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    Pakistan v New Zealand | 1st ODI | Rawalpindi | 17th September, 2021 | Pre-match discussion

    First time in 18 years that a New Zealand side will play in Pakistan.

    Historic as it maybe - fact is that New Zealand are a second string side so can Pakistan experiment a little?

    Pakistan ODI squad:

    Babar Azam (captain, Central Punjab), Abdullah Shafique (Central Punjab), Faheem Ashraf (Central Punjab), Fakhar Zaman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Haris Rauf (Northern), Hasan Ali (Central Punjab), Iftikhar Ahmed (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Imam-ul-Haq (Balochistan), Khushdil Shah (Southern Punjab), Mohammad Haris (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mohammad Hasnain (Sindh), Mohammad Nawaz (Northern), Mohammad Rizwan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mohammad Wasim Jnr (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Saud Shakeel (Sindh), Shadab Khan (Northern), Shaheen Shah Afridi (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Shahnawaz Dahani (Sindh), Usman Qadir (Central Punjab) and Zahid Mahmood (Southern Punjab)
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    Allen, Ravindra, Sears and Young are the young players to look out for this series.

    It will be good for NZC if they perform as these players will likely be important players for the team in 2-3 years time.


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    2-1 for NZ. Our ODI team is crap. Allen will have run feast due to better wicket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shafi View Post
    2-1 for NZ. Our ODI team is crap. Allen will have run feast due to better wicket.
    I absolutely agree..they have Henry who has already destroyed us....de grandhome is about to get kicked out of kiwi cricket yet he destroys pakistan when ever he plays and latham, nicholls love playin against us...i think kiwis will win 2 1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omer2002 View Post
    I absolutely agree..they have Henry who has already destroyed us....de gromme is about to get kicked out of kiwi cricket yet he destroys pakistan when ever he plays and lathom nichols love playin against us...i think kiwis will win 2 1
    Exactly!!!! We cannot even make rank turner pitches because we neither have quality batsmen (Even Babar/Fakhar is a walking wicket against spin) nor quality spinners (Any of Sakib/Nasum/Mehedi are better than any of our spinner). We are bit ahead of fast bowling due to Shaheen/Hasan.

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    Usman Qadir

    Be it match or practice, I keep taking guidance from Captain Babar Azam

    In these sessions, all the league spinners, Shadab Khan, Zahid Mahmood and myself are setting collective goals.

    As a spinner, I am also taking advantage of the presence of Saqlain Mushtaq

    It was useful to play a practice match on the center pitch on the first day of the training session and the players have also done a full training session yesterday


    Saud Shakeel

    We will try to play cricket without fear and according to modern requirements

    Individual goals are set for better performance in the series

    It is expected that the responsibility as a middle order batsman will be greater on me

    Playing a practice match before any series is a good way to prepare for a match

    I trained in two sessions in the training session yesterday

    The time between sunset and darkness was very important for practice

    Before this series, we are focusing on our fielding
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    I Haq
    F Zaman
    B Azam *
    M Rizwan +
    S Shakeel (7th bowler)
    I Ahmed (6th bowler)
    S Khan
    F Ashraf
    H Ali
    S Afridi
    M Hasnain/ H Rauf

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    Nawaz will be missed in the combination, has been pretty decent with the ball since his comeback including the ODI series decider in SA. Could have included Imad as replacement but, no replacement has been called. There is no other bowling all rounder who can bowl finger spin (Yes Ifti and Saud can provide some options).

    Imam
    Fakhar
    Babar (C)
    Saud
    Rizwan (WK)
    Iftikhar
    Shadab
    Wasim Jr (Faheemís form in white ball cricket hasnít been great)
    Hassan Ali
    Shaheen
    Usman Qadir/ Zahid Mehmood/ Haris/ Dahani (Depending upon surface)

    Pindiís wicket (Atleast in tests) generally has something for the pacers so 4 man pace attack could be an option.

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    Pictures (courtesy of the PCB) of Pakistan squad practicing ahead of the 3-match ODI series against New Zealand

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    Pictures (courtesy of the PCB) of New Zealand squad practicing ahead of the 3-match ODI series against Pakistan

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    1. Fakhar Zaman
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    Quote Originally Posted by TeymurBlake View Post
    1. Fakhar Zaman
    2. Imam-ul-Haq
    3. Babar Azam (C)
    4. Saud Shakeel
    5. Mohammad Rizwan (WK)
    6. Iftikhar Ahmed
    7. Shadab Khan
    8. Mohammad Wasim jnr
    9. Hassan Ali
    10. Shaheen Shah Afridi
    11. Shahnawaz Dhani
    Replace Ifti with Imad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maliq_Mudasir View Post
    Replace Ifti with Imad.
    Forgot he's part of the squad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeymurBlake View Post
    1. Fakhar Zaman
    2. Imam-ul-Haq
    3. Babar Azam (C)
    4. Saud Shakeel
    5. Mohammad Rizwan (WK)
    6. Imad Wasim
    7. Shadab Khan
    8. Mohammad Wasim jnr
    9. Hassan Ali
    10. Shaheen Shah Afridi
    11. Shahnawaz Dhani
    Replaced Ifti with Imad.

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    Pindi wicket has consistent bounce so I doubt bringing Dahani into the mix is going to be worth it, though, he could give another factor with his short-pitched pace bowling.

    I want to see some good spin bowling, so either Usman Qadir or Zahid Mahmood should feature in all games.

    My first-choice squad would be:

    Fakhar Zaman
    Abdullah Shafique (I want to see what he's made of, and a B team doesn't need Imam to stat-pad)
    Babar Azam (c)
    Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
    Saud Shakeel
    Khushdil Shah
    Shadab Khan (vc)
    Hasan Ali
    Shaheen Shah Afridi
    Mohammad Hasnain
    Zahid Mahmood

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeymurBlake View Post
    Forgot he's part of the squad.
    Imad is not in the ODI squad

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    Pakistan are favorites due to Kiwis missing many key players.

    I expect an one-sided win from Pakistan.


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    Expect Abdullah Shafiq to play

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    I think we can win this 2-1.

    But the series will follow some of our typical templates.

    We will get blown out/embarrassed in one of the games for sure, as it is a PAK requirement every series.

    Also we will scrape one of the games through and win by the skin of our teeth....only AFTER having given up a completely dominant winning position that any other team would've stamped home.

    But you know what I'm here for all of it. Pak cricket zindabad
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    1. Rizwan
    2. Imam
    3. Babar
    4. Fakhar
    5. Khushadil
    6. Iftikhar Ahmed
    7. Faheem (Imad's not in the squad)
    8. Shadab
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    We're a crap cricket team with this being one of our worst formats. But we should treat this as a celebration series after the ouster of MisWaq.

    The lads should go out and play with freedom and without fear knowing that someone with a defensive and negative mindset coaching them is no longer there.

    The recovery starts now.

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    I heard Abdullah might play

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoaibbtt View Post
    I heard Abdullah might play
    If he does, he should get at least a series if not a little longer

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    Quote Originally Posted by shah_1 View Post
    Expect Abdullah Shafiq to play
    Don’t think he’s ready yet. But he’s definitely has some potential.

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    Pakistan seem to have mental block against C Teams of top nations.
    Lost to India without Virat Kohli twice in 2018.
    Lost to England C team recently.

    But still, home conditions, home umpires and NO DRS. Pakistan should win 2-1 at least. Anything else will be a big disappointment for the PK fans.

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    I would play this for the first

    Abdullah shafique New Zealand are playing a second string saud.
    Fakhar Zaman
    Babar Azam
    Saud Shakeel should be permanent member of the playing xi now
    Rizwan
    Khushdil
    Fahim wasim Jnr should be challenging fahim for the all rounder spot.
    Shadab
    Hassan Ali
    Qadir needs to play all 3 games
    Shaheen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoaibbtt View Post
    I heard Abdullah might play
    Hopefully he does he's been in the squad for a long time so he deserves his chance against a second string new Zealand xi

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    KARACHI: Glenn Pocknall, the New Zealand interim head coach, vowed on Tuesday, how the visitors will be coming hard at Pakistan during the forthcoming One-day Inter*national series in Rawal*pindi, despite the three matches not being part of the World Cup Super League — the qualification process for the 50-over mega event in 2023.

    The status of those fixtures were changed to a standalone bilateral affair after it emerged that hosts Pakistan Cricket Board and the series broadcasters failed to hire an ICC-approved provider for the mandatory Decision Review System (DRS).

    Pocknall — standing in for the regular Black Caps team boss Gary Stead — maintained his charges will be as competitive as possible when the first ball is delivered on Friday at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, just a few days after they were involved in a T20 series in Bangladesh, which the hosts won 3-2.

    “I think the intensity will still be there. After all, we’re still two international cricket teams who are very keen to win. Pakistan haven’t had a New Zealand side for 18 years playing here, so that they’ll also want to win at home,” Pocknall stated during a virtual news conference from Islamabad.

    “And likewise, we’ve come here to compete with them and are here to put our best foot forward. But look, it’s not easy. This is not an ICC qualifying series as such, but it’s certainly not going to dampen the level of intensity.

    “I think international cricketers, always want to win the games for their country. So I think the passion, the intensity, the commitment, all those things will be evident on Friday. I promise you ….”

    The 43-year-old Wellingtonian was pleased with the way New Zealand’s training session panned out on Monday evening.

    “It was really, really good to get out there, actually to just get to a new stadium from our perspective. Tra*ining under lights was a bit of a novelty for some of us because we’re not really used to that,” Pocknall said. “So look, it was just bit of a run around to get a feel of the environment and the climate.

    “In fact, I was going to say feel for the wind. But coming from Wellington [a city famous for being very windy], it’s certainly not the wind here that we have over in Wellington.

    “So [we are] just getting a bit of an understanding training-wise and game-wise of our environment,over the next seven days. The guys were pretty eager to get out there and have a run around and had some balls, so to speak,” he added.

    Pocknall revealed that coaching a national side means nothing for him because the preparations have to be spot on just as it would be working with a domestic team.

    “I guess that makes my job a lot easier if everything starts coming off well. I can just rock up and tell people what to do in the nicest way possible. But there’s just a lot more resources available in terms of coaching staff management; you turn up at the ground and find, everything’s laid out in terms of drinks and the gears. Hotels, meals, everything’s just done for you.

    “So, from that respect. Yeah, it’s been I guess good because domestically, it’s not like that you are kind of a jack of all trades during every little bits and pieces.

    “Further down the line you look at things a bit more strategically along with Gary [Stead] back in New Zealand. Just look at selection, planning for this team and planning for the [T20] World Cup and what that looks like as regards playing roles and opportunities.

    “Fortunately, I’m really enjoying working with [stand-in captain] Tom Latham and he’s a very experienced international cricketer; sit side by side with him and talk cricket and tactics and game plans,which all have been pretty, pretty cool. It’s been a bit of a dream, to be honest because watching a player that I’ve idolised on the TV and then having that opportunity to work with him.

    “So absolutely loving the experience so far, and looking forward to what’s going to come the next couple of weeks in Pakistan,” Pocknall said.

    The head coach didn’t expect spin to play a big part in the ODIs and the ensuing five-match Twenty20 series in Lahore, as it did during the Bangladesh tour.

    “I think in terms of spinners, I don’t think it will be a major issue over here, and if anything to go by from the training facilities, spin will not play a bigger part as it did in Bangladesh where we encountered probably the most extreme conditions,” he stressed.

    “I guess if we look at the ODI series here [last year] against Zimbabwe at Rawal*pindi, a total between 250 and 280 seems a good score.

    “Moreover, I believe from the information we’ve had from the brief training session the other evening, the roles for the bowlers will probably shift a bit because the fast bowlers will surely have a major say as compared to spinners, as we found out in Dhaka,” Pocknall concluded.

    Published in Dawn, September 15th, 2021


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    Pakistan's new backroom team are seeking an immediate impact when their one-day international team face a largely second-string New Zealand in a home series for the first time since 2003 this week.

    International cricket in Pakistan was suspended in the aftermath of terror attacks on the Sri Lanka side in 2009 and heavy security surrounds the first of three one-day internationals in Rawalpindi on Friday.

    Former captain Ramiz Raja has vowed to transform the sixth-ranked ODI team after being appointed chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday after a shake-up in the team's backroom staff.

    His elevation came just a week after head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis stepped down for personal reasons.

    Former off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq replaced Misbah while former all-rounder Abdul Razzaq was appointed his assistant.

    Raja also announced that Australian great Matthew Hayden and South African Vernon Philander have been recruited as batting and bowling coaching consultants ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup next month.

    Top-ranked New Zealand are without many of their top players -- who are instead heading to the UAE for the Indian Premier League -- including captain and leading batsman Kane Williamson, and pace bowling trio Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson.

    But Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is not taking his opponents lightly, despite the raft of missing star names.

    "It would have been nicer had their best team come," said Babar, who scored a brilliant hundred in the last ODI between the two teams in the 2019 World Cup at Edgbaston.

    "But whatever the composition of their team we will play to our best and win the series."

    New Zealand have won 12 of their last 15 ODIs against Pakistan, but their inexperienced side has just suffered a 3-2 Twenty20 series defeat in Bangladesh under stand-in skipper Tom Latham.

    - New challenge -

    Conditions in Pakistan will be a new challenge for New Zealand, who last toured Pakistan 18 years ago.

    Pakistan did host series against the Black Caps in the UAE in 2009, 2014 and 2018 but improved security has gradually seen the country over the past six years be able to welcome international teams to their country again.

    "It's obviously very pleasing for Pakistan as a nation to have international cricket back," said Latham.

    "They've had a couple of series in recent times and obviously this is another one.

    "So, for us, it's just about trying to adapt to conditions like we did in Bangladesh and see what we get. So, another opportunity for the group and they're all looking forward to it."

    Apart from the heavy security presence in Rawalpindi, teams are also having to endure life inside a bio-secure bubble because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Crowds of fully vaccinated spectators up to 25 percent capacity will be allowed in Rawalpindi for the ODIs and in Lahore, where five Twenty20 internationals will be played.

    The series will not count towards the ICC World Cup Super League, which will decide qualification for the 2023 50-over World Cup, because there is no umpire decision review system in operation.

    The second and third ODIs will be played in Rawalpindi on Sunday and Tuesday with the five-match Twenty20 international series beginning in Lahore on Saturday, September 25.

    Pakistan (from): Babar Azam (captain), Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Junior, Saud Shakeel, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Zahid Mahmood

    New Zealand (from): Tom Latham (captain), Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell, Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Scott Kuggeleijn, Cole McConchie, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Blair Tickner, Will Young

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    Pakistan today announced their 12-player squad for the first One-Day International against New Zealand, which will be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on Friday. The match will start at 1430 local time.

    Squad (in alphabetical order):

    Babar Azam (captain)
    Shadab Khan (vice-captain)
    Fakhar Zaman
    Haris Rauf
    Hasan Ali
    Iftikhar Ahmed
    Imam-ul-Haq
    Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper)
    Saud Shakil
    Shaheen Shah Afridi
    Usman Qadir
    Zahid Mahmood

    The second and third ODIs will be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on 19 and 21 September, respectively while Gaddafi Stadium will host the T20Is from 25 September to 3 October.


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    A bit silly going with 3 leggies and most likely 2 leggies in the match. Anyways no harm in going full strength first game

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    As I mentioned in my suggested XI that with the absence of Nawaz now there is no frontline finger spinner available, also batting depth has to be compromised a bit. With no Wasim Jr or Faheem as pace bowling all rounder there is extra responsibility on Shadab to perform at no 7 and Hassan to perform at no 8. Unless they are planning for Iftikhar and Shakeel to produce 10 overs between them which is definitely possible but, not much likely.

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    When will Pakistan learn that Imam ul Haq is NOT a LOI batsman🤦🏻*♂️

    At least thereís no Faheem AshrafÖ

    Fakhar Zaman
    Imam ul Haq
    Babar Azam (c)
    Saud Shakeel
    Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
    Ifthikar Ahmed
    Shadab Khan
    Hassan Ali
    Haris Rauf
    Shaheen Afridi
    Usman Qadir

    Zahid Mahmood will never get picked ahead of the captains best friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YousafTheBeast View Post
    When will Pakistan learn that Imam ul Haq is NOT a LOI batsman����*♂️
    He has been alright. I mean as long as the other opener for Pakistan in ODI doesn't play at 80 Strike rate it is alright. Its not like we have many players with 50+ average and 90+ strike rate as an opening player


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    Quote Originally Posted by YousafTheBeast View Post
    When will Pakistan learn that Imam ul Haq is NOT a LOI batsman����*♂️

    At least there’s no Faheem Ashraf…

    Fakhar Zaman
    Imam ul Haq
    Babar Azam (c)
    Saud Shakeel
    Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
    Ifthikar Ahmed
    Shadab Khan
    Hassan Ali
    Haris Rauf
    Shaheen Afridi
    Usman Qadir

    Zahid Mahmood will never get picked ahead of the captains best friend.
    We are a batsman short. With spin option of Iftikhar and Saud we can easily fit another batsman for Haris Rauf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARK Rafay View Post
    He has been alright. I mean as long as the other opener for Pakistan in ODI doesn't play at 80 Strike rate it is alright. Its not like we have many players with 50+ average and 90+ strike rate as an opening player
    My biggest issue is, he averages under 40 at a strike of 76 vs the Top 5. How do we compete against teams who play 2 openers that average 38+ at a strike rate of 95+?

    Itís bad enough that heís a parchi but to then be a minnowbasher on top of that is justÖ


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    Quote Originally Posted by arehaan View Post
    We are a batsman short. With spin option of Iftikhar and Saud we can easily fit another batsman for Haris Rauf.
    There is no other batsman, Pakistan announced a 12 member squad, the extra player is a spinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YousafTheBeast View Post
    There is no other batsman, Pakistan announced a 12 member squad, the extra player is a spinner.
    The batting looks pretty ordinary for an ODI with Shadab at 7 whose not a consistent bowling all rounder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arehaan View Post
    The batting looks pretty ordinary for an ODI with Shadab at 7 whose not a consistent bowling all rounder.
    Yup, Imad Wasim should replace Shadab Khan, thatíll strengthen the batting line up.

    If Saud Shakeel doesnít cement his place for the WC then Haris Sohail should come in for him.

    And Imam should be restricted to Test cricket only, Sharjeel should come in ahead of him. We can play 2 explosive batsmen at the top because we bat till 7 if Imad plays.

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    A very good balance side picked.

    Saud shakeel will get to play and iftikjar is there for hitting. Good team been selected


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    Quote Originally Posted by YousafTheBeast View Post
    Yup, Imad Wasim should replace Shadab Khan, that’ll strengthen the batting line up.

    If Saud Shakeel doesn’t cement his place for the WC then Haris Sohail should come in for him.

    And Imam should be restricted to Test cricket only, Sharjeel should come in ahead of him. We can play 2 explosive batsmen at the top because we bat till 7 if Imad plays.
    Yeah, bring Haris Sohail and with him bring couple of extra player to field, catch and run for him. Why can;t we move on from this useless player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moghul View Post
    Yeah, bring Haris Sohail and with him bring couple of extra player to field, catch and run for him. Why can;t we move on from this useless player.
    If we can have Sumo wrestlers in our T20 team then why canít we have Haris Sohail in ODIís?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Pakistan today announced their 12-player squad for the first One-Day International against New Zealand, which will be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on Friday. The match will start at 1430 local time.

    Squad (in alphabetical order):

    Babar Azam (captain)
    Shadab Khan (vice-captain)
    Fakhar Zaman
    Haris Rauf
    Hasan Ali
    Iftikhar Ahmed
    Imam-ul-Haq
    Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper)
    Saud Shakil
    Shaheen Shah Afridi
    Usman Qadir
    Zahid Mahmood

    The second and third ODIs will be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on 19 and 21 September, respectively while Gaddafi Stadium will host the T20Is from 25 September to 3 October.
    Can't bear Haris Rauf's name on the team sheet. I've grown to really dislike this guy. Stupid spray-gun. Another name I don't like seeing here is Shadab Khan. And he's our vice-captain to boot. What a mediocre good-for-nothing cricketer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YousafTheBeast View Post
    If we can have Sumo wrestlers in our T20 team then why can’t we have Haris Sohail in ODI’s?
    But unlike Sumo Khan , Haris Sohail's father is not very close to Ramiz .

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Pakistan today announced their 12-player squad for the first One-Day International against New Zealand, which will be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on Friday. The match will start at 1430 local time.

    Squad (in alphabetical order):

    Babar Azam (captain)
    Shadab Khan (vice-captain)
    Fakhar Zaman
    Haris Rauf
    Hasan Ali
    Iftikhar Ahmed
    Imam-ul-Haq
    Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper)
    Saud Shakil
    Shaheen Shah Afridi
    Usman Qadir
    Zahid Mahmood

    The second and third ODIs will be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on 19 and 21 September, respectively while Gaddafi Stadium will host the T20Is from 25 September to 3 October.
    So it's just a battle for last spinner spot between Qadir & Zahid. Really hope Pakistan goes up 2-0 and they give rest of the bench players a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Pakistan today announced their 12-player squad for the first One-Day International against New Zealand, which will be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on Friday. The match will start at 1430 local time.

    Squad (in alphabetical order):

    Babar Azam (captain)
    Shadab Khan (vice-captain)
    Fakhar Zaman
    Haris Rauf
    Hasan Ali
    Iftikhar Ahmed
    Imam-ul-Haq
    Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper)
    Saud Shakil
    Shaheen Shah Afridi
    Usman Qadir
    Zahid Mahmood

    The second and third ODIs will be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on 19 and 21 September, respectively while Gaddafi Stadium will host the T20Is from 25 September to 3 October.
    Good thing that they announced 12 men squad 2 days before match. This allows players to prepare well and get mentally ready.


    Line up should be:

    Imam
    Fakhar
    Babar
    Rizwan
    Saud
    Ifthikhar
    Shadab Khan
    Hasan Ali
    Shaheen
    Haris
    Usman Qadir

    Batting looks bit week. I would have loved to see Imad in place of Ifti.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maliq_Mudasir View Post
    Good thing that they announced 12 men squad 2 days before match. This allows players to prepare well and get mentally ready.


    Line up should be:

    Imam
    Fakhar
    Babar
    Rizwan
    Saud
    Ifthikhar
    Shadab Khan
    Hasan Ali
    Shaheen
    Haris
    Usman Qadir

    Batting looks bit week. I would have loved to see Imad in place of Ifti.
    Ifti did well in the intra squad game and his bowling is useful as well.

    I would've hoped Khushdil was in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maliq_Mudasir View Post
    Good thing that they announced 12 men squad 2 days before match. This allows players to prepare well and get mentally ready.


    Line up should be:

    Imam
    Fakhar
    Babar
    Rizwan
    Saud
    Ifthikhar
    Shadab Khan
    Hasan Ali
    Shaheen
    Haris
    Usman Qadir

    Batting looks bit week. I would have loved to see Imad in place of Ifti.
    You say the batting looks weak, but then you say replace a batsman with an all rounder. Doesnít that weaken the batting line up, lol?


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    Quote Originally Posted by TeymurBlake View Post
    1. Fakhar Zaman
    2. Imam-ul-Haq
    3. Babar Azam (C)
    4. Saud Shakeel
    5. Mohammad Rizwan (WK)
    6. Iftikhar Ahmed
    7. Shadab Khan
    8. Mohammad Wasim jnr
    9. Hassan Ali
    10. Shaheen Shah Afridi
    11. Shahnawaz Dhani
    With the first squad for the 1st ODI announced, then I guess I'll have to change up my line-up.

    1. Fakhar Zaman
    2. Imam-ul-Haq
    3. Babar Azam (C)
    4. Saud Shakeel
    5. Mohammad Rizwan (WK)
    6. Iftikhar Ahmed
    7. Shadab Khan
    8. Hasan Ali
    9. Usman Qadir
    10. Shaheen Shah Afridi
    11. Haris Rauf

    This is the best out of all the options.

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    Would have played Nawaz the left arm spinner instead of two leggies

    And Wasim jnr wag the tail , also would like to see what he is made of for LOIs

    He is the one selected for T20 WC if he is not playing , then what’s the use taking him and playing straight into the WC

    Coaches have changed but the brains are still the same lol.

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    Looking forward to the batting talents of Usman, Afridi, Ruaf and Zahid from no 9 onwards...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ask_analyse_act View Post
    Would have played Nawaz the left arm spinner instead of two leggies

    And Wasim jnr wag the tail , also would like to see what he is made of for LOIs

    He is the one selected for T20 WC if he is not playing , then what’s the use taking him and playing straight into the WC

    Coaches have changed but the brains are still the same lol.
    I think Nawaz might be isolating but I know what you mean...?

    Here is New Zealand sending in their 3rd XI...and Pakistan reluctant to try new players, yup, attitude still the same.

    They're always so fussed with losing to the point of being scared.

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    Our tail is always too long. I want us to bat as deep as 9 then after that two bunnies can walk in.


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    Quote Originally Posted by YousafTheBeast View Post
    My biggest issue is, he averages under 40 at a strike of 76 vs the Top 5. How do we compete against teams who play 2 openers that average 38+ at a strike rate of 95+?

    It’s bad enough that he’s a parchi but to then be a minnowbasher on top of that is just…
    What are the stats of our current openers against top 5 team in ODIs? If there are better openers technically and statistically than him. Then I have no problem in dropping Imam to make room for them.


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    Pindi pitches tend to favour pacers more than spinners, yet the first ODI squad has named Hassan Ali, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf only, with Zahid, Usman and Shadab as the spinners supported with Ifti chacha.

    That too all the spinners being leggies. Nawaz's positive vid has hurt the balance of the squad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YousafTheBeast View Post
    You say the batting looks weak, but then you say replace a batsman with an all rounder. Doesnít that weaken the batting line up, lol?
    Imad is better batsmen than Ifti and has better understanding of the game situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARK Rafay View Post
    What are the stats of our current openers against top 5 team in ODIs? If there are better openers technically and statistically than him. Then I have no problem in dropping Imam to make room for them.
    Fakhar Zaman vs Top 5 average 44 - SR *92*


    Sharjeel Khan vs Top 5 (3) average 34 - SR *116*

    People argue that Sharjeel is too fat to play, but they forget that thereís no fitness standards in Pakistan because if there was then Azam Khan wouldnít have a cap for Pakistan cricket team.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maliq_Mudasir View Post
    Imad is better batsmen than Ifti and has better understanding of the game situation.
    Ifthikar averages 50+ in List A and has a strike rate of 92. Heís only played 7 ODIís, I want to see more of this guy.

    Imad Wasim should be in the team for Usman Qadir, thereís no need to have 2 leggies in the team. Shadab, Imad and Ifthikar can be our spinners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ask_analyse_act View Post
    Would have played Nawaz the left arm spinner instead of two leggies
    Nawaz is in quarantine as he had a positive Covid test. I am pretty sure he would have been in the XI if it wasnt for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    A very good balance side picked.

    Saud shakeel will get to play and iftikjar is there for hitting. Good team been selected
    Saud needs to bat at 4 though.

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    12 announced by pcb today which guarantees the team. Has shadab ..usman and zahid mahmood init clearly means one will miss out but are we playi g with 2 leggies in the team. Batting looks thin

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    Surely Zahid will be the one to make way, with Qadir, Shadab and Ifti the spinners.


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    Wicket-keeper batsman Tom Blundell has been ruled out of the BLACKCAPS ODI series against Pakistan with a left-quad strain.

    BLACKCAPS all-rounder, Daryl Mitchell, who was initially joining the side for the T20I series, will now assemble with the ODI squad - becoming available for selection for the second match, once he’s completed mandatory isolation.

    Blundell sustained the injury in the fourth T20I against Bangladesh and BLACKCAPS physio Nishil Shah explained the injury needed a concentrated period of rehabilitation.

    “Tom’s been working hard since the injury in Bangladesh,” said Shah.

    “The injury’s not quite where we want it so we think it’s best for him to concentrate on his rehab given the big summer of cricket ahead.”

    BLACKCAPS coach Glenn Pocknall said the injury comes as a blow ahead of the ODI series.

    “Obviously everyone is gutted for Tom, he’s a quality player with a diverse skill-set.

    “He’ll remain with the squad and we’re hopeful he’ll be available again for the T20I series.”

    Pocknall said after consultation with regular BLACKCAPS coach, Gary Stead, it was agreed Mitchell was best suited as a replacement.

    “We’re fortunate to have someone of Daryl’s quality to join us early for the ODIs,” he said.

    “He’s shown last summer what a destructive batsman he is, while also offering another useful bowling option.

    “With Tom out, we do lose our first choice back-up wicket-keeping option.

    “However there are several guys in the squad with keeping experience and we’ll ensure they do the necessary work at training to be up to speed if called upon.”

    The BLACKCAPS start their ODI series against Pakistan on Friday 17 September at 9:30pm (NZT).

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    History will be made on Friday when Babar Azam’s Pakistan will take on Tom Latham’s New Zealand in the first of the three One-Day Internationals at the Pindi Cricket Stadium. The occasion will see the tourists play their first match on Pakistan soil since 2003.

    This will be the fourth time the two sides will meet at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in an ODI with Pakistan enjoying a 3-0 advantage. Prior to this match, Pakistan and New Zealand have met 19 times in an ODI in Pakistan between 1976 and 2003 with Pakistan winning 16 times.

    Pakistan and New Zealand last met in an international 50-over competition during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 when Babar Azam’s glorious century anchored his side to a fabulous six-wicket win at Birmingham.

    This series provides an opportunity to sixth-ranked Pakistan to climb a spot in the ICC Rankings. If the hosts beat the tourists by a 3-0 scoreline, they would jump to fifth position, however, any other result will see both sides retain their pre-series rankings.

    New Zealand, the top-ranked ODI team in the ICC Rankings and the finalists of the 2019 World Cup, come into this series with a 3-0 sweep over Bangladesh in the three-match ODI series at home in March and will be eager to extend their winning streak.

    Pakistan’s last outing in the format at this venue was in October-November 2020, when they defeated Zimbabwe 2-1, while in their last ODI series, they defeated South Africa by 2-1.

    The series will not be part of the ICC World Cup Super League as both the PCB and NZC have mutually agreed to swap the status of this series with the one taking place in the 2022-23 season. This means the ODI series in the 2022-23 season will count towards the World Cup 2023 qualification while the series commencing on Friday will be a bilateral fixture in which team and player ranking points will be up for grabs.

    Pakistan captain Babar Azam, in his pre-series media conference held online, said: “Finally, the day has arrived and our entire camp is very excited to play New Zealand at home. We have practiced hard for this series and I am sure we will take full advantage of our home conditions.

    “We have a balanced squad and I remain optimistic about our chances in what promises to be an exciting series. I am sure fans at the stadium and millions watching us on screens will enjoy these matches.”

    New Zealand captain Tom Latham: “We know it is special for Pakistan to have cricket in their country and we are excited to be here. Pakistan are a quality side and they have some talented white-ball players in their line-up.

    “We have desired fire-power in our ranks to win this series and I am sure our batters and bowlers will rise to the occasion and make this historic series memorable for us.”

    The second and third matches will be played on 19 and 21 September at the same venue after which the two sides will travel to Lahore for five T20Is between 25 September to 3 October.


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    Is this televised in the UK?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shafi View Post
    2-1 for NZ. Our ODI team is crap. Allen will have run feast due to better wicket.
    Against a New Zealand 'B-C' side? Now that Blundell is injured, they can hardly scrape together 6 batsmen for the top order

    If Pakistan can't beat a second string NZ side in their own conditions, they might as well give up playing.

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    NZ players missing this series & the reason I call this a NZ B-C side

    Guptill
    Williamson
    Taylor
    Conway
    Phillips
    Neesham
    Seifert
    Munro
    Milne
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    Jamieson
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    Usman Qadir and Zahid Mahmood are both below par cricketers. Neither should be in the international frame after wt20.

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    Pakistan captain Babar Azam on Thursday denied any knowledge of any potential change in the team's leadership amid rumours that new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board — Ramiz Raja — was monitoring the situation and could wield his proverbial axe if his expectations were not met.

    Raja, in his first press conference after taking over the board, had shied away from endorsing Azam as the all-format captain, saying that it was "too early" to give his assessment but also adding: "My expectations for Babar are the same as I had with Imran Khan."

    Addressing a press conference today, Azam was asked whether the new PCB chief had hinted of any changes, to which he replied: “I have no idea about it so far.”

    Regarding reports of his alleged differences with the team management over squad selection for next month's World T20, Azam explained that the chairman and the chief selector had clarified those reports, before adding: “I had an input that I gave. This is not anyone’s team, this is Pakistan’s team. I am backing it and others should also do so.”

    Talking about the New Zealand ODI series commencing Friday, Azam refused to take the Black Caps lightly despite them missing a host of regulars.

    “You cannot take any team easy," he said. "[Of course], if they (New Zealand) had their main players, we would have enjoyed more.".

    Azam said the conditions in the upcoming series will be similar to the ones likely to encounter during the World Cup in the Middle East.

    He said work was being done to improve the team's middle order. “We will try to go with our best combination,” he added.

    To a question about the chances of the team picking three spinners in the first ODI against New Zealand, Azam said the decision in this regard would be taken on the match day after pitch assessment.

    “Our World T20 matches are in the UAE, and we are forming a team keeping in view that aspect as well. The more we utilise our spinners, it will be good for us,” the skipper said.

    Responding to a question about newcomer Abdullah Shafiq, Azam said the player had made significant improvement, adding he could replace any underperforming opener in time to come.

    He admitted the team was struggling in the field, saying the players were working on it and assured there would be some improvements in the upcoming series.

    DAWN


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    RAWALPINDI: Pakistan team skipper Babar Azam said that Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis’s resignation has put more responsibility on him as captain.

    In an online press conference, Babar said Misbah and Waqar left due to personal reasons and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) hired foreign coaches which is their decision, so he doesn’t want to comment on it.

    “It was Misbah and Waqar’s personal decision. But, it has put extra responsibility on me and I am taking this as a challenge,” he said.

    “See, when you get new coaches, you just try to gell in quickly. Interim coaches Saqlain Bhai and Razzaq Bhai are trying to share their experience and finalizing the combination for the series,” he added.

    Babar said their focus is on the ODI series against New Zealand and they will try to win it. “We are focused on the New Zealand series. You can’t take any team lightly as any day you can get surprised,” he highlighted.

    “We will have a look at the pitch today and decide whether to go with two spinners or three. The final team will be decided tomorrow,” he concluded.


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    Pakistan's playing eleven in T20 world cup

    Babar Azam (c)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah View Post
    Is this televised in the UK?
    It’s on sky sports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyRabbit View Post
    Usman Qadir and Zahid Mahmood are both below par cricketers. Neither should be in the international frame after wt20.
    Would play both of them in at least one or two ODIs against NZD to get the measurement done right for good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yk313 View Post
    Would play both of them in at least one or two ODIs against NZD to get the measurement done right for good.
    How can you assess whether a bowler is capable or not against second string sides. It's not very different to Zim although Pak still finds a way to lose to any team. The sad thing is there is no spinner in the domestic for ODIs. In t20is, an inconsistent leggie can work, but in ODIs a few lose deliveries every over and easy singles result in no pressure and figures like 10 - 0 - 63 - 1

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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyRabbit View Post
    How can you assess whether a bowler is capable or not against second string sides. It's not very different to Zim although Pak still finds a way to lose to any team. The sad thing is there is no spinner in the domestic for ODIs. In t20is, an inconsistent leggie can work, but in ODIs a few lose deliveries every over and easy singles result in no pressure and figures like 10 - 0 - 63 - 1
    Donít see a lot of full strength ODI tours on the horizon unfortunately. I would be tempted to play both and see what can be observed by the eye. Take a decision after.

    Have seen enough of Haris Rauf to know his good / bad stuff.

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    I like the new kit a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by heddie19 View Post
    I like the new kit a lot
    The top portion and bottom portion of the shirt i would've made 1992 light green colour.

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    Why is it necessary to pick low grade player Rauf?

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    In the nets practicing against the short ball:

    Last edited by Last Monetarist; 17th September 2021 at 11:49.


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