis who look upon the Pakistan Super League (PSL) as a national treasure, I was saddened by the fact that this tournament came to an abrupt halt and had to be postponed due to a reason which really is not in anyone’s control. By the time the PSL was stopped, the tournament was in full flow and had built up a good momentum with some very closely fought games which had captured the imagination of the fans. We were seeing a lot of hype being built up and the fan involvement on social media and amongst the worldwide audience was heading in the right direction as well. We have all been affected by the global pandemic in one way or another, and whilst we may all be disappointed by the outcome, the fact is that sometimes you just need to accept fate.


    The June window for restart of the PSL is probably the best outcome

    The first instinct in everybody’s head would be to look for a restart of the tournament as soon as possible but there were a few factors that the PCB had to consider. Pakistan’s international commitments, other leagues and the challenges around the availability of overseas players were all considerations that the PCB had to take into account when making the decision to aim for a June restart of the tournament. In my opinion, the PCB have taken the right decision under some trying circumstances. Of course, the heat in June will be tough to handle but sometimes in life, you have to take the options given to you and I feel that we should look at the positives where the fact that the PSL is completed as soon as possible takes precedence over all other arguments. To complete the tournament will be good for the league, the franchises and the players and we at Multan Sultans are looking forward to June so that we can get on with our job and compete as well as we can.


    Life in the bio-secure bubble is not for everyone

    To remain confined in a bio-secure bubble is not easy and it’s particularly tough for people who find the constricted environment not to their liking. To be honest, only those who have endured such environments can understand the difficulties faced. For outsiders, it’s easy to criticize players for whatever lapses there might have been, but one has to realize that it’s a tough existence being confined to limited spaces. If you are the type of person who can spend long hours in your room then maybe it’s not that bad but for others who value their freedom of movement, living through COVID-19 SOPs in a confined space can be a huge challenge. Having said that, there is no excuse for not following the protocols laid out by the PSL organizers and I am sure that when PSL restarts, some serious consideration would be given to ensure that this does not happen again. Of course, you can never eliminate the threat of a COVID-19 breakout, but measures can be taken to ensure that associated risks are minimized for all participants.


    The Bio-secure bubble at PSL 6 appeared to be well managed

    To be honest, I did not see any violations of COVID SOPs during our stay at the hotel during PSL 6. There were only a few areas in the hotel where we were permitted to go. The restaurant was a common area for all teams and official who were part of the PSL 6 bubble, but out of bounds for all other guests in the hotel. When we had to go to the stadium, we used an entrance that was at the back of the hotel that was exclusively reserved for us. I feel that the PSL organizers tried their best to ensure that the bubble was not violated in any way. If there is one suggestion, I have for the PSL organizers, it would be to reserve the hotel completely for players and officials. We saw that in the Caribbean Premier League last year which was the first T20 tournament to be played after COVID-19 restrictions came into place. What that meant was that players could roam anywhere in the hotel instead of being restricted to one part of the facility which really made it easy for all concerned. From what I understand PCB are looking at a similar arrangement to minimize the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak when PSL 6 resumes, possibly in June. Of course, vaccination to protect players from infection is also a solution but it’s not totally practical as it’s not possible to force everyone to take the vaccination.


    The tour of Zimbabwe will be a huge learning opportunity for Shahnawaz Dhani

    Shahnawaz Dhani comes across as a very energetic young fast-bowler who is very keen on learning from seniors. I gave him a lot of advice about white-ball cricket and tried to pass on whatever knowledge I have. Azhar Mahmood also interacted a lot with Dhani and I am sure that must have been beneficial for him. I will, however, add that I feel that given his inexperience his inclusion in the Pakistan Test squad for Zimbabwe is a surprising one, but I do hope he will do well and learn from this as these are still early days of his career, as he has just played one season of First-Class cricket and 3-4 PSL games. This will, of course, be a huge learning opportunity for Dhani as he will have advice from Waqar Younis and from other coaches associated with the Pakistan side. This should allow him to develop more and become a better bowler after this tour.


    A player coming through the Pakistan A side to the international side is more likely to succeed

    I am sure there are differing opinions on this but I for one, am not a strong believer in the idea of fast-tracking young players into the national side. We have many examples in the last 4-5 years, most recently of Naseem Shah, where players have been tried ahead of their time and have not been able to establish a place in the Pakistan side. Of course, not all players will be able to establish a place in the national side but players being promoted to play international cricket should be able to hold their position in the side. In Pakistan, we seem to bring players directly over from domestic cricket into top-level cricket, but the fact is that the only bridge from domestic to international cricket should be via Pakistan A teams which seems to be the case in the rest of the world. So, if a player delivers at Pakistan A stage, then chances are very high that he will do well in the senior side.


    Break in PSL 6 may well be a blessing in disguise for Multan Sultans

    I feel that in a competitive tournament such as the PSL, where teams are pretty much evenly matched in terms of capabilities, the only distinguishing factor is the winning momentum that any one team builds along the way. In our case, we just haven’t been able to do that as even after scoring good number of runs, we have not been able to defend those and so the momentum has not been built. Now, I am not in any way saying it’s a good thing but the break in PSL 6 may well be a blessing in disguise for us as it will help us compose ourselves and hopefully when the tournament restarts, we will start performing better. The exact opposite happened to us last year when we had the momentum until the PSL was stopped and then when the last games of the tournament were played, we just could not get going again. That’s because, when the tournament is started again, all teams will start from scratch in terms of momentum, and this could be to our advantage. For Multan Sultans, we can use this break as a period of reflection and take it as an opportunity to examine what we can do better once the games start again.


    When I do come back after the break, I will come back stronger in this tournament

    The fact is that every bowler has struggled a bit in PSL 6 so far because the ball has been coming nicely on to the bat, and the proof of that is the sort of huge sixes we were seeing being hit at the NSK which really isn’t the norm at this venue. Now I am not using this as an excuse as I feel that the execution of bowling plans was not up to the mark at my end. But then all bowlers, senior or junior have gone for runs in this tournament so far. But I am using this break to work hard on where I went wrong in my bowling, especially when it came to knowing what type of ball to bowl at what stage of the game - I suppose, in a sense, my failures were more about decision making than execution of plans. I have already started working on these issues in the nets, so hopefully when I do come back after the break, I will come back stronger in this tournament.


    Mohammad Rizwan is leading from the front and genuinely believes that Multan Sultans can win this tournament

    Mohammad Rizwan’s captaincy was excellent but as a team we were hampered by the lack of a winning momentum. To his credit Rizwan has done his best to lead the side from the front but all that doesn’t mean much if the results are not coming your way. As a captain, he is very calm and a cool customer and genuinely believes that Multan Sultans can go all the way and win this tournament.
    Last edited by MenInG; 20th March 2021 at 14:28.


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    Some good points from Sohail Tanvir.

    I agree with players participating in "A" tours before playing for national team, although it's hard to organise "A" tours in the current worldwide pandemic.

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    He makes a good point about A tours. If I recall correctly, Mohammed Rizwan was playing well for the 'A' Team and his form gave him the recall to the the proper team and he has not looked back ever since.

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    Well he is on point about fast tracking players. What else is Pak A team for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OMB View Post
    Well he is on point about fast tracking players. What else is Pak A team for?
    How many A tours have pakistan played in the last 2 years compared to other countries ?

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    It'll be interesting to see how Dhani does in Test cricket if he gets the chance.

    He's only played 8 First-class matches but impressed at times, bowling 246 overs in those 8 matches. So stamina and fitness shouldn't be a problem.

    A good series to start your international career in - away to Zimbabwe.



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    Yes it is surprising for me too. I think a little more value should be placed on a national call up. Don't get me wrong, he is a promising bowler and I enjoyed watching him in the PSL. He seems to play cricket with a good spirit which is important but a national call up on the basis of 8 FC games and 4 T20s for me is wrong.

    He should have been called up to a High Performance Training camp or something but not the national squad. Another year or good performance, then fine.

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    Most of the famous fast bowlers in Pakistan cricket history were picked after someone spotted talent in them and only after a brief sting in FC cricket and not after many years of FC cricket. So Dhani's selection is a bold one and a good one .

    Here are some fast bowlers who were picked with very little time spent in domestic cricket.

    1-Wasim
    2-Waqar
    3-Akhtar
    4-Imran Khan
    5-Amir
    6-Aqib
    7-Sami
    8-Shaheen

    Almost al the good fast bowlers Pakistan has produced in recent time.

    I think only Naseem Shah was a bad pick recently. Too young and inexperienced and did not have talent and skill of some others who were picked at very young age.

    Harris Rauf is another one who is picked too soon, he needs to spend some time in FC cricket. Has not shown any skill or talent for longer version of cricket as yet. .
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    Quote Originally Posted by moghul View Post
    Most of the famous fast bowlers in Pakistan cricket history were picked after someone spotted talent in them and only after a brief sting in FC cricket and not after many years of FC cricket. So Dhani's selection is a bold one and a good one .

    Here are some fast bowlers who were picked with very little time spent in domestic cricket.

    1-Wasim
    2-Waqar
    3-Akhtar
    4-Imran Khan
    5-Amir
    6-Aqib
    7-Sami
    8-Shaheen

    Almost al the good fast bowlers Pakistan has produced in recent time.

    I think only Naseem Shah was a bad pick recently. Too young and inexperienced and did not have talent and skill of some others who were picked at very young age.

    Harris Rauf is another one who is picked too soon, he needs to spend some time in FC cricket. Has not shown any skill or talent for longer version of cricket as yet. .
    Maybe you should scrap all your domestic tournaments and have just a talent scouting program, if domestics are completely useless and this is the best way to recruit talent. At least those toiling in domestics for years won't have false hope

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    Another Aizaz Cheema coming up! He will be a massive failure in international cricket.

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    wait and watch. Too premature to say he will be a failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saeedhk View Post
    Another Aizaz Cheema coming up! He will be a massive failure in international cricket.
    Iam not sure how that comparison came about by you, Aizaz Cheema was 33 when he got selected, well past his prime when he was selected along with Abdur Rauf

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    Quote Originally Posted by saeedhk View Post
    Another Aizaz Cheema coming up! He will be a massive failure in international cricket.
    Very doubt it

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    He may not be very effective in start but in long he will establish himself a very good fast bowler. With proper guidance and chances, I think he will emerge better than Amir, Wahab etc

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    Lets see if Tanvir can improve his bowling in this leg! The Karachi games were horrendous for him.


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    Sohail Tanvir with 14 off 14 - guess making an impression but bowling is where he is needed.


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    Not improved at all Sohail Tanvir in that Covid break as he had hoped.


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    Tanvir is on his last legs.

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    Real age of Tanvir catching up with him now. Foreign leagues are also slowly drying up for him. If he doesn’t improve very soon then he will vanish in 2 years time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shujaatraza View Post
    Real age of Tanvir catching up with him now. Foreign leagues are also slowly drying up for him. If he doesn’t improve very soon then he will vanish in 2 years time.
    Must be difficult to deal with on a personal basis this decline.

    I really feel he will make a great commie or even a Coach.


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    Break in PSL 6 may well be a blessing in disguise for Multan Sultans

    I feel that in a competitive tournament such as the PSL, where teams are pretty much evenly matched in terms of capabilities, the only distinguishing factor is the winning momentum that any one team builds along the way. In our case, we just haven’t been able to do that as even after scoring good number of runs, we have not been able to defend those and so the momentum has not been built. Now, I am not in any way saying it’s a good thing but the break in PSL 6 may well be a blessing in disguise for us as it will help us compose ourselves and hopefully when the tournament restarts, we will start performing better. The exact opposite happened to us last year when we had the momentum until the PSL was stopped and then when the last games of the tournament were played, we just could not get going again. That’s because, when the tournament is started again, all teams will start from scratch in terms of momentum, and this could be to our advantage. For Multan Sultans, we can use this break as a period of reflection and take it as an opportunity to examine what we can do better once the games start again.

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    Tanvir was right.


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    I have always found Tanvir to be a very intelligent man

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farabi View Post
    I have always found Tanvir to be a very intelligent man
    Still remember him flicking off on field so no he's not the smartest individual.

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    Good to see he's being selected for tests instead of t20s

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